Poking the Bear: Explaining Russia-NATO Hostilities

The post-2014 hostility between Russia and NATO results from two conflicting geostrategic policies that have contributed to a negative relationship spiral between the two sides: NATO expansionism and Russian irredentism.

The Call

I lay down against my prayer mat, body slumped, half in prostration, half in yearning.

2022: A Middle Year

It’s currently four a.m., and I’ve just realised I haven’t prepared an end-of-year post for this here blog of mine.


It was Ali’s first time skipping school, but he didn’t do it without good reason.

Midnights In London, Part 9

Captain Robertson awoke sometime later – how much time? He wasn’t sure – to find himself in a place he did not recognise.

Bitter Fruit by Saadat Hasan Manto: A Review

In an age of political turmoil, Manto wasn’t afraid to write about the darkest depths of human depravity, and his contribution to literature continues to inspire generations of writers (including yours truly).

Midnights In London, Part 7

One moment, they were there, in the confines of that little office in Murdstone & Co. The next, they were somewhere else entirely.

Storytime with Aqil: The Three Fights

I’ve been in my fair share of fights, both in school and out. In some, I was victorious. In most, I was humiliated. Today, I will tell you the story of three of those fights.

Midnights In London, Part 6

Captain Robertson slowly drew his pistol from its holster, the moon glistening off the sweat that trickled down his brow.

Midnights In London, Part 5

This stage of an investigation was always the most arduous. Lesser men would have given up by now, but determination drove Mr Daim forward, and duty dragged Captain Robertson along.

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak. May Allah shower blessings upon you and your family. Ameen.

Midnights In London, Part 4

With one last burst of courage, Captain Robertson swiftly slipped into the room, pistol raised, to find a figure by the window dressed in black as thick as the midnight sky.

Midnights In London, Part 3

It wasn’t uncommon to see unnamed labourers lying dead in unmarked alleyways. What was uncommon, however, was the nature in which this particular labourer met his fate.

The Greatest Leader in History: Ataturk

“He set an outstanding example in promoting the spirit of mutual understanding between peoples and lasting peace between the nations of the world, having advocated all his life the advent of ‘an age of harmony and co-operation in which no distinction would be made between men on account of colour, religion or race.’”

Midnights In London, Part 2

It was from these very rooms that Britannia commanded her vast empire. Mr Daim was about to enter the belly of the beast.

Midnights In London, Part 1

This wasn’t the first time Mr Daim found himself voyaging halfway across the world. The nature of his work had taken him all over the globe, from the imperial courts of Peking to the dense jungle forests of the Amazon.

A Reflection on Loneliness and How to Punch

The stress plaguing me these last few months has finally been lifted from my shoulders, leaving room for the next load of stress that life’s going to throw at me. And so, it is in this moment of respite that I can sit back, relax, and reflect for a minute.


Fiction. Its an interesting thing isn’t it? Inherently false yet at the same time often truer than even the truest encyclopaedia.


On Thursday, the 13th of August, thousands of students across the country received the most important results in their academic lives. And in a year like no other, this results day would be like no other.

Lucknow Pact – 1916

The Lucknow Pact serves as an example of Jinnah’s adeptness as a political tactician in the cause for an Independent India.

Minto-Morley Reforms – 1909

The reforms allowed Muslims to get into government and rock the boat without fear of being tossed overboard. However, not everyone was happy.