What I Read in Past Few Months

“But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” 
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Monica Barengo

‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’ a photo essay by Orhan Pamuk [x]

The First Time I Cried on the Q by Mehreen Kasana [x]

7 Parents on What They Learned from Their Trans Kids by Serena Sonoma [x]

Tied to the river by Asad Farooq [x]

Belief is back: why the world is putting its faith in religion by Neil MacGregor [x]

India Just Decriminalized Gay Sex by Nishita Jha [x]

Lawyers Collective led by Anand Grover representing Naz Foundation through the years.  

Coming Out to My Daughter by Joey Alison Sayers [x]

The number of undernourished people in the world is rising again by Michael J. Coren [x]

I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake by Saga Vanecek [x]

Why Your Brand-New Smartphone Will Scratch Just As Easily As Your Old One by Shannon Liao [x]

The Importance of Selfishness [x]

The newborn lambs are carried in a custom made side saddle by the donkeys, and returned to their mothers at feeding time.

Why Pakistan will go to the IMF again, and again and again by Shahrukh Wani [x]

The Bad Blood: My Life With Sickle Cell Anaemia by Sara Bivigou [x]

Why we don’t get consent by Paromita Vohra [x]

Never marry a poet or join a leftist party ─ and other lessons from Pakistani feminists by Asad Alvi [x]

The Silence of Sexual Assault in Literature by Idra Novey [x]

Knowledge is a light.

I’m a Chef With Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left by Fatima Ali [x]

The age of envy: how to be happy when everyone else’s life looks perfect by Moya Sarner [x]

How To Write An Effective Thank You Letter [x]

Remembering Oct 8, 2005: The day the earth shook by Tariq Naqash [x]

What Does It Mean To Live With A Body That Can’t Be Fixed? by Anna Leahy [x]

Polish Illustrator Jakub Rozalski

I am a mother without a baby [x]

What kind of person makes false rape accusations? by Sandra Newman [x]

Cervical cancer set to be eliminated from Australia in global first by Aisha Dow [x]

The Roots of Scientific Racism: Black Bile and Phlegm by Désirée Wariaro [x]

On assault – a Twitter thread by Maura Quint [x]

Chikankari, Katrin Coetzer

امل عمر کیس: ’مریض کی جان بچانے میں ایک طرف قانون تو دوسری طرف انسانیت کا تقاضا‘ by Sehar Baloch [x]

You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads. by Gennie Gebhart [x]

Meet the Guy Who Has Made Many of the Memes You’ve Shared by Uday Kapur [x]

How the system failed us by Beenish Umer [x]

Barriers to the dam by Nushmiya Sukhera [x]

Rooney Mara behind the scenes of A Ghost Story (2017)

Between Brock Turner and Brett Kavanaugh, when do girls matter? by Simcha Fisher [x]

On abortion, men and unwanted pregnancies – A Twitter thread by Gabrielle Blair [x]

Thicker than blood: Queer kinship and choosing your own families by Kavya Murthy [x]

’تطہیر بنت پاکستان‘: ’مجھے میرے باپ کا نام نہیں چاہیے‘ by Humera Kanwal [x]

GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules by Owen Bowcott [x]

Quentin Blake has reimagined Matilda 30 years on and it’s just as glorious and lovely and inspiring as you’d hope.

Men and their correctile dysfunction – A highly amusing thread on Twitter [x]

Folly, thy name is Diamer-Bhasha by Daanish Mustafa [x]

And This Is How I Will Remember You by Mehreen Kasana [x]

Six years in a sexless marriage taught me how badly we need to talk about sex as narrated to Anam Lodhi [x]

Serena Williams and the Game That Can’t Be Won (Yet) by Rebecca Traister [x]

Serena Williams with her daughter Olympia

At U.S. Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play by Sally Jenkins [x]

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: The Feminist Sherlock You Should Be Watching by Kaytl Burt [x]

Atif Mian and the kingdom of clowns by Zarrar Khurro [x]

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures by Neil Gaiman [x]

1965: How Pakistan won the war of propaganda by Haider Imtiaz [x]

Straight shooting on the 1965 war by S. Sajad Haider [x]

‘Declared non-Muslim, cannot cope.’ – Dr. Abdul Salam’s diary entry from 44 years ago.

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup by George Monbiot [x]

Famous suicide notes thread. [x]

Louis C.K. Has Clearly Learned Nothing — and I’m Done by Maureen Ryan [x]

The Unbearable Sameness of Cities by Oriana Schwindt [x]

What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers? by Christine Murray [x]


If You Know, You Know by Isaiah Thomas [x]

A few months ago, Paris Zarcilla found cats under his bed. This is a Twitter thread recounting his experiences as he unexpectedly discovered fatherhood. [x]

Sinister ‘Hunger Stones’ With Dire Warnings Have Been Surfacing in Europe by Peter Dockrill [x]

Atoning for Sexual Assault in Comedy Ideas by Jenny Yang [x]

نئے پاکستان کے نئے وزیراعظم کا پہلا دن by Saleem Safi [x]


Dam Equivalents: The solution to Pakistan’s water crisis by Hassan Abbas [x]

First 100 days: Inciteful speeches amount to rebellion, warns information minister by ETribune [x]

The Loneliest Whale in the World – a Twitter thread [x]

A thread on the creative and beautiful ways that the artists of the past repaired the flaws in torn and damaged manuscripts. by Paul Cooper [x]

The Imran Khans I’ve known by Osman Samiuddin [x]

i would caption this but what even are words

Ghosts on the shore by Christopher Harding [x]

With Pakistan’s rivers dying, are its ancient cities running out of time? by Haroon Khalid [x]

a thread on basic tips to help improve your next science figure! by Adriana [x]

Cook Thy Meal, Love Thy Body: Why I Am A Feminist Who Cooks by Akanksha Mishra [x]

Netflix’s new ‘Salt Fat Acid Heat’ is unlike any other food show on TV by Maura Judkis [x]

Au Jardin Fleuri, Constant Puyo, 1899

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong by Michael Hobbes [x]

Matilda’s new adventures at 30: astrophysicist, explorer or bookworm by Donna Ferguson [x]

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book: A Beautiful Anatomy of Loss, Illustrated by Quentin Blake by Maria Popova [x]

The Urban Poor You Haven’t Noticed: Millennials Who’re Broke, Hungry, But On Trend by Gayatri Jayaraman [x]

Why high hills have a high suicide rate by Aurangzaib Khan [x]

The Value of Suffering – Daehyun Kim

The Ultimate List of the Best Children’s Books About Kindness by Kelly [x]

The Koran verse splitting imams on domestic violence by Hayley Gleeson [x]

How to Make a Big Decision by Steven Johnson [x]

Why you should ask for someone’s pronouns – instead of just assuming  by Meera Jagannathan [x]

“Mera jism, khandaan ki marzi by Hira Shaheen [x]

Nine women among fourteen plaintiffs seeking compensation from Radium Dial Company for asserted permanent injury suffered as a result of poisoning contracted through work painting radium on watch dials, Feb. 11, 1938. (AP Photo/Carl Linde)

Losing A Parent Is Hell, So Stop Telling Me To ‘Get Over’ My Grief by Christine Burke [x]

I Like to Think Things by Drama Mama [x]

The Primal Pleasure and Brutal History of Sugar by Ruby Tandoh [x]

Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness by Jen Gunter [x]

On pregnancy and childbirth in a ‘man’s world’ – a Twitter thread [x]

if you’ve stuck around till now, then here’s a delicious picture of Jack Falahee in Paris, France 

When Food Doesn’t Bring Us Together by Tina Vasquez [x]

What is a story you have been dying to tell? [x]

How to Feel Loveable When Feeling Unloveable Is All You’ve Ever Known by Meggie Royer [x]

The Oligodynamic Effect: How Some Metals Kill Off Bacteria by Wesley Fenlon [x]

‘He Could Have Killed Me.’ Lorena Bobbitt on Domestic Abuse and What She Wants You To Know About Her Case 25 Years Later by Olivia B. Waxman [x]

“Glory be to the girl who goes back for her body.” – Dominique Christina, Star Gazer 

the first time you realized what gaslighting was by Meggie Royer [x]

There’s No Escaping the Gentrification of Chai by Saba Imtiaz [x]

Three Chopsticks by Calvin Trillin [x]

All career advice for women is a form of gaslighting by Ephrat Livni [x]

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage by Christine Kenneally [x]

Gentle Reminder: You Are A Goddamn Adult by Alex Nichols [x]

Spotify Playlists:
dog days [x]
solitude [x]

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Karachi Eat 2018

Damn Kashaf, back at it again with another #KEFF post.

You can find previous posts about Karachi Eat over here, here and here.

So this year, I decided to go to KEFF with my friends on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday morning trip. We went without reading any reviews because Friday night had been a total disaster in terms of management and many patrons returned in disappointment.

We had a relatively better experience than last year because;
1. The event was at a larger place instead of the picturesque Frere Hall, making everything less chaotic.
2. Likes of Safeguard and Aman made sure that the area remained clean and provided people with free tissue and sanitizers.

The ticket prices increased this year, a flipping 300 PKR with a scarcity of sitting places and no shade. CKO being the usual pain in the ass. There was a 100 rupees redeem scheme going on in collaboration with KeenuWallet but i’ll rant about that later. Let’s talk about food.

First stop was at 2 Guys and 1 Grll (sounds superbly wrong but ohwell, not worse than the shit names in Hobnob’s menu). They were serving only one thing: Donut Burgers.


Oh my god. I can talk about it for days. Priced at 300 PKR and less than four inches in diameter, it wasn’t a fair deal but the taste somewhat made up for it. The meat was succulent, the sauce was to die for, and the subtle sweetness of the donut made everything perfect. I can’t wait for these guys to open up their own store; they’ll definitely find a regular customer in me.


Second was Awesamosas. In all honesty, i figured that this will be a burger rendition of a desi tea item and would be a total flop but boy, was i glad to be wrong. We tried their Caramelized onions, pizza and Reese’s samosas. First bite will tell you that these guys aren’t playing around. The pastry was so on spot in terms of flakiness. You could taste the effort the Awesamosas team had put in it. Caramelized onions was the star, next in line for me was Reese’s samosas, a fantastic duo of sweet and salty.


Then we stood in line for fifteen minutes at Fry Guys. We bought their Deep Fried Chicken in Waffle Cone, it had Sriracha sauce dribbled over it and honestly, was the star item in their menu. Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll, uff what a mouthful, looked really unappetizing and had a generous amount of salt in it. My friend hated it and told me to write a scathing review because that was a good 250 PKR down the drain.

Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll

We also tried Meet the Cheese’s chicken sticks with fries, they too had a cheese sauce over them. It was sort of bland for my liking, and for 300 PKR didn’t seem like a good deal.


Obviously all this food made us extremely thirsty and cranky so we went out to search for stalls that only served drinks. The Cocktail Bar was our stop and possibly the worst decision in the whole day. Our drinks were too concentrated, and i had to drink a whole bottle of water before feeling right again. Looking around, we could see people had left almost 75% of their drinks from TCB untouched so I guess we weren’t the only one with the shitty experience. It was priced at 250 PKR and a total waste of money.


I am not a sausage person but my friend ordered Corn Dogs from Grill in the City and they were juicy, af. Too bad that I was feeling exhausted by then, so couldn’t manage more than a couple of bites of those.


Fam’s Patisserie’s waffles were a must buy too.


Eventually we ended the day with a mixed berries bar from Pop Bar. It was refreshing and full of flavor.


I wish I could’ve stayed a little longer but at 4.30 pm the place had become quite chaotic so we had to leave.

Now coming to KeenuWallet. What a fuck load of scam by these guys. Apparently the 100 PKR from the ticket were redeemable but the scheme stopped for no reason. We did complain to one of the guys in the Keenu management and he started to guide us on how we could avail our rewards by going to so-and-so stalls however, you needed data for it. And even on data, the app was quite slow so basically, it was too much of a hassle and we paid in full everywhere. The app was deleted immediately after i reached home. There was no delete account option, which i would’ve preferred since now these idiots have my CNIC info.

Verdict: It was surprisingly well-managed. Surprising because CKO finally seems to take constructive criticism seriously. I would’ve gone today as well since there was so much I couldn’t try yesterday but oh well. There were more proper stalls rather than home-based chefs unlike last year. Entry ticket price is no doubt quite high, especially for people with large families, but then the event is also only meant to cater a certain class of crowd so that’s that. It is quite problematic but those who can afford it, i’d just say, don’t miss out on the innovative and actually delicious food inside.

#KarachiEat 2017

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This food festival has been the talk of the town since the past two weeks; a feat that hadn’t been achieved in its past 3 years of establishment. At first the hue and cry was about their ‘no stags’ policy. A much appreciated and needed move which tickled the privileged gender in all the wrong areas. Then it rained on the very first day of its opening. There were no backup plans and electricity was switched off in the midst of the festival; the stall owners and the patrons both faced a lot of hindrance because of it. The irresponsibility on the management’s part wasn’t even amusing this time. I regularly check AccuWeather for updates and it had actually mentioned rainfall from Friday to Saturday. The fact that the management chose to ignore this and later didn’t even bother to compensate (at least this is what i heard) the visitors for tickets they had bought says mountains about it.

Anyways, fast forward to this week.

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Frere Hall

Since the venue was again Frere Hall, parking was bound to be an issue. However CKO was providing shuttle services and Careem was giving rides from all over Karachi in Rs 250. This effort to take responsibility for the traffic was appreciated.

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Apart from that, the tickets were priced again at Rs. 250. I honestly would’ve skipped the event because of this and also because of my horrible experience last year. However, EasyTickets and SIM SIM mobile partnered with CKO events, and for their publicity, gave tickets on discounted prices. All one had to do was to download apps of both aforementioned companies, sign up, and book tickets from there.

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So yeah, my fam and I, comprising of four people got tickets for Rs. 99 each which was awesome.

We reached Frere Hall at 12 pm, no parking issues, and entered the event with a nasty shock. 75% of stalls weren’t fully opened. At 12 pm. What are these stall managers. I understand that y’all have been working hard for the past two weeks but this wasn’t an excuse to not open at the right time. Why do you guys do this?

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Khair. We grabbed a table and then wandered around to check what’s ready and what should be left for later. (There were good seating arrangements this time, btw. No umbrellas to escape from the sun but a lot of tables were set up.)

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My first stop was to Nora’s Got Sweet Tooth. I met Bisma, the lone CEO of this venture, who was very energetic and trying to make everyone comfortable. After some speculation, I bought their granola bar for Rs. 150; haven’t tried it yet, but let’s hope its worth the hype on SWOT’s.

Then I went for Naan Sahab. Everyone who went on the first and second days had been raving about its stuffed naans so had to try those. Chicken Cheddar Naan was my pick; looking similar to calzone, hot and puffy, it was delicious. It costed me Rs. 250.

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Please don’t go on its looks. 😦

A lot of my friends had tried chicken strips from Cosmos so I bought those too. Was first a little apprehensive since i didn’t like the way they looked but oh my god. They were so light despite being deep fried. I had had chapli kebab from The Chapli Kebab House before chicken strips, it was quite heavy and made me feel nauseous, totally not the quality they have been producing in the past 2 years. So anyways, I forced myself to eat a chicken strip after the chapli kebab, and it was quite refreshing. Will definitely try them when i next go to Cosmos.

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Chapli Kebab was priced at Rs. 200 and Chicken Strips from Cosmos left me Rs. 250 poorer.

Sitting and walking an hour in the bright sun, and only warm water to quench our thirst, compelled us to get some drinks. Miftah’s mojitos were a life saver! They charged us Rs. 200 per drink and we bought 3. Definitely a bit pricey but they managed to revive our sinking spirits.

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Then we headed to Desi Gali. Now, i’m the ‘jitna ghaleez, utna lazeez’ type of person. In normal circumstances I wouldn’t even think of having chana chaat from some fancy place but their products looked tempting enough for me to make the jump. I bought chana papri chaat for Rs. 180. Loved every bite of it. Returned back to the stall and bought their peri bites for home. Haven’t tried them yet but mum said that they are good too. Now i’m regretting for not buying more stuff from there.

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I was planning to skip Lady Marmalade. Earlier this month I hoarded on a lot of desserts so wanted to avoid anything sweet in KarachiEat. But I couldn’t stop myself (since when i have gotten this sweet tooth, what the hell?!) and bought Lady Marmalade’s famous funnel cake which was topped with a nutella dressing. Opted out for the icecream scoop so it cost me Rs. 200. Extremely light and yummy, finished in minutes and now I want some more.

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A visit to PeakFreans’ stall was a must. Beautiful decor and innovative use of PeakFreans’ products. Definitely a trip to the memory lane. I wanted to try their icecream sanwich which they were sadly out of stalk, so bought their Chocolate S’mores and Panna Cotta for Rs. 50 each.

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Dad even got haleem from some stall. We couldn’t fine the much loved Shaan’s stall so the haleem from random place was to do in its place. It was being charged at Rs. 80 and then when the crowd increased, the prices were raised to Rs. 100. Wasn’t yummy either, just your average daily haleem.

We even bought Peshawar’s namkeen boti. No idea how much it costed and haven’t tried it yet. I hope its good because there were mixed reviews about this stall.

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So this was it. I hope whoever attended the event had a good time; if you know the places where delicious stuff actually is, then pretty sure you won’t have any regrets about paying those 250 rupees as an entrance fee.

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