The Mohona: A Confluence Of Identity

Pakistan was formed on 14 August 1947, and on the 15th of August, the Indian tricolour was hoisted in Red Fort in Delhi. In his famous unwritten, spontaneous speech to the nation, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru said: Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we […]

‘The Lady of the Lake’ by Sir Walter Scott

Ever since Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake was a runaway publishing success in 1810, when it sold 25,000 copies, its publishing history reaffirms its validity and relevance as a text in demand. A search on the National Library of Scotland’s catalogue lists 145 copies of Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake, from the […]

An Émigré at Home

I started writing poetry in London when I was seven and I wrote for my parents’ friend, the writer and academic, Julian Dakin, who bought me books which we read together. Julian entered my first poems for the Commonwealth Scholar Prize which I won, but did not understand the implications of then. Ours was the […]

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