Murder, she watched

Murder, she watched

A lifelong fan of CID learns from it the trick of eluding judgemental people and staying on track of one’s own interests Hello, CID? Sir, maine hi aapko phone kiya tha Crime is not just a television favourite, of course; books and movies and video games are likewise obsessed. But it is most noticeable on […]

Book Review: Character at stake

Book Review: Character at stake

This is a Russian classic and translated into English by CJ Hogarth. I read the Arcturus Publishers edition of 200 pages. Dostoyevsky wrote this book in a month because of the pressure from his publishers to write something. Dostoyevsky being himself addicted to gambling, turned out to be his own inspiration for the book. This […]

Book Review: The crop of conflict that never ceases to grow

Book Review: The crop of conflict that never ceases to grow

Author: Shakoor Rather Publisher: Speaking Tiger Year: 2021 Price: Rs 350 (paperback) It is an art to present conflict before the world in formats people are interested in. Of late, Kashmir has generated a breed of young authors who have successfully penned down accounts highlighting one aspect or other of the long-running conflict in Kashmir. […]

The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel uses ‘the Law’ to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem

The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel uses ‘the Law’ to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem

A Palestinian man, Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was killed by Israeli occupation forces on March 19 during a weekly protest against illegal Israeli settlement expansion in Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Although tragic, the above news reads like a routine item from occupied Palestine, where shooting and killing unarmed protesters is part […]

Islam abhors suicide as worst of sins

Islam abhors suicide as worst of sins

Every religion forbids praying for death, so how is it possible for a person to be entitled to suicide due to suffering from hardships, illness and so on? If a person commits suicide, he commits a forbidden act and his punishment will be severe. The Prophet (PBUH) said: Associating partners with Almighty, disobeying one’s parents, […]

Breaking the lull with Bangladesh?

Breaking the lull with Bangladesh?

An interesting choice Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook his first foreign visit since the beginning of the Covid pandemic to Bangladesh. Indeed, foreign affairs are witnessing a flurry of activities at present. This dynamism is manifested by the renewed interest of the West in cultivating ties with the Indo-Pacific countries. US Secretary of Defence […]

Women as Entrepreneurs

Women as Entrepreneurs

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has said that “if illiterate and poor women can transform themselves into entrepreneurs, imagine what millions of high school and university graduates around the world, empowered by enormously powerful technology, can do”. The perception of women as mute members in a patriarchal society has begun to change across the world. Such […]

Shed prejudice as you would a burden

Shed prejudice as you would a burden

Prejudice can be defined as a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason. Oliver Goldsmith, an Irish poet and essayist, rightly maintained that a prejudiced man was dangerous for the entire society. He liked to call himself a citizen of the world rather than of a particular region. There are a whole lot of […]

My first visit to Tulip Garden

My first visit to Tulip Garden

Snuggled on the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain range at an altitude of 5,600 feet, overlooking the fabulous Dal Lake, in Siraj Bagh besides the scenic Botanical Gardens, Tulip Garden (Gulelala Bagh) is not only one of the largest gardens in Asia but also a home to several flower species other than tulips, like daffodils, […]

Strangers to our native land: Burzahom, Gufkaral, and other Neolithic sites in Kashmir

Strangers to our native land: Burzahom, Gufkaral, and other Neolithic sites in Kashmir

When did man stop wandering and settle somewhere? About 10,000 years ago, in the Middle East, human beings learnt the skills of agricultural cultivation and raising cattle. This marked the beginning of the Neolithic Age. Man learnt that hunting wild animals and gatherings fruits and plants were not the only ways of getting food. Man […]