December 11, 2020

12 kitchen essentials you can buy from MUMUSO for under Rs. 1,500

Whether you’re a marvel in the kitchen or struggling to barely get by, there are a few kitchen essentials which are essential to frying, sautéing, baking and more. Here’s our pick of items you can get for under Rs. 2000. 3 piece ceramic knife set with a cutting board, knife and peeler for Rs. 870 […]

November 28, 2020

We asked for your weirdest experiences after getting high

*Disclaimer: Recreational cannabis use in Pakistan is illegal. PG does not promote, condone or advocate licit or illicit drug use. This article is for entertainment purposes only. For this week’s #SaturdayColumn at ProperGaanda, we asked you for your weirdest experiences after smoking up. This is what you said: ‘I ended up screaming in the middle […]

November 20, 2020

9 sweatshirts to keep you cozy this winter

A sage green Goofy sweatshirt from Ethnic Drake and Zubaida Apa sweatshirt by artist DigInk Ice blue tie dye sweatshirt from DeserveIt Nude high neck sweatshirt from Mango Issa Moo’D Cow Sweatshirt by 9Lines Episode III sweatshirt by Be Yourself Basic sweatshirt for everyday wear from ELO Cotton Candy tracksuit (hoodie available separately) by Tooney […]

June 20, 2020

Maanu Talks Music: Inside ‘Yain City’

‘YAIN CITY,’ my debut album, is a body of work that is dedicated to Lahore; it chronicles a series of experiences I’ve had living in the city my whole life.  The subject matter of the album deals with all sorts of topics such as managing passions alongside academics, falling in love, heartbreak and my musical […]

February 3, 2020

Brexit: The UK has left the EU- Now what?

Friday, January 31st 2020 was a historic day. At 11pm, the United Kingdom left the European Union thereby officially fulfilling the outcome of the 2016 referendum. However, ‘Brexit’ day doesn’t mean that Brexit is officially over. What follows now is a long and complicated process of negotiations before the UK can officially bid adieu to […]

January 31, 2020

Should Pakistan be worried about coronavirus?

Coronavirus has the world on edge. With the virus having spread to a dozen different countries and the World Health Organisation declaring a global coronavirus emergency, should Pakistani’s be worried about the mysterious virus hitting our country? Should Pakistani’s be scared of coronavirus? In a way, yes they should. The outbreak that is currently plaguing […]

January 31, 2020

How likely is it that the coronavirus will become pandemic?

Within the past 24 hours, the World Health Organisation declared a global coronavirus emergency as the death toll in China jumped up to 213. Since the outbreak of the novel strain of coronavirus, the world has been on edge. The hasty nature with which it spread and the novelty of the disease, meaning researchers still […]

January 30, 2020

Deep Dive: India’s Citizenship Amendment Act and why it’s problematic

The Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrants for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from India’s neighbouring countries. Since the announcement of this act, protests have broken out across India with many of them becoming violent and many protesters getting arrested. The Act, which was initially […]

January 30, 2020

Pakistan’s shift from being the most dangerous country to the number one travel spot

Pakistan has long been known as one of the most dangerous countries in the world but as of recently, the country has been trying hard to shake off that image. Image of being a terrorism ridden state Thirteen years ago, ‘Newsweek’ controversially named Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world. Even today, the United […]

January 30, 2020

How Artificial Intelligence predicted the coronavirus outbreak

Since the outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus, the world has been on edge. Given that this particular strain is new, scientists have yet to discover how it will react, how it mutates and just how serious this has the potential of becoming. What is the coronavirus? The disease, which originated in Wuhan, China, […]

January 29, 2020

What it’s like having friends who are much older than you

When I entered my twenties, I gravitated less towards my high school friends and more to the friends I made in college. All of my college friends, however, were considerably older than me. Having now spent a good two to three years primarily surrounded by people older than me, I’ve learnt some interesting things about […]

January 28, 2020

PM Khan, Bollywood and Hollywood are not causing divorce in Pakistan

During a talk with YouTubers and bloggers at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad, PM Khan claimed that Bollywood and Hollywood movies were the cause of the rising divorce rate in the nation. In the video that has been making rounds on social media, the former cricketer is heard saying “The audience in Pakistan which […]

January 28, 2020

Asma Jahangir’s fearless fight for the rights of minorities

On the auspicious occasion of Asma Jahangir’s birthday, we take a moment to remember the fearless woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of minorities. Jahangir was a pro-democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, which agitated against military dictator Ziaul Haq’s regime. She was […]

January 24, 2020

How Pakistani society helped create ‘feminists’ like Khalil Ur Rehman

Writer of the record-breaking Pakistani series ‘Mere Paas Tum Ho’ has been facing a lot of controversy as of late due to his strong opinions on women and feminism. However, after hearing all the news surrounding the now infamous writer, it’s tough not to wonder why it is that someone as famous as him can […]

January 24, 2020

Deep Dive: Brexit to take place after 3 years

Three and a half years after the United Kingdom asked European voters whether they wanted to leave the EU, the UK has finally passed the withdrawal agreement for Brexit. The process of Brexit for the United Kingdom has been a long drawn out and excruciating one. During this process, we have witnessed the resignation of […]

January 23, 2020

Deep Dive: Is there hope for transgender representation in Pakistan?

Transgenders have historically struggled in Pakistan and have oftentimes been placed on the periphery of Pakistani society. One of the most marginalised groups in the country, this community has faced severe discrimination for years. However, new legislature and inclusion of transgenders in entertainment may just be setting a different precedent. Historically, transgenders have been placed […]

January 23, 2020

Deep Dive: Smog, the upcoming decade’s biggest health crisis

With new reports emerging about the closure of 450 schools in Thailand’s capital due to smog, it’s fair to assume that smog may be the most significant global health crisis in the upcoming decade. What is smog? Smog is a hazy blanket of pollution that is common is most major, metropolitan cities. It is more […]

January 22, 2020

Deep Dive: China’s deadly coronavirus

The new year has begun with the outbreak of what could be the next deadly health epidemic- coronavirus. An unidentified lung infection was found in 40 people in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, number of people in China infected with this new virus, the coronavirus, has been increasing. Here’s everything we know so […]

January 22, 2020

Why are millennials fearing the outbreak of nuclear war?

According to a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the vast majority of millennials across the globe are fearful about the outbreak of a nuclear war within the next decade. The International Committee of the Red Cross is an international humanitarian organisation that conducts yearly reports on social and political issues. The […]

January 21, 2020

Artistic expression under threat in Pakistan: 5 instances

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are two fundamental pillars of human rights. For individuals working in creative fields in Pakistan, the struggle to express themselves artistically has even particularly tough. Over the past decade, artistic expression in Pakistan has taken a great hit due immense pressure from parties and institutions in the country […]

January 21, 2020

Pakistan’s booming counterfeit industry and how it hurts designers

The market for replica designer items in Pakistan is enormous and ranges from cheap knock-offs to accurate reproductions. The counterfeit market includes both Western wear items and local designers. Although it’s uncertain as to how many people actually buy these products, counterfeit products serve as thorn in the side of designers worldwide for a variety […]

January 20, 2020

How coffee culture reflects the changing mentality of Pakistani millennials

Pakistan has traditionally been a chai-loving nation. In recent years, however, the country has witnessed the rise of ‘coffee culture’ among it’s youth, particularly with students and young professionals. History of coffee culture Coffee usually brings to mind Italian espresso, American coffee or French cafe au lait. But few people are aware of the Muslim […]

January 18, 2020

Remembering Manto on his 65th death anniversary

Saadat Hassan Manto is a prominent name in the archives of Urdu literature and considered one of the greatest contemporary Urdu short story writers of the 20th century. Manto is a name unknown to little considering how much media and coverage the late writer has gotten in recent years. The Urdu writer, who was born […]

January 18, 2020

Five Pakistani breakfasts fit for a weekend feast

Pakistan is one of the country’s that has taken the phrase ‘breakfast like a king’ to heart. From urban centres to rural outskirts, low calorie meals to binge indulgence, Pakistani breakfasts are wide-variety feasts enjoyed all over the country. Here are five of the most best Pakistani breakfast items that you need to try this […]

January 16, 2020

Five underrated Pakistani drinks that need a revival

When it comes to Pakistani cuisine and in particular, Pakistani beverages, we are definitely spoiled for choice. Kashmiri chai, Rooh Afza, Lassi and Tang have become staples for the Pakistani palette. In the midst of enjoying these sweet beverages, however, we have let other Pakistani beverages take the backseat. Here are some of the most […]

January 14, 2020

Chai: From colonialism to a Pakistani love affair

Chai is undoubtably the most popular drink in Pakistan. Whether it’s being served in a professional setting or from a roadside dhabba, there is a strong cultural association when it comes to tea in our country. Pakistan’s unofficial national drink: Chai For most Pakistani’s, chai is what we start and end our days with. But […]

January 13, 2020

Why is Dunkin Donuts failing in Pakistan

In the Western world, Dunkin Donuts is one of the most profitable and beloved food chains to exist. Synonymous with breakfast, the doughnut and coffee specialising franchise has more than 12,600 restaurants in over 46 cities. However, in Pakistan Dunkin Donuts has failed to make an impression on Pakistani audiences for a variety of reasons. […]

January 13, 2020

Seven WhatsApp hacks you should know in 2020

WhatsApp has become the world’s most popular social media messaging app with over one billion users worldwide. Like most applications, WhatsApp goes through routine changes and updates to it’s features which can make it difficult to keep up with the important features. Here are some of the major WhatsApp hacks that every user should know. […]

January 11, 2020

How Plan 9 remains Pakistan’s largest incubator

Plan 9, located in the Arfa Software Technology Park, is Pakistan’s largest and first ever technology start-up incubation program. Run by the Punjab Information Technology Board, Plan 9 provides space, mentorship, facilities, legal and even financial support for startups that are incubated. Today, Plan 9 is Pakistan’s largest incubator and home to a host of […]

January 4, 2020

The five most exciting space missions taking place in 2020

2019 was a busy year for space travel and 2020 is set to be busier. With over 10 different space missions set to take place, Mars may just become the next popular travel destination spot in a few years. Here are some of the most exciting space missions set to take place this year. Four […]

January 3, 2020

A fake account on Twitter is trolling the Islamabad Police

As if the Islamabad police force doesn’t have other issues to deal with, a Twitter user has been trolling the police via the social media website by setting up a fake account by the name of the police and tricking unsuspecting users into thinking it’s the real thing. An account on Twitter by the name […]

January 1, 2020

Why has the keto diet blown up in Pakistan?

The “ketogenic diet” popularly known as the “keto diet” has become mainstream and widespread across the country with hoards of keto food services and courses opening up in various cities. But how did such an extreme diet manage to rise so quickly? The keto diet is essentially a switch from carbohydrates to protein and fats. […]

December 31, 2019

How effective are new years resolutions?

I’m sure everyone has been through the process of getting excited towards the end of the year and making list of resolutions. It could be goals or dreams we hope to achieve or habits we wish to quit or incorporate, but the idea of ‘new years resolutions’ is a wide-spread one proliferated by the media […]

December 26, 2019

Everything you need to know about today’s solar eclipse

The “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will be returning to Asia today for the first time in 20 years. The eclipse is expected to darken the Pakistan sky and people have been advised not to look directly at the sky during this period to avoid eye damage. Here’s everything you need to know about today’s […]

December 23, 2019

Best viral memes of 2019

2019 was undoubtably the year of memes. Thanks to the explosion of TikTok, memes were out of control this year with some of them even nominating politics and garnering attention from mainstream media. Here are some of the best memes from this year. Area 51 After the mysterious emergence of an event titled “Storm Area […]

December 18, 2019

The struggle of not being able to speak Urdu fluently in Pakistan

Growing up, I never properly learnt how to speak Urdu. For a plethora of reasons, the main one being my upbringing in a foreign country, it wasn’t something I ever caught onto even after I joined my Lahori private school. This could be because it was an English medium school and even outside of class, […]

December 18, 2019

Doing cocaine to get through the work day: A lawyers’ account

The following is a personal account about an employee at a corporate law firm in London who uses cocaine to get through the work day. 1:30pm is lunch break. For Ali*, that meant rushing out of the revolving glass doors of his centrally heated building and into the piercing London cold to collect his daily […]

December 11, 2019

Farhan Virk protests after Prime Minister Imran Khan fails to choose him to lead Digital Pakistan project

Self-styled Khan’s Army General Dr. Farhan Virk, MBBS, PTI, WTF, protested outside the Ministry of Information after Prime Minister Imran Khan selected ex-Google employee Tania Aidrus to lead the Digital Pakistan initiative to improve the country’s digital infrastructure. Virk said in a statement to the press, “I spent five long years of my life getting […]

December 11, 2019

Lahori Socialite hops to 4 parties during the night, gets greeted by the same people every time, every week.

Lahori Socialite hops to 4 parties during the night, gets greeted by the same people every time, every week. Local Socialite from Lahore has been encountering the same group of people at every party, every saturday. After getting fed up, he decided to party hop and he went into 4 different parties and magically every […]

November 30, 2019

Shaadi Mubarak with SWVL!

Shaadi season kicked off this year with multiple celebrities tying the knot and announcing their betrothals; one wedding picture after another, each more aesthetic and ornate than the one before being uploaded on Instagram. But for the rest of us mortals shaadi season comes with endless shopping lists, trips to tailors and nerves stretched to […]

April 12, 2019

Army Announces 5 New DHAs To Demonstrate Operational Preparedness

With the upward revision in the threat level posed by India on the back of intelligence reports of another attack being planned against Pakistan, the Army has announced the construction of five new DHAs in a show of military might and operational preparedness. The announcement was made in a televised press conference by the DG […]

September 19, 2017

A Brief History of Pakistani Politicians Eating on Camera

There’s one photograph all politicians are universally terrified of: the one of them eating. Remember the time Ed Miliband was photographed eating that infamous bacon sandwich? He launched a thousands memes and in the process also terrified the crap out of David Cameron who subsequently tried to eat a hotdog with a fork and knife […]

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