Alhamra Gaddafi Stadium. Photo: RPTW

Youth in Full Bloom

By Sonya Rehman We’ve just driven up to Alhamra Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. She’s all lit up in pretty lights, colourful flags and posters – decorated in the Rafi Peer Theater Workshop’s [RPTW] signature style. The organization’s 13th Youth Performing Arts Festival [YPAF] is well under way – running from the 16th to the 19th…

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This is Belief

By Sonya Rehman I wasn’t always a Believer, See, In my twenties, Judgment was dished out in dollops, But look, A heart is always a little more tender at that age, Perfect, Minus pretty dents, But then comes this train-wreck of a girl, okay, This vixen, And her name is ‘Change,’ She’s got long, flowing…

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Losers are Secret Winners

By Sonya Rehman Losers are secret winners, Bet you couldn’t see, Your expensive sunglasses, Gave you an automatic Instagram filter, And a rock hard heart, O pretty one, You silly girl, And your birkins, Sad eyes, Stoner face, Mouth in a perpetual ‘O,’ His boots are worn out, Just like his bony arse, And big…

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Freedom is a State of Mind

By Sonya Rehman Two close friends of mine (a man and a woman) recently registered (separate) blogs and have begun writing anonymous blog posts about sex, homosexuality, weight loss, love, divorce, etc, in Pakistan. (You can follow their fantastic blogs here and here!) To be honest, I’ve been having an absolute ball reading their blogs.…

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Her Quirky Art World

By Sonya Rehman On the surface, Mahnoor Hussain’s contemporary miniature art depicts a world that is ridiculously amusing and tragically hilarious…veering off into a unique brand of nuttiness. However upon closer inspection, Hussain’s paintings point towards grim themes that explore human psychosis: self-delusion, mania, isolation and more. In an interview with Paperazzi, the immensely talented…

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Pakistani Director Tackles Child Abuse in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Pakistan’s Hidden Shame, a documentary that highlights pedophilia in Pakistan – particularly in the country’s northern areas – recently aired on Channel 4 U.K., revealing widespread child abuse in an indifferent society. The film was directed by Karachi-born Mohammed Ali Naqvi, an award-winning filmmaker who divides his time between Karachi and New…