OPINION | THE AFGHANISTAN CONUNDRUM

US Hegemony, Its Lingering Pakistan/ Afghanistan Embarrassment and now a Taliban Government 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 ofContinue reading “OPINION | THE AFGHANISTAN CONUNDRUM”

OPINION | FAITH

Faith: more and more, a tenuous ideology as it has traditionally existed. Increasingly, we are seeing how conventional belief systems are becoming less and less able to minister to the spiritual needs of believers at large. As our spheres of existence evolve, leaping and bounding into the digital age; as we progressively become part ofContinue reading “OPINION | FAITH”

OPINION| WORLD ON A WIRE*

Global politics, our collective Moral Compass and the Palestinian tragedy Funny what our world has become. We grow, we evolve, we hope to become ever better versions of ourselves, and then life gets in the way; our pursuit of success and even our quest for happiness gets in the way. Somewhere down the line, we’veContinue reading “OPINION| WORLD ON A WIRE*”

OPINION| OUR BLOOD-LETTING BLASPHEMY LAWS

We are such a plagued nation, full of dichotomies and hypocrisies. We are like the disillusioned but swaggeringly confident local thug who goes around, bellowing and thundering. His sole purpose being to threaten and intimidate his neighbourhood so that he can get some semblance of attention. Respectability, patience and civility have forsaken our national psycheContinue reading “OPINION| OUR BLOOD-LETTING BLASPHEMY LAWS”

OPINION| ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL

Of TikTok, Murderous cans of soup and Global culture So it was on another fun afternoon when CNN was more than just a news network; when it was my go-to for happy bouts of comic relief and when truth and reality really were unceasingly stranger than fiction. Those were the entertaining Trump years. On oneContinue reading “OPINION| ANOTHER TIK IN THE WALL”

OPINION | We, the Women of Pakistan

And so it was on another quite uneventful day that the PM of our besieged nation finally put in his two bits to exacerbate our social dilemma just a little more. The tenuous progress that we had made, all things considered (the “Aurat” [Women’s] March, the now audible Moderate social segment lobbying for change, theContinue reading “OPINION | We, the Women of Pakistan”

OPINION| THE STATE OF THE (DIS)UNION

It seems like the great American nation has been roundly cursed with the evil eye; like the hexes and insidious incantations of overtly and covertly jealous nations are finally beginning to take effect. Indeed, the star spangled banner is looking increasingly tattered as it waves in the buffeting, tearing winds of change. Or it couldContinue reading “OPINION| THE STATE OF THE (DIS)UNION”

OPINION|Love in the Time of the Mullah**

Recently there was a simple, endearing display of affection between a couple that had just decided to spend the rest of their lives together. The proposal was made on the University of Lahore campus amidst their friends and was followed by an affectionate hug between the couple. That embrace was so demonised by the vocalContinue reading “OPINION|Love in the Time of the Mullah**”

OPINION| THE PRODIGAL SONS

Earlier this year, after decades, the island of Sri Lanka welcomed the Pakistani cricketing legend of yore. Thankfully, the political mantle is still too new to disenchant the international fan base. Not that I think he is a corrupt bag of officious bones in the manner peculiar to many of his South Asian compatriots andContinue reading “OPINION| THE PRODIGAL SONS”

OPINION|CHILDREN OF MEN*

Our Earth, now home to almost 8 billion humans. Also home to 153 million orphan children. Also the nursery to 140 million new births every year. Empirical population statistics when you look at each one individually. But when you connect them via the human equation, one can see the bizarre manifestation of our humanity goneContinue reading “OPINION|CHILDREN OF MEN*”

OPINION | Ghosts in the Shell*

A changed world order. I won’t say new; that would be naive and ideological and by those very facts, impossible to achieve. But i will say, modernised, reconditioned, improved. Here’s what I believe will at the very least, begin to bring about some viability, some sanity and some heart into our lives.

FILM PICKINS| STAR TREK – DEEP SPACE 9 (1993 – 1999)

The piece de resistance of the series however, is definitely its ability to take its viewers on a compelling, emotional journey into the lives of its main characters. The cloak and dagger plots set a million light years away from earth still took place in what was essentially a little town with its very own set of the good, the bad and the alien. And that was ultimately what made the series so memorable.