Category: Testimonials

Jeremy Seabrook – English author and journalist

I have known of the work of Tiljala SHED for many years, and I think I first met Mr Alamgir in the early 1990s. At that time, I was struck by the authenticity of Tiljala and the genuine closeness to the people of all who worked there. In 2010/11 I was privileged to collaborate more closely with the organisation, when with my colleague, Imran Ahmed Siddiqui (of the Telegraph newspaper in Kolkata), we prepared a book about the Muslim ghettoes of India, which drew largely on the achievements of Tiljala, and the experience of Mr Alamgir and his fellow-workers. I was impressed by three qualities in particular: firstly, that Alamgir had lost none of his easy intimacy and familiarity with the people, which had been there 20 years earlier. Read More

Anja Petschel – MA in Sociology, graduated from University of Bielefeld, Germany


I came to Kolkata in July 2010 for doing a three months research on Muslims in India, their identity construction/ negotiations of belonging and the question of Affirmative Action. Another researcher introduced me to Md. Alamgir, one of the founders of Tiljala Shed, and he as well as his son Shafkat and the whole team of Tiljala Shed gave me a warm welcome and helped me a lot with my research. They introduced me into Kolkata’s Muslim community, provided important contacts for interviews, accompanied me to the slums and bustees and gave me deep insights into the lifeworlds of Muslims in Kolkata as well as into the work of Tiljala Shed. Read More