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Death and Taxes

You might want to sit down for this. Mrs. Marzi, my raven-haired, hawk eyed, 80-year-old frienemy from next door, died this week rather suddenly. I know. Tres tragique. I saw her walking around our lane only a day before and … Continue reading

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Memorial Days

The second most unusual job I took after college lasted a pitiful 5 hours and 13 minutes. I was, briefly, a host at a high-end restaurant in Manhattan that served things that may as well have been featured on Star … Continue reading

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Sea Sick

I was driving down one of the Shariah-e-Fugly streets of Karachi the other day when we stopped at a traffic light outside some of the larger hotels. Having recovered from the shock of actually having stopped at a traffic light … Continue reading

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Where’s the Party?

Life Lesson #415: The best part about the roads in Karachi is not being on them. Honestly, it’s as if giving way to another person here is a sign of existential defeat or chemical castration. Despite this, I’ve been seduced … Continue reading

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For Art’s Sake

It’s always strange when they turn off cell phone coverage in Pakistan for the day. The entire country goes through an awkward pause, everyone suddenly staring around with expressions of grim concentration as they try to recall how they used … Continue reading

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Freedom Song

They say famous people die in threes, and I’ve believed them since that summer in 1997 when Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mother Teresa and Lady Di all kicked their respective buckets in unison and the world ran out of flowers. … Continue reading

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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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