Movies

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 […]

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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 Read More →
Hamlet and his Kashmirian Odyssey

Hamlet and his Kashmirian Odyssey

Touchstones by which a Hamlet adaptation is measured are the ghost and the play within the play. Though these two appear only minimally on the stage, they drive the tempo of the play. Ghost is nothing but Hamlet’s subconscious which brings his hidden fears and oedipal angst out into his (as well as ours) conscious, […]

October 3, 2014 KS Shameer Read More →

Books

Yearbook of the Year: Our Picks

Yearbook of the Year: Our Picks

1: Do Muslim Women Need Saving?- Laila Abu-lugodh Laila Abu Lugodh argues that in the aftermath of the 9\11, the paradigm of rescuing Muslim women from the ‘oppressive’, ‘unprogressive’ and ‘pre-modern’ Muslim lands has procured momentum as an undeniable necessity. This well-researched work is the result of Laila Abu Lugodh’s encounters as an ethnographer, of […]

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The Court Jester of Bollywood

The Court Jester of Bollywood

Naseeruddin Shah is the court jester of Bollywood, the nickname of Hindi Cinema, which, despite being derogatory (meaning senseless imitation), it embraced in vigour. The reason why everyone else comes only second to Shah in being a wise clown is that unlike most actors in the Hindi cinema world, Shah is not a fool whose […]

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A Voyage Down the History of Pak Cricket

A Voyage Down the History of Pak Cricket

Peter Oborne, chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph has penned a brilliantly researched book on the history of Pakistan cricket. He has to his credit Basil D’oliveira, Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story, which tells the story of the charismatic black South African cricketer, Basil D’oliveira, who set off to England as an immigrant, […]

December 10, 2014 Saad Salmi. AP 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 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 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

Four Tragedies Daryabadi Witnessed

Four Tragedies Daryabadi Witnessed

Daryabadi’s forte at expressing in a few charming words complex and subtle ideas is second to none in the Urdu literature. He deals with four tragic incidents he witnessed in his Sidk-e-Jadeed (1972). The first tragedy occurred in 1924. The Khilafat Movement was progressing in unitedly against for the freedom of India at a rapid […]

November 20, 2014 V.A Kabeer Read More →
Storm in the Coffee Cup

Storm in the Coffee Cup

The recent victory for the Baratiya Janata Party in the assembly constituencies of Maharashtra and Hariyana, following the landslide it had in the Indian Parliamentary election, has boosted not only the morale of various Sangh Parivar elements, but their hubris as well. Recently, there was what appeared to be cultural vigilantism by Youva Moracha, a […]

October 29, 2014 Shameer KS Read More →
Ziauddin Sardar: The Careless Critic

Ziauddin Sardar: The Careless Critic

I have just emerged safe from reading Ziauddin Sardar’s article on Muslim men. Those who are surprised at what I actually mean should understand that articles, thoughts and reflections of authors can inflict harm on you by perverting realities and misrepresenting truths while remaining earnest, sincere and disinterested and papering over the seemingly credible, but […]

October 29, 2014 Adv Zainaba Ummer Read More →
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