Letters From Pakistan

Sohni Mahiwal: The Shrine Of Defiant Love

By Reema Abbasi · July 29, 2019

She lies alone in stoic white granite, covered in red and orange traditional bandhinis, bequests of lovers who come to dress her as Mahiwal’s bride once their love conquers all. Even as graves, Sohni and Mahiwal are apart – some say it is for reasons of social sanction whereby they cannot lie in the same…

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Just. Imagine

By Sabyn Javeri · June 19, 2019

Last year, amid growing child poverty, a severe water crisis and outbreaks of violence in our country, a well-meaning journalist, Ansar Abbasi, raised a most urgent concern, causing people to panic and protest against a private school in Karachi. The cause for concern here was none other than John Lennon’s 1971 song, Imagine, which the…

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