BY: JENNIFER SZALAI Steven Pinker doesn’t just want you to be happy; he wants you to be grateful too. His new book, “Enlightenment Now,” is a spirited and exasperated rebuke to anyone who refuses to concede that the world is becoming a better place. “None of us are as happy as we ought to be, […]
By: Sajid Iqbal In a world where belief and militancy are becoming fused, there are peaceful yet puritanical forms of religion that still capture peoples’ imagination. One such form is advanced by the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), a worldwide Islamic missionary movement popularising the concept of inner reform among believers. What makes TJ fascinating and relevant […]
By: DWIGHT GARNER The Dutch-born historian and New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma spent several years in Tokyo when he was in his early 20s, and he picked up a nickname. Because “Buruma” sounds a bit like the word “bloomers” in Japanese, at least one acquaintance — Hijikata Tatsumi, the father of Butoh […]
Well researched book recreates those times in a thoroughly enjoyable if not, at times, scintillating manner
BY: Tariq Bashir A highly successful barrister in his early forties – known for his icy and incisive demeamour and having a dashingly impressive personality – was making waves in the political and social circles of the Bombay high society. The tall, lean and slightly greying Mr Jinnah did not so much owe his success […]
Tributes pour in as legendary actor Sridevi passes away at 54
The sudden demise of veteran actor Sridevi has sent shockwaves throughout the Indian film industry with many Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan mourning and expressing their condolences. The actor, who was 54, died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone […]
An interview with the Nigerian author of ‘Season of Crimson Blossoms’, a searing novel about a taboo relationship set in a conservative Muslim community.
When Nigerian writer Abubakar Dam Ibrahim published his first novel in 2015, he was prepared for a fatwa against it. The Season of Crimson Blossoms, featuring a 55-year-old Muslim widow’s romantic and sexual relationship with a 25-year-old criminal, was unlike anything that had come out of Nigerian writing in English until then. Set in the […]
The breath-taking garden will be opened for public in March as parts of efforts to revive night tourism
As you make your way to Lahore Fort from the newly built Greater Iqbal Park, a straight passage will lead you to the historic complex called Hazuri Bagh. This antique garden is a huge enclosure between the Alamgiri Gate of Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque. Right there in this garden, in an instance, you […]
BY: JENNIFER SZALAI Amy Chua has Donald J. Trump’s number. Not literally (I’m guessing), but unlike some of her elite peers at Yale University, where she teaches law, Chua isn’t endlessly flummoxed by the president’s ability to brag about how rich and “very greedy” he is while also resonating with his working-class supporters. As she […]
BY: Akeel Rashid Nowadays when it comes to heading a household or a business establishment by a woman, it is a peculiar thing to witness for the people in our part of the world. We people are stunned on finding a woman riding a scooty and women empowerment is perceived as a new-sprung development in […]
An excerpt from the new edition of ‘A Long Dream of Home’, a collection of writing about the persecution and exile of Kashmiri Pandits.
BY: Jai Kishan Sharma With every breath I take, my memory sparkles and comes alive. It is infinite. It flashes in front of me like an application of a smartphone. The story of Akura is part of our folklore. Once upon a time, an idler discovered a way to earn his livelihood. In a busy […]