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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 […]

Rest Upon the Wind: Staging the Life of Khalil Gibran

November 5, 2012

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As reviewed for The Platform (November 05, 2012) “A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.” –The Prophet, by Gibran Khalil Gibran, 1923 Having made its debut in London’s West End back in November  2011 to an exceptional stint of sold-out shows, Rest Upon the Wind, a theatrical depiction of the […]

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 […]