Readalog #18 | Of Signs.





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Readalog by Neha

February 9 · Issue #18 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.

I’m not the one to believe in signs, but if I were one, I’d have ascribed coming together of today’s issue as a sign. Maybe you’ll do it too, once you read through it.
Speaking of which, I read somewhere many years back: Maybe the fact that you’re looking for a sign is, in fact, the sign you’re looking for. Interesting, isn’t it?
Hope you enjoy reading today’s edition. And if you do, please share it with your friends and acquaintances who might enjoy it too. Thank you! :)

From Around the Web
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2. After the Death of Her Father, a Woman Reconnects with a Language She Hasn't Spoken in Years
3. The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi
4. Pakistan's Stepchildren
5. The Little-Known Passport That Protected 450,000 Refugees
Book of the Week
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. Fatima Bhutto.
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. Fatima Bhutto.
You will have to pay for your choices much more than you realize.
In Three Words: Vivid. Intimate. Unpredictable.
Why Should You Read It: It’s not the history lesson you might believe it to be. The narrative has a hallucinatory quality, racing up dreadfully towards the climax. Your loyalties keep shifting, with different characters garnering sympathies at different points. Apart from its context in history, it resembles real life in its story hinging on the brutal betrayal by people you thought you could trust, in the face of struggle to survive. It comes from nowhere and hits you like a slap in the face.
Beyond the Book: Fatima Bhutto is a convincing orator, and her talks and public speeches are worth listening to. Hear her speak about her home country perpetually on the verge of having a nervous breakdown, in the opening address at the 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Buy the book here.
Word Wise
n. the rush or the inexplicable joy one feels after seeing or experiencing something romantic.
It is that tingling feeling of excitement felt in various romantic situations such as making first eye contact with one’s crush or watching another person propose to someone.
@asifnz. Asif is a sharp social commentator in the garb of a doctor, who also has girls from all over the subcontinent swooning over him. He writes sporadically, but exquisitely. And oh, he’s the one who wrote this acclaimed open letter, addressed to an Indian journalist who endorsed cutting-off all ties with the creative talent from across the border (ref: the Fawad Khan controversy).
Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat. This comforting cover of the soulful poetry of Faiz is all you need on days when work takes a toll and life seems unusually hard to live through. The melting voice of Farhan Zameer can hold sway over your heart, making it the only song you listen to, for weeks at stretch.
As ever,
With warmth and gratitude
P.S.: Bringing Letters Back
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