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Kosova is finally independent

The ultimate frustration of not being able to vote, sitting miles away from home, was somewhat compensated by the moving images of the Kosovo’s declaration of independence.

I have lived and worked in Kosovo for a couple years – and it was a delightful experience despite the after effects of war and tragedies. Independence from Serbia is something that runs through the Kosovar collective consciousness and defines the large, attainable dream. […]

February 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Shaheen Sultan Dhanji’s art

Bordering between abstract and socio-political, Shaheen Sultan Dhanji’s photography, painting and writings are at once striking to readership.  Her art transforms the humble into amazing objects of desire.

Sultan’s  large scale of black and white photographs are at once contemporary, mingled with socio-political messages. Themes […]

December 12th, 2007|Arts & Culture, Photo stories, South Asian Art, World Artists|24 Comments

Pakistan diaspora and the politics of the Hijab

The suggestion of violent disputes between a 16-year-old girl in Mississauga and her father over her desire to show her hair and live a “normal” lifestyle raises questions about tensions between parents and children in the Muslim community…But members of the community particularly young Muslim women  say the tension can exist both ways.

…research […]

December 11th, 2007|Islam, Islamophobia, Journalism, media|6 Comments

Hillary’s Mystery Woman – Huma Abedin

I am grateful to Nabeela Apa – our dear friend – for sending the link to this story published in the New York Observer. Apparently, Huma Abedin is an energetic and trusted associate of Hillary Clinton. She is media shy and works in the background to manage the campaign of the Presidential candidate. This is […]

June 6th, 2007|Journalism, Politics|0 Comments

Two striking poems by Alvi

It is a pleasure to have read Pervaiz Munir Alvi’s poetry. …For now I have selected two poems – personal and profound – for this post. The first echoes what many Pakistanis (or any other diaspora for that matter) observe on their visits to the homeland…..

Read the full post here

Mohsin Hamid on Indo-Pak perceptions

Hamid thinks that India is more jingoistic than Pakistan. There were some interesting moments in the interview as the quote below indicates. Full entry here >>

Bridging the Divide – “Ham’Asar Urdu” from Denmark

We remember the Danish Cartoons controversy and the reaction it evoked across the Muslim world. I was pleasantly surprised to find out about this amazing treasure of a website that also happens to be perhaps the first on-line Urdu journal of its kind.