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A librarian for the pages of history

June 12, 2014

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Laurens Hesselink has made it his life’s work to preserve priceless ancient books and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century As written for Gulf News (June 12, 2014) Looking after what was quite possibly the most valuable stand at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, was renowned antiquarian Laurens Hesselink and owner of Antiquariaat […]

Dubai’s Reading Cafes

May 14, 2013

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As written for The National, UAE (May 14, 2013) Another fun round-up for the lit lot. At a time when a true appreciation of literature is seemingly on the demise, thanks to the doomsayer-esque allure of technology and its de-romanticisation of the written word, Dubai seems to be witnessing a sudden revivalist surge in the promotion of […]

A Guide to Dubai’s Best Second-hand Bookshops

July 26, 2012

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As written for The National, UAE (July 26, 2012) My definition of a glorious (yes, glorious) Saturday morning; 6 hours, 4 stores and a personal acquisition of 6 titles later = a round-up and critique of the top second-hand book stores in Dubai + the most fun I’ve had on a writing assignment in a […]

Sadakat Kadri: Heaven On Earth – A Journey Through Sharī‘ah Law

April 16, 2012

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As written for Muslim Matters (April 16, 2012) “Almost 1400 years after the Prophet Muḥammad first articulated God’s law –the Sharī’ah- its earthly interpreters are still arguing over what it means. Hardliners reduce it to amputations, veiling, holy war and stoning. Others say that it is humanity’s only guarantee of a just society. In Heaven On Earth, the […]

What I Want To Be When My Son Grows Up

April 1, 2012

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Friends and acquaintances seem to believe that I have in me what it takes to come out with a book. That is, to make my mark as an ink-slinger of the established sort; an author. Ego had me toying about with the idea, but the day dream was dismissed quite quickly, for which I have […]

Yahia Lababidi proves aphorisms are alive and well

January 30, 2012

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As written for The National, UAE (January 30, 2012)  To merely call the Egyptian-Lebanese author Yahia Lababidi a “poet” would be like heinously dedicating a blank notebook to a specific purpose – limiting the many possibilities of potential expression to just one. For Lababidi is not just a rhapsodist, but also an essayist, and even […]

Sri Lankan author spins a sporting tale

December 25, 2011

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As written for The National, UAE (November 21, 2011). As is the case with most Sri Lankan authors having spent a considerable period of time abroad, I expected Shehan Karunatilaka’s accent to have a pronounced Kiwi cadence and tinged with only a slight Sri Lankan nuance, considering the years he spent in New Zealand. But […]

Paperback Blues

September 6, 2011

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I just can’t bring myself to do it. Give myself up to the cult of e-Readers, I mean. The convenience of the gadget, the eco-friendliness of the investment – yes, yes I’ve heard the argument. The same debate I’ve lobbed back and forth enough times to generate enough electricity to power one of those darned […]

EAIFL Day 4: Of Food, Glasnosts, Trauma & India; a.k.a The Final Leg

March 18, 2010

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I very grudgingly drove up to the festival venue on Saturday the 14th of March. It was the last day of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, and judging by the back-to-back sessions I had lined up for day, I had a sinking feeling this day was going to just whizz past. Having said hello […]

EAIFL Day 3: In True Festival Spirit

March 17, 2010

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Day 3 of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature was probably the day with the most attendance; being a public holiday might have had something to do with it. When I arrived at the venue at 10.00am, the InterCon was teeming with the anticipation of another lit-induced high. Sessions were due to start for the […]

EAIFL: An Interview with Alexander McCall Smith – The Humble Scot

March 14, 2010

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When I scored an interview with Alexander McCall Smith, I was so ecstatic that I walked into the room without my pen and notepad. Only after excusing myself to hurry out and get them, did we finally sit down for an interview. Sorry, chat. Best known as the man behind The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency […]