Neither Here nor There: The Shifting Identities of Raza Rumi

A Pakistani journalist, writer, and public policy practitioner, Raza Rumi’s life exemplifies the intersection of the personal and the political. In 2014, his work…

2015: The year in words

Last year was long, unsettling and transitional. I have always welcomed change but being unsure about one’s future path is not too exciting.Have been…

A book I will be reading soon: “Nobody Can Love You More”

Mayank’s book Nobody Can Love You More¬† has been published (see the rather lovely self-portrait by the author). I am so eager to get…

Reviews on Delhi by Heart

Fiction writer Intizar Hussain (DAWN) “In his exuberance, Rumi started writing without planning beforehand, knowing not how his narrative will end. The narrative, however,…

A book with a view

Delhi by Heart in NYC, originally uploaded by Jahane Rumi. A friend of mine – KS – was most kind to have purchased my…

Understanding Contemporary Muslimness

A review of Naveeda Khan’s book Muslim Becoming published in “The Book Review“ I wanted to learn what it meant to know Islam in…

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 Feast Of Roses

The Feast Of Roses is a sequel to Indu Sundaresan’s widely appraised novel The Twentieth Wife. As can be expected it is the story…

Sultana Begum, the great grand daughter-in law of last Mughal emperor

Jahane Rumi is grateful to Shivnath Jha for this contribution.. Stiching words together to restore glory to the lives lost in oblivion may not…

Fahmida Riaz – “Her dreams of the future”

Barricaded Islamabad enveloped by the ghosts of national gloom has one little corner of hope. The Pakistan Academy of Letters, under its dynamic and…

Sadia Dehlvi’s book – Sufism: the Heart of Islam

Finally Sadia Dehlvi’s book, Sufism: The Heart of Islam (HarperCollins), is published and was launched last week in Delhi. India’s eminent writer Khushwant Singh…

Confessions from ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’

Found a great excerpt from Mohammed Hanif’s novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes where he recounts on his time at the Pakistani military academy…

60 “Best” Books from India

To celebrate the Indian Independence day, Hindustan Times has published a rather interesting list of 60 best books from India. From the list, my…

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Book Review

Mohsin Hamid’s second novel is out. It has made to several bestsellers’ lists and invokes a theme central to our times. I am posting…

What happened to reading?

Ilona Yusuf, a poet muses about the demise of the reading culture. This narrative echoes my anguish over the loss of heritage and value…