November 25, 2020

Hash dealers in Lahore make PKR 50,000 in a bad month during the pandemic – this is how they do it

Truth be told, it’s been a tough year for the world. But there are still those who are prospering and finding opportunity in these dismal times. The raging pandemic has led to excruciating levels of uncertainty and taken a toll on the world economy; 2020 brought to life more than a few apocalyptic fantasies about […]

November 24, 2020

Why are we craving for nostalgic films and music during the pandemic?

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have found ourselves in the middle of a nostalgia frenzy. It seemed to permeate everything: nostalgia playlists on music streaming platforms, old albums by Vital Science and Nazia Hassan. Moin Akhter’s loose talk show and mid-2000s memes.   But why is it that we yearn for nostalgic content so desperately, especially […]

November 21, 2020

Covid crisis is altering the concept of long distance relationship and romance

Relationships can be a challenge in general, but if you and your partner don’t live even remotely close to one another, it can be even more difficult to express your love and keep your bond intact. Fortunately, extra separation also can strengthen relationships just as much as it does to strain them. Long-distance love may […]

November 13, 2020

Pakistani Trans Activist, Janat Ali is nominated for South Asian Hero Award 2020

What happened: Pakistani Trans activist, Janat Ali has been nominated for South Asian Hero Award 2020 by APCOM.  What is APCOM: APCOM is a not-for-profit organisation based in Bangkok, representing and working with a network of individuals and community-based organisations across 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific. APCOM works to improve the health and […]

November 12, 2020

Trans Comedian Anaya Sheikh is back in the comedy circuit after a year break. She left comedy after a heckle incident in Lahore, 2019

What happened: Anaya Sheikh, a Trans comedian, is setting her foot back in the game after a year. Anaya has worked with feminist comedy group “Auratnaak” but after November, 2019 Anaya left the circuit because of an incident.  Background: Anaya Sheikh was heckled and harassed onstage with abusive slurs during her performance by YouTube prankster […]

November 11, 2020

This is how Arnab Goswami became India’s most controversial TV anchor

Arnab Goswami falls both in the category of ‘anti-hero’ and ‘icon’ at the same time to his followers. Goswami has, during his career, broken every rule of journalism but still manages to succeed in ‘popularity’, foregoing credibility. But how did a journalist make a cult following based on propaganda (pun not intended) and strong rhetoric? […]

November 10, 2020

Strictly Social a multipurpose social dining space is lighting up Lahore’s nightlife

Meet the Dynamic Duo – Asad and Hassan – Founder of a multipurpose social dining space,   Strictly Social.  Asad and his team partner Hassan have been friends for a long time, and when they saw that the social scene in Lahore left much to be desired for, they decided to change this and sprung […]

November 9, 2020

In conversation with a Hitman

Gang culture and mafias have a special place in South Asian society. Not because we are innately drawn towards violence, which can “sometimes” be the case, but also that our mainstream entertainment has put an extra effort to create an appetite for it. From Bollywood to Lollywood we have seen the glorification of gangsters, and […]

November 9, 2020

Bank manager arrested for harassing a female coworker after a video went viral

What happened: Usman Gohar, Manager Faysal Bank F-10 Islamabad, was caught on camera red-handed while harassing a female colleague at work. The video went viral and infuriated the internet community. A lot of people started reaching out to Faysal Bank and law enforcement agencies with complaints. What authorities did: DC Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat took notice […]

November 6, 2020

Indu Mitha: Sovereign of Classical Dance in Pakistan

Indu Mitha has championed the classical performance art of bharatanatyam as a teacher to thousands of students across Pakistan, and a supportive mother to Tehreema Mitha, who is the torchbearer of her school. With each passing decade, their contribution to the Pakistani classical art has further deepened our understanding and expanded our compassion.  Originally from […]

November 5, 2020

Art will pay the bills: Fitoor, an online marketplace assisting local artists to sell their artwork.

What is Fitoor: Fitoor is an online marketplace based in Karachi which provides a platform for local artists to sell their artwork with the comfort of their home. Fitoor finds valuable buyers for artwork precisely produced by local artists. This initiative was started by three young students; Muhmmad Mussa, Areebah Akhlaque, Murtaza Salman. Background: Muhmmad […]

October 28, 2020

Explaining the slogan “my body, my choice” for dummies

T/W: Rape, Assault, Violence  Truth be told it’s been a really hard year for everyone. A month ago, the whole nation witnessed a treacherous incident that shook our core and left us traumatized. A mother was raped by two men on the motorway in front of her kids. Fortunately the criminals are behind bars now […]