Cultures beyond the metropolis

Karachi is a melting pot of many different flavors as ethnic and cultural diversity lies at the heart of it. The city’s strength lies in its linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity which became home to many Muslims who fled India at the time of partition. Many ethnic groups settled in Karachi after migration including Pathans,…

A language in search of a nation

It was not until a year ago when I was doing an internship at a private Urdu news channel, I realized my Urdu is not as good as it should be. During the first few days, I struggled to figure out what to call a particular thing in ‘Urdu’. Google translator was the savior. Despite…

Clash of Civilizations | News Clippings

1.Express Tribune: Blog Urdu vs English: Are we ashamed of our language? By Amna Khalid Published June 21,2011 Most Pakistanis have been brought up speaking our national language Urdu and English. Instead of conversing in Urdu, many of us lapse into English during everyday conversation. Even people who do not speak English very well try…

Refugee Crisis: A Social Reality?

Bangladesh’s south eastern border is more of a gauntlet now as endless stream of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar in wake of the recent crisis. Boats carry refugees across the border on the Naf River in Teknaf every day, while houses set ablaze in Burma with fumes covering the sky can be seen from across the…

Refugee Crisis: A Social Reality? News Clippings

1.Al Jazeera Untold stories of most vulnerable Rohingya refugees Rohingya refugees share their stories of dispossession and the problems they are facing at camps in Bangladesh. By Saif Khalid Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar – More than 430,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district in the past four weeks, fleeing a military offensive inside Myanmar. Aid…

The ‘Empress’ of all markets

Write up and Photos by Hamna Iqbal Baig In the heart of Saddar, a Victorian era building catches your attention. The regal exterior of this 19th century building, the Gothic styled windows and green steel gates distinguishes this bustling marketplace from others. This marketplace is a one stop shop for hundreds of customers who visit…

Minhaj joins fellow comedians in calling out Trump’s immigration policies

By, Kinza Tahir, Hamna Iqbal and Zoha Liaquat Donald Trump decided to skip the Correspondent’s dinner but that didn’t stop ‘The Daily Show’ host Hasan Minhaj from roasting the ‘president in absentia.’ The annual White House Correspondent’s dinner saw a range of guests in attendance but Trump was a no-show, becoming the first President since…

An insight into the vendors’ lives

By Aqsa Mansoor Karachi ‘a mothercity’ as many migrants call it. The city has welcomed migrants who belongs to different ethnicity and backgrounds. These migrants arrive in Karachi with one aim ‘to make ends meet, by any way possible’. The city has rewarded these by migrants who came with nothing. Majority of the vendors at…

Are Seaview vendors contributing to Economy?

By Hamna Iqbal Baig, Haseeb Zubair, Aqsa Mansoor, Kinza Tahir & Musab Ghouri KARACHI : As the temperature rises people in Karachi rush to sea view. As the sun grows beneath the shore the day is set for the show, an old man from Mardan tightens the rope around his horse and a chai wala…