Kainat Soomro with her mother. Photo by Hilke Schellmann

Outlawed in Pakistan Shows Rape Victims’ Quest for Justice

By Sonya Rehman Following on from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s 2012 Oscar win for Saving Face, a documentary about acid victims in Pakistan, this year, Pakistani journalist, Habiba Nosheen won an Emmy award for her documentary, Outlawed in Pakistan. Co-directed by Hilke Schellmann, a German journalist, the documentary follows Kainat Soomro, a young Pakistani girl who was…

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New Author on the Block

By Sonya Rehman Published this year, Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, ‘An Isolated Incident,’ has been praised by best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini, as “a riveting and deeply engaging novel.” The story, which revolves around Zari Zoon, a young protagonist, follows Zoon’s journey of loss and love, set amidst the backdrop of Kashmir (Pakistan), and the United…

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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…