Veena and Her Day at the Beach

I didn’t watch ‘Titanic’ because everyone had seen it. Call it an attempt at appearing different or fake exclusiveness, I find it highly irritating when people start talking about the same thing. Often, nothing new comes out of these discussions and there are the usual rehashed versions of the same thing. So, I’ve been silent about the whole Veena Malik episode. No tweets, no Facebook…

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Aunty ‘hot’ honi chahiye, teenagers want change

  “Aunty ko dekho zara,” (Look at the Aunty) I hear a spiky headed teenager say to his equally spiky headed friends. “Chor yara, she isn’t even hot,” says his friend, looking at a woman across the road. Having let go of her fluttering dupatta, the woman, hardly in her late thirties, was bent down, trying to retrieve the oranges that had fallen from her…

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Using Social Media to Fail

When you are a political party hoping to attract a large following, Social Media is perhaps the best way to achieve this. After all, it’s so easy. All you have to do is equip a few willing youngsters with computers, a twitter account and basic knowledge of the English language and you’re all set to take over the Pakistani Social Media world by storm. Or…

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Pakistan and the US – Working for a Greater We or a Greater Me?

  To say that the Pakistan-US relationship is one of the great modern voluntary mistakes of the region is not an understatement. What is this relationship based on? What are its foundations? Is it really necessary? Unfortunately, it is not. Coercion? Threats? Muscle flexing? All three? Yes. This may be partly or entirely true – but that is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the…

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Rare 1930 Video Interview With Arthur Conan Doyle

People ask me, will I write any more Sherlock Holmes stories and I certainly don’t think it’s at all probable. But as I grow older, the psychic subject always grows in intensity and one becomes more earnest upon it, and I should think that my few remaining years will be probably devoted much more in that direction than in the direction of literature. My principal…

When LulzSec Hacked My Email

      This morning, as usual, I checked my mail. This particular email caught my eye because of the content in the excerpt. My first thoughts? OMG! Yeah, obvious. I was too scared to click and open it for two whole minutes. (Yes, I counted them.) I did click eventually. Of course, if I hadn’t I would not be writing this post. Or maybe I would.…