Old Man’s Life

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He’d been taken to a doctor, taken by stranger who’d held him by his hand. He’d struggled but eventually given in. There, at the doctor’s, he’d learned a new word. Lucid, the doctor had called him. He is lucid now, the doctor had told the stranger that stood by him. The word now stung him a little, that even though he didn’t understand what lucid meant, he was offended by the assumption that he wasn’t always lucid, or that he was sometimes lucid. He couldn’t tell which one was worse. Being lucid or not being. Continue reading

a bullied mute Nameless Somebody

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‘Nameless Somebody’ stayed silent. We never asked why.

Like ‘the boy with the purple socks’ from ‘Harriet the Spy’, we saw him and recognized him, but we never truly acknowledged him. Continue reading

I Support #AzadiMarchPTI

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All skeptical, sarcastic and cynical Pakistanis are asked, nah, begged, to keep their ignorant yet humorous views to themselves. Your arguments against the #AzadiMarch are as full of shit as your understanding of what our country needs right now. Continue reading

14th August, 1947: And a nation is born.

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Gone were the insidious humiliations of colonialism and the fear of being drowned in an overwhelming Hindu majority in an independent India. We were a free people, free to rediscover an Islamic culture that had once towered over the subcontinent. Free, too, to implement the ideals of Islam based on equality, and social and economic justice. A democracy, as Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah said, not a theocracy. We were to be the shining example in the Muslim world of what Islam could achieve were it allowed to flourish. Such dreams we had. Continue reading

Manifesto For Change

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Established as a sovereign state meant to defend the rights of a Muslim minority in the Indian Subcontinent, and to provide a setting for the experimental implementation of Sharia' Law in a modern state of the rapidly changing world, Pakistan came into being on the 14th of August, 1947. Its constitution, agreed upon in 1965 after several amendments to the initial draft, was a document that ensured social justice, financial equilibrium, freedom of speech and faith, the equal rights of men, women and children and the availability of all necessities of life. Continue reading

Surfaces and Depths

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One needs observance, other requires skill. One accepts answers readily, the other likes to question. One keeps you in bliss, the other reeks of reality. One is definitive, the other is presumptuous but logical. One lacks bravery, the other boasts recklessness. One is convenient, the other less so. One tames, the other liberates. One cripples, the other creates. One lives, the other truly lives. Continue reading

So long, It Rained.

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That sluggish rain had continued for days. As if the clouds were too dog-tired, sprinkling down little water drops halfheartedly and taking short naps in between. The streets had been run down with dirt, with overflowing drains that had thrown out the filth it contained onto the non-metallic roads and the smell of shit that had blended into the hot June air like salt into vinegar. Continue reading

Blue as the Summer Sky.

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I intertwine my finger with her’s. Her hands are so chilly, I feel the heat crawling and entering from my body into her’s. She’s wearing an expression of deep calm. Probably because she knows that either death would release her from the pain she’s endured for so long or she’ll recover and live a life better than the one she’s lived up till now. Either ways it’d be relief, escaping or surviving. Continue reading