'This was the game we used to play when in school. We used to memorize difficult (and mostly awkward) words of English to test each other’s vocabulary to beat the other person in the game. And with that objective in my mind, I had once asked her the meaning of rump, assuming that being a girl, she would feel shy and not answer, and I would win. But she answered with a straight face, without blinking even an iota of the eyelids,' writes author Dev Chaudhury.
‘Sometimes, the felines’ earnest endeavors would even go in vain as the ailing lady would end up burying her face in her hands,’ writes Hina Fatima Khan in a heartwarming short story.
In this 500-page work, Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad presents issues covering most of the important countries of West Asia and North Africa (WANA), its history, geography, religion, geopolitics, and most importantly people-the Arabs, Persians, Jews and Turks who have shaped the affairs of this region.
'We were a winter that became factories and movies and cults and several mysteries in the world,' writes poet Mihir Chitre.
During the day it is not easy to walk on the roads in Srinagar. Anyone can crush you and abuse you after crushing you. Only daredevils choose cycling on Srinagar road. There is no space for cycles.
Such is the terror of Monday. Monday is the ultimate revenge upon Friday in the case of the more fortunate ones and upon Saturday in the case of those condemned to do a six-day drudgery week after week.