Regrouping on the 'Haqqani Network Humvee,' in Miranshah, North Waziristan, during Operation Zarb-e-Azab

Journalism in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Perhaps best known for his widely popular, hard-hitting talk show, “Talk Back,” and “Eye on India” for the local Pakistani news channel, DAWN News, Wajahat S. Khan is one of the best-known Pakistani broadcast journalists in the country today. Having worked for a number of local and foreign media houses; such as…

Gulmohar flowers

Gulmohar

By Sonya Rehman I’ve been thinking about the Gulmohar trees back home a lot lately. Have you seen a Gulmohar tree? It is a glorious tree with the prettiest flaming red flowers; like a tall, upright girl with a mass of red, frenzied curls. In English, the tree is known as ‘Delonix Regia,’ I can’t…

Amrita Pritam and Shekhar Suman in Ek Mulaqaat

Love Never Dies

By Sonya Rehman What happens when two brilliant poets are drawn to each other? What happens when they’re separated by distance, but their connection to one another is so strong that the feeling between them continues to blossom, spreading its roots, strengthening its hold on their hearts? Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam, two widely successful…

Ustaad Saif-ur-Rehman - Photo: Abdullah Harris

Meeting the Master of Fresco Art in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Through the waiting area, past the main desk, and up the stairs, the SEFAM office (on Waris Road, in Lahore, Pakistan) is in full swing. It’s a huge floor with endless rows of desks. Amidst rolls of fabric in various patterns and hues, young designers are hard at work on their computers.…

Sahir and Amrita - Lahore, 40s

Sahir and Amrita

By Sonya Rehman I had a bit of a full circle moment at work today. A colleague asked me to look into a theatrical production, Ek Mulaqaat (due to be staged in Dubai, next month), for coverage in our magazine. Agreeing, I googled the play, and to my surprise, I noticed the play is based…

59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 at Yash Raj Studios

Bollywood’s Brave New Stars

By Sonya Rehman Last month, the outspoken Bollywood actor, Kalki Koechlin, created ripples by sharing a dark secret with the world: how she endured abuse as a young child. In an up close and personal interview with the popular Facebook page, Humans of Bombay, Kalki opened up about her excruciatingly painful past to encourage people…

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

How Bollywood is Teaching Women to Love Themselves

By Sonya Rehman Released this year, the Yash Raj production, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is a Bollywood movie that truly breaks the size zero stereotype. Revolving around the protagonist, Sandhya, a voluptuous young woman, the movie encourages self-belief in an insecure world hungry for physical perfection. While we have read about and spoken of the…