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Using Kitsch for Fame?

Using Kitsch for Fame?

By Rukhshan Meer   For those of you who are not familiar with word “kitsch”, lets bring to your knowledge that it is a German word, known to be first used in 1925. Urban dictionary states that it is as an art movement, lifestyle, or literature and film genre, which is pleasingly distasteful. It’s melodramatic, overdone, gaudy and tacky or sentimental and folksy. It’s so bad that it’s cool. The same concept is being implied by Taher Shah, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

  By Muqeet Tahir Malik Media is like a myriad giant setting trends for public all while trying to cajole them for personal gains. A prominent example in this regard is the six month long sit in Islamabad led to chaos and people were compelled to rally against the government leading to instability. Along with this, a loss of Rs. 342 billion, there was a depreciation of investor confidence by 64 % according to State Bank report. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Citizens, Civil Service, culture, drama, Fashion, journalism, Law, liberal Pakistan, Media, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women, Zarb-E-Azb

The Profession of Prostitution – II

The Profession of Prostitution – II

By Najeeb Kakar In my last article, about the profession of prostitution, I deconstructed why prostitution is considered a viable source of revenue by poor Pashtun women. I had also given a detailed analysis of destitute women of our allegedly religious, traditional and intrepid society being obliged to this act. In my concluding piece, I broadly examine the  incalculable causes of prostitution entrenched as a whole in Pakistani society how and why respected women have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: culture, Dance, Law, men, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Peshawar, Politics, poverty, psychology, sex, Women

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

Review:The Wandering Falcon—Exploding the Myth about Tribal Culture(s) in Pakistan

By Aslam Kakar The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmed’s debut novel, was published in 2011—almost four decades after it was written in the early 1970s. Why it took so long for the novel to hit the bookstores’ shelves were the endless rejections from publishers from around the world. One wonders what was it then that kept the author for so long from trashing the manuscript at first.   Perhaps, it was the book’s promising content and Ahmed’s faith in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Afghanistan, Baloch, Honor Killings, North-West Frontier Province, Northern Areas, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, Religion, Reviews, violence, Women

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik   Media, a word that evolves an imaginary television in our brain encompassed by multifarious forms of audio, social media and video. Have you ever thought about the concept of free media in Pakistan? Can media be called a friendly fourth pillar of democracy? How far has media been a player in non-kinetic warfare? How has it widened the citizen-government consanguinity through the rat’s nest policy? How can media ownership issues have severe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Children, Citizens, Economy, Education, Fashion, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Media, Pakistan

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

How We See Pakistani Scientists and Educationists.

By Abuzar Wp There is a homosexual person currently working as an Associate Head of Physics Department at Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT). Unfortunately, the genetic make-up of the sex chromosome turned out to be XX and that means the being is a female. Most important of all is she is a Parsi by belief system- a Zoroastrian, which means she is certainly a non-Muslim and all these reasons are enough for us to judge, damn and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blogging, culture, Dr. Abdus Salam, drama, Free Speech, Heritage, human rights, Identity, Islam for Peace, Islamism, Malala Yousufzai, Nergis Mavalvala, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, People's Pakistan, Religion, Rights, youth

The Profession of Prostitution

The Profession of Prostitution

By Najeeb Kakar      Many writers and intellectuals boldly write and speak particularly about the menace of terrorism and extremism plaguing the country. Every commoner, religious fanatic, liberal fascist, atheist and feminist is likely to raise their voice against terrorism, extremism, Talibanisation, social inequalities, minorities’ rights, and the growing abuse of human rights. However, very few actually discuss that, why in our society – prostitution has been adopted as a reasonable alternative by thousands of women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Corruption, culture, human rights, journalism, Law, men, minorities, movements, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Peshawar, poverty, psychology

Life of a Journalist in Pakistan

By Rukhshan Meer   Every day I read and watch multiple news stories and I observed that media, more than often, pays tribute to cricketers, actors, dancers, civil servants, military men and many other known and unknown personalities. However, no one pay attention to those who are behind writing these stories. Do you ever wonder, who gathers this information, compiles it and then write for you to read it in the morning on your breakfast table or on your office desk? I’m pretty sure that no one pays attention, nevertheless I did. A friend of mine is working in an Urdu Daily newspaper, paid me a visit to Lahore from Islamabad. A decent, well-spoken and well learned person – we had a deep conversation over a cup of tea on cool evening. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, journalism, Justice, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Rights

بسمہ مر گئی تو کیا بھٹو تو زندہ ہے نا

بسمہ مر گئی تو کیا بھٹو تو زندہ ہے نا

تحریر: عماد ظفر بھٹو زندہ رہنا چاہیے بھلے ہی اس کو زندہ رکھنے کیلئے ہمیں ہزاروں جیتے جاگتے انسانوں کو موت کے گھاٹ اتارنا پڑے۔ دس ماہ کی ایک بچی نے کراچی کے سول اسپتال کے مین گیٹ پر دم توڑ دیا کیونکہ اس کو اسپتال کے اندر جانے کی اجازت نہیں تھی اندر اسپتال میں بلاول بھٹو اپنی والدہ بینظیر بھٹو کی یاد میں ایک وارڈ کا افتتاح کر رہے تھے لہذا عام عوام کیلئے … Read entire article »

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

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

Pakistan Media and its Struggle till Musharaf Period

By Faisal Zaidi Pakistani Press divided into different parts according to their struggle in the different eras. The first era (1947-1957): when press struggled for constitution and the reformation for the democratic Govt. They took their clear stands against judiciary, Establishments and Military. The Pakistan Times, Dawn news and Jung group wrote several editorials on it. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s 11th August 1947 speech and press reaction is one example. In that speech Jinnah stated that state had nothing to … Read entire article »

Filed under: History, journalism, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

اربابِ اختیار کے لئے کسوٹی: حصہ دوئم

نوٹ:  پاک ٹی ہاؤس طاہر بھٹی صاحب کی تحریر کو اپنی آزادی اظہار کی پالیسی کے تحت پبلش کر رہا ہے اور اس لئے بھی کہ  ملک میں جاری تفریق کی روش پر احمدی کیا موقف رکھتے ہیں اسے بھی واضح طور پر قارئین کے سامنے پیش کیا جائے۔ یہ واضح رہے کہ ادارہ کا  مصنف کی رائے سے متفق ہونا ضروری نہیں ہے اور نہ ہی  اس سلسلے میں ادارہ کسی قسم کا ذمہ … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, Islam, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Parliament, Secterainism, secular Pakistan, Terrorism, Urdu

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

زلزلے کے بعد کی ابتر صورتحال

تحریر: عماد ظفر ملک میں سوموار کی دوپہر شدید زلزلے نے ایک اضطرابی کیفیت پیدا کر دی ہے. ریکٹر سکیل پر زلزلے کی شدت 8.1 ریکارڈ کی گئی جو کہ اکتوبر 2005 کے ہولناک زلزلے سے بھی بہت زیادہ تھی. جس وقت یہ مضمون لکھا جا رہا ہے اس وقت تک ملک بھر میں ہونے والی ہلاکتوں کی تعداد 200 کے لگ بھگ ہے اور ان میں اضافے کا بھی خدشہ ہے ابھی مالی نقصانات کا … Read entire article »

Filed under: earthquake, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Urdu

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

Pakistan, India and Kashmir Peace Talks – Why War Is Not An Option.

By Mona Kazim Shah This symposium is scheduled for the 10th of Oct, 2015 at UT Dallas at 2 PM at Naveen Jindal School of Management. It is organized by #ProjectPakistan, an ongoing campaign that speaks for human rights issues, has philanthropic projects, political radio shows, provides space for open mics, and is working diligently to encourage dialogue to resolve conflicts and promote South Asian art and culture in the U.S. The focus of this symposium is … Read entire article »

Filed under: India, Kashmir, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, south asia, Women

The Media Muddle

By Dr. Munawar A. Anees and Maryam Iraj “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X Beyond the power dynamics, media – the fourth pillar of the state – is pivotal to a functioning democracy, social enlightenment, and entertainment. None of the above seems to be functional when it comes to the mushrooming electronic media in Pakistan, in many instances, owned and operated by the entrenched print establishment. This in spite of the enviable freedom it enjoys. In channel programming, domains like education, arts, health, science, culture, world affairs, history, environment, technology all belong to terra incognita. But Talk Shows on political themes are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, Opinion

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

Stop Posting Funny Memes And Jokes About Fasting, Pakistan!

By Haider Rifaat The social media has played a pivotal role in promoting the importance of Ramadan in our lives. However, the occasional perversion often seems to surface every now and then, despite all the awareness. I have come across many individuals on Facebook and Twitter (most of them being Pakistanis FYI), who post comical yet unreasonable pictures, comments, statuses and memes about fasting that we ought to ignore while observing it. I am not trying to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Religion