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I lay his poems on my lips and sip at leisure

I lay his poems on my lips and sip at leisure

The iconic lyricist and poet Gulzar in his preface to Dr Bina Biswas’ translation of a collection of Urdu poetry pays rich tribute to Pakistani poet Naseer Ahmed Nasir Whether it be a droplet...
A treat from Delhi for Urdu lovers

A treat from Delhi for Urdu lovers

These two volumes are a treasure trove for lovers of Urdu literature, especially short stories. Dr Khalid Ashraf has carefully selected this collection of over a hundred precious nuggets of Urdu...
Pakistan, India and Aman ki Asha: The year that was, and looking ahead

Pakistan, India and Aman ki Asha: The year that was, and looking ahead

 Something I wrote last week for The News year-end special supplement, published Jan 1, 2014. I later remembered many special moments I left out, like the Mumbai and Karachi Press Clubs exchanges,...
‘All I wanted was a moment alone, to sit and weep’

‘All I wanted was a moment alone, to sit and weep’

Legendary writer and poet Gulzar meets a young Pakistani at his home in Mumbai and talks about India Pakistan relations, his relationship with Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, and his recent visit to his...
Poems for Malala from India

Poems for Malala from India

Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, continues to inspire people around the world with her courage and her message of education for all. Reproduced here, two Hindi poems...
Abida Parveen gets lifetime achievement award in India

Abida Parveen gets lifetime achievement award in India

The Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal, India, has given Sufi folk singing legend Abida Parveen a lifetime achievement award. The Academy is part of Kaladharmi, a non-profit organisation founded by the...
Hari Haran’s tribute to Mehdi Hasan

Hari Haran’s tribute to Mehdi Hasan

By Sohail Mirza Visiting Karachi last month on a private visit to attend Mehdi Hasan Khan saheb’s chehlum, the legendary Indian singer Hari Haran took some time out to speak to Aman ki Asha....
Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan

The first word in ghazals, the last note in silence Mehdi Hasan was a great believer that poetry and music belong to the whole world, and transcend national boundaries and frontiers. He said more...
A hundred years of Manto

A hundred years of Manto

Indian journalist Shivam Vij draws on several sources to compile this article about a great short story writer and humanist, revered on both sides of the border May 2012 marks the hundredth birth...
Jagjit Singh, up close

Jagjit Singh, up close

Jagjit Singh the singer is famous. But I came to know him for his spontaneous warmth, charming old-world courtesy, and down-to-earth modesty By Azim Ghani It was one of those memorable things that...