Why don’t we let our children work?

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I wrote this piece a few months back for Dawn blogs. It went through a…. shall we say… a genocide. Every sentence was butchered until the bytes ran red. However, I present it to you dear reader (and you are the only one I’m sure) that article in its original unaltered format, to quench your thirst. Don’t drink it all in one gulp, you could toss it back up.


On a temperamentally cold day in Beijing, China (circa 1990) – we were issued a warning that we would be snowed in. My father told our Chinese housekeeper that she best head home before the roads get blocked. In response, she pointed at an unprepared dinner and then at my father and stared inquisitively, as if to ask “who is going to cook dinner, you?” I don’t recall what arrangements she made that night, but given that she was with us another 2 years, I am assuming she made it home just fine.

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3D Printers

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Originally written for Spider Magazine, this piece found its way on to the Dawn page under my name. I was not a regular at the time. I didn’t even know I could have helped myself to my very own page at the time, but ta-da!

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Season 7: What happened to Coke Studio?

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Originally published at Dawn. I didn’t have much to do with the analysis, it was a collection of analyses I gathered from my wife and Zaki.

I was under the impression that Coke Studios Season 7 was a failure. It wasn’t until I dug around a little that I found out it was generally well-received, apart from a small number of naysayers.

I can see (somewhat) what people like in the latest season. I cannot, however, bring myself to agreeing with them.

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