A marvelous interweaving of poetry, scholarship, literary criticism and memoir: it is wise, welcoming, and a delight to read. There are poems here that are memorable in any context: Qasida of 700,000 Years of Love one among those for me.
Author: SHADAB ZEEST HASHMI
ISBN: 97896978344400 ISBN: 97896978344400 Publisher: FOLIO BOOKS Subtitle: GHAZALS AND ESSAYS ON THE CULTURE AND CRAFT OF THE GHAZAL Author: SHADAB ZEEST HASHMI
This book contains the results of a series of studies undertaken in Baldia Township, Karachi. The first chapter summarizes theoretical issues as, for example, the question of the displacement of people as a possible side-effect of legalization and upgrading of settlements. Chapter two describes Karachi’s main features, its housing problem and government housing policies. The third chapter places Baldia in perspective and the project’s scope of activities. Chapters four and five present and analyse the main findings of the survey, touching on demographic aspects, housing and services and the project’s financial consequences for the inhabitants of Baldia. The last chapters present the main conclusions and recommendations of the project.
ISBN: 9694020123 – Hardback
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS ISBN: 0091259819 Publisher: NELSON THORNES Subtitle: FIVE SHORT PLAYS Author: ALAN DURBAND
It is said that: after nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. This new collection of Rumi stories fills that need. A luminous translation by Maryam Mafi brings the classic poet Rumis distinctive and timeless Sufi lessons to a new audience, transforming the original verses into prose that conveys the vibrancy of the medieval setting, and at the same time also sounds fresh. This beautifully produced volume also reiterates Rumis value in modern society. This fresh prose translation of 105 short teaching stories by Rumi, which form the core of the six-volume Masnavi, explores the hidden spiritual aspects of everyday experience. Rumi transforms the seemingly mundane events of daily life into profound Sufi teaching moments. These prose gems open the mystical portal to the world of the ancient mystic. Rumis voice alternates between playful and authoritative, whether he is telling stories of ordinary lives or inviting the discerning reader to higher levels of introspection and attainment of transcendent values. Mafis translations delicately reflect the nuances of Rumis poetry while retaining the positive tone of all of Rumis writings, as well as the sense of suspense and drama that mark the essence of the Masnavi.