Amber Rahim Shamsi

Eating in the dark

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 02 Jul, 2010 11:36am
Pakistan unplugged

Pakistan unplugged

The deadline for the end of the ban on Facebook is almost upon us; farms have been ruined, parties gone ...

Published 28 May, 2010 10:36am
Dreaming of red

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 22 May, 2010 05:44pm
Dining on aroma

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 07 May, 2010 11:50am
The new tobacco

The new tobacco

Remember the Gold Leaf man? Suavely strolling through museum exhibits in his fine suit and riding thoroughbreds in...

Published 26 Apr, 2010 03:07pm
Royal Vegetables

Royal Vegetables

A colleague of mine used to extinguish his cigarettes in his tea. His favourite Indian actor was Sunil Shetty, and ...

Published 26 Mar, 2010 11:27am
Acronymious

Acronymious

The late afternoon sun gilded our white tea cups. We were talking about stories of National Importance. It’s what...

Published 18 Mar, 2010 05:23pm
The vice of rice

The vice of rice

Rioting broke out between rival parties Biryani Ittehad-Sindhi [BI(S)] group and Pakistan Pulao Party (PPP) in...

Published 05 Mar, 2010 01:08pm
Whiter shade of pale

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 19 Feb, 2010 05:22pm
Separating the yolks from the whites

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 05 Feb, 2010 02:02pm
Flavours of culture

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 11 Jan, 2010 03:04pm
ChickieNobs

ChickieNobs

I’ve been reading a book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood called Oryx and Crake. It’s a dystopic vision of the...

Published 25 Dec, 2009 04:00pm
Veggie bashing

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 11 Dec, 2009 10:29am