Category Archive: Featured, Lifestyle

Two Tales and Two ‘Nice’ Thieves

Two Tales and Two ‘Nice’ Thieves

“You don’t look scared.” He smiled as he started his bike again. “People usually get very scared.”
Pakistan Vote!

Pakistan Vote!

Being a Pakistani, having had the opportunity to study abroad since the age of 16, the world was and continues to be my oyster. I’ve been brought up and groomed in a fashion that allows me to...
Art Matters, Really?

Art Matters, Really?

It’s not that I have anything against artists or art. It is the very opposite actually. Hitherto, I considered my personal critique of various forms of art quite out-of-the-box. Only to discover...
The Album of Life

The Album of Life

    There was once a world without you. Someone was celebrating your expected and awaited arrival and some bore hardships and pains to bring you into this world. With the first click you...
Am I Insane?

Am I Insane?

In the last decade, Pakistan’s fashion industry has witnessed a boom, with that summer season also surged in Pakistan. Gone are the days when the scorching heat indicated the summer arrival, now...
Story of a Lawn-Hater

Story of a Lawn-Hater

I certainly find it hard to fathom the compulsion to owe one’s allegiance to these ‘disposable’ pieces of cloth which are so short term that they become obsolete the next season.
An Ol’ Man’s Tale

An Ol’ Man’s Tale

The gym is my saviour. I take a book to the treadmill and in half an hour, all those flickers are extinguished...
The Joys of Reading Fiction

The Joys of Reading Fiction

I have to begin by making a confession. I love to read fiction. Or, let me put it this way, I still love to read fiction. Being as old as I am, doing the job that I do (you could call me a...
Pleasures of Bing-eing

Pleasures of Bing-eing

A heightened to sense of smell, body taut with anticipation, frenetic brain activity triggered by a riot of aromas and colors, the uncontrollable desire to bite and slurp and finally the pleasure of...
Celebrate The Woman Inside You!

Celebrate The Woman Inside You!

While discussing how one should celebrate International Women’s Day this year, a friend said:     “It is not just the abuse outside that we women need to fight, but we have to fight an...
Saving Face and Deflecting Criticism

Saving Face and Deflecting Criticism

Remember the last time you decided to go out and earn international recognition for your country? The last time you walked down the Red Carpet and held an Oscar in your hand? No? Well, that’s...
How to Stop Feeling Self Conscious

How to Stop Feeling Self Conscious

Do you feel self conscious? Is it the way you look or the way you think you look? Who judges you and why do you care about their opinions?     Identify what you’re terribly...
Should People Stay in Marriage for Kids?

Should People Stay in Marriage for Kids?

As a teacher of grade 5, I come across children who are ten and eleven year old, on the borders of adulthood and struggling to find an  identify for themselves. Last week, I noticed a boy who...
To Cover or Not to cover, that is NOT the Question!

To Cover or Not to cover, that is NOT the Question!

“WHAT on the earth has happened to you, larrki?” My aunt exclaimed in a scandalous voice. “You were so “normal”! Such was the severity of her reaction seeing my head covered with a dupatta,...
Valentine’s day – Making a Business Out Of it!

Valentine’s day – Making a Business Out Of it!

Had Rip Van Winkle slept in 1997 and woken up on 14th February this year, he would have had asked just one question: Why do people in Pakistan celebrate Valentine’s day as their own? The...
Aunties Aunties

Aunties Aunties

It’s amazing how we have all reached a point where no news is ”breaking” enough. News about people dying, trains colliding, snowstorms and hailstorms doesn’t bring us out of...
“Gimme All Your Worries”

“Gimme All Your Worries”

“What if my boss doesn’t like my work?”     What if I get cancer?     What if I don’t pass the exam?     What if my friends don’t like my dress?    ...
Song and Ecstasy

Song and Ecstasy

What are the greatest verities, the greatest truths of all? Samuel Becket said he wanted to leave a stain on the silence of the universe. That is what all great artists do: leave something behind...
Love Him, Follow Him

Love Him, Follow Him

Love is a beautiful emotion. It encompasses all the most beautiful things in the world. Every relation and connection gets stronger and durable when there is an element of affiliation and love added...
Painfully Humane

Painfully Humane

A couple of days ago I met a neighbour outside the house, walking her two cute cocker spaniels.  We exchanged New Year Greetings and as a ritual I asked: “So how did you spend your new years...
The (Mis)information Age

The (Mis)information Age

It happens to almost all of us everyday. We are sitting there minding our own business and interrupts a loud “tring tring” or at other times even a “bzzt bzzt”. It’s not a pesky fly or...
Facebook Frenzy

Facebook Frenzy

Internet has really converted the world into a global village. This E-world phobia seems to be getting the better of juveniles as well as the adults. Internet has provided many media in the form of...