Khaab Khayaal Saraab

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

We have to think beyond the elections in November--do we really think that a President John Kerry and others after him will put a total stop to things like what has been happening in Venezuela, Haiti; like what happened in Iran in the 60s and happens repeatedly in Pakistan?

Monday, March 22, 2004

Sab: bhaiya aaj kay dhaur maiN company bhee aap koe lay off karthay nahee soachthee
Sab: thoe how can you afford to think of them?

Sab: as long as you are employed you must be loyal and ethical
Sab: dhayaanathdhaar

Sab: but once you decide to move, it should be gentlemanly, courteous and businessline

Sab: the "breach" part depends on what is in the contract
Sab: and if they put a condition on it that you can leave in a certain time or that you have to give a nottice and so on
Sab: if you can't, you can't

Sab: you tell them you will need time to give notice and so on

Sab: if they can't wait, then you don't take the job
Sab: Dubai or anywhere else I mean

Sab: give time for interview, absolutley
Sab: aaj kal kee dhuniya maiN lifelong employment nahee hoe thee


From Leonard Lopate:

Chris Abani
Novelist Chris Abani talks about coming of age in Nigeria in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The protagonist in Chris Abani's novel, GraceLand, is Elvis Oke, a young Nigerian with a tendency to impersonate Elvis Presley.

» Read an excerpt of Abani's book in the Reading Room
» Visit Chris Abani's website

Events: As part of PEN Foreign Exchanges, Walter Mosley will be speaking with CHRIS ABANI. Salman Rushdie will be there, as well, and Alfre Woodard and Bill Irwin will give a reading of the work. March 22 at 7 pm at the French Institute on 59th Street

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Quotes from traditional Pakistani songs:

- "mai ban ka kaboothar maraaN p-hairiyaaN" [Abrar]
- "paa jaaNRgay saanoo nawaa p-hu'aaRa" [quoted/included in Musarrat Nazir's "Meri Pasand"]

Monday, March 15, 2004

A Manifesto: http://www.mindspring.com/~kimall/Reviews/manifesta.html

Interesting reading list:


Friday, March 12, 2004



PAKISTAN: 5000 attend social forum

Farooq Tariq, Lahore

The Pakistan Social Forum (PSF) was held on January 12 at Lahore Alhumra halls. More than 5000 people participated in the event, making it one of the largest gatherings of progressive forces in Pakistan in recent times. A rally was also organised afterwards in the centre of Lahore....


Formation of Pakistan Social Forum and Joint Declaration

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

On India, Outsourcing, etc.

Blame India Watch http://blameindiawatch.blogspot.com/
prashant kothari http://prashantkothari.com/ [good links on what a blog is]
Viewpoint from India http://blogs.ittoolbox.com/emergingtech/outsourcing/
Living in India http://www.livinginindia.com/

Monday, March 08, 2004

Project for a New Muslim Era
Religion for all times & places
Esssentialization: see blog entry on this issue and LAK quote etc. in other blog entry

Terminology [AH, Hijab, Jih]
Taxonomy [hy there?]: see blog entry on this issue

Column notes:
On the Refusenik

Treaty of Tripoli
Diouf, Servant's of Islam
Allen Austin's Source Book on Islam
MLK and Islam

Marriage and Civil Rights:

State in Marriage; Civil Unions; separation of church and state
Polygamy, Polyamory, and so on
History of marriage as transfer of property

From The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR

Hil St. Soul: 'Copasetik & Cool'

NPR's Tony Cox speaks with Hilary Mwelwa, the lead singer of the British musical group Hil St. Soul, about the band's new album, Copasetik & Cool.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

http://www.Pedro Pietri

Puerto Rican Obituary


Thursday, March 04, 2004

From The Connection, a program on WBUR in Boston

Martin Luther King and Islam
Story aired: Monday, January 19, 2004

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 75 years old last Thursday and today is the national holiday set aside to remember him. Around the country protests, rallies, and quiet reflection will commemorate the man and his legacy.

Colgate University Professor Omid Safi suggests traditional remembrance my watering down the real King, who may have found a new appreciation for Islam near the end of his life.


Sharifa Zuhur, author, "Asmahan's Secrets: Woman, War and Song"

Leila Ahmed, Professor of Divinity, Harvard Diviniy School, author, "A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey."


Interesting American Slang:

"Call in the dogs and put out the fires, boys; this hunt's over."
[bring in the dogs, and call off the hunt?]

"All hat and no cattle."

"That dog don't hunt."

... and from the South:

"Very big cotton"

[added March 5] "All over but the shoutin'"

Monday, March 01, 2004

This blog is named after a poetic piece by Kashif Yaqoob. Here's some poetry he quoted to me in a conversation recently:

sarapa pay jis ja nazar keejeay
waheen umr saree basar keejeay


kya log thay kay jaan say barh kar aziz thay
un mein say naam mehv to aksar kay ho gayay