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Leaving The Nest

By Sonya Rehman I arrived in Dubai early this month and have never felt so clueless, directionless, anchor-less in my life. At 26, I moved to New York for a year for grad school. While my year in the US wasn’t exactly easy-breezy, it was easier somehow compared to my current move. Perhaps it was…

Nomi Ansari's designs - gorgeous, sleek, sexy. Photo: Catalyst PR

The Rebirth of PIA?

By Sonya Rehman Last night’s fashion show in Karachi – where top local designers showcased their take on the new and improved Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) uniform – had to be the most INTERESTING fashion show to be churned out by the Pakistani fashion industry. Well done you guys! Given that PIA’s reputation has been…

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Fiza Farhan: A Pakistani Change-maker

By Sonya Rehman For 28-year-old Fiza Farhan, being caught up in a 9-5 job was hardly appealing. Rather than just another cog in the corporate machine, she always wanted to make an impact on Pakistani society. Working as the CEO and Co-Founder of a local microfinance institution, the Buksh Foundation, and the Director of Buksh…

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Barricaded Heart

By Sonya Rehman Spent the entire morning with my mother on Mall Road; for my ‘last’ photo-walk of sorts – I leave Pakistan in 11 days. We spent a good hour at the Lahore Museum, walking around, taking photos – throughout, my heart was so heavy about leaving Lahore, my home, my family, my dogs.…

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Reclaiming Pakistan, One City at a Time

By Sonya Rehman Just a couple of months old, “Super Karachi Express,” a tourist bus company in the metropolitan city of Karachi, in Pakistan, has set out to make culture cool in a country exhausted, overwhelmed and worn out amidst the ongoing, unrelenting sectarian violence. Co-founded by Atif Bin Arif, a young Pakistani based in…