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From the Mouth of a Babe

“Why is police uncle looking at us?” I follow the tiny finger and see a clad-for-war policeman pointing his gun at us. Sitting hunched inside his fortlet, the policeman changes the position of his gun in his usual sweep of the roadside. I turn to see my nephew’s eyes still focused on the huge gun and wonder how you explain terrorism, security and world peace…

Of taxis and travelling alone in Islamabad

  “You do realize how dangerous it is to travel alone in a taxi?” “Oh come on! Lots of girls travel alone.” “Yes, and lots of girls become daily news in your paper too.” On my way to the Dateline that day, I remembered all those times dad warned me against travelling alone in taxis. And boy was I scared. There was something strange about…

And We all Flow Down – A Look at Pakistan’s Water Crisis

Pakistan has long been a country recognized for its agriculture-based economy – whether after primary, secondary or tertiary processing is beside the point. Our exports-based economy really is based on agricultural produce – ranging from wheat and processed cotton to rice. Honestly speaking, this fact is stressed upon us so forcefully during high school that anyone having completed this level of education can tell you…

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…