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Book Excerpt: Memories of Cricket

By Sameer Khan
There were a few boys, who were throwing red gulal (vermillion) on the mosque walls in a provocative manner. The crowd surged as we tried to move forward jostling amidst the many faces, laced with gulal. In the melee, someone hit me on the back and screamed, “Pakistan Murdabad” (Death to Pakistan).

Book Excerpt: Iqbal Chacha

By Sameer Khan
Wiping his face with his handkerchief, he looked to me and said, “The letter that I want to be written in Urdu is for my brother, Maqbool, in Pakistan.

A Conversation with Ruth Vanita

By Mary Ann Chacko
At that time women’s issues were not taken seriously as political issues. For instance, the political parties barely mentioned women’s issues in one paragraph and newspapers or magazines would have a ladies’ page. There were magazines like Femina and Eve’s Weekly but they were mostly about, you know, home-making, some about working women, too, but mostly romantic fiction, fashion and things like that.

Book Review: Abubakar Siddique’s ‘The Pashtuns’

By Zaboor Ahmad
There has been considerable literature on the issue, but Abubakar Siddique’s The Pashtuns: The Unresolved Key to the Future of Pakistan and Afghanistan is detailed as he reflects on the issues from an insider’s perspective. The fascinating aspect of the book is that it not only fixes spotlight on cultural values of Afghanistan but also dilates on the political affairs of Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand line.

An Interview with author, Sutapa Basu

By Lopa Banerjee
The protagonist is fighting many demons at different levels. She is a victim of repressed sexuality; she is paranoid and believes she being attacked; her love-hate relationship with her elder sister troubles her; marriage makes her angry and so on. But she is blessed with emotional strength and a never-say-die attitude.

Sufism: An Interview with Henry Bayman

By Muhammad Ashraf
The famous scholar Ghazali was able to reconcile Sufism and Islam, five centuries after Islam was revealed. Otherwise, Islam was very advanced right at the beginning. So today, many people think of Islam and Sufism as two different things, whereas they were originally one.

Nabanita Dev Sen: The Feisty Feminist, Humorist of Post-Colonial Bengali Literature

By Lopa Banerjee
Nabanita’s work, starting from her first collection of poems, Prothom Pratyay, to her wide variety of novels, short stories, personal essays and humor writings originated from this spirit of knowledge and self-expression, while she chose to reflect on the social, political, psychological problems of the post-colonial, middle-class Bengalis, often using women as central characters.

Book Review: Sunjeev Sahota’s ‘The Year of the Runaways’

By Rashida Murphy
Sahota delves deep into the tradition of religious Sikhs and conveys those traditions with a light touch. Granthis, kirtans, kandhas and kesris all become accessible when their symbolism is conveyed through the actions of young Punjabi men and women – so far from home – and so cold, miserable, hungry, desolate.

In Memoriam: Intizar Husain

By Raza Rumi
In fiction, Intizar Husain’s style was deeply influenced by the myriad streams of mythologies and fables from the Indian subcontinent and outside. In dozens of short stories that he wrote, symbols from past lives were invoked.