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Passing time

WRITING a book, as any author will testify, is a concoction of 10 per cent inspiration, 30pc perspiration, and 60pc exasperation, especially if it involves any level of serious research.…

The Mughal feminist

IT is the princesses and queens that get top billing. We know about the intelligence of the inimitable Nur Jehan, who assisted her husband in the management of a vast…

A foreign past

YOU know you belong to the past when a generation of Indians you remember are now dead. “The past is a foreign country,” the novelist L.P. Hartley once observed, “they…

Si Monumentum…

Si monumentum…

Who was it who said “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines”? It had to be another architect. It was:…

Literary Masterpieces

Literary masterpieces

The country is passing through difficult times. We hear and read about nothing other than terrorist attacks, murders, suicide bombings, shootouts, etc and the press blows everything up. Any one…

View From The Rooftop

View from the rooftop

Any lecturer will recognise the species. They are to be found sitting in the front row of the audience or towards the back. They clamour to be recognised so that…

The curse of being busy

THERE used to be a time when the ultimate symbol of a good life was being able to have plenty of time for leisure activities. One can still read about…

Khushal Baba

Khushal Baba

The Heaven has not left a single heart intact/It has stained each and every one by the impact These stars that you see in the night sky/Are all such stains,…