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Before I share anything, I will start by laying my cards on the table. I am from Hunza, and I have promised to bring Shilajit to our hostel guard whenever we needed a favour like borrowing his Sohrab bicycle for a ride or get Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) — especially when we needed to get VCR in our hostel. Folks of the current time may not know that VCR was a devil of a device for playing VHS tapes. Getting a VCR in a boys’ hostel was one of the most daring acts of its time. …

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“The first class oppression coincides with that of the female sex by the male,” (Friedrich Engels, Origin of the Family)

Was it with a purpose to bring attention to the plight of women, or a concealed struggle for lifting the expressions in the indigenous languages? Why Baba Bulleh Shah adopted the female character? Was he the only one?

All the third spaces between the home and worship were closed for women in the history. It drew a portion of age before the gates of Western masonic lodges started opening for women.

To read further about the concept of third space…

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Few pieces of art truly go beyond the seemingly boundless influence of geopolitical dimensions. In the recent past, I found three photo images, one each from India, Pakistan, and Turkey.

The first photo shows a zealot putting a saffron flag over a minaret of a mosque in New Delhi, India. They associate the flag with a Hindu far right group.

The second picture is of a Pakistani zealot hammering and smashing a newly discovered statue of Buddha in Takht Bhai, KPK province Pakistan. …

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Never, never marry, my friend. Here’s my advice to you: don’t marry until you can tell yourself that you’ve done all you could, and until you’ve stopped loving the woman you’ve chosen, until you see her clearly, otherwise you’ll be cruelly and irremediably mistaken. Words uttered by a character in Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel War and Peace. Maybe Tolstoy was talking around the untapped human potential which gets lost between basic needs as home and work, i.e. food and sex.

When I am in my zone my senses climb up to a higher band. Every morning I smell Desi ghee…

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A simmering Warzone it has become. We do not fight the war in question with bullets or bombs; we need dollar bills and corporate insurance. People around the world seem to have come to a grim conclusion. The actions of their authorities while enforcing quarantine, the governments have chosen economy over epidemiology.

Everyone who has ever referred to the COVID 19 pandemic as “The Great Equalizer-hitting the rich and the poor”, earned a medal in mental gymnastics. This pandemic has meshed neoliberalism up with ‘privilege’. Any privilege is that white, corporate or a capital privilege.

The human tragedy in South…

Graffiti or 2500 Years Heritage? Why Bother?

A graffiti lover? I do not care

The Silk roads were not lone corridors. It had many accesses through various geographies from West to East. The West had always fantasised about the silk of this side. Marco polo’s autobiographies are filled with the fascination regarding the courts and its silk of Chinese empires. However, the East started to lose its charm when Europe had discovered richer lands to explore, replacing eastern silk with American cotton during the colonial period.

One of the prehistoric silk routes was between Taxila and Western China. Today this…

“Let’s try to create a new habit of slow travel; let’s forfeit the social media selfies and work on creating true links of friendship, mutual aid, trust, and discovery when we are guests in other people’s communities and homes.”- Heather Marsh

According to UNWTO the minimum per capita income for any tourist to become an international traveller is USD 50,000. By any and every standard, the average Pakistani per capita income is way too low to afford foreign travel. It is also true that Pakistan does not have any experiential tourism. We live in a country with domestic tourism. …

All societies have their own stories, sagas, heroes, and villains. The stories are embedded in the cultural capital of geography. Its dough is kneaded with local moisture of human interactions and responses to the environment.

Cultures may be weak, or strong. It is the basic unit of translation. Historically cultures are nomadic, agricultural or in the later part of 20th century industrial. However, in the late nineteenth century, there has always been a difference between the urban middle class and rural culture of any society.

In the sub-continent traditionally, there is a culture of collaboration and from the beginning of…

The 9th of February 2006 has never been recorded as an extraordinary day in the history of humankind. However, this day was indeed extraordinary in giving a new meaning to human relationships. This day gave human connection a whole new meaning. It was the day when Facebook introduced the ‘like’ or ‘recommended’ button. A thumbs-up sign which then became a pandemic of its kind.

The Like option has become a digital dollar of gratitude. A medium of exchange with no value. It has started the expectation debt between virtual relations. People expect if one likes a status or a page…

A hard time it is indeed, nothing is worth writing about but the pandemic. In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s words “Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.” The more you try to forget about a white polar bear the more you will see it. The more you drift to softer subjects, the more the pandemic over powers your literary endeavors with its powerful silence and pestilence.

The current situation seems a plagiarized version of the Albert Camus novel The Plague. Set…

Moin Uddin

Business coach, speaker, mentor, father. Cycling my hobby, humour my oxygen & reading my addiction. All I say is my own. #Phd #Pracademic twitter@moinhunzai

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