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The Missed Connection

By Sonya Rehman Inspired by Craigslists’ Missed Connections, I decided to pen my own. A purely fictitious ‘missed connection’ set in Lahore, Pakistan. Here it is: The rickshaw ride is bumpy. And wonderful. And silly. I have my battered Canon pressed close to my belly, my dupatta partially hiding it. I’m in a brightly-coloured metal…

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Putting Karachi on the Map

By Sonya Rehman Her love for her city is set in stone. Through her project, “Humans of Karachi” (an immensely popular Facebook page inspired by Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” page), Karachi-based photographer Khaula Jamil provides her audience with a different, more humane side of Karachi. Featuring Pakistanis from all walks of life, Jamil has emulated…

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Pakistan: A Revolution in the Arts?

By Sonya Rehman Meet Shoaib Iqbal, a young Pakistani working to trigger a nationwide revolution in the arts. “The Little Art,” Iqbal’s brainchild, is a non-profit that works with public and private schools across Pakistan to equip children (irrespective of caste, creed and color) with the leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and confidence they need…

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Harnessing Her Superpower

By Sonya Rehman In a bid to raise awareness about violence against women in India, Raj Shetye, a photographer published a photo-shoot which featured a model being physically harassed by men on a bus. While Shetye’s intentions warrant speculation, the shoot, once published, had a completely opposite effect. It created quite a stink online, on…

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Dukhtar: A Woman’s Story in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Slated for release this year, the film, Dukhtar (Persian for “Daughter”), by Afia Nathaniel, an independent Pakistani filmmaker, has begun to generate quite a buzz in the local entertainment industry. A nail-biting, ambitious drama/thriller set in northern Pakistan; Dukhtar follows Allah Rakhi and her young daughter, Zainab, who are on the run.…

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Speaking with the Winner of Master Chef Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman The immensely popular Master Chef television show franchise, which is being produced in numerous countries the world over, was received with much enthusiasm in Pakistan, when Master Chef Pakistan aired its first season this year on Urdu 1, a local channel on the national hook-up. With well-known Pakistani chefs, Zakir Qureshi, Mehboob…

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The Media in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Having been affiliated with the Pakistani media industry for over a decade, Puruesh Chaudhary has become an integral part of the country’s crop of young and ambitious players in the media sector. From initially working with two leading, local television channels – DAWN and SAMAA TV – Chaudhary has been invited to…