Ali Kazmi

  • A small dhol caravan on Abdali Road, on the night of 20th Safar (Photo: Author) It is the evening of 20th of Safar, 1437th year of Hijrah. Everyone is dressed in black in this Shia-dominated neighborhood of Islampura to mourn the martyrs of Karbala on the Chehlum (40 days after the event). The ...

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  • It was a little before 6 pm when I entered Jinnah Garden from the gate on Mall Road. I could not have a glimpse of the hasty October sun lowering behind the trees as I hurried on the walkways towards the open air theatre located near the entrance on Lawrence Road. As I left the traffic far behind ...

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  • Let’s say this is not the reality. Let’s say this girl, 15 years old or less, donned in the throwaways of the lady of the family not her size and taking care of kids just a couple of years younger than her, is perfectly okay with her fate. Let’s say she looks sadder than the other ...

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  • No matter how much you hate someone during their lifetime, you are bound to suddenly develop a special respect for the person the moment they leave this temporal world. The bizarre sense of respect that arises among the people who know of the person’s death is almost equivalent to the respect ...

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