Naveed.Masood

Naveed Masood

A sub-editor on the National Desk for the Express Tribune and a keen musician.

May 14, 2011
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ADP: End of a band

Karachi’s most active band, The Aunty Disco Project (ADP), has broken up. My earliest ADP memory was a gig at LUMS back in 2009. Being one of the organisers and performers, I got to spend some time with them at their place. Now when I look back at it, I was very fortunate to have seen them live their lives — together like a band. I still remember how Yasir’s Darbuka swept a 1,500 plus crowd off their feet. ADP played the infamous “Sultanat” along with covers that included classics such as The Who’s “Teenage wasteland” and “Rock the Casbah”. ...

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January 15, 2011
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Alarming traffic situation: Donkeys in the fast lane

Time and again, the menace of child labour has been deplored by organisations, social workers, politicians and people in general, for obvious disadvantages and cruelties associated with it, but recently I came across another dimension attached to it. On a typical morning, I was rushing to a school in Defence in Karachi where I teach, and had taken the Ittehad route. Those familiar with the route would know that cars usually move at relatively higher speeds on that particular road. So here I was trying to reach school on time; I’ll be honest that I wasn’t over-speeding. At a distance, I ...

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Mechanised lives

I remember having this conversation with one of my seniors, a few days back, who expressed discontent and concern over the fact that technology has absolutely taken over our lives. All of this came from an individual who belonged to a generation that was greatly shocked by the increased penetration of computers and associated gadgets in their professional and personal lives, which greatly replaced conventional typewriters, pen and paper, hence almost forcing them to reinvent their thinking, actions and personalities, in short their entire lifestyle. She was of the opinion that all of us have started believing in gadgets to such ...

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My heroes: Jal, Noori, EP, Aaroh, Fuzon

I remember jumping to the first Noori record during my teenage years, and I wasn’t the only one. An entire generation of youngsters during that time was crazy about the band. Inspired by the pop-rock industry’s boom during 2003 to 2006, which saw bands such as Jal, Noori, EP, Aaroh and Fuzon emerge, the phenomenon forced me to pick up a guitar during my A-levels. I can proudly say that as a school-going kid, my idols were not Zepplin’s Jimmy Page, or Jimi Hendrix. To be honest, I did not even know back then that these people existed. My inspirations ...

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