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Freedom Fries 2.0

THERE’S no fever quite like war fever; when it rises, all becomes clear: it’s us vs them, black vs white, good vs evil, beef nihari vs tofu steaks. I’m sure you’ve gotten…

Healing the spirit

DOCTORS cure the human body. Olympians heal the human spirit. The past 10-plus days of Olympiad XXXII have been exhausting — for the participating contestants, for its organisers and staff,…

Delimiting research culture

What is knowledge? How is knowledge produced? What are the factors that contribute to the production of knowledge? What is the quality of the knowledge being produced in Pakistan and…

Enhancing writing skills

Many of my readers have been pretty keen on publishing their writings. They send their pieces to me for publications, and I feel sorry telling them that I have no…

Ode to excellence

“IF music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it…” The opening lines of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night might have entered the thoughts of the uniquely privileged…

As a peasant loves his land

IN her moving obituary to Soumitra Chatterjee last week, his avid fan and fellow movie actor Sharmila Tagore posed a question that could be asked of moviegoers in Pakistan and…

Train the protectors

ANOTHER life, this time that of a 10-year-old girl named Amal was recently snuffed out when policemen fired at criminals fleeing after robbing the child’s family at a traffic light…

From Brahms to Brahmins

BETWEEN silence and music lies imagination. The unspoken rule should apply to every realm of human art. Consider the quandary of a painter who could stare endlessly at his easel…

Rock Of Ages

Rock of ages

Some of the greatest tributes paid to Chuck Berry came long before he was found dead last Saturday at the ripe old age of 90, on the cusp of releasing…

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