The Mag This Week

Cartoons, caliphates and cattiness in the Books page this week.

Diptosh Majumdar reviewed Tavleen Singh’s Durbar. He describes her as “a socialite who, by sheer accident, also happened to be a journalist.”

A. Faizur Rahman wrote a thoughtful review of The Caliph’s Splendor by Benson Bobrick. He ends it with a lovely bit of poetry:

Main tujhko batata hoon taqdeer-e-umam kya hai
Shamsheer-o-sana awwal, tawoos-o-rubaab aakhir.

(Let me tell you about the fate of Muslim nations,/ They begin with war and end in sensual indulgences.)

Ashley Tellis did not like Rabbit Rap by Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Michelle Farooqi.Image

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