That Naseem Shah Spell

MCG. World Cup Final. Versus possibly the greatest white ball team in history. It’s a spell that I’ve gone back to watch, and then re-watch and then watch again one more time. Make no mistake, Naseem Shah isn’t the kind of bowler that ignited that raw Pakistani fast bowler emotion in me during the early…

Short Story : MashAllah Man

“Sister Humaira has a question now…” Raees Ahmed, the bushy moustached bespectacled host, had the camera on him as he read out a message from a card infront of him. “She says Asalamualikum Aalim Sahib..” “Walakumasalam “ muttered a voice in the background. The camera was still on Raees. “My daughter recently completely her Intermediate…

Personal Hell

It’s an absolutely terrifying spectacle. Before it all begins, you’re hoping something happens. A meteor hits the planet. A fire breaks out. An unforgiving Tsunami hits the shores. Something. Anything. But it never does. Thankfully for everyone else. A little less thankfully for you. It’s not like you’re doing this for the first time. You’ve…

The Pakistan Cricket Hangover

Here we go again. Not the first time.  Definitely not the last. It’s like having a painful, toxic romance. There are time where you despise them. Abhor every iota of their existence. But then they put on your favourite cologne, utter saccharine dipped words, and it is all butterflies and rainbows again. These feelings hit…

Pakistan’s Line Of Defense

Pakistan has a robust line of defense. There is the army. Somewhat sexy, ever present, every where. There is the air force. Sexier, less visible, but still there. There is the Navy, neither sexy, not visible, but still there ( allegdley ) And there are the average every day nationalistic drum beating Pakistanis. Everytime something…

Surrey’s No-Solutions Election

Municipalities in British Columbia will elect new governments on October 15. The city of Surrey, BC’s second largest, is set to elect a mayor, eight city councillors and six school trustees, and the options are virtually zero for working-class Surreyites who want pressing needs such as housing, accessibility, and environmental sustainability addressed. There is no…

Affordable Homes Needed

The economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 has not spared any industry, and Vancouver’s housing market is no different, immediately hitting sales and in the future construction. Over 40,000 homes were built across the greater Vancouver region in May 2020, a mere two months after BC announced its state of emergency. Over two thirds of these…

South Asia and Black Lives Matter

It’s not easy looking at images of burning, looting and rampant violence. Not today, when the modes of inflicting said damage have become faster and more co-ordinated than at any point in our history. The only thing worse than looking at those images, is living through it and that is what African Americans have been…

Trudeau and Kashmir

There is a long list of current gut wrenching headlines on our phone and TV screens currently. From the puddles of blood in Gaza to the clampdown of protest in Hong Kong, we live in times where good news is an abnormality. In the middle of all this is Indian Occupied Kashmir. It has never…

Why Vancouver Scares Me

The first time I landed at Vancouver International Airport was June 2013. My earliest memory of that Air Canada flight landing was the view from the window seat – pristine water, lush green islands and somewhere in the middle of all that , the city of Vancouver.  A few months later, and I would call…