Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interview: ‘The War On Terror Hasn’t Affected Urdu Writing Yet’

Pakistani-Canadian writer and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the author of Between Clay And Dust (2012) which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His translation of read Dastaan-e-Amir Hamza is highly acclaimed and he is also a noted children’s author.

The Gang of Three

My grandfather had two friends and he pulled down the drawing room curtains when they came, probably to prevent us ladies from getting charmed by one of the old boys. And, my mother sneaked out the bakery cake, biscuits or nimko from her secret cabinets and put a pot of water for boiling on the stove.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Ejection Commission of Pakistan

What is a Pakistani election without some drama? We love the comedy, the absurdity and the timing. We assume that anyone seeking a political office in Pakistan must be either an imbecile or a bastard. And then we throw him/her at the mercy of the lions.
The latest “lions” are the Registration Officers, popularly known as ROs, without whose approvals nomination papers go nowhere.

Interview: "I went to rehab twenty times"

I was due to meet Jeet Thayil in the Mira Hotel at the Tsim Tsha Tshui area of Hong Kong. And I was a few minutes late already. The glass building of the 5-star hotel glimmered amid the clouds. Tsim Tsha Tshui is the most happening, loud and diverse area of Hong Kong. But inside the lobby it was dark. The Booker-nominated and DSC prize-winning author of Narcopolis was sitting in the centre like the Greek god of the Underworld, Hades. He was fidgeting with his cell phone while his bald scalp shone under the circular (rather abstractly post-modern) chandelier. Behind him was a noisy bar. We moved to a quieter section of the hotel where he ordered coffee and sandwiches.
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