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HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

HAPPY HOUR – Lift Prohibition to End Isolation

By: Rafique Ali I wanted to move on and write something pressing; supposedly, two articles on alcohol should have been enough. It turns out that Alcohol needs an ongoing conversation.  Starting today, a series of articles related to alcohol will appear in Happy Hour; these will be casual and relaxed discussions including myths, stories, legends and the history of alcohol. Right wing nationalism around the world is stressful, so many scholars and academics are writing about … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, liberal Pakistan, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, USA

How Wealth Influences Politics

How Wealth Influences Politics

By Ayoub Khan   Modern Democracy as we know it is less than 250 years old. For much of human history, societies were ruled by elites who exercised absolute power by controlling the wealth and resources of their land and dominating their people by force. Today, the New World Order cabal aims to enact this model of totalitarian rule on a global scale. In political science, Elite Theory is a theory of the state to explain the power … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, NATTO, Pakistan

Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

Review: Paying Guest—A Masterpiece of Dev Anand

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   Chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega O o o chhod do aanchal zamaana kya kahega Ha ha ha inn adaaon kaa zamaana bhee hai divaana Divaana kya kahega……   What a marvellous song to hum with pleasure, from great music to animated lyrics, it offers everything. This song was sung by the master musicians of their time, Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle for a 1957 Bollywood movie ‘Paying Guest.’ The star cast of this movie includes Dev … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

Ardeshir Cowasjee – A man of strength and courage!

By Farah Ehsan   It needs lots of courage to be an outspoken and fearless non-Muslim in my increasingly intolerant beloved homeland. Ardeshir Cowasjee – One of the few sane voices of my “Sohni Dharti”… he was far more a cosmopolitan and the representative of tolerant Karachi. He was a well-known journalist in one of the leading English newspapers in Pakistan. Ardeshir Cowasjee, a man who blindly followed ‘Quaid’ till death, with a continuous battle against all those who … Read entire article »

Filed under: obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, secularism

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

Abdus Salam –Pakistan’s first Nobel Laureate

By Fasi Malik Twenty years ago one of the most brilliant minds of the world left us. Demise is perhaps the most certain thing in this world but some people stay always alive in the memories. Dr. Abdus Salam breathed his last on November 21, 1996 but in his life he achieved so much that many just dream of. Dr. Salam was born in Jhang, a backward district of province Punjab. Unlike the thousands of kids born … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Secterainism, secular Pakistan

سپر مون کی سائنس

سپر مون کی سائنس

تحریر: فصی ملک گزشتہ دنوں دنیا بھر میں سپر مون کے نظارے دیکھے گئے، ہر ٹی وی چینل پر یہ خبر گردش کر رہی تھی کہ اس دن چاند اپنے عمومی حالت سے چودہ فیصد بڑا اور تیس فیصد زیادہ روشن دکھائی دے گا اور یہ کہ 1948 کے بعد پہلی مرتبہ چاند زمین سے اتنا قریب ہو گا اور پھر 2034 تک ایسا ہونا ممکن نہ ہو گا۔ اس پر بہت سارے لوگ یہ سوال … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Science, Urdu

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

Lahore: The Winter Fumes of Sulphur

By Aneeq Ejaz   The exhale of a smoker, the cough of a wanderer, the soot of a kebab shop, all of it ends up in the air we breathe. A larger share is claimed by construction dust, vehicular exhaust and industrial emissions. For the past few days, Lahore has been under the cloak of an instagram-like yellow haze. The sky of Lahore seems to have vomited back on us a dry stew of microbes, minerals, soil … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change, Health, Lahore, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

لہو لہان کوئٹہ اور جز و کل کی جنگ

تحریر:تنویر آرائیں بلوچستان کا دارالحکومت کوئٹہ ایک بار پھر لہو سے بھیگ گیا جب کالعدم تنظیم کے کارندے پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر میں گھسے اور بارود کی بو دور دور تک بکھیر دی۔ بارود کی اس بو نے ٹریننگ سینٹر کی حدود متعین کرنے والی کچی دیواروں کو شرما دیا اور خوں سے لت پت لاشیں منہ تکتی رہ گئیں جبکہ ملک میں بسنے والی کروڑوں زندہ لاشیں یہ سوچنے پر ایک بار پھر مجبور ہو گئیں … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, quetta, Taliban, Terrorism, Urdu

My virginity, my choice!

My virginity, my choice!

By Fizza Abbas   At the verge of demolition, life often gives you mysterious surprises, fascinating hopes, glittering dreams, battered ideas, just to distract you from the current happenings; a heart, that is already torn, broken and pierced by a whole set of presumed consequences, scatters all over the universe, creating a whole passage for humanists to come and fix this heart by replacing the damaged arteries of your heart with other vessels of your body, so that they don’t hurt you more by making you realize the significance … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, poetry, Women

What did you do America?

What did you do America?

Ahmer Muzammil   Naahh..this aint America’ fault. This one is on democrat establishment. So before we start the catharsis and how world will end, lets first acknowledge the fact that Majority of Americans voted AGAINST trump. Yepp, I went there. I know it seems like I am clutching at straws, but this is important because it tell us that a huge majority of Americans are neither racist nor bad people. And that includes even people who voted … Read entire article »

Filed under: Elections, Opinion, USA

Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Press Release: Pan-Asian International Film And Music Awards Issue Joint Statement In Light Of Issues Surrounding The Release Of Karan Johar’s Film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Over the past decade, Indian and Pakistani cinema has brought together singers, actors and audiences alike in a way that politicians have always failed to do—proving that the arts and particularly cinema has the power to transcend in bringing peace, harmony and connecting the hearts of people across the the world. It is a very sad time for the arts when the hard work of artists across national boundaries over the past decade is brought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Concerns on safety and well being of writer-scholar Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Prepared by friends of Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa in Pakistan – Pak Tea House supports freedom of expression and would like to alert everyone that Dr Siddiqa might be in danger. Background: Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is a Pakistani civilian military scientist, geo-strategist, author, former bureaucrat and political commentator. She is the author of Pakistan’s Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99: In Search of a Policy (2001) and Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, (2007). Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa has recently reported on Indian … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Twitter

Dear PML-N, Bashing PTI’s Party Workers Will Do You More Harm Than Good!

Dear PML-N, Bashing PTI’s Party Workers Will Do You More Harm Than Good!

By: Haider Rifaat PML-N has yet again managed to exercise unlawful power on innocent civilians, or the opposite party, thereof. Yesterday, the Youth Convention was intervened by a group of police officials who apprehended, jostled and harassed several PTI members including women and had the area evacuated on an urgent basis. It goes without saying that this obnoxious, dimwitted strategy was pre-planned by Nawaz Sharif and his party members in view of the protest scheduled on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Lahore, the Dinosaur

Ahmed Amin Malik   Lahore is a city of many charms and boasts of a history that puts it in a league of its own and all that is not very surprising given the fact that this city has served as a regional capital to some of the mightiest dynasties that ruled our planet, from the Mughal era to modern times. Add to this, the charisma of Sufi Saints whose shrines are visited by thousands since early … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Mughals, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Tourism

Is our Education framework drives youthful generation towards light ?

Is our Education framework drives youthful generation towards light ?

By Ayoub Khan The word education has been derived from Latin word “Educare” education of Educare, education and Educare” means to train to bring and to nourish while educare means to lead out, so we can say that education is to bring up, to develop and shaping up the individual talent and his inner potentialities. Aristotle said “Education is a process of creation of sound mind in a sound body”. All education is useless until it teaches … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Society