Zaitoon Malik

  • Pakistan, India, Indo-Pak, Pak-Indo, war, terrorism, jingoism, xenophobia, cricket, second class entertainment, weddings, language, land – I've been trying to think of all the things that bring Pakistan and India together. Well, cricket makes even the most peaceful and apolitical of us want ...

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  • It's happened. 280 kids. Two hundred and eighty. 200 + 80 kids. It’s been happening. Hundreds after hundreds. The saddest part is, it will keep happening. Not because of the deafeningly disgusting reaction, or the broadcast media's partial eclipse in favor of all things more important than ...

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  • In light of the recent SCOTUS decision regarding marriage equality, many an argument has sprung up; all religious and phobic, thus inarguable. One of them is the "it isn't natural" cry. People using this argument are of course speaking from a place of contempt and sense of superiority they feel ...

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  • If you think this is a privileged woman's opinion, remember that I belong to a gender which needs colour coded transport to be considered safe. Recently a rickshaw transport service has been launched in Pakistan aimed at women from the "lower social stratas". The 'Pink Rickshaw' service, initiated ...

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  • I don’t watch TV.Too predictable and not in my control. I don't like being fed entertainment and/or knowledge. I especially don't watch Pakistani TV. Too sensational, misogynist, misleading and I wonder if it helps anyone with their intellect, if not adversely. Weeks into the Peshawar ...

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  • We all know abusive men. We know them by relation, by proxy or by association. Some of us even know men who’ve killed women in “fits of passion”. It’s because this nasty breed of men is no foreign entity. They are amongst us. They are from us. Many of us even guilty of ...

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  • The Oxford dictionary defines fascism as “an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization”. It is a system the world has put measures against since the end of WWII. There are laws that keep it at bay, such as making it illegal to deny the ...

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  • So Lee Pace finally won me over. Richard Armitage was as spectacular a Thorin as Martin Freeman a Bilbo, Ian McKellen was Gandalf, Orlando Bloom, albeit playing an unnecessary character, seems to have grown very well into the mould that is Legolas. The only person who was not himself was probably ...

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  • The sun is setting on Pakistan’s darkest day yet and I am writing this. I can’t stop hugging my baby brother today. He is so fine and child-like. He makes a fuss almost every day about going to school, waking up early, the boring uniform. It never crosses our minds that school might be ...

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  • Revolution derives from the Latin revolvere, meaning “to revolve”. We all come across the word for the first time in Science class, while learning about the Solar System. One revolution meaning one turn of the earth around the sun; getting back to where it started. Unless you are ...

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