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Partition: the 67-year itch ~ (by Irfan Husain)


The following is a guest post by Mr. Irfan Husain. The article was originally published in the journal of the Pakistan Institute of International Relations.   Like an itch that won’t go away, people of my generation born before Partition keep scratching away at the words, actions and motives of the players involved in that momentous event. Each time we traverse this ... Read More »

‘Friends’ and the Death of the Sitcom


The big rumor emanating from Hollywood this month was the alleged return of ‘Friends’, the colossally popular sitcom which pretty much defined the television comedy landscape through the entire course of its 10 year run, stretching from the mid 90s to the early 2000s. It made perfect sense why NBC would be interested in a possible short term revival of ... Read More »

South Africa v. Pakistan: A destiny fulfilled


Ah, the ‘positives’. You know a tour has gone pretty damn badly if an assessment of it centers not on what the losing team could have done to alter the outcome but on what scraps they can take from it which could possibly promise better returns in the future. Debating positives and saving graces and the like is an inherently ... Read More »

Younis Khan’s Guiding Hand


The last time Pakistan were in South Africa playing a test series, they managed to come back from a 1-0 deficit to level the series in a riveting second test. That was a long time ago. A time when it was arguable Kamran Akmal had some redeeming qualities; when Mohammad Asif was rightly hailed as Glen McGrath’s heir apparent; and ... Read More »

Djokovic & Murray – The Great Non-Rivalry


The final of the 2013 Australian Open featured pretty much everything we are gradually coming to expect from an encounter between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: jaw-dropping athleticism, explosive power, relentless defense and indefatigable spirit. When you stack those particular ingredients against each other, the victor cannot necessarily be considered the better player but merely the one able to outlast ... Read More »

‘Skyfall’ exposes England’s insecurities


Couple weeks back the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, crossed the US$1 billion mark in worldwide box office receipts. It’s the first movie produced by Sony to cross the billion dollar mark and easily the most successful installment of the Bond franchise ever. It’s also a really, really good movie – one I highly recommend if you still haven’t watched it. ... Read More »

The ‘Tom Cruise syndrome’ and 50 Shades of Grey


A couple of days back, I read a story about how Universal Studios, the production company behind the 50 Shades of Grey movie, is suing Smash Studios, a pornographic film production house, because the latter released a porno ripping off the book. I’m a lawyer so the legal basis of Universal’s claim piqued my interest. Im not familiar with the ... Read More »