A MAULANA FOR OUR TIMES

A MAULANA FOR OUR TIMES

Maulana Tariq Jamil is an enigma to many. Can he be explained in easy terms? Updated 20 Jun, 2021 10:56am
TRAVEL: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

TRAVEL: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

The Kirthar National Park, easily accessible from Karachi, offers the beauty of unspoilt landscapes and a wide diversity...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
KICKBOXING: FISTS OF FURY

KICKBOXING: FISTS OF FURY

A disillusioned kickboxer from Balochistan. A dangerous sea voyage. Seven harsh years in an Australian detention centre...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
SOCIETY: WOMEN OF THE PANDEMIC

SOCIETY: WOMEN OF THE PANDEMIC

Without a socially acceptable reason to step out in lockdowns, restricted movement and isolation has deepened social stresses...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
EPICURIOUS: BARBECUE AND SEA BREEZE

EPICURIOUS: BARBECUE AND SEA BREEZE

Café Clifton in Karachi offers scrumptious barbeque fare without frills, a variety of tea and lots of sea breeze...
Updated 20 Jun, 2021 05:55pm
ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

‘I can’t get over a guy I met in 2006’...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
GARDENING: THE HERITAGE OF SEEDS

GARDENING: THE HERITAGE OF SEEDS

Saving and growing heirloom seeds is not only important for preserving plant varieties best adapted to local growing conditions...
Updated 20 Jun, 2021 05:55pm
HOCKEY: A DECADE WITHOUT DAR

HOCKEY: A DECADE WITHOUT DAR

Munir Dar, who passed away 10 years ago, was not just one of Pakistan’s most legendary hockey players. His legacy to the...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
ENVIRONMENT: MANCHHAR AWAITS A MIRACLE

ENVIRONMENT: MANCHHAR AWAITS A MIRACLE

Uninterrupted effluent and agricultural saline run-off from upper Sindh and Balochistan have turned Asia’s largest freshwater...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
EXHIBITION: THE BAND PLAYED ON

EXHIBITION: THE BAND PLAYED ON

Krishen Khanna’s most recent paintings are an extension of his ‘bandwalla’ series, but on a smaller scale and reflect the...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: STALE AND STAGNANT

SMOKERS’ CORNER: STALE AND STAGNANT

Conservatism has become an easy excuse in countries like Pakistan for not doing what is required for a modern nation-state.
Updated 13 Jun, 2021 08:27am
ARTSPEAK: WHAT IS PEACE?

ARTSPEAK: WHAT IS PEACE?

After 11 days of heartbreaking images of destruction and death in Gaza, there was some respite as a ceasefire was...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
EPICURIOUS: A PASTRY FROM NAPLES

EPICURIOUS: A PASTRY FROM NAPLES

A soft creamy filling with hints of oranges and dried fruit, that are reminiscent of the festive holiday season, is hidden...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

‘I don’t want to marry right after my A-levels’...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
FICTION: NATURE AND NURTURE

FICTION: NATURE AND NURTURE

A 2020 Booker Prize-shortlisted debut juxtaposes dystopian fiction about climate change with contemporary relationships, but...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am

ESSAY: RE-READING EVERGREENS

World War I, Palestine, Ottomans, Mongols and Arabs — a history buff cannot get enough...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
COLUMN: THE YOUNG GHALIB

COLUMN: THE YOUNG GHALIB

Was Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib’s young poetic voice different from his mature one? Ghalib himself gave credence ...
Published 20 Jun, 2021 06:06am
NON-FICTION: A WOMAN AHEAD OF HER TIMES

NON-FICTION: A WOMAN AHEAD OF HER TIMES

Malika Pukhraj’s autobiography was first published in translation in India. It has now finally been published in its original...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
NON-FICTION: THE MURDER OF KNOWLEDGE

NON-FICTION: THE MURDER OF KNOWLEDGE

The Bodleian Libraries director writes a work of magisterial sweep to trace the history and motivations behind book-burning...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
COLUMN: THE SMALL PRESS SAVIOURS

COLUMN: THE SMALL PRESS SAVIOURS

What is to become of literature, one wonders, seeing everywhere one goes, whether taking a walk in a park or a seat...
Published 13 Jun, 2021 07:05am
FICTION: THE DEMONS OF THATCHER

FICTION: THE DEMONS OF THATCHER

The 2020 Booker Prize-winner is a superb piece of world-building that exposes the devastations caused to working class...
Published 06 Jun, 2021 06:32am
NON-FICTION: HOW WE SAW THE WEST

NON-FICTION: HOW WE SAW THE WEST

A recent translation shines a light on a significant addition to the body of Urdu travel narratives about Europe from the...
Published 06 Jun, 2021 06:32am
COLUMN: THE TAVERN OF FRIENDS

COLUMN: THE TAVERN OF FRIENDS

In Urdu, the genre of khaaka nigari [sketch writing] has evolved its own distinct style when we compare it to what ...
Published 06 Jun, 2021 06:32am
NON-FICTION: CITY OF FIGHTS

NON-FICTION: CITY OF FIGHTS

Former The Guardian correspondent Samira Shackle presents a compelling story about Karachi through the eyes of five extraor...
Published 30 May, 2021 07:05am
FICTION: LOLITA COMES OF AGE

FICTION: LOLITA COMES OF AGE

A semi-autobiographical debut novel explores the psychology of the survivor of an abusive relationship and the process of...
Published 30 May, 2021 07:05am
COLUMN: ON BROKEN CRUTCHES

COLUMN: ON BROKEN CRUTCHES

Classical textual sources report an intriguing anecdote in the generally adventurous life of the philosophical giant...
Published 30 May, 2021 07:05am
POETRY: A NEW LANGUAGE, A NEW DICTION

POETRY: A NEW LANGUAGE, A NEW DICTION

Tanveer Anjum’s latest collection — compiling selected poems from seven previous collections — showcases the poet’s journey...
Published 23 May, 2021 06:06am
FICTION: ART AND SUFFERING

FICTION: ART AND SUFFERING

An unusual debut novel weaves together fantasy and harsh reality in the service of a vision of a more humane world...
Published 23 May, 2021 06:06am
NON-FICTION: KINGS AND KINGMAKERS

NON-FICTION: KINGS AND KINGMAKERS

Former top bureaucrat Shahid Hamid’s memoirs are packed with anecdotes about the workings of the inner corridors of power...
Published 23 May, 2021 06:06am