Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ring-Ring … Ring-Ring … Ring-Ring …

… Perhaps one mourns when one accepts that by the loss one undergoes one will be changed, possibly for ever…I do not think, for instance, that one can invoke the Protestant ethic when it comes to loss. One cannot say, … Continue reading

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The violence of history: 1971 and the silencing of women

A longer essay on 1971 and how it is remembered is forthcoming. Meanwhile, my review of Yasmin Saikia’s fantastic book, “Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971,” was published in Dawn Books and Authors. If the 1971 war … Continue reading

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Paharis and Eid Milad an-Nabi

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal. We used to make models of cities from mud and dirt on a slanted wooden board held up on one end by bricks. Some used just a big enough mound … Continue reading

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