Movies

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 →
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 →

Books

The Snowden Question: Espionage and Ethics

The Snowden Question: Espionage and Ethics

  Edward Snowden, renowned for letting the genie out of the US top secret bottle, remains to be one of the legends of modern IT era. The US government apparently had no excuse – though lame – to offer in its defense. To the shock of right minded people all over the world the computer […]

October 27, 2014 AK Abdul Majeed 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 about her […]

September 22, 2014 Read More →
Co-existence and Diaspora: A Jewish Critique of Zionism

Co-existence and Diaspora: A Jewish Critique of Zionism

All believers, whatever be their religion, must go through the experience of diaspora, as diaspora is helplessly an important stage in their life. Etymologically the word signifies scattering and dispersal and evokes the memories of homelessness. Where the Quran narrates the story of Banu Israel, addresses the newly emerging community of believers under Prophet Muhammad […]

September 19, 2014 KS Shameer Read More →

Person in Focus

Modiano’s Fictions: The Political Landscape

Modiano’s Fictions: The Political Landscape

There is a question Edward W Said reserves for Jewish intellectuals who write about Holocaust and atrocities against Jews: How do they read and respond to the similar genocide that the Zionist government orchestrates against Palestinians. Their answer would be the proof of their radical politics not being sectarian.  Sadly, Modiano is silent about Palestine. This […]

October 10, 2014 Interactive features 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

Edward Said: Legacy Revived

Edward Said: Legacy Revived

Edward Said touched on many discourses relevant today, because his career is rooted deep into the most pressing political concerns of today. To say metaphorically, Edward Said is not yet dead, as there is a continuum of his intellectual career through his contemporaries, students and fans. We array here the reflections of some outspoken critiques […]

September 19, 2014 Read More →
Sociality and the burqa question

Sociality and the burqa question

France may have lost the football World Cup but it has won its case in the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that no one covers his or her face in public. This verdict stems from a challenge to France’s 2010 edict banning the public from wearing religious symbols, including crucifixes, yarmulkes and burqas. […]

August 8, 2014 MADHAVI MENON Read More →
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 →

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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