Famed chef Zubaida Appa breathes her last

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By Aniqua Mughal

Karachi: The famous chef, cooking expert and media personality Zubaida Tariq, passed away on Thursday night here in Karachi after a brief illness at the age of 72, leaving millions of fans and followers shocked by her unexpected death.

Her elder brother Anwar Maqsood confirmed the sad news, adding that she had been ill for some time. Zubaida Tariq got a heart attack on Wednesday night in a local private hospital where she breathed her last at Thursday night, according to her family members.

Earlier, her funeral prayer was offered after the Friday prayers at Sultan Mosque in Defence Housing Authority after which she was buried in the nearby graveyard on Friday evening.

A large number of people were present at her funeral prayers and burial including her family members, TV personalities, politicians and elite members of the town.

Zubaida Tariq, popularly known as Zubaida Appa, was famous for her culinary skills and home remedies. She was a cooking expert and has a household name. She hosted several culinary shows on popular TV channels and wrote many cookbooks. However, one of the most famous viewed programme was ‘Handi’ on Hum TV’s Masala Channel.

Her unexpected death flooded social media with condolence messages in which prominent personalities, writers, actors, artists, politicians and poets expressed sorrow and grief over her demise.

Zubaida Appa made her TV debut in 1996 and in a very short span of time, she came to prominence due to her home remedies and cooking recipes. Her first TV show “Dalda Ka Dastarkhwan” became widely popular among her fans. She has known as a cooking mentor and thousands of people learned from her cooking shows.

Born into an educated Urdu-speaking family at Hyderabad Deccan in United India on April 4, 1945. At the age of 2, she migrated to Pakistan along with her family members.

She had nine siblings including one of the famous leading satirists, Anwar Maqsood her elder brother. The renowned playwright (late) Fatima Surayya Bajia, her elder sister and author and poetess Zehra Nigah.

She gave credit for her achievements to having grown up in a joint family including grandparents, aunts and uncles apart from her immediate family members.