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  • The Unknown Masterpiece

    Life is lived in moments, preserved in history and fantasized, fancied, depicted and/or presented in an aesthetic fashion in literary or art form. Last night’s few moments that I lived with my books, I came across a short story by Balzac, yes, Honoré de Balzac. The giant of a writer, Balzac has always fascinated me. Not only … Continue reading

  • The Black

    in the pitch dark
    the wet boughs
    of the burnt palm—standing at the foot of a burnt hill—
    sing the song of silence…
    silence: full of ghostly echo piercing through
    ears, bones, flesh, and soul…
    with refrains
    like a verdict of the court sentencing an innocent to death…
    grasshoppers subdued
    stones deaf
    trees numb
    landscape dumb…
    an ant slips off a stone for the hundredth time and
    a little … Continue reading

  • On Couch I Lay Rewinding The Movie

    on couch I lay rewinding the movie…
    the space followed by time followed the clock—
    ding-dong               ping-pong               sing-song
    several sounds             noise
    a hotchpotch                a yarn               a twister
    Brando wept wistfully                 Kate smiled
    Hopkins roared               Hanks strolled
    a tea cup was breeding a storm
    violent               uncontrollable               rare
    several threads were intertwined with each other
    the writer could not so I had not been able to stop … Continue reading

  • Seamus Heaney (Death)

    In fact, today, at my Facebook account, a friend of mine and colleague, Kakar Shahzeb, shared with me a post that spoke of “Death of a Naturalist”. With the first look, I travelled to 1960 Faber and Faber’s first edition of the book by Seamus Heaney. A few seconds later I very sadly learnt about the death news of … Continue reading

  • Fictional Characters

    I still remember E. M. Forster’s 1927 Aspects of the Novel and William Somerset Maugham’s 1954 Ten Novels and Their Authors (it was in fact the revised and expanded version of Great Novelists and Their Novels 1948), and Aristotle’s 335BC Poetics, amongst other books of criticism with certain reference to characters in a creative writing, … Continue reading

  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities as a movie (1980) that I watched lately presents, through its scenography, a tangible world equipped to paint a reasonably vivid picture of the times that Dickens had more brilliantly and fantastically drawn through his words. The movie compelled me to invite Dickens in, and accordingly I finished, of course … Continue reading

  • The bureaucrat with poetic flair

    This is an article written by Imtiaz Ali on Sunday, March 31, 2013  in THE NEWS from Print Edition, Karachi. Imtiaz says:

    There is much to reflect upon when M Syre, a young trilingual writer with a bureaucratic background, says that to survive in this bitter world, you have to suppress your sensibility to some extent. He reflects … Continue reading