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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 […]

The Kaftan Writer

November 4, 2011

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I haven’t inherited many traits from my maternal grandmother (other than her classic good looks, and razor sharp wit of course), but she has gifted me many a plaything, clothes, and gift vouchers over the years. But of all her endowments, I am most grateful to her for the one thing she’s handed over to […]

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 […]

EAIFL Day 2 – Of Crime Writers, Biographers and Poets

March 13, 2010

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I had much to look forward to from Day 2 of the Lit Fest. The possibility of rubbing shoulders with many more of the great Litteratis and the agenda of sessions I had scheduled for the day had me rushing out of the office half way though the day. Being a Thursday evening and the […]

EAIFL: An Interview with Ian Whybrow – On Writing for ‘Little People.’

March 12, 2010

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Some might have grown out of the books they used to read as a child, but for others it’s harder to let go. I managed to catch a quick chat with Ian Whybrow at the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature this evening; best-selling author of over a 100 children’s books, so well-received that they’ve been […]

EAIFL Day 1 – With Robert Greene & Youssef Ziedan

March 11, 2010

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My excuse for not being present at the grand opening of the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature, is work. Eager though to make sure I made the most of what I had missed, I rushed straight from the office to the festival  venue. The evening was relatively calmer in comparison to earlier in the day […]