The Tradition of ‘Saving Marriages’

Saira belongs to an average middle-class family. She was brought up in a way that she always knew she would be married off according to her parents’ choice as soon as she hits the ‘right age’ i.e. early 20s. She was never serious about her education as she always knew her destiny was to be…

A Lahori’s 1st visit to Karachi

This summer, I had the chance to pay a short visit to Karachi which was my first ever trip to the city. Soon after landing and taking a cab to the hotel, we started hearing stories of locals about their city. This aged driver who drove us to the hotel where we were to stay…

Keep Fawad Khan away from politics!

Mr. Soumyadipta Banerjee, An open letter of yours to the ‘endless’ Pakistani artists (and to Fawad Khan in specific) working in India has been circulating a lot in the media lately. Perhaps for the first time something you have written has gained you considerable recognition on both sides of the border, of course because of…

An open letter to India on Kashmir Crisis

India, During his recent foreign visits, your Prime Minister, Narendra Modi highlighted two global issues as the most critical ones being faced by the world; one of which was terrorism. While he was stressing on the need to tackle terrorism on an international platform, back home his own forces were busy inflicting state terrorism on…

A visit to Balochistan’s capital, Quetta

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan; Pakistan’s largest province in terms of geographical area. It is one of those parts of the country that has been facing turmoil for years. And somehow, in Punjab there is a perception that the people of Balochistan abhor the people of Punjab. Outside Balochsitan, we often hear that if…

Film ‘Maalik’ & the Relevant Controversy

A lot has been said and discussed recently about the newly released Lollywood film Maalik. For me there were two things about the film that made me want to watch it: Firstly, the fact that it was directed and written by Ashir Azeem, who has been very popular for his super-hit drama serial Dhuaan; and…

When Shahid Afridi mentioned ‘Kashmir’

During my visit to Azad Kashmir recently, one day I saw a truck on the road that was unusually plain and bereft of any truck art. Its exterior was all plain but there were only few words painted at the back boldly and clearly stating ‘Boom Boom Afridi’. It surely exhibited the love for the…