Scrolling down my Facebook news feed, I saw JR posted a picture of him and Varda with the caption ‘’For my shooting star, wherever you are’’. I knew in that moment that she had passed. As I tried to verify my assumption about Agnès, I felt tears welling up in my eyes. To be honest, … More Merci, Agnès Varda
Sometimes I want to say mean things about someone who’s black. But I worry about being projected as a shallow girl who discriminates on the basis of color to people who will read my posts. So I don’t say anything at all. But the truth is maybe I just wanted to say bad things about … More Feminist? Oh, je ne sais pas
I am sure you already saw this, with all the fuss (in a good way) made with the “time’s up” and “me too” hashtags at the golden globes and all them pretty ladies dressed in black. But if you didn’t I’d like you to hear this part particularly: Angelina’s speech. I am not a big … More Do you wonder too?
I am in Tblisi at the moment so the general expectation would be that I write a helpful blog on the topic. I will do that, I just needed to say something first. A few weeks ago during a conversation, a friend remarked that I was too close to my mother. I asked him why … More Why I call my mom every other day
A few days ago, my mom sent me the following whatsapp message: Yes my mom knows who Katy Perry is. Kinda cool right? I think most parents will be horrified if they know their children listen to things like “I kissed a girl”, but my mom isn’t. (Or maybe she hasn’t heard that song yet). … More Let’s talk about Katy Perry
Recent incidents like the death of a student for alleged blasphemy and an Indian singer commenting negatively on Azaan (the call to Muslim prayer) has led me to re-think about blasphemy. So what is blasphemy? By definition: Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverenceto a deity, to religious or … More Blasphemy or Freedom of speech?
I genuinely admire artists. All artists of all sorts. Actors, painters, singers, story tellers, magicians, you name it. Even doctors are artists to me. And teachers too. God has given them a gift and they are not afraid to express it, no matter the opinion of others. It’s about having faith in yourself. I imagine … More Lost stars
The young Pope says that he renounces his fellow men and women because it is easier to love God than to love humans. He said that he was incapable of withstanding the suffering brought on by loving human beings. He said to the Swiss girl, that it would be wonderful to love her the way … More Love
I am sure you all are aware of my brilliant scheme to flee to Canada soon. In order to do that I must overcome certain hurdles; one of them is having to take IELTS. I am unable to find another GIF that would explain my feelings more accurately. And why should I give this exam anyway? … More Proficient Enough?
If the current sentiments of French people are cold towards Muslim, I don’t entirely blame them. It is hard for us to paint Muslims in a better light for them specially after the Charlie Hebdo incident and all other incidents that followed after. I was one of those Muslims who strongly condenmed the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Not … More What’s so bad about a Burkini?
It’s through my Facebook news feed that I realized that Qandeel Baloch was mudered by her brother. The entire nation is grieving over the death of Qandeel Baloch, quite evident through their numerous status updates and Facebook posts. So who is Qandeel Baloch anyway? The word is “social media celebrity”. Whatever that means. In my … More Just another honor killing
A few weeks ago my mother went to the passport office with my little brother (15 years old) to get him a new passport before his current one expires. All citizens of Pakistan should have a valid passport at all times; you never know when you may need to flee the country. However, the attempt to … More But I am not angry.
Precisely a week ago, I received an awful news about my visa that got rejected. It had been something I had been looking forward to for a very long time and the idea that it wasn’t going to happen was incomprehensible. After letting out an entire army of curse words, the anger changed to supreme … More The Light
I see all these posts on my Facebook about Hilary Clinton fighting for feminism and empowering girls and I wonder when will Pakistan actually start working on such goals and agendas. But then I laugh. Our country doesn’t give a shite about women. And since we are the “Islamic” Republic of Pakistan, we really don’t … More On Cocooning Women
It’s the month of Ramzan. Or “Ramadan Kareem”, as we know call it. Like, calling it Ramzan would make it any less holier. Or make a difference at all. I grew up in a Muslim family, and like most Muslim families, among the five pillars of Islam, there was an emphasis on fasting. Even people … More 900