Archive for the ‘Socio-Economic’ Category

This story has been cross-posted in my website, http://gawaahi.com. If you haven’t seen it yet, please go over and have a look. Gawaahi.com was conceived at a wedding. I know how that sounds, but it’s true. Sana Saleem had just returned from Islamabad where she had trained to record digital stories. I had returned from […]


When I was invited by activist and political blogger, Sana Saleem to talk to women at flood relief camps set up inside Sindh in the district of Thatta, I was quick to accept. I went to around eight camps that day as part of a team of about twenty professionals including dentists from Baqai Dental […]


[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+fields&iid=9092908″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9092908/boys-plant-rice-field/boys-plant-rice-field.jpg?size=500&imageId=9092908″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /] After participating in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum Climate Change Conference 2010, I began to question what makes thousands, tens of thousands Pakistanis leave their villages to come and work in the cities. They arrive with dreams and aspirations of making better lives for themselves, their […]


Every few months, the narrow corridors of land on the edges of the Karachi Cantonment railway tracks are inhabited by gypsies. In the shade of thorny shrubs and at the foot of garbage heaps, they set up tents made of sticks and brightly-coloured, floral-printed cloth. When the train passes, it blows and blows its horn […]


  I first saw the Manhattan skyline in the year 2002, and since then, have had an ongoing romance with the city of New York. If I can recall, my initial sense was of having penetrated the magical world of cinema, and to have become part of it. As I walked through the streets lined […]


Art for Life

30Jan10

[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=pakistan+truck+art&iid=2411334″ src=”2/8/b/b/Elaborate_Truck_Art_3a7e.jpg?adImageId=9671710&imageId=2411334″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] When I was on my way to meet Haider, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew only that he was a truck artist who my friend and artist, Tapu Javeri, adored. The drive to Haider’s neighbourhood, Garden East, was harrowing. It took me to the entrance […]


The failure of the Lahore police to register a case against the alleged and likely murderers of twelve-year-old Shazia, giving them the time to escape is a glaring example of the complicity of authorities in crimes against the underprivileged. The details of Shazia’s story are horrific. She first turned up on the national pages of […]