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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Aman – Initiation

My interaction with the Aman foundation began a few years back when I was attending a TED X conference here in Karachi and they had one of their ambulances standing outside for people to check out. From the outside the yellow ambulance looked a bit bigger than the normal body carrier we see moving around this increasingly…

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Ginsoy – Extreme chinese

There is a dearth of good chinese restaurants in Karachi as of late. Yes I know the pricier ones and the dhabas of old are still there and are doing well enough but when I say “Good” I mean the following three elements must be part of the dining experience. 1) Great chinese food (…

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Induction

As the end of december drew near I started to wait for word of the  school that would be assigned to me and my group of rahbars. The email I was waiting for arrived in the first week of January and we set off to a small little village right behind the airport here in…

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Orientation to hope

I still remember it as clear as the morning was on 14th August 2010. That was the day volunteerism was born in me or shall we say kindled, this was also the day me and a few friends set out towards the interior of sindh to help provide relief for flood victims.  Before that I…

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Understanding not banning is required

Understanding not banning is required

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Male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel. In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how…

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Understanding not banning is required

This October the government of Sindh proposed a three month ban on whatsapp viber and skype, citing concerns of security as voice over ip calls made on these social media applications could not be traced or monitored They claimed that nefarious elements are using these networks to conduct criminal or terrorist activities. Obviously this has…

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Why I got an S4 and went back to an Iphone

So it happens to be that my I5 was  taken from me at gunpoint before Ramzan Eid, quite a common occurrence in this neck of the woods mind you & so i thought i should now give the S4 a whirl as I had been hearing great things from friends about it for a while….

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Elections & social media in pakistan

During the last year, we have seen immense political presence in Pakistan’s social media. It started with leaders of almost all political parties garnering an online presence to realising how to market a party as an online brand. It has not been an easy ride for these political parties because our politicians tend to be more…

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