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Signs of the times: Imagine all the people…

Humra Quraishi wonders if it is the need of this time to revive the Progressive Writers Movement in India. Come April, things will be getting tougher… tougher to survi...

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Sign of the times: The sun shines on everybody

“Why don’t the people of today take lessons from our history, literature and poetry”, asks Humra Quraishi The painful and disturbing images of Rohingya refu...

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She left when she was too young: Meena Kumari

Humra Quraishi recalls her meeting with Rukhsar-e-Zehra, stepdaughter of the  legendary actor Meena Kumari. Sadness becomes a companion when my thoughts meander to Meena...

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Signs of the time: The vacuum

Humra Quraishi imagines what it would be like if India is to have a ministry of loneliness and leaves you to ponder over a beautiful piece of verse Japan has appointed a Mini...

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Sign of the times: Silencing Zillennials

Humra Quraishi expresses anguish at the systematic crushing of dissent among the young generations today. The political climate is turning murkier and also suffocating. It is...

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Sign of the times: The Mahatma and the Frontier Gandhi

February 6 was Khan Abdul Ghaffar’s Khan birth anniversary; he was born in 1890 in Utmanzai, Pakistan, writes Humra Quraishi Also, known as the Frontier Gandhi, he play...

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Sign of the times: Helpless Spectators

I wish I was a poet - with that, I could have unleashed my anguish and anger in verse, writes Humra Quraishi Alas, I’m not a poet. As a writer, witnessing traumatic tim...

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Sign of the times: The Distance Between Us

With focus on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, I recall my meetings and interview with his close aide, Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, writes Humra Quraishi   This was in the su...

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Sign of the times: Bollywood Missing

First things first, where are all the Bollywood stars that have played roles of farmers, writes Humra Quraishi  I do realize they were make-believe portrayals, more alon...

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Signs of the time: The stream of freedom’s flood

With the passing away of writer Ved Mehta, I can only say that we have lost  not just a great writer but also a man with a definite personality, writes Humra Quraishi I...

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Explaining the lockdown to children

Family members talk to Monarose Sheila Pereira about the innovative ways they used to ex...

April 10 2021

Signs of the times: She’s a street fighter

Humra Quraishi questions EVMs, expresses fear and helplessness among people with regard ...

April 10 2021

That Poisonous Bite

Khalid Mohamed reviews the BBC-commissioned series The Serpent on Charles Sobhraj, appro...

April 9 2021