OPINION|THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

The 110 million Shadow People of the Pakistani populace: its WOMEN. For to be fully alive and to be accepted as an individual in her own right, you would have to have control over your body and your life, and all movements/ shifts/ evolutions and inclinations thereof. And the Pakistani woman is the antithesis ofContinue reading “OPINION|THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM”

FICTION|SOILANT GREEN* – Part 2

COLOMBO; SRI LANKA: December 20th, 2021: “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree Have a happy holiday! Everyone dancin’ merrily In the new old-fashioned way!” Deen sang aloud, with the crazed optimism of the generally reduced and the beaten down. He had dragged the unwieldy box of christmas decorations to the lobby entrance and had dived intoContinue reading “FICTION|SOILANT GREEN* – Part 2”

OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable

US Hegemony, Its Lingering Pakistan/ Afghanistan Embarrassment and Media Morality It was the early 80s. I still vividly remember as a child, standing on the side of the iconic Mall road in Murree (a mountain resort town situated about 30kms northeast of Islamabad in Punjab, Pakistan, and also home to a number of missionary boardingContinue reading “OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable”

FEATURE| The Call of the Wild

I’d been hearing its haunting calls for a while, and so there was a sense of urgency of the spirit if you will, to go off into some wilderness sunset somewhere. It was in this chakras-in-a-flux kind of state then that the opportunity to soulfully recoup befell me. And so it was at the tailContinue reading “FEATURE| The Call of the Wild”

OPINION|A Clockwork Digital*

A Socio-Political Media Conundrum “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” – On the Waterfront, 1954 This unenvious state, this pixelated warfront, is true in fact for both, our Prime Minister, Imran Khan and the American President,Continue reading “OPINION|A Clockwork Digital*”

POLITICAL FARCE|Gone With the ‘Tind’*

The “Brown Man” Aspirations of the 45th POTUS Until very recently, i thought that the Brown Sahib* state of mind was the social cross borne by certain privileged denominators of the previously colonised and the enslaved. After 500 years of seeing the White Man do his thing, while ruling and owning large swathes of humanity,Continue reading “POLITICAL FARCE|Gone With the ‘Tind’*”

OPINION|The Year (or 4) of Scholastic Irrelevance

The more I’ve thought about this phenomenon, the more convinced i have become of its current urgent relevance. And the more i have marvelled at yet another capitalist economic powerhouse that is the traditional university/ college degree for all manner of non technical accreditation. Here’s a not-so-hidden secret folks: It’s a convoluted plot to bankrollContinue reading “OPINION|The Year (or 4) of Scholastic Irrelevance”

FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 5)

A slate grey Mercedes S-class stopped at the traffic light near Kalma Chowk*. Its single occupant engaged in meditative contemplation, seemingly unaware of the myriad admiring, envious and studiedly indifferent glances directed towards his carriage. At that moment, Saif too was thinking of how like Cinder-fella* he felt, enroute to the reception of his ladyContinue reading “FICTION|Days of Purgatory – (Part 5)”

OPINION|Where (Sh)eagles Dare*

As this pandemic rages on, gleefully rubbing together it’s glycoprotein-encrusted club-claws, we are absolutely befuddled, divided and overcome. As it continues to decimate our cities and our people, we watch on in demented awe, the dubious badge of honour of the Intelligent Species clinging comically to our faded lapels. The Novel Coronavirus has blithely continuedContinue reading “OPINION|Where (Sh)eagles Dare*”

PANDEMIC 2020|For Whom the Curfew Ceases

(A soapbox on Breaking Free, the Outdoors and Vegetable Markets) In my Book of Life in all its quirky fullness, May 11th, 2020 will probably go down as some version of a post Pandemic Independence Day. After almost 8 weeks of an almost spirit-breaking curfew, I, albeit briefly, embraced the great urban outdoors again; andContinue reading “PANDEMIC 2020|For Whom the Curfew Ceases”