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]

Photos taken from: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]

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]

Pictures taken from: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]

What I’ve Read in The Past Couple of Months

Hello friends, it has been two years since I started this series and I figured that a reintroduction needs to be done. I’m Kashaf, a third year med-student, with a voracious appetite for words. Since medschool leaves me incapable to write, I decided to read a lot instead. This led me to catalog whatever I’ve read between one module exam and another. Hence, you have these bi-monthly posts.  I hope you have as much fun reading as I have while making them.

Here’s a picture of me just for fun!

Without further ado:

‘To be able to visit galleries alone, go out to dinner with yourself, take lone walks, and go solo to a movie, is an underrated strength.’
Ayishat A. Aknabi

‘I’m sitting at the same bench right now, bacho’ -Chachi Chatters

I got wet for 3 hours yesterday to shoot the rain, a double rainbow, and an epic sunset. In this thread, you’ll see what I captured. [x]

What does it mean to be anti-abortion in modern Canada? by Michael Coren [x]

A thread on #AdaLovelaceDay [x]

Of Ostriches and Women by Omer Wahaj [x]

H&M’s unethical factory practices in Pakistan [x]


Journalist Daphne Galizia who wrote on Panama Papers killed in a car bomb explosion.

I Have Been Raped by Far Nicer Men Than You by Natalie Degraffinried [x]

Sex and the Muslim Feminist by Rafia Zakaria [x]

What’s Really Keeping Pakistan’s Children Out of School? by Nadia Naviwala [x]

Pakistan, Land of the Intolerant by Muhammed Hanif [x]

#HimToo: A Reckoning by C. Christine Fair [x]

Vivian Maier, Chicago 1950s

Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love? When everything seemed to stand still & you just knew? (a tweet that tugs my heartstrings) [x]

A form of harassment women face daily (thread on Twitter) by Nuzhat S. Siddiqi [x]

“Log Kya Kahengay”: Calling Off a Wedding by Saira Khan [x]

Men Don’t Understand Sexual Harassment. This Is How We Change That by Lily Herman [x]

“I am sorry for all the times I stabbed men, just a little, in my previous workplace. After years of counseling, I stopped stabbing men.” (iconic thread) [x]

Could hardly see Malala behind this but could hear her. And it was great to. At #LLFLondon2017 (Adnan Sarwar)

One pattern: Men benefit professionally from sexual harassment. Even those who don’t harass. (Twitter thread) [x]

So, you’re a parent, you’ve been reading  and you’ve found yourself utterly terrified? How can you protect your children: a thread. [x]

Here is a list of house plants you can add to your home and gift to others that will help filter toxic air: [x]

In Praise of Autumn’s Rotting Beauty by Charlotte Mendelson [x]

Why Doesn’t Aishwarya Rai Get Enough Credit For Being A Domestic Violence Survivor? by Tanika Godbole [x]

Brian and Tuppence on set

It’s time to talk about former Vice President Joe Biden, the open sexual predator. A thread/moment… [x]

Katas Raj case: ‘Will halt water supply to cement factories if necessary,’ says CJP by Haseeb Bhatti [x]

Matilda Actress Mara Wilson: A 13-Year-Old Girl Is Not “All Grown Up” by Mara Wilson [x]

Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead? by Sarah Boxer [x]

I Know Why Taylor Swift is on TIME’s Person of the Year Cover But WHY is She on the Cover? [x]

Anoosha Syed, a Pakistani character designer

The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic by Emma [x]

The useful dangers of fairy tales by Amber Sparks [x]

Muslim foster parents: ‘We’d never had a Christmas tree – it made them so happy’ [x]

Welcome to the graveyard of rare books, also known as the Saulat Public Library, Rampur by Daniel Jacobius Morgan [x]



We Used the App That Reveals What Women Look Like Without Their Makeup on the Man Who Created It by Heather Schwedel [x]

Medicine’s Women Problem by Aubrey Hirsch [x]

We have to take sides by Amy Courts [x]

How To Be A Friend To Someone Who Has Had A Miscarriage by Rachel Wilkerson Miller [x]

Pictures taken from [x][x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]