They tried and they failed. Read More
In 2017, Pakistan High Court ruled that Valentines Day was un-Islamic and is not to be celebrated in public places or government offices. An individual had petitioned the court with the plea that it was a cultural import from the West and against the teachings of Islam.
Once upon a time, I was broke. Read More
The first time I had to manage money was when I went away to college—September 1966. I was barely 15. Until then, Daddy would give me pocket money every month—I don’t recall how much—and I would save it to buy a birthday gift for my sister or brother. I had no other use for money.
If you haven’t heard of the term Aqeeqa, then don’t even try to guess what I am talking about. My Muslim readers know exactly where I am headed, particularly if they are from the subcontinent, as in Pakistan-India-Bangladesh. Read More
Once upon a time, I was born in a newborn land, far, far away from my home today, in the ‘Land of the Pure’. Pakistan was just 4 years old. Read More
Ramadan is over and yesterday we all celebrated Eid ul Fitr. But for many, Eid was bittersweet. Read More
My earliest memories of Ramadan are in Pakistan. A child of seven, I would plead with my parents, ‘please, please, can I fast?’ It seemed exciting, such a grown-up thing to do. Mummy let me fast for half a day when I turned 10, but just for a day. Read More
Definitely not! Today is International Women’s day, I am in Pakistan, and women are cheering – at least those I have spoken to. ‘What is there to celebrate?’ I ask. Only a week ago Pakistan’s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won her second Oscar for her documentary on honor killing. ‘Precisely for that reason,’ they tell me, ‘and more’. Read More
My parents were not rich, but we did have a Carson and a Mrs. Patmore. In Pakistan, domestic help was the norm—still is. And I am talking middle-class. Aurangzeb—our Carson equivalent—was the valet, Read More