Taliban suicide bomber dressed as schoolboy kills 31 army cadets

By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent, The Independent Pakistan’s army suffered a damaging blow after a suicide bomber believed to be in his teens and…

Confused and distraught — Rumi

Rumi interpreted by Coleman Barks derived from Arberry’s translation You bind me, and I tear away in a rage to open out into air,…

Faiz Ahmed Faiz: poet of peace

By Najam Sethi his year, South Asia celebrates the centenary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Pakistan’s pre-eminent Urdu poet in the classical tradition of the…

I am the call of Love — Rumi

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You whispered in my ears like early spring: “I am the call of Love, can you hear me in the full grasses, in…

My Master has planted jasmine in my heart

Shahidain has sent another Bait from Sultan Bahu for Jahane Rumi ” Alif-Allaah chambe dee bootee murshid man wich laee hoo Naffee asbat daa…

Rumi – You and I, in the Palace

Happy is the moment, when we sit together, With two forms, two faces, yet one soul, you and I. The flowers will bloom forever,…

Dear Raza Greetings of Peace, Shalom, Namaste, Salaam! It is time, this holiday season, to savor the sweetness of those who work steadfastly for…

Veena Malik and the moral brigade

Pakistan’s electronic media is now a repository of the grand opinion setters of the Urdu press. Almost all channels have employed conservative writers of…

Had Anhad: Journeys With Ram & Kabir

View this movie at cultureunplugged.com…

The Right to Dissent

(The year 2011 will be celebrated worldwide as the centenary of the great poet of Southasia, Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Himal‘s forthcoming January 2011 issue will…

Kabir and the search for identity

My earlier post on Kabir Kabir seems to push me to question the borders of my identity- Where do I draw the line? Where…

Le grande exposé: South Asia and WikiLeaks

By Raza Rumi An extraordinary exposé through WikiLeaks has shaken the closed doors diplomacy and the global security establishment, which flourishes on a culture…

Mixed emotions complicate Punjab governor’s assassination

Salman Masood [NATION] ISLAMABAD // Analysts said yesterday that the assassination of Salman Taseer shows the extent of extremism in a deeply divided society…

In and out of Isloo

I have waited, walked and sometimes slept… the reluctant memories of lounges live with me By Raza Ahmad When I think of an airport,…

The Martyrs of Karbala

By Sadia Dehlvi We are in the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the lunar Muslim Hijrah Calendar. According to authentic prophetic traditions,…

Who’s afraid of Sherry Rehman?

Express Tribune: It has been rather disturbing to witness the way Sherry Rehman has been the latest target of the purists within the ruling…

Media: Through the Looking Glass

It is ironic that the electronic media which played a major role in the movement against a military dictatorship is now being cited as…

In prayer continually

Rumi, once again The ritual prayer is five times daily, but the guide for lovers is the verse, they who are in prayer continually.*…

The priest thrives on self promotion

A Bait from Sultan Bahu “Haafiz parh parh karan takabbur, mullaan karan vadaaee hoo Saavan maah de badalaan vaangoon phiran kitaabaan chaaee hoo Jithe…

The Journey Within

By Wanderer It was in August 1989 and the date was either 10 or 11. I had a strange dream, a dream that I…
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