Cover Story of the Month
  • The One Change We Do Not Want

    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? Cl...

  • Beat Baazi

    Beat Baazi

    The buzz coming from Main Campus’s OBS Courtyard as soon as the sun set on the 22nd of November was ...

  • How to Arrange a Rishta

    How to Arrange a Rishta

    Do you remember your initiation day? Every woman’s experience has its nuances. Some were told to set...

  • Speaking of Stigma

    Speaking of Stigma

    Writing about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) reminds me of the kind of physical environm...

  • Sixty Seconds

    Sixty Seconds

    Let’s talk about the ways you can break a woman. You can force her into a marriage she doesn’t want....

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 »

Happy New Year!


Everybody hates the buzzkills of the world. Especially at this time of fun and frolic. The year has changed; you are enjoying the winter holidays and feeling all good about the world. You even manage to enrich the lives of everyone who is friends with you on social media with your resolutions for the coming year. However, you would eventually ... 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

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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 »

Gynecomastia and A Maddened Siren Song on a Rainy Night


Gynecomastia, they scribble down in the medical report – the sole clinic in town – Gy-ne-co-mas-tia, on sheets of paper. ‘Your son’s got this’, Dr. Dilbar and assistant tell Zeena, my mother, ‘a disorder, you see.’ Gy-ne-co-mas-tia, them, scribbling down. I can scarce pronounce it, Gy-ne-co-mas-tia, but perhaps it is apt, that this swell should be as inscrutable, disorderly as ... Read More »

Every Gadget’s Got A Story


My thoughts drifted aimlessly as I lay in the crate, the vibrations of the moving truck flipping me around every now and then. My screen had innumerable scratches on it and some of the buttons on my keypad were actually missing. And the ones that still remained didn’t have the printed digits on them anymore. Yes, I looked like crap. ... Read More »

That Other Side of the Bridge


With a disclaimer attached for the fitness freaks, who may collapse at the sight of the oil laden kebabs and syrup dripping Gulab Jamuns available at Burns Road, home to the iconic Karachi Haleem. Even with the relatively sheltered life I led, I was fortunate enough to be awarded with regular visits to this street, as opposed to my friends ... Read More »

Plight Of The Refugees: Our Role?

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By now, I’m sure we’ve all read this famous quote by Warsan Shire:“You have to understand that no one puts their children on a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”  We may have even seen the heartbreaking photos on the ‘Humans of New York’ page that are accompanied with the always shocking, always depressing stories that narrate ... Read More »

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