Tariq Ali’s book on the leader of the Russian Revolution is nuanced, scholarly and an intellectual labour of love
Every poet is a dreamer. Rasa Chughtai was no different. But he led a life in which there were times when he dared ...
When John Ashbery died last summer, I was reminded of the novel he co-wrote with James Schuyler, A Nest of Ninnies,...
Imran Khan’s political journey is undoubtedly a subject that needs academic research, but facts cannot be cherry-picked
Putting to rest human assumptions about nature
January 18 is the 71st death anniversary of Kundal Lal Saigal, one of the subcontinent’s most iconic singers
Adam Zameenzad, the Pakistan-born author of six novels, passed away in Britain on Dec 4, 2017, at the age of 80. He...
A British Punjabi writer whose second book, The Year of the Runaways, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and who
US President Donald Trump is both a product of and canny exploiter of the fantasy-industrial complex
While it combines witty musings on identity, art, philosophy and linguistics, this debut novel is at heart a teenage
Looking westward has become such an ingrained mental habit for us that we tend to look in that direction even when ...
A candid and unapologetically feminist novel about three modern women offers humour and serious inspiration
Wajahat Masood writes what he thinks and makes no bones about it
Sixty-one years after Partition, a Pakistani travels to India with a desire to meet the man who killed his grandfather
The appreciation of our poetics oscillates between rhetoric and rhapsody. For some great poets, such as Mirza...
As 2017 comes to a close, a look at some works of fiction by first-time writers that came out this year
Although Urdu literature’s death was announced some 60 years ago, this year’s output, by writers old and new, proves
In October, I took part in the world’s biggest publishing event: the Frankfurt Book Fair. Nearly 7,000 publishers...
The last novel written by the grande dame of Urdu literature can now be savoured by an English-reading audience
A contemporary retelling of King Lear in an Indian setting is compelling and confounding at the same time
The 10th International Urdu Conference was successful in sustaining audience involvement, but language was not