A Bangladeshi-born American novelist and journalist Lives in the USA
Bangladeshi-born American Sylvia Pandit has been living in America since 2008. Pandit is her family title. Her grandfather had outstanding contributions to her village by educating the villagers; that is why Sylvia Pandit decided to honour her grandfather by using the family title Pandit as her pen name.
By birth Sylvia Pandit is a Muslim; she finds superpower mostly in nature. However, she also believes in humanity. She thinks religions can sometimes create distance and problems in society.
Sylvia Pandit’s parents were great supporters of the father of the nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and both were actively involved in Awami League political party even before the 1971 Bangladesh-Pakistan war. However, during the war, her parents lost everything for supporting Awami League and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sylvia Pandit was four years old when the Bangladesh-Pakistan war began. She experienced the war while staying in her mother’s arms. After the battle, she lost her father, so she had a tough childhood along with her other siblings. She experienced how her mother struggled to raise all her children. Since then, Sylvia Pandit has been planning to write a book to honour her mother for her struggling life.
In 2019 Sylvia Pandit published a book named “Thank You Pakistan” based on the 1971 Bangladesh-Pakistan war. However, she could not publish the book in Bangladesh because the book’s title is controversial. So, she published “Thank You Pakistan” in the USA. Writer Sylvia Pandit is getting high appreciation from the readers of “Thank You Pakistan “. By the way, she is thanking Pakistan because the war is the reason Bangladesh was born.
Sylvia Pandit loves writing, singing, painting, cooking, driving and swimming. Nature lover Sylvia Pandit loves to talk to the Almighty and His nature secretly. She walks very carefully so no insects and plants die under her feet.
Sylvia Pandit graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh, married Nasirul Islam, and the a mother of two beautiful sons. She lives in Columbus (Ohio) with her husband, children, and five siblings.
Sylvia Pandit is currently working to establish Birangona Dibosh (War Heroine Day) to honour all the Bangladeshi women who the Pakistani Army raped in concentration camps during the 1971 war. Sylvia Pandit decided to establish Birangona Dibosh while writing “Thank you Pakistan” because she had to read extensively in order to write about the war’s female victims.
In contrast, she was reading about the women who the Pakistani Army had raped in the concentration camp; she could not bear the suffering of these victims. Since then, she has endeavoured to create a “Birangona Dibosh” to honour all war heroines. She has already applied to the ministry of freedom fighters in Bangladesh and is awaiting approval.
Sylvia Pandit has published three books in English in the USA, six books in Bangla in Bangladesh and one more book in Bangla in Kolkata. In addition, she has published two poetry books in English and Bangla as well. Currently, she is writing a book about Asian Muslim women.