Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tum bilkul hum jaise nikle…

Originally posted on urduwallahs:
What a wonderful poem, as recited by the progressive Urdu poetess, Fahmida Riaz, bringing out the sameness on both sides of the border and with an apt title “Tum bilkul hum jaise nikle” (You turned out…

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The people you love are never really gone

Some mornings are touched by the extraordinary and always when one needs it the most. My father opens my late grandmother’s Gita and out flutters a little page of ruled paper, browning all over and roughly ripped out of an … Continue reading

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Today: handwriting, no longer relevant to Finland; tomorrow, the world?

Finland recently announced a halt of the teaching of handwriting from 2016, with typing lessons taking its place. ‘Fluent typing skills’ are more important to the Finnish nation than loops and scrawls and cursive, said one of the members of … Continue reading

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Rape: The things it is definitely not.

When it is a young woman that is raped, people ask what she was doing, what she was wearing, where she was, who she was with. When a little girl is raped we ask what kind of monsters did it. … Continue reading

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The Ides Of March

Apart from that little matter of stabbing Caesar twenty three times as part of a conspiracy by M.J. Brutus in 44 B.C., today is the anniversary of a whole range of other horrible events including the occupation of Czechoslovakia by … Continue reading

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A man took on the Empire, with nothing but a handful of salt.

“It is difficult not to laugh, and we imagine that will be the mood of most thinking Indians.” With that Gandhi’s plans for staging a Salt Satyagraha were dismissed by the Statesman of the time. But what the pro-British paper … Continue reading

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Mr Bell preferred “Ahoy” if you must know.

Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call to Watson on this day in 1876. “Mr. Watson come here I want you.” The funny thing is that while Edison failed to be the first with the phone, he did manage … Continue reading

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