Bushra Alvi
Bushra Alvi is a freelance writer and editor and writes on society and culture. She translates literary works from Urdu and Hindi to English. She has also taught English in her native India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Many of her poems have appeared in various anthologies. Bushra’s first book, a collection of her poetry and other writings, will soon be published.

Entries by Bushra Alvi

If Lohri Is Here, Can Spring Be Far Behind

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Lohri, the winter harvest festival (13 January), is celebrated with great enthusiasm all across the north Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and parts of Himachal Pradesh. Like every year, this year too I waited eagerly for Lohri celebrations with my neighbours.

A large, twelve foot square brick platform had...

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Remembering Allama Muhammed Iqbal: "Shayer-e-Mashrik," Poet of the East

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:49 PM

On a recent visit to Malerkotla, in the Sangrur district of Punjab, I was invited to meet and address the students of the Islamia Senior Secondary School, Branch No. 4.

I reached the school in time to attend the morning assembly, a ritual that is practiced in almost every school...

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When 'White' Was Not 'Right'

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 2:04 PM

Indian brides traditionally wear red or any color from the same family. This rule applies to almost the entire country, some south Indian states being an exception where brides don white, ivory or cream colored saris with a golden or red border. My wedding dress too was as per the...

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So Empty Is My Nest

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:34 AM

It is a sad and exciting time in equal measure as my baby boy gets ready to take on the world. He is the youngest of my three children and was born after a series of miscarriages and other unfortunate events, which made his birth all the more precious. It...

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Nickname Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Have you ever wondered why we find it so difficult to call people by the regular name their parents chose for them? Why do we twist and turn and squeeze the name till we come up with our own version of a carefully thought about form of address? And this...

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Summers of Content

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:44 PM

As the heat in Delhi shows no signs of relenting, I take a peek down memory lane and happy summers of my childhood.

We didn't have television and internet to vie with. Social interaction was our entertainment. And hordes of indoor games. Hot summer afternoons would be spent lazing about...

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: a Look at the Top Musicals of All Time

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Musicals have always been popular with viewers of all ages for their interesting stories, amazing lyrics and the lasting impact they create. Many musicals have gone on to becoming block busters and their soundtracks have topped the charts. Here's my look at the top musicals of all times.

You don't...

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What I Wear Is My Choice!

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:58 PM

The issue of the abaya can be argued back and forth without a universal conclusion. Wearing it as part of a homogeneous group among similarly-clad women in the Muslim world and in parts of India is okay, but wearing it in Western countries where your abaya screams, "I AM MUSLIM",...

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To Be or Not to Be Veiled

(5) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 6:09 PM

The standard reaction of all those who heard that we were shifting to Dubai was, "Wow, that's a beautiful place, and so much more civilized. Now you need not wear an abaya." Whether it was my teenage daughter, other family members, my friends, and even their husbands, the response was...

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