Mezba Uddin Mahtab is a freelance writer, eBook author, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Underground, a campus newspaper at the University of Toronto. Mezba also maintains a personal blog at A Bengali in TO. His opinion on issues related to immigration and diversity has been sought for and quoted in interviews in The Toronto Star (Canada), as well as the National (UAE). From 2005 to 2008, Mezba blogged prolifically, attracting coverage from multiple sources such as the Washington Post (USA), the Daily Star (Bangladesh) and the Toronto Star (Canada). Topics often included diverse and controversial issues such as the place of women in the mosque, the role of Islam in the government, the Katrina disaster, Canadian politics and reflections of a single Muslim guy growing up in a Western society.
A Bangladeshi by birth, Mezba was brought up in UAE, where he was taught the Holy Quran by Sheikh Siddiqullah, a renowned Bangladeshi mufassir (an author of an exegesis of the Holy Quran) who was also employed by the UAE royal family as an Islamic teacher. Mezba completed his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and later went on to complete an MBA from the Rotman School of Business. He currently works in the IT industry as a software consultant and lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and son.