Stories published in July, 2015

There will be no Eid for the families of the APS victims this year

This past Monday, my mother asked me for the third time,  “What colour kurta do you want for Eid?” By now, between two aunts and a friend, I have already been gifted three new kurtas. My response to my mother was same as it was to my aunts and my friend that I am not celebrating Eid. My mother of course wasn’t amused. This is the second year in a row I am not celebrating Eid. My friends look at me as this perpetually grim personality who needs to lighten up, and what better excuse than Eid. Eidul Fitr, or as we know it in ...

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Make your Eid Feast extra special with Shahi Zafran sherbet and more!

In my ancestral home in Lahore, on Eidul Fitr, our table is adorned with Bohemian crystal bowls filled with fruit or chickpea chaat and mithai in kitsch colours, laid out on silver platters. But as in many homes across Pakistan, it is the vermicelli pudding, the seviyan, which is the pièce de résistance on the table. This Eid, why not add other items to your menu for the feast? Present your guests with a saffron-imbued cold drink – Shahi Zafran ka sherbet – upon their arrival. The dollop of fresh cream on top with pistachio dust is a lovely way to do something a little ...

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Cooked with Bollywood masalas, ‘Wrong No.’ is definitely worth your money

Wrong No. is a Pakistani film produced by YNH and ARY Films with the story and direction done by Yasir Nawaz. Wrong No. has pretty much been in the social media limelight for quite some time now. And to tell you the truth, I have been very sceptical about it. I thought expectations would run low once we actually get down to watching it, remember Jalaibee?  The premiere was held at Nueplex Cinemas last night. The entire star cast was there, except Javed Sheikh, who was busy with another movie’s press conference in Dubai. There are two lead characters in the movie, Sallu (Danish Taimoor ) and Sheheryar (Danish ...

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How Sofia, Ahmed and Aliya are silently suffering in Pakistan

Sofia, a young college student, has been missing since she drove off in the morning. Her parents desperately tried to stop her from driving off. She had not been herself lately; behaving erratically and driving rashly the last few weeks. She had been getting into fights with her friends, staying up all night, not eating, and was extremely irritable at home. This behaviour was not new; her family had endured these episodes quite a few times before. They dealt with her anger and moods by confining the entire family at home till things improved. In the past, clandestinely using sleeping ...

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I got divorced and remarried, but that is not the problem, the society is

A lot had been said and discussed about the stigma attached to divorce in our society, even on Express Tribune Blogs; hence I do not need to delve much into it. The most ironic yet painful situation occurs when a divorced couple, especially two divorced individuals with children, move on and get married and how they tend to face the challenges set by our society in Pakistan. I have been divorced, but lucky for me, I got married again and have been for the past five years.  He has a son and I have a daughter from our previous marriages. Both of us ...

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No matter how you slice it, there can be no peace in Afghanistan

In recent years, attempts to launch peace talks with the Afghan Taliban have resulted in little more than false hopes and false starts. The ill-fated opening of a Taliban office in Qatar. A controversial prison exchange involving a US Prisoner of War (PoW) and five Taliban detainees in Guantanamo. Alleged secret talks initiated by then-Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Such efforts, while promising, ultimately all fell flat.   Then, last week, on the heels of a slew of informal meetings in China, Norway, and elsewhere earlier this year, Taliban representatives and Afghan government officials held what were described as their ‘first formal peace talks’ in Islamabad. The plan is to continue this dialogue next ...

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Paying homage to the heroics and prowess of Pakhtuns

On July 10, 2015, some of the most illustrious and high achieving Pakhtuns were given a grand tribute by Twitteratis. People on twitter, like minstrels, were praising the heroics and prowess of Pakhtuns as they trended the hashtag #FakhrePakhtoon. It was heartening to see the amalgamation of tradition, bravado, and literature meeting technology, peace and education. Young technology and education activists received as much praise similar to the likes of Bacha Khan, Khushal Khan Khattak, Ghani Khan and Rehman Baba. It turned out to be a refreshing break from the myopic depiction of Pakhtuns in both national and international media. Young Pakhtuns posted updates showing that Pakhtuns are not just about guns and violence but love, peace, poetry, technology, innovation and art as ...

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Women like Shazia Perveen don’t wait for a saviour, they are their own saviour

Her eyes were ablaze with determination and professionalism while she was all set to perform her heroic duties. The picture, in true sense of the words, spoke a thousand words. Shazia Perveen is the first female fire fighter of Pakistan and her unique choice of profession is going to change things for the women of Pakistan for better and for good. “The mighty girl” is inspirational and symbolic in many ways and a silver lining of hope in the grim situation. This unusual choice of occupation would help in pushing predefined cultural boundaries for women and help them enter into a new realm of ...

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Five reasons why you should (or should not) watch Bin Roye

Bin Roye’s premiere was held at Nueplex Cinema yesterday and the entire setup was done up beautifully with motiyas (jasmine) used as a pretty backdrop. It was a star studded night, boasting of celebrities from the star cast of Bin Roye – Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed and Armeena Khan along with Behroz Sabzwari, Shehroz Sabzwari and Syra Shehroz who were there to support Javed Shaikh. Bushra Ansari, Imran Abbas, and Angelina Malik also dropped by to show support for the cast and the movie. Mahira plays the lead role as Saba, while Humayun plays the role of her cousin Irtiza. Javed Shaikh and Zeba Bakhtiar are casted as ...

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We are making history today with our closest approach to Pluto

If you are out and about this afternoon or either sitting at home reading this article, at 4:49pm (PST), look up at the sky (please don’t look straight towards the sun) and wait to be blown away by our advancement in technology. At this precise moment, a machine built by humans will be making its closest approach to Pluto – at the frontiers of our Solar System. This spacecraft, called ‘New Horizons’ has been traveling at the incredible speed of 50,000 kilometres per hour. In case you’re still not impressed, check your speedometer when you are driving on a highway and ...

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