The novelist – chapter 8

After breakfast Zarmina stepped out as the old women took to the kitchen… although she offered her help Darika had flat out refused and instructed her to enjoy the moment, a message which she thought sounded slightly ominous but drove from her mind as her feet touched the warm sand. She strode out on the…

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Tedx Karachi 2014 Live

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Leadership 101

Where do leaders come from? Pretty good question as most people in Pakistan seem to think that leadership is a quality you are either born with or not. I suppose this is so because as a largely un educated nation we seem to look towards genetics and divine intervention to define many a trait or…

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The road back

I cannot use a mobile phone to make calls from home anymore. Its been the same case for about 6 months now ever since we got the news that there are several V.I.P prisnors residing in the central jail close to our house and thus mobile jammers are being put in place to make sure no…

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Karachi

Karachi is a coastal city in the southern part of Pakistan notorious for its contradictions and famed for its character. In the last decade or so the city has seen many a tumultuous time due to ethnic and other tensions but that will never mask the fact that Karachi is a microcosm of Pakistan as…

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Unity at what cost

Our media is in an uproar these days, divided along the lines of “what is ethical” Its one channel against the rest of them and the point of contention is Geo’s coverage after the Hamid Mir attack. I was among the first to question the modus operandi being exercised on air, as in my personal…

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Credibility across mediums

As a Pakistani growing up from the seventies to the present era many of us would remember the familiar music and sounds of the bbc urdu service on radio which remains to this present day one of the most reliable news services on that medium for us here in the land of the pure. The…

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Football here we come

On 28th march 2014 Maradona slammed the Argentine Football Association by accusing those in charge of “understanding as much about football as Pakistan does”. Coming from a player whose fan I have been right from his hey days through his antics on the field ala the hand of god and off it with the various controversies he has featured…

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Breaking ice & a few other barriers

Mansur is a boy of smallish frame with intelligent eyes, he really values them because he has three sisters who are blind and knows he has to study and become something to support them. He is a very good sketcher and comes every week with something drawn in his journal. Osama is a hym singer…

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What have we become?

I was at a strings concert a few days ago…you know one of them fancy sit down affairs with hideous white sofas and people taking selfies of each other to put up on social media in the next 5 mins when it happened. Bilal maqsood started singing “nindia” and the lcd screens behind him played…

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