Category: Events

Cultural Events of Pakistan & India

Zia Mohyeddin

Zia Mohyeddin: The Master of Urdu Literature Recitals

When it comes to Urdu Literature Recitals as an art form, Zia Mohyeddin stands in a league of his own. Mastering the art of delivering each word with immaculate clarity, Zia Sahib has an exceptional ability to make you feel poignant and joyous at the same gathering. He has traveled world over and it’s an...

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The Origin of Life by S. Shafqat

The Origin of Life by S. Shafqat On a warm and humid day approximately 3.8 billion years ago, with the adolescent Earth cooling down into its permanent features and with rain and lightning dominating the skies, some random molecules came together in a primordial water-soup – perhaps in the sea, perhaps in some...

Eqbal Ahmed

Eqbal Ahmad: A true struggle. A true man – By Edward Said

Edward Said is a distinguished Palestinian-American writer. He has written many world acclaimed works on the Palestinian quest ion His scholarly work Orientalism is highly influential in challenging western perceptions of the Orient. Eqbal Ahmad, one of the most brilliant and unusual political thinkers and activists of the last 35 years, died...

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The Environmental Movement – Whose Movement? – B. Jafri

  The Environmental Movement – Whose Movement? – B. Jafri   Are`nt all of us a part of the Environment? It seems like a somewhat inane question, doesn`t it? Of course the environment belongs to everybody, and the environmental movement should, theoretically at least, belong to everybody. Yet the movement remains relatively...

Basant in Lahore

Basant in Lahore By Y. L. Hamdani

“Why Lahore is better than every other city on Earth”, Bill Oreilly, that hawkish blabbermouth host of the `Oreilly Factor` aired on the not so fair and balanced `Fox News`, once arrogantly.   He exclaimed `Who would wanna go to Lahore for vacation`. Obviously he hasn`t been to Lahore on the Basant...

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The Mandir Mirage by Farzana Versey

The Mandir Mirage – by Farzana Versey They will do anything at all. They will do anything at all. What confounds me is that people are going to believe the sheer absurdity they are dishing out because it sounds plausible and certainly good. My question is: For those with such political sagacity,...

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The Vicious Circle of Violence, by M.A.Baig

  The TV screens in every Indian home have shown us the savage joy on the faces of the goons who recently attacked poor non Maharashtrians in Mumbai that was little different from the faces of the fanatics who had attacked Sikhs, Muslims and other racial or religious minorities in...

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Caught In Between – By A. Sarwari

    The Author penned this article immediately after Sept 11. It is reproduced here for reference.  In an attack that killed indiscriminately on September 11th 2001, one can clearly state that it is a war on all humanity. The world trade center encompassed in it the almost utopia-like belief where all the flags form...

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Passing Sidi Gaber:Notes on the Carnival of Revolution in Cairo

In the midst of recent turmoil in Cairo, one can reflect on the work of Egyptian Nobel Laureate-Naguib Mahfouz, “The Cairo Trilogy”. All children have read about the pyramids of Giza.It was at a mosque in Giza that the Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed Al-Baradei faced tear gas and water canons...

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The Alternative Muslim Identity – By Z. Rizvi

    This is somewhat of a contentious topic to write about, which is of course why I am writing about Muslim-ness. There are many labels which liberal , alternative thinking, progressive Muslims like to self categorize with — but let’s back up. A couple of years ago, late 2000, I...

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The Leveling of America – By S. Shah

A compelling read on globalization, citing computer and Internet technology as the main levelers that made the current level of globalization possible, “The World Is Flat` would have been more appropriately titled, “The Leveling of America and Why it is Actually Good For America or All Those Who Seek To...

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The most tragic story of Aruna Shanbaug – By H. Nambiar

Aruna Shanbaug is one of the many gutsy girls who knew her worth and sought what she wanted. As an eighteen- year-old lass she left her village home in Haldipur in Shimoga, Karnataka, rebelling against her parents’ wishes, to become a nurse in the city of her dreams. Bombay. She...

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How to find an Arab Horse : A story

As part of the British Museum London’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration, there was an excellent exhibition on the history of Arab Horses. It It narrated a legend that to test a real Arab stallion, Arabs starved horses for sometime. Then they placed fodder in front of the horses and asked the horse master to call...

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Where did Pakistan go wrong? by L. Mohan

The appreciation that the US President showered on the Indian democracy during his recent visit contrasted sharply with the cold stares he had reserved for the rulers of Pakistan. By all surface indicators it should have been the other way around. It is India that has all the ingredients that...

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BASANT IN LAHORE [Aniruddha Bahal] Basant Kite Festival has been banned in Lahore due to many casualties happening due to the sharpened ‘door’ or kite thread. However, this article revisits the fun and glamour of this amazing event Lahore used to have once. Happy reading! Early last month, Lahore celebrated...