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Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is a long overdue third post in a(n almost) weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). For scrolling through the gallery, just click on the current image and the image preview will slide over to the next image. Or you could select an image from the ... Read More »

‘Skyfall’ exposes England’s insecurities

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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 »

Five Thoughts on the Third ODI

Junaid Khan is excited to be with his Bunny(s).

Sustained brilliance: At what point does a good bowler become great? There are many different permutation to that step up, but invariably if his brilliance is ignored as being part of the norm then surely he has to be considered a great. That is precisely what Saeed Ajmal is experienceing right now. One over against Yuvraj aside, he has had a typically good series with ... Read More »

The Food I Miss Most In Karachi

By: Abhishek Srivastava - CC BY 2.0

I’ve been living and working in New York for a little over a year now and while there’s no shortage of desis and desi food here, there are some things I miss back home that you just can’t replicate anywhere else. Sure there’s home cooked food and the usual big guns like biryani/nihari and haleem etc. But here are some ... Read More »

Waterkits all around us

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I’m going to try something short and straightforward. We’re soon going to be drowning in ‘End of Year’ lists, or best ofs etc, and I am confident the #Waterkit episode will feature prominently, as it should. A lot of us were left rather incredulous at the fact that so many people were willing to buy into it. It suggested something ... Read More »

Shahid’s Images of the Week

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This is the second in a weekly series wherein I will post images, memes et. al selected from the Pakistani Internets (Forums, Blogs, Facebook Pages etc). Not a lot of great stuff this week. Creativity took a vacation. For scrolling through the gallery, just click on the current image and the image preview will slide over to the next image. ... Read More »

Muslim Man Gets Stabbed, Press Immediately Focuses on Violent Revenge Plans

By: Paul Lowry - CC BY 2.0

Today in Awful Journalism. Earlier this week, a Muslim man in Queens, New York was viciously beaten and stabbed by a man spewing any-Muslim epithets. The victim, 57-year-old Bashir Ahmad is a halal food cart vendor and was opening a mosque for Fajr prayers when he got jumped by a man who stabbed him six times with a knife, slashed ... Read More »

When could a conspiracy theory be true?

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As Ahsan’s affirmative action hire for this blog, I know little about Pakistani politics, even less about football, and all I know about Younis Khan is that Farooq bares an unhealthy obsession with him. What’s more, I’m currently knee deep in historical research for my dissertation, so I’ll limit my occasional contributions to random musings on political/historical events that I ... Read More »

The ‘Tom Cruise syndrome’ and 50 Shades of Grey

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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 »

America’s Funniest Muslim Women

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Earlier this year, I profiled three women who identified themselves as Muslim-American comedians. I was fascinated by their individual stories, motivations and widely different comedic styles, which ranged from quirky to absolutely filthy stuff. I urge you to check out their material on Youtube whenever you get a chance. Negin Farsad held the microphone with both her hands, clutching it ... Read More »