Musings — Tehelka


Individual reform is the key
Some people argue that social problems can be solved only through ‘social activism’, particularly through demonstrating against the state or the authorities. This is nothing but ‘protest activism’, and experience shows that this kind of activism is completely futile in terms of results. We find that it always ends in […]Read Blog ›
By On September 23, 2013
A tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 69th birth anniversary
‘India is an old country, but a young nation; and like the young everywhere, we are impatient. I am young and I too have a dream. I dream of an India, strong, independent, self reliant and in the forefront of the front ranks of the nations of the world in […]Read Blog ›
By On August 19, 2013
Old Delhi at a crossroad
I sauntered through the Turkmen Gate in Old Delhi towards Bulbuli Khana through the squalid, yet quaint alleys which resonate with the remnants of a once glorious civilisation. It broke my heart to see the last remains of the Mughal architecture crumbling away slowly. The partition of India meant a death […]Read Blog ›
By On August 2, 2013
Qawwali with Subhan Nizami
Subhan Ahmed Nizami comes from the illustrious Qawwal Bachon Ka Gharana of Delhi, that was originally started by Hazrat Amir Khusrau. He is from the generation of their leader Mian Samat Nizami. Subhan’s father, Ustad Afaq Ahmad Nizami, was a classical singer, a librarian of his gharana’s music and also performed qawwali. Subhan’s daada, […]Read Blog ›
By On July 16, 2013
How not to report a disaster
Some journalists can be so full of (sh)it, so full of themselves. They can be almost as annoying (for fellow journalists) to bear as being accosted by the next-door uncle on your way back from the market, to be given random lectures about media ethics and what/how the media should […]Read Blog ›
By On June 26, 2013
Pakistan’s woes
This cartoon by me was first published in The Friday Times, 22 years ago. It still seems to hold true.Read Blog ›
By On May 9, 2013
After ants, kill cockroaches – in a non-toxic way
Sharing some of my non-toxic boric acid related insect control tips. An earlier post was about how to get rid of ants. Cockroaches are a pain. Apart from the revulsion, cockroaches can be a health risk. Cockroaches have been found to be allergens for susceptible people. And this is in […]Read Blog ›
By On March 11, 2013
Sharaab, Sufism and Shayari
This picture sent to me by tweep @sairmir set me thinking about a subject that I had earlier read about extensively. Ghalib himself always confessed to his weakness for wine and mocked himself for it. “Yeh Masail-e-Tasawwuf..Yeh tera bayaan Ghalib, Tujhe hum wali samajhte, jo na baadakhwaar hota” (These profound […]Read Blog ›
By On March 7, 2013
How to kill ants this summer in a non-toxic way
With summer coming on, the ants come creeping in. But this isn’t like how it was in Mumbai. Here, the last belt of ants was about 6 inches wide, thick with the critters. But with a young child crawling at home, there is only so much poison you can spray […]Read Blog ›
By On March 6, 2013
The Chaatgaam Poets
(I loved reading the lovely post on Parveen Shakir . I had met Parveen just a few days before her death, at a Feminist Mushaerah in Lahore, and adored many of her shayrs. (Thank you, Rana Safvi … and also for #Shair on Twitter.)  She was great! It was wonderful to see people who responded […]Read Blog ›
By On February 20, 2013
Jagjit Singh, Ghalib and our love for ghazals
In the 70s and 80s the mellifluous voice of Jagjit Singh did what many singers before him had not been able to. He brought transported ghazal from the elite drawing rooms and mehfils (gatherings) into the homes of ordinary men and women. Ghazal was no longer to be enjoyed by only those […]Read Blog ›
By On February 3, 2013
Can’t I be both an Indian and a Muslim?
A girl, who was proud of being an Indian and used to salute her tricolor flag no matter where she sees it, is skeptical about her identity nowadays. Her faith was private matter some years ago, however now it is considered as her sole identity. Once she was returning from […]Read Blog ›
By On February 2, 2013