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Lihaaf [The Quilt]: Ismat Chughtai

 In the series of sharing translations of marvels of Urdu Literature Pak Tea House is sharing this incredible short story by Ismat Chughtai which was originally published in Manushi Magazine. Translation by M. Asaduddin. In winter when I put a quilt over myself its shadows on the wall seem to sway like an elephant . That sets my mind racing into the labyrinth of times past. Memories come crowding in. Sorry. I’m not going to regale you with any romantic tale about my own quilt. It’s hardly a subject for romance. It seems to me that the blanket, though less comfortable, does not cast shadows as terrifying as the quilt, dancing on the wall. I was then a small girl and fought all day with my brothers and their friends . Often … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, Dance, LGBT, Literature, Rights, sex, Urdu, Women, Writers

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Music and Post Colonial Identity

Rchops tweeted an amazing list of songs that deal with post colonial identity. He tweeted   [View the story "Post Colonial Songs" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Colonialism, culture, History, Music, Pak Tea House, Storify, Twitter, video

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Photo of the Day: Abandoned Mosque Thatta

Dabgir Mosque is Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan The Dabgir mosque is another historical mosque in Thatta. It was built in the 16th century by Khusro Khan, the Governor of Thatta. It is 1 km away from the more famous Jamia Mosque. The mihrab is carved with such delicacy of touch that it looks like sandal wood rather than stone. The mosque is no longer in use. Above information taken from the Insight Guides to Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Heritage, History, Images, Islam, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, Religion, Sindh

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Sa‘adat Hasan Manto: Gilgit Khan

Pak Tea House is sharing the translation of this amazing short story by Sadat Hasan Manto. Shahbaz khan had it up to here with Jahangir, who worked in his restaurant and also ran errands. He couldn’t stand the man’s indolence, so one day he gave him his marching orders. Actually, Jahangir wasn’t lazy or slow at all, he was so agile and fast that his movements seemed stationary to Shahbaz Khan. Shahbaz Khan paid him the salary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Books, Citizens, culture, Education, History, Labour, Literature, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

Changing Rhythms of Pakistan’s Patriotic songs

Malik Omaid I have grown up in 90′s era, when Pakistani Pop music was at its Peak. We used to have Patriotic songs in almost every album of Pop Artists. It was like a competition between the Pop artists. “Hai Jawan” by “Awaz”, “Hai Jazba Junoon” by “Junoon” and “Apni Zameen” by Vital Signs were a gift of that memorable era. It is very heart breaking to see that now no more of such gems are produced. This is a very interesting video depicting of how Pakistani Patriotic songs changed by the time.   The changing rhythms of patriotism by razarumi1http://dai.ly/x23po8d   This video has been taken from Dawn’s Youtube channel. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Egalitarian Pakistan, Music, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, video

Photo Story: Yes we lost Direction

Some times by looking back makes us feel had the direction been set well, we could have been different. Today it looks like we lost all we gained in five thousand years and these vintage tourism posters are talking about some alien civilization.   [View the story "Yes We Lost Direction!" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, History, Identity, India, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Photos, Punjab, secular Pakistan, secularism, Storify, Sufism, Tourism, Twitter

Iftar Deals In Pakistan 2014

Greetings to all Muslims on Holly Ramazan. Ramazan is a special month for Muslims of and they respect this month, keep fasts, offer prayers and recite Quran-E-Pak (Islamic Holy Book). People love to do very early morning breakfast (before Fajar Prayer) called Sehar and don’t eat or drink whole day and allow to eat or drink just (before Maghrib Prayer) called Iftar. Many people love to go outside for Sehar and Iftar and enjoy the best tastes from restaurants in Pakistan. Sehar: Sehar is very early breakfast time in Ramazan people eat healthy dishes to maintain their whole day because keeping Fast they can’t eat or drink anything so they love healthy meals. People of every age love Ramazan and they have energy in them to complete the law of Islam. We see … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, culture, Food Crisis, Islam, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar

Afghan singer Gulnaz has been killed by unknown gunmen in Peshawer area Gulberg. This is not the first time that singers from Pushtoon origin has been targeted. Pushtoon singers especially female singers have been systematically target killed in recent years. In the past another renowned singer Ghazala Javed was killed allegedly by her husband. The detailed report by Raza Rumi on that event is posted for our readers. The Music Doesn’t Stop in Peshawar   On June 18 (2012), … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Arts and Crafts, culture, Dance, Honor Killing, human rights, Islamism, Music, Pakistan, Society, violence, Women

The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

The night club songs of Nahid Akhtar, the Asha Bhosle of Pakistan

By Nate Rabe Introducing the woman who gave the world ‘Hello Madam Disco’ and ‘Some Say I Am Sweety’. Nahid Akhtar came onto the music scene in Pakistan in the mid-1970s, first on the small screen but finding her true space on the much grander sets of the Lahore film industry. After the 1971 war, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh and a horrible period of national crisis in Pakistan, the best Bengali artists left Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bollywood, Cinema, culture, liberal Pakistan, Media, Music, secularism, Society, video

Did Pakistan TV Debate Prompt Burning of Yoga Center?

Pak Tea House was noted by the famous US media outlet NBC NEWS in this story below. Wish we were quoted in a more positive news story. By Wajahat S. Khan ISLAMABAD – Armed men may have burned down a yoga center in Pakistan after it was criticized during a provocative television talk show, local observers said Monday. The Art of Living, a non-profit organization whose spiritual leader is an Indian yogi, was set on fire Saturday evening, three weeks after outspoken television anchor Arshad Sharif suggested it was a potential threat to Pakistan’s national security. The two nuclear armed nations are fierce rivals and have fought four wars and countless skirmishes. In a Feb. 14 episode of his prime-time show “Kyoon?” – meaning “Why?” – Sharif suggested that the facility’s spiritual leader, India yoga … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Citizens, culture, human rights, India, Islamabad, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Pakistan-India Peace Process, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, violence

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

A Short Escape from the Travails of Life in Pakistan

Kasim Osmani Music Freedom Day is a globally celebrated event intended to pay homage to the singers and musicians who suffer censorship, bans, life-threats, financial constraints, stereotypical treatment, and other constraints for being a part of the music industry. The Music Freedom Day is also dedicated to those who spend their lives serving music, yet, cannot come to the spotlight. Life is made difficult for artists in most of the under-developed countries, such as Mali and … Read entire article »

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Sanki King

Sanki King

Abdullah Ahmed Khan professionally known as Sanki or Sanki King, is a Pakistani graffiti artist, Pakistan’s first Sneaker Artist member of an old school American graffiti crew, BMK – Beyond Mankind Krew, a Bboy & member of a b-boying crew Unknown Crew (UC), founded in 2010 in Karachi and a Parkor expert.. Sanki is the pioneer of graffiti culture in Pakistan, pioneer of sticker art, and he is also the first and the only super hip hopper in Pakistan. Here are a few brilliant works by Sanki King!                       … Read entire article »

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Pothowar — A Land of Forgotten History

Pothowar — A Land of Forgotten History

By Umair Tariq Punjab as we already know is comprised of Eastern Foothills of Himalayas, Pothohar Plateau and Upper Indus Valley. Whereas the most of our history has been brushed into the carpet by dictator Zia’s regime, the most misunderstood region of Punjab remained Pothohar Plateau. Usually the history of Pothohar Plateau is started from Mahmud of Ghazni who used traversed through it to invade Eastern Hindustan and to Sher Shah Suri who was also an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Arts and Crafts

The Serenarts Programme

The Serenarts Programme

Asma Khan The Serenarts Programme is an initiative of Serena Hotels to promote artisans and give them an opportunity to display and sell their work.  In some cases these are dying crafts and need patronage.  Mohammad Waseem an artisan from D.I Khan, learned the craft from his father, Mohammad Ashraf, who was himself a “national treasure” , whose work was awarded the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan. Waseem  traces his lineage to Ustad Karim Ali , a famous artist in the … Read entire article »

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The Flowers’ Stalks: selling books on Lahore’s streets

The Flowers’ Stalks: selling books on Lahore’s streets

  By Behzad Taimur The Sun is mellow and the early Sunday morning birdsong comes drifting down slowing through the air, and settles softly on a small street just off of Lahore’s famous Anarkali bazaar, like dust settles down once a gust of wind has blown past. The street is littered with small stalls of old books – each stall is a sheet of paper or a clump of rags with innumerable books lying on top. This, … Read entire article »

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