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Darwin’s Origin of Species tops list of most important academic books

  WRITTEN more than 150 years ago, it was a book that upended the way human beings think about where they came from, challenged millennia of religious dogma and left people wondering whether there really was a god. And sometime Republican presidential primary front-runner Ben Carson once felt compelled to point out that it was encouraged by Satan. Now, Charles ... Read More »

KP govt was responsible for law, order during LG polls: ECP

The commission said that a false impression had been created that maintaining peace was the ECP's responsibility.—Courtesy: ECP website ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan said on Monday that maintaining law and order during the local bodies’ elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the sole responsibility of the provincial government. The commission said in a statement that an impression had been ... Read More »

Kasuri’s upcoming book an insight into Pak-India relations

Former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri. — AFP/file LAHORE: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has urged nuclear neighbours Pakistan and India to show restraint since both are equally capable of destabilising each other. He makes the point in his forthcoming book ‘Neither a Hawk, nor a Dove’ to be published by the month end. He writes in the book ... Read More »

Meena Kumari: Verses from the Tragedy Queen

KARACHI: “You are clouds, came with the winds, lingered for a while, on the sky, burst and vanished into some remoteness/We are rocks, stuck in our places, knowing that those who go away shall never return.” This is the English translation of Meena Kumari’s Urdu poem titled Badal Aur Chat’tan, which vividly states the relationship she shared with her audience as ... Read More »

NBF to publish over 1,000 low-cost books

ISLAMABAD: National Book Foundation (NBF) Managing Director Dr Inamul Haq Javed said on Tuesday that the foundation was striving to promote book-reading habit across the country. He said the foundation would publish more than 1,000 affordable and good quality books during the ongoing year. Talking to this agency, he said an advisory committee had been constituted, consisting of NBF book ... Read More »

Book review: Hard Choices – cloaked in diplomacy

The American press usually uses the word ‘polarising’ to describe Hillary Rodham Clinton — people either love her or hate her. The conservatives think she’s cold and calculating. Even during her campaign for the Democratic Party presidential primary against now US President Barack Obama, she was deemed ‘power-hungry’ and ‘ruthless’. In her memoir Hard Choices, however, Clinton is not reserved, ... Read More »

Did you know? Amjad Islam Amjad’s work translated in Italian

“Zindagi kay daman mae jis qadar bhi khushiyan hain, sab hi hath aatein hain, sab hi mil bhi jatein hain, waqt per nahin miltien, waqt par nahin atein, yaani unko mehnat ka ajer mil tau jata hai, lekin is tarah jaisey, qarz ki koi raqam qist qist hojaye,” wrote Amjad Islam Amjad, in his poem Self-Made Logon Ka Almia, in ... Read More »

The dark horse of South Africa who ran the good race

JOHANNESBURG: South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90. Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement ... Read More »

Book review: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – mind games

Haruki Murakami is probably the only writer who can pull off a complex novel like The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. The English translation of the 1990 Japanese novel, which is perhaps Murakami’s most famous literary work to date, transports the reader to another world, as he transforms the mundane into the most intriguing. The novel starts off as a silly search ... Read More »