Stories about August 14

I would have given my life for Quaid-e-Azam: My mother’s Pakistan

Dementia is ruthless. It doesn’t give you a choice about what you want to forget and what you don’t. But while the words may disappear at the cruel hands of memory loss, the feelings often don’t. My mother may at times confuse the names of her children, but she never forgets that she is ammi and we are her children. She also never forgets what Pakistan means to her, and to us. Her eyes still light up when she hears the name “Quaid-e-Azam”. She hasn’t forgotten the most important things in her life – the good ones and the bad. Milestones ...

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Let’s do #14ActsForPakistan this August 14!

“Check the top trend on Twitter right now guys!” My colleague, Ahsan said pointing towards his laptop. This was a regular conversation for us as we sipped on our morning teas and chatted about how depressing it was to wake up so early. Perks of being in the Digital Marketing field, you can say. Yes, we take Twitter very seriously. We also take patriotism very seriously. You can tell by the green and white décor and the sound of national songs resonating within the walls of our cubicles as August 14 approaches. Anyway, we huddled around Ahsan’s laptop, peering over each other’s heads to stare at a ...

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Blunt Manto: Your sensitivities are unimportant

Saadat Hasan Manto was awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz on August 14, 2012. For all I know, Manto is probably uttering his favourite catchphrase, “bakwas hai” (it’s all trash), over and over again from up there, while calculating the pints of liquor, which selling the award at Lahore’s Landa bazaar will procure him. Manto, you thought the only better story teller than you was God himself? Oh, you clearly haven’t met the government. Manto mania; that’s my disease. It results in spasms of depression when Manto’s work is spoken about condescendingly, and soaring spirits whenever I meet people who love Manto’s stories as much ...

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A little less ‘liking’ a little more action please!

So it’s August 14 and the level of patriotism is spiking up amongst the youth, but are we doing it right? Is Facebook enough or does a nation require more? I’ve been monitoring social media for a few years and was extremely disappointed to see the general behaviour of the masses, especially when it comes down to patriotism. You may have come across one of those pages that say, “Can Quaid-e-Azam get 14,000 likes before 14th August?” And sure, that manages to stir up the national bone in us; we end up liking it and moving on. Yes we move on, usually to more ...

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I may be a ‘gora’ but Pakistan is my home

I will soon be celebrating my 10th year here in Pakistan. It has been an incredible experience so far having travelled all four corners of the country, from Hunza to Jiwani and from Darra Adam Khel to Nagarparkar. I have enjoyed all the highs and lows possible and Pakistan would not be Pakistan if these highs were not unscalable, 25,000 feet mountains, and lows of ocean grade depths. Yesterday, specifically, has special significance to me as it was three years ago that I cemented my relation with Pakistan by marrying one of its most beautiful and smartest women. I still remember ...

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