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NON-FICTION: WHAT LENIN DID AND WHY

NON-FICTION: WHAT LENIN DID AND WHY

Tariq Ali’s book on the leader of the Russian Revolution is nuanced, scholarly and an intellectual labour of love Published Jan 14, 2018 09:23am
COLUMN: ALL BECAUSE ALICE WAS TIRED

COLUMN: ALL BECAUSE ALICE WAS TIRED

When John Ashbery died last summer, I was reminded of the novel he co-wrote with James Schuyler, A Nest of Ninnies,...
Updated Jan 14, 2018 06:42pm
NON-FICTION: FALLING ON ITS OWN STUMPS

NON-FICTION: FALLING ON ITS OWN STUMPS

Imran Khan’s political journey is undoubtedly a subject that needs academic research, but facts cannot be cherry-picked
Published Jan 14, 2018 09:02am
ALEXI PICKS

ALEXI PICKS

A British Punjabi writer whose second book, The Year of the Runaways, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and who
Published Jan 14, 2018 08:47am
FICTION: LOVE AND LANGUAGE

FICTION: LOVE AND LANGUAGE

While it combines witty musings on identity, art, philosophy and linguistics, this debut novel is at heart a teenage
Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
COLUMN: STUDYING URDU IN JAPAN

COLUMN: STUDYING URDU IN JAPAN

Looking westward has become such an ingrained mental habit for us that we tend to look in that direction even when ...
Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
FICTION: WOMEN ON THE VERGE

FICTION: WOMEN ON THE VERGE

A candid and unapologetically feminist novel about three modern women offers humour and serious inspiration
Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
NON-FICTION: RELIVING MADNESS

NON-FICTION: RELIVING MADNESS

Sixty-one years after Partition, a Pakistani travels to India with a desire to meet the man who killed his grandfather
Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
NARRATIVE ARC: POETRY AND RHETORIC

NARRATIVE ARC: POETRY AND RHETORIC

The appreciation of our poetics oscillates between rhetoric and rhapsody. For some great poets, such as Mirza...
Published Jan 07, 2018 07:01am
LOOK BACK: ALIVE AND KICKING

LOOK BACK: ALIVE AND KICKING

Although Urdu literature’s death was announced some 60 years ago, this year’s output, by writers old and new, proves
Published Dec 31, 2017 07:05am
COLUMN: AN AUTHOR AMONG PUBLISHERS

COLUMN: AN AUTHOR AMONG PUBLISHERS

In October, I took part in the world’s biggest publishing event: the Frankfurt Book Fair. Nearly 7,000 publishers...
Published Dec 31, 2017 07:05am
FICTION: OF HUMAN BONDAGE

FICTION: OF HUMAN BONDAGE

The last novel written by the grande dame of Urdu literature can now be savoured by an English-reading audience
Published Dec 31, 2017 07:05am
FICTION: ECHOES OF THE PAST

FICTION: ECHOES OF THE PAST

A contemporary retelling of King Lear in an Indian setting is compelling and confounding at the same time
Published Dec 31, 2017 07:05am