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Time Out

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 In: Soundingboard

The child probably five years old was bawling out loud nonstop ever since we had entered the house, our acquaintance was not overtly perturbed but to self and wife it was painful. Our hosts ignored him and entered into an innocuous conversation with us. As the shouting continued uninterrupted, feeling concerned I looked sympathetically [...]

My Son’s Neighbor – Part II

Posted on 20 Nov 2013 In: Soundingboard

The Reunion
“My name is Harbhajan Kaur. I am now 82 years old. My father Sher Singh was a landlord of Raja Sansi town near Amritsar. I was married to a Sardar Harbil Singh in Lahore in 1946. In 1947, while migrating from Lahore to Amritsar our truck was attacked and the mobsters killed everyone [...]

Islam, An Adjuration.

Posted on 11 Nov 2013 In: Soundingboard

Shia Muslims mourn during the Month of Moharram every year.  They meet in Ashoorkhanas , a building providing space and room for large congregation and forAlams (flags) and Panjas (hands)  symbols of  ’battle of Karbala’ which took place 1400 years ago. The Majalis (gathering) commences with the recitals of Marsiyas, elegiac poems written to commemorate [...]

My Son’s Neighbour – Part I

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 In: Soundingboard

For some Pakistan is a ‘failed state’,and that is perhaps, the general impression we get when we hear neutral voices here and abroad. The two nation theory which many in Pakistan  insist on, laid the foundation of a nation  on ‘quick sand’ and so far a major portion of its structure ie Bangladesh has sunk [...]

Wishbone: The new Novel

Posted on 3 Sep 2013 In: Soundingboard

I have commenced writing my new novel. “The Wishbone”. It is about  relationships between dear and near ones  before and after they have a ‘windfall’ consequent to their supplication to the “Wishbone”. The novel is a thriller coupled with mystery and humor. Hopefully in a month’s time it will go for publication.
I am enclosing the [...]

Poverty, Bugbear

Posted on 15 Aug 2013 In: Soundingboard

From time immemorial there have been many who were in a ‘state that lacked a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions’. Recorded acceptance is furnished in all known scriptures, and in most the Lord God has envisioned solutions to mitigate the sufferings of the poor and the down trodden. For those [...]

Catalysts for Creativity

Posted on 24 Jul 2013 In: Soundingboard

During our journeys by road to fulfill our official assignments, en route picking up bits and pieces of twigs, dried roots, drifting seasoned and withered wood from rivers and streams, was a pastime which I particularly did not relish, especially when time and space were at a premium. However, I and my wife did find [...]

Manipulation Season

Posted on 6 Jul 2013 In: Soundingboard

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” John F Kennedy
Is that what is on today! Yes the mill is working over time. Never before have we seen the deluge of this magnitude churning and spreading out with impunity and let us thank first [...]

Like most I do have my periods of dispirit, frustration and dismay and presently the abnormal happenings in my country do give reason. Although sequestered in an environment away from the vagaries of the cut and thrust of the players on the centre stage, yet my virtual participation flags constitutive desire and feelings. In addition [...]

Criticism: Personal Attacks

Posted on 22 May 2013 In: Soundingboard

The English word criticism is derived from the French ‘critique’, which dates back to at least the 14th century and the meaning more or less remains the same whether in Latin or Greek; remark or comment that expresses disapproval of someone or something
Early English meaning of criticism was primarily literary criticism, that of judging and interpreting [...]