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A bit of a bump on the head

A few years back I visited Vietnam with my brother for a long weekend break. Never been before. First impressions all good…airport clean and organised well set up for tourists and we left to get the taxi to our modestly priced hotel and…

The trouble with tourism

That Pakistan is a tourist destination with almost boundless opportunities is beyond doubt. From the majesty of the Karakorams in the north to the miles of pristine beach along the Makran coast to innumerable places of historic interest and…

Combating child sex abuse – rights and wrongs

The sexual abuse of children in Pakistan is so widespread as to be almost commonplace. Occasionally there are incidents  - Kasur, for instance – that briefly hit the headlines and public awareness is momentarily raised, only to lapse into…

Women challenged men. It was not pretty.

The scene opens at dawn in a henhouse in northwestern France. In one corner a dead fox. In several other corners a lot of hens looking completely innocent. The tale goes – and it may just be an apocryphal urban myth – that a young fox got…

The Great Elephant Hunt

Sources differ as to the origin of the phrase with one having it as 1935 and another 1959 but ‘the elephant in the room’ has been around for a long while. Pakistan has so many elephants in the room it probably qualifies for a conservation…

Fancy a trip to the Mall? No thanks

No apologies for a follow-on from last week’s column about the changing ways of life in my home village. Apart from clean water and a plummeting infant mortality rate I saw something first hand that I had hitherto only heard of second or…

The curious case of insecure players

The fourth season of Pakistan Super League has kicked off with a thrilling encounter between defending champions Islamabad United and never-champions Lahore Qalandars. The match was an equally poised affair until two international players –…

Review: Amavas

The spirit in Amavas if anything is dedicated to its craft, and like most undead, it does seem to have a thing for women.

Why I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine's day is usually something people look forward to, for whatever reasons-- be it making the most out of it for obvious reasons or merely to poke fun at those who take the festival to heart.