Asif Farrukhi

COLUMN: VIRAL STORIES

Stopping short of being declared a pandemic on a global scale by watchdog bodies, the dreaded coronavirus has... Published Mar 15, 2020 08:35am

POETRY: A WHIFF OF THE IMAGINARY

Written in a clear style and modern idiom, these poems display concerns of one of the most important contemp... Published Feb 16, 2020 07:09am

COLUMN: PALESTINE AS METAPHOR

The Palestinian poet known the world over is Mahmoud Darwish. Among the major poetic voices of our times, it is in... Published Jan 12, 2020 07:03am

NON-FICTION: BARNES STORMING

Julian Barnes’s latest book is a groundbreaking, genre-bending biography which has the fascination of fiction and which Published Jan 05, 2020 09:19am

COLUMN: CRITICISM’S HIGH PRIESTS

The last quarter of this year marks the centenary of T.S. Eliot’s essay ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’.... Published Nov 10, 2019 06:57am

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