The vanity of being quoted

A friend sent me these links and I am shamelessly posting them here: My views on the IMF programme for Pakistan – Also here…

Mystical power

Philip Jenkins writes why Sufi Muslims, for centuries the most ferocious soldiers of Islam, could be our most valuable allies in the fight against…

Jinnah’s fabulous picture

Amit has asked me to find a framed copy of this picture and what a great portrait it is. The only other portrait that…

kab uskaa visaal chaahiye thaa -Jaun Elia

kab uskaa visaal chaahiye thaa kab uskaa visaal chaahiye thaa bas aik Khayaal chaahiye thaa (visaal : union)…

You have escaped from the city

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Carlos Latuff’s artwork on Gaza

Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff creates artworks that call on the world to condemn Israeli brutalities in Gaza.  Carlos Latuff’s statement: I’d like to beg all…

Bombay – Nostalgic shop owners refuse to change name

Read the captioned story in the Times of India today- politics of war mongering can be such a disruptive influence on ordinary lives. In…

I am that

The marvelous sound That comes from the sky – I am That. The sweet fragrance That comes from the garden – I am That.…

New rubais for the New Year

How long shall we be satisfied with the shapes and appearances of time? How long shall we watch and smell existence? I am tired…

most poetry ignores most people

Adrian Mitchell died on December 21, 2008 in London. A prolific poet, novelist and playwright, he was perhaps best known for saying “most people…

The children of Gaza cry for help

Lahore’s oldest guide

My piece published in the Friday Times The interior of Data Darbar The grave of the saint Outside the shrine, The shrine at night…

Struggle for the soul

—Ayeda Naqvi While it is tempting to give in to anger, it is more important to take a deep breath and remember that what…

9 Is Not 11

I am completely under the spell of this fabulous piece of writing, brutally honest and eminently sensible. essay: terror in mumbai 9 Is Not…

Kuch tu Hawa bhi serd thi

Kuch tu Hawa bhi serd thi, kuch tha tera khayal bhi Dil ku kushi ke saath saath, hota raha malal bhi Baat wu aadhi…

Squeeze Holidays

Do you wish to squeeze in some time to relax on the beach for example at the beautiful chains of Sharm El Sheikh Hotels?…

Story-Water

I am posting two versions of Rumi’s captioned poem from the Mathnavi A story is like the water you heat for your bath. It…

Point Advantage

Do you need PMP training? A great opportunity for online PMP certification, Visit Point Advantage. Point Advantage is on a simple mission: to deliver…

What do you think will happen? Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to all the readers. Here is a poem by Rumi if you can’t go to sleep my dear soul for tonight what…

Islamabad is burning – down with terrorism

What jihad, what Islam and what kind of Muslims these butchers are – they kill innocent people, the underclass outside a posh hotel in…
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