Posts From Sheema Khan

It is definitely summer time!

Without doubt, this season got to be the worst time of the year. I observed behaviors of different people for a few weeks (indoor and outdoor) and here is what I learnt about how they are in summers: 1)    Aunties who have spent their entire life in Pakistan, but you hear them complaining as if it is the first hot day in their life. How to spot them: They’ll be

10 Things Pakistan Does Best

1) You visit/live in Pakistan and you don’t try a paan? Impossible. Now I’m not saying that one has to get addicted to it, but there won’t be much harm in trying it at least once, right? Try it. You’ll know how good it tastes then. 2) In a country with paan kiosks scattered around, how can one possibly miss the paan-stained pavements or corners? They chew, take in the

Top 15 Places to Visit in Pakistan

Pakistan is not all what the news channels and newspapers portray it as. There’s a lot more to it apart from just terrorism, politics, and all sorts of other problems. You must have had at least one person say the following to you when you asked him/her to visit Pakistan: “Visit to Pakistan? It is too dangerous.” But how can one just jud ge the situation of Pakistan without coming

Educate your girl child. Period.

In 2014, a report by Alif Ailaan ‘25 million broken promises’ released that 13.7 million (55%) girls are out-of-school in Pakistan. According the report, the reasons were: · Parents do not allow · Child not willing · Education is expensive · School is too far · Had to work at home · Too young/old to attend · Ill/Handicapped · Had to work for a living Now that it is 2015,

A Toast To The Marriage Business

Everybody has heard that ‘marriages are made in heaven’. They happen when they have to, at the right time. Or rather, when it’s meant to be. It is written. It really is! But in Pakistan, some parents and families still think that it is impossible to get the two people hitched without the famous rishtay wali khaalaas and khaaloos (marriage consultants). Recently, I met a far-off relativ e who is

What’s next for the displaced children?

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan will soon be returning home. But the word ‘home’ just means a piece of land now. For them, the place they left may not even look like it was before operation Zarb-e-Azb started. Nothing will be the way they left it; nothing will be new. Indeed, the government and military will be supporting IDPs to settle down, but nothing will be like