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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…

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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…

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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,…