Asif Farrukhi

FICTION: A MOST REMARKABLE DEBUT

A novel by a first-time writer and set in the bleak and wintry landscape of Kamchatka is unlike anything else recent Published Sep 15, 2019 07:02am

COLUMN: THE MISSING WRITERS

Every year around mid-August, with some degree of fanfare, the civil awards are announced by the government of... Published Sep 08, 2019 07:06am

FICTION: A PROMISE GONE SOUR

Daisy Rockwell’s superb translation of Khadija Mastur’s posthumous and oft-neglected novel makes it even more compelling Published Aug 25, 2019 07:11am

TRAVEL: ISHKOMAN DAYS

Being a rare guest in a valley hitherto unspoilt by the ravages of tourism can be a magical and an unforgettable Published Jul 21, 2019 05:53am

COLUMN: MANTO LIVES ON!

There are several new books on Saadat Hassan Manto. Slowly and steadily, the pile keeps growing. Most are new ... Published Jul 07, 2019 07:24am

COLUMN: DISCOVERING KRISHNA SOBTI

Partition is not the end, but a beginning for Krishna Sobti’s elegiac and lyrical A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There,... Published May 19, 2019 07:19am

A flawed merger

Why combine the Urdu Dictionary Board and the Urdu Science Board? Published Mar 21, 2019 06:46am

COLUMN: IRAQ'S NOVEL BOUNTY

In a year of relentlessly pursuing good novels, some of the most interesting and amazing novels I read came,... Published Feb 24, 2019 09:14am

FICTION: ‘MY SHATTERED REFLECTION’

An English translation of a one-of-its-kind novel from Bhopal, once dubbed one of the ‘best untranslated novels’ in the Published Jan 06, 2019 06:33am

IN MEMORIAM: THE ONE WHO DID NOT ASK

Altaf Fatima, who passed away last week, never received her due despite a formidable body of work. But she was much Published Dec 09, 2018 07:06am

COLUMN: A NEW HARVEST OF ANGER

If teaching literature is a challenge, then a greater challenge is teaching contemporary literature. Classics, by... Published Dec 02, 2018 07:04am

FICTION: FOUND AGAIN IN TRANSLATION

Khadija Mastoor’s classic novel Aangan receives a superb and nuanced new translation that is likely to garner even more Published Nov 25, 2018 07:03am

COLUMN: ISMAT’S LAST FLOWERING

The stinking water in a flower vase begins to swelter and bubble with fermentation as chemical processes unleash a... Published Sep 23, 2018 06:41am

OPINION: STORIES WE CAN NEVER FORGET

With Independence Day right around the corner, we asked some Pakistani fiction authors to tell us which Partition-themed Published Aug 12, 2018 07:47am

FICTION: MEMORY AND FORGETTING

A major literary voice from Bangladesh maturely handles the theme of missing persons against a political backdrop which Published Jul 29, 2018 07:31am