Nimra Farooq

  • Girls are taught to be stern with men who are strangers, they are advised to keep pepper-sprays while travelling alone, and are generally told to be vigilant of all surrounding people. However, during my 19 years as a woman on Earth, I have actually seen a better, less-used strategy to keep ...

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  • Some 8 to 9 weeks ago, I was travelling to a shop located on Lahore's Husain Chowk with my aunt and uncle. My aunt parked the car on the other side of the road due to traffic and we stood there waiting for the traffic mess to attenuate before we began walking towards the other side. ...

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  • So I had the chance of attending a summer camp arranged by Pakistan Girl Guides Association for five days in Ghora Galli. I initially had qualms about undergoing rigorous training for full five days. But I was so sick of home- of that monotonous life- that I knew I needed a break. And so I took the ...

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  • My interaction with people of other faiths has been minimalist in the religiously monochrome life that I have led. I have always longed to meet a Pakistani Sikh or a Pakistani Hindu- and till now, I have met neither. My father, however, once told me of a Hindu shopkeeper in Saddar who used to sell ...

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  • [December 2015] Friends: Yar let’s do a dubsmash on Qandeel Baloch. Me: Who’s she? Friends: Don’t you know?! Buhot bari item hai! *copying Qandeel’s voice* Imran Khan mujhse shadi karloo! *laughter ensues* [March 2016] Friends: Yar have you watched what Qandeel has done this ...

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  • “Take two paisas. Spend one on yourself and the other on someone needy”. Only such a mother could make young Abdul Sattar grow into an adult Edhi, the Edhi we all knew and revered. The state’s failure to provide treatment to his ailing mother was the determining factor in ...

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  • As a nation, we have probably never possessed confidence let alone audacity. That may be owing to a long history of invaders, foreign rulers and colonial masters shutting our mouths for us. We have always thought before speaking, sometimes thrice, because occasionally the wrong words cost some of ...

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