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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Rakhshanda Jalil

Jalil is a Delhi-based author, translator and literary historian

Sadia Dehlvi represented a city redolent of an old-world adab and tehzeeb
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

It is entirely appropriate that this bright sparkling woman, who revelled in her appropriation of Delhi in every conceivable way, should be laid to rest in the dust of her beloved city in her family graveyard at Shidipura near the Idgah.

RV Smith: ‘A chatty, prodigiously knowledgeable family elder’
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

The Delhi he knew at first hand is all but gone, lost irretrievably and hence can never be accessed by the generation of writers who came after him. 

Shaukat Azmi epitomised the finest qualities of progressive writers and artists
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

Shaukat’s first role was in Ismat Chughtai’s Dhani Bankein, a play on the Hindu-Muslim riots that were tearing the fabric of a newly-independent India. Soon, she got drawn into the country’s most vigorous cultural movement that had the likes of Zohra Sehgal, Uzra Butt, Bhisham Sahni and Prithviraj Kapoor among its stalwarts.

Iqbal wanted nothing short of an Islamic Renaissance
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

While in his early poetry Iqbal spoke of a united and free India where Hindus and Muslims could co-exist, this syncretism gave way to a somewhat woolly Unitarianism and Individualism.

The times that shaped Mirza Ghalib and his immortal poetry
Sun, Jul 28, 2019

Even 150 years after his death, Mirza Ghalib remains one of the most quoted — or misquoted — poets in India. A look at the enduring relevance of his work.

Of Earth and Fire
Sun, Nov 04, 2018

Over the years, the resilience of Sita has been variously valorised in Urdu poetry. There are said to be over 300 versions of Ram kathan in Urdu in the Awadh region alone.

The Battle is Yours to Lose
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat is not a story of religious war. It is a tale with a moral: earth is vanity, nothing lasts forever.

Nazm for the Messiah
Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Urdu poetry is replete with references to Ibn-e Maryam, the son of Virgin Mary

Diwali 2017: A Festival of Many Histories
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Urdu poetry on Diwali is plush with the promise of light and peace

The Ballad of Ram-e-Hind: Revisiting the Urdu versions of Ramayana that once lit up the stage
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

With Urdu gradually freeing itself from its “Muslim” tag and reclaiming its rightful place as a people’s language, perhaps, it is time to revisit these manzum Ramayanas and, perchance, stage a Ramlila on Ufuq’s Ram Natak.

Scent of Oneness
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

What was a slogan at a labour rally, became India’s freedom cry. Remembering Maulana Hasrat Mohani, the creator of the slogan, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, who was also a Krishna devotee

Looking past the stereotypes and accepting Urdu as the sum of its parts — its sounds and script
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

It may have shrunk in importance but it’s still part of our daily lives. So, can we look past the stereotypes and accept Urdu as the sum of its parts: its poetry and politics, its sounds and script?

Nothing but the sea ahead
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Intizar Husain seemed as much a stranger in a strange land in Pakistan as he did on his frequent visits to India

Eye 2015
The Begum’s Speech: Ismat Chughtai was not just a provocative writer who wrote about women
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Ismat wrote as she spoke, and vice versa: in the style of women from sharif families in western Uttar Pradesh, a language now known as begumati zubaan.

Charlie Hebdo Attack
France attack: Limits of solidarité
Wed, Jan 14, 2015

I am not ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and I am not a terrorist.

A Ghazal for Telangana
Sun, Aug 11, 2013

Urdu poets had dreamt of the new state as long as 70 years ago

The Beauty of the Sky
Fri, Aug 09, 2013

From its elusive moon to the festivities that follow,Eid has inspired many an Urdu poet

His true notes
Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Mehdi Hassan took Urdu poetry to the nooks and crannies of popular imagination

One hundred years of Manto
Fri, Apr 20, 2012

The progressives who marginalised him can now redress an old wrong

Sultan of sleep
Wed, Feb 15, 2012

Shahryar infused a new potency into time-honoured confines of Urdu nazm

A red card for the SIM
Sat, Mar 13, 2010

Why do governments keep on taking down the secular Indian Muslim?....