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The enigmatic Pakhtun

Recently a Pakhtun friend of mine who is doing his doctorate in Anthropology from a European university emailed me...

Magic Lantern: Abul Miskeen, the tyrant rabbit-caliph of Baghdad

The harem of the commander of the faithful was abuzz with rumours about the new girl to be inducted into the ranks ...

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Past present: Gods of war

Religion has played an important role in wars. In the ancient times, when tribes engaged in bloody conflicts, both...

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Fashion week: Back on Track

What is a fashion week but a vivacious burst of energy, a chance for designers to experiment, create magic, set...

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Academy Awards: The Oscars, come tomorrow

The answer differs, depending on personal preference, and let no one tell you otherwise. There is no clear-cut way ...

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A walk on the wild side

“Ziarat mein kuch nahin hai,” our three-year-old daughter kept on saying while we were visiting Ziarat. To...

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Society: A question of colour

“Authors can only be white people, so I must grow up and be something else,” ruminated an eight-year-old ...

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Say what?

Hello. Namaste. (Nah-MAH-stay) Hello. (formal) Namaskar. (Nah-MAH-skar) How are you? Hajur Sanchai cha?...

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Trauma: Vale of sorrows

Meet Qalandar Khatana: a shepherd and guide by trade in 1991, living in the village of Kalroos Moori Kothiyan in the...

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The changing monsoons

The Asian summer monsoon, which brings heavy rainfall from June to September across China, Bangladesh, India,...

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A leaf from history: One last hurdle

During the process of talks between Bhutto and the Pakistan National Alliance, a tedious situation arose on the...

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Media ethics: Questionable conduct

“I’d say it was a failure at both fronts — at the media’s end and a larger one at the government’s side. ...

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The good, the bad and the unspeakable

In 2007 when I got my first job as a TV reporter at an English news channel, I was taught the importance of ethics...

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Hauling in the anchors

They are the pundits of our times, reigning mostly unchallenged from their studio pulpits. Experts on just about...

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Ratings are overrated

Why is there music in news bulletins or a ‘breaking news’ ticker almost every minute on news channels? Ask a...

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Media ethics: Outside, looking in

What are the basics of ethical journalism? Ethical journalism is what media people are supposed to do — to produce...

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Bagfuls of burden

Nisa, a student of class two, loves her new school bag. “It is pretty and has pictures of Ben 10,” she says....

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Strokes of a master statistician

At any hockey activity in Karachi, an octogenarian and his bag are omnipresent. The bag, it so happens, is a ...

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On the menu: Love that Cinnamon

The Greek historian Herodotus (484-425 BCE) provided some interesting information about cinnamon. He wrote: “The...

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Health benefits

Cinnamon is not only delicious but it's healthy, too. Here are several health benefits of cinnamon that may make you...

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Advice: “Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself ”

Hi Auntie, I am a house wife and I am suffering from guilt. My brothers are high class professionals and my family ...

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Gardening: The climes, they are a-changing!

March is an extremely busy time for gardeners throughout the length and breadth of this climatically diverse country...

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Group show: Three is not a crowd

There is an address in Model Town Lahore that has a special appeal for young and creative artists, it is 39K. ...

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Artichive: Four Trees

Austrian artist Egon Schiele who died at the age of 28 in 1918 was one of the most important artists of the early...

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Art fiend: Tested by fire

Experiences of daily life always have certain occasions that leave a deep impression and linger on in memory....

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Interview: Of art and artisans

Of an understated demeanour, Akhtar Hilal Zuberi is from an earlier generation of artists; one that does not carry...

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Front seat: Testosterone to the test

The movie Gunday opens with Irrfan Khan’s baritone adding to the background commentary. Shot in sepia, the scenes...

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Sultan Rahi waxed?

Okie dokie, artichokie! He may be a symbol of masculinity and machismo as far as Punjabi films go, but his fans are...

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Kollywood? Seriously?

Can’t we be creative for a change, please? Actress and director Sangeeta is excited that Karachi is again becoming...

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Veena: cruising along

So Veena Malik is a transformed person. Her interaction with a religious scholar has changed her from within, or so...

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The curious case of Sara Loren

These days Sara Loren, the artist formerly known as Mona Lisa (no, not da Vinci’s masterpiece) is flying high....

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Mobin’s masterclass

Sometimes we focus so much the gossipy side to showbiz that we tend to overlook the genuine talent that exists ...

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J-Lo has a shade of blue

One of the most attractive (you can use your own adjectives) women on planet earth Jennifer Lopez can’t remain...

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Tabu suffocated

Talk about artists being sensitive creatures, and that too artists of the stature of Tabu. On Feb 21, while...

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