Husna Anwar

Husna Anwar

A sub-editor for the Karachi pages of The Express Tribune.

An obsolete colonial relic

I do not trust the commissionerate system or the commissioner. I am not saying I trusted the elected representatives either – I’m Pakistani, I don’t trust anyone. But at least I knew where they came from. We knew which ones would steal our taxes and which would build our flyovers. For the good people of Sindh, this means that the image of Syed Mustafa Kamal valiantly trying to rescue people trapped under a bridge will be a mere memory. The man of the people, by the people, for the people is to be replaced by a faceless Muhammad Hussein Syed appointed by ...

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Arsenal: The last invincible

Wisdom teeth are a tiresome process. They take long painful months to grow out and more often than not, end up having to be removed, leaving throbbing empty spaces behind. Anyone who has gone through the experience will know how every Arsenal Football Club supporter across the globe is feeling right now. The transfer period is never a happy time for the Gunners. Years of watching boss Arsene Wenger’s shopping methods and they have learnt – like beggars at a bakery window – to suppress their desires. That one centreback or that one finisher that will get the job done ...

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Editor’s life: Chopping block

In the course of my daily work, I have to do considerable amounts of editing. This involves not only deleting material, but also at times massively chopping it. This is done primarily for reasons of space, word count issues and sometimes policy as well. The idea is to make what appears in print clear and easy to read, and with no punctuation or spelling errors. I would categorise my editing process into five distinct phases. Denial: Having to cut a 1,000-word press release down to a 70-word brief? I’ll grow old editing this, I tell myself. Maybe if I just ...

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Noori: Don’t make digs at pop culture

I recently chanced upon a local morning show where Ali Hamza and Ali Noor of the infamous band Noori were the guests. As the simpering hostess struggled under the weight of roughly two kilogrammes of cosmetics and artificial hair, her more composed male co-host raised a topic of actual interest. There have been few mentions of south-eastern pop culture without Munni Badnaam coming up, as it did on this instance. The brothers vehemently declared their dislike for such mainstream, sales-oriented musical productions – contrary to the opinion shared by a majority of heterosexual males. Looking like he had just discovered a piece ...

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Surviving those teen years

It has been proven that teenage years are the most confusing for any individual. I would love to be able to share my rebellious teenage misdeeds, but sadly, there are none. I was, what one would call, a good kid. I had a decent set of grades, a dream of becoming a surgeon cum bass player and an inability to maintain my composure at the slightest hint of humour. I spent my days running around in pointless circles, arranging concerts and painting 60-square-foot play backdrops that no one would ever see again after opening night. With the boys I played music, ...

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