Pakistan’s rich dissident literary tradition

Himal Magazine had published this article on the resistance poetry in Pakistan. I had uploaded it on the Pak Tea House some time back.…

In too deep: Afghanistan, Pakistan & the region

My piece for Himal published in March 2014.. Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan is caught in the muddled terrain of domestic political machinations and regional…

That easy intimacy

By Raza Rumi A Pakistani re-discovers Bangladesh. Image: Carey L Biron As a Pakistani, there is a part of you that reacts instantly to…

An existential crisis

On 4 January, Punjab province Governor Salman Taseer was killed by a member of his security detail, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. But as disturbing…

Living Lohawarana – a Lahori rambling

My piece for Himal Magazine’s October issue There was a Lahore that I grew up in, and then there is the Lahore that I…

The pampered Islamabadites

My piece published by Himal Southasian   Mahboob Ali   Islamabad is a very peculiar urban space. Though no longer a town, it is…

The invisibility of the Mughal princesses

Painting by A.R Chughtai | Chughtai Museum My piece published by the Himal Magazine  The limitations of Southasia’s historical record can be seen in…