Last month the critic Boyd Tonkin, whom I have often worked with for about 25 years, wrote to ask me if I’d like ...
In ‘Muhabbat ka Bulava’ a young man falls in love with his friend’s sister and when his loved one’s very rich father
In February 2007, Mai Ghoussoub — my publisher at Saqi Books and a very dear friend — rang me up in the morning...
The ‘little voice’ from China, whose linguistic experiments aimed to dismiss the postcolonial legacy bequeathed upon
The true authorship of an Azerbaijani masterpiece comes up for debate, and the question of primary and secondary
Eva de Vitray-Meyerovitch’s translations of works of Rumi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal include the first complete
On writers who manage to escape exoticism and stereotypes while working in an idiom entirely alien to the setting,
The past, with its secrets, myths and legends, was woven into Mrs Abdul Qadir’s tales of horror and mystery
Reflections on literary festivals and fellow panellists
The author looks back on how he juggled two careers and became a writer of fiction
On the brilliant Bangladeshi writer Rizia Rahman
On what makes the author such a master storyteller and a literary icon
The bewitching world of Urdu literature for children, often missed out on by those for whom it is written
Speaking of art in Pakistan is akin to discussing philosophical concepts.
AS December days become shorter and darker, I find it hard to believe that just four weeks ago at this time I was on...
Every day the world is beloved by me, the seagull eager / for its perch. I woke up this morning to a darkened room,...
THIS morning, when my mobile phone kept flashing and pinging, I found that I was being sent updates from one of ...
Early one morning, just over a fortnight ago, I took a train to Paris. It was 33 years since I’d last been there,...
“What if a language owns us?” I ask.
Honesty and concision: two qualities, moral and aesthetic, in which the short story is held to excel