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)

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]
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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]

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

Chasing Autumn’s Galore

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It’s October again.
And I’m at home, like the past couple of years.
There’s a heatwave in town too, an unforgiving sign of climate change, and i’m trying to get along with it.

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But where were we? Oh yes, October.
I associate this month with warm, dry afternoons and annual book fairs at Generations. Those are some of my best memories from secondary school.
We’d have a massive tent in one of our courtyards with various book sellers underneath it, enticing me to throw away all my money (and some of my sister’s) to simply have a huge book haul. I’d go crazy in those three days. Every year the goal was to buy more books than last time, every year my parents would shake their heads in exasperation, because i already had so many things to read. I am pretty sure that’s the time period when I actually learned how to emotionally blackmail my parents into lending me more money or tagging along with me to the book fair.
Anyway, I can go on and on about this really important part of my childhood, but today the goal is to share some of my favourite autumn reads. As Karachiite’s, we don’t experience much of autumn’s galore but there’s always Instagram, Tumblr and #Inktober to set the mood. And the uber dry nights, don’t forget them!

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Short books:
These are mainly those which I bought during those annual book fairs or remind me of my school’s library.
A Wish for Wings and Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindles
The Chronicles of Narnia by
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Karazan Quartet.
The Enchanted Tree by Enid Blyton. (the librarian’s assistant joked that i won’t be able to finish it in a week and that made me devour the whole book in three days) [i was in grade five, just for the context]
The Borrowers (my school had this gorgeous edition which was scarlet-red in color)
Salem Falls by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King (thank-you for one of the best nights in 2017)
The Book Thief
The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine (can’t recommend this enough!)
A Little Princess (read this while we were locked out of the house)
Ink Heart (it had the fanciest book cover and I finished it after one of those uncanny October rains, while walking barefoot on wet ground in my new bell-bottom jeans)
The Killer’s Cousin (one of my favourite book fair hauls from school)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Long books:
Again, some of these I’ve salvaged from book fairs, or ordered online.
The Night Circus by Erin Mongestern
The Luminaries
A Suitable Boy
Any book from The Cousin Wars’ Series by Philippa Gregory (especially Another Bolyen Girl)
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (I’m reading it right now)
It by Stephen King
Ivanhoe
Anything by Kate Morton
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (it has a beautiful book cover and I’m not ashamed to admit that this was the sole reason for making the purchase)
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (one of those books which remain etched in your mind for the times to come. I read it a long time back, probably during fifth grade, and can’t even remember if it was long or short; but parts of it always come back to me.)

What are your favourite reads or which book are you planning to start in the coming months? Comment below!