What I Read in the Past Couple of Months

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Always a re-read on 14th August: Kis ki Azadi? [x]

Missing Since 1947 by Hamid Mir [x]

In Lahore, trauma of partition’s silent generation slowly comes to light by Sune Engel Rasmussen [x]

India’s partition: ‘People in their final years are desperate to open up’ by Michael Safi [x]

What Does It Mean to Make Art in the South Asian Diaspora? by Hrag Vartanian [x]

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Elina Chauvet, Zapatos Rojos, 2013, empty red women’s shoes, protest for all the missing/murdered women and girls due to #MVWAG*

Abuse in Pakistan: ‘I’m more scared of harassment online than offline’ by Sabrin Toppa [x]

Pakistan’s New Patriarchs by Mohammed Hanif [x]

Exclusive: Khaadi ripping off workers of over Rs100 million every year by Fawad Hasan [x]

What happens when children recovering from drug addiction spend time at an animal shelter? by IMAGES [x]

Munshi Premchand: The Aam Aadmi’s Author by Gaganjeet Singh [x]

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The moment in history when Muslims began to see dogs as dirty, impure, and evil by Alan Mikhail [x]

Chann Kitthan Translation [x]

‘Hans gayi aur phans gayi’: On the mechanics of laughter and sexual harassment by Kaneez Rehman [x]

The imagined threat of the ‘modern’ woman by Ammar Ali Jan [x]

15 Years by Meenah Tariq [x]

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Parachinar and censorship by Ammar Rashid [x]

In the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, a unique and flavoursome dialect of Urdu is going extinct by Malini Nair [x]

The Chaos by Charivarius [x]

“‘Gender Performativity’ is Victim Blaming” by Huff [x]

The Political Nature of “Human Nature” by Ruth Hubbard [x]

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A post on Parachinar written so eloquently by my friend, N. [x]

Women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over. by Josh O’Conner [x]

Understanding The Language of Female Breakups by Hayley Krischer [x]

Chester Bennington’s Legacy Is In What Linkin Park’s Music Did For Teens Like Me by Kadeen Griffiths [x]

Qandeel Baloch: The Making And Unmaking Of A Working Class Heroine by Sana Saleem & Saad Khan [x]

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The Balloon Seller of Kabul (Taken on May 14, 2008)

Boy recorded coming out to his mother (i cried) [x]

Why Sexism and Homophobia in Old TV Shows Is Such a Big Problem Today by Oliver Lee Bateman [x]

To Stay in Love, Sign on the Dotted Line by Mandy Len Carton [x]

C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Fiction Was Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight by Jess Zimmerman [x]

Ode to my Bitch Face by Olivia Gatwood [x]

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Afghanistan’s Sesame Street gets proud brother muppet by Anne Chaon [x]

I also read:
Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Skimmed through the Millennium Series
Re-read three of Artemis Fowl series

*MVAWG = Male Violence Against Women and Girls
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What I Read in the Past Months

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Spring is welcomes by school children in Parachinar by launching Tree Plantation Campaign

Students’ future at stake as eight govt schools being razed surreptitiously [x]

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan [x]

Britain: The End of a Fantasy by Fintain O’Toole [x]

Labour abuse: Is Khaadi’s ‘third-party vendor’ TexMark actually a Khaadi-owned operation? by Fawad Hasan [x]

Meet the man who played Barney the dinosaur by TechInsider [x]

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Please Stop Serving Your Lattes Inside Produce by Tim Forster [x]

Just Give It 7 Seconds by Leah Backmann [x]

My last conversation with Aamir Zaki by Rafay Mahmood [x]

An Old Man at Ghora Chowk by Hafsa Khawaja [x]

When You Love Your Friend But Hate Her Social-Media Presence by Hayley Phelan [x]

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Karachi by night – Zubeda Agha

Miley Cyrus Faces Rightful Backlash in Light of Past Cultural Appropriation by Michael Arceneaux [x]

Reversals in FATA by Afrasiab Khattak [x]

Consider the Mango (my favourite summer read) [x]

Cutting down trees for CPEC by Muhammad Sadaqat [x]

Pakistan to get its first online registry for heart stents by DAWN [x]

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‘Rejection’ erasure poetry by Ben Aaron

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you by The Oatmeal [x]

No country for labour by Ammar Rashid [x]

I’m the human you left behind in the wreckage at Bahria Enclave by Marvi Sirmed [x]

Calm Down, It’s Just a Tote Bag by Mehreen Kasana [x]

SUBTEXT: MANIFESTO OF THE MAN-CHILD by Ahmer Naqvi [x]

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Pride and Eid-ul-Fitar coincided in 2017

What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm by Maisha Z. Johnson [x]

Fear looms over Karachi’s Afghan Camp as harassment complaints persist by Saher Baloch [x]

The letters of Mikael Muhammad | Short love story [x] (safe to say that I cried)

The Reality That All Women Experience That Men Don’t Know About by Gretchen Kelly [x]

Life and death of a worker by Fahmida Riaz [x]

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A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, 1910

Gwadar fisherfolk worry about One Belt One Road by Zofeen T Ebrahim [x]

Let’s discuss the Linguistic & Pragmatic use of the word “nigga” (A Twitter thread) [x]

Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter (MY FAVOURITE FANFICTION OMG) [x]

A YEAR OF GOOGLE & APPLE MAPS [x]

‘He Called and Asked for My Friend’s Number.’ Thoughts on Growing Up Behenji by Surthi Krishnan [x]

What Abortion in America Looks Like Right Now by Alexa Tsoulis-Reay [x]

 

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Book Review: Lord of The Flies

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In my secondary school we as a class used to finish a novel each year in our Literature period. In grade seven, LoTF was introduced to, and most of us including me finished it for the sake of passing our exams. Last year I stumbled upon a post on my Tumblr feed which sparked my interest in the book. And then I started to read more about the heavy symbolism present in it.

Sir William Golding set out to write a more realistic novel, by the way, using the same names for his main characters as Ballantyne did (although Golding’s characters are slightly younger). So, all the posts about Lord of the Flies showing the “human condition” insofar as it pertains to young middle-class British boys who grew up in a boarding house in the middle of the Cold War are correct. But I get the feeling that most people don’t realize that was the point of the novel.

Lord of the Flies was meant as a huge “fuck you” to the ingrained belief that English people are the most noble and wise of all people and thus incapable of descending into savagery. I doubt it was ever meant to be a sweeping generalized metaphor for the universal savage nature of humanity, and shame on the teachers who force that interpretation on their students.‘ [x]

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Anyway, eventually I bought a copy of LoTF last winter. My edition includes an introduction by Stephen King and I was reading it during my papers. It frankly, chilled me to the bone. The perverseness of human nature is on complete display in the introduction and it sets up a somber mood for the story following it.

Since I was picking up this novel again after a period of 8-9 years, the details were a bit hazy. Like I had forgotten how Piggy dies, and that a ‘littleun’ gets missing in the very start. Back in grade 7 I hadn’t quite understood how Simon met his death, I simply assumed he slipped from the mountain while it was raining. But all of that started coming back to me as I flipped through the pages and each time I could only manage to mouth ‘holy shit,’ because each act of violence seemed so utterly surreal to me.

Can I just say that Golding’s writing style is extremely impressionable? The way he describes littleuns vulnerability and dependence on the older boys hurt my heart. Roger and Maurice’s initial messing around with them foreshadows the harm littlun’s will eventually come under Jack’s rule because these older boys in the absence of ‘parents and school and policemen and the law’ understand their power and are lured into exercising it through violence, which was literally one of the main things they were surrounded with before landing on the island.

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The last 70 or so pages of LoTF were intense and gripping. I was remembering the deaths before actually coming across them. My eyes opened wide when i realized that Piggy’s head had shattered just like the conch. It felt like a final blow to the reminder of a civilization which the boys had left behind. And more horrifying than this was how the boys were getting used to the deaths, the cold-blooded murders, taking them as part of life, as a part of establishing the order which they wanted.

Favourite quote: “Maybe,” he said hesitantly, “maybe there is a beast.” […] “What I mean is, maybe it’s only us.”

Book Rating: 4/5 stars.