An Informed Pakistani – and Proud

When I was younger, I hated everything that came with culture. I didn’t like the food, the clothes, the colour, the traditions, the quirks – just everything that came with being Pakistani. I struggled to reconcile the place I was in to the place where I came from. I can safely say that in retrospect, my adolescence was Continue reading “An Informed Pakistani – and Proud”

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A Tale of Personal Identity

She thought back to the little 11 year old who wouldn’t have recognised the 21 year old she was to become. This woman was too – too Pakistani. She brought so much culture with her, yet at the same time retaining traces of the “Western” environment that was part of her formative years. Perhaps that is a given, because Continue reading “A Tale of Personal Identity”

You Can’t Take The Brains Out of the Beauty

I rarely put forth my thoughts on the backward traditions and conservatism of traditional South Asian/Pakistani patriarchal societies simply because I try to make this space a positive one. But in truth, a facet to positive change is through a healthy form of discussion by acknowledging the problems that prevail and by actively looking for solutions. I am aware that that requires a certain level of humbleness and open mindedness, which unfortunately many people lack, either because of Continue reading “You Can’t Take The Brains Out of the Beauty”

A Woman’s Choice Is Not An Option

Whenever we come across situations where bigotry, discrimination, or any form of injustice towards minorities is present, we are usually quick to say that the people that hold these thoughts are Continue reading “A Woman’s Choice Is Not An Option”