Media Watch: A dangerous man

‘Kaash aap merey walid hotay!’ They’re always entertaining, but the sheer Amir-Liaqatness-per-centimetre-square in a recent episode of Amir Liaqat’s ramzan show on Bol was dangerously high. And this is not to throw

Sehri in the City

Khan Shehram Eusufzye takes a stroll in the walled city to experience first-hand, the old quarters’ livelier than usual nights during Ramzan The tape-covered tennis ball hits the plastic chair wicket with

Media Watch: The Slap

“This is not the temperament of the show,” host Muneeb Farooq kept saying, while trying to pacify his two warring guests on his program Aapas Ki Baat (22nd May). Well, that particular

Enter the Short story

Book review: “Storyteller’s Tales – a collection of short stories and musings.”   “This is not to say that english short story compilations are not published in Pakistan. Indeed, a lot of

Media Watch: Just joking

WajBro, the man’s man, the ladies’ man, the man of action, the man who knows his firearms, the man who can survive, nay, thrive in the wilderness, wrestling bears therein if he

Media Watch: He said what?

Cyril Almeida is in the centre of the storm for the second time. This time, as opposed to Dawn Leaks, there is lesser discussion on him personally. Why? Because as opposed to

A ramble through history

Book review: Of Pearls and Pecks of Straw – Recollections, Essays, After-thoughts “And even though the more practiced, rigid historians may frown upon the uncertainty of the oral tradition, it has at

Reconsidering religion’s role

“Are secular politics, aims and sensibilities impossible, undesirable and impracticable for Muslims and Islamic states?” is the foundational question of Faith and Feminism in Pakistan. Are secular and Islamic feminism compatible, or

“WhatsApp Uncles”

A lie, they say, would have traveled halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its boots. We are indeed in the post-factual world. An idiot with high production


Cable television certainly was a gamechanger in Pakistani media. More affordable than the expensive “dish” technology, it brought international programming to Pakistani homes, further encouraging the eventual freeing up of the news