Author Archives: Wafa Fatima Isfahani

Rant No. 1001: Pakistani Weddings


I’m a heterogenous mixture of sixty percent introvert and forty percent extrovert. That means I’m moody when it comes to interacting with people. At weddings, it’s my sixty percent that takes control. Consequently, I avoid socializing with people I don’t really know (or want to know) more often than not. So, imagine my horror, when suddenly almost everyone I meet ... Read More »

From Safoora Goth to University Road

usra 1

Citizens have repeatedly highlighted the Safora Goth to University road as a problem that needs to be urgently solved. Alamgir Khan’s infamous #FixIt campaign drew stencils of Qaim Ali Shah, the former CM Sindh to seal the gutters with manholes and remove heaps of garbage. His campaign eventually was killed. Recently Mubashir Ali Zaidi, an Urdu writer and journalist dedicated ... Read More »

The Curious Incident of the Bazaar in the Night Time


When you first enter Thursday Bazaar, you stumble upon the uneven ground. The chorus of cumin, turmeric, chili powder mixes with the sights of sprigs of coriander in calloused hands, blue and white flowers on a dupatta, battered old books, and banana leaves in empty crates. The bazaar lives through its rhythm of cacophonous disorder. Pressed into the ground are ... Read More »

The Selfish Woes of a Woman


  ‘Look at me’, he orders. His eyes reflecting no light, completely dead. ‘LOOK AT ME!’ he bellows.   His hovering shadow, like the brooding clouds that veil the sullen nights. The same dark eyes that I know, are glaring down at my worthless frame. Making me sink, as I stare at the bright stain of spilled ink. Fascinating me, ... Read More »

A Day in the Patriarchal Republic of Pakistan


  Disclaimer: What follows is about a man and a woman alone in a vehicle: are you sure you want to read further? The heavy clouds of grey smoke are not enough to shield me from the piercing eyes of the rickshaw driver. No- he is not a Pathan, or a Sindhi, or whatever ethnicity you are prejudiced against. His ... Read More »

The Sparrow


  The fire burnt, reflecting all shades of yellow and red, The flames dancing as if they’ll never be dead, Engulfing everything coming in its way, The fire roared, not ceasing to spread.   A couple of birds watched the scene from a tree, And as the fire neared, they planned to flee, Just as they were about to fly ... Read More »

A Blackboard


Know that recurring feeling of wanting to crawl in a hole and die? Multiply that by a hundred – no, a thousand times – and you’ll just begin to grasp what I’m going through every single day.  Mascara, eyeliner, shadow, blue, green, brown, all kinds of eyes gazing at me, scowling away. It was downright exhausting. To have people staring intently ... Read More »

The Next Apology


  As a male writing this article, perhaps I should start this properly. I should apologize and be hateful of myself as I read through a few things. For those in doubt: no this is not self-pity and this is definitely not sarcasm. Every note, every word and every expression here looks as if I am making this about myself ... Read More »

What Makes An Avid Reader

reading article 2

Recently I had a conversation with a recruiter who, after interviewing scores of volunteers, was disenchanted by the fact that almost all of them pursued reading as a hobby, and upon being asked what is it that they liked to read, their reading list was found to be confined to the likes of “popular books”, namely Khaled Hosseini, John Green, ... Read More »

Timber by EMSIEN 3 Ltd BG