THE FAULT LINES IN OUR STARS

THE FAULT LINES IN OUR STARS

Various political, constitutional, economic, security, geopolitical, demographic, ecological and governance crises currently plague the country. Updated 14 Apr, 2024 10:58am
WORLD: ‘OUR DRUG TRAFFICKER’

WORLD: ‘OUR DRUG TRAFFICKER’

The amazing story of the man who created the first narco-state of the 21st century, and how the United States helped him every
Published 14 Apr, 2024 06:39am
MOTOR SPORTS: READY TO RUMBLE

MOTOR SPORTS: READY TO RUMBLE

As the 2024 Formula 1 season kicks off, it is time to look in the rear view mirror as well as get into top gear
Published 14 Apr, 2024 06:39am
EXHIBITION: NATURE HIS MUSE

EXHIBITION: NATURE HIS MUSE

An exhibition in Paris pays tribute to Theodore Rousseau’s artistic fascination with the majesty of nature
Published 14 Apr, 2024 06:39am
ARTSPEAK: THE LAWS OF THE JUNGLE

ARTSPEAK: THE LAWS OF THE JUNGLE

Mankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom is a complicated one, with the latter proving to be a source of fascination,
Published 14 Apr, 2024 06:39am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: WHO ARE 'THE AWAAM?

SMOKERS’ CORNER: WHO ARE 'THE AWAAM?

The word denoting ‘the masses’ is often used recklessly by political commentators and the media, leading to glib understandings that negate class.
Updated 14 Apr, 2024 10:43am
GARDENING: EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

GARDENING: EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

The dog flower or Kutta phool is a highly sought, uniquely shaped flower used as a decorative item for gardens and in bouquets
Published 14 Apr, 2024 06:39am
IS ‘ISIS’ STILL A GLOBAL THREAT?

IS ‘ISIS’ STILL A GLOBAL THREAT?

Last July’s attack in Bajaur, January’s attack in Iran and the recent one in Moscow show that ability of the group’s franchises to stage spectacular acts of destruction worldwide remains.
Updated 07 Apr, 2024 11:29am
SPORTS: THE LIGHT OF LYARI’S FUTSAL

SPORTS: THE LIGHT OF LYARI’S FUTSAL

Ramazan in Karachi’s Lyari, the football hub of Pakistan, is about whiling away the night ahead of sehri while playing futsal.
Published 07 Apr, 2024 06:46am
CULTURE: WONDER, SHE WROTE

CULTURE: WONDER, SHE WROTE

The host of a women writers’ retreat in Abbottabad reflects on how this shared experience helped the participants face up to what
Published 07 Apr, 2024 06:46am
SOCIETY: LADDER TO HAPPINESS?

SOCIETY: LADDER TO HAPPINESS?

Finland is constantly ranked as the happiest country in the world, but research suggests the rankings are wealth and status-
Published 07 Apr, 2024 06:46am
EXHIBITION: HOME, CITY, WORLD

EXHIBITION: HOME, CITY, WORLD

A group show at a commercial gallery by the Indus Valley School’s Fine Arts Class of 2023 blurred the lines between the ordinary
Published 07 Apr, 2024 06:46am
GARDENING: DIVINITY IN NATURE

GARDENING: DIVINITY IN NATURE

From tree branches that seemingly spell out religious text to holy symbols on the skins or seed patterns of edibles, nature is
Published 07 Apr, 2024 06:46am
NON-FICTION: CLOAKS AND DAGGERS

NON-FICTION: CLOAKS AND DAGGERS

A recent book goes behind the scenes to explain the strange case of a Soviet spy’s arrest in the US and trial in 1957, and his...
Published 14 Apr, 2024 07:35am
COLUMN: RESCUING AKHTAR SHIRANI

COLUMN: RESCUING AKHTAR SHIRANI

“Truth is, without an unconditional acknowledgement of the poetic virtues of Akhtar Shirani, an honest history of Urdu literature
Published 14 Apr, 2024 07:29am
FICTION: WOMEN ON THE VERGE

FICTION: WOMEN ON THE VERGE

An anthology of selected submissions from the first five years of the Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women indicates that
Published 07 Apr, 2024 08:27am
FICTION: ROOTS AND BRANCHES

FICTION: ROOTS AND BRANCHES

A collection of interconnected stories transports one to a fictional place in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that bears witness to a changing
Published 07 Apr, 2024 08:22am
NON-FICTION: A WOMAN WITH GUTS

NON-FICTION: A WOMAN WITH GUTS

The autobiography of a pioneering female hospital administrator is an inspirational tale that can help break gender stereotypes
Published 07 Apr, 2024 07:55am
COLUMN: THE MIRROR AND THE MANTLE

COLUMN: THE MIRROR AND THE MANTLE

The British actor, director, playwright and critic Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946) writes in one of his famous prefaces to...
Published 07 Apr, 2024 07:50am
NON-FICTION: THE ADVENTUROUS ARCHITECT

NON-FICTION: THE ADVENTUROUS ARCHITECT

Architect Mukhar Husain’s autobiography is more than just a recounting of his personal journey. It is the story of a whole...
Published 31 Mar, 2024 09:22am
FICTION: ORDINARY LIVES

FICTION: ORDINARY LIVES

A collection of Urdu short stories lifts the curtain and reveals for us the lives of ordinary people in India, especially its...
Published 31 Mar, 2024 09:08am
COLUMN: LITERARY & SPOKEN LANGUAGE

COLUMN: LITERARY & SPOKEN LANGUAGE

On a recent visit to Iran, I was shocked at how little I could understand of spoken Persian. I could read and...
Published 31 Mar, 2024 08:52am
NON-FICTION: HOW TO READ THE CITY?

NON-FICTION: HOW TO READ THE CITY?

Ahmed Saeed’s posthumously published two volumes build on the classical works on Lahore to write a richly painted cultural...
Published 24 Mar, 2024 08:32am
CHASING UTOPIA

CHASING UTOPIA

A monograph from an academic hopes to have Pakistan rethink the very ethos of its economy and politics but, while well-intentioned
Published 24 Mar, 2024 08:18am
NON-FICTION: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

NON-FICTION: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Despite numerous shortcomings in terms of language, a meticulously researched book paints a comprehensive picture of the violence
Published 17 Mar, 2024 08:25am
NON-FICTION: CHINA IN ITS EARLY YEARS

NON-FICTION: CHINA IN ITS EARLY YEARS

A reprint of journalist Ibrahim Jalees’ Urdu travelogue from a trip to China in 1951 offers a fascinating look into Chinese vision
Published 17 Mar, 2024 08:20am
NON-FICTION: FULL HONESTY

NON-FICTION: FULL HONESTY

Full House star John Stamos’s memoir candidly lays bare the ups and downs of his career and his life
Published 17 Mar, 2024 08:03am