The Living Legacy of Kayalpattinam: Sufis, Sultans, Scholars, Traders and Invaders

Kayalpattinam has invited all sorts of people and civilizations to its erstwhile bustling seaport. MUHAMMED NOUSHAD visits the historic town and meets its people to narrate its fascinating tale of the past and the present. ‘It’s a small town with an excessive baggage of history’, a few well-meaning friends had warned me, before I set off my journey to Kayalpattinam. The

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‘More Indian Literature Should be Translated into Arabic’

NAJWAN DARWISH, well-acclaimed Arabic poet from Palestine, talked to Muhammed Noushad in 2019 on his poetry and politics. Photographs by Shafeeq Thamarassey. Najwan Darwish has published eight poetry books and has been translated into over 20 languages including English and Spanish. He is also the cultural editor of Arabic daily Al Arabi Al Jadeed. He has been traveling across the

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RVs as Lifeboats; Cathartic Community of Nomadland

Nomadland raises critical concerns about the economy, lifestyle and perceptions of happiness, writes MUHAMMED NOUSHAD. In Nomadland, the analogy of a motor home is that of a lifeboat. The economy is Titanic, unstoppably sinking thanks to the wreckage. The sinking could be slow, too slow to notice or acknowledge, but it’s inevitable. When Bob Wells, the charismatic vandweller and minimalist who plays himself in

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‘I am Fascinated by the Question of What God’s Problem with Poor People is’

‘Committed’ and ‘multi-pronged.’ The adjectives fit well with Dr Farid Esack, his oeuvre, and academic as well as activist engagements. He published Quran, Liberation and Pluralism in 1997; the work was noted for its academic solemnity as well as earnestness to take the message of the divine text to all it matters. In 1999, his more popular On Being a

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Kalabhavan Mani, An Organic Artist of Heart and Soil

South Indian actor and Malaylam singer Kalabhavan Mani was distinct with his versatile acting skills, legendary folk songs and pro-people cultural positions, writes MUHAMMED NOUSHAD. Almost one month has passed since the south Indian actor and Malayalam singer Kalabhavan Mani died. Although he had liver and kidney ailments, his family has cast doubts over his unexpected death; the Kerala police

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