Stories about dating

Ten signs your girlfriend is crazy

The crazy woman is one of nature’s most devastating forces. Most guys spend their time rationalising the behaviour of the crazy woman they are dating because they just assume “she’s difficult” or  “opinionated” or  has an “adorable tendency to be a raging cow.” Crazy women are never, ever crazy to begin with. They are also almost always hot. In my vast experience, I observed both the behaviour of crazy women and listened to the advice of normal women. Here are ten surefire signs to spot and avoid a crazy woman. In isolation, any one of these points may be harmless or insignificant. But ...

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Cafe policy: Does sexism change after 7pm?

Ever walked into a restaurant with ‘the boys’ only to be turned away at the door? If it were any other country, this would be regarded as blatant discrimination with the media having a “field day” for weeks and the owners getting sued. But here in Pakistan this is not the case, hence many prominent restaurants implement the “family only” policy after 7pm. If this policy was really just for “family only” in all instances, it would still make sense. But this policy is just there to prevent single men or a group of single men being at the restaurant. ...

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Are you a player?

Men who remain commitment-phobic for too long and have a relatively high success rate with women often continue bachelor lifestyles (whether married or not!) into their middle and even twilight years. With the right amount of energy, money, and zest for life, today’s desi‘champions can become the Hugh Hefners of tomorrow. If you think you are destined to stay forever ‘young’ while dressed in a brocade robe, answer the following questions and see where you rate on the playboy scale: 1) Exes from your younger days are now the mothers of: A  Babies B  Teenagers C  Grown men and women 2) Your pick-up line on women ...

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Love in a time of rishta aunties

I am strongly resisting the temptation to make sweeping statements, but as a general rule I find nowhere else in the world is individuality and free thinking penalised as it is in the land of the pure. From school when the teacher frowned at your blatant use of ‘imagination’, to the fear inducing lessons with maulvi sahib, to adulthood when society already has your course of life charted out and heaven’s forbid if you should dare to deviate. Yes, I cannot think of a society that has a more perverted notion of life; fervently abiding to religious practise whilst ignoring the ...

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A fat girl in love

As long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight. My life revolved around criticism, public humiliation, failed diet plans, forgotten workouts and exercise machines which now have turned into hangers (with my towels and clothes and bags hanging off them). It’s hard to believe my dad when he says I was born underweight. Anyway, this writing is not about me and my weight loss struggle, it’s about pretty ladies out there who are working out just to fall in love or land somewhere near it. The gym was a crazy place My weird obsession with this notion started ...

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In the commune: The worst ex you know

Earlier this week an angry young woman caused a bomb scare that forced a Pakistan bound PIA plane carrying her former boyfriend to land in Stockholm. The man was on his way to get married when his ex called the Canadian police, warning them that he was carrying explosives. According to tabloid Aftonbladet, she did this because she was unhappy with their separation. We asked Tribune bloggers what the worst thing an ex they know has ever done. Anam Ashraf Ali: Once back in high school (when hormones are raging) a girl hacked into her ex-boyfriend’s account (who at that time was supposedly double/triple timing ...

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I love Facebook (sort of)

Old people, parents, employers and techno-phobes all love to expound on the many reasons to just bite your lip, rip off the Band-Aid and be done with Facebook forever, but most of us don’t really care. I’m going to be honest-the usual reasons people give for why social networking is such an insidious villain to the average twenty-something don’t matter to me at all. I don’t really feel that that my real personality is being compromised in favour of a Facebook-friendly version of it. I don’t have any secret sex tapes or otherwise questionable content floating around cyberspace and I ...

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Is Facebook to be blamed for 1 in 5 divorces?

Some clerics would say yes. Those who believe Facebook is sinful are likely to be against internet, gender mixing, music and a lot more because these may inspire a person to commit sin. Like any other social media platform, Facebook hosts a wide range of users, some looking for intellectual stimulation, and some others looking to seek companionship. One has to be no less careful with Facebook friends than with next-door neighbors, perhaps more so given the 500 million active users that it boasts. Earlier ths year, rumors about a religious ruling against Facebook went viral. A known figure from Al Azhar, ...

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Why I do not date in Pakistan

It was the first time I was visiting Karachi in my life as my family lives Ottawa. I had recently broken up with my girlfriend in Canada before coming to Pakistan, and when my cousins found out they insisted that I find a desi girl here since they are ‘sincere’ and ‘faithful.’ Despite my opposition and discomfort in ‘finding a girlfriend’ in an alien land, my cousin introduced me to a friend’s friend – Maheen*. My first interaction with this girl was through the cell phone, or text messages to be more precise. After this introduction, we didn’t talk till one fine day in ...

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