Movies

Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

I have had occasions to reflect on the fate of what we can now call a post-national cinema, a proposition not so outlandish in the heightened age of transnational globalisation. The idea is based on a conception of national cinemas, or any other national cultural movement, as predicated on national traumas. The leading Iranian film-maker […]

February 20, 2015 Hamid Dabashi
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Prophet’s Childhood: Majidi’s Take the Talk of Tinseltown

Prophet’s Childhood: Majidi’s Take the Talk of Tinseltown

The cinema world is waiting with bated breath to see MajidMajidi’s take on the Prophet Muhammad’s eventful life. The film had hogged limelight mainly for two reasons: first, the focus of his film is on the Prophet’s childhood; so it would be the first attempt to bring the childhood of the Prophet on screen. Also, […]

February 3, 2015 Saad Salmi. AP
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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
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Books

The Prophet for All

The Prophet for All

Blessed are those small books that you can read at one sitting or, to say in justification of the context of this writing, during a two-hour train commute. Publishers might be scared to read this. If a product, the result of a harrowing spending spree- buying copyrights, commissioning writers, roping in editors, getting the manuscript […]

June 17, 2015 Shameer.ks
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Three Decades of India: The Mandate of a Media Man

Three Decades of India: The Mandate of a Media Man

I was wondering what Vir Sanghvi had been doing after that ignominious Nira Radia episode. A pleasant face among Indian journalists, Vir had/has to his credit many delectable columns on Indian politics and Indian cuisine as well as several TV productions and interviews along similar lines. Unlike many journalists in his generation, he knows what […]

June 5, 2015 Adv. Zainaba
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Political Imaginations of Muhammad Iqbal

Political Imaginations of Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal (d.1938) was one of the significant Muslim intellectuals in the colonial India. He was an orator, writer, poet, campaigner and philosopher. The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India, a new study on the poet-philosopher by Iqbal Singh Sevea analyses the political dimension of the Iqbal’s philosophy. Sevea develops […]

April 9, 2015 K. Ashraf
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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
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Food

Fasting: Is it abstention or Starving?

Fasting: Is it abstention or Starving?

I have been witness to a conversation passed off between two train passengers who so shrewdly modulated their voice as to be overheard.  Here is my attempt not to be fictitious in its reproduction. A: your Ramadan fasting is around the corner. And you are going to starve us Hindoos, aren’t you? B: why starve […]

June 4, 2015 Shameer K.S
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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
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Fiction Shelf

Haruki Murakami on Writing Novels and Bob Dylan

Haruki Murakami on Writing Novels and Bob Dylan

Author Haruki Murakami has continued to answer 20 to 30 questions per day on his temporary ‘ask-me-anything’-style website, which has received more than 30,000 messages from fans according to organizers. Although the website stopped taking any new questions on Jan. 31, the author is scheduled to continue posting his replies until about late March. In […]

February 27, 2015 Jun Hongo
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Guest Column

Egypt’s injustice system

Egypt’s injustice system

Egypt’s justice system is almost completely devoid of justice. Perhaps those of us who have denounced Egyptian exceptionalism as a farce spoke too quickly. Egypt may be, after all, the only nation in the world with a justice system that convicts dead people for committing crimes from the grave and prisoners for committing street offenses from […]

May 19, 2015 Mohamad Elmasry
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Death sentence for freedom in Egypt

Death sentence for freedom in Egypt

The regime seeks to take not only the lives of these defendants, but also the freedom to dissent of all its citizens. Like something out of a campy 1940s horror film, the dead are rising in Egypt and they’re terrorising the population. In the latest appalling decision by the Egyptian judiciary, Mohamed Morsi was convicted […]

May 19, 2015 Abdullah Al-Arian
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Leviathan and Winter Sleep: What Do We Believe

Leviathan and Winter Sleep: What Do We Believe

A believer needs to have patience as well as mirth out of facing a barrage of questions. So the one who helps a believer is often a non-believer. Only in the context of scepticism can a true belief grow. Linguist Toshihiko Izutsu says that belief is progression, not a state in which people find themselves […]

May 15, 2015 Shameer KS
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