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History in folios – F.S. Aijazuddin

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LIKE other living organisms, libraries too die. They may survive for 700 years as Oxford’s Bodleian Library has done, but even that venerable...

Cursory knowledge – F.S. Aijazuddin

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A BOOK is a human mind compressed between two covers. A library is an orderly arrangement of books. And a virtual literature festival...

Into the sunset – F.S. Aijazuddin

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RETIREMENT is a dress rehearsal for death, but with the additional burden of recurring costs. Pakistan has a population of about 230 million, give or...

Unburied conscience- F.S. Aijazuddin

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CERTAIN events in a nation’s history (however traumatic) need to be retrieved from the cupboard of memory. One such occasion occurred 50 years...

A horned dilemma – F.S. Aijazuddin

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THE unthinkable seizure of the US Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021, has an analogy in Leonard Wibberley’s book The Mouse That Roared (1955)....

A forgotten son- F.S. Aijazuddin

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TO Lahoris, Sheranwala is one of the 12 gates that led into the ancient walled city. To New Yorkers, it was the portal...

Unhappy X’mas- F.S. Aijazuddin

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WHAT has mankind done to itself? World wars, global warming, lemming-like migrations, and now Covid-19. Will we ever see an unclouded morn again? When January...

Paper sovereignty – F.S. Aijazuddin

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ONE’S first instinct, upon being confronted by a 768-page tome of memoirs by a former US president, is to go directly to the Index....

Faith and courage- F.S. Aijazuddin

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I HOPE I still have the courage to acknowledge the Judaic DNA strain in my faith, for my spiritual genes are the umbilical...

Armchair grief – F.S. Aijazuddin

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COVID-19 and politics have made grief an armchair activity. One quarantines us from the present, the other isolates us from the past. Recently the death...