Sumit Paul

Sumit Paul is an advanced research scholar of Semitic languages, civilizations and cultures.

Stories By Sumit Paul

Why couldn't astrologers predict the pandemic?

Astrologers predicted 2020 would be a good year; how did they not predict the arrival of coronavirus?

American astrologer Susan Miller of Astrology Zone even predicted in January 2020 that it will be a great and prosperous year for mankind...Read More

Mental atrophy at the hands of the lockdown

Mental atrophy at the hands of the lockdown

"The neurological effect of an extended lockdown may be manifold. The mouse in a mousetrap syndrome will grip people kept locked in.........Read More

The dichotomy of faith and unfaith in times of corona

The dichotomy of faith and unfaith in times of corona

French existentialist Albert Camus wrote in his famous novel, The Plague: 'A huge catastrophe divides the human consciousness and creates...Read More

Book Review: A book that graces the bookshelves

Book Review: A book that graces the bookshelves

Book: Words, Sounds, Images: A history of media and entertainment in India

A relation to the dietary preferences of the Chinese

A relation to the dietary preferences of the Chinese

Ethnicity is involved in it with geographical concerns and considerations also chipping in. Every community and every race has certain fo...Read More

Nirbhaya verdict: Hanging the convicts is a way to satisfy our macabre conscience

Nirbhaya verdict: Hanging the convicts is a way to satisfy our macabre conscience

With the hanging of four convicts of the Nirbhaya case on March 20, a nation's voyeuristic pastime, fanned and fueled by the ubiquitous m...Read More

Dalai Lama

Book Review: Helping a young Dalai Lama enter India

So very true! Rani Singh’s An Officer and His Holiness depicts the same prophetic idea in the form of how the author’s uncle Har Mander S...Read More

Book Review: A book that deals with people & places

Book Review: A book that deals with people & places

Written in the style of Carlos Fuentes and Juan Carlos Onetti, two titans of Latin American Literature, Malay has a proclivity to explore...Read More

Expunging the word FAIL from academics

Expunging the word FAIL from academics

India’s prejudicial parameters rank academic credentials high in the judgement of a person

The magic of Arbi-Gosht

The magic of Arbi-Gosht

SUMIT PAUL traces the origins of this combination that originated in West Asia, around the Gaza Strip

A chauvinistic male view of women in combat roles

A chauvinistic male view of women in combat roles

During those days of the month, mood swings don't let a woman take a calculated, measured and judicious decision and a war or battle may ...Read More

Book Review: Hassan’s State of affairs; A fine mosaic of a novel

Book Review: Hassan’s State of affairs; A fine mosaic of a novel

I often consider myself to be immensely lucky to have been able to read and write Urdu effortlessly because my knowledge of Urdu has enab...Read More

Jamia shooter

Who emboldened a 17-year-old boy?

Leon Trotsky wrote tellingly, “Many a time, political dispensations provoke impressionable minds to get sucked into nefarious ideologies ...Read More

Book Reviews: A palpable mystery
with a cliff-hanger

Book Reviews: A palpable mystery with a cliff-hanger

Ninth House is a quasi-realistic mystery that has elements of magic and arcane occultism. Seasoned readers of mysteries and detective nov...Read More

From ‘bolela’ to ‘kulti marna’: Mumbaikars have crafted their own lingo by distorting other languages

From ‘bolela’ to ‘kulti marna’: Mumbaikars have crafted their own lingo by distorting other languages

SUMIT PAUL is still intrigued by the hilarious lingo of Bombay

Deep Musings: A poet of honest simplicity

Deep Musings: A poet of honest simplicity

The four volumes (Need ka nirmaan phir, Kya bhooloon kya yaad karoon, Basere se door and Dashdwaar se sopaan tak) testify to his superlat...Read More

Book Review: A meandering narrative

Book Review: A meandering narrative

Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend also falls in the same uncomplimentary category.

Book Review: Lahore re-created

Book Review: Lahore re-created

Maverick Anglo-Bengali writer Nirad Chandra Chaudhury stated in his wonderful memoirs

Danish Kaneria row: Plight of Hindus in Pakistan

Danish Kaneria row: Plight of Hindus in Pakistan

Shoaib Akhtar has opened a can of worms, nay, a Pandora's box by claiming that his Hindu teammate Danish (actually Dinesh) Prabha&nb...Read More

Islam’s perceived blasphemous bigotry

Islam’s perceived blasphemous bigotry

Junaid Hafeez, 33, was arrested in March 2013 for allegedly posting derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed on social media.

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