Monthly Archives: December 2012

Idol Worship

I tend to follow Art World news like it’s The Bold and the Beautiful. I get off on the gossip and intrigue, on the meteoric rise and spectacular crash of artists as they make their way through galleries and art … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

I am a year older, which is rarely a good experience after 25. I generally don’t like birthdays. They set up tremendous expectations (Ooo, this is my Birthday breakfast! Oooo, I am going to take a Birthday Pee!), which can’t … Continue reading

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Cell Block Tango

I went to prison last week. (That’s just how desperate my social life has become.) A friend was researching prison conditions in Pakistan and, thanks to local contacts, was being taken on an all-access, behind-the-bars tour of Lahore’s infamous Kot … Continue reading

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Sciencology

I really liked studying science as a child. Science, sadly, rarely reciprocated that enthusiasm. Apart from the factually incorrect lessons one has to unlearn after primary school (grade 3: I had to bring my dad to school just to convince … Continue reading

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Mourning Assembly

The most obvious assertion for me of being a Shia child in Pakistan (I just can’t bring myself to say Shi’ite) came bright and early one morning at the school assembly. My grandmother had told me that during the recitation … Continue reading

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