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Asif Farrukhi

IN MEMORIAM: THE ONE WHO DID NOT ASK

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

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

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

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

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

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
COLUMN: YOUSUFI THE NOVELIST

COLUMN: YOUSUFI THE NOVELIST

Having lived to a ripe old age, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi departed from this mortal world a few weeks ago. His death has... Published Jul 15, 2018 06:25am
IN MEMORIAM: THE ERA OF YOUSUFI

IN MEMORIAM: THE ERA OF YOUSUFI

The passing away of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi on June 20 seemed to signal a cultural loss and the decline of a tradition of Published Jul 01, 2018 07:07am
FICTION: OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

FICTION: OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

One of the finest novelists of his generation, Julian Barnes writes a novel that is perhaps the saddest novel to have Published Jun 10, 2018 06:53am
IN MEMORIAM: IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN

IN MEMORIAM: IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN

Eminent scholar M. Umar Memon, who passed away on June 4, opened up new avenues of expression through an armload Published Jun 10, 2018 06:53am
COLUMN: DICTATORS AS WRITERS

COLUMN: DICTATORS AS WRITERS

The larger-than-life shadow of despotic tyrants takes over all aspects of society, from work ethics to spirituality.... Published May 13, 2018 07:20am
COLUMN: THE NOVEL ECONOMY

COLUMN: THE NOVEL ECONOMY

The novel is a rare bird on the Urdu literary scene. Noting the appearance of a number of good novels in Urdu in a... Published Mar 11, 2018 06:56am
COLUMN: STUDYING URDU IN JAPAN

COLUMN: STUDYING URDU IN JAPAN

Looking westward has become such an ingrained mental habit for us that we tend to look in that direction even when ... Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
FICTION: THE MAKING OF A TRAITOR

FICTION: THE MAKING OF A TRAITOR

A fine new translation of Krishan Chander’s magnum opus on Partition is timely and makes for compulsive reading Published Dec 17, 2017 07:00am
OBITUARY: REQUIEM FOR A MASTER

OBITUARY: REQUIEM FOR A MASTER

Tassaduq Sohail’s life was a tale of revolt, desire and unrestrained originality. Largely self-taught, the artist Published Oct 08, 2017 07:41am
THE SHADOW OF KARBALA

THE SHADOW OF KARBALA

Events that took place on a far-off battlefield exactly 1,337 years ago have exerted a defining influence on Urdu Published Oct 01, 2017 04:25am