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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What I’ve Read Since April 2k18

The blood moon is framed by the statues of Hera and Apollo in Athens, 27 July 2018


Now that things are going to change in our country, there should be a national holiday every year where grown children should let their mothers tuck them in one more time. – @ChachiChatters


‘I felt I was being punished for pushing back’: pregnancy and #MeToo by Justine van der Leun. [x]

Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home by Kapurthala [x]

She is Rohingya, and she doesn’t want your pity by Vidya Krishnan [x]

A dirty war on freedom of the press in Pakistan by Hameed Haroon [x]

“Whatever’s your darkest question, you can ask me.” [x]

Girgian, a Basrawi-Iraqi tradition, where children dress up on the 15th night of Ramadan and go door to door greeting neighbours and collecting treats (mostly candies, money and toys). It’s ’s very own ‘trick or treat’ tradition!

Pepsi Battle of Band jury: Meesha in, Ali out by Faizan Javed [x]

A thread about the 25-yr-old asst. football coach, Ekapol, who was in charge of the twelve boys. (Twitter link) [x]

Another Twitter thread on Thai Cave Rescue, this time from an experienced cave diver named Puff. [x]

Famous women, here’s how feminism affects you by Manal Faheem Khan [x]

The Timeless Myth of Medusa, a Rape Victim Turned Into a Monster by Christobel Hastings [x]


Auschwitz escapee told the world about Nazi genocide by Tu Thanh Ha [x]

عمیرہ احمد کیوں مقبول ہیں؟ by Nasir Abbas Nayyar [x]

LG challenge by DAWN’s editorial [x]

Here’s how you can connect to friends who are depressed by Bill Bernat [x]

Married To A Muslim — He Fasts, I Feast by Natasha Badhwar [x]

I think this was taken on Eid-ul-Fitar

عرفان خان کا خط اپنے مداحوں کے نام : مرض بڑھتا گیا جوں جوں دوا کی [x]

I didn’t know upskirting wasn’t illegal, until it happened to me (a Vid by Guardian on Twitter) [x]

This Is What Happens When Friends Fall in Love by Sammy Sass [x]

One of the world’s most chilling ruins is the Ploutonion at Hierapolis, “the Gates to Hell”. A thread on Twitter [x]

Here is a story about white male entitlement – Twitter thread by Alic Gold Fuss [x]

Whale Watching

8 Shows on Netflix That Will Soothe Your Anxiety-Ridden Soul by Lila Ettachfini [x]

My father’s daughter by Tazeen Razi [x]

So today I’m going to tell you the Strange Story of How I Ended up as a Bride on a Rooftop in Shanghai – thread on Twitter by Shubnum Khan [x]

What I Talk About When I Talk About Walking in the Streets of Dhaka by Tabassum Zaman [x]

How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit by Natasha Frost [x]

In 1935 two Sikhs, Harbans Singh & Diwan Singh were admitted as doctors in the UK. They became the first Sikhs to serv the NHS which celebrates its 70th birthday. Pic: Diwan Singh & his wife Kundan Kaur, in 2011 their son Inderjit was appointed to the House of Lords

Incredible Animation Shows How Deep Humans Have Dug on YouTube [x]

My mother was almost cast as Anarkali for Mughal-e-Azam. At home, she was violently abused by her husband by Sophia Naz [x]

Montini: The feds lost – yes, lost – 1,475 migrant children by EJ Montini [x]

Enormous Smallness: The Sweet Illustrated Story of E. E. Cummings and His Creative Bravery by Maria Popova [x]

#MaiBhi – Pakistan’s version of #MeToo – is failing, and the country’s feminists are part of the problem by Rafia Zakaria [x]

Caitlin Moran on women who call themselves not feminists

Noor Tagouri, Playboy And The Porn Industry by Saira Mahmood [x]

A thread on the stalking culture in S. Korea by @mylifeisntyourporn [x]

How bank CEOs rake in the big dough by Kazim Alam [x]

These Pakistani startups are making election commentary accessible for deaf people by IMAGES [x]

How bicycles boosted the women’s rights movement [YOUTUBE] [x]

The girls of Swat are busy in preparing models for

Step aside Arabic, now Mandarin is the new ‘English medium’ in Pakistan by Aneela Babar [x]

So there was a MYSTERY at the library today. [Twitter threat] [x]

Women Everywhere! We Need to Get Bigger and Fatter Right Now by Nisha Susan [x]

From Malala to Parkland, why are the victims demonised? by Nesrine Malik [x]

Withering Under the White Gaze: The Hart Family Tragedy by Deep Green Philly [x]

7 year old, Havana Edwards, was the only student at her elementary school who participated in today’s .

The Silently Regressive Politics of “A Quiet Place” by Richard Brody [x]

I’ve done the thing I feared and I’ve taken the leap of faith: Meesha Shafi by Maheen Sabeeh [x]

A comprehensive list of articles, statements and videos for those who wish to learn more about the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement by G@D [x]

Sana Mir shutting down ads which encourage body shaming [x]

Army’s telecom wing allowed 3G, 4G services trial run in GB by Farman Ali [x]

In a time of death and destruction, the ‘Cat Man of Aleppo’ continues to look after his furry friends.

A thread-of-threads on my research into ruins: ancient, modern & imaginary by Paul M Cooper [x]

I was one of Facebook’s first users. I shouldn’t have trusted Mark Zuckerberg by Julia Carrie Wong [x]

How Ferrero Rocher Became A Status Symbol For Immigrant Families by Liana Aghajanian [x]

Video: What is sexual harassment and how do victims get justice in Pakistan? by IMAGES [x]

Soiled Hands: The Pakistan Army’s Repression of the Punjab Farmers’ Movement [x]

A Hazara man with a solar scoot off Alamdar Road in


Me Too, Except I Didn’t Stay Silent by Sukjong Hong [x]

13 Recommended #OwnVoices Reads for Ramadan by The Conscious Kid Library [x]

Hundred of dead baby girls have been found in Pakistani rubbish dumps by Adam Smith [x]

I’m a Dalit woman, and my mental health matters by Christina Thomas Dhanaraj [x]

Sexism in Healthcare by Ayesha Izhar [x]



All the Prime Minister’s Women by Rafia Zakaria [x]

Young Pakistan Is Ready to ‘Just Do It.’ Whatever ‘It’ Is. by Mohammed Hanif [x]

In her short life, mathematician Emmy Noether changed the face of physics by Emmy Convoer [x]

How to Make a Life From Scratch by Elizabeth Alexander [x]

Getting Access to Paywalled Papers [x]

It’s back to school for children in Karachi, Pakistan as schools reopen, August 1, 2018. – Akhtar Soomro

For every like I will share a fact about anti-fat bias. A Twitter Thread. [x]

At London Bridge and they just asked for a doctor over the speaker and a woman near me looked at the guy she was with and just handed him her coffee and then RAN like a superhero it was amazing [I love this Twitter thread so much] [x]

On Eating Alone in Paris by Stephanie Rosenbloom [x]

A story of purity culture and patriarchy [Twitter Thread] [x]

Dua’s for students – a thread: [x]

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story? by Anya Kamenetz [x]

The Daily Life of a Grandma and Her Odd-Eyed Cat – Miyoko Ihara

All the women in me are tired by Khadija Patel [x]

What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party by Kate Bowler [x]

The Importance Of Being Asma by Mohammed Hanif & Hasan Zaidi [x]

Where Democracy Is a Terrifying Business by Ali Akber Natiq [x]

Women behind speculum redesign say we need gynecological tools designed by people with vaginas by Claire Breen [x]

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What I’ve Read in the Past Couple of Months

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking.
Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter:
Sharp love has swollen me up with heady langours.
(Arthur Rimbaud)

Turkish boy leading his snowmen in prayer.

The disappearing world of Lucknow’s Badla embroidery artisans by Maria Thomas [x]

The Best January Poems Everyone Should Read [x]

The Best Virginia Woolf Books [x]

Is Something Wrong With Kasur? by Xari Jalil [x]

Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea by Nikhil Sonnad [x]

Toxic masculinity is bad for health (#AuratMarch2018)

Pakistani politicians of all stripes allegedly committed/abetted/hushed up/trivialized #SexualCrimes. [a Twitter thread] [x]

Extremism is not a small problem for Hazaras by Hussain Ali [x]

38 swine flu cases confirmed in Karachi by M. Waqar Bhatti [x]

Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6 by Tom Warren [x]

Gene genius Siddhartha Mukherjee on why ‘doctors shouldn’t be gods’ by Jo Ellison [x]

NUST, Islamababd

Goodbye Ipod, And Thanks For All The Tunes by David Pierce [x]

The Masterminds Of The Assassination by Ziad Zafar [x]

Snowden’s New App Turns Your Phone Into A Home Security System by Andy Greenberg [x]

iPhones start slowing down after a year of use, and that’s way too soon by Jacob Kasternakes [x]

Inside The “Spiritual Abuse” Allegations Against A Celebrity Preacher by Hannah Allam [x]

Keith Jarrett and his son, Kyoto, 1976.

Kasur sex scandal victims threaten self-immolation [x]

For those of you who work in social media, I need to share the story of my friend who died, and I didn’t know because algorithms. [a Twitter thread] [x]

‘Short-term’ disappearances by Reema Omer [x]

Japanese Grandmother Chronicles the Adorable Antics of 1-Year-Old Girl and Giant Poodle by Sara Barnes [x]

The DHA City juggernaut rolls on in the name of development by Fahim Zaman and Naziha Syed Ali [x]

Just made these colour word charts to help with writing. The darker the colour the deeper the meaning. (via @1991mre on Twitter)

A tale of two brothers by Zeeshan Salahuddin [x]

21 Under 21 2017: See Photos and the Full List [x]

Nothing banal about Biennale by Sabahat Zakariya [x]

What It’s Like to Watch Isle of Dogs As a Japanese Speaker by Emily Yoshida [x]

Want to freak yourself out? I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it {A THREAD} [x]

Photographer at Manora, December 2017

Pakistan Is Racing to Combat the World’s First Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak by Meher Ahmed [x]

What does a scientist look like? Children are drawing women more than ever before by Katie Langin [x]

What If Girls Knew They Were Allowed to Be Angry? by Mara Wilson [x]

I’m a Guy’s Girl by Mia Mercado [x]

One of the world’s weirdest ruined & abandoned places is the Pennsylvanian town of Centralia. Its residents were forced to leave by an underground fire that’s been burning beneath the town for over 50 years. {A THREAD} [x]

Sitting under a stained glass window

Im a woman and I travel the world alone, from Mexico to Morocco to Cuba to Bosnia to many other countries. Here’s a thread on how I stay safe: {A THREAD} [x]

And what’s a post without a memory in the form of a Twitter thread by Chachi? [x]

Vanessa James / Morgan Cipres FS 2017 World Team Trophy. Tokyo (A must watch on hard days.) [x]

Asma Jahangir by The News [x]

Last orders: Ireland’s vanishing ‘quirky’ shopfronts – in pictures [x]

Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir: The street fighter by Saroop Ijaz [x]

-Asma- a poem by Kyla Pasha [x]

When You Factor in Family Duties, the Average Working Mom Works 98 Hours a Week by Maricar Santos [x]

‘I felt a nausea of fury’ – how I faced the cruelty of Britain’s immigration system by Nesrine Malik [x]

منظور پشتین: ’تحریک کے پیچھے اپنوں کے لیے بہتے ماؤں،بہنوں کے آنسو ہیں‘ [x]

Gauri, selling flowers in Kolkata in order to afford school fees of her three daughters

Hussain Khanwala: Village scarred by child abuse scandal (TW: RAPE) [x]

To Be Young and Pashtun in Pakistan by Raza Wazir [x]

Go away Rosetta Stone, this is THE way to learn Urdu and Pushto. English to Urdu to Pushto (Banusi) translation. Adorable kids. A must watch clip (vid on Twitter) [x]

Election Act case: IHC summons travel records of 6,000 ‘Ahmadis’ [x]

My Mom Took Me Overseas and Forced Me Into Being a Teen Bride [x]

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