BECAUSE A KID’S KNEE CAPS WERE BROKEN

BECAUSE A KID’S KNEE CAPS WERE BROKEN

I read something awful in the news last week about a kid. He was murdered. After the initial news, details started to emerge. He was 11, was on his way back from the mosque when he went missing. He wasn’t found for 24 hours. His body was discovered by the maintenance team on the rooftop next day, his Quran lying […]

SOLACE

SOLACE

Religious indoctrination is something that majority of us grow up with. Dogma is spoon fed to us from an early age, so much so that it becomes a living, breathing being inside of us, that entwines itself with our psyche and subconscious. It’s soothing voice guides us when we feel bereft, and consoles us when the world doesn’t make sense. […]

WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY

WELL-BEHAVED WOMEN SELDOM MAKE HISTORY

I heard this when I was 16. I didn’t understand it back then. Its meaning was vague to me. You see, growing up, all the women around me were pretty well behaved. Women Who observed social etiquettes, raised good children, waited for their husbands with warm food at the end of the day….. So why weren’t these women making history? […]

From ‘Young Dracula Association’ to ‘Yahoodi Doctors Association’ – our society’s standards have gone way down.

From ‘Young Dracula Association’ to ‘Yahoodi Doctors Association’ – our society’s standards have gone way down.

When it comes to hate speech, religious minorities are the second biggest target in Pakistan; Shias remaining the first, hands down. I woke up today to a picture of 2 year old Sana flooding my Facebook newsfeed. Those sharing her picture were trying to show their concern for a human life by calling YDA (young doctors association) Yahoodi (Jews) doctors […]

WHY I DEFEND ONLINE INTIMACY?

WHY I DEFEND ONLINE INTIMACY?

Back in 2004, I only used the internet to read some horrifying paranormal experiences, mythical/fantasy stories and to yahoo chat with my best friend Ismat. One day she introduced me to Facebook and I was hooked just after one visit. Like every desi teenage girl, I used a pseudo-name and put a headless photo on display but still I’d get […]

WILL SOMEONE STAND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN PAKISTAN?

WILL SOMEONE STAND AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT IN PAKISTAN?

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding inside Pakistan as thousands of citizens from every walk of life are protesting against the prime minister after his mega corruption was exposed in Panama papers. The Papers appear to have badly dented the credibility of the Prime Minister. Sharif made a couple of media appearances but failed to reply to Panama Leaks revelations. Citizens, […]

TRIP TO KASHMIR

TRIP TO KASHMIR

With plenty of photos filling my SD card, it was the smallest feature that began to fascinate more as time went on. Nothing could be more pleasant than knowing that I can choose to go from the funny and noisy videos of Ruqaeya and Hussain to the peaceful scenery above and around the motel. Throughout the month of July, Ayesha […]