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    ...A pure Muslim can’t be dirty in bed. Right away, Umm Muladhat busts that myth with glee. She writes, “What is amusing (in a sad way) is that many younger Muslims think that the practicing, masjid-going, hijabniqab wearing sisters have dull sex lives and never venture outside of the vanilla. Not true! I have a theory that Muslims are actually kinkier than non-Muslims because we bottle up all that sexual energy and provide only one outlet, that of marriage. Whateve r the reason though, I can assure you that some of the same Muslim men and women giving halaqahs and khutubahs (religious gatherings) and volunteering at the masjid are having very raunchy sex behind closed doors.“ The author, an American-born psychology graduate who writes under the pen name `Umm Muladhat’, in her book The Muslimah Sex Manual: A Halal Guide to Mind Blowing Sex, released earlier this month, turns the spotlight on MusIllu stra lim women’s sexuality, almost a nevertion before-discussed topic. ...

    TOI on July 22, 2017, 7 a.m.


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    ...In an exhaustive interview, Sharma, who was in Kochi recently, spoke to TOI on the hazards of filming in volatile situations, ongoing attempts to whitewash history, on why if we think it is advisable to forget the horrors of our not-so-distant past we will be condemned to repeat them and, last but surely not least, why hatred or revenge should never even be an option for the victims Wouldn’t ‘Final Solution Revisited’ be raking up old wounds? People who ask ‘why rake up old wounds’, ‘why make them relive this’, don’t understand that they may have moved on, because they are removed from the context. But people who are directly affected do not forget. They do not move on. In most cases where I am following up with people, they have been engaged in a fight for justice in courts. And our legal system is such that it takes that kind of time. The Naroda Patiya case took up almost 10 years’ time. ...

    TOI on Oct. 8, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...Two Muslim voices ­ one liberal if elitist, the other branded heretic ­ illustrate the problem Veteran journalist Saeed Naqvi was in Kochi for the release of his book Being The Other – The Muslim In India. He spoke to TOI at length on why India’s largest minority community should integrate better with the mainstream, why they should be open to western education and how Muslims in Kerala have always been refreshingly different. But he also struck a cautionary note on hidden biases and prejudices even among those claiming to be favourably disposed towards the community. By talking about ‘being the other’ being a Muslim minority in India you have ‘other-ised’ the majority. Don’t you think this will cause a problem in the relatability factor? To write about a wall, you have to be the mason of that wall or a mason in general who understands the construction of that wall. I have that label of being a Muslim. ...

    TOI on Sept. 17, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...But when the lights go red again, they are still there, those cascading saris unruffled. Serenity amid cacophony in Bengaluru ­ that’s how Cocomobile, a fast-paced, quirky piece choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra, a contemporary dance artist from Spain, for graduation performance of Attakkalari’s 10th batch of diploma in movement arts and mixed media course, begins. “One, of course, had to think that TS Eliot’s Still Point of the Turning World had to be here in Bengaluru, a city of amazing contrasts, of clamorous traffic and meditative gardens, of flocks or herds of motorbikes against dogs peacefully napping on sidewalks, of ultra-speed WiFi and strikingly ornate sarees with patterns laced with the thread of centuries of tradition,” Pons Guerra says. ...

    TOI on Aug. 27, 2016, 2:22 p.m.

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    ...Islamic preacher Zakir Naik of Peace TV-fame has been accused of exactly that. Two practising Muslims debate on the perennial question of means that don’t necessarily correspond to the ends Sample this: “I am an extremist. I am extremely honest, extremely just, extremely kind, extremely peaceful . . You can’t be partially just. We have to be an extremist – BUT, in the right direction,“ Zakir Naik has said. Hellfire or unvarnished truth? Naik is a bearded, skull cap-wearing, three-piece suited middle-aged man who has declared himself to be a jihadist, extremist, and fundamentalist, everything a regular Muslim flinches from being addressed as. But Naik does so ­ and this is the, well, extremely crucial point -by manipulating the perceived meaning of the words. The extent to which this philosophy has been or can be practiced by people is debatable but there has never been an instance where he contradicted his stance on this ‘extremism’ and has practiced what he preached to the best of our knowledge. ...

    TOI on July 16, 2016, 4:24 p.m.