Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jheeni Jheeni Beeni Chadariya

Think of Varanasi or Banaras and immediately mind goes to ghats along Ganga, temples, narrow lanes and of course chhach, the refreshing drink. Banaras is also famous for its silks and the weavers, who make those silk saris, living here … Continue reading

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March but silently

How many times? How many times they will repeat the same drill? Bomb blasts, pick up Muslims, media rushes in to declare them as “masterminds”, kill a few in “encounters” or they will die a “custodial death.” When police, media, … Continue reading

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Chhipa is a biradari or a community of Muslims of Gujarat. I don’t have an estimate of how many people identify themselves as Chhipa but what impress me most is that a section of them are very concerned about community … Continue reading

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Who is the best Meer singer?

Meer Taqi Meer is a big name in Urdu poetry. In fact, he is so big that it seems people are afraid to touch him. There has been lot of work on Ghalib and Iqbal but Meer has been denied … Continue reading

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