Movies

A Black Friday in Bombay: Film Review

A Black Friday in Bombay: Film Review

A critical appraisal of Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007) in the aftermath of Yaqoob Memon’s execution for his alleged involvement in the Bombay blasts, which the film purports to narrate. An adaptation of the book by author/journalist S. Hussain Zaidi, Black Friday, released in 2007 took three years to see the light of day. It […]

August 19, 2015 Ali Ahsan
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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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Books

Death of a Provocation

Death of a Provocation

An easy way to mourn the demise of a controversial author is to write a review of her not so controversial book, if her oeuvre is extensive and large and if she is not someone like Taslima Nasrin, a factory of tilts. I am not saying that an author’s controversial work should be left unscathed, […]

August 26, 2015 Simi Alwa
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Book Review of Living Islam. Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier

Book Review of Living Islam. Muslim Religious Experience in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier

Author: Magnus Marsden United Kingdom Cambridge University Press, New York, United States of America Date Published 2005 First Edition What does it mean to be a Muslim in Pakistan? The question is of much significance given that Islam is the founding basis of the nation. And yet, it is surprisingly under-studied,as it is not an […]

July 30, 2015 Ali Ahsan
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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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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

Jamaludheen Afghani and Decolonial Horizon

Jamaludheen Afghani and Decolonial Horizon

There is an avid interest in recent times in excavating in the multi-faceted career of Jamaluddin Afghani those factors which could help turn the tables on the colonizing power centres.  Pankaj Mishra, a writer committed to the cause of decolonization in the era of globalization, notes in his well-documented From the Ruins of an Empire, […]

July 7, 2015 Sead selmi
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How to Transgender Islam

How to Transgender Islam

Joseph Massad, professor of Arab politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University, is a towering post-colonial theorist and political scientist. Wide-ranging though his academic interests are, his writings primarily focus, just as those of his teacher Edward Said do, on the aggressive colonial politics of Israel and the western liberal nation states. At the theoretical […]

July 3, 2015 Shameer.ks
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God as ‘She’

God as ‘She’

A group of women priests within the Church of England want to start referring to God as ‘She’ to combat sexism, the proposal gone controversial. ‘When we use only male language for God we reinforce the idea that God is like a man and, in doing so, suggest that men are therefore more like God […]

June 8, 2015 Interactive News Desk
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