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Proud to be a Muslim – No apologies. No excuses.


The world is divided into two: us and them, the first world and the third world, the black and the white, the rich and the poor, the edu­cated and the illit­er­ate, the priv­i­leged and the dis­ad­van­taged, the favored and the damned, the aris­to­crats and the peas­ants, the natives and the immi­grants, on and on it goes…like an infi­nite loop spi­ral.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Year in Review: 2016


Decem­ber is the month we take stock and build on the suc­cesses and fail­ures of the past. We also cre­ate new res­o­lu­tions. Well, I don’t have any new res­o­lu­tions. I have only old.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Shahi Hamam — Then and Now


Shahi Hamam: then and now!

By Fareeha Qay­oom,
Pho­tos by GM Shah — 2009 (Then) and 2015 (Now) Cour­tesy of Faiza Sharif

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Stuck in the Twilight Zone!

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And yes, I have now great respect for peo­ple in the gov­ern­ment who man­age to get any­thing done – push the paper all the way through to build roads, schools, hos­pi­tals — the works. It takes hun­dreds of engi­neers to change a sin­gle light bulb in this joint. Peo­ple who can do all that are my heroes. I salute you. You must be relent­less, tire­less and have a lot of tol­er­ance for putting up with loads of BS and still plow­ing through all that non­sense to come on the other side.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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My first Ballet Flat Slippers

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Hey, look I made my first shoes! :D

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Trend Report: Autumn-Winter 2015


Androg­y­nous style, gen­der blur, uni­sex – in fact, no demar­ca­tion between fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line clothes. “On the street these days, you can’t always tell who’s a guy and who’s a girl,” Ed Burstell, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Lib­erty of Lon­don was reported as say­ing by New York Times and “Sex­u­al­ity is inside. It’s a pri­vate thing,” as Alessan­dro Michele said for Gucci.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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A room with a view - Lahore: Smog or pollution?

Smog or pol­lu­tion?

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Inspiration Board: My Look Book


With my basic jean and t-shirt wardrobe, I get the free­dom to cre­ate hun­dreds of per­mu­ta­tions with one basic design.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Do the right thing do the right thing
do it all the time do it all the time
make your­self right, never mind them
don’t you know you’re not the only one suf­fer­ing

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Coke Studio: Season 7 – Effortless, Professional and Slick

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Bot­tom line, Sea­son 7, episode one by Strings is an effort­less, pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion that is indeed “Sound of the Nation” rein­ter­pret­ing the tra­di­tional musi­cal instru­ments of Sitar, Dho­lak, Flute – bring­ing together sur­prise col­lab­o­ra­tions from guest stars and the house band. I have no faults to find, though, the pre­sen­ta­tion is pretty low-key because it bor­rows from our musi­cal roots and tra­di­tions, there­fore, hardly con­tains any ele­ments of sur­prise– very smooth job indeed.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The Empire Strikes Back


Imran Khan and Qadri are not the answer. They are only human and fal­li­ble and sub­ject to the same human frail­ties as the rest of us includ­ing stu­pid­ity and arro­gance. When the dust set­tles, his­tory will record that they were only rab­ble rousers.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Relationships

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…There are so many unhappy, neg­a­tive peo­ple around, espe­cially in Pak­istan – our whole cul­ture revolves around crit­i­ciz­ing some­one, com­plain­ing about some­one, gang­ing up and bul­ly­ing some­one, pick­ing on some­one who is dif­fer­ent, bitch­ing, com­plain­ing, moan­ing, groan­ing, whin­ing, carp­ing, we spend all our lives just talk­ing neg­a­tive – in our homes, schools, work­places, tele­vi­sion pro­grams, news­pa­pers…

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Green Roofs and Indoor Gardens

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How­ever in spite of all these frus­tra­tions, I am hooked. Gar­den­ing is a very reward­ing hobby. You can lit­er­ally see the fruits of your labor right in front of your eyes! ;D

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Double Standards


The con­trast between the ordi­nary and spe­cial is blind­ing –only in Pak­istan. Why can’t all our roads be as green and pic­turesque as these two???

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Denim: Another Fashion Note from the Trenches


Cuts are about people’s shapes any­way. ‘One cut fits’ all can never be an endur­ing for­mula. Brands and retail­ers that cater to dif­fer­ent shapes, cuts, washes and max­i­mum range of sizes endure. The rest get left behind.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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