Thursday, June 09, 2011

Jiye Jinnah Jiye Pak

"Pakistan Paindabad has set others a model of what a blog/site should be."
Late Khalid Hasan, US correspondent for the Lahore-based Daily Times and The Friday Times

Special Survey – Indians on Pakistan
No black & white views, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Column – Rooting for Pakistan
Pakistan-India cricket match in Mohali, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - The Discovery of a City
The sum total of its people, by Rakhshanda Jalil

Special Interview – Kazim Aizaz Alam, A Young Karachi Man in the US
How are Americans treating him, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Letter from London - Why I Love Pakistan
Pyaasa for Pakistan, by Catriona Luke

Pakistan Floods - Is Indian Media Blacking Out Pakistan’s Worst Natural Tragedy
Pakistan's tragedy doesn't move India, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Sign of the Times - Terror Attack in Daata Darbar, Lahore's Sufi Shrine
Requiem for the dead, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Landmark - T2F, Defence Housing Authority
Karachi's coolest cafe, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Reading Chicklit in Karachi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Guide - Sunday Market, Defence Housing Authority
The world of old books, by Yasir Malik

Pakistan Diary - At Home in Lahore
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The Dancing Girl of Heera Mandi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The Karachi Kartography
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Jinnah's Mausoleum
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Is Karachi Safe?
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The First Karachi Literature Festival
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - My First Evening in Karachi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Scene – The Musical World of Saffia Beyg
A Karachite’s passion for Hindustani classical, by Junaid Zuberi

Dateline Karachi - Get Ready for Pakistan's First Literature Festival
Three cheers for Pak-lit; by The Independent's Andrew Buncombe

Blog Review - Two Indians in Isloo
They are blogging on life in Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - “And How are Things For You as a Woman?”
Novelist Sehba Sarwar in a round table chat; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Feature - Face-to-Face with Asma Jahangir
The symbol of a brave Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Photo Essay – Pakistan’s Bright Stars
The people who constitute Pakistaniyat; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review - The Coffee House of Lahore; by KK Aziz
Coffee, tea and revolution; by Raza Rumi

Special Feature – The Indian Who Loves Pakistan
Author Khushwant Singh's home is always open to Pakistanis; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Today Islamabad, Lahore Feel Like War Zones, and Karachi is Calm" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part IV; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"I Would be Lost Without My Laptop" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part III; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Houston is as Ugly, Polluted, Hot as Karachi" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part II; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"My Life's Not Dramatic but I Married Outside the Community" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part I; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Series - Interview with Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Understanding Pakistan through its artists; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Life - A Gay Man's Diary, Part II
Being gay in Pakistan's biggest metropolis; by by Jalaluddin

Special Feature – 9/11, The Day Mr Jinnah Died
The final day in the life of Pakistan’s founder; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Personal History – The Karachi Quotient
Growing up in Pakistan’s biggest metropolis; by Imran Ahmed

"Islamabad have diplomats & politicians, but also philosophers and scholars" - Faiza Khan, Artist
Interview-IV with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"The Majority Who Buy My Art Are Still Not Pakistanis" - Faiza Khan, Artist
Interview-III with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

“It’s not wise to exhibit on political themes" – Faiza Khan, Painter
Interview-II with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

“I’m bothered by everything that snatches away my rights” – Faiza Khan, Painter
Interview-I with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Freedom Day Special Series – Faiza Khan; Celebrating an Artist’s Life
Understanding Pakistan through its people; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Family Portrait – A Karachi Family in an Indian Mall
A slice of their Delhi afternoon; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Our writing is older than the creation of Pakistan itself" - Ali Sethi, Novelist
Exclusive interview with a new Pakistani novelist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

High Life – A Pakistani in Sri Lanka
Columnist Irfan Husain finds a new home; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Dateline Karachi – The City’s first Monsoon Rain
When the tough weather surrendered to the people’s will; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - Arundhati Roy in Pakistan
India's literary terrorist wows its 'enemy'; by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Viewpoint - An Insult to My Pakistan
Remember why we created Pakistan; by Sehar Tariq

Special – Hello Taliban
Background of the Swat peace deal; by Amir Hashim Khakwani, translation by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Obituary: Khalid Hasan, Journalist & Writer
He died of cancer, aged 74; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Eminent Pakistani - Naz Ikramullah, Artist
Snooping around a sari-clad Pakistani in the Indian capital; by Mayank Austen Soofi

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Kamran Shafi's Wish List
Pakistani’s wittiest columnist shares an exclusive with Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Yes We Can!
A Karachi blogger writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – No Hope Here
Eminent Karachi columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Finding Comfort in a Sindh Village
Author Sehba Sarwar writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – 5 Hopes for the Nation
Academic Hassan Abbas shares his hope with Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Get Out of Self-deception
Columnist Irfan Husain writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

Special Editorial – A Happier Pakistan in 2009
Eminent Pakistanis to share their optimism with Pakistan Paindabad; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Remembrance - 6:16 pm, December 27, 2007
On Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s first death anniversary; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - In Love with Arundhati Roy
A young Pakistani besotted with an Indian passport holder; by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Viewpoint - Should Pakistan Hand Mumbai Suspects to India?
A look at the costs and benefits; by Gaurav Sood

Viewpoint - Pakistan After Bombay 26/11
Policy shift needed, not war; by Raza Rumi

Exclusive - 'Dostana' in Pakistan
Dawn newspaper refused to print this op-ed on homosexualism in Pakistan; by Irfan Husain

Capital Culture - Making Music in Pakistan
Claiming back our heritage; by Raza Rumi

"The Only Country Where I am a Non-Muslim is My Own" - Interview with Saira Wasim
Chatting with a Pakistani artist who happens to be an Ahmadi Muslim; by Gaurav Sood

Special - Life, Love, Lahore
Life and times of Pakistan's premier monstropolis; by Raza Rumi

Scoop – When Mr Zardari Met Ms Palin
All he wanted was a hug; by Mayank Austen Soofi

In Mourning - Once Was Marriott
Terrorist attack kills more than 40 people in the Islamabad hotel; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special – Mr Zardari, You've Got Mail
A Pakistani student writes to the nation's new Prez; by Hassan Masud

Xclusive – How President Zardari Courted Benazir Bhutto
Revealing excerpts from Benazir’s memoirs; by Mayank Austen Soofi

50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die - Lawrence Garden, Lahore
Listening to the sound of trees; pics by Raza Rumi

Obituary – Pervez Musharraf, 1999-2008
Pakistan’s former CEO and a friend of George Bush; by Mayank Austen Soofi

14th August Series: Bina Shah - "I'm Not Free"
Pakistan's celebrated author on Independence Day

Capital Notes - Once was Islamabad
Mourning the demise of Pakistan's greenest city; by Raza Rumi

Memoir - Pakistan Paindabad Blogged Me to Fame
This blogsite has changed my life; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bina Shah's Review - Pakistan Paindabad's Intentions are Good, the Execution Clumsy
Pakistan's eminent author discusses this blogsite

Pakistan Paindabad in News
This blogsite has reached a milestone; by Rezaul Hasan Laskar

New Series - 50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die
Your guide to beautiful Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review – Goodbye Shahzadi, Shyam Bhatia
An Indian journalist’s disappointing biography of Benazir Bhutto; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint -- Lahore-Delhi Hip Factor
Young life in both cities is a blend of cafe culture, cool music and retail nirvana; by Raza Rumi

Travel – Journey to Pakistan
When an Indian goes to Lahore with excess baggage; by Rakhshanda Jalil

Trends - Reading Urdu Outside Pakistan
The homesick diaspora has online Urdu as refuge; by Raza Rumi

Dateline Lahore - Poetry in Pakistan
Poetry is a part of everyday life, including politics; by Henry Chu

Lahore Diary - Club Sandwich was Invented in Lawrence Garden!
Amazing stories you never knew about this city landmark; by Raza Rumi

Black Tuesday – 3/11, Lahore
Folks die, stuff happens; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Literature - Love Poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Ghazal by Pakistan's great Urdu poet; by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

Special – William Dalrymple’s Cool ‘n’ Sexy Pakistan
The best-selling author has finally fallen for the country; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Mr. Zardari & Mr. Sharif, The Audacity of Hope
Their new friendship might not be good for the democracy; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Musing - Losing East Pakistan
A young Pakistani do a remembrance of things past; by Hassan Masud

Pakistan Elections – The Morning After
Life goes on after the landmark mandate; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Mourning Benazir Bhutto - Shehr-i-Qatl ke Log
Marking the end of the 40-day mourning period of Ms. Bhutto’s death; by Raza Rumi

Xclusive - Who is General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani?
Is Mr. Kayani the right guy for Pakistan Army; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Personal History – Fish Out of Water
A Pakistani-American returns home to re-discover her culture, language and religion; by Bina Shah

Parda Faash – Britney spears Pak Hearts
Benazir is gone, Britney is coming; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Opinion - The Sufi Links of Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto displayed the sufi trait in her death; by Raza Rumi

Viewpoint - Benazir is Dead, Long Live Pakistan
A young Pakistani remains hopeful even after Benazir's assasination; by Salman Ravala

Exclusive - 6:16 pm, 27/12, Benazir Bhutto is Dead
Eminent Pakistanis–Begum Nawazish Ali, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Ardeshir Cowasjee, Khalid Hasan, Shandana Minhas, Kamran Shafi, Raza Rumi–relive the moment with Pakistan Paindabad

Bibi Special - My Life with Benazir Bhutto
Eminent columnist and Bibi's friend looks back on the late leader; by Khalid Hasan

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2008
Pakistan's future Prime Minister and convent-educated mother of three teenagers; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Column - Courage in a Time of Chaos
Pakistan will survive the tragedy of Benazir's assasination; by Bina Shah

Special - Pakistan Paindabad Gets Good Press
Mullah Radio Quiz attracted 6000 visitors on a single day; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Obituary –Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani Artist
Abstract expressionist and portraitist of the Afghan royal family; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special - Top 10 Pakistani Blogs
Pakistan Paindabad fails to make it; by Raza Rumi

Satire – Special Quiz on Pakistan
Jemima’s memoirs, Sharif’s symbol, halaal sex, and more; by Mayank Austen Soofi

In Praise and Criticism of Pakistan Paindabad
Message from readers

Commentary - The Three Musketeers of Pakistan
A not-for-dummies guide to the trinity of Benazir + Nawaz + Musharraf; by Gaurav Sood

Exclusive – Gay Planet in Karachi
A homosexual man’s guide to Pakistan’s biggest metropolis; by Jalaluddin

Satire – What Is to Be Done?
A few readymade revolutionary deals for Mr. Musharraf & Co.; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Culture - A Specie Called Pakistan Art
Excursions into a little known world; by Raza Rumi

Travel - Mr. Raza’s Tips on Pakistan
Counseling by Pakistan’s most lovable travel writer; compiled by Mayank Austen Soofi

“Writing a Novel is Like Ejecting an Infant from Your Uterus” – Interview with Shandana Minhas
Frank talk with the Karachi-based author of Tunnel Vision; interview by Mayank Austen Soofi

Emergency Column - Pervez Musharraf Arrested My Mother
But he is losing the match; by Maryam Arif

Opinion - Iqbal, Islam, and the Emergency
Our poet had envisaged a different Pakistan; by Raza Rumi

Karachi Life - A Gay Man's Diary, Part I
Being gay in Pakistan's biggest metropolis; by Jalaluddin

“Repressive measures have led to some spectacular literature in Pakistan” – Interview with Rakhshanda Jalil
The editor of a anthology of Pakistani short stories on the country’s vibrant writing scene; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Honey, How We Shrunk Musharraf's Emergency
Ripping apart international media's mis-coverage of Pakistan's crisis; by Gaurav Sood

Satire – Full Text of Mr. Musharraf’s Emergency Proclamation
Illegally obtained by Pakistan Paindabad; by Gaurav Sood and Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review – Searching for Sister Pakistan
neither night nor day, 13 stories by women writers from Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Indian blogger's website on Pak creates waves in cyberspace
Pakistan Paindabad is being noticed; by Rezaul Hasan Laskar

Recollection - Heartbreak in Lahore
A play that moved both Indians and Pakistanis; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - On Pakistan Paindabad's First Anniversary
The blogsite needs a Pakistani collaborator; by Gaurav Sood

Memoirs – Confessions of a Grass Eater
Living a vegetarian life in Lahore; by Maryam Arif

Opinion - A Fight to the End
Pakistan's eminent opinion maker on BB's bloodied return, exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad; by Irfan 'Mazdak' Husain

Special Editorial - Blasts, Blitzkrieg, and BB
Is Benazir Bhutto’s second return as hopeful as her first; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pride, Prejudice, and Pakistanis
What does Pakistan Paindabad’s Indian readers think of Pakistan Paindabad; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Accolades for Pakistan Paindabad
The Daily Times newspaper has something to say about this website

Photo Essay - Celebrating the Canal of Lahore
Honoring the city's most precious treasure; Pakistan Paindabad revisits an old story on its first birthday

Pakistan Paindabad Exclusive - What Makes Pakistanis Laugh
Paksitan's celebrated writer Bina Shah investigates

Special Survey - What Do Young Americans Think of Pakistan
Pakistanis in the perceptions of their greatest ally; by Raymond Lee

Time Out Karachi - Sunbathing in the Metropolis
Imagine Karachi without its beaches; by Ameer Hamza

"Karachi's Anarchy Leads Me to Question Things” - Interview with Amin Gulgee
Pakistan’s most celebrated sculptor talks to Pakistan Paindabad

Memories - Once So Many Hindus Lived in Taxila
An old lady recounts the time when Pakistan came into existence; by Kamran Safdar

Dateline Wagah - Pakistan Versus India
Eyewitness report from Ground Zero; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Naan, Keema, K2, and Cricket in Pakistan
In love with my land; by Merium H. Kazmi

M. Hanif Raza - Mister Borat of Pakistan
A travel writer too naive to be true; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – Indian Intellectuals Can’t Accept Pakistan
Exposing the anti-Muslim attitude of Indian writers like Ramachandra Guha; by Ali Eteraz

Viewpoint – Jiye Gandhi
We need more Gandhians in Pakistan; by Maryam Arif

Azaadi at 60 – We the Pakistanis
A young Karachite demands a new not-so-moth-eaten Pakistan; by Ameer Hamza

"Writing columns often moves me to tears" - Independence Day Interview with Kamran Shafi
One of Pakistan’s most acclaimed columnists sits down with Pakistan Paindabad

A Pakistani Riddle – Speaking Hindi; Reading Arabic
Making sense of our Pakistani identity; by Maryam Arif

Understanding Pakistan in Karachii
A single city defines the ethno-political dimensions of an entire nation; by Gaurav Sood

Exclusive Review – Pervez Musharraf and the Deathly Hallows
We’ve read the unreleased book purchased illegally from a Karachi store; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Chronicle – Slow Journey to Nationhood
Tracing the nation’s struggle for a common identity; by Gaurav Sood

Time Out Lahore - Dancing, Smoking and Crashing Out in Pakistan’s Sin City
Sharing a slice of the most happening city this side of the Indus; by Maryam Arif

Lahore & Karachi – A Tale of Two Cities
Two cities both alike in dignity; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Mr. Musharraf Stuck in Golden Temple Trap
Lal Masjid farce is over but it could have devastating results; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Lal Masjid Editorial – Flushing Out the Religious Blackmailers
Mr. Musharraf’s government finally showed its belated courage in dealing with the fanatics; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bina Shah - "I Want to Foster Future Booker Prize Winners"
Pakistan's most promising young writer talks to Pakistan Paindabad; interview by Gaurav Sood

Letter to the Readers- On Gay Life in Pakistan
In response to accusations of maligning Pakistan's reputation; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Open Secrets- Gay Life in Pakistan
It's risky but easy to be a homosexual in this country; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Satire - President Musharraf’s Little Khaki Book
Exclusive excerpts from Pervez Musharraf's new book; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bapsi Sidhwa: "I wrote naturally about sexuality..."
The grandmother of Pakistani writing in English talks to Pakistan Paindabad; special interview

Exclusive - Five things I love about Pakistan
One of Pakistan’s most respected opinion-makers on the country’s better side; by Irfan 'Mazdak' Husain

Editorial – Mr. Musharraf Gags Media, Ruins His Own Legacy
Can Pakistanis be pushed back to the bad old dictatorial days; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Because Heart Hai Pakistani
A Pakistani, living in America, muses on her land; by Nahal S

Special Report - Pakistan's Pink Purdah
Two women in love married each other and are now in jail; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Jiye Jiye Jiye Jiye Jiye Pakistan
A Karachi-based photojournalist loves his country and how; by Ameer Hamza

Book Review - City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore
Bapsi Sidhwa's Lahore is a lovingly embroidered family heirloom; by Gaurav Sood

Favourite Five – Why I Am a Proud Pakistani
Khalid Hasan, US correspondent of The Friday Times, lists his reasons.

Special Editorial - Pakistan’s Soul is Not for Sale
Searching and finding hope in these anxious times; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Chacha Chaudhry and Papa Pervez
Musharraf blunders, Karachi burns but is Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry all clean; by Gaurav Sood

Panch Pakistani Power Points
An eminent columnist shares his reasons for loving Pakistan; by Ishtiaq Ahmed

Top 5 Reasons for Loving Pakistan
Explaining the pull in terms of rating and ranking; by Raza Rumi

5 Heroes of Pakistan
Five Pakistanis who make me proud to be a Pakistani; by Hassan Abbas

Fiver for the Fatherland
Gosh, I love my Pakistan; by Jawad Zakariya

5 Stars to Pakistan
Here's why I'm proud of my nation; by Maryam Arif

Pakistan Top 5
Freedom, thrill, family, smartness, and girls; by Tehman Lall

5 Best Things about Pakistan – Difficult to List!
Is there anything beautiful about this country; by Saeeda Diep

Khyber Pass Memoirs
A retired British RAF Pilot discloses ‘Pakistan Paindabad’ was the first Urdu phrase he learnend; by Tony Connane

Heera Mandi - The Dream House of the Whores
Midnight excursion in the alleys of Lahore's red light district; by Mayank Austen Soofi

New Dawn for Pakistan's Least-Loved Citizens?
Pakistan has started taking note of its Hindu legacy; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Lahore Sight-Seeing - Fun on the Road
Passing instant judgments while driving in Pakistan's great city; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pervez Musharraf – The 100 Percent Superstar
Mr. Musharraf’s passion for “percentage-analysis” makes him a unique statesman of our times; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – Should Westerners Visit Pakistan?
The country has unleashed an ambitious "Destination Pakistan 2007" tourist campaign, but is the place safe; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Basant Photo Essay: Kat Gayi, Kat Gayi...Patang Kat Gayi!
Lahore went rangeela but debate continues on Basant’s legitimacy in Pakistan; Pictures by Usman Ahmed and Viewpoint by Maryam Arif

Interview with Ardeshir Cowasjee - The Grand Old Man of Karachi
One of Pakistan’s most respected citizens spills it out – about his beloved city of Karachi.

Editorial - Outrage and Unrest in Pakistan
Mr. Musharraf fires a judge and falls in trouble. Here is what he should do next; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Wagah Photo Essay - Spying in Pakistan
When an Indian, armed with a secret digicam, crossed into Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Rang De Red - Spring Time in Pakistan
Love and longing in the time of "Enlightened Moderation"; Poetry by Ajit Shenoy, pictures by Usman Ahmed

Editorial – The Changing Face of Pakistan
Is it merely skin-deep; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Culture Shock in Hip Pakistan
A Lahore girl, living in US, returns home to find a changing society; by Maryam Arif

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "Liberal Parents Allow Arranged Love Marriages"
How western impact affect inter-generational relations; an interview

Dating Scene in Pakistan - "Good Girls Not Available"
A non-resident Pakistani recalls his non-dating days in Karachi; an interview

Samjhauta Express Editorial - Give Respect to Pakistani Travelers
A bomb attack exposed the travails of the traveling citizens; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "There Are No Discos in Lahore"
A young man discusses the “scene in colleges” and in other "intimate hideouts"; talking with Tehman Lall

Dating Scene in Pakistan – The Correct Way
If you wish to go further, get married; by Usman

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "I Prefer the Oriental Ishq"
Where do young people meet in Lahore? And how things eased following Musharraf’s takeover; conversations with Raza Rumi

Making Love in Pakistan: An Introduction
On this Valentine's Week, a special series on the mixed-sex dynamics of the country.

How To Survive The Taunts And Jibes Of Pakistani Columnists?
Reading Pakistani newspaper columns in the times of Pervez Musharraf; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – What Is Wrong In Being A Muslim Fundamentalist?
A Taxila teacher reacts to columnist Ishtiaq Ahmed's interview with Pakistan Paindabad; by Syed Kamran Safdar

Exclusive Conversations with Pakistani Columnist Ishtiaq Ahmed
An eminent Pakistan-born intellectual on his native country, and on Islam as practiced in his adopted nation – Sweden; Interview by Mayank Austen Soofi

Photo Report - Running for Pakistan
A recent marathon in Pakistan made a political statement of its own; by Usman Ahmed and Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Editorial - Pakistan and India Will Never be Friends
The dividing wall of mistrust between these two nations won't come tumbling down anytime soon; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Blocking Blogs in Pakistan
While Time magazine makes bloggers the People of the Year 2006, Pakistan government is blocking access to blogs; by Mayank Austen Soofi

The State of Pakistani Economy – It’s the Time to Party

Acknowledgement: This blogsite is the ongoing consequence of constant inspiration and gentle prodding of my friend Gaurav Sood.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Special Survey – Indians on Pakistan

"Pakistan Paindabad has set others a model of what a blog/site should be."
Late Khalid Hasan, US correspondent for the Lahore-based Daily Times and The Friday Times
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Special Survey – Indians on Pakistan

No black & white views.

[By Mayank Austen Soofi]

What do young Indians think of Pakistan, especially after the Osama episode? Is the country doomed? Are all the people horrible there? Is Jinnah’s nation a hothouse of terrorists waiting to bomb our cities? Pakistan Paindabad contacted a few people and they responded with their ideas of Pakistan. Surprisingly, their perspectives were more multi-layered, complicated, intelligent and brutally frank than those coming from your average Pak hater (“you are wicked, wicked, wicked”) or professional peacenik (“I love you no matter what”). If a Pakistani is interested in knowing the views of their country from a thinking Indian’s mind, then this is it. Reader, get gutsy and read.

You, the people, can’t be blamed

"Following the Osama killing, I think the Pakistani establishment has much to answer for. Of that I have not doubt. I am not sure how much control the Pakistan premier has over all this. As an Indian, I don't blame the Pakistani population for all this. I think there's much less democracy in Pakistan than in India, and the people can't be held responsible for what the state does. For me, it is not possible to think of Pakistan as 'one' country. There are so many different power groups and political interests there. Pakistan functions at two levels - where the population just wants to get on with its life; while the politicians and army are busy justifying their meaningless existence by feeding trouble everywhere. I was, however, alarmed that there was not enough public outcry against the Salmaan Taseer killing. If Taliban-type fundamentalists take hold of Pakistan, it would be impossible for India-Pak relations to ever improve."
Sanchita Guha, editor in Marie Claire magazine, Delhi

Doubts remain

“I feel Pakistan is internally pretty conflicted. I have friends among the educated moderates there and I see the conflict going on between them and the politicians and the military. The country is desperately poor, yet they are so focused on their vendettas that they neglect internal reforms. Osama's death and the subsequent hyperventilation regarding how they weren't informed of the US's operation only highlights this. I doubt it was a game changer though. Pakistan will continue doing what it has been doing.”
Nithya Subramanian, researcher working on national strategy, Delhi

You skipped democracy

"When I think of Pakistan, the first emotion that comes to me is sympathy. And when I compare the progress that India has made in the equal number of years since independence, I do feel that Pakistan has taken some serious wrong turns. Democracy was a major thoroughfare they overlooked. I have grown up hearing stories of its bazaars and mohallas in Lahore. I am sure much has changed since. But how much and how? Understanding that seems a task as difficult as looking through a wall. There is a lot that we can learn about a country’s culture through its cinema and books, especially fiction. These chronicle the minute, everyday details about a society and its evolution. This then becomes a way of understanding a place from inside. I have seen Pakistan through Daniyal Mueenuddin’s In Other Rooms, Other Wonders and Kamila Shamsie’s work, among others. But my view remains fragmented.”
Sonal Aggarwal, fiction writer working on her first book, Delhi

You’re my disappointing sibling

“In a lot of ways my feelings about Pakistan are like one would have if they were part of a dysfunctional relationship with a sibling. There is a shared history, culture, tongue, instinctual affection but a disappointment at where the relationship stands. While growing up in Kathmandu, my next door neighbors were Pakistanis, and their children were my closest friends. There is great affinity between people and one is wounded by the turmoil in Pakistan. No one should have to raise their children in an environment like that. I was told by a fellow Pakistani writer, that there are snipers on the roof of his child's school. It’s a sad reality. But between states it’s hard to ignore the facts that exist. The Mumbai terror attacks cannot be erased from memory and unless there is support forthcoming from Pakistan to bring justice to the victims it will be hard to heal the relationship.”
Advaita Kala, novelist, Delhi

You’re perhaps normal but we might never know

“Truly, it's difficult to say what one feels about Pakistan, because as novelist Chimamanda Adichie said, I only get the single story about Pakistan - that's the one which is all about ISI and terrorism and basically how this is a state that's always after India. Sometimes, for a change of pace, there's also news about honour rapes and honour killings and the pathetic status of women. So every time I see a Coke Studio or I read the tweets of ReallyVirtual, or the blogpost of three super enthusiastic cricket lovers who pulled out all stops to make it to India, I am struck, shamingly, by how normal Pakistanis are, how smart they are, how very much like us. And that, of course, there must be thousands of stories out there that speak of culture, wit, ingenuity, intelligence, creativity, inspiration, fascination, obsession... Would I like to know more? Absolutely. Will I? I don't know. I'm not an active surfer of the net, I'm not on twitter, and I don't think I will see the hundreds of stories that make up life in Pakistan on any Indian newspaper or TV anytime soon.”
Nishat Fatima, freelance writer and photographer, Hyderabad

Too much Delhi in Pak

I don't have well-informed thoughts about contemporary Pakistan, but from the perspective of an editor of a city magazine, I do have one abiding thought and sentiment about the country. Even today, sixty years after Partition, Delhi's Muslim culture is divided between Delhi and Karachi. In a sense, Pakistan is still full of Dilliwalas; and to an extent they've done more to preserve the memory of Delhi's integral culture than we have here. We have no street in Delhi named after Ghalib, but they do in Lahore; Karachi has a Delhi Colony; as Vazira Fazila-Yaqoobali once wrote in our magazine, in Karachi, "hakims, perfumers, kababwalas and nihariwalas all proudly advertise their Delhi origins" -- these are ties that neither Partition nor the decades of hostility since then could snap. As a recent, earnest, try-hard Dilliwala myself, I'm moved by the idea of authentic Dilliwalas living across a hostile border, long sundered from the city but still loyal to it -- it underscores a kind of identity, of being a Dilliwala -- you'll certainly relate -- that are less easily abused, and much more meaningful, than "Indian" or "Pakistani".
Raghu Karnad, editor, Time Out Delhi

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jiye Jinnah Jiye Pakistan

"Pakistan Paindabad has set others a model of what a blog/site should be."
Late Khalid Hasan, US correspondent for the Lahore-based Daily Times and The Friday Times

Special Column – Rooting for Pakistan
Pakistan-India cricket match in Mohali, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - The Discovery of a City
The sum total of its people, by Rakhshanda Jalil

Special Interview – Kazim Aizaz Alam, A Young Karachi Man in the US
How are Americans treating him, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Letter from London - Why I Love Pakistan
Pyaasa for Pakistan, by Catriona Luke

Pakistan Floods - Is Indian Media Blacking Out Pakistan’s Worst Natural Tragedy
Pakistan's tragedy doesn't move India, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Sign of the Times - Terror Attack in Daata Darbar, Lahore's Sufi Shrine
Requiem for the dead, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Landmark - T2F, Defence Housing Authority
Karachi's coolest cafe, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Reading Chicklit in Karachi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Guide - Sunday Market, Defence Housing Authority
The world of old books, by Yasir Malik

Pakistan Diary - At Home in Lahore
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The Dancing Girl of Heera Mandi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The Karachi Kartography
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Jinnah's Mausoleum
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - Is Karachi Safe?
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - The First Karachi Literature Festival
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pakistan Diary - My First Evening in Karachi
A trip to the fatherland, by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Scene – The Musical World of Saffia Beyg
A Karachite’s passion for Hindustani classical, by Junaid Zuberi

Dateline Karachi - Get Ready for Pakistan's First Literature Festival
Three cheers for Pak-lit; by The Independent's Andrew Buncombe

Blog Review - Two Indians in Isloo
They are blogging on life in Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - “And How are Things For You as a Woman?”
Novelist Sehba Sarwar in a round table chat; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Feature - Face-to-Face with Asma Jahangir
The symbol of a brave Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Photo Essay – Pakistan’s Bright Stars
The people who constitute Pakistaniyat; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review - The Coffee House of Lahore; by KK Aziz
Coffee, tea and revolution; by Raza Rumi

Special Feature – The Indian Who Loves Pakistan
Author Khushwant Singh's home is always open to Pakistanis; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Today Islamabad, Lahore Feel Like War Zones, and Karachi is Calm" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part IV; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"I Would be Lost Without My Laptop" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part III; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Houston is as Ugly, Polluted, Hot as Karachi" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part II; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"My Life's Not Dramatic but I Married Outside the Community" - Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Interview with the Karachi-born novelist - Part I; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Series - Interview with Novelist Sehba Sarwar
Understanding Pakistan through its artists; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Life - A Gay Man's Diary, Part II
Being gay in Pakistan's biggest metropolis; by by Jalaluddin

Special Feature – 9/11, The Day Mr Jinnah Died
The final day in the life of Pakistan’s founder; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Personal History – The Karachi Quotient
Growing up in Pakistan’s biggest metropolis; by Imran Ahmed

"Islamabad have diplomats & politicians, but also philosophers and scholars" - Faiza Khan, Artist
Interview-IV with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"The Majority Who Buy My Art Are Still Not Pakistanis" - Faiza Khan, Artist
Interview-III with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

“It’s not wise to exhibit on political themes" – Faiza Khan, Painter
Interview-II with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

“I’m bothered by everything that snatches away my rights” – Faiza Khan, Painter
Interview-I with an Islamabad artist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Freedom Day Special Series – Faiza Khan; Celebrating an Artist’s Life
Understanding Pakistan through its people; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Family Portrait – A Karachi Family in an Indian Mall
A slice of their Delhi afternoon; by Mayank Austen Soofi

"Our writing is older than the creation of Pakistan itself" - Ali Sethi, Novelist
Exclusive interview with a new Pakistani novelist; by Mayank Austen Soofi

High Life – A Pakistani in Sri Lanka
Columnist Irfan Husain finds a new home; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Dateline Karachi – The City’s first Monsoon Rain
When the tough weather surrendered to the people’s will; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - Arundhati Roy in Pakistan
India's literary terrorist wows its 'enemy'; by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Viewpoint - An Insult to My Pakistan
Remember why we created Pakistan; by Sehar Tariq

Special – Hello Taliban
Background of the Swat peace deal; by Amir Hashim Khakwani, translation by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Obituary: Khalid Hasan, Journalist & Writer
He died of cancer, aged 74; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Eminent Pakistani - Naz Ikramullah, Artist
Snooping around a sari-clad Pakistani in the Indian capital; by Mayank Austen Soofi

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Kamran Shafi's Wish List
Pakistani’s wittiest columnist shares an exclusive with Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Yes We Can!
A Karachi blogger writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – No Hope Here
Eminent Karachi columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Finding Comfort in a Sindh Village
Author Sehba Sarwar writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – 5 Hopes for the Nation
Academic Hassan Abbas shares his hope with Pakistan Paindabad

2009 Happy Pakistan Series – Get Out of Self-deception
Columnist Irfan Husain writes exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad

Special Editorial – A Happier Pakistan in 2009
Eminent Pakistanis to share their optimism with Pakistan Paindabad; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Remembrance - 6:16 pm, December 27, 2007
On Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s first death anniversary; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Diary - In Love with Arundhati Roy
A young Pakistani besotted with an Indian passport holder; by Kazim Aizaz Alam

Viewpoint - Should Pakistan Hand Mumbai Suspects to India?
A look at the costs and benefits; by Gaurav Sood

Viewpoint - Pakistan After Bombay 26/11
Policy shift needed, not war; by Raza Rumi

Exclusive - 'Dostana' in Pakistan
Dawn newspaper refused to print this op-ed on homosexualism in Pakistan; by Irfan Husain

Capital Culture - Making Music in Pakistan
Claiming back our heritage; by Raza Rumi

"The Only Country Where I am a Non-Muslim is My Own" - Interview with Saira Wasim
Chatting with a Pakistani artist who happens to be an Ahmadi Muslim; by Gaurav Sood

Special - Life, Love, Lahore
Life and times of Pakistan's premier monstropolis; by Raza Rumi

Scoop – When Mr Zardari Met Ms Palin
All he wanted was a hug; by Mayank Austen Soofi

In Mourning - Once Was Marriott
Terrorist attack kills more than 40 people in the Islamabad hotel; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special – Mr Zardari, You've Got Mail
A Pakistani student writes to the nation's new Prez; by Hassan Masud

Xclusive – How President Zardari Courted Benazir Bhutto
Revealing excerpts from Benazir’s memoirs; by Mayank Austen Soofi

50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die - Lawrence Garden, Lahore
Listening to the sound of trees; pics by Raza Rumi

Obituary – Pervez Musharraf, 1999-2008
Pakistan’s former CEO and a friend of George Bush; by Mayank Austen Soofi

14th August Series: Bina Shah - "I'm Not Free"
Pakistan's celebrated author on Independence Day

Capital Notes - Once was Islamabad
Mourning the demise of Pakistan's greenest city; by Raza Rumi

Memoir - Pakistan Paindabad Blogged Me to Fame
This blogsite has changed my life; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bina Shah's Review - Pakistan Paindabad's Intentions are Good, the Execution Clumsy
Pakistan's eminent author discusses this blogsite

Pakistan Paindabad in News
This blogsite has reached a milestone; by Rezaul Hasan Laskar

New Series - 50 Pakistani Destinations Before You Die
Your guide to beautiful Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review – Goodbye Shahzadi, Shyam Bhatia
An Indian journalist’s disappointing biography of Benazir Bhutto; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint -- Lahore-Delhi Hip Factor
Young life in both cities is a blend of cafe culture, cool music and retail nirvana; by Raza Rumi

Travel – Journey to Pakistan
When an Indian goes to Lahore with excess baggage; by Rakhshanda Jalil

Trends - Reading Urdu Outside Pakistan
The homesick diaspora has online Urdu as refuge; by Raza Rumi

Dateline Lahore - Poetry in Pakistan
Poetry is a part of everyday life, including politics; by Henry Chu

Lahore Diary - Club Sandwich was Invented in Lawrence Garden!
Amazing stories you never knew about this city landmark; by Raza Rumi

Black Tuesday – 3/11, Lahore
Folks die, stuff happens; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Literature - Love Poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Ghazal by Pakistan's great Urdu poet; by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

Special – William Dalrymple’s Cool ‘n’ Sexy Pakistan
The best-selling author has finally fallen for the country; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Mr. Zardari & Mr. Sharif, The Audacity of Hope
Their new friendship might not be good for the democracy; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Musing - Losing East Pakistan
A young Pakistani do a remembrance of things past; by Hassan Masud

Pakistan Elections – The Morning After
Life goes on after the landmark mandate; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Mourning Benazir Bhutto - Shehr-i-Qatl ke Log
Marking the end of the 40-day mourning period of Ms. Bhutto’s death; by Raza Rumi

Xclusive - Who is General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani?
Is Mr. Kayani the right guy for Pakistan Army; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Personal History – Fish Out of Water
A Pakistani-American returns home to re-discover her culture, language and religion; by Bina Shah

Parda Faash – Britney spears Pak Hearts
Benazir is gone, Britney is coming; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Opinion - The Sufi Links of Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto displayed the sufi trait in her death; by Raza Rumi

Viewpoint - Benazir is Dead, Long Live Pakistan
A young Pakistani remains hopeful even after Benazir's assasination; by Salman Ravala

Exclusive - 6:16 pm, 27/12, Benazir Bhutto is Dead
Eminent Pakistanis–Begum Nawazish Ali, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Ardeshir Cowasjee, Khalid Hasan, Shandana Minhas, Kamran Shafi, Raza Rumi–relive the moment with Pakistan Paindabad

Bibi Special - My Life with Benazir Bhutto
Eminent columnist and Bibi's friend looks back on the late leader; by Khalid Hasan

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2008
Pakistan's future Prime Minister and convent-educated mother of three teenagers; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Column - Courage in a Time of Chaos
Pakistan will survive the tragedy of Benazir's assasination; by Bina Shah

Special - Pakistan Paindabad Gets Good Press
Mullah Radio Quiz attracted 6000 visitors on a single day; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Obituary –Ismail Gulgee, Pakistani Artist
Abstract expressionist and portraitist of the Afghan royal family; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Special - Top 10 Pakistani Blogs
Pakistan Paindabad fails to make it; by Raza Rumi

Satire – Special Quiz on Pakistan
Jemima’s memoirs, Sharif’s symbol, halaal sex, and more; by Mayank Austen Soofi

In Praise and Criticism of Pakistan Paindabad
Message from readers

Commentary - The Three Musketeers of Pakistan
A not-for-dummies guide to the trinity of Benazir + Nawaz + Musharraf; by Gaurav Sood

Exclusive – Gay Planet in Karachi
A homosexual man’s guide to Pakistan’s biggest metropolis; by Jalaluddin

Satire – What Is to Be Done?
A few readymade revolutionary deals for Mr. Musharraf & Co.; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Culture - A Specie Called Pakistan Art
Excursions into a little known world; by Raza Rumi

Travel - Mr. Raza’s Tips on Pakistan
Counseling by Pakistan’s most lovable travel writer; compiled by Mayank Austen Soofi

“Writing a Novel is Like Ejecting an Infant from Your Uterus” – Interview with Shandana Minhas
Frank talk with the Karachi-based author of Tunnel Vision; interview by Mayank Austen Soofi

Emergency Column - Pervez Musharraf Arrested My Mother
But he is losing the match; by Maryam Arif

Opinion - Iqbal, Islam, and the Emergency
Our poet had envisaged a different Pakistan; by Raza Rumi

Karachi Life - A Gay Man's Diary, Part I
Being gay in Pakistan's biggest metropolis; by Jalaluddin

“Repressive measures have led to some spectacular literature in Pakistan” – Interview with Rakhshanda Jalil
The editor of a anthology of Pakistani short stories on the country’s vibrant writing scene; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Honey, How We Shrunk Musharraf's Emergency
Ripping apart international media's mis-coverage of Pakistan's crisis; by Gaurav Sood

Satire – Full Text of Mr. Musharraf’s Emergency Proclamation
Illegally obtained by Pakistan Paindabad; by Gaurav Sood and Mayank Austen Soofi

Book Review – Searching for Sister Pakistan
neither night nor day, 13 stories by women writers from Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Indian blogger's website on Pak creates waves in cyberspace
Pakistan Paindabad is being noticed; by Rezaul Hasan Laskar

Recollection - Heartbreak in Lahore
A play that moved both Indians and Pakistanis; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - On Pakistan Paindabad's First Anniversary
The blogsite needs a Pakistani collaborator; by Gaurav Sood

Memoirs – Confessions of a Grass Eater
Living a vegetarian life in Lahore; by Maryam Arif

Opinion - A Fight to the End
Pakistan's eminent opinion maker on BB's bloodied return, exclusively for Pakistan Paindabad; by Irfan 'Mazdak' Husain

Special Editorial - Blasts, Blitzkrieg, and BB
Is Benazir Bhutto’s second return as hopeful as her first; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pride, Prejudice, and Pakistanis
What does Pakistan Paindabad’s Indian readers think of Pakistan Paindabad; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Accolades for Pakistan Paindabad
The Daily Times newspaper has something to say about this website

Photo Essay - Celebrating the Canal of Lahore
Honoring the city's most precious treasure; Pakistan Paindabad revisits an old story on its first birthday

Pakistan Paindabad Exclusive - What Makes Pakistanis Laugh
Paksitan's celebrated writer Bina Shah investigates

Special Survey - What Do Young Americans Think of Pakistan
Pakistanis in the perceptions of their greatest ally; by Raymond Lee

Time Out Karachi - Sunbathing in the Metropolis
Imagine Karachi without its beaches; by Ameer Hamza

"Karachi's Anarchy Leads Me to Question Things” - Interview with Amin Gulgee
Pakistan’s most celebrated sculptor talks to Pakistan Paindabad

Memories - Once So Many Hindus Lived in Taxila
An old lady recounts the time when Pakistan came into existence; by Kamran Safdar

Dateline Wagah - Pakistan Versus India
Eyewitness report from Ground Zero; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Naan, Keema, K2, and Cricket in Pakistan
In love with my land; by Merium H. Kazmi

M. Hanif Raza - Mister Borat of Pakistan
A travel writer too naive to be true; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – Indian Intellectuals Can’t Accept Pakistan
Exposing the anti-Muslim attitude of Indian writers like Ramachandra Guha; by Ali Eteraz

Viewpoint – Jiye Gandhi
We need more Gandhians in Pakistan; by Maryam Arif

Azaadi at 60 – We the Pakistanis
A young Karachite demands a new not-so-moth-eaten Pakistan; by Ameer Hamza

"Writing columns often moves me to tears" - Independence Day Interview with Kamran Shafi
One of Pakistan’s most acclaimed columnists sits down with Pakistan Paindabad

A Pakistani Riddle – Speaking Hindi; Reading Arabic
Making sense of our Pakistani identity; by Maryam Arif

Understanding Pakistan in Karachii
A single city defines the ethno-political dimensions of an entire nation; by Gaurav Sood

Exclusive Review – Pervez Musharraf and the Deathly Hallows
We’ve read the unreleased book purchased illegally from a Karachi store; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Karachi Chronicle – Slow Journey to Nationhood
Tracing the nation’s struggle for a common identity; by Gaurav Sood

Time Out Lahore - Dancing, Smoking and Crashing Out in Pakistan’s Sin City
Sharing a slice of the most happening city this side of the Indus; by Maryam Arif

Lahore & Karachi – A Tale of Two Cities
Two cities both alike in dignity; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Mr. Musharraf Stuck in Golden Temple Trap
Lal Masjid farce is over but it could have devastating results; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Lal Masjid Editorial – Flushing Out the Religious Blackmailers
Mr. Musharraf’s government finally showed its belated courage in dealing with the fanatics; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bina Shah - "I Want to Foster Future Booker Prize Winners"
Pakistan's most promising young writer talks to Pakistan Paindabad; interview by Gaurav Sood

Letter to the Readers- On Gay Life in Pakistan
In response to accusations of maligning Pakistan's reputation; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Open Secrets- Gay Life in Pakistan
It's risky but easy to be a homosexual in this country; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Satire - President Musharraf’s Little Khaki Book
Exclusive excerpts from Pervez Musharraf's new book; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Bapsi Sidhwa: "I wrote naturally about sexuality..."
The grandmother of Pakistani writing in English talks to Pakistan Paindabad; special interview

Exclusive - Five things I love about Pakistan
One of Pakistan’s most respected opinion-makers on the country’s better side; by Irfan 'Mazdak' Husain

Editorial – Mr. Musharraf Gags Media, Ruins His Own Legacy
Can Pakistanis be pushed back to the bad old dictatorial days; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Because Heart Hai Pakistani
A Pakistani, living in America, muses on her land; by Nahal S

Special Report - Pakistan's Pink Purdah
Two women in love married each other and are now in jail; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Jiye Jiye Jiye Jiye Jiye Pakistan
A Karachi-based photojournalist loves his country and how; by Ameer Hamza

Book Review - City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore
Bapsi Sidhwa's Lahore is a lovingly embroidered family heirloom; by Gaurav Sood

Favourite Five – Why I Am a Proud Pakistani
Khalid Hasan, US correspondent of The Friday Times, lists his reasons.

Special Editorial - Pakistan’s Soul is Not for Sale
Searching and finding hope in these anxious times; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Chacha Chaudhry and Papa Pervez
Musharraf blunders, Karachi burns but is Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry all clean; by Gaurav Sood

Panch Pakistani Power Points
An eminent columnist shares his reasons for loving Pakistan; by Ishtiaq Ahmed

Top 5 Reasons for Loving Pakistan
Explaining the pull in terms of rating and ranking; by Raza Rumi

5 Heroes of Pakistan
Five Pakistanis who make me proud to be a Pakistani; by Hassan Abbas

Fiver for the Fatherland
Gosh, I love my Pakistan; by Jawad Zakariya

5 Stars to Pakistan
Here's why I'm proud of my nation; by Maryam Arif

Pakistan Top 5
Freedom, thrill, family, smartness, and girls; by Tehman Lall

5 Best Things about Pakistan – Difficult to List!
Is there anything beautiful about this country; by Saeeda Diep

Khyber Pass Memoirs
A retired British RAF Pilot discloses ‘Pakistan Paindabad’ was the first Urdu phrase he learnend; by Tony Connane

Heera Mandi - The Dream House of the Whores
Midnight excursion in the alleys of Lahore's red light district; by Mayank Austen Soofi

New Dawn for Pakistan's Least-Loved Citizens?
Pakistan has started taking note of its Hindu legacy; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Lahore Sight-Seeing - Fun on the Road
Passing instant judgments while driving in Pakistan's great city; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Pervez Musharraf – The 100 Percent Superstar
Mr. Musharraf’s passion for “percentage-analysis” makes him a unique statesman of our times; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – Should Westerners Visit Pakistan?
The country has unleashed an ambitious "Destination Pakistan 2007" tourist campaign, but is the place safe; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Basant Photo Essay: Kat Gayi, Kat Gayi...Patang Kat Gayi!
Lahore went rangeela but debate continues on Basant’s legitimacy in Pakistan; Pictures by Usman Ahmed and Viewpoint by Maryam Arif

Interview with Ardeshir Cowasjee - The Grand Old Man of Karachi
One of Pakistan’s most respected citizens spills it out – about his beloved city of Karachi.

Editorial - Outrage and Unrest in Pakistan
Mr. Musharraf fires a judge and falls in trouble. Here is what he should do next; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Wagah Photo Essay - Spying in Pakistan
When an Indian, armed with a secret digicam, crossed into Pakistan; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Rang De Red - Spring Time in Pakistan
Love and longing in the time of "Enlightened Moderation"; Poetry by Ajit Shenoy, pictures by Usman Ahmed

Editorial – The Changing Face of Pakistan
Is it merely skin-deep; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint - Culture Shock in Hip Pakistan
A Lahore girl, living in US, returns home to find a changing society; by Maryam Arif

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "Liberal Parents Allow Arranged Love Marriages"
How western impact affect inter-generational relations; an interview

Dating Scene in Pakistan - "Good Girls Not Available"
A non-resident Pakistani recalls his non-dating days in Karachi; an interview

Samjhauta Express Editorial - Give Respect to Pakistani Travelers
A bomb attack exposed the travails of the traveling citizens; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "There Are No Discos in Lahore"
A young man discusses the “scene in colleges” and in other "intimate hideouts"; talking with Tehman Lall

Dating Scene in Pakistan – The Correct Way
If you wish to go further, get married; by Usman

Dating Scene in Pakistan – "I Prefer the Oriental Ishq"
Where do young people meet in Lahore? And how things eased following Musharraf’s takeover; conversations with Raza Rumi

Making Love in Pakistan: An Introduction
On this Valentine's Week, a special series on the mixed-sex dynamics of the country.

How To Survive The Taunts And Jibes Of Pakistani Columnists?
Reading Pakistani newspaper columns in the times of Pervez Musharraf; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Viewpoint – What Is Wrong In Being A Muslim Fundamentalist?
A Taxila teacher reacts to columnist Ishtiaq Ahmed's interview with Pakistan Paindabad; by Syed Kamran Safdar

Exclusive Conversations with Pakistani Columnist Ishtiaq Ahmed
An eminent Pakistan-born intellectual on his native country, and on Islam as practiced in his adopted nation – Sweden; Interview by Mayank Austen Soofi

Photo Report - Running for Pakistan
A recent marathon in Pakistan made a political statement of its own; by Usman Ahmed and Mayank Austen Soofi

Special Editorial - Pakistan and India Will Never be Friends
The dividing wall of mistrust between these two nations won't come tumbling down anytime soon; by Mayank Austen Soofi

Blocking Blogs in Pakistan
While Time magazine makes bloggers the People of the Year 2006, Pakistan government is blocking access to blogs; by Mayank Austen Soofi

The State of Pakistani Economy – It’s the Time to Party

Acknowledgement: This blogsite is the ongoing consequence of constant inspiration and gentle prodding of my friend Gaurav Sood.