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Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

Ambassador Yusuf Buch: As I See Him

  Yusuf Buch, as I see him In search of a genuine intellectual voice PUNCHLINE by ZG Muhammad Some time back, I had written there was no Edward Said on our side.   My lament was more out of concern rather than critique.    I believe that an intellectually stimulating discourse on Kashmir was missing and so far it had been   pathetically routine and blatantly ‘de- intellectualized’ projection of the Kashmir case that had vexed it thus far.  I had written … Read entire article »

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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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Spymaster Book And Assad Durrani’s Take on the Hurriyat

Spymaster Book And Assad Durrani’s Take on the Hurriyat

              Thus Spake Spymasters Dulat and Durrani By Z. G. Muhammad In Pakistan, it is rare of rarest happenings when a spy chief in the office or out of office is publicly summoned to GHQ the headquarters of Pakistan Army, Rawalpindi to explain his conduct. A host of army generals in the country created by Jinnah ‘through his indomitable will’ from General Mohammad Asghar Khan, ‘Generals in Pakistan Politics (1958- 1982) to General K.M. Arif, ‘Estranged Neighbours … Read entire article »

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My Days in Bombay: When Kashmir Had a Consulate In Commercial Capital of India

Nostalgia Visa For Kashmir ZGM I had almost entered into a nuptial tie with the Arabian Sea. In the late evenings, I felt incomplete without sitting on a cement bench on the marine drive or the parapets at the Gateway of India and looking into the vastness of the sea. Many a time, the evening zephyr and the high waves in symphony waxed a prosaic person like me lyrical.  Someone has rightly said, “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” I almost strolled on a daily basis after dinner to the Gateway of India, which was ten to twelve minutes’ walk from my residence. And whenever I had a friend from Srinagar we would have … 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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Bombay Days 14. Spiritual Solace In Madding Crowds of Bombay

Bombay Days 14. Spiritual Solace In Madding Crowds of Bombay

Nostalgia Spiritual Solace in Bombay ZGM   Instantaneously, on my arrival, in February 1983, I had fallen in love in with metropolitan not only for its glamour and glitter, its pulsating evenings and safe nights but the honesty amidst the hullabaloo of crime and fraudulence. The cab drivers, mostly Muslims from   Kutchi Memon community that had come from Gujarat to the metropolitan in the early nineteenth century had earned trust with the commuters for their scrupulousness and integrity. … Read entire article »

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