You are struck by the force of something big. You are struck brutally. The force of it sends you reeling. You sit, your ears buzzing with a deafening silence. You can't believe yet you have to. You tell yourself it happens. It happens, with everyone, it happened, remember with that relative? It has happened to … Continue reading Acceptance


The dying habit

'J.K. Hollywood'. When a ten-year-old student distorts the name of the beloved author who introduced you to magic and worlds of infinite imagination, you feel like screaming endlessly. However, all you can do is express anger by telling him off rudely about the complete absence of any awareness about the outside world and just let … Continue reading The dying habit

An indelible passion

As a teenager who harboured a love for books, for words, for the smell of pages inscribed with stories, splashed with imagination, opting for Literature as a subject in school was an assured choice. Yet, there were people who questioned  my choice, who warned that achieving a grade might not be easy but I wouldn't … Continue reading An indelible passion

Proud to be a Pakistani: Elections 2013

May 11th, 2013 - The Pakistani equivalent of Tahrir Square. The preceding election campaign, however chaotic, has made me realise that at any point in life, you can do something valuable for your country, that even in this world of stringent customs and norms, you can do your bit. From Saniya Naz, a 26-year-old woman … Continue reading Proud to be a Pakistani: Elections 2013

disturbing thoughts & hidden reminders

".........for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant … Continue reading disturbing thoughts & hidden reminders

The Power of Faith

“Bear in your mind illusion deep-engraved- If you would weigh your worth at its true rate, Never will ill-faring or ill-doing be your fate!” - Allama Iqbal In the past few weeks, I have grown to realize that belief in God and belief in yourself, can indeed work wonders. The mere thought, that yes, you … Continue reading The Power of Faith