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What keeps poetry from falling into the realm of prose is that visceral, evocative imagery; one that is too fragmented and obscure to not be unsettling.

The death of Jami… (illustrated by Komal Mahmood)

A dying and rising archetypal god is a staple among many cultures and quite possibly one of the most popular and extensively studied. The Christians have Jesus, and parallels are to be found in most mythologies. However, birth-death-rebirth is a cyclical process and as such represents the beneficence of earth. It is therefore no wonder that these deities are often nature gods. Their death brings toil and trouble, their return imbues mankind with a soteriological hope. …

The cover of “HYPNOS BOUND; A Chthonic Rhythm”

I wrote this book so naturally I am biased and was about to call it the next Booker Prize winner, but alas…on Medium it is for now!

Where I come from, publishing isn’t a lucrative business. Books don’t sell, and gatekeepers don’t invest. As a result, plenty of talented writers are left deprived of making a profitable venture of their skillset and their stories never reach an audience. In this stroke of misfortune, both an author and potential audience are left with a missing piece of art.

The French revolution was perhaps the biggest European media event. The massive dissemination of anti-conservative philosophy, feminist propaganda, and a thorough resection of traditional political framework was done through a widespread media frenzy. And these liberal ideals were tackled by equally powerful use of media by the conservative Marat. His dream of seeing Robespierre as dictator and his use of his paper ‘Mother Duchesne’ to propagate an anti-feminist viewpoint to keep the woman bound to her traditional role of wife and mother are what he is still remembered for.

An invisible veil has long split the global space in two. In terms of the Orient it is a civilizational split constituting Darul Islam, the land of knowledge and Darul gharb, the land of ignorance.

A picture from the Aurat March (Women’s march) held on March 2020 as a protest against patriarchal norms in the country

Since the current socio-political scenario in Pakistan is hot with the demand to complete the wave of Feminist protests which were left (almost) incomplete due to backlash from conservatives in March this year, I want to underline a few implications of the trending Aurat March (Women’s March) now taking over social media. In solidarity with the tragedy that occurred on the Lahore Motorway; the gang rape of a woman before her children, many women and some men took to the streets once again holding placards, but this time the texts were slightly different.

Acrylics truly are a whole new world in art, at least for me they were a bit difficult, unalterable, less forgiving of mistakes…

  • They dry out too quickly
  • The colors might alter (somewhat) post drying
  • They clump too fast on the brush

BUT…they have one HUGE pro (among minor others):

  • They are water soluble so way too…

(‘The son of Odin’ acrylic on board, Komal Mahmood)

Brewing with metaphysical questions and the search for the concept of God is Michael Hirst’s production 'Vikings’, starring Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, and Alexander Ludwig as the leading northmen. But the show has a lot more to offer than just a well suited cast.

Komal Mahmood

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