Asif Farrukhi

POETRY: JEWELS FROM FORGOTTEN PERSIAN POETRY

POETRY: JEWELS FROM FORGOTTEN PERSIAN POETRY

Afzal Ahmed Syed has done great service to our literary heritage by excavating and translating vintage couplets from often unfairly dismissed poets...

Published May 31, 2020 01:38pm
COLUMN: A TIME FOR DEATH

COLUMN: A TIME FOR DEATH

News of death, especially if unrelated to the dreaded coronavirus, seems all the more dismal...

Published May 10, 2020 06:43am
COLUMN: VIRAL STORIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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