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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

Pangs of Conscience

Pangs of Conscience

By Abuzar Wp   The duality of standards in modernized Pakistan can be seen in some walks of life. In my own perspective, every human is a hypocrite. The values that have been hurled at every individual since birth and the degree of his conduct in later life often shows stark differences. The one type of hypocrisy I have noticed lately and cringing on at the same time is the change of behavior towards social circle, especially towards a … Read entire article »

Filed under: liberal Pakistan, Love, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Women

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

An Open Letter to Mustafa Kamal

By  Emad Masroor   Dear Mustafa Kamal,   I am going to preface this letter by saying that I admire you for the way you embraced ownership of the city of Karachi, and encouraged all of her citizens to do the same. Your tenure as mayor was indeed a time of hope and of promise for a city which has never seen much of either – and I say this not because of the number of infrastructure projects executed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Corruption, Democracy, Karachi, Love, MQM, Mustafa Kamal, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Politics, Target Killing, Terrorism

A case for introspection

A case for introspection

By Abuzar Khan I know many people whom come from apparently conservative school of thought will take it on to the streets, as yet again 14th of February came and as assumed, the moral police would certainly set up blockades of moral checkpoints, and vilify what they deem as the immoral masses of Pakistan.   Having said that, except for Ramazan and every Friday, on which the credit of acting holy and playing decent is due and of course … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, Constitution, culture, History, human rights, Love, Media, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights, Secterainism

Not Your Average Love Story

By Zulqarnain Khan Couple of months back, I turned 25, that magical number that is somehow seen as the pinnacle of early youth. Tomorrow it’s February the 14th, I’m in America and quite literally, love is in the air, (and wind chills too). You might be thinking what has my age got to do with Valentine Day, the answer lies in the story I intend to tell, one oft told, but not reflected upon nearly enough. We can argue about the merits or demerits of Valentine Day, say it’s not a part of our ‘culture’ like the President of Pakistan, or form teams to ‘forcefully marry’ couples caught celebrating the day, but love has and will always play a central role in everyone’s life, so it is probably better to tell … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islam for Peace, Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion

Relationship Life Cycle

Relationship Life Cycle

By Waqas Rafique Ah love! Love is the most simple and yet very complex of human emotions and every person appears to have their own definitions of how love feels to them as do they have their own experience of being in love. But can you think of any relationship you were or are in currently that does not require any effort to continue? How many times have you stifled your inner voice that keeps on telling … Read entire article »

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کھوتی کا کھرا اور ویلنٹائن ڈے پر پابندی

کھوتی کا کھرا اور ویلنٹائن ڈے پر پابندی

تحریر: طاہر بھٹی – فرینکفرٹ ، جرمنی بہاولنگر کے ایک زمیندار کے ڈیرے سے کھوتی چوری ہو گئی جو تقریبا” ہر ڈیرے پر چارہ ڈھونے کے لئے بندھی ہوتی ہے۔ اس زمانے میں یہ جانور تین چار سو روپے میں دستیاب تھا کہ ابھی کھال سمگل ہونی اور گوشت بازار میں بکنا نہیں شروع ہوا تھا۔ موصوف نے کھوجی منگوائے اور کھوتی کا سراغ لگانے کے لئے کھرا چل پڑا ۔ کھرے کے ساتھ عام طور … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion, Society, Urdu

اہل محبت کو ویلنٹائن ڈے مبارک‎

اہل محبت کو ویلنٹائن ڈے مبارک‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر ویلنٹائن ڈے محبت کرنے والوں کے دن کے طور پر پوری دنیا میں منایا جاتا ہے۔ اس دن کی تاریخی حیثیت ایک شخص سینٹ ویلنٹائن سے منسوب ہے۔ جس کی تاریخ آپ با آسانی گوگل پر یا وکی پیڈیا پر پڑھ سکتے ہیں۔جب سے دنیا سمٹ کر ایک گلوبل گاؤں بنی ہے تب سے اس جدید گاؤں کی خوشیاں اور غم ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ منائے جاتے ہیں۔ ٹھیک ایسے ہی جیسے اگر … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, sex, Society, Urdu

Love and the five senses

By Pari Zara It is said that love occurs, and that there is such a thing as love at first sight, or love between the lines, or love in a couple of meetings, or long lost love. There are so many variations of it that I shudder to think of the consequences’ love puts women and men through on a daily basis. Call me a cynic but I believe that love causes more damage and destruction to the human civilization – and to one’s heart. And it doesn’t stop there, then there is always the concept of soul mates: the idea that there is someone made for you out there roaming the world and somehow you are destined to find them. Some people believe that there are more than one soul mates. … Read entire article »

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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

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malala Yousufzai Winning Nobel Peace Prize: Divided Reactions from Pakistanis on Social Media

Malik Omaid Malala Yousufzai the Swat girl who wrote diaries as “Gul Makai” for the BBC Urdu service and was shot by Taliban on speaking for Girls right of education won this years Nobel Peace Prize. While the whole world was praising this young girl, 17 years of age and the youngest of all Nobel Laureates, for her courageous promotion of Girls education not only in Taliban effected Pakistan but also worldwide, she was target of … Read entire article »

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A Trip to Attabad Lake

A Trip to Attabad Lake

By Muhammad Usman On a recent group trip from Islamabad to Hunza in the month of July, I had the opportunity to see the Attabad Lake. The Attabad lake, otherwise known as the Gojal lake, was formed in 2010 due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gilgit-Baltistan, blocking the flow of the Hunza River for several months, and inundating certain parts of the Karakoram Highway. It took us an hour to reach the lake from Hunza … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Identity, Images, Love, Nature, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Photos, Tourism, Travel, water

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

How to donate for IDPs of North Waziristan

By Husham Ahmed Pakistan Army: Karachi & Hyderabad: Collection points at COD Karachi, DHA Golf club, Malir Cantt gate. At Hyderabad and Pano Aqil, donation collection points have been established at respective cantonment gates. Contact numbers for further details are 03212532699, 03006420542, and 03213789526. Lahore: Collection points at Fortress Stadium Lahore, Masjid Chowk E-Block DHA Phase I, Beacon House School Z Block DHA Phase 3, Wateen Chowk DHA Phase5. More details can be obtained from following contacts 042-66993281, 042-37017375, … Read entire article »

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Musings over a cup of tea-Part II

Bisma Tirmizi A lighter issue I ponder today, but maybe not that light; just written with a tad bit of humour and some passé amusement. I was sixteen years old when my uncle suggested I get engaged to his son. Fifteenth century England or the city of Sukkur in the state of Sindh, Pakistan, latter I reckon. I was oblivious to the existence of my cousin but once told, I seemed to be a smitten kitten, why, I truly wonder now? My education was at a prestigious school, I spoke some French and fluent English, mingled in the upper middle class society of Lahore and Sarghoda and most importantly and essentially I was a mid teen. Tariq, the prospective seventeen year old was a teenager living in Sukkur, he seemed to have … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Love, musings, Society, Women

Musings over a cup of Tea

By Bisma Tirmizi Musings over a cup of Tea; a column I have been wanting to write for the past seven years, but somehow life just got in the way and here I am today hoping to say something meaningful to get the fledgling column going, and what better address to say it than Pak Tea House. I sit down to write about something light and joyous but the music playing on my morning commute takes my musings into a different direction, a dark, negative issue grips my mind and demands being said. The song playing was Mitwa from the Indian movie Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna sung by our very own Shafquat Amanat Ali Khan. The song is pure magic; lyrics, music, melodious voice, choreography, beautiful actors, all representing the best a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cinema, drama, Love, Society, Women