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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

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

LGBT Pakistan: Lesbians’ lives on the line

LGBT Pakistan: Lesbians’ lives on the line

This article was first published in BBC News Asia. Pak Tea House is sharing this post to our readers to highlight the issue and the plight of these women. Urdu literature had raised this topic nearly a century ago with the famous short story “Lihaf” which deals with the plight of women trapped in patriarchal and oppressive conditions. Something that is so widespread in our culture must be talked about and not brushed under the carpet. As Columnist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, human rights, Islam, Islamism, Justice, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, sex, Women

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Photo of the Day: Hindu community celebrates Krishna Janmashtami in Rawalpindi Pakistan

Saira Ahmad Nizami Krishna Janmashtami, or sometimes simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September) in the Hindu calendar. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. Hindu … Read entire article »

Filed under: Anniversery, Citizens, culture, Democracy, Egalitarian Pakistan, Heritage, Hinduism, human rights, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, minorities, Pak Tea House, peace, People's Pakistan, Photo of the Day, Photos, secular Pakistan, secularism

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

Photo Story: Super Moon 2014

Photo Story: Super Moon 2014

Tonight on social media people have been posting amazing pictures of Super Moon. Lets see how they have caught Super moon on their cameras.   [View the story "Super Moon 2014" on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, Dance, Environment, Images, Pakistan, Photos, Raza Rumi, Society, Storify, Twitter

Taboos on the brink: What you don’t know about Balochistan

Taboos on the brink: What you don’t know about Balochistan

By: Farooq Abdullah For Most of us, the group of words like violence against women, harassment at institutions or work places, rape, honor killing and gender disparity are not that staggering because we listen about these so often in mainstream media–both domestic and international–that it offers none but very little appall by now. Besides, it is way too “ordinary” a news in this part of the world to get noticed. India, for instance, where reports of raping … Read entire article »

Filed under: baluchistan, Citizens, Conservation, culture, Democracy, Education, human rights, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, public policy, Rights, Women

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

Tuition Culture and Decline of Sports

By Fazal Abbas What is your past time in the evening after school or college? Ask this question to any young student these days and an overwhelming majority will respond: ‘None, I attend academy for tuition’. Over past fifteen years or so our country has developed a unique culture of evening tuition’s which has become a plague to healthy and beneficial culture of regular schooling and college education. Public schools and colleges are now de-facto ‘facilitation centers’ or ‘liaison offices’ of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of various divisions. The parents and teachers are obsessed with high grades/marks of the students, using it as the only yard stick for success in their lives. What’s ironic is that rise in tuition culture has not done much to ameliorate the quality of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Cricket, culture, Education, liberal Pakistan, public policy, Society, sport

Media – The Godfather

by  Asad Ur Rehman How would you feel if one day you woke up normally, got ready to go to office and on the breakfast table while reading newspaper or going through Facebook, Twitter or any other news site you find out your casual walk photograph with your friend, wife, sister or class fellow has been published without your consent for a news story? You will probably feel uneasy because you had no relationship wi th that piece of news and that photograph was taken without your permission and knowledge. The only chance of feeling good about such an incident is that the news is extraordinarily good and raises your social graph. In another similar-yet contrasting situation, how would you react when you find out that your photograph along with a girl … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, human rights, Identity, journalism, Justice, Media, Pakistan, public policy, Rights, 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

Who was Raza Rumi?

It was only late in the night when I came to know that Raza Rumi was attacked—By whom and why? I do not know. I just know that because of the consequence of that unprovoked attacked, Raza was compelled to leave Pakistan and settle in some neutral land where his safety and security is, at least, not at risk. Well, so much has been written about the unfortunate circumstances and plight of the security of journalists in Pakistan and so much has been said already too. I may save myself from taking a dip in this vast sea. Here I want to expound on who was Raza Rumi. A Teacher? A Sufi Master? A Friend? I have no words to express my grief over these unfortunate and saddening times. Long gone … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, human rights, Identity, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Media, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Terrorism, Twitter, violence