Some Thoughts in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in Paris – by Asif Zaidi



Nothing at all justifies the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, still less on the Jewish victims chosen only for their religious and ethnic identity. The aftermath of such cataclysms is often complicated in that it ensnares us into seeking explanations in binary morality rooted in biases.

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Jean-Paul Sartre: The Man who Spurned the Nobel Prize for Literature - by Asif Zaidi

While thinking of how most Pakistanis grudge Malala’s Nobel Prize for Peace, which she by no means got undeservedly, my mind wandered to a man who turned down a Nobel Prize.

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The Real Story of the Laal Masjid (Red Mosque) – by Asif Zaidi



In the wake of Peshawar’s massacre of schoolchildren, the Laal Masjid (Red Mosque) of Islamabad is once again in the news.

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Perversion of Faith and Secularisation - by Asif Zaidi

The war of religion has always been a part of human history. Hence, it is hardly surprising if even today the acts of terrorism are perpetrated by people motivated by an abuse of religion.

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The Joy of Reading - by Asif Zaidi

I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes… My world began to expand very rapidly, the reading habit had got me securely.       — H. G. Wells

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Forgiveness: An Important Skill to Learn - by Asif Zaidi

That I have always found it very easy to forgive those who have wronged me is not because I am a saint, it is because it makes a lot of sense to me. There is so much schmaltzy rhetoric used in canvassing for forgiveness that eclipses the real thing.

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Loneliness and The Illusion Of Connectivity – by Asif Zaidi

Family and friendships help people develop their resilience to life’s tribulations and to bounce back from setbacks. There is no greater antidote to life’s stresses than satisfying human relationships.

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A Tribute to Art and Literature – by Asif Zaidi


Power of expression is God’s great gift to man, of his ability to express what he experiences deep inside. And the quality of man’s experience depends on the quality of life inside him, as explained by Plato: “It is not the eye that sees, it is the ‘I’ that sees.”

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