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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As the crow flies – Nairobi part 2

Jambo is a word from swahili which is quite¬†fascinating. There are languages in this world with different contexts and different meanings to the same words according to how they are pronounced. However I have on my travels yet to come across a word which changes its meaning according to the circumstances it is uttered in….

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As the crow flies – Nairobi

I have always imagined Africa to be a land far away.¬† Not because I had ever actually travelled there or looked up how far it was. Its just that Africa or the cradle of civilization as it is known seemed like a very mythical & exotic place, hence I suppose the mind as some sort…

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LivEy

  A few months ago me and samra muslim met for the first time with an idea. LivEy is the realization of this idea. A group of personalities from Pakistan’s social and mainstream media landscape which will be sent every couple of months to a new destination internationally. To discuss their experiences and to make…

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As the crow flies – U.A.E

Its seriously hard catching morning flights, especially for a geek who sleeps or nods off rather at his laptop by around 3 am. So it was on the day of my travel to Abudhabi and Dubai. The flight was at a hellish 550am and I had to be literally pushed and dragged by the missus…

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Shanghai noon

As I write this, I have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the world expo here in Shanghai china. its nearly past midnight and I have stood in hour long lines just to get inside four pavilions at the expo center. More on that later though as I shall start from the beginning of…

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Demystifying Doobye

As I write this, I am sitting at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building known to mankind looms over me like some sort of fantasy. In front of me is a dancing fountain and lights show the likes of which at least I have never seen. The building itself is…

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Offroading in Sorh, Baluchistan

I have often heard people talk of the “call of the wild”. A feeling so unique one has to actually be there to experience it. Till I took this off road adventure though these phrases seemed like hogwash to me. Still it troubles me that most of Pakistan cannot ever see what I have in…

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China revisited Part III

Its been a week since I arrived in China and after the last post, as I flew back to Shanghai I felt like I was almost part of the fabric of this nation now, ceaseless noisy and restless. The flight back to the center of china was uneventful but the view in the morning of…

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China revisited part II

The city of Zhengzhou in Henan province which I got off in after the last entry is massive and a bit archaic as Henan is the poor part of china or the part most foreign tourists or business travelers do not get to see. The population of henan is about the population of our country,…

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