Syed Nomanul Haq

COLUMN: ASIF AND URDU’S SOCIOLOGY

COLUMN: ASIF AND URDU’S SOCIOLOGY

Asif Farrukhi left us. When I heard the news from my younger sister, it seemed to me that the whole realm of being had come to a grinding halt...

Published Jun 14, 2020 06:16am
COLUMN: THE MOON IS BRIGHTER

COLUMN: THE MOON IS BRIGHTER

Because the world is so full of death and horror, I try again and again to console my heart and pick the flowers that…

Updated Apr 19, 2020 01:06pm
COLUMN: UNREADING FAIZ

COLUMN: UNREADING FAIZ

Faiz spoke about prison, chain, lock, fire and scheming political leaders in his very first collection of pre-Pakistan..

Published Feb 09, 2020 06:58am
COLUMN: LOOKING FOR AHMAD FARAZ

COLUMN: LOOKING FOR AHMAD FARAZ

Ahmad Faraz, the poet whose words delivered young hearts into a frenzied gallop, has himself been dwindling into...

Published Nov 03, 2019 07:02am
COLUMN: IS ALL ROTE LEARNING EVIL?

COLUMN: IS ALL ROTE LEARNING EVIL?

Many years ago, in the bustling urban anarchy of Harvard Square, sprawled just outside the Harvard University ...

Published Jun 30, 2019 07:06am
COLUMN: ON ARABIC BASHING…

COLUMN: ON ARABIC BASHING…

Thinking in binaries is the delight of a growing child. Isn’t the cat evil, through and through evil, with nothing...

Published Apr 14, 2019 07:08am
COLUMN: TRANSCENDING GHALIB

COLUMN: TRANSCENDING GHALIB

Much has been said about the difficulties one faces in translating poetry. Yes, it is a daunting task, particularly...

Published Feb 10, 2019 07:20am
COLUMN: THE TYRANNY OF VOWELS

COLUMN: THE TYRANNY OF VOWELS

Let’s pause here and carve it on our cultural consciousness that poetry — especially Urdu...

Published Nov 11, 2018 08:38am
COLUMN: MEMON’S LOGIC OF CAPRICE

COLUMN: MEMON’S LOGIC OF CAPRICE

A young boy plays around in the narrow corridors of a dilapidated house dimly lit by kerosene lanterns casting long...

Published Jul 01, 2018 07:07am
COLUMN: LOSING IQBAL

COLUMN: LOSING IQBAL

Yesterday, April 21, marked exactly 80 years since the death of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Who is Iqbal? So many lofty...

Published Apr 22, 2018 07:20am
COLUMN: THE IRONIES OF PADMAVAT

COLUMN: THE IRONIES OF PADMAVAT

The fortunes of the fecund text Padmavat, on which the controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali Bollywood film of this...

Updated Feb 18, 2018 12:56pm
COLUMN: WHO IS THIS FAZL-I-HAQQ?

COLUMN: WHO IS THIS FAZL-I-HAQQ?

What do I say? And what do I write? My eyes have lost their vision, and my heart its joy. Hands tremble, And my...

Updated Oct 15, 2017 06:35pm
COLUMN: GHALIB’S PRETTY WRONGS

COLUMN: GHALIB’S PRETTY WRONGS

The phrase ‘pretty wrongs’ comes from the first line of William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 41’, a line that...

Updated Aug 01, 2017 12:05pm
COLUMN: Iqbal’s polarised legacy

COLUMN: Iqbal’s polarised legacy

Just two days ago, on April 21, began the eighth decade since the death of Pakistan’s national poet, Allama...

Updated Apr 25, 2017 11:44pm