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The pleasures and pains of love
By Salwat Ali
41_8-7-2008_1.jpgIn this world crazed with aggression and turmoil, is love losing its magical properties of fostering peace and harmony? Arguably the inspiration for great art more than any other human emotion, love nevertheless presents a challenge to the visual artist. How do you depict love? How do you convey its complexity and intensity? In our art milieu the beloved pining for the absent lover is a common painterly exercise and is especially well depicted in the art of miniature painting. Eminent oriental painter Abdur Rehman Chughtai furthered this notion of unrequited love most poetically in his ëFlame of Love seriesí and the emotion is still being epitomised in Hajra Mansurs paintings. Our modernists like Moeen Faruqi interpret love in the age of alienation with enigmatic, bizarre paintings of estranged partners, distanced by self aggrandisement. ....

The agony of migration and resettlement
By S.A. Haleem
42_8-7-2008_1.jpgPakistan and the Making of the Mohajir Mindset
Edited by: Brigadier A. R. Siddiqi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
38, Sector 15, Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi
Tel: 111 693 673
Price: 395 Pages: 172
Posterity would like to have an explanation and to know what was intended at the time of wanting a separate state Pakistan, whether the Indian Muslims believed that the entire Muslim population of India should have shifted to Pakistan after its independence or that some will migrate and others may decide to stay put. Why it was so that while there was an exodus of Muslims from India to newly created Pakistan, millions and millions decided to stay in India and carry on with their lives as Indians?

Far from the metropolitan...
By Qudsiyh H. Zaidi
43_8-7-2008_1.jpgOnce upon a time there lived a prince and a princess...the prince was blind and the princess ugly. One fine day, they got married and lived happily ever after. Now that I've got your attention let me make it clear that my piece of prose, however, has got nothing to do with the two of them. Wouldn't have mattered if they had gotten butchered by some villain or ended up as cripples or divorced, I couldn't have cared less, neither should you. Let's just talk 'life' as it is 'far from the metropolitan'.  ....

Night music
Music from beyond the door
Envelops the night air,
Like a beloved's flair
For wreaking devastation
Once enveloped me.
From that recollection

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