Commentary

Productively ‘perverse’

Punjabi films of the 1970s-80s as a tool for resistance during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship.

| May 24, 2022

The hearth of the matter

A writer's personal reckoning with ancestral kitchens and the ways in which we occupy them.

| Feb 25, 2022

Eating from the Bohra thaal

How commensality for some could mean alienation to others.

| Feb 23, 2022

No laphing matter

On the Tibetan dish laphing and its recent popularity across the region.

Pakistan’s digital battlegrounds

The unexpected rise of esports in Pakistan.

| Feb 18, 2022

Mallikas of yesteryear

The forgotten histories of Pakistan’s music queens.

| Jun 18, 2021

Unpacking the Maldives’ Transitional Justice Act

New legislation must provide meaningful redress for survivors of past abuses.

| Jun 04, 2021

Can’t catch that big break

Is gatekeeping and nepotism in Lollywood stunting aspiring actors?

| May 31, 2021

No end in sight

The Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed's sister recounts the family’s long struggle for justice.

| May 04, 2021

Bound by the bindi

Has wearing the bindi been an act of conformity to the Sindhi community?

| Feb 25, 2021

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