H. A. Kay

  • Bin Roye. When Lamhe from 1991 met Humayun Saeed in 2016. Okay, that wasn’t fair. It’s not as though Lamhe was the first story ever with that sort of twist. Barbara Cartland, like many before her, literally thrived on that plotline for several of her novels to become bestsellers in the ...

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  • The Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and branded as Rio 2016, came to a close over the weekend. And among other things, it drew attention to what Muslim women athletes are capable of. Like Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee, can win her first heat for women’s ...

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  • So, Udaari aired its most graphic episode yet. Not to mention the play itself, centering on the serious issue of child sexual abuse, is perhaps the most haunting serial ever to have gone on air in recent memory. It is a brave effort that must be applauded from here to there to no end and beyond. ...

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  • Who is Jeena? I did not know how limited my capacity was to answer this question until a friend confronted me with it. And then, there was a barrage of queries. Every other comment on my post was asking the same. Curious, eager, confused statements all ending in just as reflective punctuation ...

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  • June 22, 2016 was yet another sad day in the long string of sad days that Pakistan has been witnessing since in forever, it seems. We lost Ghulam Amjad Sabri to hate. Ghulam Amjad Sabri was the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri, the carrier of his father’s legacy and the collective legacy of the ...

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  • Teenage girl burnt alive by mother for marrying by choice Pregnant woman killed by parents for marrying by choice Girl burnt alive for refusing proposal Man burnt by acid attack for refusing proposal Non-Muslim elderly man beaten till bleeding by policeman Senator abused and allegedly tried to ...

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  • And it so happened that the one sensible play that one channel churned out in years was served a notice by PEMRA to honor the barrage of complaints received from viewers. I'm talking about Udaari, a Momina Duraid and Kashf Foundation production, aired on and distributed by the daring HUM TV ...

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  • It’s official. HUM TV and some badass guts went on a brainstorming session and Udaari was born. And Sheedan from that awesome play is the mom every Pakistani girl, in fact, every girl on the planet deserves to have! I’m absolutely in love with the play and all its characters from the ...

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  • Flying to the two holy cities for Umrah is an experience on its own. We took our plane to Medina from Istanbul. Alhamdolilah! Such a pure feeling it was. Five minutes before touchdown, the entire plane rocked, not with technical or weather turbulence mind you but with chants of Takbeer – the ...

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  • In our culture, it is immodest to talk about women’s issues whether it’s domestic abuse or female anatomy and biology because somehow all that dishonors and insults the men. It is a grave crime to even think of empowering women so they can fight back against the abuse they suffer ...

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  • The Tulip is Turkey’s national flower. Although, the Dutch fields of tulip have charmed the world forever but few realize while admiring them that the Tulip was a gift given to the Dutch by the Ottoman Sultans. “Originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), tulips ...

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  • The past few weeks have been quite volatile on the Pakistani political front. Among other things, the one item responsible for creating a tempest in our national teapot is Punjab Assembly’s Protection Of Women Against Violence Bill passed on February 24, 2016 to become an Act – the ...

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  • What is the status of women in Islam? Picture this: She is 9 years old and unfortunately got her first period, a totally natural thing to happen in which she herself had no say. But now, she is eligible for marriage and since Abba thinks she should be married off, she is. Her husband’s age is ...

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  • Ibtihaj Muhammad made headlines this week when she clenched a spot to represent Team USA as a sabre fencer for Olympics 2016. No big deal. Many other sportspersons would’ve made it to the US Olympic team or other teams in other sports but we didn’t hail everyone so why Ibtihaj? Well, ...

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  • And the award for ultimate asshattery goes to Hum TV’s latest gem, Gul-e-Rana. Gul-e-Rana is Hum TV’s latest production, apparently, another one in the channel’s long line of big hits if viewer comments on social media are anything to go by. The drama revolves around its female ...

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  • I’m no fan of Charlie Hebdo. The magazine’s raw satire isn’t something I would particularly seek out to comment on but, of course, that doesn’t stop it from making headlines, does it? Once again the magazine is under fire for its latest take on the Middle East refugee crisis ...

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  • Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is gaining traction with the Republican base and he is soaring in the polls at 41%. That’s all fine. One must be free to hate on anyone one wants. If ISIS can do it, so can the GOP. However, I do have a few things that unnerve me. The wafer thin ...

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  • This has been an interesting month as far as volatile emotions go. From San Bernardino to Multan, the trace has left a rather foul taste in our mouths and, once again, the Muslim community stands divided on various grounds. That’s right. Instead of working towards unity to reclaim our ...

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  • In the wake of San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 people and injured 21, the presidential debate in the US took a rather nasty turn when one of GOP’s front runners, Donald J. Trump called for a ban on Muslims from entering the USA, including tourists and American Muslims overseas, in a ...

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  • So, it’s settled then. Anyone in Pakistan having an opinion that either slightly or devastatingly deviates from the popular one with reference to Ahmadis or the Blasphemy law, all their previous pro-Islamic stances shall be ignored and thrown out the window without a second thought and ...

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  • When you ask a Muslim why have they not condemned the act of terrorism committed by their people or why have they not apologized for it yet, you’re the one starting the ‘us versus them’ debate; not that Muslim. If you’re ridiculous enough to point out how come only Muslims ...

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  • November 13, 2015 would forever be one of the bloodiest days in modern history of the West. In a span of few hours, ISIS terrorists claimed 129 lives, leaving several injured, as they attacked multiple places with bombs and bullets, ruining one perfectly fine Paris evening. Experts have called it ...

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  • I’ve often wondered why the honor of our men is so fragile that it is threatened at the drop of a hat. Be it a hat sitting atop a woman’s head or a cultural norm that’s about as comfortable as a pebble in one’s shoe. We had barely recovered from the massive earthquake caused ...

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  • Justin Trudeau is all the rage these days and with good reason, too. For those who’ve been hibernating under their rocks (since that’ll be the only reason you wouldn’t know him by now), Justin Trudeau is the son of Pierre the twice-elected-PM-of-Canada Trudeau, head of the Liberal ...

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  • It’s a delightful world we live in where media leaks make everyday living quite colorful. First it was Jonathan Pie of UK television beautifully losing it on camera and consequently giving us the f***ing news. Now, the honorable mention goes to one of our very own – Waseem the Awesome ...

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  • Image Courtesy: karadayi.pk Let’s face it. Our playwrights can’t handle the topic of sexual abuse well. I’ve watched over a dozen plays on the topic in the last few years (and counting). Every season has one on the menu by every channel and yet, they all fall flat just when ...

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  • Eid is super boring in the United States. For one thing, it's never on a holiday; unless it's the weekend and then, that's a weekend not a holiday.  Of the two Eidain, Fitr is still fun since it's the day you get your life back after an entire month of self-restraint, salvation and such. ...

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  • The story of 14 year old Ahmed Muhammed of Irving, Texas is well known by now. He brought a homemade bomb to his school that his science teacher mistook for a clock and went kaboom. No, wait. That didn't happen. It was his homemade clock that his science (engineering, to be precise) teacher mistook ...

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  • Aylan Kurdi is now famous. It’s sad when one’s death is why one gets famous and it’s unfathomable when that ‘one’ is a child. Aylan’s photo at the beach, not playing in the sand under the sun but lying lifeless, drenched in death, undoubtedly proved to be one of ...

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  • We are a very opinionated nation, and we make sure that we are heard loud and clear. The louder, the clearer actually. To those who feel we’re way too blunt, let’s pin one thing down – we weren’t taught to mince words and we don’t have a thing for political ...

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