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A Qissa for a Globalised World

[Following is a guest post by Kavita Bhanot. She is a london based writer. Her short stories and non-fiction have been published widely in anthologies, magazines and journals, two of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and she is the editor of the short story collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press, 2011.) [...]

[Following up on his earlier essay that traces the development of contemporary rap productions in Pakistan, Khwaja Hamzah Saif profiles two Pakistani rappers, a Sindhi and a Punjabi, rhyming to preserve language and reinvigorate ethnic traditions. This essay was first published on Ajam Media Collective.] Shahzad Meer, or Rapper Meer Janweri, grew up in Thatta, a city in [...]

[Following is a guest post by Hamzah Saif. A version of this essay was published by Ajam Media Collective.] By Hamzah Saif Rap’s transition from the poetry of marginalized African American communities to the mega-hits circulating in mainstream America today draws fierce debate. Consumerism and commodification are frequently found guilty of eviscerating a once-radical movement [...]

Love Sans Gurdwaras

[Following is a guest post by Pukhraj Singh (Email: pukhraj AT gmail), the founder of Abroo.] By Pukhraj Singh The latent passions of this land are steeped in love and longing. If one sees Punjab solely from the perspective of its oral traditions, local continuities and folklore, then the picture that emerges is in complete contrast to the [...]

Postcards from the Archive: Goodbye 2013

2013 saw the publication of a collection of Lapata’s translations of Ashk’s short stories. You can read excerpts from the collection here and an interview with Lapata here. CNN returned to talk to her about her art and her new book (link), and again to ask the "terror artist" about the offensiveness of Rolling Stone's depiction of that [...]

OMG, Orya Maqbool Jan

[This guest post is Abdul Majeed Abid's translation of his Urdu column for Dawn. Abdul Majeed Abid is a doctor and a freelance writer from Lahore. He writes about socio-political issues and contemporary history.] By Abdul Majeed Abid   Britain ruled over the subcontinent for ninety years (1857-1947). The task of governance during this period was supervised by [...]

[ This is a guest post by Ashima Duggal. She is an attorney turned documentary filmmaker. She is working on her first film. ] By Ashima Duggal   For more than fifteen years, documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra has been having large public conversations about everyday political things with Indian audiences. Through her inquisitive, informal, no-boundaries approach to [...]

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