10 Reasons Why It Is NOT Awesome Being a Woman in Pakistan

Someone thought it would be a good idea to write a post about how awesome it is to be a woman in Pakistan. I started reading it, highly expecting it to be sarcastic. It wasn’t. So here’s my take. 1. People Always Compliment You. They will always refer to you as khoobsurat, sexy, kya kamar hai and many other endering terms. They also go the…

social media not for you

No, You Don’t Need Social Media

  Everyone is jumping on the social media bandwagon these days. From small, local shops to larger businesses, the realization that they are missing out on an important form of marketing has hit hard. As Ted Coine put it recently: “Businesses are going social by droves – some with gusto and aplomb; many others with no shortage of trepidation and struggle, but the word seems…

oh you're a writer

Wannabe Writers Everywhere: Get Off My Turf!

  Warning: This is a rant. Almost every Twitter profile carries the word “writer” in the bio section. Why? Because it’s so easy being a writer. I assume the mental dialogue of such people runs something like this: All you have to do is, well, write. How hard could it be, right? Wrong. While it seems pertinent to mention the years I’ve spent working on…

When Influence is The Only Law

  The “free media” continues to present a lopsided view of incidents; the police continue to ignore the facts; and the wives of feudal lords – like the niece of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Hina Gilani – continue to forcefully employ child laborers and then even kill them for “daring” to try to drink juice from their pitcher. Here’s the whole story: Javed aged 9…

a poem for new year

A New Year?

Time doesn’t move any faster or slower, you see that don’t you? Change, change determines the pace of your life and mine. To the passing of years; the fading memories; I grow indifferent just like you, And you, and you. They flow on, The sands, They do, As Do I But will anything really be any different this year?