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The Shrine of Madhu Lal Hussain

By Hafeez Malik • Feb 24th, 2013 • Category: Mystic Matters

Historically the city of Lahore is called the Garden of Mughals or heart of Pakistan. It has a history dating back to 3,000 years. Ruled and plundered by a number of dynasties and hordes, the city has seen many good and bad times. However, during Mughal rule (1524 to 1752), it touched the zenith of [...]



Hinglaj - The Most Sacred Temple

By Hafeez Malik • Feb 23rd, 2013 • Category: Features

“Welcome to the most sacred temple built by nature over 200,000 years ago,” said the pujari (the priest) when we entered the holy place nestled in the colorful mineral-caked overhanging cliff of an old river. At the same time, we heard drum-beats & bhajan (devotional song). The sound echoed off the surrounding peaks giving supernatural [...]



The Shrine of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Konya, Turkey

By Hafeez Malik • Feb 21st, 2013 • Category: Features

On July 24, 2010, I boarded a bus to go to Konya from Nevsehir. The bus kept going for about four hours with some brief stops. I became perturbed as I did not see any milestone or direction signs for Konya though it was 221 km away. I asked a nearby passenger, “When we would [...]



Thar Coal - Hope or Despair

By Hafeez Malik • Feb 20th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

A knock at the door woke me up from a deep slumber. I opened the door and found Gulab Chandio, the jeep driver, with a tray of breakfast: barley bread, salty butter, sweet vermicelli, fried potatoes and tea. What else, one could ask for? Leisurely, I had my breakfast. No hurry. I just wanted to [...]