Her aunt was the noted feminist and writer Attia Hosain (1913-1998) while Shamsie's grandmother in Lucknow, a feminist and activist, Begum Inam Fatima Habibullah, was the author of a travelogue Tassiraat-e-Safar-Europe about her journey to Britain in 1924 with her husband, Sheikh Mohammed Habibullah, OBE, a Taluqdar
His maternal grandfather, an Urdu poet of merit, was from Badayun in UP, who had settled in Hyderabad, while his paternal grandfather who held the high-ranking post of Awwal Taluqdar
belonged to Hyderabad state.
Titles such as Rai Bahadur, Sawai, Rai Sahab, Zamindar, Taluqdar
, etc were prevalent in medieval and British India.
(68.) Begum Habibullah was the wife of Sheikh Mohammad Habibullah, taluqdar
of Saidanpur, and the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University; she had won the women's constituency in 1937.
Begum Aijaz Rasul, the wife of the former taluqdar
of Sandila in Hardoi district and mother-in-law of the novelist Attia Hosain, did quite well for herself, being elected to the UP assembly and the Rajya Sabha and holding ministerial positions until 1971.
It was the taluqdars
, the big zamindars, and the jagirdars, the Rajas and the Nawabs who dominated it."84
Many Muslims also shared economic interests with their Hindu counterparts, particularly the cultivators of the Punjab and the large landowners of the United Provinces known as the taluqdars