A literary landmark

A review of the Islamabad Literature Festival for TFT       literature festival in Islamabad sounds a contradiction in terms. A city better…

The art of short story

A review of Irshad Abdul Kadir’s recently published collection of short stories that I wrote for TFT   The gentle stories of Irshad Abdul Kadir have…

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…

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…

Book review: An ambitious undertaking

Pankaj Mishra’s new book is an ambitious undertaking. “From the Ruins of Empire: the Intellectuals who Remade Asia” traces the lives and works of…

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…

‘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…

Mehdi Hasan: King of kings

Mehdi Hasan died today. There are no words to capture his influence on my generation and the ones before me. I am posting a…

‘The government should investigate the source and nature of threats to Asma Jahangir’s life, and take appropriate action’

‘The government should investigate the source and nature of threats to Asma Jahangir’s life, and take appropriate action’ Here is an interview with Ali Dayan…

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…

Book Review: Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change

Making sense of the rising Indian mass media and its ubiquitous nature, its articulation of a middle class vision, and how through this process…

A universe with four moons

By Raza Rumi Neelam Ahmad Basheer is best known as a short story writer with a new voice in Urdu fiction. She has been…

‘Greater rights abuses will ensue unless Pakistan’s elected institutions assert themselves’

An interview of – Ali Dayan Hasan (Director, Human Rights Watch) taken by me, published in TFT December 30 – January 05, 2012 –…

Reclaiming the legacy of ZA Bukhari

By Raza Rumi Defining ‘Pakistani’ culture has been a problematic endeavour right from the inception of the country. Pakistan has straddled between 5,000 years…

Pakistan’s foreign policy: Escaping India?

By Raza Rumi: As Pakistan negotiates with a critical moment of its 64-year-old existence, there is nothing more urgent than to review its foreign…
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