The art of short story

A review of Irshad Abdul Kadir’s recently published collection of short stories written for TFT The gentle stories of Irshad Abdul Kadir have recently been…

The time traveler’s life

Here’s something I wrote in TFT about Intizar Hussain saheb’s legacy, his life, and his significance. Intizar Hussain’s nomination for the Man Booker International…

Books in the times of jihad

After a hiatus of nearly a decade, I found myself in the United Arab Emirates, also popularly imagined as ‘Dubai’ in Pakistan. I was…

The dream that was not mine – Harris Khalique’s poetry

khud pe kia taari use woh khwab jo apna na tha (I let the dream take over me/ The dream that was not mine)…

Books, bombs & mangroves (on the fourth Karachi Literature Festival)

In its fourth year, the Karachi literature festival (KLF) has become a public event that brings together the cosmopolitanism and the fissiparous identities of…

Save Rimsha Now

My piece which was published a fortnight ago. Today Rimsha was released on bail by a judge. Thank God sanity prevailed. But Rimsha and…

Redeeming our tryst with destiny

Raza Rumi took a group of Pakistani politicians to India where, amid food fests and conferences and emotionally charged mushairas, the first pages of a…

‘I belong to Ranjha’ – the syncreticism of Lahore’s Shah Hussain

Lahore, the ancient city of Loh, the age-old halt for invaders, is also the home to eclectic Sufis. Men and women who shed conventions…

Finally Pakistani state honours Manto

“Here lies Saadat Hasan Manto and with him lie buried all the secrets and mysteries of the art of story writing. Under mounds of…

Book review: “Lahore -Topohilia of Space and Place”

There is no city like Lahore/ Everything that is wrong is set right here It is a mystery as to how a layered city…

Khalifa Abdul Hakim (1896-1959)

For years I had been planning to write about Dr Khalifa Abdul Hakim (1896-1959), the great philosopher and intellectual of the twentieth century. Last…

A universe with four moons

Neelam Ahmad Basheer is best known as a short story writer with a new voice in Urdu fiction. She has been writing all her…

Pakistan’s foreign policy: Escaping India?

As Pakistan negotiates with a critical moment of its 64-year-old existence, there is nothing more urgent than to review its foreign policy goals and…

Book review: A psycho-social perspective on terror

The launch of Dr Unaiza Niaz’s excellent book in September was most symbolic, as the world commemorated the ghastly incident of 9/11 and the…

River Indus: Flow of life – Part I

By Raza Rumi: Along its 1,800-mile course, the Indus joins cultures from the steppes of Central Asia to the arid plains of the South…

River Indus: Flow of life – Part II

By Raza Rumi: From ancient Vedic times to stories told by Sufi saints, the Indus continues to play a central role in the legends…

The lives of others

The first half of the 20th century witnessed a transformation in Urdu literature with the emergence of the short story as the choicest medium…

“Love is not yet a taboo in Pakistan” – Mohammad Hanif

In a few days, Mohammad Hanif’s new novel will be available in Pakistan. Last week, I met him at his house in Karachi. The…

Islands of Hope – Life and Works of Akhter Hameed Khan

Raza Rumi reviews a book on the life and works of Akhter Hameed Khan, a legendary development guru “It is not enough to say…

Myths, fables and lies: The murder of history in Pakistan

KK Aziz’s seminal study, – The Murder of History – is essential to understand what went wrong in Pakistan. The most worrying sign of…
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