A: Have you seen that animated series for children? ‘Quaid seh baatain’? I think it is brilliant. The idea of teaching children through cartoons I believe is the most effective way. They have these mini episodes with messages such as ...

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  • Yet another religious victimisation

    S: What is wrong with Kausur? Seriously? Yesterday three teachers ganged up and beat the Christian headmaster of the school because they though he was beneath them to obey. The religious discrimination and minority victimisation you find in northern Punjab, I don't think you'll find anywhere else.A: Yes, It was on the news in the morning. I remember the story saying the man was Christian, but it ...

  • Virtual lives creating havoc

    A: You have been playing that video game for a week now, you don't do anything else. Do you know you were mumbling about experience points and magic swords under your breath last night at dinner. It is like you live in the virtual world and resurface just to eat and sleep. Stop behaving like a ten year old and go out into the real world.S: I thought being a grown up meant doing whatever I want. ...

  • Reviving Pakistani entertainment industry

    A: The state of our film industry is appalling. This new film, with those annoying male actors and ridiculous amount of sponsoring is the worst. I accidentally saw the trailer, because it is literally everywhere, and it seemed like a low attempted Bollywood movie. What is with all the movies and the catch phrase of ‘jawaani’?S: Haha. Yes. I haven’t watched it, nor am I planning ...

  • On social differences

    A: I don't see why I have to go thought this. I don't want to go. They all treat me like I'm from a backward race.S: Your cousins?A: Yes. From my mother's side. They all went abroad to study and roll in money.S: Really... Well I went to school abroad.A: You're different. You took the time to get to know me. You didn't judge me for not having an accent or not wearing hip clothes. As children we ...

  • Political incorrectness

    S: It was an honest mistake, anyone could have made it. Let’s not turn this into more than this is, everywhere I look someone is crying this-phobia that-phobia. A: It seems more than an honest mistake to me, asking Muslim and Jews to wear coloured discs to mark them in the school cafeteria is definitely discriminatory and demeaning, but it reeks of malice to me. Which teacher wouldn’t ...

  • Women's rights in Pakistan

    S: I am so glad that a culture of women-oriented movements has started. It is high time that our country also leads the way to making sure that they actually care about what is happening to the ‘other’ gender.A: What, these movements like “girls at dhabas”, or that pink rickshaw one? I really do not think these will make any difference in the long run. I mean, yes, ...

  • Evolving music

    A: This is ridiculous. This Coke Studio massacre of the classics.S: Oh not this again. From fusion cuisine go fusion music... you hate anything with that mixes different genres. Including the band Fuzon. Haha.A: Look, the classics are called the classics for a reason. They are perfect. Why would you try to improve on perfection.S: They may seem perfect to you, but everyone is not stuck in the ...

  • Cattle for Eid

    A: You look terrible; did you get a cold or something?S: No. My neighbours bought a couple of goats a week ago, since Eid is around the corner, and they keep them in the tiny little corridor by the side of the house. They keep bleating all night, right beneath by window, in the morning their kids walk them all up and down the street. I can’t remember the last time I slept properly.A: Haha, ...

  • Dolphin Force

    S: Dolphin Force? They actually named it “Dolphin Force”? That is the least awe-inspiring name I have ever heard. It might have suited a team of boats which cleaned up the harbor, but not an ‘elite squad’ designed to combat street crime. With a name like this it is doomed from the start, although they could have named it ‘Death Squad’ and it still would have ...

  • Violent entertainment

    S: I cannot believe you actually enjoyed watching that, what is wrong with you? That was brutal, the way he was hammering his fists onto the other guys face. Don’t you feel sickened? That guy broke his arm at the end and everyone cheered. I cannot believe mixed martial arts is actually a legal sport, and not only that, it is popular.A: Of course it was brutal, but so are many other things. ...

  • The lost essence of Eid

    S: Ah, of course. Eid is coming. So is the smell of bakras and other animals that people seem to love to butcher and eat. If that is not gluttony, I don’t know what is. I mean, how much meat does one want to eat? I mean, I like kebabs as much as the next person, but I just can’t stand the sight of any meat on Eid. It’s almost grotesque.A: Haha… people sure do love eating ...

  • Our bubbles of false security

    S: Why is it that when we start feeling a certain sense of security, these terrorists strike again and scatter all our hopes of a peaceful country.A: We are at war after all Sadiq, it would be foolish to assume that they will just quietly pack their bags and move to wherever they came from. Retaliation is always expected from the enemy.S: The attack on the Pakistan Air Force’s base camp in ...

  • Manto

    A: I cant believe that they actually made a movie about that obscene writer Saadat Hasan Manto, and its actually doing well at the box office. This country is surely working its way towards ruin if we go on to appreciate sick-minded individuals and make them larger than life on screens. S: What are you talking about Ameen?! Saadat Hasan Manto is a national treasure; his writings address the ...

  • Private schools

    A: These private school kids really are angry-rather their parents are. They have brought out the big guns. I don’t think they will take anything less than the decrease in fees of these schools. I actually think that they are fighting a lost cause. Parents cannot win this fight with private schools, because they themselves gave them the power to do anything they wanted. I mean, you are so ...

  • Civilian military government

    S: I see more of Raheel Sharif on the news than I see Nawaz Sharif, if I didn’t know, I would thought we were living under martial law, and Raheel Sharif is the dictator, and Nawaz Sharif the puppet Prime Minister. Which he once was, by the way.A: It only seems like that, the COAS is always on the move. That is his job, to scour the borders, meet the troops and such. The Prime Minster leads ...

  • Crippled by technology

    S: Let’s not go to your place today, your AC isn’t working, and I don’t want to melt in the heat this time. The last time I went there I was drowning in my own sweat.A: Don’t exaggerate, it was bearable, the windows were open, there was a fair breeze and with the fan on it isn’t that hot. I live there, I find it manageable.S: That is because you are a freak of ...

  • FATA in KPK

    S: Even if they don’t agree, I think FATA should be made part of KPK. We have tried their way, or the British way I should say, and that way has failed. It’s time for a change.A: See this is exactly the kind of forcible changes that the people of FATA detest. This is the reason they have chosen to maintain their own culture, their own laws and own standards. Why can’t you let ...

  • Refugee crisis

    S: To be honest Ameen, I’m really pleasantly surprised that Germany’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. All that heat that Angela Merkel faced for making that Palestinian girl cry, she sure made up for it.A: You’re right! It is extremely sad that a body of a toddler had to be washed up on the shores in Turkey to awaken the world to take action. But at least they did take ...

  • Handling teenagers

    A: I am utterly shocked at the story of the teenage couple that committed suicide in a private school in Karachi because of their parent’s utter lack of interest in their lives.S: How can you blame the parents for their actions? They are old enough to understand the concept of life and death. They were sixteen years old. It’s not a game.A: Apparently the boy had posted a facebook ...

  • Sadiq&Ameen a difference of opinion

    S: I feel bad when I see the treatment of old people in this country. In contrast the elderly seem so much happier as they have independence to do what they please, date other people their age and seek companionship, which is frowned upon in our culture.A: What do you mean? Should our old people start leaving the house to seek companionship? Do you suggest speed dating or tinder? Sometimes you ...

  • Not so fine dining

    S: Did you see the new bust by the Punjab Food Authority? It was none other than Café Aylanto. Wow. Their kitchen was disgusting. Yet they gladly charge you, as if the food is sprinkled with gold. It is ridiculous. These restaurants, ones that are caught, should really publicly apologise for deceiving their customers for so long. They shouldn’t be just fined. They should be closed ...

  • Genetic engineering and divinity

    S: Nice spectacles, I really like the frame, although they do make you seem like a boring accountant. Wait, I forgot you are a boring accountant.A: At least I'm not a swindling lawyer unlike you. Anyway, I don't think I'm going to keep these, they sit awkwardly on my nose and they give me a headache. I wish I could get a surgical procedure done which solves this damned weak eyesight once and for ...

  • Faisal Qureshi's controversial response

    S: Honestly, I used to like Faisal Qureshi. But his video response to Saif Ali Khan was disappointing. It is sad to see that someone who is so callous towards, women’s uses the word “behen” pejoratively to insult someone, calls himself a liberal and a progressive.A: I have always disliked him. I always saw him as a bit of a megalomaniac. The way he responds to debate on twitter ...

  • Education vs wedding functions

    S: Today I overheard two women talking about some one’s wedding functions. The best part of the conversation was when one of them said that she herself was getting married, and had to give up going abroad to study because she wanted to save money for her “dream” wedding. I mean, I’m not one to dwell on “aunty talk”, but this is just too much. What is wrong with ...

  • Karachi's coastal nuclear plant

    S: How do you feel about the nuclear plant being built on the shores of Karachi?A: I think it’s not a bad idea. We need to have some sort of solution for the energy crisis, or else Karachi will barely see electricity in the coming times, the way things are progressing. S: Better management of existing electricity providing systems can address that issue. Its not like if we don’t build ...

  • On conspiracy theories

    S: You know who I am really sick off? These conspiracy-brewing Indians. I mean, everyone loves a good story. But sometimes they just cross the line.A: Haha. What did we do now? Oh is it that whole Maliha Lodhi incident? Where apparently we are housing Dawood Ibrahim? I mean why would we keep some other country’s criminals? And don’t we have enough of our own?S: Indeed. Apparently ...

  • What is going on within PML-N?

    A: Three major PML-N politicians have been removed, three! These are the ones that have come out into the light, what about the countless other that have gone uncontested or the ones that have been filed on some evidence of irregularities, but not enough? The ECP’s ineptitude is glaring at our face; the provincial heads need to be thrown out.S: The ECP is inept, sure. I agree to that. But ...

  • Humans of New York in Pakistan

    S: So, did you see the recent pictures by Humans Of New York, they did a series on Pakistan.A: Oh yeah! They were wonderful, I just love the way he frames these moments, no body else does it quite like him. I loved it, for the most part. He maybe could’ve ended on a more positive note, one that shows a more progressive side of Pakistan.S: Really, you disagree with how it ended? He showed so ...

  • An enlightened nation?

    A: Finally there is some positive news about Balcohistan. The army and the provincial government have apparently ‘taken guns from the youth of the province and given them pens’. They think that they by this, they are taking the province out of the mayhem and chaos. Maybe this might actually work.S: Are you kidding me? They really think that by giving them a few sprinkles of ...