November 30, 2021

Guests at a wedding in India enjoy food despite the venue catching fire

What happened: The viral video on social media shows two men enjoying their dinner without getting bothered by the venue catching fire. The viral video shows two men eating food while a fire is seen in the background. The unfazed guests display their love for food at one of the marriage “pandal’s” in Maharashtra. Details: […]

November 30, 2021

This Pakistani 11 year-old has published six books on Amazon

What happened:  Aysal Waheed, a Pakistani creative writer, released six Amazon novels at the age of eleven.  About the writer:  Aysal, who is currently in sixth grade, competes in a variety of international and domestic contests. In the International Bulgarian Creative Writing Competition 2020, she came in fourth place. The Bulgarian ambassador in Pakistan expressed […]

November 29, 2021

Hania Amir’s presence at Asim Azhar’s concert shocks everyone!

What happened: Pakistan’s renowned actress @haniaheheofficial’s presence at one of @asimazhar’s concerts has left Pakistanis in wonder. It is pertinent to know that according to the social media users Asim Azhar and Hania Amir’s friendship had ended as @mostly_lame commented, “We want Hania and Asim back together.” While, @hey_shajihaa wrote, “Phir Sy mohabbat yd agyi […]

November 27, 2021

Harry Potter’s fan-made trailer by GC University has taken everyone by surprise!

What happened: The fan-made Harry Potter trailer by the students of the Government College University of Lahore is deemed magnificent. The trailer is filmed inside the GC University. It is pertinent to know that the university has produced some renowned names of Pakistan in different sectors of life. Despite the fan-made trailer being a year […]

November 26, 2021

This woman swallowed AirPods, mistaking them for painkillers

What happened: This 27-year-old American TikToker said that the swallowed Airpods transmitted a voice note from inside her stomach. Carli Bellmer’s video went viral after disclosing that she ate her AirPods, mistaking it for a painkiller. Carli also claimed that she eventually passed the Apple AirPods. According to her, it was also confirmed by the […]

November 26, 2021

KMC is planning to build a drive-in cinema on the beach

What happened: The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has decided to build drive-in theatre near Beach View Park. It will be launched on November 26. The project is a no-profit-no-loss cinema. Details: Over the weekends, memorable films will be exhibited at Sunset Cinema. Besides this, three shows will be held to entertain people who were affected with […]

November 25, 2021

MrBeast recreated Squid Game in real life with a $456,000 winning prize

What happened: The renowned YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson famously known as MrBeast recreated Squid Game with 456 random people. MrBeast played each of the Squid Game challenges in his YouTube video. The 456 players competed for the jackpot of 456,000 US dollars. Jimmy Donaldson’s video in the initial 24-hours was able to get more than 32 […]

November 25, 2021

Did North Korea just pull off a Squid Game themselves?

What happened: On USB sticks and SD cards, copies of Squid Game were smuggled into North Korea. According to reports, the individual accused of smuggling in the show has been punished to death by a firing squad. Details: A North Korean student who bought the USB drive was sentenced to life in prison. Six others […]

November 24, 2021

Wrestling match gets real! As a fan attacked WWE Superstar Seth Rollins during Monday Night Raw

What happened: World Wrestling Entertainment’s superstar Seth Rollins was attacked by a fan during Monday Night’s live RAW event. The event unfolded during RAW’s live episode on the 22nd of November in Brooklyn. However, the broadcasters were late to cut off as the live coverage showed a few moments of the attack by the fan. […]

November 24, 2021

KFC didn’t serve the advertised burger, so I’ll sue them, says a KFC customer

What happened: An Indonesian man named Erwin Sandi purchased a Krunch Burger from KFC. However, after receiving the order, the customer did not seem to be satisfied. Erwin Sandi then complained on about the burger on his Facebook and wrote, “didn’t look like the picture at all.” It has often been reported that fast-food outlets deceive their […]

November 24, 2021

Contestant from Greece withdrew from Miss Universe Pageant in Israel

What happened: In solidarity with Palestine, Greek Miss Universe contestant Rafaela Plastira withdrew from the Miss Universe pageant, which will be hosted in Israel. Details: Plastira shared on her Instagram account, announcing that she will not be competing in the pageant. The reason is Israel hosting the event. “I will not be attending ‘Miss universe’ […]

November 24, 2021

Pakistani Singer Arooj Aftab makes it to Grammy Awards Nominees

What happened: Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani artist received two nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards, which were announced at a livestreamed online event on Tuesday morning. Details: Wasn’t long enough when Barack Obama recognized ‘Mohabbat,’ a song by Arooj Aftab. He said he had it on his 2021 summer playlist. Aftab, who sung the title […]

November 23, 2021

These 3 Pakistani Yars Came Together to Form the RocknRoll Band YarKhan

Details YarKhan is a local band that plays the genre, heavy rock, rock n roll, blues and progressive rock. Band Members The band includes lead vocalist Isfandyar Khan, guitarist and music producer Shehryar Khan and guitarist Imran Khan Sumbal. Their inspirations include, Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Radiohead, Audioslave, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Beatles. […]

November 23, 2021

This female YouTuber decides to sell her farts in a jar

What happened: Stephanie Matto, in her Instagram post, revealed that she is offering a unique item for her followers. It is pertinent to know that Stephanie Matto is known for sharing controversial content on her Instagram and YouTube. YouTuber’s often come up with some exciting giveaways, but does this top the list? Details: In her […]

November 23, 2021

Adele’s reunion with her English teacher is going to leave you sobbing

What happened: Adele couldn’t contain her tears when her English teacher showed up unexpectedly at her London Palladium performance of “An Audience With Adele” on Sunday night. Details: Actress Emma Thompson, urged Adele to mention “someone who supported you or… shielded you from the trials and tribulations of life and inspired you to go on” […]

November 22, 2021

“I would’ve KO-d Logan Paul, if it was a real fight”: Floyd Mayweather

What happened: The Logan Paul and Mayweather fight was staged? The boxing champion Floyd has claimed that he would have for sure knocked Logan Paul out, if it was an officially sanctioned fight. Details: Quoted by a publication, Floyd said, “I did an exhibition with the YouTuber, Logan Paul. We had fun.” The boxing legend […]

November 22, 2021

Arijit Singh takes a stand for Pakistani singers during a live concert

What happened: Arijit Singh (@arijitsingh), the Indian singer ended his live performance with a sold-out show in Abu Dhabi. He stunned the audience by speaking up for Pakistani artists. Details: Later, people praised his bravery on social media and shared heartwarming moments from the concert. A clip from the concert was also released on Twitter. […]

November 22, 2021

5 Things Art and Music Lovers Can Do in Lahore This Week 

Here is a list of 5 exciting activities you can do with friends this week in Lahore!

November 20, 2021

Chinese man banned from “all you can eat buffet”

What happened: A Chinese food vlogger/blogger claimed that he had been blacklisted from a buffet restaurant for overeating. In his two collective visits, Mr. Kang had eaten nearly two kilograms of pork trotters and 4 kilograms of prawns. Details: Mr. Kang has alleged that the restaurant has shown discriminatory behavior against people who eat a […]

November 20, 2021

7 places you can travel to in Islamabad without having deep pockets

Looking for a cheap retreat to Islamabad? Here’s all the places you can visit in Islamabad on a budget! Places To Stay 1. Redwood Resort (@redwoodresort) Located on Pir Sohawa Road this serene resort offers a much needed reprieve from the city hustle bustle. Room prices start at just 5K per night and the views […]

November 20, 2021

Art Galleries of Islamabad That Spark Wonder

Have you seen these art galleries in Islamabad? These 3 art galleries in Islamabad are a breakthrough in the world of art in Pakistan because they’re supporting budding artists to promote their artwork. Scroll on so that you can witness the gems of artisanship displayed in these stunning art galleries. 1. Gallery 6: Islamabad’s Largest […]

November 20, 2021

Kim Kardashian funded Afghan women football team’s flight

What happened: In a flight funded by US celebrity, Kim Kardashian, members of Afghanistan’s women’s youth football team were sent to the United Kingdom. Twitter lauded the celebrity for her kind gesture. Details: A total of 130 individuals were in the flight. It included 35 female players with their families. They arrived on Thursday morning […]

November 12, 2021

Sania Mirza’s hilarious video with Shoaib Malik goes viral

Details: The India tennis star @mirzasaniar‘s Instagram video of mimicking a dialogue, goes viral with over 2 lakh likes. The voiceover and mimicry of the dialogue, “Beta un logon see dour raho jisko tumhari qadar na hu, unhi kay ghr mein toh rehti houn,” shows the sad Sania with, husband @realshoaibmalik. Sania Mirza in the […]

November 7, 2021

This artist taught a robot to write the entire ‘Shrek’ movie for him

Details: An artist ( shared a footage on his TikTok account where he first wrote the entire ‘Shrek’ movie and then he taught a robot to write it for him. What happened: He posted the video on October 11th, 2021 began with him watching the movie while writing it down, spontaneously. Later, he shows that […]

October 30, 2021

Zayn Malik accused of harassment by Yolanda Hadid

Details: Zayn Malik has been sacked from his record label, following charges of harassment against Gigi Hadid and her mother. What happened: After an argument with Gigi’s mother, Yolanda, earlier this week, the former One Direction singer’s career is in free fall. Malik allegedly called his mother-in-law a “f…g Dutch sl*t” and shoved her into […]

September 6, 2021

Cargill and Rizq establish Pakistan’s first ever food bank to end hunger and food wastage in Lyari, Karachi

What happened: Cargill, a global agriculture and food processing corporation, has collaborated with Rizq, a food distribution social service in Pakistan, to establish the country’s first ever Cargill-Rizq Bank in Lyari, Karachi. The Cargill-Rizq ecosystem will work together to create a food secure community, reduce food wastage and serve up to 200,000 meals annually in […]

August 20, 2021

9 things that happen in your body when you drink coffee in the morning

If you’ve pulled an all nighter, waking up the next morning can be grueling to say the least. Which is why some people absolutely cannot function without a cup of coffee in the morning. And you know what? I think they’re doing it right. A cup of coffee in the morning is sometimes the only […]

August 20, 2021

9 things that happen in your body when you drink coffee in the morning

If you’ve pulled an all nighter, waking up the next morning can be grueling to say the least. Which is why some people absolutely cannot function without a cup of coffee in the morning. And you know what? I think they’re doing it right. A cup of coffee in the morning is sometimes the only […]

August 7, 2021

7 ridiculous myths about coffee debunked

As much as we all love going out to coffee shops to hang out, there are still some apprehensions that cross your mind before you place your order. The concerns range from the effects of drinking coffee at a late hour to how drinking too much of it may impact your body. However, these apprehensions […]

July 26, 2021

The biggest OOH mural in Pakistan for Garena Free Fire incorporates traditional art forms

Twin murals cropped up in Lahore and Karachi last week; the one in Lahore is more than 3,700 square feet, making it the biggest out of home advertising mural in the country. The murals feature characters from the battle royale game, Garena’s Free Fire which was recognised as the “The Most Downloaded Game” globally in […]

July 26, 2021

Omar Gilani publishes a sci-fi novel set in futuristic Pakistan about street children

Omar Gilani: Omar is a self-taught artist, illustrator, and designer who hails from Peshawar. At university Omar studied engineering and robotics, but decided to make a career out of his passion for arts. His book: Over Eid, Omar published his debut novel, The Lost Children of Paradise : A Pakistani Science Fiction Novel. It is […]

July 26, 2021

Lahore based singer accused of harassment; Shamas says accusations are fabricated and fake chats are being shared

What happened: An account on Instagram, Wall of Shame Pakistan, shared a post detailing reports from multiple women who claimed they have been harassed or assaulted by Lahore based singer, Salar Shamas late on Sunday. What you need to know: The post claimed that Salar had sexually harassed women and used his influence to threaten […]

July 16, 2021

Pakistan and Uzbekistan to make film on the first Mughal emperor – PM Imran Khan

What happened: PM Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan and Uzbekistan will be making a film on Zaheer ud din Babar, the first Mughal emperor. The aim of this collaborative effort between Pakistan and Uzbekistan is to create awareness between the young people of both the countries about the historic connection between Pakistan and Uzbekistan. […]

July 15, 2021

This is what the latest research says about coffee

On average, around 400 mg of caffeine is consumed daily per person and even though it was previously thought to be a carcinogen, that myth has now been debunked.  Coffee, according to the latest research, is a healthy beverage that can be a source of not only energy but also vitamin B2, magnesium and some […]

July 7, 2021

Dilip Kumar, a legend against all odds, dies at the age of 98

Dilip Kumar was born at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar in 1922. He was the fourth of 12 children to Ayesha and Mohammad Sarwar Khan. His parents chose the name, Mohammed Yusuf Khan for him. Dilip Kumar was his chosen stage name when he started his life-long career in the film industry. Dilip dreamt of […]

July 6, 2021

Where did the ‘style’ in HUM Style Awards go?

What happened: The 5th Hum Style Awards took place on 4th July in Lahore. While the pandemic had deescalated the fashion industry this past year with only a few virtual fashion shows taking place, Hum style awards was expected to bring back the spirit of Fashion and Cinema. Yet did it? The Red Carpet It […]

July 3, 2021

Pakistani bird watcher captures stunning photos of birds in the wild

Zahran, who is a hobbyist bird-watcher and photographer, is using his talent to promote the birds in Pakistan. These are some of our favourite photos and captions from Zahran’s twitter. Click here to see more from Propergaanda.

July 3, 2021

The loadshedding in Lahore is so bad that author Muhammad Hanif misses K-Electric

Needless to say, we are all pretty frustrated with the loadshedding that follows us anywhere we go in Pakistan. Muhammad Hanif seemed to be in the same boat when he went to Lahore. While him tagging K-Electric is no surprise and just a reminder of the inefficiency of our power management, it was K-Electric’s reply […]

July 2, 2021

India’s tribal skating legend claims Netflix’s new movie is her stolen story

What happened: Skater Girl on Netflix is directed by an Indian filmmaker Manjari Makijany but it does not credit the Indian girl, Asha Gond, the film is based on. The 21 year old Asha says the film is about her and her Indian village. She even wrote an email to the filmmakers after watching the […]

July 2, 2021

Influencers legally required to label their edited photos due to “body pressure” in Norway

What happened: There are new regulations on influencers in Norway to help combat “body pressure in society”. Youth groups and Norway’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs have advocated for strict measures over concerns around body image and mental health. The new legislation will compel influencers to label and disclose any images of themselves that […]

July 1, 2021

Wedding photobombed by a whale at the most comical moment inspiring a meme battle

What happened: A couple getting married in an Aquarium got photobombed by the cutest whale. However, it swam by in the most comical moment. Details: It all started when Reddit user FishMcBite posted a picture on Reddit, asking people to Photoshop it as they please.  The picture shows a couple ready to tie the knot […]

June 30, 2021

Fawad Chaudhry says his ‘head is spinning’ after latest ban on TikTok

What happened: Fawad Chaudhry the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting tweeted about the need for judicial reforms after recent high court decision to ban TikTok. He further linked judicial reforms to economic crisis, saying that the economic situation of the country won’t improve without judicial reforms. He also pointed out that the country had […]

June 29, 2021

People are pretty pissed at Storm Fiber today and here’s why

What happened: @omar_quraishi tweeted the fiber optic internet service provider Storm Fiber questioning their lack of service even after paying over Rs 6, 500 per month. Mr. Quraishi was unable to watch an intense Euro 2021 match between Netherlands and Czech Republic. How did people react: His tweet mentioning Storm Fiber was met with many […]

June 29, 2021

Pink and transparent umbrellas take over markets in cities

Over the past week, bright pink and transparent umbrellas sprouted in Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan creating colourful walkways through some of the busiest markets. The installations are part of Unilever’s collaboration with Kinetic Pakistan to create and deploy a mesmerizing OOH concept for the skincare brand, Glow and Lovely. Kinetic Pakistan, part of the global […]

June 29, 2021

SHC orders suspension of TikTok for ‘spreading immorality’

What happened: On Monday, The Sindh High Court Monday ordered the Pakistan Telecommu­nica­tion Authority (PTA) to suspend access to TikTok, the popular video-sharing app, in Pakistan until July 8. Backstory: Earlier, a citizen filed a petition against the “immorality and obscenity” spread by content on the mobile app. As a result, a court order was […]

June 28, 2021

Wasfa Kamal honours exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations

Wasfa Kamal is a young artist who is challenging cultural and societal stereotypes through her art. On 1st June, Wasfa shared an illustration of Arfa Kareem on her Instagram account announcing a 30-day challenge of her celebrating exceptional Pakistanis through her illustrations. Day 01: Arfa Kareem Day 02: Sadequian Day 03: Muniba Mazari Day 04: […]

June 28, 2021

Cardi B discloses her pregnancy wearing a sculpture by Pakistani Artist Misha Japanwala

What happened: The Grammy-winning rapper, Cardi shared a ravishing image on Instagram dressed in a divine sculptural breastplate designed by a Pakistani artist Misha Japanwala. The sculpture was custom-made for the occasion.  Speaking directly to Cardi B, Japanwala wrote, “An amazing honour to mold you and create this piece to memorialize such an incredible moment for […]

June 26, 2021

The soft image of Pakistan can only be promoted once we value our culture and promote Pakistaniat: PM Imran Khan

What happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing to National Amateur Short Film Festival (NASFF) Awards Ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, stated that if we wish to promote a soft image of Pakistan, it must advocate Pakistaniat and not the western culture. Background: PM Imran Khan during his speech stated “During the war on terror […]

June 26, 2021

China discovered a 140,000-year-old skull and says it could be a sister species to human beings

What happened: China discovered a skull having a unique structure. The new skull is claimed to be 140,000-years -old. Scientists say that the discovery can alter the understanding of human evolution. Background: Scientists in China announced on Friday that the new skull founded has been preserved almost perfectly in northeastern China for 140,000-years. The skull […]

June 26, 2021

Tamagotchis are back and maybe this time your pet won’t die easily from neglect

What happened: Japanese toymaker, Bandai, announced the release of the smart version of Tamagotchi on Thursday as the company celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Background: The company announced the release of the new version of Tamagotchi in collaboration with a Japanese girl band NiziU. They also added that this time Tamagotchi will let you touch, tickle […]

June 25, 2021

Here’s how you can have a hassle free Qurbani this year

With Pakistan facing the brunt of the summer heat, Eid ul Adha is fast approaching, bringing with it concerns regarding how to go about arranging animals for Qurbani. In the past year and a half, many parts of life have seamlessly moved online, from getting groceries to furniture shopping, so it makes sense that the […]

June 25, 2021

This is what a Pakistani delivery boy who was late said to a customer and it’s hilarious

What Happened: Ahmer Naqvi, the former CEO of Patari, took to Twitter to share his conversation with a delivery guy who was hours late, to which the rider replied he was slowly making his way on a “tuk tuk” but the conversation only got funnier from there. Naqvi further said, he wasn’t even mad after […]

June 24, 2021

Britney Spears speaks out against ‘abusive’ conservatorship: ‘I am traumatized’

What Happened: Britney Spears wants to regain control of her finances and life decisions after 13-year ‘abusive’ conservatorship . Backstory: Speaking in open court for the first time in the case, Spears told the Los Angeles judge overseeing the arrangement of her conservatorship that she wanted it to end. “I am traumatised,” she said, speaking […]

June 23, 2021

The Government of Pakistan seeks explanation from HBO Axios over censorship of PM’s interview

What happened: PM Imran Khan’s comments regarding India’s Hindutva Ideology in the interview by Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios seem to be missing from the aired interview. The Information Ministry has been given the task to take up the matter of censorship with HBO. Backstory: The interview by Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios aired on […]

June 22, 2021

Joanne Linville, ‘Star Trek’ Romulan commander, passes at 93

What happened: Joanne Linville, who made a memorable appearance as a Romulan commander in ‘Star Trek’ died Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 93. Her agent confirmed the news of her passing. According to the statement released by her family, “Linville lived a full life. One whose spirit, passion for art and life was an inspiration to all […]

June 22, 2021

Celebration of Hindu festival Dada Parbriham allowed in Tharparkar amid declining COVID-19 cases

What Happened: The NCOC has allowed the celebration of the Hindu festival Dada Parbriham from 21-24 June in Tharparkar. The decision was taken in light of declining COVID-19 cases across Pakistan and the festival must be held in strict adherence to the SOPs. Details: Pakistan Hindu Council has been allowed to celebrate this festival in […]

June 12, 2021

Diver swallowed and spat out by a Humpback whale in Massachusetts

What happened: Michael Packard was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts when he had a fluke encounter with a humpback whale. He went down 45 feet of water and felt a huge bump, he sensed around in the dark to see where he had ended up. He quickly realised he was in a whale’s […]

June 11, 2021

NCA student speaks out about art theft

What happened: Art theft in Pakistan is more common than we realise. In recent news, a visual artist from Iran, based in Lahore spoke out about how her work was blatantly plagiarised. Maryam Baniasadi’ alleged that the miniature painting series she started while studying at the National College of Art in 2015, were copied by […]

June 11, 2021

Riz Ahmed leads bid to change how Muslims are represented in movies

The initiative:  Actor Riz Ahmed has become just as well known for his activism as for his performances. In taking his fight a step further, the Oscar-nominated actor is launching a multi-layered initiative for Muslim representation in media. He has partnered with the USC Annenberg inclusive initiative, the Ford Foundation, and Pillars fund to create $25,000 […]

May 26, 2021

Google selects UET Student for summer coding program

A student from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, has been nominated by Google to participate in the extremely competitive Google Summer of Code Programme 2021, according to the university’s press release. What Happened: Ghulam Ghous, who is enrolled at the Computer Science Department of the UET, was selected under the project ‘Omni […]

May 25, 2021

A five-women group strives to preserve Sufi music in Occupied Kashmir

A group of Kashmiri women is trying to save the dwindling musical genre of Sufiyan Musiqi in the north Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir. What Happened: About five years ago,  22-year old Irfana Yousaf Beigh caught interest in Sufiyana music from her classical musician father Mohammad Yousuf,  in the small village of  Ganastan in […]

May 21, 2021

“Butter” by BTS smashes Youtube Premiere Record with 3.89m viewers

After the much-anticipated video of BTS’ “Butter” was released on Youtube today, it immediately took the world by a storm as it smashed the Youtube Premiere Record with an estimated 3.89 million concurrent views. What Happened: The teaser of the song was dropped earlier this week, and even got a stamp of approval from one […]

May 11, 2021

Tesla may soon accept Dogecoin for payments, hints Elon

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted on Tuesday, asking his followers whether Tesla should accept Dogecoin as a payment method. This tweet follows multiple similar instances, where Elon has spoken about the cryptocurrency, leading to an immediate boost in its stock price. What is Dogecoin? Block Chain technology opened up the […]

May 1, 2021

This Pakistani ‘model’ cat fished the internet with his photoshop skills

Albabajwa: According to Twitter sources, Albab Khurram is a ‘model’ from Karachi who gained near to 7000 followers on his Instagram for his insanely aesthetic feed. His feed had pictures from various photoshoots and he had become popular among followers for his ‘unreal’ looks, with posts shared for a multiple of times. Along with his […]

April 26, 2021

Oscars 2021 conclude, Anthony Hopkins becomes oldest to win Best Actor

The Event: The 93rd academy awards finally happened after being delayed for two months because of the impact of COVID 19. This was the first time that the event was held virtually and in-person. The ceremony took place at two venues in Los Angeles, the Union Station and the Dolby Theatre. Major winners: In films, […]

April 21, 2021

This is how Pakistani KPOP fans disrupted TLP’s Twitter trend as the nation witnessed mass protests

The Event: On April 19th, Mcdonalds announced a collaboration meal with world-famous KPOP band BTS, and the world as expected went into a meltdown. KPOP fans moreover,BTS fans are known for their extreme energy and fandom in support of  their favourite artists, which can be explained by how there is a KPOP related trend at […]

April 20, 2021

Actor fraternity demands royalties in new campaign

What Happened: On Sunday, prominent TV and film actors took to social media with the hashtag #GiveRoyaltiesToArtists. Each personality involved posted the same image, which also got the issue trending on Twitter. High profile celebrities such as Mahira Khan, Mansha Pasha and Asad Siddiqui spearheaded the movement. View this post on Instagram A post shared […]

March 30, 2021

This is how Lajwanti is building a more diverse shaadi culture, one dress at a time

South Asian shaadi culture is famous for endless wedding functions, elaborate dinners and ornate clothing, but while the multi-trillion rupee industry is rife with potential, it has always lacked much needed diversity – a trait which is reflective of social and cultural norms that thrive on exclusion. Only now has there been a slow trickle […]

March 17, 2021

Here are all the prominent Muslim artists who have been nominated or won an Academy Award

There have been a total of 30 Muslims who have been nominated for an Academy Award until now and we have compiled a list of the most prominent ones which are as follows: Riz Ahmed:  Rizwan Ahmed, of Pakistani origin, also known as Riz MC, is an English actor, musician, and activist. As an actor, he […]

March 12, 2021

9 Health Benefits Of Coffee You Probably Didn’t Know

As much as we all love freshly brewed coffee in the morning – and multiple times during the day after that – most of us don’t know its benefits beyond the fact that it gives us a much needed kick of energy to stay on top of our never ending to-do lists. Did you know […]

February 27, 2021

#BoycottSpiderman trends as Indians cancel the wrong Tom Holland

India Twitteratis attack Spiderman star Tom Holland confusing him with the British author and cricketer of the same name. The feud started after the author Tom Holland tweeted about Indian Prime Minister Modi, which fueled anger among Indians. Mr. Holland was referring to the Motera, Ahmedabad, located facility that can seat up to 132,000 people, […]

February 27, 2021

#HappySurpriseDayIndia, #WorldsBiggestTeaParty trends on Twitter as Pakistanis flood social media with memes

February 27th marks two years since the Balakot airstrike and Pakistan shooting down an Indian plane while capturing one pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan was later freed as a gesture of peace on March 1 and a statue of the Indian pilot was installed at the PAF Museum in Karachi, hence the joke lives on to this […]

February 23, 2021

Zahra P’s song is all about moving on and leaving toxic situations behind

Zahra Paracha is a guitarist, music producer and an audio post production engineer, not to mention the co-founder of Pakistan’s biggest music festival, the Lahore Music Meet which ran for its 5th instalment in 2020 (a month before Pakistan enforced a nationwide lockdown in the face of the coronavirus pandemic). On 22 February, Zahra released […]

February 18, 2021

This song sounds like how we feel since the pandemic hit

Rehman Afshar, who is popularly known by his musician moniker Maanu, has been dropping single after single during the past year. We spoke to Afshar towards the end of 2020, when he released the music video for his single Khwaab – a video that was shot during lockdown. Since its release, Khwaab has been a […]

February 17, 2021

Why are Indian cannabis dealers switching over to selling hash oil?

A recent report published by Vice Media states dealers in India are switching from selling cannabis to dealing in hash oil. Inside the story: In the past year, law enforcement agencies in India have been cracking down on cannabis dealers, especially in the state of Andhra Pradesh which has emerged as the country’s new cannabis […]

February 17, 2021

15 Questions with Lahore based Stylist and Fashion Connoisseur Mehek Saeed

Mehek Saeed is a celebrity stylist, fashion journalist and a contributing editor at Grazia Magazine, but most people know her through her tastefully curated Instagram aesthetic that showcases some of the best looks in style, from formal wedding attire to high street fashion curated right here at home in Pakistan. We sat down with the […]

February 11, 2021

Will Turkish actress Esra Bilgic be working with Peshawar Zalmi?

Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi and Ertugrul actress Esra Bilgic hinted at the start of “new beginnings” on Wednesday, with just over a week left for the Pakistan Super League to commence.  Afridi tweeted “NEW BEGINNINGS” late Wednesday and tagged the Turkish actor who is beloved in Pakistan for her role as Halima Sultan in […]

January 28, 2021

‘Bobbywood not Hollywood’- This Twitter account is photoshopping Bobby Deol into famous Hollywood movie posters

The Twitter account called Bobbywood is photoshopping Bollywood actor Bobby Deol into scenes from famous Hollywood movies. Vijay Singh Deol known as Bobby Deol is an acclaimed Bollywood actor most renowned for his roles in ‘Dosti’, ‘Players’, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewaana’ and more. He’s the son of the legendary Indian actor Dharmendra. Here are some of […]

January 28, 2021

Queer Eye star Tan France talks about LGBTQA+ in Pakistan, his desi heritage and more

In an interview with the Pakistani magazine Hello Pakistan, acclaimed fashion designer and star of the Netflix show Queer Eye, Tanveer Wasim “Tan” France talked about his journey, his roots, and the double-edged sword of representation in the world of showbiz. “I’m an immigrant, I’m Muslim, I’m South Asian and I’m gay – and there […]

January 22, 2021

In a hilarious turn of events- Islamabadis are now organizing an Urdu mushaira outside Cannoli

After #BoycottCannoli trended on Twitter and the video of two women humiliating their employee’s lack of English skills went viral, people on social media are furious and many have taken great offence. A Facebook event titled ‘Cannoli ke Bahir Urdu Mushaira‘ was created by Lime Soda Show as an act to ‘protest’ against the owners […]

January 20, 2021

Here’s a wild sequel to the last Jinn story

The last Jinn story ended with a cliffhanger about the family selling the house so we brought you an update. ‘If you guys read my last jinn thread you’d know about all the different shit that used to happen in our old house. We all shifted about 3 weeks back. And that land doesn’t even […]

January 16, 2021

Dear Papa, thora kharcha bhej dain

Disclaimer: The following is a work of satire. Take a joke, it won’t hurt. Dear Papa, How’s your blood pressure? Hope the luxe life of Avenfeild apartments is still keeping you cozy – like a three time Prime Minister of a third world country should be. I haven’t seen your brother so much by the […]

January 11, 2021

Why do Disney’s diversity policies have a loophole when it comes to Pakistani representation?

Earlier this year, Disney announced that a Pakistani-American, Iman Vellani, had been cast to play Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, the first Pakistani-American Muslim superhero within the MCU. After the debacle of South Asian representation that was Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever, the news of Ms. Marvel was refreshing – and brought a wave of excitement […]

January 11, 2021

Dear Sam, Sadi Bari?

Authors note: The following is a work of satire, keep your pants on will you.The author, Hamza Ghaznavi, can be followed on Twitter at @Hamza_Ghaznavi Dear Sam, It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. I will say you have gone a bit distant with me over the past few years. I don’t blame […]

January 5, 2021

RJ Sophie’s new creative space, the S Studio, has everything a content curator could want

RJ Sophie is a household name when it comes to radio in Pakistan. In 2019, Forbes magazine featured Sophiya Anjam along with Fizza Aslam from FM 89 as the ‘The Two Mavens Of Pakistani Radio’. Indeed, Sophie has had an illustrious career as one of Pakistan’s most beloved RJs since she joined FM 91 back […]

January 4, 2021

Immi K’s dog writes a letter to his favourite hooman

Note from author: The following is a work of satire, in case the letter-writing-dog didn’t give it away. Try not to take offence. To my hooman Imran, Remember when we used to spend time together at Bani Gala? I’d lay down on the lush grass of the lawn and drool on your feet as you […]

December 29, 2020

What happens when a show like ‘Dunk’ – an ode to rape apologists – airs on television

Fahad Mustafa’s recent production, Dunk, starring Bilal Abbas Khan, Noman Ijaz, Sana Javed, and Yasra Rizvi aired this week on ARY Digital. From promotional interviews and the first episode itself, it is clear that this is yet another drama whose sole intent and purpose is to further degrade and justify violence against Pakistani women. ‘Should […]

December 27, 2020

Pakistani education startup sees 1,600 students graduate from its PepsiCo-Amal career-prep fellowship during the pandemic

The story in a nutshell: Earlier this week on Wednesday, a virtual graduation ceremony was held for the 1,600 strong class of the PepsiCo-Amal youth program from 135 towns and villages across Pakistan which included 640 female graduates. About the startup: Amal Academy is a Pakistan based education startup that helps university graduates develop and […]

December 24, 2020

Support local businesses by buying these 11 handmade crafts

Handicrafts or handmade products are good for the environment and by supporting these artists and local businesses, you’re not only helping them keep a certain tradition and culture going but you’re also getting your hands on unique pieces that are eco-friendly and one of a kind. Here is a list of 12 handmade products you […]

December 19, 2020

Drive-in cinema opens in Islamabad

What happened: The Jazz Drive-In Cinema was inaugurated by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid today, at F-9 Park, Islamabad. The cinema is a collaboration between mobile network company Jazz,the largest internet and broadband service provider, Activemedia, and the Capital Development Authority (CDA). After the inauguration, the citizens of Islamabad were able to enjoy popular movies in […]

December 16, 2020

Art and representation: challenging the negative perception of Pashtuns one painting at a time

The portrayal of Pashtuns in mainstream media and art in Pakistan is both tinged by an undercurrent of racism, and a misunderstanding born out of disconnection from them. Pakistan’s involvement in the ‘War on Terror’ had a disproportionate impact on its Pashtun citizens, as the northern province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was used as […]

December 16, 2020

FIA facing criticism for overstepping mandate after declaring Meesha Shafi guilty of ‘vilification’ drive against Ali Zafar

What happened: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared singer Meesha Shafi and eight others “guilty” of running a vilification campaign on social media against singer-actor Ali Zafar and asked the trial court to start its proceedings against them. But the agency is coming under fire on social media for overstepping its investigate mandate and […]

December 16, 2020

TikToker who hosted Engin Altan aka Ertuğrul in Pakistan wanted in criminal cases

What happened: Having played the lead role in the heroic story of Ertugrul, the father the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Engin Altan Düzyatan has a huge fanbase in Pakistan. Last week, the actor landed in Lahore on a short trip to Pakistan. But, according to media reports based on police sources Engin Altan’s host, […]

December 11, 2020

Ms. Marvel, starring Canadian-Pakistani actress Iman Vellani, to premiere in late 2021

What happened : After a long and hard search, Marvel has found its Ms.Marvel. The studio is tapping newcomer Iman Vellani to star in its Disney+ series based on the comic-book character.  The plan always was to stay true to the character in finding the right actress to play the role, even if it meant […]

December 11, 2020

12 kitchen essentials you can buy from MUMUSO for under Rs. 1,500

Whether you’re a marvel in the kitchen or struggling to barely get by, there are a few kitchen essentials which are essential to frying, sautéing, baking and more. Here’s our pick of items you can get for under Rs. 2000. 3 piece ceramic knife set with a cutting board, knife and peeler for Rs. 870 […]

December 10, 2020

This is how co-working spaces can help early stage startups in Pakistan

In recent years, with incubators and accelerators popping up in Pakistan’s major cities, an ever increasing number of Pakistanis are opting to forego traditional career paths to pursue their entrepreneurial journey and explore the startup landscape. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles young companies face is not knowing what’s out there in terms of opportunity. […]

December 10, 2020

Gift that one friend – who is always cold – cute and festive socks from these 4 local insta shops

Come winter, socks and a warm cup of coffee are your best friends. And let’s be honest we all have that one friend or family member who is always cold – despite the number of layers they’re wearing. For them and for those of us who like to say it with our socks, here’s a […]

December 9, 2020

Apple unveils its first over-ear headphones, the AirPods Max, at $549

Apple has announced its first over-ear, noise cancelling wireless headphones, Airpods Max, which will sell for $549. The headphones come in 5 different colours (space grey, silver, green, sky blue and pink), have active noise cancelling, Apple’s spacial audio technology and transparency mode. They also offer a listening time of 20 hours and a 2 […]

December 7, 2020

Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: Undefeated legend to take on YouTuber in ‘exhibition’

What happened : Former five-weight boxing world champion, Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will take on Youtuber Logan Paul in an exhibition match scheduled in February 2021. American Mayweather, 43, ended his career unbeaten in 50 bouts. He last fought in 2017, beating MMA star Conor McGregor in one of the heaviest bouts in […]

December 7, 2020

Pakistani and Indian comic-book superheroes unite to fight Covid-19

What happened : India’s first female comic-book superhero Priya, who has previously appeared in campaigns against sex trafficking and molesters, has now joined hands with her Pakistani counterpart Jiya, commonly referred to as the “Burka Avenger”, in order to fight the misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both the superheroes will now work together to […]

December 5, 2020

Exhausted bird blown away to sea seeks shelter and lands on boat passenger’s head

2020 has been hard for everyone but good things can still happen in this year, for instance a tiny bird lost at sea found salvation in a whale watching tour boat. Domenic Biagini, founder of Gone Whale Watching, uploaded a video earlier today which has restored our faith in humanity. A little bird had been […]

December 5, 2020

These 3 underrated photographers from Islamabad have really impressive feeds

If you are a photographer, you know how hard it is to make an impressive portfolio, from getting the right equipment to building a strong clientele. Photography requires a lot of effort and commitment especially when the industry itself is highly competitive and it is hard to monetize your work. In this day and age, […]

December 4, 2020

Looking for a fun evening in Islamabad? Check out Din Dhalay: an outdoor social space concept

Set against the facade of the beautiful Margalla Hills, Islamabad is a city of scenic sunsets and stunning skies. It is a perfect city to be in if you are somebody who loves nature and wants to be at peace. But sometimes, the quietness that lingers in the air may induce a feeling of loneliness, […]

December 3, 2020

Four friends in Singapore rent a whole cinema just to play X-box

After both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launched last month. The new consoles are notoriously hard to get a hold of but one group of friends in Singapore found another way to level up their gaming experience. They actually rented out an entire cinema just to play games for three hours.   Les, who […]

December 2, 2020

Hamza Ali Abbasi gearing up to write a book about God

What happened: Hamza Ali Abbasi took to Twitter today and announced that he is currently working on writing a book about God. The actor has previously stated that his journey has taken him “from Atheism to Islam”. He also stated that he will be inactive on social media because he will be busy writing the […]

December 1, 2020

This is what it’s like to shoot a music video during covid

The pandemic has put a stop to many things, but even it cannot stall the tide of creativity. When inspiration strikes, it’s imperative to act fast and that’s exactly what musician Maanu did when he filmed and dropped his new music video during the pandemic. Maanu whose real name is Rehman Afshar, is a talented […]

November 29, 2020

This web-series set in a small Karachi neighbourhood is challenging social norms

Pakistan’s collaboration with ZEE5 has proven to be the missing jigsaw piece in the complicated puzzle that is Lollywood. At a time when our dramas have dipped dangerously low into restrictive domestic drama,‘Ek Jhooti Love Story,’ written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Mehreen Jabar, echoes the need for non-conventional, vibrant love stories with a […]

November 28, 2020

Velo Soundstation VS Coke Studio, what’s better?

The pandemic didn’t allow us to get another season of Coke Studio this year, but Velo Soundstation stepped in to be a potential replacement. What remains to be seen is if Velo Soundstation is actually a good enough to steal the crown from Coke Studio or not. Velo Sounstation’s first episode came out on the […]

November 27, 2020

Islamabad to get an open air cinema

What happened: In order to provide the residents of Islamabad with safe entertainment during this pandemic the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is planning on building an open air cinema in the federal capital. CDA officials who are privy to the details of the project told the media of the CDAs plans on Wednesday. The cinema […]

November 24, 2020

Top 10 memes born out of the PDM vs PTI rivalry

If there’s one thing Pakistanis excel at it’s making memes. If memes were a currency then we would have payed off Pakistan’s debt by now. Given the tense political situation Pakistanis are doing what they do best and easing the tension by roasting both sides. 1. The master of disguise: “What a great costume! Can’t […]

November 23, 2020

The curious case of Pakistan’s first item girl: Niggo Begum

Misogyny, bigotry and violence would be the ideal words to define the cultural norms of Pakistan’s film industry. Just like any other entertainment industry in the world, Lollywood also has a dark side filled with conspiracies, gangsters and murders. Many of these chilling stories are associated with actresses or dancers. Female entertainers always had rough […]

November 20, 2020

Indonesians are putting their cats in hijabs and it’s hilarious

The internet is obsessed with cats, fact. But now a new cat centric trend has popped up on Indonesian Twitter, where people are dressing their cats up in traditional Indonesian garb including hijabs. View this post on Instagram A post shared by usingcloath pet's wear (@usingcloath_petswear) Twitter user @txtdarionlshop posted a few pictures of cats […]

November 20, 2020

9 sweatshirts to keep you cozy this winter

A sage green Goofy sweatshirt from Ethnic Drake and Zubaida Apa sweatshirt by artist DigInk Ice blue tie dye sweatshirt from DeserveIt Nude high neck sweatshirt from Mango Issa Moo’D Cow Sweatshirt by 9Lines Episode III sweatshirt by Be Yourself Basic sweatshirt for everyday wear from ELO Cotton Candy tracksuit (hoodie available separately) by Tooney […]

November 18, 2020

20 scented candles you can buy locally that are perfect for the 2020 winter

2020 has been a dead ringer for a nightmare that’s fit for a movie directed by Steven Spielberg himself. Just as things were seemingly calming down and life was returning to ‘normal’ (whatever that means anymore), Pakistan and most other countries have been thrown into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. While offices still […]

November 17, 2020

Pakistani Youtuber, Irfan Junejo did a comeback on his main channel because of a fan

What happened: Pakistani youtuber, Irfan Junejo did a comeback on his main channel after his fan requested to shoot a vlog with him/ How: Junejo uploaded a video on Monday in which he was at Indus Hospital to meet a fan. Hammad is currently under treatment in Indus Hospital and his doctor contacted Irfan Junejo […]

November 16, 2020

PUBG launching Urdu voice packs for Pakistani players

Player’s Unknown Battleground (PUBG Mobile) announced, via twitter, that they will be launching Urdu language voice packs for Pakistani players. The voice packs will make the gaming experience better for players as they will be able to navigate the game easily and understand things quicker. Players will also have the opportunity to win a free […]

November 16, 2020

Lahore’s safe haven for dancers: In-Sync Dance Academy

Widely enjoyed and equally criticized, dance has been a part of culture dating as far back as humankind, but there is some cultural dissonance in Pakistan regarding this art form. We love it and we love to hate it too. While it might be socially acceptable to dance at the weddings of close friends and […]

November 14, 2020

‘My daughter is turning 32 and won’t marry, help!’

To,Shela’s Shaadi Studio Hi Shela, Hina this side from Faisalabad. I’ve been consulting with the local rishta ladies but none have been able to set my daughter up with a suitable match. My daughter, Nina, completed her education from Lahore and is now working in Dubai. She has a great job and is not financially […]

November 13, 2020

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a broomstick! Brazilian duo leave muggles in the dust, zooming through traffic on broomsticks

Two men have invented a novel way of getting through Sao Paolo’s traffic choked streets. Much to the delight of Harry Potter fans, Vinícius Sanctus and Alessandro Russo, have invented motorised broomsticks that look remarkably similar to those from the Harry Potter series.  The broomsticks are attached to a single motorised wheel, and steered by […]

November 12, 2020

Pakistan’s Gaudiest weddings: setting a new standard of flamboyance

The FBR recently sent notice to the Director of Master Tiles asking him to explain his source of income after he reportedly spent millions on his daughter’s wedding. This along with the pictures from that wedding set social media ablaze, with everyone debating which Pakistani wedding is the most garish and ostentatious. So, in order […]

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 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 10, 2020

Pakistan’s newest animated feature, Swipe, confronts the weaponisation of religion and technology

From the start Swipe is both intriguing and alarming, we see a flock of crows ravenously feeding on scraps of meet and then we hear the overly cheerful voice of a news anchor talking about a shiny new app on the market called ifatwa. The casualness with which she states ‘swipe right se wajib-ul-qatal, aur […]

November 6, 2020

The Long Goodbye, the quintessential album for the Pakistani diaspora

Riz Ahmed, a British-Pakistani actor, is best known for his roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars story, and The Night Of. But he has also had a rather diverse music career, as Riz MC and one half of the rap duo the Swet shop Boys. His music has always had sociopolitical undertones that address […]

October 21, 2020

Keep a lookout for the neon green fueling stations in PUBG mobile

Is Mountain Dew and their neon green colours to gaming what PACMAN was to arcades? Dew has further solidified its integration within the esports community in Pakistan with its latest global campaign with PUBG mobile. The #DewXPUBG alliance means in-game loot, which starts out with Dew themed parachutes and includes special Battle Points and a […]

October 17, 2020

Shela’s Shadi Studio: Chapter 1 ‘The Feminist Rishta Aunty’

A page from Shela’s journal. Dated Oct 17, 2020. Is there anything more ironic than a twice divorced 50 year old rishta aunty trying to convince young girls to give up their freedom and settle down with men who were told all their lives that their destiny shined brighter than Aladdin’s magic lamp? Even an […]

October 9, 2020

Immi K pens a letter to his dad on banning TikTok

Disclaimer: The following is a work of satire, learn to take a joke. If this hurts your feelings, please don’t reach out to us. Dear Dad! Hey hey! Hope all is well. So today they banned TikTok and when I asked, they were like I should speak to you. Lol like why would I need to, […]

October 8, 2020

Immi K pens a letter to his dad, thanking him for all his help

Disclaimer: The following is a work of satire, learn to take a joke. If this hurts your feelings, please don’t reach out to us. Dear Dad, Hope you are well. We couldn’t meet this weekend and you didn’t pick up my call yesterday so I thought I’ll just reach out to you the old traditional […]

October 8, 2020

The old uncles who banned ‘Churails’ are the real vulgar beasts, writes ‘Darling’ director Saim Sadiq in an open letter

Award winning ‘Darling’ director Saim Sadiq penned an open letter to PTA after PEMRA banned ‘Churails’. The news has upset many in the film industry, due to continued suppression of artistic expression; towards the end of last year, Sarmad Khoosat’s film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ was banned from screening just days before its premiere.  “Let’s take a […]

August 25, 2020

This Islamabad real estate mogul’s gold Lamborghini Aventador S is the most luxurious car in Pakistan

Kunwar Moeez Khan, CEO of Top City-1 Islamabad, has been the proud owner of a gold foil Lamborghini Aventador S since the year 2018. The man who is known as KMK is a die-hard car enthusiast, housing an entire collection of impressive vehicles. Notwithstanding his dubious past involving allegations of terrorism, KMK has remained a […]

August 22, 2020

What ever happened to Maro Tandoors?

Before Maro Tandoors came into being, we all knew of cheese and qeema naans that were served at desi eateries. But after Maro Tandoors, Pakistan got to see a different kind of stuffed naan: a kind it had never seen before. The four LUMS students who founded Maro Tandoors proudly claim the status of pioneers […]

August 21, 2020

This sprawling Italian villa possibly belongs to Mian Mansha, one of the top richest in Pakistan

Elusive billionaire Mian Mohammad Mansha has been ranked 2nd to 3rd richest in the country according to net worth. In 2010, he was also featured on the Forbes list of World Billionaires. Chairman of Nishat Group, a conglomerate that is reportedly the largest in Pakistan, Mian Mansha has been amassing wealth for decades. In 1991, […]

August 20, 2020

Silk face coverings may look good but are they more than just a trendy new fad?

Silk is probably as fancy as one can get with a face mask. A silk face covering is a definite step up from a brittle, boring surgical mask. Seeing as covid-19 may be here to stay, we won’t be rid of face masks for a while – which means considering more stylish alternatives could be […]

August 10, 2020

Your next read: Dare to be You, a self development book just for Pakistani millennials

The self-development market is estimated to touch $13.2 billion by 2022, with a major chunk of the share dominated by books, including global successes like The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. The driving force behind the industry are millennials, who are likely to […]

July 31, 2020

Pakistanis don’t mind being fooled if it’s beautiful Esra Bilgic doing the fooling

Esra Bilgic, star of Turkish drama series ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, recently published a tweet claiming she had found her number one in Pakistan. The statement was so intriguing for audiences that it began to attract all kinds of speculation. But for a large number of Pakistanis, there could only be one explanation for this cryptic tweet; […]

July 23, 2020

‘Aik Aik Qadam’ is a student-led organization writing letters of appreciation to healthcare workers

If there’s one good thing arising from the coronavirus pandemic, it is increased awareness and appreciation of the integral role healthcare workers play in Pakistani society. Aware that doctors and nurses were fighting on the front-lines and risking their lives to combat coronavirus, student-led organization Aik Aik Qadam decided to offer them a small token […]

July 22, 2020

5 local brands that will help you get started on your home fitness journey

It is only a matter of time until gyms finally reopen and men and women are back to pushing heavy weights above their heads – blood pumping through their veins and faces glistening with sweat. On the flip side, however, many Pakistanis are understandably hesitant to suddenly start sharing equipment in a closed space with […]

July 21, 2020

20 artists animate chai in a weirdly relaxing video

More than twenty Pakistani artists have gotten together to create a video encouraging people to stay at home. Not that this hasn’t been done before: but this one has a unique twist. It is no secret that locals are crazy for chai. Capitulating on this great love for the hot beverage, these artists have engaged […]

July 15, 2020

This student-led organization is educating people on their legal rights

In a country faced with numerous legal injustices, perhaps the biggest hurdle to bringing about equality of the law is the lack of political awareness of one’s rights. Realizing this, a Lahore-based student-led organization – Aagah Pakistan – took it upon themselves to work to bring about legal awareness in their society. Team PG reached […]

July 15, 2020

This Music Video Of An All Girls Trip North Is Pushing Girls To Be More Fearless

The music video for ‘Dil Chala’ performed by Nirmal Roy aims to revolutionize the very concept of entertainment. In a world dominated by films and songs written about love and attraction between the two sexes, ‘Dil Chala’ sheds all such presuppositions to become a whole new animal. It is four minutes of idyllic scenery, soft […]

July 14, 2020

How to stop being a prick and support local art

Pakistan may have been left behind by the rest of the world as far as art is concerned, but there is still plenty of time to tap into the immense potential the country holds so we can initiate an artistic revolution. The failings of Pakistani art, more often than not, have less to do with […]

July 11, 2020

This is how 3 student-run NGOs are making a difference in Karachi and Islamabad

As Pakistan grapples with various humanitarian problems, a feeling of awareness is growing among the youth that they have a responsibility in steering their nation away from decline. At the moment, three entirely youth-run organizations are working to combat suffering and poverty across Pakistan: Karachi-based Y’s Charity led by an 18-year-old, Karachi-based Revive led by […]

July 10, 2020

Meet the 18 year old Karachiite who started his online streetwear business with a 10,000 rupee loan from his grandmother

In a country increasingly in need of youth innovation, many young entrepreneurs have taken steps to bring about a change in various industries. But few have had a journey as exciting as the Karachi-based Mashriq Apparel, a clothing brand founded and led by 18-year-old Rayyan Ullah Siddiqui, who made his first venture into entrepreneurship when […]

June 30, 2020

Former drama teacher at LGS and current actor Omair Rana accused of harassing minor students

In the wake of the LGS 1A1 scandal which promoted the termination of 4 teachers who were accused of sexual harassment, former students of the actor Omair Rana, who was also a drama teacher at the same school, have come forward with sexual allegations against him. As per a tweet consisting of instagram stories screenshots […]

June 20, 2020

Maanu Talks Music: Inside ‘Yain City’

‘YAIN CITY,’ my debut album, is a body of work that is dedicated to Lahore; it chronicles a series of experiences I’ve had living in the city my whole life.  The subject matter of the album deals with all sorts of topics such as managing passions alongside academics, falling in love, heartbreak and my musical […]

June 12, 2020

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s favourite Netflix movie is about sex

I never imagined there would come a day when I would get to see a Polish film trending number 1 in Pakistan. However, I’m also not surprised that the Polish version of 50 Shades of Grey did end up achieving this milestone. The day 365 Days came out, I knew it would trend in the […]

June 9, 2020

Bollywood is being called out on its selective activism as stars speak out in support for BLM

As the Black Lives Matter movement spread across social media last week, Bollywood stars also began to chime in. However, it was not long before fans started questioning the stars for their selective activism and called them out on their hypocrisy because amid domestic riots and issues, Bollywood has always chosen to stay silent. “End […]

June 8, 2020

Decade-long treasure-hunt for $1m chest comes to an end

A treasure chest filled with valuables such as gold and jewelry worth over $1 million has been found in the Rocky Mountains of North America.  Who hid the chest?  The chest had been hidden by collector and millionaire Forrest Fenn, who created a treasure hunt for people to find it, over a decade ago. Hundreds […]

May 29, 2020

Malik Riaz’s daughter named in the Uzma Khan case has allegedly left Pakistan

Malik Riaz’s daughter Pashmina Malik who was named in the FIR in Uzma Khan case has allegedly left Pakistan. The actor’s legal counsel took to twitter to inform about this. Uzma Khan addressed a press conference Thursday in Lahore Press Club. The actor said that she was beaten up and held at gunpoint by the daughters of business […]

May 28, 2020

Uzma Khan’s lawyer alleges the FIR registered is weak and omits major details

Model and actress Uzma Khan accused business tycoon Malik Riaz’s daughters of forcibly barging into her house with twelve armed men and violently attacking her. She has submitted a preliminary application to the police for registration of an FIR against the incident. However, the FIR registered by the Punjab police is weak. The actor’s lawyer […]

May 28, 2020

Australian man builds Giant kookaburra during lockdown

Farvardin Daliri built a laughing 750kg sculpture, to bring his community joy. “It’s a work of love,” he told Guardian Australia. An Australian man has used his time in quarantine to create a 750kg sculpture of a laughing kookaburra, which he hopes will his community joy during the pandemic. As an academic and artist, Dr […]

May 27, 2020

Actress Uzma Khan releases official statement in response to viral video

The Jawani Phir Nahi Aani actress Uzma Khan took to social media to share how she has beenharassed and threatened in the past few days. Her statement is in response to a  video that has been doing rounds on social media for the past two days. The short clip showed the actor and her sister being accused by […]

May 23, 2020

Prints for Pandemic brought 50 contemporary artists together to collect funds for those affected by COVID-19

Prints for Pandemic Relief is an online fundraiser that aims to sell art to fight COVID-19 in Pakistan. This new initiative is inspired by New York’s Pictures for Elmhusrt. The fundraiser aims to sell art for relief causes in the country and to help those most vulnerable to the virus. Pakistan is a country where […]

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May 22, 2020

Italian woman wins Picasso painting worth 1 Million Euros in lucky draw

A €100 ticket scoops ‘incredible’ 1921 still life oil painting by Spanish master, reports The Guardian. Claudia Borgogno summed up her amazement in one word: incredible An accountant by profession, her son bought her a €100 raffle ticket as a Christmas present. Little did they know that the ticket would end up winning them a […]

May 22, 2020

Pakistani documentary ‘Out of the Smog’ highlights the stark reality of climate change in the country

Climate change, is a dilemma too real and too scary but still largely ignored, especially in our part of the world. In 2019, all everyone seemed to talk about was the impending climate change disaster; it ruled Twitter trends and filled many streets with protesting people all across the world, most who rallied behind Greta […]

May 21, 2020

At 16 years old Pakistani physicist broke Newton’s record

At a young age of 16, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi has managed to achieve greatness in the field of physics. His research came to light through his participation in the International Young Physicist Tournament in Russia in 2016, as one of Pakistan’s first participants. Niazi went on to have his research published in the Royal Open Science Journal. […]

May 20, 2020

There is one place in this world where men are not allowed

About three decades ago the patriarchal society in northern Kenya changed drastically. Almost 30 years ago, Rebecca Lolosoli founded a village as a safe haven for 15 women, who survived sexual assault and rape by British soldiers in 1990. Today however, the village Umoja has grown to give shelter to any and all women trying to […]

May 20, 2020

High chances of PUBG getting banned in Pakistan

Lahore High Court has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to decide over banning popular online game PUBG in Pakistan, reported ARY News. According to details, a division bench of the LHC headed by Justice Atir Mahmood heard a petition demanding a ban on famous online game from a citizen, Faizan Maqsood over its negative […]

May 18, 2020

Pakistani man’s rant on Twitter about women of the family not getting the chicken leg piece speaks volumes about gender inequality

Sometimes, it is the little things that make the difference and balance the scale; and more often than not, smaller things are an indicator of bigger underlying issues.  While Instagram is the go-to platform for Pakistanis who aspire to be influencers, Twitter remains a platform for debate (sometimes unhealthy) and thought provoking content. On Monday, […]

May 18, 2020

Yasir Hussain on Ertugrul: Turkish dramas will destroy local industry

The Turkish drama, Dirilis Ertugrul in Urdu dub, has been the subject of many debates. Many actors of the Pakistani entertainment fraternity have made their displeasure with the airing of the drama clear. Jumping on the bandwagon, Yasir Hussain has also shared some thoughts on the issue. Taking to Instagram, he shared, “PTV should make decent dramas […]

May 18, 2020

Pakistani filmmaker bags two awards at prestigious World Media Festival 2020

Singapore-based Pakistani filmmaker Shehzad Hameed Ahmad’s has won two Silver awards at the prestigious World Media Festival 2020 at Hamburg, Germany for his documentary series on Afg­h­a­­­nistan.  The documentary has also won two awards at the recently held New York Festival 2020. His documentaries on the war in Afghanistan, Caught in the Crossfire and The Battle for Kabul won […]

May 15, 2020

Meet the cutest chef on the planet: 1 year old Kobe

While you’re aimlessly scrolling over your Instagram feed, you might have come across a few videos of a chubby little toddler in a red chef’s hat. And if you haven’t— well your loss because this 1 year old chef’s account is the best thing in the word and you should definitely follow it. Kobe is […]

May 14, 2020

Man becomes concert pianist after being hit by lightening

Tony Cicoria started his career as a pianist in his 40’s and that too after getting hit by a lightening bolt. Quite literally! As Tony was about to hang up the receiver, after calling his Mom one day, a bolt of lightning forked from the cloud and slammed into the telephone line, surging through the […]

May 13, 2020

Pakistani short film about a climate activist in Dir wins first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival

A student at Manfield College Oxford University, Sarah’s film Passoon (پاسون) is a short film based on a young climate activist in Dir, Pakistan named Manal Shad, and it has won the first prize at Girls Impact the World Film Festival. Talking to Dawn News, Sarah talks about how she discovered Manal through a video and how […]

May 11, 2020

Pakistan’s Diriliş Ertuğrul craze, Explained

It isn’t an overstatement to say that there are two outbreaks in Pakistan at the moment: the first is the deadly novel coronavirus, that the general population isn’t paying much heed to, and the second is that of the Turkish series ‘Diriliş Ertuğrul,’ which may or may not be the only reason Pakistanis are staying […]

May 8, 2020

Study: Only 20% Pakistanis report exercising regularly

A study released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, discovered that only 1 in 5 Pakistanis report exercising regularly. The statistic is 17% lower than the global average – compared to Pakistan’s 20%, the global statistic for regular exercise stood at 37%.  A nationally representative sample of adult men […]

May 4, 2020

Bohemia to release a song in collaboration with upcoming Pakistani rappers Noveen Morris and J.hind

Pakistani American rapper Bohemia known for hit Punjabi songs is all set to release a collab song with new and upcoming Pakistani rappers Noveen and J.Hind. The song will release on May 5th. Hip Hop in Pakistan Pakistani hip hop is a music genre in Pakistan influenced heavily from merging American hip hop style beats with Pakistani poetry.[ The genre […]

May 1, 2020

India’s Ramayan is the world’s most watched show now

Ever since the show started its rerun in a bid to keep people entertainted during lockdown, it’s smashing viewership record. Since March 28, when its rerun began on DD National, Ramayan continued to be the most-watched show in India, week after week. Ramayan concluded on April 18. Before concluding, Ramayan broke another record, as it […]

April 30, 2020

Airport turned into drive-in cinema streams Parasite during pandemic

A Lithuanian airport turned into a drive-in cinema as movie theatres remain closed. On Wednesday, close to 150 cars turned up at Lithuania’s main international airport to watch the Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” on the airports tarmac surrounded by grounded planes. The Vilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) teamed up with the city’s airport to create […]

April 30, 2020

Bollywood’s eternal romantic hero and veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor passes away

Veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor famed for his romantic roles has died aged 67. He was part of the Kapoor acting dynasty which has long dominated Bollywood. The actor made a huge splash in 1973 with his first lead role in Bobby – a teenage love story. He played the romantic lead in dozens of […]

April 29, 2020

Oscars 2021 will only admit streamed films as movie theatres remain closed

On Tuesday, the organisers of the Oscars said that films released only on streaming platforms or video on demand would be eligible for Academy Awards next year as movie theatres remain closed. This is a statement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: The change is temporary and will only apply to the […]

April 29, 2020

What you need to know about Drake’s $390,000 mattress

Here’s what you can find at recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham’s 50,000-square-foot home in Toronto: NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court 21-square-foot pyramidal skylight 3,200-square-foot master-bedroom suite A 4,000-pound tub of faceted black marble carved from a single block Bösendorfer grand piano that was customized by artist Takashi Murakami 20,000-piece Swarovski crystal lighting installation A two-story […]

April 29, 2020

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday. He was 53 years old.   The actor was admitted to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Tuesday, where he was taking treatment for colon infection. Irrfan Khan in March 2018 revealed that he has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer that can target […]

April 27, 2020

Pirated movies and streaming spike during quarantine

The pandemic is driving users to pirated movie websites in greater numbers than ever before, according to piracy tracking firms. Data provided to Vice by London-based Muso TNT show that between February 20 and March 20, visits to pirated movie websites by users in both the U.S. and UK jumped 31 percent. The data shows similar growth […]

April 27, 2020

Pictures: Muslims observe Ramadan during the pandemic

This year, the holy month of Ramadan comes as many countries see the number of Covid-19 cases peaking, resulting in lockdowns and curfews to curb the virus’s spread. These pictures show how the Muslim world is coping during the pandemic. People pray before receiving free food for breaking their fast on the second day of […]

April 26, 2020

The Tallest Woman

The moment Zainab stepped into her cotton pants, she knew it was not the seamstress but her own body that had betrayed her. It had only been a week since the seamstress had come over to measure the width of her hips, the curve of her waist, the distance from her belly — where she […]

April 24, 2020

Mountain Dew brings gaming back with a bang

Every year, Mountain Dew hosts its Dew Gamers Area – Pakistan’s largest esports event that brings gaming to the limelight, a young but steadily developing sector in Pakistan. Towards the end of 2020, Mountain Dew launched DGA Varsity: a multi day competition which engaged colleges and universities across Lahore.  While e-sports has always existed in […]

April 22, 2020

Netflix gains 15.8 million customers during quarantine period

The streaming service has received 15.8 million customers as people draw entertainment from their homes during quarantine. Netflix’s projections have more than doubled between the months of January and March since the pandemic broke out. The company is expecting 7 million more customers within this year. The increase in membership is due to the fact […]

April 21, 2020

An Indian YouTube channel has been making money by stealing songs from Pakistani talent

Recently, an Indian YouTube channel is under fire for posting songs composed by Pakistani artists without purchasing the rights to do so. Over the years, songs by Pakistani musicians such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nazia Hassan and many others have made it across the border to Bollywood, sometimes illegally. “The Last Cigarette” Music by […]

April 21, 2020

TRT World’s Diriliş Ertuğrul is dropping on PTV on Imran Khan’s request

“Artaghrul Ghazi,” the Urdu version of the Turkish television series “Dirilis: Ertugrul”  will air on PTV in Ramadan upon the request of the Prime Minister Imran Khan.   Imran Khan has previously recommended the drama and suggested that all five seasons should be dubbed in Urdu so that it could be accessible to the general […]

April 20, 2020

$127 million raised by WHO and Lady Gaga’s One World: Together at Home concert

Global Citizen has announced that the One World: Together at Home concert co-organised by WHO and Lady Gaga has raised $127 million in relief funds for Covid-19. The six hour long digital event featured performances from celebrated musicians from home as they self-isolated including the Rolling Stones and Billie Eilish. Relief funds and impact With […]

April 20, 2020

Pakistani celebs use their platforms to urge people to stay home

With many people ignoring preventative measures against Covid-19, celebrities Armeena Khan and Shaniera Akram called out violators of the lockdown on Twitter. Shaniera Khan took to Twitter after observing many people violating social distancing and isolation measures. She said, in part, “We are getting frustrated and bored, I get it. But we are in the […]

April 20, 2020

Love in the time of COVID-19: New York couples can now get married over Zoom

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an order allowing online marriages, as many weddings are cancelled under lockdown restrictions. From now on, people in the US state will be able to apply for marriage licences remotely and clerks allowed to conduct ceremonies virtually. Mr Cuomo joked that the decision meant there was now “no […]

April 19, 2020

Master #WFH with the world’s biggest remote working conference

For many people, working from home – or #WFH – is a relatively new concept – or a change they have had to adapt to due to Covid-19 and the ensuing social distancing measures. The shift from physical workspaces, which seemed daunting at first, is now allowing people to experience work in ways that wasn’t […]

April 18, 2020

The pandemic’s silent victim: the influencer industry

Influencers have taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. With deals drying up and sponsorships for posts being delayed, influencers are dreading the financial toll the virus will take on their careers. The glamorous lifestyle that influencers once enjoyed is now coming to a halt. Influencers take a backseat Due to lockdown measures, paid […]

April 18, 2020

Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled for the first time since 1967 due to Covid-19

The Montreux Jazz Festival which was scheduled to take place in July in Switzerland has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The two-week festival along the Lake Geneva attracts a crowd of 250,000 people. The event includes a series of concerts, book fairs and other festivals.   Social distancing measures The lineup for this […]

April 16, 2020

Hania Amir chooses quarantine over normal life, and that is privilege right there

In an impassioned Instagram story, Hania Amir blasts her followers for posting pre-pandemic throwbacks saying in part, “I choose quarantine.”  The actor posted a video early this morning telling her followers to stop tagging her in posts. She went on to say that “those were hideous times” in her life. Is “choosing” to be quarantined […]

April 14, 2020

Man dresses up as a bush to sneak out during lockdown

In an attempt to rid himself of cabin fever, a man from the United Kingdom dressed up as a bush to sneak out during the coronavirus lockdown. Despite being under strict lockdown rules, a couple caught the man on video as he tried to sneak out and take a trip to the store. In the video, […]

April 13, 2020

Ali Sethi, the king of clap-backs, goes too far

Earlier on Sunday, Sethi found himself cornered in a feud with a troll on Twitter. In a heated exchange of tweets, matters quickly escalated. When a user commented on the originality of the songs that Sethi had released in the previous year, the singer fired back, calling the user an “auntie.” In reply to another […]

April 13, 2020

Indian film body issues stern warning to Bollywood singers for online collaboration with Pakistani artists

The recent cross-border collaboration between local singers Ali Sethi and Farida Khanum and Indian songstress Rekha Bhardwaj is a proof that in the times of corona, everyone can stand united. Sethi had shared a snippet from the Live session with the two legends on his Instagram page. Khanum and Bhardwaj enthralled everyone with impromptu renditions […]

April 8, 2020

17-year-old from US builds worlds biggest online coronavirus tracker

17-year-old high school student, Avi Schiffmann has created the world’s biggest coronavirus tracker. The website provides information on the constantly changing numbers of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries caused by the coronavirus across the world. Schiffmann is a self-taught coder and launched his website in late December last year when coronavirus had not yet been reported outside of China. […]

April 7, 2020

Outfitters joins in to make free of cost protection gear for doctors

Outfitters has joined the many fashion designers who are using their resources to help out medical professionals during the pandemic of coronavirus. The brand is also working on protective suits for all those healthcare workers on the frontlines to fight Covid-19. The brand revealed that it has “opened up its factory to produce free of […]

April 6, 2020

Boxer Amir Khan claims that coronavirus is ‘man-made’ while ‘govts test 5G’

Amir Khan is under fire from UK and international tabloids after he made a bizarre claim on his Instagram stories last night pushing a conspiracy theory on coronavirus.  Khan took to his personal Instagram to share his beliefs on the pandemic and that it is ‘man-made’ to keep the population under control while governments build […]

April 5, 2020

South Asian artists reimagine how we see the pandemic and social distancing

In times of crippling uncertainty and deep human struggle, art gives people hope. Separated from loved ones and burdened with news of the pandemic, art brings much needed solace, helping us ground ourselves in a world that seems unreal and incomprehensible. Digital artists are creating masterpieces from the comfort and safety of their homes and […]

April 4, 2020

Google Doodle pays homage to Pakistani legendary squash champion Hashim Khan

Google honoured Pakistani squash icon Hashim Khan by customising his very own doodle where he can be seen hitting every shot on the squash court, at various stages of his life. Who was Hashim Khan? Born near Peshawar, young Khan practiced and perfected the spot barefoot on brick courts at a British officers’ club where […]

April 4, 2020

K-Pop star sorry for coronavirus April fool’s joke

K-pop star Kim Jaejoong has apologised for posting on Instagram that he was in hospital having contracted Covid-19, admitting it was an April fool’s joke. The singer told fans he had caught the virus after “ignoring” government warnings and “living carelessly”. In a subsequent post, he claimed he had simply wanted to raise awareness of […]

April 3, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic inspires graffiti artists around the world

San Antonio, Texas A man photographs a mural of American rapper Cardi B that has been updated by the artist Colton Valentine to include a face mask on Monday, March 30, 2020. Mumbai, India A young boy wearing a face mask walks past a mural showing people wearing face masks during the first day of […]

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