1971: The Forgotten Silence

Posted on December 9, 2009
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Raza Rumi This post is the third in our series on recapping the fall of East Pakistan in 1971. The previous two posts of this series can be read here and here. Every year the sixteenth day of that deadly December invited little attention in the mainstream media as the new Pakistan struggles to manage […]

Parveen Shakir: Coins of My Truthfulness

Posted on November 17, 2009
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Raza Rumi Parveen Shakir (1952-1994) has defined the sensibilities of several generations and beyond. At the relatively young age of 42 years, Parveen Shakir died on an empty Islamabad boulevard, as if this was an essential part of her romantic persona. But she had lived a full life where poetry and tragedy intersected each other […]

The Myna of Peacock Garden: Urdu Short Stories

Posted on October 22, 2009
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Raza Rumi As I hold the recently published “The Oxford Book of Urdu Short Stories” in my hands, I cannot help bemoan the fact that Urdu literature has been almost invisible from the arena of global literature. Admittedly, translation is difficult; the tediousness of translation daunts many a brave heart. Having said that, there have […]