Movies

Big Screen 2014

Big Screen 2014

Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan is a name synonymous with super-realism or sci-fi surrealism. The Nolanisation of cinema was inaugurated by his Inception,a film about dreams and a dystopian condition in which dreams could be manipulated. The gloomy streets of Gotham-a bridge between the fantastical and the commonplace-are now grounds of countless fancies within the […]

December 31, 2014 Navas Machingal 0 Comments Read More →
Prisoners of Conscience

Prisoners of Conscience

Denis Vilenueve’s forte is in making family dramas with strong political and ethical undercurrents. His Incendies and Politechnique can be read as being ripostes to this statement, as the former is sprinkled with political references and the latter is centred on misogyny and feminism. But setting does not allow you to escape from politics to […]

December 2, 2014 Shameer. ks 0 Comments Read More →
Hur Adam: Tale of a Stoic Fortitude

Hur Adam: Tale of a Stoic Fortitude

BediuzzamanSaid Nursi (1877-1960), the Turkish mystic, can be considered as the spiritual founder of modern Turkey. At a time when scorn for tradition and faith was considered as the founding principle of Turkish nationalism in the country’s embrace of authoritarian modernity and secularism under Ataturk, Nursi revived faith in the tradition by leadinng people to […]

October 16, 2014 Anwar Mohammed 0 Comments Read More →

Books

‘Guantanamo Diary’: An Account of Justice Detained

‘Guantanamo Diary’: An Account of Justice Detained

Casualties in the wake of war on terror and blind apprehensions in the name of detaining ‘terrorists’ have started to come out in the form of first person narratives.  What makes Mohammsdou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary stand out from similar titles like My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me (2008) is […]

January 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The legacy of Kufa

The legacy of Kufa

A’lamuKufa, (Masters of Kufa), an encyclopedic work by Iraqi historian Sayyid Mudar Al Hulw, covers a long sweep of history from the early seventh century, when the city became a bustling encampment town under the sway of the burgeoning Islamic Caliphate to its more recent history under the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century […]

January 8, 2015 Nafih Wafy 0 Comments Read More →
Of  Mortality and the Limits of Medicine

Of Mortality and the Limits of Medicine

We are struggling to cope with the constraints of our biology, with the limits set by genes and cells, flesh and bones. Medical science has remarkable power to push against these limits. But still, its power is finite. Medicine can improve our life and it has done a lot of things in life; it reduced […]

January 5, 2015 K.C Saleem 0 Comments Read More →

Person in Focus

Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

DJ Arkın Allen, aka Mercan Dede, is back in the limelight with a new album following a six-year break since his last studio release. Released this month via Onearth Records, “Dünya” (Earth) is the newest offering from the 47-year-old musician, born Arkın Ilıcalı in 1966 in Bursa, and known in Turkey and around the world […]

December 4, 2014 Mercan Dede 0 Comments Read More →

Food

International Coffee & Tea Festival

International Coffee & Tea Festival

Having probably originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, it took tea almost 3000 years to become an everyday drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD, in a medical text written by Hua Tuo. Tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in […]

November 20, 2014 Navas Machingal 0 Comments Read More →

Blogging Verses

The Spiritual Wardrobe

The Spiritual Wardrobe

Once a Sufi was asked why he wore blue robe. He replied: “The Prophet left us three things: poverty, knowledge and sword. The sword was taken by kings, who misused it; knowledge was chosen by scholars, who were satisfied with merely teaching it; poverty was chosen by dervishes, who made it a means of enriching […]

June 30, 2014 A.K ABDUL MAJEED 0 Comments Read More →

Fiction Shelf

Forty Rules of Life Worth Living

Forty Rules of Life Worth Living

After twenty years of marriage and building her whole life around her husband and three children, an American suburban housewife Ella Rubinstein realizes that she had not been able to make more of her life. Deep inside she becomes aware of her longing for love. Destiny puts in her hands an intriguing manuscript about the Sufi […]

July 2, 2014 Sajeela Ismail 0 Comments Read More →

Guest Column

Ghar Wapsi and the Need for a Principled Resistance

Ghar Wapsi and the Need for a Principled Resistance

“One sordid motive violates the whole preaching. It is like a drop of poison, which fouls the whole food. Therefore, I should do without any preaching at all. A rose does not need to preach. It simply spreads its fragrance. The fragrance is its own sermon …The fragrance of religious and spiritual life is much […]

January 7, 2015 Shajahan Madampat 0 Comments Read More →
Return To Which Home?

Return To Which Home?

On October 14, 1956, Babasaheb Ambedkar, along with several hundred thousand “untouchables”, embraced Buddhism. The moral and ethical strength of Ambedkar’s embrace of Buddhism lies in its cultural and intellectual capacity to sustain among the ex-untouchables a growing association with it. Conversion as a cultural-intellectual movement that took off in October 1956 from Nagpur continues […]

January 1, 2015 Gopal Guru 0 Comments Read More →
2014 Events that Hogged Limelight

2014 Events that Hogged Limelight

A year is bidding good bye. But are we so optimistic as to lay stress on the ‘good’ before the ‘bye’? Those who are optimistic have many things to single out to strengthen their belief. Firstly and most significantly, there is what many of us term progress in the generation-shifting technology. We have smart phones, […]

December 30, 2014 Shameer. k.s 0 Comments Read More →
btmad