Of Padmaavat, Jauhar & Bollywood’s distortions

Though late on the bandwagon of watching the film, recently I had a chance to watch one of the most controversial films of Bollywood, Padmaavat. Thanks to all the hype and controversy that made me want to check out how justified all the criticism has been. Being a Bhansali film, it had to be a…

The state of Pakistan’s Hindus

The plight of Pakistan’s Hindus is not an unknown thing. It’s been covered by both local and international media from time to time. Sometime ago, the very well-known Al-Jazeera covered the story of Pakistan’s Hindu community; reporting it in following words: “Many Pakistani Hindus flee to India to escape religious persecution, only to find even…

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…