The One Change We Do Not Want


We’ve all heard of global warming, but how many of us are properly informed about climate change? Climate change takes place when long-term weather patterns shift. In the past, examples of this, such as the end of the ice age, were a result of tiny changes in the Earth’s orbit which would alter the amount of solar energy received by ... Read More »

How to Arrange a Rishta


Do you remember your initiation day? Every woman’s experience has its nuances. Some were told to set aside their exam revision for the day and help out with the preparations for a dinner party they had no interest in while their younger brothers lay around watching television. For others, it began with a comment in the pre-teen years: ‘You ought ... Read More »

Speaking of Stigma


Writing about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) reminds me of the kind of physical environment there used to be behind my school: the footpaths there were, and probably still are, home to heroin addicts. In the hidden crevices offered by electricity poles, they would share needles – one form of transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. ... Read More »

Sixty Seconds


Let’s talk about the ways you can break a woman. You can force her into a marriage she doesn’t want. It’s even better if she is just 14 years old, and her new husband is thrice her age. Or you can let your eyes wander over her body as she walks the streets of the city you’ve greedily claimed as ... Read More »

Let’s Talk About Men’s Rights


I had never seen anyone else like her. The Earth was not vast enough to accommodate her beauty, and the way she walked…it was like she knew it. She trotted up to me and rubbed against my legs, circling them almost ritualistically. And like every single day, I bent down to my knees and gave my favorite little cat a ... Read More »

It’s Time We Start Giving A Shit!


For most of us at IBA, our toilet is not much more than an afterthought, despite being the first and last place to visit for many. However, this flush and forget mindset isn’t the norm for 94 million Pakistanis who live everyday without access to proper sanitation facilities. Not having adequate sanitary facilities leaves them with all but one option: ... Read More »

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

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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 »

Trump, Clinton & The Media: 7 Underrated Quotes From US Elections 2016


The US Elections 2016 have drawn to a dystopian climax, and everyone’s newsfeed is overflowing with sentiments ranging from disbelief, suicide, and maniacal mirth. In other completely unrelated news: the Canadian immigration website has reportedly crashed for some reason. This leads us here in Pakistan to an interesting retrospective view of these past months. The media’s version of the US ... Read More »

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