Letter from Berlin

Posted by sepoy on July 27, 2010 · 1 min read

I am still -swamped- but thought I'd let y'all know of this first (hesitant) piece I wrote about Berlin and which appeared in Express Tribune's Sunday Magazine this past weekend. The print layout is nicer so here it is embedded.


Amit Julka | July 28, 2010

It's amazing that how it's been 6 decades since my grandparents migrated to East Punjab, and yet the slightest mention of Gujranwala/Lahore(the rough geographical spread where my family resided) still evokes a feeling of imagined nostalgia in me....as Ghalib said , گو واں نہیں پہ واں کے نکالے ہوئے تو ہیں کعبے سے ان بتوں کو بھی نسبت ہے دور کی go vāñ nahīñ pah vāñ ke nikāle huʾe to haiñ kaʿbe se un butoñ ko bhī nisbat hai dūr kī great article sepoy sahib

Qalandar | July 28, 2010

My favorite Ghalib lines ever (given my last name, perhaps not surprising either). Remind me of the scene/setting of Paradise Lost (Book I) -- in both cases, it seems to me (despite himself in Milton's case), the artist's sympathy is with the "idol" and/or the blasphemer...

Qalandar | July 29, 2010

A moving piece, tying together so many CM-specific threads too: A: hmedis; Lahore snaps/muhallas, history. I mean, obviously, but it's nice to see your "blog life" bleed into the rest... I was reminded of this old Khushwanth Singh piece: http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?203610 (and, on re-reading, was struck by the class-privilege: "Locked in my first-class bogey, I neither saw nor heard anything." That could be an epitaph for so many.)

sepoy | July 29, 2010

thx, Q!

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