Stories for: Ahmer Naqvi

Songs of the subterranean

During a recent trip to Lahore, I had a very disconcerting experience. One Saturday night, I decided to visit a new...

A return to cinema

With upcoming films that repopulate cinematic imagination, Pakistani cinema is building a cohesive identity for itself.

Interview: All eyes on Taher Shah

"Eyes are the most vital part of body and culture. They can bring out many meanings, and are a complete subject."

Dazed and confused

Ahmer Naqvi talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly Pakistan's music industry has had to go through to survive through the country's socio-political upheavals.

Burns Road ki Nilofer and the YouTube ban

The cable for Nilofer, and the internet for us, are not merely gateways to sin (though they are that too) but the possibility of alternatives.

Anatomy of a Shaadi crash

@karachikhatmal crashes a wedding to pursue the elaborate Pakistani quest of sampling illicit shaadi food … and live tweets it.

Punning the Punjab

Yes, Punjabis love to eat, but is the quality of the cuisine really worth all the hype that surrounds Punjabis and their food?

Minority Fights

A few years ago, I was visiting a friend’s house in Lahore, and while sitting in his room we could hear the muffled...

Mufti Saab garmi mei Ghalib

It was a dark and stormy night, with rain lashing violently, thunder booming like cannons and dogs howling like...

‘The artist must shine’

At the beginning of Season 4 of Coke Studio, Rohail Hyatt spoke to Ahmer Naqvi. This is what he had to say. I...

This Post Is Not About Osama

Bilal Khan – Photo Courtesy Coke Studio/Kohi Marri I have waited very long to talk about "THE BIGGEST NEWS EVENT OF...

No longer our master's game

Perhaps it is a question of two distinct spectacles reluctant to coalesce, perhaps it is because the language of one...

In memory of Moin Akhtar

When Salman Rushdie wrote "Shame," his novel on Pakistan and its politics, he chose to use a mentally-challenged...

Lovely, AwaisLovely

One of the glorious facets of the advent of the internet has been the rise of a peculiar culture. The products of...

Welcome to the greener side

The first time I realised my youth was over was in a dentist chair. It had nothing to do with the procedure, but a ...

A touch of madness

Have you heard of the Rothschilds? They are like the Chuck Norris of conspiracy theories - every political event in...


When Shahbaz Bhatti was murdered, it brought lot of us back to the despairing reality which seems to be life in...

Coming of age: Pakistani ‘post-rock’

Photograph by Nadir Siddiqui/ In an age where we are constantly dazzled by the wonders of technology, there...

Future for filmmakers in Pakistan – II

Click here to read the first part of the blog. The old cliché about one person's disaster being another's ...

The blasphemy debate

As Mosharraf Zaidi pointed out in his excellent article, the for and against camps in the blasphemy debate are often...


Misguided optimism

Late call for unity

Politics as parody

Piety and cheating


Sectarian violence

Gilgit-Baltistan alienation

Fatah-Hamas unity

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