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Raza Rumi on hospitality

RazaRumi

A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani traveller and follower of Sufi thought.  The subject of hospitality holds a certain irony for Raza who is now in exile, forced to flee from his country after narrowly missing an assassination attempt on his life in Lahore which tragically killed his driver.

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Dougald Hine: Dark Mountain

Dougald Hine

“The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop,” says Dougald Hine, speaking from Sweden via Skype.  Dougald, named by The Guardian as one of Britain’s fifty new radicals,  is best known for … View full post

Tom Rawinski, botanist and conservationist

TomRawinski

Tom Rawinski is a botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire. Specializing in the impact of the overabundant white-tailed deer population on native vegetation in America’s northeast region, he is committed to protecting our ecosystem through wildlife … View full post

Rasta artists in Jamaica

Rani Carson at work

This month Tidings  brings you conversations with two Rasta artists from Oracabessa on the north coast of Jamaica.  (WPKN broadcast on May 14, 2014)  Rani Carson talks about her journey from growing up Jewish to becoming a Rasta artist.  See Rani Carson’s … View full post

Writing letters (Part II): a conversation with Clare Wigfall

Clare Wigfall

Clare Wigfall, Berlin-based British author of the novel The Loudest Sound and Nothing, and I continue the conversation, begun with Storyacious editor Jenny Bhatt, about handwritten letters, how email can never take their place and how difficult it is, in these … View full post

Writing letters (Part I): a conversation with Jenny Bhatt

JennyBhatt

This is the first of a two-part series on the art, craft and practice of letter writing.  An avid letter writer myself, I invited Jenny Bhatt, a kindred spirit and editor of Storyacious, a fine new literary magazine in which … View full post

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The Story of Leafages

Yet why not say what happened? Here’s everything I have to say about leafages since I made the first one in the year 2000.  It was published by the wonderful Storyacious magazine.

Afghan teenagers speak out about US troops

Global Days of Listening is the project of Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV) who invite people around the world to talk directly on the 21st of each month via livestream and Skype sessions with youth in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries, to listen … View full post

My own private letter writer

Now a dying species, letter writers were a staple of Lahore culture when I was growing; they were literate and multilingual in a society where the majority was illiterate.  Despite the competition from technology and literacy, letter writers still survive, … View full post

Begging and Beggars

Begging: a profession? a misfortune? a job? a scourge? a spiritual practice? an industry? a stain on society? freedom of choice? Like tipping, the subject of my previous post, begging creates an unequal relationship between giver and receiver, an unbalanced … View full post

Raza Rumi on Pakistan

Raza Rumi is a Pakistani writer, blogger and political analyst who spoke to me from Lahore, where he lives. He is also an adherent of Sufi thought and adopted the surname “Rumi” as his nom de plume, in tribute to the … View full post

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