“Let’s stop and see Lady Dufferin?” My escort suddenly got excited and insisted that we make a stop. We have been driving for past one hour on and around MA ...
It was pure foolishness which turned out to be a masterstroke!, said a friend sitting in the guesthouse at top of the hill. Indeed. When we embarked on our journey from Karachi, the weather guy reported 46 degrees Celsius in adjoining areas of Dadu. Surely an ascent of 5,688 feet would have improved our fortunes […]
Elders in the colony spent their evenings squabbling under the Neem Tree which stood in the center of the colony for centuries. It has seen rise and fall of many, who in their pompous prime lived as if there was no end to their youth, as if sun will never set and their hair shall […]
I stopped in Al-Zahra, tearful and meditative, to cry out in the middle of the destroyed ruins “Oh, Zahra -said- come back to be!” But it told me: “May the deceased return?” Al-Sumaysir wrote these lines when he visited abandoned capital of Ummayya Caliphate of Al-Andalus. I felt for him. Requiem for the city! Our […]
I have never been a practicing Muslim but I fondly recall waking up at fajar and spreading my jai namaz next to her’s. I used to finish off my prayers quickly and wait for her to finish, but those prayers seemed never ending. After saying salam, she would turn and smile and say that it […]
Original post: City Landmarks – Sevakunj Hostel Suggested Reading: Experience of an expat student living in Sevakunj Hostel In one of his works, Intizar Hussain sb compares old buildings to trees which have their roots deep inside people’s hearts. Phir Jeena marna, hasna roona, khana peena, everything revolves around such landmarks. And they remain forever […]