Asif Noorani

NON-FICTION: MANTO UNVARNISHED

A translated collection of articles by fellow writers, publishers and relatives about arguably the greatest short story Published Oct 20, 2019 06:59am

NON-FICTION: A TRUE LABOUR OF LOVE

Richly illustrated and flawlessly written, the Mumbai-based Hecar Foundation’s Sindhnamah is a treasure trove on Published Jul 07, 2019 07:24am

PROFILE: THE QUIET PHILANTHROPIST

He is a successful businessman on the one hand and has helped establish widely lauded initiatives such as The Citizens Published May 19, 2019 07:19am

FICTION: OUT OF PLACE

A debut novel is only partially interesting and suffers from too many diversions that have nothing to do with the plot Published Apr 21, 2019 07:10am

NON-FICTION: DOWN DELHI LANES

History through eight classical Urdu poets whose hearts remained ensconced in ‘Dilli’ even when they were forced to Published Feb 03, 2019 08:32am

FICTION: LAMENT OF THE POWERLESS

An evocative novel about the underprivileged and marginalised in Sindh reads like a vivid screenplay Published Dec 16, 2018 07:24am

FLASHBACK: THE QAWWALS OF FILM

In the final feature on film music for Icon, Asif Noorani discusses the genre of film qawwali, which invigorated movies Published Oct 14, 2018 07:11am

NON-FICTION: THE QUIET POET

While many in Pakistan may not know the eminent Urdu poet Shahryar, a slim volume may help correct that oversight Published Sep 23, 2018 06:41am

FLASHBACK: TALES FROM THE PALANQUIN

Wedding songs will always stay in vogue, from past gems to present compositions, when it comes to nuptial celebrations Updated Dec 10, 2018 01:49pm

FICTION: TRAGEDIES OF SEPARATION

Gulzar’s first novel is set in his beloved Punjab and traces familiar themes of grief, senseless violence and Published Aug 12, 2018 07:47am

NON-FICTION: THE EMPEROR OF RHYTHM

Based on interviews over two years, a new biographical book traces the beats of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain’s life Published Jul 22, 2018 07:59am

FLASHBACK: SONGS OF THE WONDER YEARS

In the latest installment on the series on film music, Asif Noorani looks at the genre of songs for children, which were Published Jul 08, 2018 08:49am