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  • Alvida (Goodbye) 2010. 2011…Insha’Allah (God

    As I sit here and bid farewell to a year gone by so fast, I reminisce on all the fortunate opportunities I got in my career, on my two beautiful babies that my sister had, on my mother’s loving embrace, her...
  • How can 50% of the world’s population be considere

    In a world where testosterone-driven, super-hero sequels rule the Hollywood framework, women and their choice of cinema become a “niche” rather than a holistically accepted choice of half our human genome sample. In a patriarchal society like Pakistan, the decisions of...
  • Reflections on 2009

    I feel a certain level of elevation in my personal life, emotional maturity and my career…can’t quantify it but let’s just say that the intellectual wisdom of experience and age has clicked a full click…maybe a click that was in motion...
  • Ads on Steroids.

    Ok, I know that with the dawn of TiVo and DVR, people are forwarding through ads, there aren’t as many “eyeballs” and there are no ad dollars anymore at upfronts and internet advertising is a pain and blah blah blah but…“Send...
  • Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

    Very often, for being honest and straightforward, (even on demand for being honest) I have gotten the following vibes: “She is too busy/cool/good for you.” “What a bitch?!” “Who asked for her opinion” “Wow, she thinks she is so smart.” “That...
  • Prejudices

    I love it how people talk in taboos in this society. All hidden and covered. They won’t admit the prejudices but they are there, thick and solid in this society. “Oh, she came home at 10pm? Was she alone? Oh ok,...
  • Ramadan is here…

    …here! It is the Holy month of fasting in the Muslim calendar. Abstinence from food, drink and sex from sunrise to sunset are the obvious to do. However, abstinence from lying, anger, cheating and all “bad” traits is to be observed....
  • To President Bush…

    I would like to bring to your attention a little passage from Sunzi on the “Art of War”: “To win battles and seize land and cities and yet fail to consolidate these achievements is fraught with dangers as it means a...
  • Shah Rukh Khan and Gandhi…

    Yesterday, two people really close to me said at different times: “Gandhi was a cheat!” “How can Shah Rukh fast? He is married to a Hindu?” I am super annoyed and agitated at these comments. Basic assumptions on no historical or...
  • How to Bury a Muslim

    The other day, Daddy’s aunt passed away in Peshawar and so on September 11th, we headed to Peshawar…the place one would least want to be in on September 11th! Muslim women are not to head to the graveyard for the burial...