Will the Real Pakistani Please Stand Up?

“Oh but you don’t look like a Pakistani!”

“You look totally Indian, you’ll gel right in!”

Ever since I moved to India two years ago, I’ve heard many a people make such statements the moment they find out that I am from Pakistan. However, recently, when someone made the same comment on finding out that I am a Pakistani, a friend sitting beside me made a confused faced and asked, “Um, what is a Pakistani supposed to look like?” In that moment, all of us turned quiet and an awkward silence ensued. Read More

Mian, Biwi Aur Wagah

Mian, Biwi, Aur Wagah was the name of a play Arman, my husband and I went to watch a couple weeks after we got married. Although the play deserves a blog post of its own, I was inspired by its title and thought of writing about my experience of travelling to India through the Wagah border for the first time.

When Arman and I met in Karachi a year ago, we were both supposed to head back to Delhi in a week’s time. Lo and behold, we decided to cross the Wagah border together and take a train from Amritsar to Delhi. I was really excited because my Bollywood dreams, ever since I had watched Veer Zara, were finally going to come true! Read More

Trash in the Name of Cinema!

As I begin to write this blog post, I am terribly disturbed and furious at how I wasted an hour and a half yesterday evening. Ever walked out of a movie that you just could not bear to watch? That’s just what Arman and I did!

7 Din Mohabbat In was the movie we went to watch and seriously regretted wasting 2000 rupees during the first few minutes of the film. We kept on holding out false hopes that the movie would at least become a little bearable to watch but in vain. As soon as the film paused for intermission, we were amongst the first ones to walk out and did not look back again!  Read More

The Pain is Real!

If you know about the recent Texas school shooting in America, it has left many of us shocked. Although school shootings in a different part of the world rarely concern us or make the headlines in our part of the world, this time it was on the contrary. A Pakistani exchange student, Sabika Sheikh was one of the ten students who was killed in the Santa Fe school shooting in Texas – a horrific act of terror that happened a few days ago. It has been a couple of days but I am still as disturbed as I was when I first found out about Sabika’s untimely demise under such terrible circumstances.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, I have been meaning to do a blog post on mental health for a while now. In the light of current events, especially with what happened to Sabika, writing this was more than needed for me to let out so much I have been holding on to for so long. By doing this, I hope to open up a conversation regarding mental health and its significance in our daily lives.  Read More

Meethi Eid

France ka visa reject hua
Ek nahi do dafa hua
Ticket tha aur daawatnaama bhi
Saath mai thi sab jan ki dua

Khuda ne kuch behtar socha tha
Khuda to phir Khuda hua na
Gaata to har dar dum rahoonga
Ab ke dulha mai banoonga

Bhai kahe Karachi aao
Ek dafa saath Eid manaao
Ammi boleen bilkul jaao
Yeh na kaha saath dulhan ko laao  Read More

Barr-e-Sagheer ki Ammiyan

I wake up by the sound of Arman’s mom complaining, “You think you could have slept in the same room as her, if it was her house?” I turn around to see Arman missing from the bed we both slept in side by side last night, much to his mother’s dismay in the morning. Hiding in the confines of the room, not daring to confront her, I began to reminisce about a similar experience I had in Karachi with my own mother.  Read More