Bilkees I. Latif Bilkees Latif skillfully merges real and imagined events from the lives and times of these extraordinary but forgotten women, to restore to them their place in the annals of history. Bilkees I. Latif is a social activist who has received national and international awards, including the Padma Shri in 2008. She is the author of The Andhra Cookbook, The Fragrance of Forgotten Years and O Dharavi.