The invisibility of the Mughal princesses

Painting by A.R Chughtai | Chughtai Museum My piece published by the Himal Magazine  The limitations of Southasia’s historical record can be seen in…

Guest Stars at the Long March

My article that appeared in Dawn. here. THE enthusiasts for the long march towards Islamabad are justifiably feeling let down by the grand posturing,…

Shoaib Akhtar – a fallen hero

There have been some avoidable outbursts by both Akhtar and his disciplinarians. Akhtar has a chequered past in the conventional sense; and perhaps his…

Pakistan’s Media – responsibility must anchor freedom

My piece that was published earlier this week: IT is a truism that media freedom in Pakistan today has been earned after a long…

Nahaj ul Balagha – Looking back to Get Ahead

Fahmida Riaz is Pakistan’s premier female poet. She became a sensation in the early 1970s when her bold, feminist poetry created a stir in…

Inhospitable Reception

“While the ‘easy-white-woman’ stereotype is being reinforced, how can Pakistan become a tourist destination?” Conversing with Charlotte is always a pleasure. She’s original and…

Amrita Shergil’s Lahore

Khalid Hasan writing for the Friday Times: Amrita Sher Gil was once asked by Iqbal Singh, who was to write her biography 43 years…

Amrita Pritam: 1919-2005

Amrita Pritam never woke up on the afternoon of October 31, 2005 and the world is emptier without her musings. She embodied the fullness…

2005 Earthquake: What lies ahead

Ever three weeks have passed and Pakistan is still weighted down by the debris of the October 8 earthquake. The human tragedy has been…

Mustafa Zaidi – A poet remembered

Why would a poet of Mustafa Zaidi’s stature decide to end his life? Thirty five years ago, Mustafa Zaidi, a poet of notable standing…

Qurratulain Hyder – Writer’s muse

Conversations with renowned author Qurratulain Hyder In my otherwise uneventful life, something significant has happened. It may seem unimportant to some people but it’s…
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