Author Archives: amnashoaib

About amnashoaib

Books. Bhelpuri. Hanging from the ceiling

What are YOU doing, man?

If you are a Pakistani, specifically a Pakistani woman, and more specifically a Pakistani woman who has not spent all her life living under an algae-covered pond in Karachi, you are no stranger to sexual harassment. Unlike many other things … Continue reading

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Always within Never

Some paths should be walked upon Some ruins should be visited, Examined…. What caused the destruction? How much damage was done? And if possible, Something must be salvaged A half-burnt letter The soft corner of someone’s heart Because when nothing … Continue reading

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How to be: A motivational speaker

Do you possess know-how of marketing theories? Are you a fan of Deepak Chopra, Umair Jallianwala? Is Paulo Coelho your favorite author? Can you make jokes as stale as a bag of Lays during conversation? Do you have moderately good … Continue reading

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How teachers resemble the subjects they teach?

If there is one thing I believe in more than the healing powers of a plate of nihari, it’s generalization. I, like many of my countrymen, like to observe people from a distance, deducing judgements about them by linking their … Continue reading

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Amna for dummies

Now I have not been asked to introduce myself since the first day of Grade 5. (‘I am Amna, 10 years old. I like reading. I want to grow up to be a doctor. My favorite subject is English, and … Continue reading

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On Hijabi lollipops

Remember that hijab and lollipop ad that once made rounds over facebook, and was hugely popular with photos being shared by all: from the partying, glitzy girls to the incredibly annoying flirts and the Zaid Hamid fanboys, everyone seemed visibly … Continue reading

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May you live in interesting times

After his ground-breaking invention of a water-run car that propelled him to cult status, Agha Waqar has announced another successful, yet astonishing invention, this time of a fart-run car. In July 2012, Agha Waqar claimed to have invented a water … Continue reading

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