:::::::::::::::::: 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 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Faiz Ahmad Faiz with Alys Faiz 0

Faiz Ahmad Faiz – A Blameworthy Sufi? – By Asif Naqshbandi

A Translation of Faiz’s Last Poem As the Urdu-speaking world gathers to commemorate the quarter-centenial anniversary of Urdu’s greatest poet since Iqbal, it is worth recalling that though Faiz was a committed socialist and a Communist and a friend of the now-defunct USSR, going for treatment there often, feted by...

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Amrita Pritam: A reincarnation of Waris Shah

Amrita Pritam always reminded me of a re-incarnation of Waris Shah. Both were Punjabi Poets pare excellence, both preached non-violence, and both were one of the few celebrated literary giants, which are loved by people regardless of race, creed and religion at both sides of Indo-Pak border. It is not...

Dr. Abdus Salam Nobel Award - GC University Museum, Lahore. 0

Nobel Award of Dr. Abdus Salam – GC University Lahore

I am unsure whether it is fortunate or unfortunate that when one imagines Pakistan’s contribution to science, there is only one name that emerges in mind. Dr. Abdus Salam. The story of his life seems inspirational and surreal at the same time. Hailing from a shabby house in a small and unremarkable city of Jhang,...

Baddal - Anwar Masood's Punjabi Poem بدل - انور مسعود دی پنجابی نظم 0

Anwar Masood’s punjabi poem ‘Baddal’ (Clouds)

Anwar Masood is one of the rare people I have seen who can make you laugh and weep in the same mehfil. As a master reciter and a mood-swinger, he holds his audience as his hostage, whether he recites his ‘Banain Len Jandey Ho’ or ‘Ambari’, his most poignant nazm to date....

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Basant in Lahore لاہور میں بسنت

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...