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Books Of General Interest

Books of general interest

Last week I met Prof Dr Munir Cheema, a doctor and human being par excellence. He is related to my dear friend, Sajjad Cheema, son of the famous Justice Muhamad…

The Blooms, The Bard And Great Books

The Blooms, the Bard and great books

In part one of this column yesterday, we started discussing Allan Bloom and Harold Bloom and their writings. In his book ‘The Closing of the American Mind’ (1987), Allan Bloom…

Love of English

ONE reason why our education system is going to the dogs is that our policymakers earnestly believe that to be meaningful, education must be serious and dull. They think that…

Interesting Books

Interesting books

I receive a few books by mail every day and almost all the authors hope that I will write review them in my column which, of course, is not possible.…

Books On The Highway: Part – I

Books on the highway: Part – I

As we were moving from Tharparkar to Hyderabad, colleagues from Thardeep (a rural support organisation) stopped for tea near Mirpurkhas. And there it was – Vanjara Café with a small…

Books Can Save Us

Books can save us

Can reading make you happy? Apparently, yes. Anyone who has grown up reading books would agree. Author Ceridwen Dovey tackles the question in a fascinating article in the New Yorker.…

Informative Books

Informative books

The country is in the grips of blood-spilling events like the murder of Mashal Khan in Mardan. The political bout between Imran Khan and his followers: Naeemul Haque, Muhammad Ali…

Valuable Books

Valuable books

I receive many books on which people expect me to comment. Unfortunately, it is not possible for me to even read them all, let alone write about them all. However,…

More Invaluable Books

More invaluable books

Putting politics aside for the moment, here are three books which reflect the personalities of their authors and the importance of their writings. The first one is   ‘Khamosh Falahkar’, the…

Promoting Anti-science Via Textbooks

Promoting anti-science via textbooks

A biology textbook is normally expected to teach biology as science, meaning a scientifically based study of the structure, growth and origin of living things. But what if such a…