FEATURE|LETTER FROM AN AFGHAN GIRL TO HER TALIBAN CAPTORS

This is a tribute to all the women in fact who are oppressed, reduced and shamed in the name of religion, and who still find the strength and dignity to go on another day. O Talib*, O ye self-professed Learned One,I have something to say to you. You can whip up monsters from the airContinue reading “FEATURE|LETTER FROM AN AFGHAN GIRL TO HER TALIBAN CAPTORS”

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”

VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?

Rap this if you’re feeling especially bold and rhythmical today 👩‍🎤🎶🎤 ‘Did you hear the news today?’A friend asked avidly Like a magician about to pullA rabbit from his brollyScratch that, it’s actually a hat Poetic license at play But let me get back to the topic at hand: What he was about to sayContinue reading “VERSE|HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS TODAY?”

VERSE| WE, THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN – Part Two

This is a tribute of determination, hope and new beginnings not only for the Pakistani women, but for all the heroic women around the world who are speaking out and standing up for themselves against all manner of cruel and brutal patriarchy. It is also a testimonial and a resounding voice of support for thoseContinue reading “VERSE| WE, THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN – Part Two”

VERSE| MY NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES

The below verse is somewhat farcical and maybe even a tad fanciful; but sometimes it takes a bit of a tongue-in-cheek nudge to arouse our fitfully slumbering consciences. May we all continue to persevere towards creating a better, nobler world. I look at social media and I see anger and hate and prejudice;I look atContinue reading “VERSE| MY NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES”

VERSE| CREATURES OF THE PARK

A little background to the below piece. My evening walk is as integral a part of my day as my first copiously caffeinated cup of tea. I venture out 6 days a week, inclement weather notwithstanding, and no matter where I am (I have an uncanny resourcefulness for finding workout venues, even if the sourceContinue reading “VERSE| CREATURES OF THE PARK”

SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY

Asha adjusted her bra after a final pat on its other, non-fleshy contents; the fifteen thousand rupees now nestling securely in its pendulous grasp. It was the day she had to drop off the rent at her landlord’s house on her way back from work. She smiled widely and catching her reflection in the littleContinue reading “SHORT STORY| THE GODS OF FURY”

FEATURE| THE NOSTALGIA OF A NICE CUP OF TEA

Teatime- a word that invokes so many nostalgic memories, while also carrying with it the promise of another little social do right around the corner. I write this from the subcontinental (read: classic) perspective where tea means exactly that, and is not in fact a culinary codeword for another meal…like dinner perhaps! 😄 Having livedContinue reading “FEATURE| THE NOSTALGIA OF A NICE CUP OF TEA”

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”

VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH

We have all, at some time or another been overwhelmed, overpowered, bested by our grief, anxiety and wretchedness. At those times, some of us have also been lucky enough to have that one place where we have, for a while, found some degree of quietude and peace. This is a tribute to those secret littleContinue reading “VERSE| THE WOODEN BENCH”

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”

VERSE| SOLITUDE

I wrote this old world ditty when I was around 16 years old. Introverted and a lover of words, this was a fitting tribute to my world then.The funny thing is that of the little poetry I wrote as a teenager, this is the only piece I remember by heart. The rest I have committedContinue reading “VERSE| SOLITUDE”