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The Islamabad Literature Festival

The Islamabad Literature Festival, hashtagged on Twitter as #IsbLF, is the latest in a series of literary events taking the country by storm. I had the opportunity, this Labor Day, of driving over to Margalla Hotel, and attending a series of enlightening talks. Having recently attended the Lahore Literature Festival (#LLF), I had high expectations.… Continue reading The Islamabad Literature Festival

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America: Land of my dreams and home of the Whopper

Balky (left) and Larry (right) are the best of friends. Perfect Strangers was an American sitcom that ran for eight years straight, until 1993, that showcased the lives of two best friends: Larry Appleton, a good old boy from the American Midwest  and Balky Bartokomous, his “related by rumour” cousin from an imaginary island kingdom called Mypos, in Midwestern Europe.… Continue reading America: Land of my dreams and home of the Whopper

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Pawnay 14 August

Islamabad‘s got it’s fair share of theatre-goers – you know, the sophisticated aunties, and the foreign-influenced teens, and the old couples that have Ph.D’s in drawing-room politics. Though I’ve never been a regular member of this group, I do enjoy the occasional play at the Pakistan National Council of Arts. There’s something serene and yet very impressive… Continue reading Pawnay 14 August


Battle of the Best: iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

  Nun chucks, light sabers and stand tall towers. We’ve all seen the iPhone 5 meme’s come out as soon as the phone did. With competition coming out strong against Apple in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in US market, lawsuits were thrown left and right before the release of Apple’s latest device. Although Apple managed to win the lawsuit but the… Continue reading Battle of the Best: iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

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How Bridget Jones’ Diary is Just Perfect

  In a movie made legendary by Renee Zellweger in 2001, Helen Fielding‘s portrayal of the thirty-something, pseudo-feminist, chain-smoking, ideal-toting ‘Bridget Jones’ was brought to life. I caught glimpses of the movie throughout my childhood, when passing through the cable channels, or camping out in my brother’s room, but I only managed to watch the whole thing in one… Continue reading How Bridget Jones’ Diary is Just Perfect

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Julia Roberts at the end of her rope.

We all know that Snow White was dragged out of her peaceful fairy-tale heaven and made over twice this year – once in Snow White & the Huntsman and once in Mirror, Mirror. (To read my review on Snow White & the Huntsman, click here.) You can almost imagine the poor babe plucked from her world of children’s… Continue reading Julia Roberts at the end of her rope.

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Macaulay Culkin between Home Alone & Drug Addiction

Remember this cutie? Is it just me or does her look very svelte, like his name should be some strange Nordic concoction with a bunch of J’s and D’s oddly placed throughout (like Djordjockovich or something)? Above-photographed cutie, Version 2.0 (See how cool teenagers can be?) “Oh no! Look at Future Me! He’s lost all… Continue reading Macaulay Culkin between Home Alone & Drug Addiction

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Johnny Depp – Alcoholic & Hopeless Romantic

I heard about the movie driving to work one day with my mother. One of the street beggars on the Jinnah Avenue underpass was selling newspapers, and as the familiar guilt crept into our hearts, we rolled down the car window and bought a copy, whispering a prayer for the one-and-a-half-legged man as he hobbled… Continue reading Johnny Depp – Alcoholic & Hopeless Romantic

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Snow White & the Huntsman

    Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era. – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor After hearing mountains of praise from my friend Summiya, I happily settled down… Continue reading Snow White & the Huntsman

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Thank you for Big Mama’s House of Yo

Growing up in a manner which many would call ‘privileged’ was something I took for granted when I was younger. As a young child in Houston, going to school meant passing under the mass of concrete that was the very-creatively named Highway 6. At this point, I had usually finished revising the last day’s lessons… Continue reading Thank you for Big Mama’s House of Yo