THE PROBLEM WITH OPTIMISM

THE PROBLEM WITH OPTIMISM

In a series of seven essays written in 2018 and 2019 and ranging across history, philosophy, science and literature, but published Updated 25 Sep, 2022 11:22am
CULTURE: IN THE REALM OF THE MAGICAL

CULTURE: IN THE REALM OF THE MAGICAL

Project Hoshruba has just come out with the first modern volume of the classical Urdu epic Tilism-i-Hoshruba. One of its founders
Published 25 Sep, 2022 09:31am
FOOTBALL: ALIVE AND KICKING

FOOTBALL: ALIVE AND KICKING

Pakistan returned to international women’s football this month after eight years. Here are five takeaways from Pakistan’s 2022...
Published 25 Sep, 2022 09:45am
SOCIETY: THE SUPERWOMAN OF SANGHAR

SOCIETY: THE SUPERWOMAN OF SANGHAR

In deeply patriarchal Sanghar city, a rural woman is running a flourishing business and setting an example for other women...
Published 25 Sep, 2022 09:51am
EXHIBITION: HOLDING THE LINE

EXHIBITION: HOLDING THE LINE

A recently held exhibition of works commemorated 75 years of art in Pakistan and the evolution of select artists
Published 25 Sep, 2022 09:56am
EPICURIOUS: LE GRAND COMFORT FOOD

EPICURIOUS: LE GRAND COMFORT FOOD

A convenient comfort food with a little bit of fancy, the versatile chicken pie is perfect for to make and keep for those days...
Published 25 Sep, 2022 10:16am
ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

‘I want to study and don’t want to get married’
Published 25 Sep, 2022 10:20am
GARDENING: BITTER BLESSINGS

GARDENING: BITTER BLESSINGS

With its sharp flavour and distinct appearance, the karela has several impressive health benefits. But it’s also easy to grow…
Published 25 Sep, 2022 10:26am
THE BALANCING ACT

THE BALANCING ACT

The ‘civil-military balance’ is often used as a scale to measure the strength of democracy in Pakistan.
Updated 18 Sep, 2022 10:51am
ESSAY: COMING TO TERMS WITH GRIEF

ESSAY: COMING TO TERMS WITH GRIEF

Grief comes in waves and completely unexpectedly. How does one deal with the loss of a dearly loved one and the finality of an...
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:27am
MIGRATIONS: A TALE OF SEPARATIONS

MIGRATIONS: A TALE OF SEPARATIONS

The harrowing realities of a son held up by war on an alien land today brings back narrated pre-Partition memories
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:24am
MARTIAL ARTS: WUSHU’S SHINING STAR

MARTIAL ARTS: WUSHU’S SHINING STAR

Nargis Batool Razai is the second-best female wushu practitioner in the world. She explains how, aside from hard work, support
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:17am
SOCIETY: LOVE, LORE AND LIVELIHOOD

SOCIETY: LOVE, LORE AND LIVELIHOOD

The palla fish occupies an exalted position in Sindhi cuisine and folklore. But inconsistent water flow downstream of Kotri...
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:13am
EXHIBITION: THE LIGHT OF THE SPIRIT

EXHIBITION: THE LIGHT OF THE SPIRIT

A remarkable retrospective hosted by Koel Gallery shines a spotlight on underappreciated master artist Musarrat Mirza
Updated 18 Sep, 2022 06:11pm
ARTSPEAK: CUISINE AND CULTURE

ARTSPEAK: CUISINE AND CULTURE

Legend has it that, as soon as Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar began his meal, huge quantities of rice were distributed to the poor
Published 18 Sep, 2022 07:52am
CAFÉ NOIR: LIVING IN A BUBBLE

CAFÉ NOIR: LIVING IN A BUBBLE

A round-up of the news from the past week from the favourite haunt of curmudgeonly coffee drinkers
Published 18 Sep, 2022 07:45am
ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

ADVICE: AUNTIE AGNI

‘How should I tell my wife I want a second wife?’
Published 18 Sep, 2022 07:40am
FICTION: HONOUR AND DISGRACE

FICTION: HONOUR AND DISGRACE

A novel about courage, family and the meaning of love in an atmosphere so clogged with misogyny, it’s a wonder that the characters
Published 25 Sep, 2022 12:07pm
NON-FICTION: THE GEOMETRY OF DESIRE

NON-FICTION: THE GEOMETRY OF DESIRE

An American author provides a simplified introduction to French thinker Rene Girard’s compelling insights into human desire
Published 25 Sep, 2022 12:00pm
NON-FICTION: THE WITNESS AND THE PLAYER

NON-FICTION: THE WITNESS AND THE PLAYER

Javed Jabbar’s latest memoir is a recounting of a turbulent period in Pakistan’s chequered political history and a now mostly...
Published 18 Sep, 2022 09:16am
FICTION: MELANCHOLIA AND BEAUTY

FICTION: MELANCHOLIA AND BEAUTY

A charming debut novel paints a personal investigation of grief, death, relationships and eating disorders with masterful
Published 18 Sep, 2022 09:12am
COLUMN: THE UNCRITICAL ERA

COLUMN: THE UNCRITICAL ERA

“In all of the eminent was the quality of a singularly uncritical era. It was a time when a prominent man could form himself on a
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:56am
BOOKS IN BRIEF

BOOKS IN BRIEF

In this dictionary of sorts, the author gives simple explanations and meanings of social media terminology and internet-specific
Published 18 Sep, 2022 08:51am
FICTION: HOME AND AWAY

FICTION: HOME AND AWAY

A debut novel is an unfailingly honest coming-of-age story which examines adolescence, family, home and religion, all the while...
Published 11 Sep, 2022 06:12am
NON-FICTION: RECLAIMING KHAN BABA

NON-FICTION: RECLAIMING KHAN BABA

A new book reinforces Pakhtuns’ debt to Khushal Khan Khattak’s genius, for his immense literary and social contributions and for
Published 11 Sep, 2022 06:06am
COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — II

COLUMN: TRAVELS IN TURKEY — II

We warmed up quickly to the charming brother. He mentioned the sama [meditation ceremony] of the whirling dervishes that happened
Published 11 Sep, 2022 05:54am
BOOKS IN BRIEF

BOOKS IN BRIEF

Building on more than a decade’s worth of experience as a leadership trainer and career coach, the author examines the myriad...
Published 11 Sep, 2022 05:50am
NON-FICTION: LETTERS TO MY FATHER

NON-FICTION: LETTERS TO MY FATHER

Moneeza Hashmi’s book is a debt of honour to Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s fans, who would have known nothing about the sentiments Faiz the...
Published 04 Sep, 2022 11:10am
COLUMN: THE KUTNI IN LITERATURE

COLUMN: THE KUTNI IN LITERATURE

Among the many curious and fantastic characters encountered in the world of classical Urdu literature, the kutni...
Published 04 Sep, 2022 10:54am
BOOKS IN BRIEF

BOOKS IN BRIEF

Originally written in Sindhi, this biography of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has been translated into English by Dr Habibullah Siddiqui
Published 04 Sep, 2022 10:49am
NON-FICTION: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS

NON-FICTION: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS

Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s latest book may not tread new ground for those who follow his column, but will provide a different...
Updated 28 Aug, 2022 11:01am
FICTION: THE FRAGILITY OF WHITENESS

FICTION: THE FRAGILITY OF WHITENESS

Mohsin Hamid’s new novel is a fantasy and a love story, but also about grief, loss and transformation and a tragic tale of the...
Published 28 Aug, 2022 04:25am