:::::::::::::::::: 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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24 Hours in Dubai – Dunes and Dinars – By Naeem Randhawa

Burqas at the Airport. The woman looks up from examining my papers, and now is glaring at me. I remove my sunglasses and smile, somewhat surprised at her forwardness.In my country, women wearing the burqa are typically shy, for the most part. Here,she is commanding respect, as she and her comrades...

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“BOL” A Very Bold Movie – By Ras Siddiqui

This movie has taken the cloak (and clothes) off many segments of current Pakistani society and parts of it will make the viewer quite uncomfortable.  What used to be true about film entertainment originating from south Asia, especially Pakistan was that it sure took its sweet time while reaching California....

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The Mosquito – By Beej K Singh

He was running between two tall buildings. There was a power outage. It was a narrow lane. There was mud, there were open sewers on both sides, there was smell, there were feces, and there was darkness. He thought he heard footsteps. He fell down a few times and scraped...

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Ambri (Mother) A Poem by Anwar Masood – By Asif Naqshbandi

The poem highlights many things which are a part of rural Punjabi culture, especially the spoilt upbringing of male children, in particular, and the unconditional love which mothers have for their children. Translated & Transliterated from the Punjabi by Asif J Naqshbandi Dramatis personae: Munshi ji (a school teacher); Akram...

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In memory of Dr. Abdus Salam – By Professor Jogesh Pati

[This article was published in Physics Today (August 1997). It is being reproduced here with the permission of the author] Abdus Salam died at age 70 on 21 November 1996, at his home in Oxford, England. He was best known for his pioneering work on electroweak unification, for which he shared the...

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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...

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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,...

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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....