Beliefs

Truth About the “Harvey Weinstein Effect”


R.S. Noel

So it would appear society has awakened to this long-held truth about our treatment of women. And this goes way beyond any of our ideas of what’s going on. This goes past any such labels, past any such words we may put on this issue. In fact, it even goes past anything to do with our allegiances to any such government party. I never understood why people in my country (America), in MODERN day, often put so much weight on both the Democrats and Republicans. Because let’s face it, the Democrats and Republicans actually used to mean something back when America was a young and naive country.  Today, however, those parties mean nothing to, us, “The People”, in our modern-day America.

What we’re dealing with goes past all of that, and it goes directly to what it means to be human in this world.

This is the first time in…

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Pakistan, please value talented people while they are alive!


Voice of East

By Syeda Qudsiya Mashhadi

It is Ramadan of 2017 and a day ago I read the news about the death of the talented Pakistani musician Aamir Zaki who had passed away at just 49. Though I had not followed his musical career closely, I was saddened to learn that he was suffering from depression and also had bipolar disorder. Even more painful was the fact that just two days before he died, he had called one of his friends and told him that he did not even have the money to take his sick mother to the doctor. This is sad but this is how we Pakistanis treat our geniuses.

Aamir Aaki performing in Coke Studio, 2016

Now I am reading glowing tributes on social media about how Aamir Zaki was an iconic musician and the best guitarist Pakistan had ever produced. I am sorry, but all this praise is…

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What Pakistani Film Industry Can Learn From Waheed Murad


Voice of East

The Face That Changed The Way A Nation Saw Itself

By Syeda Qudsia Mashhadi

Film Industry has been the most ignored field in Pakistan and a lot can be said on the way we have progressed (or regressed) in this arena in the last few decades, starting from the creation of Pakistan. Like all other industries, in the film industry too India got the lion’s share after the partition of sub-continent. In most cases, Pakistan did not even get its rightful share. Still Pakistani Film Industry took a decent start and did well till the 60s and even early 70s. After that, it was a downwards spiral which only ended in the beginning of 21st century with advent of films like Khuda Kay Liye (2007), Waar (2013) and Moor (2015) gracing the cinema screens in Pakistan.

Waar was a game-changer in Pakistan’s Film Industry and made the producers and…

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