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Ten Years Ago Today

Today marks the tenth anniversary of this particular blog. A decade of my life is now invested in a virtual space which itself has nurtured my mind, my writing, my friendships, my community and my making sense of the world. Yet, "I" have been only a subset of what "CM" is. This is the fact [...]

Concluding installment (part 1 here) of an essay by Prashant Keshavmurthy. ((Prashant Keshavmurthy is Assistant Professor of Persian Studies in the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He spends his days biting his finger in wonderment at the strangeness of pre-19th century Indian and Middle Eastern literary cultures and his nights disentangling the dreadlocks of [...]

First installment of an essay by Prashant Keshavmurthy ((Prashant Keshavmurthy is Assistant Professor of Persian Studies in the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He spends his days biting his finger in wonderment at the strangeness of pre-19th century Indian and Middle Eastern literary cultures and his nights disentangling the dreadlocks of his affections.)) on [...]

In Defense of The Hindus: An Alternative History

It seems like only yesterday that I was present in Foster Hall for Wendy Doniger's book launch. After I posted on it on CM, a healthy discussion happened, to which Wendy graciously responded. The generosity of her response showcases her unmatched pedagogic spirit and how, with humor and humility, she has shaped our collective understanding [...]

A Faiz Translation

"Dard Aye Ga Dabay Pa'oN" Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Montgomery Jail, 1956 "Prison Letters" translator - Manan Ahmed Asif Pain Will come, On Soft Feet. In a little while when once again, my heart will confront the thought of loneliness, what will I do? pain will come, on soft feet carrying a red lamp that [...]

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