Movies

Movie Review: Dedh Ishqiya

Movie Review: Dedh Ishqiya

“Dedh Ishqiya”, one of the most probable, unconventional new-age sequels from Bollywood, is a hard movie to categorize: it is a lumpy, sharp-tasting mix of emotions that’s immaculately written, directed and acted – and yet isn’t remarkable. The opening, with the black screen voice over story about a female parrot that corrupts a pair of […]

May 6, 2014 M K Jawid Read More →
What is Eating Our Frames?

What is Eating Our Frames?

What happens when we watch food on screen? There may not be a unanimous feedback to this question, as eating and watching movies are deeply related to our varying subjective moods. But Maharshi Bhasa, the ancient theatre theorist from India, has said to the effect that food and sex need only be alluded on stage. […]

May 4, 2014 Shameer KS 0 Comments Read More →
Kairostami: The Japanese Proof for Kurasowa

Kairostami: The Japanese Proof for Kurasowa

Abbas Kairostami’s Like Someone in Love is the first film in Japanese by an Iranian filmmaker. I don’t know whether it is the first Japanese film by any foreign filmmakers. I hope comments to this post will enlighten us on the topic. Also, if the sobriquet does not embarrass you, LSL is the first film […]

November 18, 2013 KS Shameer Read More →

Books

The Strategic Partner

The Strategic Partner

Review of Jason Brownlee’s Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US, Egyptian alliance Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the US, Egyptian alliance Paperback: 296 pages Cambridge University Press (October 4, 2012) ISBN: 1107677866   In the heyday of counterrevolution against the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, I had chat with a Communist party member in India […]

August 25, 2014 Tayyib Read More →
The Meaning of Jerusalem

The Meaning of Jerusalem

Jerusalem: One City, Three FaithsPaperback: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (4/97) ISBN: 0345391683 Karen Armstrong’s Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths is always contemporary, or for that matter till the Israeli aggression and Palestinian resistance cease. There is nothing in a book of history to make it contemporary; except that it becomes a mirror held out against […]

August 23, 2014 KS Shameer Read More →
Najla Edward Said: On the Otherness Where We Belong

Najla Edward Said: On the Otherness Where We Belong

The reason why most people read Najila Said’s memoir: Looking for Palestine: Growing up Confused in an Arab-American Family might be that she is Edward Said’s daughter. There are other reasons why she must be read. Her prose is riveting; she recounts more about the process by which she grapples with her many identities than […]

July 22, 2014 KS Shameer Read More →

Person in Focus

‘Fashion Is the Biggest Oxymoron in My Life’

‘Fashion Is the Biggest Oxymoron in My Life’

Zinah Nur Sharif is a fashion blogger, designer and cover girl. An outspoken critic of the fashion industry as it was normally understood, Zinah uses the platform of blog to take to people her innovative and revolutionary ideas of clothing and fashion. In conversation with Emma Tarlo,  she explains the crucial ideas prevalent in the […]

June 30, 2014 Emma Tarlo Read More →

Food

Have a Dabba @ Home

Have a Dabba @ Home

I recently happened to watch Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, a 2012 Bollywood movie with the cast of Boman Irani and popular accomplished choreographer –turned-director Farah Khan. The romantic comedy revolves around two middle-aged Parsis, Farhad and Shirin and their baffled courtship which they try to work out into a happy marriage. The film […]

May 6, 2014 Shauqeen Mizaj 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 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 Read More →

Guest Column

Five reasons why Hawking is right to boycott Israel

Five reasons why Hawking is right to boycott Israel

As announced by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and subsequently covered by The Guardian, Reuters and others, world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking has decided to heed the Palestinian call for boycott, and pull out of an Israeli conference hosted by President Shimon Peres in June. After initial confusion, this was confirmed – Hawking is staying away on political […]

July 22, 2014 Ben White Read More →
The Art of Giving in to Nature

The Art of Giving in to Nature

  It is an enviable saga of a single man’s continuous hard work and dedication to bring about great changes in the lives of the villagers. He created a 32-acre forest in a barren rocky wasteland. It has bettered the climate of the place, improved the standard of living, and served and saved the lives […]

July 17, 2014 M Noushad Read More →
Algeria and the Politics of the Spectator

Algeria and the Politics of the Spectator

  While I write this note, FIFA 2014 witnessed a fantastic jolt with Germany in the first semi-final dealing a humiliating drubbing to the host Brazil by 7-1. Before the first semi-final the equations had been evenly-poised: Argentina and Brazil, the two fossilized teams from Latin America along with Germany and Netherlands, two European giants. […]

July 9, 2014 Ayoob Rahman Read More →

Music

Muslimgauze: Beyond the Hypnotic Sufi Gimmick

Muslimgauze: Beyond the Hypnotic Sufi Gimmick

Why am I not blessed with the kinda music which Bryn Jones dished out under the banner Muslimgauze?  This is the question one can’t help asking in a climate of fear and victimhood. Next month 15 years will have been over since the passing away of Jones. We listen to politics trumpeted. But once in […]

May 5, 2014 Birjooo 0 Comments Read More →
Coke Studio, Pakistan

Coke Studio, Pakistan

There are no billboards on the streets. For the last four years, a week or so before the new season of Coke Studio is launched, most of the important billboards in major Pakistani cities are taken up by snazzy advertisements announcing the featured artists of the season. It’s the biggest annual ad campaign for any […]

May 5, 2014 Bilal Tanweer Read More →
Glastonbury & Lo, and Painting weds sounds

Glastonbury & Lo, and Painting weds sounds

Glastonbury 2013: For music buffs, I update two tidings, one sad mixed with one really good. Glastonbury 2013 is under way. For those who have not heard about Glastonbury for the first time, I would like to spare the Wikipedia break by simply explaining it: The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is a festival […]

May 5, 2014 Jeevan Thomas 0 Comments Read More →
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