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Rafia Zakaria

Welcoming tourists

Welcoming tourists

Like most just-launched ideas, this one is believed to be a panacea to Pakistan’s dwindling means of attracting Published Apr 17, 2019 06:52am
The forgotten dancer

The forgotten dancer

The art that was once an elevated multilingual rendition of ghazal and dance performance has wasted and withered away. Published Apr 10, 2019 07:02am
In search of perfect victims

In search of perfect victims

It is a dark realisation when one half of the country wakes up to just how little the other must think of it. Updated Apr 03, 2019 08:41am
Force and faith

Force and faith

If someone had not put it up on social media, the case would have dropped from the radar, and there would have been no Published Mar 27, 2019 07:03am
Rejected by one’s own

Rejected by one’s own

There are many heartbreaking stories of those with strong Pakistani connections or of Pakistani origin being unable to.. Published Mar 20, 2019 05:39am
A matter of foreign spouses

A matter of foreign spouses

What if America announce that women with US citizenship can not sponsor their Pakistani husbands. Updated Mar 13, 2019 10:18am
Innovation is impossible

Innovation is impossible

The social and cultural conditions in most nations waiting for their Steve Jobs promote an environment that contradicts Published Mar 06, 2019 06:58am
In the valley of shadow

In the valley of shadow

Pakistan may soon find itself in a situation where it has to accept disowned citizens of this or that Western country. Published Feb 27, 2019 07:08am
Old tricks for new land

Old tricks for new land

Things that are being built have the curious propensity of being amenable to a thousand dreams. Published Feb 20, 2019 07:11am
Dark tourism

Dark tourism

It is well known that in India, which markets itself as ‘exotic India’, tourists can take guided tours of large slums. Published Feb 13, 2019 07:07am
See it not

See it not

Searching souls desperate to locate some bit of self-image discover only disappointment. Published Feb 06, 2019 07:31am
Fat and flight

Fat and flight

The story of Pakistan International Airlines has become a tale of woe and misuse. Updated Jan 30, 2019 11:26am
Propaganda for the patriarchy

Propaganda for the patriarchy

The goal of all of this fiction is to produce pliant women so obsessed with their own imperfections that they ... Published Jan 23, 2019 06:58am
Decemberistan redux

Decemberistan redux

Having endured the slow slog of nine months of summer, the sun moves a bit further away, allowing everyone to... Published Jan 16, 2019 07:12am
Angry American woman

Angry American woman

Tlaib refused to apologise and stood by her words; she had said exactly what she had intended to say. Published Jan 09, 2019 07:14am
Half the population

Half the population

Pakistan ranks next to last in the whole world when it comes to women’s rights and gender equality. Published Jan 02, 2019 06:21am
Love and dowry

Love and dowry

Everyone knows the disasters of debt that are inflicted on families in the midst of arranging daughters’ marriages. Published Dec 26, 2018 06:55am
The problem with baby powder

The problem with baby powder

Consumer confidence and trust determine sales, particularly where products for children are concerned. Published Dec 19, 2018 06:57am
Men and their manners

Men and their manners

In most cases, women don’t complain, because there is no one to complain to. Published Dec 12, 2018 07:01am
Laughing celebrity brides

Laughing celebrity brides

Brides will laugh heartily and longer when they know they are not beholden to serving their husbands or their in-laws... Published Dec 05, 2018 07:18am