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My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

My Bombay Days: Looking For Manto In the Island of Giants

  Nostalgia Island of Giants ZGM The tinsel world of India has an intrinsic charm- a beauty that makes its distinct from any other metropolises in the sub-continent. Those, who adopt the city as their abode remotely move out of it. Those who live in it hardly forget about it. For many, like me, the city in all its shades rings like Dr. Faustus mesmerizing lines on seeing the Helen of Troy, ‘was this the face.’    Like a magnet … Read entire article »

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My Days in Bombay: Searching for Inner Peace in Tinsel City

My Days in Bombay: Searching for Inner Peace in Tinsel City

Nostalgia Off To Haji Malang ZGM Many spiritual experiences can’t be captured in words.  Offering late night prayers during sultry days on an islet with the soothing breeze blowing on all sides from the Arabian Sea had a unique spiritual elation. Perhaps, it was as good an experience as that of whirling dance when ‘the invisible world becomes apparent to the whole.’ Nevertheless, for me, it had the same inner solace that I experienced as a young … Read entire article »

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Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

Days in Bombay. Khawaja Bazar in Bombay

  . Nostalgia Khoja Bazar  in Bombay  By ZGM Truly, the metropolis, those days for all its shades and colors, was more entrancing than a rainbow. Then, the orange swallow-tailed flag had not taken over the landscape of the city that for more than a century had seen ‘professional promises’ of many enterprising young men like greatest South-Asian Muslim leader, M. A. Jinnah bloom to full. It had been a sanctuary that did not distinguish between colors and … Read entire article »

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Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

Respond To Clarion Call Retreat Pellet Guns

PUNCHLINE Haunting ‘Dead Eyes’ By Z.G. Muhammad   On 15 March 1929, Sir Albino Banerjee, a Bengali Christen, who for two years had been   Foreign and Political Minister of   Maharaja Hari Singh had observed that the rulers had been treating “Mohammadan population” worst than “cattle.”  Ninety years later, when the idea of governance in the world has undergone a sea change, and colonialism has crashed the mindset of those in the corridors of “hegemonic authority” in the state has … Read entire article »

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Autobiographical notes Bombay 5- When Our Boys Were Thugged

Autobiographical notes Bombay 5- When Our Boys Were Thugged

Nostalgia ‘Blue-Collar’ Boys from Srinagar ZGM ‘The City of Ships’ to use Walt Whitman’s line, ‘proud and passionate city! mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!’ was now no more strange to me.   The maddening crowds on its streets, the huge tides kissing the shores like a passionate lover over an over again were no more alien to me. The evening scenes outside the old campus of the Bombay University reminiscent of some romantic scenes in an Urdu novel … Read entire article »

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Autobiographic Notes Doctors Who Loved Kashmiris

Autobiographic Notes Doctors Who Loved Kashmiris

  Nostalgia Our Philanthropist Businessmen By ZGM Time ticked by, I no more felt lonely in the maddening crowds of the metropolitan city. I no more saw everything around me, grey–insipid and colorless. My distressing feelings: ‘I had nothing to contribute; I played no part; I was on the edge had vaporized- soothing and freshening sea breezes had a lot to do in it.’ Now, in all its seasons, shades and colors I loved the vivacity and vibrancy of the … Read entire article »

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UN Commissioner In Asking Access to Kashmir Is Not Blasphemous

UN Commissioner In Asking Access  to Kashmir Is Not Blasphemous

Punchline Kashmir on Diplomatic Turf Z. G. Muhammad India and Pakistan have earned a ‘sad and bad distinction.’ Perhaps in the world, only these two nations since their birth as independent countries are endlessly engaged in war of attrition. The two important South Asian players, now nuclear powers have continuously been exchanging mortar shells and fighting battles along the line Jammu and Kashmir. The line drawn by the United Nations Security to stop the waring countries from fighting … Read entire article »

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