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Literary Notes: Wasn’t Lughat-e-Kabeer c

AMONG the controversies that have been raging in Urdu for a long time, one concerns Lughat-e-Kabeer. This Urdu-Urdu dictionary was published by Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Pakistan (ATUP) and Moulvi Abdul Haq’s name appeared on its title as the compiler. But Shanul Haq Haqqee claimed that Lughat-e-Kabeer was not compiled by Moulvi Abdul Haq and that his […]

The Scotsman Sessions #306: Billy Letfor...

It is possible that Billy Letford is still known in Scotland as “the roofing poet”. His journey from working for the family roofing business to an MLitt in creative writing and a first collection of poetry published by Carcanet simply makes for too good a story. But there is something else too. Letford’s poems speak […]

Arts & Culture newsletter: singer Jane M

Hello and welcome to the UT Arts & Culture newsletter. I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all the essentials in San Diego arts and culture this week. Raised on Ella Fitzgerald records and Broadway hits, Jane Monheit invokes both on his soon-to-be-released (March 12) album “Come What May.” It is Monheit’s […]

Vy Nguyen – The School District of Phila

FEBRUARY STUDENT OF THE MONTH Name: Vy Nguyen The school: Philadelphia Girls’ High School Nominated by: Megan McNamara and Joseph Marchetti – Teachers Once in a while, you meet a person who humiliates you. Maybe not at first, but after talking to them, learning who they are and what they’ve been through, witnessing their behavior […]

Language worries Bengali in West Bengal

Why worry about your language? Since the last decades of the last century, a new anxiety has descended upon humanity – that of the endurance, decay and death of language. For all the latest news, follow the Daily Star’s Google News channel. “How long will my language live?” ask a lot of people. “Can we […]

Ambitious young women, beware of falling...

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size For a very long time in my early adulthood I was obsessed with Gustav Klimt The kiss. I must have first seen it in an art book when I was in high school. The image, painted over a hundred years ago, shows a man and a woman, […]

A poetic journey in a daydream

DR. RATAN BHATTACHARJEE Cecil Day Lewis once wrote: “Poetry is not, except in a very limited sense, a form of self-expression. Who on earth assumes that the pearl expresses the oyster, “Therefore Purbanchal Prakash, who usually publishes serious books of literature, has done a wonderful job in finally coming up with a volume of poetry […]

Marian Keyes on rehab, menopause and the...

Marian Keyes is in bed. It is two o’clock in the afternoon, but she has just returned from a funeral and is cold. “It was a nice start,” she says to reassure herself that she’s okay to talk. She wears a lilac hoodie and flaunts a pastel pink manicure as she rearranges the pillows to […]

Rare book fair explores the industry

By Laura Latzko Pasadena Weekly Contributing Writer BDealers from around the world will converge on the Pasadena Convention Center for the Rare Books LA-Pasadena trade show from Friday, February 4 through Sunday, February 6. The event will feature books, maps, scripts, letters, comics, classic photographs, Bibles, religious texts, original manuscripts or typescripts, fine art prints […]

The Greek painter who changed the art wo...

El Greco’s “Portrait of an Old Man”, believed to be a self-portrait, 1595. Credit: public domain The Greek painter El Greco is one of the best-known artists in the entire history of Western art, as his unique, romantic and awe-inspiring works have influenced a large number of painters over the past five centuries. Although his […]

Scriabin’s Messiah Complex: Was He Eccen

Seriabin stands out today as a perfect example of why listeners should not confuse a composer’s work with his biography. Once revered, then reviled in his own country and abroad, his last piano sonatas – concise, intense and strangely atmospheric – are now recognized as extraordinary masterpieces ahead of their time. Do Scriabin really believe […]

Hope and healing in Kosovo’s ‘hive’ at t

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Screenwriter Last January, filmmaker Blerta Basholli was simply happy to have participated in the Sundance Film Festival with her first feature film “Hive”. The Albanian-language film about a woman who sets up her own business after the Kosovo war was an inspiring gem, but Basholli hadn’t even dared to dream how […]

When Pandit Birju Maharaj played nayak a...

At a 2019 lecture-demonstration as part of the Manodharma Festival in the capital hosted by Delhi-based Odissi representative Sharon Lowen, Pandit Birju Maharaj presented a thumri in raag From. It is a composition of his grandfather Kalka Maharaj, who together with his brother Bindadin Maharaj is known to be the architect of the current form […]

Calderon joins IndyCar as 1st woman to d...

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Editor Tatiana Calderon will drive for AJ Foyt Racing this season as the first woman to regularly compete in the IndyCar series since 2013. The Colombian will drive a third Indy car for Foyt on road and road courses alongside Dalton Kellett and Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood. A […]

Ilford’s Hannah Lowe wins Costa Book Awa

Published: 10:04 17 January 2022 A poet and teacher from Ilford has won a national award for her sonnets about studying at Barking and Dagenham. Hannah Lowe topped the poetry category at the 2021 Costa Book Awards with her collection The Kids. The 45-year-old started writing the poems that became a collection of 66 sonnets […]

How I Define Bitcoin Generational Wealth

Beyond the numbers, what is “generational wealth” and how does bitcoin help achieve it? Bitcoin Generational Wealth – The Prelude This article was inspired by fellow Bitcoiner, @chadlupkes and his constructive criticism of my first post on generational wealth. My first article was too much about generational wealth calculations in his humble opinion and I […]

Live events in 2022 to look forward to

Making plans to attend shows is not what it used to be. I’m writing this a few days before the end of 2021 and just received notice of a new level of COVID security screening. In order to attend performances during the Prototype Contemporary Opera Festival which takes place in mid-January in New York City, […]

Connecting people through music and hist...

Venice West is a newly opened venue in Venice that presents a wide variety of live musical performances. PHOTO Courtesy of Venice Paparazzi Venice West has live entertainment and great food By Sebastian Lipstein Five and a half years ago, Venetian Rob Lissner and his business partner Allen Sanford embarked on a journey to open […]

WME Books Strengthens Foreign Rights Tea...

As the global appetite for books and their screen adaptations explodes in the era of COVID, WME Books is strengthening its unity of international rights. The agency’s books department has named New York-based Laura Bonner (pictured, left) and Matilda Forbes Watson (right) as partners, the latter also being appointed as head of the UK book […]

Our hopes for East Bay restaurants and b...

In this 2018 photo, community members come together to support Hasta Muerte, an Oakland café that has taken a principled and cohesive stance against systemic oppression. Credit: Hasta Muerte / Facebook Nosh 2021 in review· East Bay’s most trusted bar and restaurant destinations· East Bay’s Best Dining Experiences· The best alfresco dining in East Bay· […]

Tribute to these golfers lost in 2021 | ...

The world of golf lost prominent figures in 2021, people who have made lasting contributions to the game and its community. From tour pros to business leaders and international golf ambassadors, everyone could boast of having a unique and significant impact on the sport. Among the deaths that have resonated the most in the sport […]

The best-selling books of 2021

Reading room The best-selling New Zealand books this year, as recorded by Nielsen BookScan New Zealand bestseller list and described by Steve Braunias FICTION 1 Auē by Becky Manawatu (Makaro Press, $ 35) Published in 2019, the best-selling New Zealand novel of 2020, and 2021, Atis a modern New Zealand classic, an event, something special. […]

Coming Home to Cooperstown –

Born John W. Jackson, Bud Fowler was a pioneer in every sense of the word. Not only was black’s first pro ball player, but he was also the first to play in integrated teams. Fowler (top row, center) with the Keokuk, Iowa, Western League team in 1885. BY FRANK DROUZAS, Editor Almost 70 years before […]

Free Will Astrology: Your Weekly Horosco...

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): To ensure that 2022 brings you the most interesting and useful kind of progress, take good care of your key friendships and alliances, even if you are looking for some great new friendships and alliances. For best results, consider these thoughts from author Hanya Yanagihara: “Find people who are better than […]

9 Christmas Readings You Can Easily Add ...

So, it’s Christmas: you’ll soon be curled up by a fire, under a blanket, sleepy after a morning of overeating, and ready to enjoy a good book on your new or old Amazon Kindle. Well, whether it’s your standard Christmas Day or not, since you clicked on the headline above, you are clearly the center […]

Praise of K Swaminathan, the tireless ed...

One of the most notable people I knew was K Swaminathan, a professor of literature from Madras who later became editor-in-chief of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi. Swaminathan was born in the town of Pudukkottai on December 3, 1896. When his centenary was celebrated in 1996, I wrote a biographical profile of him in The […]

Leaving the Heian: a sexual revolution i...

What’s wrong with sex? Nothing; it’s wonderful: “Young women melt men’s hearts with red and powder and songs and smiles… Ah! … A date in a boat on the waves is equivalent to a life of delicious encounters. Thus the courtier poet Oe Yukitoki (955-1010) celebrated the asobi (women of pleasure) of his day. Their […]