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The singer who died unsung

Rakhshanda Jalil | April 27, 2013
Shamshad Begum's versatile voice sang for the heroine and the vamp, the village belle and the courtesan.
The war of words
Azadi vs Swatantrata

Azadi vs Swatantrata

Rakhshanda Jalil | October 13, 2012
The Hindiwallahs spar with the Urduwallahs on Twitter. Here we go again.
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The three sisters

Rakhshanda Jalil | September 15, 2012
Sadat Hasan Manto left India during Partition. Last week, his three daughters were welcomed with rose petals and cheers
the inimitable Mehdi Hassan
When the ghazal grieved

When the ghazal grieved

Rakhshanda Jalil | June 16, 2012
Despite his popularity, not much is known in India about ghazal king Mehdi Hassan who owned the golden voice. The beloved singer passed away this…
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Saying boo to the who’s who

Saying boo to the who’s who

Rakhshanda Jalil | May 12, 2012
They wrote about taboos and sex and were tried for obscenity. Here's looking at the rich legacies of two enfant terribles of Urdu writing -…
URDU poetry
Should we speak of henna or hunger?

Should we speak of henna or hunger?

Rakhshanda Jalil | December 3, 2011
How many know that Faiz Ahmad Faiz wrote about the electric chair, Palestine, Africa and Chile?
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Urdu is dead. Long live Urdu

Urdu is dead. Long live Urdu

Rakhshanda Jalil | October 1, 2011
Shahryar has been awarded the Jnanpith prize. Urdu's obituarists will have to stay their pens once more.
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