Syed Nomanul Haq

COLUMN: COMPLEXITY OF CULTURAL LINKAGES

COLUMN: COMPLEXITY OF CULTURAL LINKAGES

Experts tell us there are at least 200 versions of the text in more than 50 languages. However, standard accounts of the fable’... Published 29 Jan, 2023 06:23am
COLUMN: THE FLIGHT OF THE MOTH

COLUMN: THE FLIGHT OF THE MOTH

This is Mir Taqi Mir, invoking the candle and moth symbolism — something ubiquitous in classical Urdu poetry. Indeed, it is found Published 27 Nov, 2022 06:23am
COLUMN: LET REALITY ABIDE

COLUMN: LET REALITY ABIDE

I have written more than once about a fascinating, deeply meaningful and yet, at first glance, somewhat odd beseeching of a very Published 01 May, 2022 10:01am
COLUMN: DOOMED IN THE DIVINE COURT

COLUMN: DOOMED IN THE DIVINE COURT

The 11th-12th century polymath, Abu Hamid Ghazali (known in the mediaeval Latin West as Algazel, and sometimes as... Published 20 Mar, 2022 07:17am
COLUMN: THE SAQI PHENOMENON

COLUMN: THE SAQI PHENOMENON

Despite his belligerence, his frequent quarrels and abruptness, and his preoccupation with the weird, frightening... Updated 12 Dec, 2021 02:59pm
COLUMN: CONTRARIES IN FAIZ'S FORGE

COLUMN: CONTRARIES IN FAIZ'S FORGE

This is how Faiz softens human suffering, turning chains into silk threads. It is supremely remarkable that here is an acti... Updated 24 Oct, 2021 11:45am
COLUMN: ON BROKEN CRUTCHES

COLUMN: ON BROKEN CRUTCHES

Classical textual sources report an intriguing anecdote in the generally adventurous life of the philosophical giant... Published 30 May, 2021 07:05am
COLUMN: FARUQI SAHIB'S GHALIB

COLUMN: FARUQI SAHIB'S GHALIB

As far as I am concerned, I know Western literature, but I do not feel belittled by it.”... Updated 03 Jan, 2021 03:50pm
COLUMN: IMAGE, TEXT AND FIRDOWSI

COLUMN: IMAGE, TEXT AND FIRDOWSI

How interesting, it is a text that begets aesthetic expressions in the sphere of visual creativity. Today, the several hundred... Updated 09 Aug, 2020 07:29am
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 14 Jun, 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 19 Apr, 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 09 Feb, 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 03 Nov, 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 30 Jun, 2019 07:06am