Mirza Ghalib: Peshawari Turban and Humor

Posted on April 18, 2011
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Mast Qalandar We recently had a post on Ghalib by Adnan Ahmad. I believe we can never have enough of Ghalib. Adnan’s post was mostly about Ghalib, the poet. This one is about Ghalib, the person. When we think of Ghalib as a person, invariably the picture that comes to mind is that of an [...]

How Islamia College Peshawar Lost its Kulla

Posted on March 15, 2011
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Mast Qalandar In an earlier post I had described the different Pugrees worn across Pakistan, including the famed and flamboyant Peshawari Patkaiy or Kullah. There is an interesting story passed down by generations of students of Islamia College Peshwar about how this particular turban, once part of the prescribed college uniform, was abandoned by the [...]

Aziz Akhmad (Editor’s Note: Today, January 18this the death anniversary of Saadat Hasan Manto. Two day’s ago (January 16) was the anniversary of the ‘judgement day’ in his  famous ‘obscenity trial.’ To mark these anniversaries, we are re-posting this, the last of a three part series on ‘Manto ka Muqaddama,’ by Aziz Akhmad (first two [...]

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