Aamer Hussein

COLUMN: RESONANCE OF FALLING LEAVES

COLUMN: RESONANCE OF FALLING LEAVES

About 30 years ago, when I plunged into the ocean of Urdu fiction with the enthusiasm of someone learning to swim, I asked... Published 26 Jun, 2022 11:16am
COLUMN: LEGENDS AND THEIR TELLERS

COLUMN: LEGENDS AND THEIR TELLERS

“Myths, legends, tales, they are all part of our heritage which mark the way we think, live and see the world,”... Published 08 May, 2022 09:17am
COLUMN: REREADING BASHEER

COLUMN: REREADING BASHEER

After a sunny Christmas day in Karachi, I left the following dawn for London, aware of the cold, the miniscule days... Published 23 Jan, 2022 07:06am
COLUMN: THE LOVE OF EVERYDAY THINGS

COLUMN: THE LOVE OF EVERYDAY THINGS

There isn’t only love for a person; there is your love for your everyday things. I love nature above all. It attracts me more... Published 05 Dec, 2021 07:01am
COLUMN: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSES

COLUMN: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSES

Akbar, my occasional partner at literary Snakes and Ladders, wants to write a story with me as its main character. It’s taken him Published 17 Oct, 2021 06:39am
COLUMN: THE RETURN OF ATTIA HOSAIN

COLUMN: THE RETURN OF ATTIA HOSAIN

Last Monday evening — three days before her novel Sunlight on a Broken Column and her collection of stories ... Published 29 Aug, 2021 07:06am
COLUMN: CAUGHT BETWEEN TONGUES

COLUMN: CAUGHT BETWEEN TONGUES

Not long ago, in a recent mention of a collection of Sindhi tales — Pirani and Other Short Stories by Jamal Abro... Published 11 Jul, 2021 03:24pm
COLUMN: LOCKDOWN AND NOSTALGIA

COLUMN: LOCKDOWN AND NOSTALGIA

May, 2021. In about 10 days it will be 51 years since I came, at the age of 15, to study in this city, London. But... Published 23 May, 2021 06:06am
COLUMN: THE FABULIST OF LAHORE

COLUMN: THE FABULIST OF LAHORE

Often, when I’m bored with the books I’ve been reading or with the enforced solitude of lockdown, I return to my... Published 04 Apr, 2021 06:45am
COLUMN: THE LAST WORD

COLUMN: THE LAST WORD

Somewhere towards the end of the first decade of this century, I came upon a review, in the pages of Dawn, of a book... Published 14 Feb, 2021 06:47am
COLUMN: MUHAMMADI BEGUM'S LEGACY

COLUMN: MUHAMMADI BEGUM'S LEGACY

In his preface to the third edition of Sharif Beti [The Gentle Daughter], published in 1918, its publisher Syed... Published 27 Dec, 2020 07:04am
COLUMN: THE INTERIOR MOMENT

COLUMN: THE INTERIOR MOMENT

Any transcript of memory, however, carries in it the seed of reinvention, even if chronologies are observed... Published 08 Nov, 2020 07:20am
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