· June, 2006

Stories about Pakistan from June, 2006

Pakistan: Through Thar

  29 June 2006

Light Within on the Thar/. “Thar Parkar is politically alive and in the limelight these days. Previously, one only chewed over and thought of such far away places, or read about Thar's unusual life, of people, who sang and danced with exciting rhythm and melody, radiant colours in dress, Manik...

Pakistan: Traffic blues

  28 June 2006

Crow's Nest… on traffic blues. “The traffic police are non existent. Those that are can be found resting their lives away on a chair by the road side under the shade far removed from the happenings of this material world. “

Pakistan: Grand Trunk Road

  27 June 2006

Shirazi on the Grand Trunk road that spans South Asia. “Its angles have been yanked and diverted by history. It has witnessed the march of Aryans and victorious advance of Persian and Greek armies. It also saw the Scythians, White Huns, Seljuks, Tartars, Mongols, Sassanians, Turks, Mughals and Durranis making...

Pakistan: Rock and the Underground

  27 June 2006

Asma covers the rock scene in Islamabad. Watch out for the take on underground rock. “Here, bands remain underground only because financial constraints, lack of contacts, sponsorships and media attention, and discouragement from parents cause them to remain smothered down there. Most Western UG bands prefer remaining proudly unheard of...

Pakistan: Dolls of the world network

  26 June 2006

Shirazi on the Dolls of the World network. “The idea behind the Dolls of the World took birth in Pakistan when Thatta Kedona – a self help project – started in small Punjab village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka in Pakistan and NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama (AeFeA) was registered in 1999.”

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Rethinking 1857

  26 June 2006

Sepia Mutiny discusses an article by William Dalrymple that explores the uprising in 1857. “I don’t think Dalrymple is saying that everyone involved in the Rebellion of 1857 was motivated by this kind of religious feeling (indeed, as I understand it there were as many or more Hindu sepoy rebels)....

Pakistan: All about Arrandu

  20 June 2006

People and breathtaking descriptions of Arrandu in Pakistan by Shirazi - “This village is located ‘on’ the Pakistan Afghanistan boarder. Dir-Chitral Road bifurcates near village Mir Khanni and a jeep able track along Kunar River leads to Arrandu through Domail Nisar and onwards into Afghanistan.”

Pakistan: Travel Writing and the Internet

  16 June 2006

Shirazi reflects on travel writing and the internet. “The Internet that is wrongly considered a pedestal for instantaneous scribbles mixed with emoticons and indecipherable abbreviations has already become a place to find some good travel literature, travelogues and travel stories in addition to online trading of travel services. It can...

Pakistan: Germany's Economy

  15 June 2006

Light Within on the impact on Germany's economy thanks to the World Cup. “Last time the world paid so much attention to Germany was 16 years ago when the (Berlin) Wall came down. During ongoing World Cup 2006 German government, businesses, economists and politicians are hoping for a kick, to...

South Asia: The Immigrant Dad in the US

  5 June 2006

Sepia Mutiny announces an online collaborative project, where readers are encouraged to send photographs of their dads who were South Asian immigrants after the 1965 Immigration Act to the US. “Remember that the main point of this is to capture through pictures what it meant to be a South Asian...

Pakistan: Football, televisions, old timers and the Stock Exchange

  2 June 2006

A wonderful post by Shirazi on football in Pakistan. From television sales, to old timers. “For Abdul Ghafoor (65-year-old Pakistani), once known as the “Black Pele of Pakistan,” life revolves around football. He has found a renewed vigor ahead of the World Cup finals. Mere mention of football and the...

Pakistan: Karachi Anime Convention

  1 June 2006

Misha on the Karachi Anime Convention 2006 – “Anime, as opposed to popular opinion, is generally different from cartoons in that it has a very specific way of animation that sets it apart from, say Disney or Hannah-Barberah style animations. ” and links to an Orkut Community for Anime Lovers...