Amber Rahim Shamsi

Eating in the dark

Paper crinkles in the dark. One, two, three … a pile of sad, empty wrappers grows like something alive. Here’s a... Published Jul 02, 2010 11:36am

Pakistan unplugged

The deadline for the end of the ban on Facebook is almost upon us; farms have been ruined, parties gone ... Published May 28, 2010 10:36am

Dreaming of red

How much of our own fantasies do we live out through our children? This struck me as I organised my daughters’... Published May 22, 2010 05:44pm

Dining on aroma

My friend Aisha has a new theory: instead of suppressing the craving for a slice of chocolate cake, smell it. Fool... Published May 07, 2010 11:50am

The new tobacco

Remember the Gold Leaf man? Suavely strolling through museum exhibits in his fine suit and riding thoroughbreds in... Published Apr 26, 2010 03:07pm

Royal Vegetables

A colleague of mine used to extinguish his cigarettes in his tea. His favourite Indian actor was Sunil Shetty, and ... Published Mar 26, 2010 11:27am


The late afternoon sun gilded our white tea cups. We were talking about stories of National Importance. It’s what... Published Mar 18, 2010 05:23pm

The vice of rice

Rioting broke out between rival parties Biryani Ittehad-Sindhi [BI(S)] group and Pakistan Pulao Party (PPP) in... Published Mar 05, 2010 01:08pm

Whiter shade of pale

You always remember your first time. Mine was on the Super Highway between Karachi and Hyderabad in the middle of... Published Feb 19, 2010 05:22pm

Separating the yolks from the whites

Asim just wanted a nice romantic dinner with his wife. It was their ninth wedding anniversary and a new Japanese... Published Feb 05, 2010 02:02pm

Flavours of culture

Captain Usman was a lean, rugged doctor in the British Army with a wicked sense of humour and a Clark Gable air ... Published Jan 11, 2010 03:04pm


I’ve been reading a book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood called Oryx and Crake. It’s a dystopic vision of the... Published Dec 25, 2009 04:00pm

Veggie bashing

'Pakistan is a country. It's not a vegetable that someone can come and take it.' The logic is indeed irrefutable. A... Published Dec 11, 2009 10:29am