Amused by the thought of a woman, Muslim by birth, visit a Catholic church during the weekends for spiritual solitude. No one is waiting for the 'maulanas' to 'let' women enter masjids. Does spirituality need an institution or a preacher?
The dilemma of the photographer of whether to take the photograph or miss a raka't. But then there would be no photograph, post namaz.
This is my most favourite photograph. To 'write with light', and to have written down a moment such as this is priceless. I remember getting ready for the picture and being really excited. For some reason, this used to be my favourite pair of tees and trousers. I remember Mummy, my grandma, watch Umma, Uppa … Continue reading Photograph
As the title suggests, the essay primarily deals with philology as a discipline that engages with what is referred to as Weltliteratur. Philology is a historical discipline and according to Auerbach, deals with man’s ideas or opinions in ‘opposing forces’. It can also be explained as a perspective that develops out of dialogue/debate of ideas/opinions … Continue reading Philology and Weltliteratur, Eric Auerbach
The Indian national football team has beaten Macau 4-1 to top the group and enter the Asian cup for the fourth time! On the other hand, each and every attacking or defensive move by the Indian under 17 football team at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup makes me wonder, there is much more this 'sleeping … Continue reading Football Fever
Tariq Ali, the blurb says, is a writer and filmmaker, long time political activist and campaigner. He has written over a dozen books on world history and politics, including The Clash of Fundamentalisms and Bush in Babylon. The first novel in his Islamic Quintet, Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, has received wide acclaim and was … Continue reading Book Review – The Idea of Communism, Tariq Ali
It is the third Monday of September, and I have not written my first blog post of the month yet. As things stand, it is clear that I would not be able to post one for this week either. It would be possible to get your mind off something banal by getting back to writing … Continue reading Ayyo!