:::::::::::::::::: To the reverence of Word, which makes sacred the tip of a Pen :::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: لفظ کی حرمت کے نام ، جو نوک ِ قلم پر احرام بندھتا ہے :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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Steps of a Fort: 1556, 1864 – By S. Rao

In 1864, a tall British man from Nottingham stood exactly where I was with his crew of coolies and a daguerreotype camera, looking down at the end of the steps, visualizing, like I am, the death of Humayun. A young couple huddles together on the stone stoop, holding hands as...

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Societies of Government College University (GCU) Lahore

Who else but Faiz Sahib, a distinguished Ravian, express it so gloriously! واعظ ہے نہ زاہد ہے ، ناصح ہے نہ قاتل ہے ! اب شہر میں یاروں کی کس طرح بسر ہوگی    Ravians share such relationship with the myriad of Societies at Government College University (GCU) Lahore. Some notables include: Government...

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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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Ramblings of an Indian Cricket Fan – By Amer Sultan

As Shakespeare famously said, “Oh Cricket! Thou art so beautiful! Thou maketh Mansoor Akhtar looketh like Viv Richards in Pakistan, and Stuart Broad looketh like RP Singh in India.” As Pakistan cricket sinks itself into oblivion in preparation for yet another “where the hell did this come from” comeback, I...

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Goodbye, Allah Rakhi – By Ras Siddiqui

In memory of Noor Jahan Our best-known Pakistani nightingale is gone. Her journey from birth (real name Allah Rakhi as reported by the BBC) in Kasur British India in 1926 to her death in Karachi, Pakistan in the year 2000 has ended. And this one admirer amongst many has a few...

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A Candid Interview With Saeed Anwar – By Nadeem Khan

For once, a buccaneering effort by the lithe Pakistani opener went in vain, although his 140 in the third Coca Cola Independence Cup Final against India, following his record busting 194 a few months ago against the same team, firmly established Saeed Anwar as India’s chief scourge. Saeed’s latest hundred...

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The Myth of Growth: Pakistan’s Lost Opportunity – By Zee M.

The Myth of Growth:Pakistan’s Lost Opportunity It is June 2001. The new Government is still pondering over what to do with the economy. The Pakistani Rupee is in a nosedive, and the black market in foreign exchange is booming because of capital flight. The central bank finds its reserves just...

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The People’s Poet – By Mohammad Gill

Ahmad Faraz is a peoples’ poet. He speaks in the metaphors of prophecy and vision that transcends rhetoric and narrow nationalism. He is truly an international poet, a pan-humanist of the rarest sort. Rare because his poems are love poems, even when they decry, denounce, lament, or accuse. (Mary Mcanally on...