Faiza S. Khan

Faiza S. Khan relocated to Karachi from London three years ago, specifically not to find herself. She is the administrator of a short story prize and editor-in-chief of literary journal, The Life Too Short Review.

First Candidate for a Cold Shower

The Booker-winning author’s enthusiasm for bewildering metaphors is just one of his many literary failures

20 July 2011
More than a Woman

To rail against polygamy is to suggest a quick cosmetic fix for a far more deeply rooted problem. It is the rights of women that require urgent improvement, and one’s revulsion is better served there.

19 April 2010
A Day at the Karachi Litfest

I so look forward to the day when cultural activities in Pakistan can be judged on merit rather than the apparently astonishing fact that they exist to begin with.

24 March 2010
The Death of a City

Lahore, the big, fat, privileged cultural and artistic capital of Pakistan, is running to seed.

02 February 2010
A Fictional Boom

Pakistan’s alleged literary boom is becoming a case of counting one’s novelists before they hatch.

07 January 2010
No Sex Please, We’re Pakistani

The Newsline sex survey, titled ‘Sex and the Pakistani Woman’, might lead some readers to believe it may be about sex and the Pakistani woman. It isn’t.

18 December 2009
Leap of Faith

To look to Islam for answers to why Pakistan’s dispossessed, brainwashed militants are carrying on in the name of religion is to fall for the greatest red herring of this age.

18 November 2009
The Devil Wore Purdah

Fashion shows are just that, not some great act of defiance, even in a country admittedly going to hell.

09 November 2009
Take a Chance on Me?

Girls in spandex singing ABBA may well be the last stand against the Taliban, but it’s also still just girls in spandex singing ABBA.

17 October 2009
Culture Unplugged

…and now Pakistan wants to cleanse its airwaves of vulgar alien (read: Indian) influences.

08 October 2009


Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is the author of, among several titles, Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. His latest book is Gandhi: A Life in Three Campaigns

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and a founding member of the governing council of India Foundation. He is the author of, among other titles, Partitioned Freedom and The Hindutva Paradigm

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is an author and columnist. Views are personal.


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