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  • Rahman Baba Urs concludes with Pashto mushaira

    The Pashto mushaira was conducted in two sessions...

    The second and third resolutions asked the directorate of archives and public libraries to vacate Mushaira Hall at Rahman Baba Complex from the record of the revenue department and start renovation work on it immediately and also release funds for Rahman Baba Public Library forthwith...

  • Young poet steals show at Naranjgul Mushaira

    The poets gathered to attend Naranjgul Pashto Mushaira that was organised by Afghan Kulturi Tolana (Afghan Cultural Society), a Peshawar-based organisation of Afghan poets...

    Young music director-cum-poet Shakirzeb stole the mushaira when he rendered his heartrending poem in his velvety voice...

  • Not quite an aalami mushaira

    However, at the 24th Aalami Mushaira held at the KHA ground, next to Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, and organised by the Sakinan-i-Shehr-i-Quaid on Saturday night, there was just one sole Indian poet...

    The remaining were either from Pakistan or Pakistani poets who were recent migrants to other countries...

  • Spring mushaira held in Swat

    MINGORA: A large number of people attended the spring Mushaira (poetry session) in Shamozai area here on Sunday...

    Our media must be in Pashto and also the judiciary so that our children can learn about our rich history and cultural heritage,” he said...

  • TV channels’ nightmarish Urdu pronunciation and an Urdu pronouncing dictionary

    URDU pronunciation of some Pakistani TV channels is giving nightmares to many, though the owners and anchors of those channels may not even be aware how mercilessly they have been slaughtering our national language...

    Aside from intermingling English words and phrases with their Urdu conversation, these innocent anchors mispronounce many Urdu words, sometime rendering the sentence ridiculously incorrect...

  • Gboard introduces Roman Urdu to Urdu feature

    Google has recently launched its Roman Urdu to Urdu Google Keyboard (Gboard) feature for both Android and iOS...

    pk's (TJ) review, Gboard’s Roman Urdu to Urdu feature is smart and accurately translates Roman Urdu text into Urdu script in real time...

  • Teen Navilet: French in Urdu, or Urdu in French?

    It happens very seldom in the literary history of a language that a non-native speaker produces creative writing that bears the hallmark of a literary style that is honed over years of studying and absorbing classical literature in that language...

    In Columeau’s case, French and its Provencal dialect are his native languages, and Urdu and Punjabi the languages that he speaks with native fluency...

  • Literary Notes: Two books on origin and history of Urdu language

    IN a recent meeting held at a university to discuss the curriculum for the teachers’ education programme, it was hotly debated whether or not Urdu was a ‘lashkari zaban’ or the so-called ‘camp-language’...

    Some professors from Karachi University’s Urdu department objected to the incorrect, age-old theory being taught to the new teachers...

  • Literary Notes: A history of women’s Urdu periodicals

    WOMEN’S role in Urdu literature and journalism of the 18th and 19th centuries has largely remained unsung...

    The tazkiras — or the biographical and critical accounts of Urdu poets and their poetry, which were written in 18th and 19th centuries — generally did not make any mention of women poets...

  • LITERARY NOTES: A 200-year-old Urdu book on Assam’s history finally published

    Dr Jameel Jalibi has noted in the third volume of his Tareekh-i-adab-i-Urdu that the FWC was established in an effort to strengthen the British rule by teaching the local languages to its young officers sent from Britain to India...

    It worked as a stimulus for the Urdu language and literature as well, and a large number of Urdu books were written and published at the FWC, many of them being translations from Persian and Arabic... ...

  • REVIEW:A history of violence:A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Marlon James’s Booker prizewinning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fantastic attempt at recounting the attack on Marley through a variety of eccentric, rowdy and colourful characters that provide, to a reasonable extent, a clear, albeit bloody, insight into the violence-stricken Jamaica of the 1970s and ’80s (the story moves further ahead)...

    Here’s how A Brief History of Seven Killings moves into first gear by virtue of...

  • A Leaf From History: A history of ethnic violence

    Ethnic disturbances in Sindh first began in 1952 when, during an Ashura procession, some rumours created tensions between Sindhi and Urdu speaking residents and an infuriated crowd burnt down a police station...

    Violence again erupted between Urdu and Sindhi residents in the wake of a bill passed by the Sindh Assembly on July 2, 1972 outlining measures for the promotion of the Sindhi language...

  • Is Pakistan’s problem Urdu?

    For Pakistan’s founders, Urdu was to be the glue cementing together the new country...

    Instead, it wanted Urdu (Pirpur Report, 1938) because it was thought to be the carrier of Islamic culture...

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