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Finding solace in literature

There is too much politics around; to get some respite it is perhaps better to continue our discussion about some of the sessions at the 5th Sindh Literature Festival (SLF).…

Law and literature

Which is better – the spoken word of law or the written word of law? In the modern world this may not be a relevant question. We accept whatever as…

Animals, Humans And Literature: Part-II

Animals, humans and literature: Part-II

Another interesting piece of writing about animal-human interaction, I found in the ‘Rasail-e-Ikhwanus Safa’ (Epistles of the Brethren of Purity). In tenth-century Basra, there was a group of Muslim philosophers…

Doctors and Urdu literature -Part II

In the first part of this article, we discussed the contribution of some medical doctors to Urdu literature and briefly talked about doctors Asif Farrukhi, Hasan Manzar, and Shershah Syed.…

Doctors and Urdu literature

In the past 50 years or so, Urdu literature has seen some extraordinary writers whose primary profession has been medical practice. Three of these names stand out: Dr Asif Farrukhi,…

Literature, Politics, And Resistance

Literature, politics, and resistance

The story by Zaheda Hina, 'Jismo Zaban ki Maut se Pehle' (Before the body dies and the tongue mortifies) starts with a prisoner who has been stuffed in a drum…

Literature, Politics, And Resistance

Literature, politics, and resistance

Another valorous resistance writer was Akhtar Jamal who died in 2011 in Canada. She was a leading Urdu short-story writer and her books include, 'Khalai Daur ki Muhabbat' (Love in…