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Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Reading: Some Reflections (and the Books I read in 2016)

Aslam Kakar I grew up in a small village on the periphery of Pakistan. In childhood and till my undergraduate studies in Lahore, I did not read at all. Perhaps, I did not have the opportunity or perhaps I just did not care. Or may be I did not care because of the environment. There was no library where I lived. I never saw a book store till the age of 18 when I went to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, culture, Education, Fiction, Lahore, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Nature, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, psychology, quetta, Religion

How Pakistan Looks Like on the Internet?

How Pakistan Looks Like on the Internet?

Aslam Kakar Last night, my friend from Chile showed me some pictures of her country on the Internet. She googled city after city like Santiago, Chile’s capital, Patagonia, and even smaller towns only for me to remain amazed at the captivating scenes, both natural and man-made. All the while, I kept repeating ‘wow!’, ‘wow!’, and more ‘wows!’ till it was my turn to show her some glimpses of Pakistan. So, I started with my hometown, Quetta, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Malala Yousufzai, minorities, Pak Tea House

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

The Quetta Massacre and My People’s Annihilation

Aslam Kakar               A little over a week has passed since the massacre of lawyers in my hometown and Balochistan’s capital, Quetta. The shock and pain from the attack, while writing these lines from a university bench on the streets of New Jersey, is ever recurring and daunting. Away from home and writing about a carnage, which was too cruel to be true, is beyond the description of words: however, they are my only refuge from the devastation … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Judiciary, Justice, quetta, state

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

3 Dangerous Things Happen When You are not into Critical Reading and Thinking

Aslam Kakar In a conversation, the owner of a small restaurant in San Diego tells me that thousands of IS fighters are breaking into the city from Tijuana. A bulky waitress on counter and a guest couple on a side table also make gestures of agreement with him. But, I have no idea what the heck this guy is talking about. I mean I am in grad school, studying peace and conflict Studies. And, I am also … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Islam, Malala Yousufzai, Media

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

7 Big Things the Pakistanis Misread about America

By Aslam Kakar Many believe in things they do not yet see or know. Call it illusion, conspiracy mongering, or a lack of direct experience and knowledge of a phenomenon. Or, call it a lack of intellectual and theoretical clarity. Born and raised in Pakistan, and living in the US for last three years, I have known several intriguing yet absurd misunderstandings that the people of my country of origin believe about America. Here are the seven most … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Drones, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestine-israel, Politics, USA

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Ten Most Powerful Quotes from the Novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Aslam Kakar ‘Women are as brave as stars out at dawn’, writes Edwidge Danticat in her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory. Danticat is a Haitian-American novelist, and dedicates her masterpiece to the humiliated and most impoverished, yet brave women of her country of origin, Haiti. Women are treated as the most vulnerable and the least fortunate of humankind, almost in all societies. But, in some cultures, particularly in the developing world, they experience terrible afflictions. Rape, physical humiliation, and suppression … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

پاکستان میں انتہا پسندی کی کہانی

تحریر اجمل شبیر ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کے بارے میں عام طور پر یہی کہا جاتا ہے کہ اس مذہب کو الہی رہنمائی حاصل ہے ۔دنیا کا کوئی بھی مذہب اٹھا کر دیکھ لیں ،اس کا ابتدائی زمانہ الہی قصے کہانیوں سے بھرپور ہوتا ہے۔ہر مذہب کے ابتدائی زمانے کی تعلیمات انتہاتی سادہ بھی ہوتی ہیں ۔عام و خاص ان تعلیمات کو آسانی کے ساتھ سمجھتے ہیں۔ابتدائی زمانے کے مذہب میں بہت زیادہ مسائل بھی … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Blasphemy, Democracy, Islam, Islamism, Jinnah, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism

Review: The World We Found

Review: The World We Found

By Aslam Kakar                       Life happens. Things happen. Some pleasant. And some horrible. Some intelligible, while other mysterious and beyond an ordinary mind’s comprehension. In The World We Found, like in The Space Between Us and her other humanistic works, Thrity Umrigar delves deep into that mystery of human nature and real life. She spills the beans about guilt, regret, loss, friendship, relationship, love, hope, death, and the real meaning of life in ways unknown to many … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books