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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

Tolerance for homosexuality in Islamic societies over the centuries

Tolerance for homosexuality in Islamic societies over the centuries

By Syed Ali Raza Zaidi   Ever since I finished ‘The Book of Saladin’ by Tariq Ali, I have been wondering whether the homosexuality was as prevalent in the medieval Islamic societies as the writer has portrayed or did he exaggerate the existence of the phenomenon a bit too far. Reading the reviews on the book on various websites, I also realised that most of the people were not really impressed by his, what they regarded as, … Read entire article »

Filed under: LGBT, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, secularism, sex

The myth of sex objects

The myth of sex objects

By Ali Bhurgri Societies metamorphose with time. From the Paleolithic period to the current century. We keep adapting different ways to live in this world. Our attires, our way of eating. Societies evolve through vicissitudes. However, we have witnessed one constant, in the shape of male chauvinism. It’s popularity differs from society to society but it’s existence is firm. Some people base this ideology of men superiority on theology and some attribute it to their physical … Read entire article »

Filed under: LGBT, liberal Pakistan, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society, Women

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

Sex Education- More Dangerous than Bullets and Guns

By Rashid Khan No man can claim to have spent a day without thinking about sex, while some suggest they think it as frequently as 8 times in a minute. But a cell phone manufacturing company recently drew a lot of criticism for going against the social sensibilities and civility by using word “sexy” in one of its ads. Many came forward as strongly as the ideology of state was somewhat challenged by this word which happens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Children, Education, Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, Love, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society

Eunuchs in Pakistan- The unwanted gender

Eunuchs in Pakistan- The unwanted gender

By Izza Khalid One of the most rising concealed issues in our society nowadays is that of eunuchs. Some refer to them in the typical term, ‘Khusra’, or a more crude term, ‘Hijra’. Although they are not acknowledged in our society like they should be, they are forced into a profession such as prostitution, on the mere fact that they are not regarded as either gender, but are somewhere in the middle and because of their sad … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Democracy, Education, human rights, Identity, LGBT, Pakistan, Photos, Society

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Of taboos and sex in Pakistan

Malik omaid This is an important post coming from a Pakistani doctor abroad and raises critical questions on our inability to see the human issues from a psychological perspective. In Pakistan such debates are only treated through the lens of religion and culture but it is time to view the LGBT debate from a humanistic perspective. Readers’ comments are welcome and this is a platform for discussion and exchange. Hassan Majeed As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, LGBT, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Religion

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

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