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 […]
BY: SAIRA KHAN The video, posted on the internet last summer, wasn’t supposed to be the coming-out story of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It opens with the voice of a man wryly narrating a fictional encounter in which he is asked to leave an airplane for “speaking Arabian.” The words “Queer Muslim Proud” appear on the […]
We have busier and more distracted lives than ever before. So what?
Jenny Bhatt Recently, an acquaintance, let us call her X, asked me how she could start a reading habit. Given that she is close to my age, I asked her what kinds of things she liked to read, thinking I might offer her some book suggestions. Consider my surprise when she confessed that she could […]
Exploring a range of subjects from hip-hop to JG Ballard to Get Out, Smith is both the coolly appraising connoisseur and the excited book nerd, the culture geek
BY: Alex Clark These essays and journalistic pieces, which date from 2010 to last year and cover a range of subjects from Brexit to Justin Bieber to Italian gardens and her childhood bathroom, confirm Zadie Smith as a non-fiction writer of striking generosity and perception. The generosity takes the form of a permanent, embracing invitation […]
India cannot be so opaque to history as to say no refugees will hereafter be allowed to enter its territory
Tushar Mehta Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has made an important statement before the Supreme Court (“India can’t be refugee capital: govt.”, The Hindu, February 1, 2018). Whether he intended it to or not, it contains a vision, a vision of India. Mr. Mehta presented that vision in terms of what India should not be. […]