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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

Book Review: “Fallen Leaves”, Will Durant

Book Review: “Fallen Leaves”, Will Durant

By: Yasir Khan The” Fallen leaves”, last out of the three posthumous publications of Will Durant, the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Medal of Freedom, was published in 2014. Even though it was conceived around 1960s, the mega project of “the story of civilizations” of Will and Ariel Durant can be considered a reason in its procrastination so long as 50 years! Or perhaps, he was not ready to write a book that would … Read entire article »

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3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

Aslam Kakar In a conversation, the owner of a small restaurant in San Diego tells me that thousands of IS fighters are breaking into the city from Tijuana. A bulky waitress on counter and a guest couple on a side table also make gestures of agreement with him. But, I have no idea what the heck this guy is talking about. I mean I am in grad school, studying peace and conflict Studies. And, I am also … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Islam, Malala Yousufzai, Media

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

Book Review; The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan

By Najeeb Kakar   Saadia Toor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her latest book The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan, is a fascinating piece of literature on the modern learnings of Pakistani state – post partition immediate politics and the role of the military establishment. Toor explains the significance of cultural elements as part of the political evolution of Pakistan. From … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Anniversery, Army, Bangladesh, Benazir Bhutto, Blasphemy, Book Review, Books, China, Citizens, Civil Service, Colonialism, Corruption, Democracy, Economy, Elections, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, History, Honor Killing, human rights, ISI, Islam, Islamism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Marxism, Media, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Poet, Politics, Reviews, Rights

Rescue on the Sea

Re-posting Story written and narrated by Zeenat Iqbal Hussain For Voice of Children Broadcasted on FM 102.2 Islamabad Pakistan Original Publication date : 03/28/2014 Duration : 11:17       … Read entire article »

Filed under: ancient civilisations, Arts and Crafts, Books, Children, culture, Pakistan, Storify

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Aslam Kakar ‘Women are as brave as stars out at dawn’, writes Edwidge Danticat in her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory. Danticat is a Haitian-American novelist, and dedicates her masterpiece to the humiliated and most impoverished, yet brave women of her country of origin, Haiti. Women are treated as the most vulnerable and the least fortunate of humankind, almost in all societies. But, in some cultures, particularly in the developing world, they experience terrible afflictions. Rape, physical humiliation, and suppression … Read entire article »

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Review: The World We Found

Review: The World We Found

By Aslam Kakar                       Life happens. Things happen. Some pleasant. And some horrible. Some intelligible, while other mysterious and beyond an ordinary mind’s comprehension. In The World We Found, like in The Space Between Us and her other humanistic works, Thrity Umrigar delves deep into that mystery of human nature and real life. She spills the beans about guilt, regret, loss, friendship, relationship, love, hope, death, and the real meaning of life in ways unknown to many … Read entire article »

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پاکستان کا طبقاتی نظام (The Class structure of Pakistan)

پاکستان کا طبقاتی نظام (The Class structure of Pakistan)

تحریر: محمد اڈوہو پاکستان کا طبقاتی نظام مصنف: تیمور رحمان صفحات: 302 قیمت: 995 روپے ناشر: اوکسفرڈ یونیورسٹی پریس پاکستان۔ پی او بکس 8214، کراچی۔ 74900 پاکستان میں 1970 کے انتخابات کی جہاں اور کئی حوالوں سے بڑی اہمیت ہے وہاں اس حوالے سے بھی ہے کہ ان میں پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی نے اپنے اقتصادی پروگرام کے اظہار کے لیے ’اسلامی سوشلزم‘ کی اصطلاح استعمال کی۔ دوسری طرف اسلامی نظام کے نفاذ کے نعرے بھی سامنے آئے اور قوم پرستی کے … Read entire article »

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The Space Between Us – Book Review

The Space Between Us – Book Review

By Aslam Kakar Perhaps, very few forms of writing dare to speak vividly and justly of the lives and miseries of common people in an unjust world, such as ours, than a great novel does. Published in 2006, Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us is one such brilliant attempt at explaining the entrenched norm of unbridgeable class difference and the despairs it brings upon the poor in India. And if one were to ponder, this novel … Read entire article »

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عہد حاضر کے مسلم معاشروں میں کتاب کا زوال

عہد حاضر کے مسلم معاشروں میں کتاب کا زوال

تحریر: حارث اظہر صدیوں سے چلی آرہی انسانی تاریخ اس بات کی گواہ ہے کہ ہر دور میں انسان نے اپنی عقل اور شعور کا استعمال کرتے ہوئے ہمیشہ آگے کی طرف سفر برقرار رکھا ہے۔ غاروں میں رہنے والوں نے بھی اپنی کھوج اور پہچان کی خاطر خوابوں کے ساحلوں پر کھڑے ہوکر اپنی تعبیر کے دریاؤں کو عبور کیا ہے۔ یہ جذبہ آج بھی موجود ہے کہ انسان ہر وقت اس کائنات کے انگنت … Read entire article »

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Nilofer’s Corner: Atticus Fitch

Nilofer’s Corner: Atticus Fitch

By Nilofer Afridi Qazi To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee without a doubt is a book that moved me along with millions across the globe and remains more than a book, the book was an experience, which had tremendous influence on how I looked at people, class, culture & history. Deeply moving. No matter how often I re read it, or watch Gregory Peck’s movie or see an adaptation Play it brings me to … Read entire article »

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عبداللہ حسین، ادھوری کہانی اور ایک عام آدمی کا خواب

عبداللہ حسین، ادھوری کہانی اور ایک عام آدمی کا خواب

تحریر: راجہ قیصر احمد “نعیم کا کیا بنا ؟ نعیم کا کیا بنا؟ شاید فسادات میں مارا گیا۔ کچھ ٹھیک پتا بھی نہیں ایک طرف میری خواہشیں ہیں اور دوسری طرف میری زندگی ہے۔ اِن کے درمیان۔۔۔۔۔تم اسے نہیں سمجھ سکتیں کیوں کہ تم تیسری نسل ہو۔” میں نے ادیبوں سے متاثر ہونا چھوڑ دیا ہے۔ شاید اس لئے بھی کہ یہ ویسے نہیں ہوتے جیسے نظر آتے ہیں۔ اپنے ہیولے اور شخصیت کے بُت پنا کر … Read entire article »

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Paasban – A Graphic Novel

Creative Frontiers and CFx Comics presents our highly anticipated graphic novel series, Paasban ’The Guardians’. Written by the legendary Amjad Islam Amjad and Gauher Aftab, Paasban has been created by Mustafa Hasnain, with art by the extremely talented Yahya Ehsan. The series is a story of friendship, sacrifice and redemption, designed to help protect children from extremist narratives. 15,000 copies of the Paasban series have been distributed in print to students across Punjab, and is now available digitally across Pakistan via the free CFx Comics app, giving users an immersive reading experience with background music and animated effects. The app is available for both iOS and Android, and can be downloaded from Google Play Store, or by subscribing to our website www.cfxcomics.com. Do take a look at our jaw-dropping animated trailer, featuring … Read entire article »

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Book review: Faiz: Romance to Revolution

Book review: Faiz: Romance to Revolution

by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi Human condition is evolutionary which suggests that there is a revolutionary zeal in all of us that pushes us forward to explore the world and improve the conditions in which we live in. To ignite this revolutionary zeal, ingrained in the human psyche, requires a catalyst provided by great revolutionary thinkers, poets and writers like Voltaire, Rousseau, Goethe, Shakespeare, Allama Iqbal and Carl Marx. In pre-partition South Asia Allama Mohammad Iqbal … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Citizens, Constitution, Democracy, Faiz Ahmed Faiz

English/Urdu Bipolarity Syndrome in Pakistan

By C. M. Naim An editorial—‘Into the Open’—in the Express-Tribune of December 16, 2014, begins: ‘There has been much speculation, frequently alarmist or simply ill-informed, as to the extent or otherwise that the Islamic State (IS) has a presence in Pakistan. Government ministers have gone on-the-record to say that there is no IS presence, but there are reports of supportive wall-chalking and the circulation of literature that supports the IS from several parts of the country.’ It then goes on to allow that ‘there are parts of the country where the extremist mindset has been fostered and grown over many years, and the ideology of the IS may find fertile ground to root itself in,’ and offers two examples. One is of Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of the infamous Lal Masjid in … Read entire article »

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