From K.K. Aziz’s Coffee House: Lahore as it Used To Be

Posted on November 12, 2010
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Selected and Introduced by Adil Najam In this the first installment of excerpts from K.K. Aziz’s The Coffee House of Lahore (read book review by Raza Rumi, here) we have selected a passage that appears very early in the book and describes what Lahore used to look like around the time of partition. The vivid […]

JiJi Zarina Baloch Sings of Sassi-Punnu and Bhambhore

Posted on November 7, 2010
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Adil Najam I have been mesmerized by this voice, this music and this song. I listen to it again and again, and I think you will too. Even in the simplicity of her presentation, Jiji Zarina Baloch is a captivating voice and captivating presence.

Folk Tales of Pakistan: Mirza-Sahiban

Posted on October 26, 2010
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Mast Qalandar In an earlier post on Sohni Mahiwal I had said folklore was a mixture of beliefs, facts and fiction and that it was always a poet who immortalized a love story. But, it is also true that a poet chose to sing a particular story, and not the other, because of its inherent […]

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