The Ghost of Bob Dylan: On the two models of poetry

I remember I first listened to Bob Dylan’s songs back in 2004 when I was studying in the small town of Colchester (the oldest town, and the first capital of Britain). I found myself relating to his songs in a way that I had never related to music before. The combination of his powerful lyrics and wildly raw singing style left me enthralled. For instance, I still can’t get over how someone can write the following lines:

Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind Continue reading The Ghost of Bob Dylan: On the two models of poetry

Re-Modeling Iqbal: Why Iqbal is too important to be given up!

Dr Muhammad Iqbal wrote the national song of India, has been declared the national poet of Pakistan, and served as the intellectual influence for Iran’s ┬árevolutionaries. However, over the last few years, there has been an ever-growing allergy towards Iqbal among the liberal sections of Pakistan

Iqbal is presently claimed by the right; in the past he was also strongly claimed by the left. Now, since there is no Continue reading Re-Modeling Iqbal: Why Iqbal is too important to be given up!