by Toni Usman
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تاریک ایام ریاستی جبر سے تنگ آکر تارکینِ وطن ہونے والے باپ اور بیٹی کے درمیان نفسیاتی کشمکش کا ایک مکالمہ ہے۔ یہ کہانی ریاستی جبر، متعصب امیگریشن قوانین اور غیر انسانی سمگلنگ جیسے مکروہ جرائم کا خلاصہ پیش کرتی ہے۔ ہینی مانکل کے لکھے گئے اس اسٹیج پلے کو پہلی دفعہ کتاب کی صورت شائع کیا جارہا ہے۔ اس پلے کا اردو ترجمہ پاکستانی نژاد نارویجن آرٹسٹ ٹونی عثمان نے مرتب کیا ہے۔
ہینی مانکل سویڈن کے دارلحکومت اَسٹاک ہولم میں 1948ء میں پیدا ہوئے۔ 1966ء میں وہ تعلیم کے لئے پیرس چلے گئے جہاں انکی آشنائی ترقی پسند رحجانات سے ہوئی۔ 1972ء سے لے کر 1981ء تک وہ ناروے میں مقیم رہے اور تھیٹر کے لئے کام کرتے رہے۔ مانکل کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ دنیا میں استحصال اور لوٹ مار کے خلاف مذاحمت میں اپنا حصہ ڈالنے کے لئے لکھتے ہیں۔
مترجم ٹونی عثمان تقریبا تین دھائیوں سے ناروے میں ٹیلی ویژن، تھیٹر اور ریڈیو سے منسلک ہیں۔ ٹونی عثمان پروڈکشنز کے نام سے انکی ایک رجسٹرڈ تھیٹر کمپنی ہے جس کے وہ آرٹسٹک ڈائریکٹر ہیں۔ اسی کمپنی کے بینر تلے ہی تاریک ایام کو 2018ء میں اوسلو میں اسٹیج پر پیش کیا گیا تھا۔
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Meeting the South Asian Parents
Who Raised Me
by Sopan Deb
A bittersweet and humorous memoir of family—of the silence and ignorance that separate us, and the blood and stories that connect us—from an award-winning New York Times writer and comedian.
Approaching his 30th birthday, Sopan Deb had found comfort in his day job as a writer for the New York Times and a practicing comedian. But his stage material highlighting his South Asian culture only served to mask the insecurities borne from his family history. Sure, Deb knew the facts: his parents, both Indian, separately immigrated to North America in the 1960s and 1970s. They were brought together in a volatile and ultimately doomed arranged marriage and raised a family in suburban New Jersey before his father returned to India alone.
But Deb had never learned who his parents were as individuals—their ages, how many siblings they had, what they were like as children, what their favorite movies were. Theirs was an ostensibly nuclear family without any of the familial bonds. Coming of age in a mostly white suburban town, Deb’s alienation led him to seek separation from his family and his culture, longing for the tight-knit home environment of his white friends. His desire wasn’t rooted in racism or oppression; it was born of envy and desire—for white moms who made after-school snacks and asked his friends about the girls they liked and the teachers they didn’t. Deb yearned for the same.
Deb’s experiences as one of the few minorities covering the Trump campaign, and subsequently as a stand up comedian, propelled him on a dramatic journey to India to see his father—the first step in a life altering journey to bridge the emotional distance separating him from those whose DNA he shared. Deb had to learn to connect with this man he recognized yet did not know—and eventually breach the silence separating him from his mother. As it beautifully and poignantly chronicles Deb’s odyssey, Missed Translations raises questions essential to us all: Is it ever too late to pick up the pieces and offer forgiveness? How do we build bridges where there was nothing before—and what happens to us, to our past and our future, if we don’t?
“A delightful memoir of people and place that will draw in Deb’s fans and attract plenty of new ones.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“I was moved by the ways in which Sopan Deb taps into both the darkness and light that permeate a story about love, family, and understanding. He’s a masterful storyteller, and I’m thankful for his bravery and willingness to share the kind of human story that we too often prefer to keep to ourselves.”
-Kal Penn, comedian and actor
“Both moving and hilarious, Missed Translations is not just about exploring culture, family, and love, but about understanding where one comes from in the deepest possible way. It’s a wonderful journey.”
-Jake Tapper, CNN host and author of The Hellfire Club“
“Sopan Deb hilariously and truthfully lets us in on the ups, downs, lefts, and rights of trying to understand – as a standup comedian and a journalist – the two grown-up strangers who raised him. It’s a crazy story, but you know. Good crazy. Funny crazy. Read-this-book crazy.”
-Pete Holmes, comedian, podcast host, and author of Comedy Sex God
“As a man who has both been a performer and covered performance, Sopan Deb now paints his most important picture yet, the self-portrait.”
-Roy Wood Jr., comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
“A sympathetic portrait of South Asians who are neither crazy and rich nor humorless nerds…Memoirs by children of immigrants often fault clueless parents; this one is refreshing for Deb’s realization that—whatever his elders’ missteps—he needed “to take some responsibility for my part in our family’s disconnect” for things to change.”
“While his topic is serious, Deb’s writing is breezy and witty, and his earnestness will sweep readers up into this charmer of a memoir.”
Publisher: Folio Books
Publishing Date: December 31, 2020
Rs. 595 Rs.297
“Harris Khalique explores with self-contained mastery the contrasts between official and untold history; the almost magical crudity of poetical observation aspires here to heal the well-spring of common stories where customary meaning loses its grip and absurdity finally makes sense.”
Omar Pérez—Essayist, Editor (Son of Ernesto Che Guevara)
“In No Fortunes to Tell, the poet records his experience of the world with brutal candour. His poems speak with chill detachment of war and its horror, destitution and disease and the dehumanisation of the poor. Beneath the matter of fact tone, spare language and austerity of the writing, there is pain for the human lot. This is a poetry that moves even as it terrifies and shocks. It shuns lyricism because the truth is too bitter to bear prettification or musical colour. ”
Adrian A. Husain —Poet, Author of Desert Album and Italian Window, Renaissance scholar, known for his Politics and Genre in Hamlet
“No Fortunes to Tell opens windows into a mind, one determined to confront its hauntings. Harris Khalique pays his respects to the shades of events that frighten us, leave communities unsettled and provoke our most necessary acts of love. His meditations refract violence, each abstracting human need from a detailed portrait of sorrow.”
Kristin Dykstra—Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, St Michael’s College, Vermont
“In precise, striking language Harris Khalique’s poems grapple with the great tragedies and moral questions of our time. He reveals Aleppo, Yemen and Waziristan as no reporter can, as only a poet can. A marsiya for our broken world.”Basharat Peer—Author Curfewed Night
Publisher: Folio Books
Division: Folio Poetry
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Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army
by Maria Rashid
The Pakistan Army, with its deep roots in the colonial armed forces, relies heavily on certain regions where men have served for generations. These men, their wives and mothers, and the military culture surrounding them are the focus of Maria Rashid’s Dying to Serve, which sensitively examines how the military thrives when so much of its work results in injury, debility, and death. Grounding her study in the famed martial district of Chakwal, she studies aﬀect deployed in recruitment and training practices, as well as management of death and compensation to families. In doing so, she compellingly sets up aﬀective technologies as critical to the appeal of militarism. Maria Rashid is a feminist practitioner, trainer, and researcher in the ﬁeld of gender, masculinities, and violence.
“This book is the only text on the Pakistan Army that ethnographically focuses on the lives (and deaths) of non-commissioned soldiers. By brilliantly using tropes of paradox and ambivalence, this excellent book tells us a story that interplays between nationalism, sacriﬁce, and masculinity in contemporary Pakistan. Unlike many renditions on the Pakistani military, this exceptional text enables us to understand the persuasive powers through which this potentially hegemonic entity seeks to create consensus.”
– Kamran Asdar Ali, The University of Texas at Austin
“A good read for those who want to understand militarism in Pakistan as well as why the military has become the center piece of Pakistani society for decades.”
– Shuja Nawaz, Atlantic Council in Washington
“In a book that breaks new ground in scholarship on Pakistani militarism, Maria Rashid explores how the Pakistan Army manages emotions like grief, pride and fear among foot soldiers and their families.”
– Mahvish Ahmad, London School of Economics
“This absorbing and troubling book grapples with the puzzle of how the Pakistani military can hold the devotion and loyalty of so many citizens while promising them endless wars, death, and impairment. Rashid’s thoughtful and at times harrowing account draws on sensitive ethnography with families of martyrs and unprecedented access to military ceremonies to weave a persuasive argument about the power of martyrdom and ritualistic mourning as technologies of rule.”
– Laleh Khalili, Queen Mary University of London
“As one of the first detailed anthropological studies on the cultural, social and affective aspects of militarism, Dying to Serve enriches the existing literature on the political economy of militarism. It is the first book that shows the complex inter-linkages between the realms of the social, cultural and affective on the one hand, and the economic, political and strategic aspects of militarism on the other, revealing that the latter are tied to and dependent upon the former. Dying to Serve is a very engaging read which appeals simultaneously to the heart and to the mind – it makes one reflect as well as feel. It combines intellectual detachment about militarism with an emotional attachment with those who die to make us live.”
– Rubina Saigol, Independent Researcher
“Maria Rashid conducts an intimate and layered ethnography of militarism and death in Pakistan, with a focus on the lives, aspirations, and tragedies of soldiers and their families in rural Punjab. Theoretically incisive, ethnographically charged, and politically urgent, Dying to Serve is a landmark publication in the study of South Asia, Pakistan, and modern militarism that is destined to become a classic.”
– Sher Ali Tareen, Franklin and Marshall College
“Ethnographic studies of military organizations are extremely rare due to the excessive secrecy of the defense sector, but Maria Rashid is able to demonstrate why and how gender is so central to this web of institutional and ideological power. This is a unique contribution to critical studies of contemporary militarism as a global phenomenon. This highly original study shows that we can learn about the appeal of military service by engaging with those who stand to lose the most from its allure: the women whose sons and husbands die in uniform.”
– Vron Ware, Kingston University
“Rashid follows families of fallen soldiers, engages them in lengthy conversations, and observes their losses and pain first hand. This is psychologically demanding work and Rashid handles it with a great deal of sensitivity. Her account is full of sharp insights, deeply thoughtful observations, and grapples with questions that books on militaries typically forget to ask. Its extensive field research and refreshing approach make Dying to Serve one of the best recent books written on the Pakistan Army. It also represents a valuable contribution to the broader literature on the politics of the military.”
– Amit Ahuja, University of California – Santa Barbara
“A compelling account of how micro-level developments fit with the broader pursuit of the Pakistan Army’s agenda and narrative, Dying to Serve should be compulsory reading for students and scholars of the army, politics and nationalism…”
– Asma Faiz, Lahore University Of Management Sciences
Publisher: Folio Books
Release date: September 15, 2021
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People have disagreed since time immemorial. They have argued or agreed to disagree, or eventually arrived at agreement. All that is part of life, of living. But we live in times when any form of dissent in India is marked as anti-Indian, suggesting that the very concept of dissent has been imported into India from the West. It is an argument made by those who visualize the Indian past as free of blemishes and therefore not requiring dissenting opinions. But as Romila Thapar explores in this timely historical essay, dissent has a long history in the subcontinent, even if its forms have evolved or changed through the centuries.
Thapar looks at the articulation of dissent, focusing on nonviolent forms, which is so essential to all societies, and relates it to various moments of time and in varying contexts as part of the Indian historical experience. Beginning with Vedic times, she takes us from the second to the first millennium BC, to the emergence of groups that were jointly called the Shramanas—the Jainas, Buddhists and Ajivikas. Going forward in time, she explores the views of some Bhakti sants and others of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries AD, and brings us to a major moment of dissent that helped to establish a free and democratic India— Mahatma Gandhi’s satyagraha.
In her argument, Thapar emphasizes how religion has always reflected social change, and ends with the eventual politicization of religion in the present.
She also highlights the public response to particular forms of dissent. She places in context the recent peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens in places like Shaheen Bagh, Delhi. Implicit in this is the question of whether or not the idiom of religion is necessary. According to her, dissent in our time must be audible, distinct, opposed to injustice and supportive of democratic rights. The articulation of dissent and debate through dialogue is what makes of it a movement that changes society for the better.
Written by one of India’s best-known public intellectuals, Voices of Dissent has immense relevance. It is essential reading for anyone who contemplates not only the Indian past but also the direction in which society and the nation are headed.
ROMILA THAPAR is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been General President of the Indian History Congress. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds honorary doctorates from Universities of Calcutta, Oxford and Chicago, among others. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and SOAS, London. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize of the Library of Congress, USA.
Publisher: Folio Books
Release date: July 14, 2021
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