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Coke Studio – Why it matters?

Karachikhatmal has a good reasoning up why Coke Studio does matter. It is an enrichment to the musical scene in Pakistan, whether you like the music they come up with or absolutely dispise it (like me).

But there are obsessions with the show from two groups that I find bemusing. Continue reading

Byron – Chatwin – Stewart – Bouvier

William Dalrymple has written a thoughtful review of the recent publication of letters by Bruce Chatwin. Apparently he once wrote the foreword for Robert Byron’s Road to Oxania – in the newest edition Rory Stewart is doing that job. Continue reading

Kaplan’s Imperial Grunts

Shortly before I left back to Europe I found Kaplan’s Balkan Ghosts in a friends bookshelf in Lahore, happy to get something into my hands that would somehow prepare me for where I was heading, a reminder of the history of the continent I was going to live in again. Once there, wishing to look back I read his Soldiers of God. Continue reading

A curious case of Pakistani agencies

During the ongoing missing persons case in Pakistan’s Supreme Court, the agencies have admitted that they abducted 11 missing persons from Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. These are the same agencies that denied having any information, on disappearance of these 11 jailed persons, for 7 months. And there are hundreds of others who face the same fate. … Continue reading

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