Why don’t we let our children work?

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...

TV SUHUCKS!

I don’t like how the TV business is conducted in Pakistan and I make no bones about it. (Note to self: see if the phrase “no bones about it” was used right). Speaking of trite old cliches In an age where our musicians are breaking new ground globally, our producers winning awards upon awards, and our movies breaking box office records; our televised programming has been reduced to a bunch of screaming news outlets purveying misery and disappointment 24 hours a day. It has been aeons since local TV delivered good entertainment, so much so that even saying that has become a cliche. Read...

3D Printers

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! Until recently, 3D printers were primarily used for testing and prototyping in industrial and academic circles. These were closely monitored and controlled environments, so the technology was not a threat to anyone. We had already predicted in one of our previous issues that whenever 3D printing is made commercially available to consumers, it would raise copyrighting issues as well as ethical implications. Read More...

Season 7: What happened to Coke Studio?

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. Read More…