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.

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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

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‘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]

 

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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What I’ve Read in the Past Couple of Months

“Keşke bir şiir okumuş,
Bir kedi sevmiş olsaydınız,
Belki bu kadar kirletmezdiniz dünyayı.”

I wish you recited a poem,
petted a cat,
perhaps you wouldn’t have fouled the world so much (Turgut Uyar)

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‘For all that it takes away, life also gives’

High drama by Fifi Haroon [x]

The racialized history of “hysteria” by Grant Shreve [x]

Meet Pakistan’s Modern Middle Class by Ammar Masood [x]

Chunks of a Shia Muslim childhood by Kisa Abbasi [x]

Austenistan by Moni Mohsin [x]

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First day of school in Mosul – with ISIS gone, public schools open for first time in three years.

Special report: The Breakup of Pakistan 1969-1971 by DAWN. [x]

Much ado about nothing: ancient Indian text contains earliest zero symbol by Hannah Devlin [x]

Far From Myanmar Violence, Rohingya in Pakistan Are Seething by Mehreen-Zahra Malik [x]

Why the Greatest Advocates of Nonviolence Didn’t Condemn Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Acts of Violence by Avram Alpert [x]

Urdu linguistics and Abul-Lais Siddiqi by DAWN [x]

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Mother helping her son through a tough level in Super Mario Land on Gameboy from 1989

Return of the city-state by Jamie Bartlett [x]

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook by Brian Bergstein [x]

Who’s Allowed to Hold Hands? by Nicole Dennis-Benn [x]

‘Listen to women’: UK doctors issued with first guidance on endometriosis by Sarah Boseley [x]

Identity issue haunts Karachi’s Rohingya population by Zia Ur Rehman [x]

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“You asked me for space”

Pakistan: A slice of China in Islamabad by Asad Hashim [x]

Rachel Rostad – “To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang” [YouTube Vid]

How does a Russian feast for Eid al-Adha look like by Maria Azhnina [x]

Sea Prayer: a 360 story inspired by refugee Alan Kurdi by Khaled Hosseini [x]

Golding’s Introduction to Lord of The Flies [YouTube Vid]

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Histology of Urethra (pic taken by me)

On beauty, or why zadie smith’s comments aren’t about you by Meg Sri [x]

Mehr Sattar aur Nawaz Sharif by Mohammed Hanif [written in Urdu]

‘Alarmingly high’ levels of arsenic in Pakistan’s ground water by Matt McGarth [x]

Women Have Always Been a Part of White Supremacy by Jenn M. Jackson [x]

Women in tech history: Margaret Hamilton, the engineer who helped get us to the moon by Jennifer Harrison [x]

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‘Divine Blossom in Hunza’ by Mobeen Ansari

How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss by Linda Carroll [x]

How Can You Tell if You’re Being Sexually Empowered or Objectified? Ask Yourself This Simple Question by Ronnie Ritchie [x]

A Muslim Preacher’s Texting Scandal Is Making Some Women Speak Out About Sexism by Hannah Allam [x]

Ashura: the Victory of Musa & the Victory of Hussain by The Salafi Feminist [x]

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Bookseller of Lahore 1920s

STAY – A heartfelt post by Drama Mama (comprises of financial difficulties and marriage) [x]

Modern “halal” meat is a mockery of Islam by Gabriel Abraham [x]

“We should be naming hurricanes after Exxon and Chevron, not Harvey and Irma.” by Emily Atkin [x]

Pakistanis refuse to give up on their happy, conflicted lives by Soufia Siddiqi [x]

Holy men – theirs and ours by Pervez Hoodbhoy [x]

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“Men want to beat me. I play men, six, seven hours a day. Men…they do not beat me.”- Masako “Katsy” Katsura

Redefining Masculinity by Akhtar Mirza [x]

Why men don’t believe the data on gender bias in science by Alison Coil [x]

How we prevented Musharraf from speaking at our university in London by Jaffer Abbas Mirza [x]

All 339 Books Referenced In “Gilmore Girls” by Krystie Lee Andoli [x]

The emotional depth of a cow by Hannah Velten [x]

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by Moise Kisling

14-month jail for harassment through Facebook by DAWN [x]

A new life after bonded labour in Azad Nagar, Pakistan by Faras Ghani [x]

12 Powerful Comics About What It’s Like To Be A Woman In A Man’s World by Mari Andrew [x]

Why Men Keep Demanding Sex From Their Partners Over and Over by Mark Greene [x]

Glorifying Selflessness In Women Is A Way To Make Us Do All The Work by Priya Alika Elias [x]

About Zohra Sehgal [x]

Teaching Consent to Small Children [x]

The Chaos by Gerard Nolst Trenité [x]

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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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