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Dr Naazir Mahmood
Dr Naazir Mahmood

The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad.

  • January 07, 2019

    Animal stories

    This is the last part of my series on animals in literature, and I would like to move to insects with a brilliant story, ‘Laal Chiontay’ by...

  • January 06, 2019

    Animal stories: Part - I

    This is the last two-part column of my series of essays on animals in literature. But before I proceed, one correction: in my previous column’s...

  • December 31, 2018

    Animals in Urdu: Part-II

    Perhaps the best Urdu short story involving a bird is by Nayyar Masood. ‘Taoos Chaman Ki Mynah’ is set in the Lucknow of the 1850s. A poor man,...

  • December 30, 2018

    Animals in Urdu: Part I

    One of my readers, and a fellow columnist for Dawn, Shahzad Sharjeel, has written to me suggesting that I also write about the role of horses and...

  • December 24, 2018

    Animals, humans and literature: Part-II

    Another interesting piece of writing about animal-human interaction, I found in the ‘Rasail-e-Ikhwanus Safa’ . In tenth-century Basra, there was...

  • December 23, 2018

    Animals, humans and literature: Part - I

    Some readers have enquired about why this writer has stopped writing on politics. Well, I will return to politics off and on. At the moment, there...

  • December 17, 2018

    A forgotten story-teller

    I had planned to continue with my series of columns about women writers of merit but the readers’ feedback on my previous column about Altaf...