Literary Dispatch

The pink chewing gum-- a short story

. Umair Gul

A decade ago I saw her on the road. She went to the nearby shop and in a twisted Urdu accent, that is trademark of Kashmir girls, asked for a pack o…

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Residue: Not worth the due

. Inam ul Rehman

Name: Residue

Author: Nitasha Kaul

Publisher: Rupa Publication 

Pages: 324

Reviewer: Inam ul Rehman


The central point of Nitasha Kaul’s novel is t…

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Sword and Karakuli

. By Nahidah Khalid

Ask me, not, my name

A soul, like you

I’m on sale

From the land

Of, no more, saints

Where death has no end

And despair is nurtured

A doctrine

By the…

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Fixture-- a short story by Akhtar Mohiuddin

. Translated by Ishrat Bashir

Introductory Note 

Novelist, playwright and short story writer, Akhtar Mohiuddin, was born on 17 April 1928 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He lived…

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The poetic physician: Momin and his art

. By Vikas Datta

It is an unfortunate occurrence that if there are many outstanding literary figures in any era, only one or two will figure in the general public co…

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Rubble – a tale of the oppressed

. Syed Rabe'a Bukhari

She was there for the second time. Same over trodden dusty road; same refreshing green fields coming to fruition with a yellow tinge, same rain swol…

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. Syed Rabe'a Bukhari




Last drops of adieu

Hang about pendulous lids

Of a tired evening.

Breezy evening of a strange summer

Flutters empty like a beggar’s cloak


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Music to ears: Books that you can listen

. Toronto: IANS

What if you can listen to the emotions of your favourite characters in a novel in the form of a soothing music?


This is now possible with a new so…

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Mexico bids farewell to Marquez

. Mexico City: AFP

Mexico bid farewell Monday to its adopted son, Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a national tribute filled with roses and the late Nobel…

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Some poems and stories of seduction

. New Delhi: IANS

Conversational and narrative poems of life, nature and exile, investigation of sexual and social anomalies in India and a mythological classic about…

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‘The naked truth’- a short story

. Translated and introduced by Ishrat Bashir.

A well-known Kashmiri short story writer, Harikrishna Kaul was born in 1934 in Srinagar. He taught Hindi literature from 1961 to 1989 in the various…

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Narrating agony

. Bilal Ahmad

The Half Mother, by Shahnaz Bashir

Hachette India, 2014


The life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short, wrote Thomas Hobbes while des…

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A poem of a Palestinian child

. Zeyara

Don’t cry now Ummi, don’t cry now, rest now Ummi, sleep,

It’s over Ummi, no more pain, no more suffering, no more grief.


I see the fear in your ey…

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A poet for all times: Majaz Lakhnavi

. Vikas Datta

In Guru Dutt's "Pyaasa", before that haunting Sahir Ludhianvi dirge on the arbitrariness of human relationships ("Jaane woh kaise log the...."), two…

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Negative solitude

. Ishrat Matoo

When the thick black cloud of pain 

Down the rugged peaks of heart 

Drove the doves of bliss away 

And the feeling of being abandoned

in the midst o…

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Thank You! Aga Shahid

. Mirza Tufael Hussain

Dear Shahid,

What Agonises me  More;

Is You! Among Our Unsung Heroes.

And Eyes that Now Weep Blood? Futile!

I among This Ungrateful Nation.


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