S:     You look awfully tan today, please tell me you didn’t go to a tanning bed! Oh wait, there are no tanning beds in Pakistan. Our sun does the job quite well.

A:     I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor on-site work these days, I have to stand in the sun for hours, unlike a certain someone who cannot leave his air conditioned room for a second. I guess I should get a sun-block, or perhaps a whitening cream, and before you make any witty jokes, remember that I caught you threading your eyebrows.

S:     Touché. But I wasn’t going to make a joke, I was going to call you out for being a racist.

A:     Me? A racist because I plan on using whitening cream?

S:     Yes you and everyone else, especially the people who make these ads. The other day I was stuck watching a soap opera with my mother over dinner. During the commercial breaks, I noticed that all ads selling "women's" products were telling women they were weak, incomplete, unloveable and generally bad mothers or daughters unless they bought this or that cream, soap, washing powder or teabag. All the while, the ads directed at men kept telling them how great they all were, and how much greater they would be if they used a particular product. What pissed me off the most though, were the whitening cream ads. How do we allow them to be on screen when they are so blatantly biased?

A:     I agree, the ads are quite racist: no one notices the girl when she was dark-skinned, but when her complexion miraculously gets lighter, everyone is positively giddy around her.

S:     Is that what you want, Ameen? Is that why you're getting whitening cream? You wan't me to notice you more? You wan't more potential mothers-in-law to flag you at social events? You want a huge white girl's dowry?

A:     You are incorrigible.