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|THE QUIET TEA BAG

This started out as a children’s poem and ended on a not so PG-13 note. (Or maybe I’m being overly protective of our 21st century babes who are not so much in the woods as we were!). Anyway, reproducing it here for my readers. Let me know what you think. Cheers. There was once aContinue reading “VERSE|THE QUIET TEA BAG”

VERSE| THE MARRIAGE SCH(R)EME

To those who are blissfully wed, may no ones words or odes tear you asunder; to those who are still unshackled, forewarned is forearmed; to those who are in blissless contractual unions, here’s more food to ruminate, ponder and fret over 🤓 Someone asked me why we love, the way we love; Someone asked me,Continue reading “VERSE| THE MARRIAGE SCH(R)EME”

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 a 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. OnContinue 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**”

VERSE| HARRY HARRY, QUITE CONTRARY

This is well meaning satire. (Clarifying for the benefit of those readers who are still in awe of the Royals and may feel quite contrary about such outrageous literary endeavors 🤓)Read to the lilt of “Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?” Harry Harry! You’re so contrary How does this scandal go?With MeghanContinue reading “VERSE| HARRY HARRY, QUITE CONTRARY”

VERSE|MY CHOICE TO MAKE

Day ends and darkness sweeps in,Enveloping the ready and the unready into its blackened folds.It scuttles into crannies and leaps into fissures,Blotting out the light for another 8 hours … or eternity…Tonight, am I happy to be in its restful, warm embrace Galvanizing my body and my spirit for tomorrow? Or am i dreading theContinue reading “VERSE|MY CHOICE TO MAKE”