If cultural norms cost so many lives every year, what's the harm in wrecking them?
March 2nd marks the 48th death anniversary of noted Urdu poet Syed Nasir Raza Kazmi, commonly known as Nasir Kazmi. Why am I writing about Nasir Kazmi on his death anniversary this year? Because I realized this year that my journey of reading and learning Urdu poetry began with Kazmi. I remember entering the Liberty… Continue reading Remembering Nasir Kazmi…..
A discussion on the influence of Edward Said's Orientalism accompanied by a bibliography of his previous work on the topic and his interlocutors over the years. Jadaliyya is an independent ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye… Continue reading Essential Readings: Said’s Orientalism, Its Interlocutors, and Its Influence (by Anthony Alessandrini)
South Asian fiction has been one of my favourite genres ever since I started reading. Even when I lived in Pakistan, it would be a welcome change from the dominant Western literature we would be exposed to in our schools. So reading a familiar name or street in an English-language novel would be a big… Continue reading Book Review: The familiar sorrows of Karachi in Kartography
Living in the West I have begun to resonate strongly with Fall. It was an unnamed season before but now a prominent season and mood in my life. Despite the beautiful shades of green, yellow and rust outdoors, happiness of the new academic year starting begins to fade away around October. The monotony of the… Continue reading Reboot with Fall goals
There is no other genre of books I crave than a buzzing young professional's story. Sophia of Silicon Valley satisfied this craving to the fullest being the powerful, roller-coaster ride of a story about a young businesswoman. Anna Yen has carefully crafted the Young family, who is an immigrant family in California, living the American… Continue reading Book Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley
Old stone structures, French street names, and lots and lots of authentic poutine - this is what I had been primed about Montreal so far in Canada. But it was not until last month that I had the pleasure of visiting Montreal for a work trip. I had always heard about the city's French-Canadian culture… Continue reading Travelogue: quaint lanes of Old Montreal
Rightly promised by the blurb, it is a journey behind the scenes of treats in our grocery stores that we gobble up so easily without thinking where or how it came about there.
A few months ago I decided to read more on my Kindle app, as I have been updating on this space on and off. While its been somewhat irregular lately, I did read a few great pieces in the e-book format that are worth discussing. Just a Name by Becky Monson I have a thing… Continue reading Reading Roundup: Some e-books I read this year…
It was getting lonely here so, guess what? Yes, I got a dear friend to join me in sharing her passion of reading. Going by the pseudonym trajaque this new author will be sharing book reviews of what she's currently reading - and mind you, she reads a lot! What's new and amazing is that… Continue reading Welcome my fellow reader, blogger…