Masud Alam

The father of taboos

Growing up exposed to sexual abuse is considered a necessary rite of passage - you have to survive it to become a man.

Growing wings in a bus

‘Give my salam to your mother,’ she hissed to the man who molested her. ‘I have taught you a lesson she should have.’

Consulting for love

My clients all speak differently but all of them use the noun love and the verb fail in the same sentence.

Dreaming the dream team for Pakistan

A country of nearly 200 million is teeming with talent. We need 18-year-old men, not 30-something-year-old boys.

Spice it up for Mama

"I am in a select group that inherits, expands and passes on to the next generation, a thing called the vote bank."

Electoral terrorism wins … for now

This country’s voter stared terrorism in the face and went out to vote. They have discharged their responsibility well.

Electoral terrorism wins … for now

Whether or not ECP can do the right thing, will decide whether or not this country’s voters will show faith in democracy for a long time to come.

It’s your fault

The media in this country is the way it is because we, the consumers of media demand and happily receive trash.

Youth, dreams and reality

At stake is not just democracy and the credibility of state institutions, it’s the future of our coming generations.

The hero who didn’t die young

While it was a chronic lung ailment that killed Alam-the-man, it was longevity that killed Alam-the-hero, much earlier.

Broadcasting blues

"I'm always picked to do the most well paying job in the business: operating broadcast studio during live, limited-over cricket matches."

Confessions of a lonely taxi driver

“I bet you found the subject titillating. I have a book in my head that goes by this title about the mystique of a taxi driver that I want to exploit as an author.”

Love in the time of lakra kakra

On Valentine’s Day when lovers come to me their minds are occupied, not with matters of the heart but with those of budgeting.

Spit on shine

Clean and shining shoes only belong in the show cases – polishing a shoe which is in use is like spraying air freshener in an open sewer, a wasteful act.

View of Jinnah Avenue from Uzbek Hotel

“The choice before the people of Pakistan is not between military and civilian rule, it is between the dictatorial and anti-democracy mindsets.”

The talkative dead

The Alamdar dead’s voice rose as one and asked: “What started with the Ahmadis is not going to end with the Shias. Who is next?”

Sad generations

Little wonder, then, that Pakistani youth is attracted to free food and military training, narrowing their employment choices down to the armed forces and militant organisations.

To be a feminist … in Pakistan

I grew up in a nondescript locality in a small city where every woman was khala ji and had the right to slap you in the face if she heard you swear or caught you smoking.

It’s your fault

The media in this country is the way it is because we, the consumers of media demand and happily receive trash.