Sumit Paul

Stories By Sumit Paul

Urdu, an exquisite language, entangled in Indian politics

Urdu, an exquisite language, entangled in Indian politics

"Woh zabaan jo iss sarzameen se upaji Wahi zabaan apne vatan mein begaani ho gayee"(The language that originated from this very soil/Is n...Read More

Dissent is lifeline of political, spiritual dialectic

Dissent is lifeline of political, spiritual dialectic

"A political system thrives and survives when dissent is freely allowed to be heard." -Harold Laski, the legendary British political anal...Read More

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Rediscovery of a legacy

Gandhi Jayanti 2019: Rediscovery of a legacy

SUMIT PAUL discusses importance of using the Mahatma’s beliefs to treat current social ills

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Kaifi Azmi-Poems/Nazms Book Review: The book just passes muster

Sudeep Sen’s Kaifi Azmi is one such book containing rather humdrum renditions of Kaifi’s very fine poetry in Urdu.

Scared and loving it

Scared and loving it

SUMIT PAUL analyses why we all love to watch horror films

Why Mohammed Rafi never got the Dadasaheb Phalke award?

Why Mohammed Rafi never got the Dadasaheb Phalke award?

Kudos to Amitabh Bacchan for getting Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Undoubtedly, the megastar is deserving of the highest award that's...Read More

Born to rule

Born to rule

From perfecting her Bangla to losing her voice briefly in a case ofapparent poisoning, SUMIT PAUL sharestrivia on melody queen, Lata Mang...Read More

Wedge between Islam and rest of the world

Wedge between Islam and rest of the world

As a research student of Islamic Theology, Quraan and Hadis (not Hadith, is a compilation of Muhammad's teachings) and hav...Read More

Asha Bhosle birthday special: The ‘husky’ secret of success

Asha Bhosle birthday special: The ‘husky’ secret of success

SUMIT PAUL discusses the factor that led to Asha Bhosle’s voice developing a desirable huskiness

No Nation for Women: Wake-up call for a decadent society

No Nation for Women: Wake-up call for a decadent society

There’s a newly minted term in English, esp. in the parlance of book-reviewing. It’s known as ‘blatantism’. The root word is ‘blatant’. T...Read More

The ever verdant garden of Gulzar

The ever verdant garden of Gulzar

Gulzar knows how to keep pace with the changing times, climes and ethos, writes SUMIT PAUL

Book Review of Prodigal: Not an apologist’s account of Islam

Book Review of Prodigal: Not an apologist’s account of Islam

At the outset, it’s imperative to make it clear that the book Prodigal is not an apologist’s account of Islam, though many readers might ...Read More

Myth Buster: Were Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi really jealous of each other?

Myth Buster: Were Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi really jealous of each other?

SUMIT PAUL debunks the rivalry myth between the film industry’s legendary singers

Triumphing against all odds

Triumphing against all odds

Being a completely disinterested book reviewer, seldom do I recommend any book with euphoric effusiveness.

Premchand in times of linguistic chauvinism

Premchand in times of linguistic chauvinism

Fighting over petty issues like nationality, language, religion, god/s, territory, it’s in the fitness of things that we pause and rememb...Read More

Challenging an anatomical crisis

Challenging an anatomical crisis

This very subject needs deft and delicate handling because it's directly related to the anatomical sensitivity of an individual or a grou...Read More

Holding a mirror to the readers’ selves

Holding a mirror to the readers’ selves

There’s a term in the parlance of book review. It’s called ‘one-go book’.

National Doctors’ Day 2019: A friend, philosopher and guide

National Doctors’ Day 2019: A friend, philosopher and guide

Teacher and Doctor are the saviours of mankind

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Deep Musings: Sweet sojourn from China

India ranks second in the world next to China in litchi production

Three classic films of Gulzar by Sathya Saran, Saba Mahmood Bashir & Mira Hashmi: Review

Three classic films of Gulzar by Sathya Saran, Saba Mahmood Bashir & Mira Hashmi: Review

Harper Collins’ tribute to the cinematic genius of Gulzar by bringing out a set of three books on his three films must gladden the hearts...Read More

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