Puruesh Chaudhary

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…

Nalan Al Sarraj

Tweeting from Gaza

By Sonya Rehman Twenty-three-year-old Nalan Al Sarraj is one of many, young, Palestinian bloggers and activists who have been consistently tweeting about the horrors of the current, never-ending attack on Gaza. I first heard of Sarraj when she was interviewed by Pakistani political activist and anchor, Mohammad Jibran Nasir, for his talk show, Izhaar early…

Babar Suleman (left) and Haris Suleman (right). Photo credit: TCF/Facebook

Father-Son Duo on Charity Mission Lost at Sea

By Sonya Rehman “Why does any explorer undertake the necessary risks in order to accomplish their dream? Because that person has a drive, they have a focus, and they have a need to explore that dream,” Haris Suleman wrote in his blog post for The Huffington Post in early July. This year, the 17-year-old, Haris,…

3.	The Rickshaw Project team of drivers (left to right: Siraj, Imran and Ali). Photo: NOWPDP

The Rickshaw Project: Empowering Disabled Pakistanis

By Sonya Rehman Launched in 2012 by the Network of Organizations Working for People with Disabilities, Pakistan (NOWPDP), The Rickshaw Project (TRP) endeavors to give people with disabilities a second lease on life by gently integrating them into Pakistani society and making them economically empowered. “It’s beneficial for us because along with a salary we…

Photo: Margaret Bourke-White (from Khushwant Singh's book, 'Train to Pakistan')

The 1947 Partition Archive: Preserving the Past

By Sonya Rehman Even those of us who have been direct beneficiaries of the world’s digital media revolution are finding it increasingly challenging to retain and sort through information. The chance to mull over a certain story, opinion piece, or photo-essay is fast becoming a luxury. The makers and takers of news are forgetting how…

Shazaf Fatima Haider - Photo: QZB Photography

Pakistani Authors Find a Market in India

By Sonya Rehman Although local publishing houses in Pakistan are in a dismal state, budding writers in the country now have a fair chance of landing a book deal across the border. There seems to be an emerging crop of new, young Pakistani authors, all of whom have been published in India. For Shazaf Fatima…