Zulfikar Ghose

COLUMN: ALMINO'S MAJNUN AND LAILA

COLUMN: ALMINO'S MAJNUN AND LAILA

What first provoked my curious attention when I opened João Almino’s novel, Enigmas of Spring, was that its hero... Published 25 Apr, 2021 06:20am
COLUMN: AGHA SHAHID ALI'S HIMALAYAS

COLUMN: AGHA SHAHID ALI'S HIMALAYAS

It is nearly 20 years since Agha Shahid Ali, the eminent Kashmiri poet, died aged 52. Rereading his books —... Published 07 Mar, 2021 06:55am
COLUMN: MUSLIMS SHAPING EUROPE

COLUMN: MUSLIMS SHAPING EUROPE

Those of us who grew up during the last years of the British Raj had little choice if we wanted a decent education... Published 17 Jan, 2021 06:55am
COLUMN: BALZAC'S SKIN OF GRIEF

COLUMN: BALZAC'S SKIN OF GRIEF

He shows Raphael a strangely brilliant piece of shagreen; anyone who possesses the skin and makes a wish will have his wish... Updated 29 Nov, 2020 04:22pm
COLUMN: CLOSING BOOKSHOPS

COLUMN: CLOSING BOOKSHOPS

That sort of rapport between a writer and a bookseller has long vanished as have many of the shops, including the one I knew... Published 11 Oct, 2020 07:01am
COLUMN: POETRY IN TRANSLATION

COLUMN: POETRY IN TRANSLATION

Sometimes, reading a chance remark that asserts a surprising claim persuades us to reread a text to see if we’d... Published 23 Aug, 2020 07:15am
COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

COLUMN: THE SYCORAX SYNDROME

In an unpublished essay composed some 10 years ago, titled ‘The Sycorax Syndrome’, English poet Christopher Middleton Published 28 Jun, 2020 06:56am
COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

COLUMN: VERGA AND ITALIAN MODERNISM

The eminence claimed for Lampedusa is based on referring to his novel as that by a Sicilian writing about Sicily. Updated 03 May, 2020 12:40pm
COLUMN: TWO POEMS

COLUMN: TWO POEMS

Two unpublished poems from the writer… Published 08 Mar, 2020 08:19am
COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

COLUMN: BOMBAL AND HER VISION

Long before the much-celebrated Latin American boom that is associated with the 1967 publication of One Hundred ... Updated 30 Dec, 2019 02:30pm
COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

COLUMN: THE MAKING OF DJUNA BARNES

Reading T.S. Eliot’s letters, one learns how an obscure work by an unknown writer is pushed to the attention of a... Updated 28 Oct, 2019 11:39am
COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

COLUMN: THE CASE OF GEORGE BARKER

The letters in the seventh volume of T.S. Eliot’s massive correspondence — written during 1934-35 when he was a... Updated 26 Aug, 2019 09:55am
COLUMN: PASSAGE TO BEAUTY

COLUMN: PASSAGE TO BEAUTY

As we read in history, since ancient times the Indian subcontinent has attracted explorers and invaders to raid its... Updated 24 Jun, 2019 09:40am
COLUMN: UNPOETIC POETS

COLUMN: UNPOETIC POETS

Much of today’s English-language poetry seems to be written by people who believe themselves to be poets, but have... Published 28 Apr, 2019 07:16am
COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM TENNYSON

COLUMN: IN MEMORIAM TENNYSON

Some years ago I visited the English department of a university in Pakistan and, on entering the chairman’s ... Updated 26 Nov, 2018 03:32pm
COLUMN: PEREC AND THE PUZZLED SELF

COLUMN: PEREC AND THE PUZZLED SELF

Many readers may have heard of a French novel called La Disparition by Georges Perec, written without using the... Updated 16 Sep, 2018 10:37am
COLUMN: EXILED AMONG SPIDERS

COLUMN: EXILED AMONG SPIDERS

Summertime and the tourists are abroad, I among them, seeing the world through a veil of ignorance cast over it like... Published 22 Jul, 2018 07:59am
COLUMN: AMONG EYELESS STATUES

COLUMN: AMONG EYELESS STATUES

The shock that then jolts the reader is the substitution in the reader’s mind of the rats by people... Published 20 May, 2018 08:02am