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…


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… afraid


By Sonya Rehman Walls reverberating, A car alarm in the distance goes off, “We’re under attack!” my mother screams, Explosions and their sister echoes, Hearts racing, On the roof, In the inky blackness, The explosions have lit up the sky, It’s like the end of the world, But it’s not, Not bombs, Fireworks, Big ones,…



By Sonya Rehman I recently came across a powerful video by Vogue India’s #VogueEmpower initiative titled ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ check it out on Youtube below. However, for those in Pakistan, where Youtube remains permanently blocked, watch the clip here: I really liked the fact that the video touches upon how boys are raised in our…