The birds and me

The birds and me

I never appreciated the freedom of breath that I had Until my lungs choked. I am home quarantined None but two things happen now: the day and the night Empty dark and light, they just pass, without the courtesy To ask, hello, how are you? I watch the birds fly through the window But this […]

The contagion is also in the mind

The contagion is also in the mind

DR ABRAR-UL HAQ WANI & DR MUZAFFAR SHAHEEN Steven Soderbergh’s movie ‘Contagion’ is now playing out in real. COVID-19 took just two months to become a crucial and scandalous part of our daily lives. The economic fallout is evident in stock market bloodbaths. What is not so evident is the way it is disrupting livelihood […]

IBN BATTUTA, THE GLOBE-TROTTER

IBN BATTUTA, THE GLOBE-TROTTER

JAHANGEER AHMAD KUMAR In the centuries between 1400 and 1800, visitors to India wrote a number of travelogues in Persian. At the same time, Indian visitors to central Asia, Iran and the Ottoman Empire also sometimes wrote about their experiences. These writers followed in the footsteps of Albiruni and Ibn Battuta. Ibn Battuta was born […]

Words acquire meanings, shed feelings

Words acquire meanings, shed feelings

MUDASIR KHAN There was a time when the very word used to send a chill down the spine. But the world has progressed and words are not what they used to be. In the journey of our progress, we have given to this word many other meanings. We have experimented with the word in many […]

Conquest of the World by A Mighty Pathogen

Conquest of the World by A Mighty Pathogen

TAWSEEF AHMAD KHAN Nations are in a state of chaos. Even after putting all their resources to use and channelising all their energies, they have failed to stop the march of the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19. The whole world seems to have been conquered and occupied by this coronavirus, which has shown that the most powerful […]

There is a war at the border in Poonch and nobody is bothered

There is a war at the border in Poonch and nobody is bothered

Garima Sharma From the conception of nation-building processes, borderlands have been one of the most beleaguered spaces. When borders are formed, they not only demarcate regions but a massive socio-economic aftermath follows. The haste with which India’s Partition was done, it is safe to say that a lot of it happened arbitrarily. In 1972, the […]

Coronavirus has revealed the nature of power

Coronavirus has revealed the nature of power

DAVID RUNCIMAN We keep hearing that this is a war. Is it really? What helps to give the current crisis its wartime feel is the apparent absence of normal political argument. The prime minister goes on TV to issue a sombre statement to the nation about the curtailment of our liberties and the leader of […]

Acquaint Yourself With Scientific Facts and Do Not Go By Popular Opinion

In Kashmir, everybody is trying to become an expert on how to deal with this pandemic. Remember, “Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing”

Acquaint Yourself With Scientific Facts and Do Not Go By Popular Opinion

G.N BHAT & DR NAWAB JAN DAR The novel coronavirus is named as SARS-CoV-2. SARS-Cov was first reported in Asia in February 2003, though cases subsequently were tracked to late 2002. SARS quickly spread to about two dozen countries before being contained after about four months. Since 2004, there have been no known SARS cases. […]

Beware of the lure of likes and comments

Beware of the lure of likes and comments

SAIQA JAB If technology has brought us cl oser, how come there are even more lonely people in the world around us now? Why do so many people isolate themselves from society and relationships seem fake and we see everyone complaining about trust issues and not being able to connect in real life with people? […]

‘Superpowers’ quake before the power of a virus

‘Superpowers’ quake before the power of a virus

ARIF AHMAD MIR Design comes from a designer, laws come from a law giver, life comes from a life giver, creation comes from a creator. Science operates on the principle that for every effect there is a cause. But what caused the “Big Bang”? Was it blind, natural forces or was it an intelligent being, […]