Monthly Archives: December 2013

Saturn Transit

Happy coincidence smiled today for I’m writing this on my birthday. Despite it being a day devoted to a personal celebration of my continued existence, I’m not a fan of birthdays. Never have been. The unending messages of love and … Continue reading

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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

I had the strangest day last week and, like most major events in my life, it began with a visit to a psychic. Well, actually, the psychic. I had been trying for months to get an appointment with the Komal … Continue reading

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No Woman No Cry

News broke last week that the founder and erstwhile editor-in-chief of the Indian publication Tehelka, a man named Tarun Tejpal, had sexually assaulted one of his employees – a woman young enough to be his daughter. (I just love alliterative … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Next Top Terrorist

As an ambitious but embittered schoolchild, I was always curious about how other schools chose their student leaders. It seemed so foreign to me that they had elections to vote them in. Dependent on the popular vote – and, as … Continue reading

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Tower of Silence

A friend is visiting from abroad and with her comes the energy and enthusiasm of places that are Not Pakistan, an ephemeral feeling of competence and hope that dies slowly if you live here too long. The upshot of doe-eyed … Continue reading

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All Dressed Up

Halloween was and is my favorite holiday of the year. A pagan (and therefore pan-cultural) party, it is Eid without the blood, Christmas without the guilt, Yom Kippur without the grief. Adults and children alike can dress up as anything … Continue reading

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Make Love, Not Waar

Waar, the Pakistani action movie/intelligence-agency-manifesto that just came out is already said to be the “highest grossing Pakistani film of all time”, which is a bit like saying it’s the tallest hobbit in the room, or the cleanest toilet at … Continue reading

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My Heart Will Go On

It was embarrassing how badly I was losing a round of Trivial Pursuit, the board game that asks you general knowledge questions. I kept getting questions about 19th century English football, about which I know as much as a panda … Continue reading

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After Hours

There is a scene in Zinda Bhaag that is set at the fictitious but familiar-sounding Imperial Punjab Club. One of our protagonists, who is a waiter at this establishment, is humiliated and falsely accused of stealing the Blackberry of a … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Island

    There is a strange mountain you see if you drive far enough along the Karakorum highway, perhaps a couple of days before you hit the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. ‘Duh,’ you say as you flick your hair … Continue reading

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