Author Archives: Faraz Talat


Faraz Talat

Pakistan hates vegetarians

Being vegetarian in Pakistan can be an utterly alientating experience I’ll start with an anecdote that should seem unusual, but isn’t. It’s happened several times. Going through the ‘Salads’ section of any


Faraz Talat

The ‘politician’ is not your enemy

Tabdeeli has happened before Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a civilian democratic ‘politician’ too. This needs to be stated outright before any reflexive condemnation of a siasatdaan (politician) comes our way. It is


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Healing starts with a divorce

Keeping out the ‘sunk-cost fallacy’  There’s a term in economics for continued investment in a failed project, justified only by heavy investments in the past. The ‘sunk-cost fallacy’ refers to the irrational


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Should we read Hitler’s book?

The short answer is ‘no’  Winston Churchill was a brilliant writer, I’ve been told. In 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his mastery of historical and biographical description


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Paris isn’t special

What about other historical buildings?   I was no more than 15 years old when I first visited Paris, and I heard no music in the streets. My family and I stayed


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Proud to be Paindu

Why do we respect power and distrust ourselves? Perhaps my reliance on anecdotal evidence should not be unconditionally trusted, but has anyone else felt an unmistakable lack of love from the Pakistani


Faraz Talat

How ‘British’ are you?

And who decides? It’s unsurprising that the loudest calls for stripping the notorious ‘ISIS bride’ of her British citizenship are coming from brown British people. White people’s innocence remains largely unquestioned in

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