Stories published in February, 2015

What Pakistani dramas can learn from Pyare Afzal

Pakistani dramas are famous for their practical take on people’s everyday life and its complexities rather than an empty glamorous portrayal. This is why they have gained massive popularity in our homeland as well as across the border. Pakistani dramas have succeeded in portraying family life in Pakistan quite aptly except recently, these dramas have been revolving around marriage and family politics. A helpless daughter-in-law, a heartless mother-in-law and an obedient son: With these three characters, a Pakistani drama can possess reasonable viewership. A number of additional characters can also be included to add more mirch masala, but these three are the main protagonists. A helpless daughter-in-law, ...

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After gloating over Pakistan, will India break its jinx against South Africa?

When Star Sports in India ran their Mauka Mauka advertisement before the Indo-Pak game this month, it was an instant hit. It made every Indian extremely proud (not that we needed any reminders) of how, over the last 23 years, the Indian cricket team has never lost a single game to one of its biggest rivals – Pakistan – in one of the biggest cricketing tournaments – the World Cup. However, the very next day, after India lived up to its reputation vis-à-vis Pakistan, I saw the Mauka Mauka ad again. But this time the tables had turned. The joke was on us. The ad featured a couple ...

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Badlapur: A perfectly twisted revenge saga

What happens when a ‘conventional chocolate boy’ opts for an unconventionally intense and complicated role, contradicting his previous comical high school performances? What makes a filmmaker choose such an actor for a main lead in his movie? How good can revenge sagas be? Well, Badlapur will answer all these questions for you. Varun Dhawan, for the very first time, is seen in a role different from his usual ‘cutesy’ avatar. His performance has been surprising, to say the least. Along with him, we come across Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who, after Kick, has managed to score another meaty role with more screen presence this time. [caption id="" align="alignnone" ...

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Would Malcolm X have denounced Obama’s imperial adventures in Pakistan and Afghanistan?

“The house Negro usually lived close to his master. He dressed like his master. He wore his master’s second-hand clothes. He ate the food that his master left on the table. When the master would be sick, the house Negro identified himself so much with the master, he’d say, ‘What’s the matter, boss, we sick?’ The house Negro was in minority. The field Negroes were the masses. They were in the majority. When the master got sick, they prayed that he’d die. If his house caught on fire, they’d pray for a wind to come along and fan the ...

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The story of my life as a Poetic Scribe

“Hassan would travel the world on foot. By day he would brew tea – maybe Cairo, maybe Morocco. He would find different ways to sustain his travels as he always only moved from city to city by foot, guided by the moonlight. The day was to work he claimed, and the night to travel. Soon after this wandering artist crossed the Wagah Border, he met the love of his life. And anchored his heart in Lahore. Please can you put all these details in your poem”, said Shama. I blinked at this stunning woman telling me a very personal love story of her dearest ...

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An open letter to Islamabad Commissioner

Dear Sir, I am writing this to bring your urgent attention to an illegal public gathering of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which was declared as a banned outfit on February 15, 2013, by the Government of Pakistan. The gathering is being held on February 21, 2015, after Maghrib Prayers, at Karachi Company Market, G-9 Sector, Islamabad, which falls within your jurisdiction. In fact it is just seven minutes away from the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration Office. Photo: Jibran Nasir The gathering is being held to mark the death anniversary of the founder of Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), Haq Nawaz ...

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Pakistan vs West Indies: Haaray haaray hum toh dil se haaray

First of all a moment of silence for everybody who woke up at 3am to watch this match. Photo: Shehzad Ghias Another moment of silence for everybody involved in our team selection. At this stage, one must wonder what Younis Khan has on the team management. Photo: Shehzad Ghias Despite losing out on Kohli’s wicket in the match against India, we continued to persist with Umar Akmal behind the stumps. Photo: Shehzad Ghias The extremely defensive decision to go to with eight batsmen, including Afridi, was compounded by negative tactics employed by Misbahul Haq in the field. [caption ...

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The gudiya moved…

Being a homicide detective for over 25 years, I could write books on crime, but this case came to me in the fall of 1973. It took place in a small village near Haroonabad, Punjab. The deceased was a 27-years-old school teacher. The evidence: a cute looking rag doll and a diary that was found. This was the easiest case which I had solved; all I had to do was read the hand-written diary. I started reading her diary. Monday – August 20, 1973 This has become a ritual for me. Each day, after coming home and finishing the chores, just before ...

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Are Jibran Nasir and his friends game changers in today’s Pakistan?

One cold Karachi night On the night of February 1st, Jibran Nasir – Pakistan’s leading activist – and a handful of peaceful protesters sat on a road in Karachi near the Sindh chief minister’s house for more than 24 hours, demanding the arrest of terrorists responsible for the January 30th, 2015, Shikarpur attack which killed 65 Shias during Friday prayers, and demanding action against banned sectarian organisations. There were only 20 protesters, their average age 25, outnumbered it seemed by riot police with water cannon and batons at the ready. Protest in Karachi against terrorism and secterian violence. Photo: Kafila Karachi is ...

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As a Pakistani fan you will go through these 7 stages of grief

I have been following the Pakistan cricket team ever since I can remember. After the stinging loss against India in the 1996 World Cup quarter-final, I felt a personal duty to rectify the wrong. The defeat did not dishearten me; on the contrary, it reinvigorated my love for the game. Throughout my youth, I would pretend I am Aamir Sohail and point to the bowler where I was going to hit him next. A strategy that worked for me because I was only good playing shots on the leg side – so regardless of the bravado, I was going to ...

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