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…..
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
(Here goes another one of my blogposts published in The Express Tribune Blogs) Doraemon (a Japanese manga anime dubbed in Hindi) is blamed for the corruption of our children’s own language as we continue to speak a mish-mash of Urdu, English and our respective regional languages. Doraemon has risen as the latest target of criticism. This is… Continue reading If Hindi is a threat to our national and regional languages, what about English?
Sharing my blog published on The Express Tribune Blogs on March 24, 2016. Cricket matches unite the country and bring out the maximum national fervour Pakistanis can ever muster, especially if it’s an India-Pakistan game. But this time what gave more fodder for the newsfeed than the defeat itself, was Shafqat Amanat Ali’s performance of the qaumi tarana.… Continue reading We don’t know the Qaumi Tarana Any Better Than Shafqat Amanat Ali!
Crafts, handiworks and handmade goodies, all bring the delightful waft of yesteryears as we remember stories from our grandmothers and mothers. When we think about handmade dresses, gifts and items, we think about the ethnic creations of East and envy it from afar. Perhaps, we even pay an extra buck for the exquisite products… Continue reading Hand Embroidery: Reviving a popular creative hobby from the past!