Aamer Hussein

COLUMN: LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND

COLUMN: LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND

Longing for anywhere else but the place I’m in is a feeling I’m deeply familiar with. During the lockdown it becomes more...

Updated 31 Jul, 2020 07:30am
COLUMN: PANGS OF ISOLATION

COLUMN: PANGS OF ISOLATION

“All writers live in a dolphin-like progression, above and below the waterline, of isolation and intense...

Updated 08 Jun, 2020 03:59pm
COLUMN: The TALL MAN

COLUMN: The TALL MAN

There’s a parable somewhere which says that each of us has nine — or is it 12? — teachers who guide us to our goa...

Published 12 Apr, 2020 07:06am
COLUMN: PATHWAYS OF LIGHT

COLUMN: PATHWAYS OF LIGHT

I approach biographies of my favourite writers with some trepidation, more so when the writer in question has ...

Published 26 Jan, 2020 07:05am
COLUMN: THREE TIDES FROM THE WEST

COLUMN: THREE TIDES FROM THE WEST

Reading on BBC2 about a series of programmes on the novels focusing on empire and race that shaped our world, I recalled

Published 24 Nov, 2019 07:07am
COLUMN: THE NOWHERE MEN

COLUMN: THE NOWHERE MEN

As I drove through the unfamiliar suburb of Acton on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I was thinking how London, with its...

Published 22 Sep, 2019 06:58am
COLUMN: SUSTAINING CULTURAL SPACES

COLUMN: SUSTAINING CULTURAL SPACES

In November last year, during a session about literature and language at the International Islamic University in...

Published 21 Jul, 2019 05:53am
COLUMN: REVISITING SPRING

COLUMN: REVISITING SPRING

Yesterday, from a table piled with my favourite books, I retrieved a translation of The Four Dervishes. I had ...

Published 12 May, 2019 07:02am
COLUMN: THE LIFE OF FESTIVALS

COLUMN: THE LIFE OF FESTIVALS

I arrived at Chennai airport from Dubai early on a mid-January morning to be greeted at immigration by a smiling...

Published 03 Mar, 2019 07:08am
COLUMN: POETS AND DREAMERS

COLUMN: POETS AND DREAMERS

They were born five years apart. Both Leos, both poets, prose writers, radicals. I had barely stopped mourning one...

Published 30 Dec, 2018 07:09am
COLUMN: CHINESE ENCOUNTERS

COLUMN: CHINESE ENCOUNTERS

At the age of 31, I read widely in about four languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish. By the age of 36 ...

Updated 15 Oct, 2018 02:24pm
COLUMN: THE WOMEN OF BLOCK 2

COLUMN: THE WOMEN OF BLOCK 2

When Shahbano Alvi, my friend and the publisher of my forthcoming book, asked me to give the first of a series of...

Published 05 Aug, 2018 07:28am
COLUMN: MY LIFE AS A WRITER

COLUMN: MY LIFE AS A WRITER

The tiny woman standing in front of me at the crowded reception turned around and said, “Hello, I’m Pat.” I...

Published 03 Jun, 2018 07:05am
COLUMN: THE GENIUS OF LATIF

COLUMN: THE GENIUS OF LATIF

On a cool February morning, I flew into Islamabad to speak at the Mother Languages Literature Festival at Lok Virsa...

Published 01 Apr, 2018 06:49am
COLUMN: PLACES OF THE MIND

COLUMN: PLACES OF THE MIND

One book I most enjoyed reading this year was a freshly translated selection of Ismat Chughtai’s short stories,...

Published 24 Dec, 2017 07:03am
COLUMN: DISCOVERING KHALIDA HUSAIN

COLUMN: DISCOVERING KHALIDA HUSAIN

Late summer, 1991. On a break between teaching classes at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), I found...

Published 29 Oct, 2017 06:06am
COLUMN: MOONLIT SAGA

COLUMN: MOONLIT SAGA

In August 2007, when smartphones and social media ‘connections’ weren’t ubiquitous, I returned to London from...

Published 27 Aug, 2017 07:00am
COLUMN: STORIES WITHIN STORIES

COLUMN: STORIES WITHIN STORIES

Last month the critic Boyd Tonkin, whom I have often worked with for about 25 years, wrote to ask me if I’d like ...

Published 02 Jul, 2017 06:58am
COLUMN: THE ROMANCES OF MAMU MIAN

COLUMN: THE ROMANCES OF MAMU MIAN

In ‘Muhabbat ka Bulava’ a young man falls in love with his friend’s sister and when his loved one’s very rich father

Updated 14 May, 2017 10:18am