November 7, 2021

New selfcare finds from local stores just in time for winter

It feels like we jumped right into the middle of winter from a hot and humid summer (plagued with Covid-19 and dengue no less). The drop in temperature is a welcome change but it does bring its own challenges with it – smog (if you’re in Punjab), dry skin and permanently chilly feet. While this […]

September 6, 2021

Cargill and Rizq establish Pakistan’s first ever food bank to end hunger and food wastage in Lyari, Karachi

What happened: Cargill, a global agriculture and food processing corporation, has collaborated with Rizq, a food distribution social service in Pakistan, to establish the country’s first ever Cargill-Rizq Bank in Lyari, Karachi. The Cargill-Rizq ecosystem will work together to create a food secure community, reduce food wastage and serve up to 200,000 meals annually in […]

August 20, 2021

9 things that happen in your body when you drink coffee in the morning

If you’ve pulled an all nighter, waking up the next morning can be grueling to say the least. Which is why some people absolutely cannot function without a cup of coffee in the morning. And you know what? I think they’re doing it right. A cup of coffee in the morning is sometimes the only […]

August 20, 2021

9 things that happen in your body when you drink coffee in the morning

If you’ve pulled an all nighter, waking up the next morning can be grueling to say the least. Which is why some people absolutely cannot function without a cup of coffee in the morning. And you know what? I think they’re doing it right. A cup of coffee in the morning is sometimes the only […]

March 30, 2021

This is how Lajwanti is building a more diverse shaadi culture, one dress at a time

South Asian shaadi culture is famous for endless wedding functions, elaborate dinners and ornate clothing, but while the multi-trillion rupee industry is rife with potential, it has always lacked much needed diversity – a trait which is reflective of social and cultural norms that thrive on exclusion. Only now has there been a slow trickle […]

March 19, 2021

It’s not you, it’s Facebook

Late on Friday night, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Facebook Messenger went down for close to 30 minutes. On opening Instagram, the app says, “We’re sorry, but something went wrong. Please try again”. WhatsApp is experiencing a similar issue, with messages being sent for some but calls not connecting or going through. As of yet, Facebook […]

February 24, 2021

Is the tobacco giant behind VELO targeting Pakistan’s youth with its catchy influencer campaigns?

In the face of a shifting global tobacco epidemic that marks dwindling sales of cigarette consumption, British American Tobacco (BAT) which is one of the world’s largest cigarette companies has bet a hefty £1 billion on a marketing campaign that relies heavily on social media, concerts and sporting events to entice new customers. The Tobacco […]

February 23, 2021

Zahra P’s song is all about moving on and leaving toxic situations behind

Zahra Paracha is a guitarist, music producer and an audio post production engineer, not to mention the co-founder of Pakistan’s biggest music festival, the Lahore Music Meet which ran for its 5th instalment in 2020 (a month before Pakistan enforced a nationwide lockdown in the face of the coronavirus pandemic). On 22 February, Zahra released […]

February 18, 2021

This song sounds like how we feel since the pandemic hit

Rehman Afshar, who is popularly known by his musician moniker Maanu, has been dropping single after single during the past year. We spoke to Afshar towards the end of 2020, when he released the music video for his single Khwaab – a video that was shot during lockdown. Since its release, Khwaab has been a […]

February 17, 2021

15 Questions with Lahore based Stylist and Fashion Connoisseur Mehek Saeed

Mehek Saeed is a celebrity stylist, fashion journalist and a contributing editor at Grazia Magazine, but most people know her through her tastefully curated Instagram aesthetic that showcases some of the best looks in style, from formal wedding attire to high street fashion curated right here at home in Pakistan. We sat down with the […]

February 12, 2021

Breaking news: Earthquake tremors felt in multiple cities across Pakistan

Breaking news: Late on Friday night, multiple earthquake tremors were felt in various cities across Pakistan including Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Multan, Abottabad and Karachi. There are also reports emerging from Kashmir, stating that shocks were felt in the area. Where the earthquake originated from: The epicentre of the earthquake appears to be a city […]

February 12, 2021

Atoms co-founders record heartwarming video for fans back home in Punjabi

Footwear brand Atoms, run by entrepreneurs Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali, has been generating buzz since its launch. But that was nothing compared to the traction they received when the Humans of New York interview with Brandon Stanton released in late January 2021. People are replacing their Nike’s with Atoms, swearing by the comfort and […]

January 21, 2021

The Cannolians and their post-colonial flashback- can the elite be more problematic?

Late on Wednesday night, a video of the two owners of Islamabad’s high-end restaurant Cannoli went viral in which they attempted to rid their boredom and entertain themselves by berating an employee for his proficiency in spoken English, an employee that has been with them for almost a decade. The ensuing apology was an embarrassing excuse […]

January 20, 2021

Death and glory on the Savage Mountain

The mighty K2, known as the Savage Mountain since the 1950s, has a deadly reputation among climbers. But this past Saturday history was made as 10 Nepalese sherpas summited the mountain during winter, a feat never before accomplished. The team was led by 37 year old Nirmal Purja, known as Nimsdai, who took the climbers […]

January 14, 2021

What can we expect from a coronavirus vaccination campaign if polio workers are still being killed?

There is much concern of what will happen once the coronavirus vaccine lands in Pakistan; first and foremost, with an initial 1.1 million doses being procured for a population of 220 million, who will be vaccinated – will the doses actually reach frontline healthcare workers or can we expect the corrupt to get their hands […]

January 5, 2021

RJ Sophie’s new creative space, the S Studio, has everything a content curator could want

RJ Sophie is a household name when it comes to radio in Pakistan. In 2019, Forbes magazine featured Sophiya Anjam along with Fizza Aslam from FM 89 as the ‘The Two Mavens Of Pakistani Radio’. Indeed, Sophie has had an illustrious career as one of Pakistan’s most beloved RJs since she joined FM 91 back […]

December 28, 2020

Police uncover horrendous crime in Lahore: Cousin raped minor victim after murder

What happened: On Monday, police uncovered a shocking crime from Lahore when a seven-year-old girl’s body was recovered from a canal in the Mohlanwal area of the city. Behind the story: The victim’s family stated the minor girl had gone missing over the weekend, after which they registered a complaint with the police. On Monday […]

December 27, 2020

Pakistani education startup sees 1,600 students graduate from its PepsiCo-Amal career-prep fellowship during the pandemic

The story in a nutshell: Earlier this week on Wednesday, a virtual graduation ceremony was held for the 1,600 strong class of the PepsiCo-Amal youth program from 135 towns and villages across Pakistan which included 640 female graduates. About the startup: Amal Academy is a Pakistan based education startup that helps university graduates develop and […]

December 13, 2020

Why does society still think unmarried women in their 30s are a ‘burden’?

There is an alternate reality episode of FRIENDS in which a married Rachel asks Monica if she’s in a relationship, Monica says she’s single to which Rachel replies ‘Aww, that’s okay’. A surprised Monica answers, ‘Yes, I know.’ The same scene has no doubt played out for many Pakistani women at family dinners and weddings […]

December 10, 2020

Let’s talk about the POCO M3, which is big on specs but light on the price tag

On Thursday, 10 Dec, POCO Global dropped the brand-new entry-level smartphone, POCO M3, which comes with great specs but more importantly, a reasonable price tag. With its long battery life, FHD+ smartphone display and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 chipset, the POCO M3 is perfect for millennials and Gen Z who don’t want to break the bank […]

December 10, 2020

This is how co-working spaces can help early stage startups in Pakistan

In recent years, with incubators and accelerators popping up in Pakistan’s major cities, an ever increasing number of Pakistanis are opting to forego traditional career paths to pursue their entrepreneurial journey and explore the startup landscape. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles young companies face is not knowing what’s out there in terms of opportunity. […]

November 18, 2020

20 scented candles you can buy locally that are perfect for the 2020 winter

2020 has been a dead ringer for a nightmare that’s fit for a movie directed by Steven Spielberg himself. Just as things were seemingly calming down and life was returning to ‘normal’ (whatever that means anymore), Pakistan and most other countries have been thrown into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. While offices still […]

November 17, 2020

How a handful of posters from the Aurat March drove a wedge between women fighting for their rights

The rights of women, especially of girls born to more conservative brown households, are often debated, argued and sometimes even repressed. The struggle to attain these rights however, is often outright rejected, deemed radical and even considered an insult to long-standing religious and cultural ideologies. Backlash against feminist movements in Pakistan has always existed, with […]

October 17, 2020

Shela’s Shadi Studio: Chapter 1 ‘The Feminist Rishta Aunty’

A page from Shela’s journal. Dated Oct 17, 2020. Is there anything more ironic than a twice divorced 50 year old rishta aunty trying to convince young girls to give up their freedom and settle down with men who were told all their lives that their destiny shined brighter than Aladdin’s magic lamp? Even an […]

October 9, 2020

Suffocating slowly in Pakistan’s ongoing censorship saga

Suffocation by censorship, what an ironic thing to say during the coronavirus pandemic; the same pandemic which wreaked havoc not only in China and the United States, but also the neighbouring countries of Iran and India. To say that Pakistan escaped almost unscathed, in comparison, is an understatement – and while we may have been […]

October 8, 2020

The old uncles who banned ‘Churails’ are the real vulgar beasts, writes ‘Darling’ director Saim Sadiq in an open letter

Award winning ‘Darling’ director Saim Sadiq penned an open letter to PTA after PEMRA banned ‘Churails’. The news has upset many in the film industry, due to continued suppression of artistic expression; towards the end of last year, Sarmad Khoosat’s film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ was banned from screening just days before its premiere.  “Let’s take a […]

August 5, 2020

Samsung’s bean shaped Galaxy Buds Live look cooler than the Airpods, but are they better?

In Samsung’s unpacked event, streamed live from South Korea, the company unveiled more than 5 new devices, including the Galaxy Note 20 models, Galaxy Buds Live and the Galaxy Watch 3. While the majority of the releases cost upwards of a thousand dollars, the Galaxy Buds Live will be available on Aug 6th for $169.99 […]

June 9, 2020

Love in 2020: Getting married during a pandemic and lockdown

Nida and Bahawal, a young Pakistani couple, is one of many who tied the knot during the coronavirus outbreak – this is their story. The coronavirus pandemic upended everything from the economy, health care industry to the thriving wedding culture – which seems an impossible feat. The business of weddings, like in any other densely […]

June 2, 2020

Woman who killed her husband after 40 years of enduring abuse granted family’s UK estate worth $1.2 million

Sally Challen’s landmark case has put a spotlight on the fight against domestic abuse in Britain, as well as the changing laws in the country, reports the New York Times. A British woman who was convicted of killing her husband after decades of emotional abuse is entitled to the family’s estate, a judge has ruled […]

May 11, 2020

Pakistan’s Diriliş Ertuğrul craze, Explained

It isn’t an overstatement to say that there are two outbreaks in Pakistan at the moment: the first is the deadly novel coronavirus, that the general population isn’t paying much heed to, and the second is that of the Turkish series ‘Diriliş Ertuğrul,’ which may or may not be the only reason Pakistanis are staying […]

May 4, 2020

Brown skin and Ink – Pakistan’s changing relationship with tattoos

Otzi’s tattoos. Otzi the Iceman, discovered in 1991, is Europe’s oldest human mummy – his body is adorned with sixty-one tattoos. Tattoos, originating from the Samoan word ‘tatau’ meaning ‘to strike’, have a rich history which originates from forty-nine countries with the oldest evidence dating as far back as 3370 and 3100 BC. Ink. Ink […]

April 28, 2020

More than 700 have died in Iran after drinking alchohol to cure coronavirus

Warning: Misinformation regarding Covid-19 can be dangerous. WHO has uploaded the following statement to their list of Myth Busters for Covid-19 – “Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous” The national coroner’s authority has confirmed that 728 Iranians died between February 20th and April 7th due to ingestion of toxic […]

April 5, 2020

South Asian artists reimagine how we see the pandemic and social distancing

In times of crippling uncertainty and deep human struggle, art gives people hope. Separated from loved ones and burdened with news of the pandemic, art brings much needed solace, helping us ground ourselves in a world that seems unreal and incomprehensible. Digital artists are creating masterpieces from the comfort and safety of their homes and […]

April 1, 2020

‘Zoombombing,’ coronavirus and security leaks-should you be worried?

The coronavirus pandemic has not only changed the way we socialise but also the way we work. At the forefront of the change is Silicon Valley based video conferencing app Zoom.  Zoom launched in 2013 and has steadily become the preferred video conferencing app for businesses, overtaking the likes of Skype and Google Hangouts. The […]

March 28, 2020

UK based news channel ran a ticker saying Imran Khan tested positive for coronavirus: It isn’t true

On Friday, 27th March, rumours that Prime Minister Imran Khan had tested positive for the novel coronavirus spread on social media and whatsapp groups. The news resulted in much chatter, as Boris Johnson, UK’s Prime Minister tested positive for the virus earlier in the day. The news regarding PM Imran Khan, which has been declared […]

March 25, 2020

No sympathy for Maria B: Down with this elitist BS

Let’s get real, the trend of people popularising panic driven videos is not going to die down any time soon, especially not at a time when the whole of Pakistan is quarantined in their homes, frantically swiping on their feeds for new content – or as MangoBaaz would put it, “Content that’s as juicy,” as […]

March 18, 2020

‘Ghabrana Nai Hai’ and other things Imran Khan said in his televised address on Coronavirus

On Tuesday, Imran Khan addressed all of Pakistan on the Coronavirus pandemic in a televised address, his first address on COVID-19.  As of Tuesday night, 237 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Pakistan with the highest number of cases in Sindh at 172. While Imran Khan’s speech aimed to calm down the population, which […]

March 13, 2020

Flattening the curve: How to reduce the pandemic’s impact

The scale at which the coronavirus will spread in different countries and how big it will get is uncertain. 27,980 cases have been confirmed in Italy, which makes it the largest outbreak outside China. After an initial peak in cases in South Korea, the spread has slowly decreased with a count of more than 8,320 […]

March 11, 2020

Council of Islamic Ideology has been barred from reviewing Zindagi Tamasha

Mustafa Nawaz Khokar, PPP Senator, stated that the Senate Committee on Human Rights has barred the Council of Islamic Ideology from reviewing Sarmar Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha. The Central Board or Film Censors has been requested to provide the panel a copy of the movie for screening. The screening will be held on March 16, […]

February 27, 2020

Shan Foods needs to question its marketing strategy after Teeli’s ‘Superheroes’

I wrote a review on Teeli’s first web series ‘Summer Love’, when it was airing, you can read it here. That was last summer, the digital media platform has now released its second web-series, ‘Superheroes’ in association with Shan Foods.  ‘Superheroes’ is written by Teeli’s Head of Content, Gul Zaib Shakeel, who was also behind […]

February 24, 2020

PG’s Monday MixTape

It’s time to face the music, literally as well as metaphorically – it’s officially hot in Lahore(and most of Pakistan)! The parties (and hopefully the weddings) will slowly start dwindling down, lawn season will reign once again and cars will become hot boxes without the smoke. It’s Monday, the sun has just settled, time is […]

February 22, 2020

‘Friends’ cast will recieve $2.5 million apiece for the much anticipated reunion

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original “Friends” soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot for an exclusice untitled unscripted special on HBO Max to celebrate the long-running series, which ended its run in 2004. Sources have revealed that each former “Friends” […]

February 17, 2020

Atoms: The quarter size sneaker empire built by a Pakistani couple

Atoms, the private footwear brand based in Brooklyn, New York, offers quarter sized shoes, and even allows its clientele to buy pairs of shoes in two different sizes. The brand was founded by the serial entrepreneur husband and wife duo, Waqas Ali and Sidra Qasim, who started their first brand in 2015 under the name […]

February 7, 2020

Sanne & Yuki | Chp I – Silver Linings

Sanne tossed and turned in her cramped bed, trying to sink into her ungiving mattress; sleep was an elusive and unattainable dream. She watched as the dusty Hello Kitty lamp casts an eerie light on the wallpapered walls of her bedroom, creating silhouttes and making each nook and cranny come alive with suspicion. The heavy […]

January 27, 2020

Gaining weight after 25 and what it teaches you about society

I double over laughing as I hold my saree blouse from my high school farewell against my waist; it barely even spans over half my waist a decade later. I’m well past 25 and its safe to say my body has changed from my teenage years What was once firm is a bit softer, and […]

January 20, 2020

How the texting habits of millennials changed from “R u up” to “K”

The texting habits of millennials have evolved significantly over the past decade alone, and much of that has to do with the devices we’ve used over time. Most of us have forgotten the time when we shortened everything that wasn’t a full stop and tried our very best to add as much context into a […]

January 1, 2020

Why is the Michael Kors bag a status symbol in the Pakistani upper middle class?

Over the past couple of years, the Pakistani upper middle class has regarded the Michael Kors bag as a status symbol. A symbol of increasing wealth, prosperity and more importantly, a symbol that says: we’ve made it, we’re one of you. An MK tote is to an upper middle class Pakistani what an Hermès Birkin […]

December 30, 2019

Will the tradition of dholkis die with Gen X?

Last night, as I attended my cousin’s dholak-an intimate gathering of dance and song-in Lahore, I couldn’t help but notice how much the shaadi culture of Pakistan has changed in the past decade.  From Shendis to Bride and Groom Sports Days, the current shaadi culture is poles apart from what Gen X has experienced. Dholaks, […]

December 28, 2019

Lahore is a cesspool of people stuck in high school

As I lie in bed, still awake at 4 am, pulling the bobby pins out of my previously perfect Deepkia Padukone-esque hair bun, I mull over what the Lahori shaadi season has evolved into: never ending dance practises, held and attended by people who still seem to be stuck in high school. But dance practices […]

December 26, 2019

Lahore’s Latest Craving: Karamel’s Cookies

Karamel recently launched in Lahore, much to the joy of Lahoris on the prowl for the next big food joint. The bakery with the tagline, “for the love of cookies” opened its doors to the Lahori public a few months ago, on M M Alam road in Gulberg. But its popularity can’t be credited to […]

December 2, 2019

MOCCA Is Doing Something Right – And Its Not The Food

The first Mocca outlet opened in Islamabad – I remember visiting in 2010 but have little recollection of the night since it was a friends getaway from Lahore a week before our A Level exams – not smart, I know. A decade later, Mocca Coffee boasts two branches in Islamabad, three in Lahore and two […]

November 25, 2019

Why I’m marching at the Student Solidarity March: Shireen Rizvi

Pakistan will be witnessing its second Student Solidarity March on the 29th of November 2019. Since its inception last year, there has been much controversy shrouding the march, which is odd considering the march is being led by students fighting for what should be their basic rights.  Read more about the march: Demands Of The […]

November 19, 2019

Trans Comedian Verbally Harassed by Audience Member During Live Show

Anaya Sheikh, renowned stand up comedian and vocal trans-activist has performed in venues across Lahore and other cities in Pakistan for more than four years now. She has given over 30 performances that have left audiences in awe of her wit and the rapport she establishes with her fans. What’s more, Anaya has also trained […]

November 17, 2019

The Dalston House Experience

Lahore’s culinary palette seems to have halted in dimly lit Chinese restaurants serving another rendition of manchurian or overly industrial cafes with ambiance better than the coffee they serve.  There is no denying Lahore does not suffer for a lack of decent dine-outs, but at the same time, everything seems done and dusted; different eateries […]

October 18, 2019

Royal couple reminisces the good old days of Indian slavery on flight back to England

Note from author: The following is a mediocre yet tolerable work of fiction. Hurt feelings will not be entertained. The royal couple was seen kicking back with a glass of wine on the British airliner as it prepared to take off from Pakistan, the smaller and less politically important half of Britain’s former colony, the […]

June 23, 2019

Highlights From Pakistan’s Batting Against South Africa

Tensions were high before Pakistan faced off against South Africa at Lord’s after the crushing defeat we faced against India in the previous World Cup Match. But the boys in green certainly upheld our expectations this time. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. The boys made 308/7 while the probability was that […]

June 23, 2019

Should You Watch ‘Summer Love’ By Teeli?

As someone who is an avid consumer of digital content, I was intrigued when I heard about Teeli’s upcoming webseries Summer Love on the radio during the drive home from work. But it wasn’t until three weeks later that I actually watched it. And as a mildy opinionated person who also dabbles in written and […]

June 21, 2019

15 Questions With Sophiya Salim Khan

Sophiya Salim Khan is an influencer in her own right, her instagram account KeepingUpWithKhan is a vibrant amalgamation of fashion shoots, BTS and candid photos which make you feel like Sophie might be the girl next door – but one with an amazing wardrobe and aesthetic.  Khan graduated from the London College of Fashion with […]

June 17, 2019

Meme Ka King Kon? Yawn!

The hype that led up to Pakistan and India’s match was unmatchable and the defeat that followed was excruciatingly painful. But there is always a silver lining, and in this case it was our captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s extremely memorable yawn that has gone viral. And as expected, social media’s response has been quick and savage. […]

June 13, 2019

Revenge of Cranky the Coffee Bean

Foreword by the author: So I don’t really know where I’m going with this one. But I had an exquisetley delicious cup of coffee right now so I guess you could say I’ve found my muse for the day. Or maybe these are the musings of a famished mind. Lets begin shall we. “God damn it! Why hasn’t that stupid Asif come to open […]

June 9, 2019

Man Behind Chinese Consulate Attack Apprehended in UAE

Feminist
May 27, 2019

Before You Hate on a Feminist, Look at These 21 Posters

Every year, women across the world celebrate International Women’s Day.  This year, Pakistan also witnessed the second iteration of the Aurat March that first took place in 2018. And while many enthused individuals rallied for the collective good of women, upholding colourful posters and chanting slogans, more than a few could not stomach the bold […]

May 19, 2019

What You Need To Know About Your Favourite Characters Before Watching The Game Of Thrones Finale

For the past seven seasons, Game of Thrones has brought much excitement and a whole lot of misery to its fans. And while many are upset over the rapidly changing character arcs, we have no doubt that everyone will be glued to their screens when the season finale airs on Sunday evening/Monday morning – depending […]

Quetta-blast
May 13, 2019

The Blast In Quetta Marks The Fourth Act Of Violence In Ramzan

On Monday night, a blast in a market in Quetta’s Satellite Town claimed the lives of at least four policemen, and injured 11 others. The explosion damaged a nearby police van as well. The injured — five of whom are policemen — are being shifted to the Civil Hospital, where an emergency has been imposed. […]

armeena-khan
May 11, 2019

Armeena Khan’s Tweet Highlights the Bigger Problem of Victim Bashing

Pakistani actress Armeena Khan is quite vocal about her views on Twitter – and it usually works out for the best. Armeena Khan’s response to Priayanka Chopra’s tweet during heightened tensions between India and Pakistan was very well received. Armeena Khan boldly called out Priyanka Chopra, who happens to be a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF […]

gwadar-PC
May 11, 2019

Pearl Continental Hotel Gwader Under Fire

Three to four armed militants stormed Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar on Saturday evening according to the Gwadar Station House Officer Aslam Bangulzai. “At around 4:50pm we got reports that there are three to four armed men in PC Hotel,” the SHO said, adding that “the firing is ongoing but there are no reports of […]

ali-zafar-meesha-shafi
May 11, 2019

The First Witness Has Shared Their Statement In The Meesha Shafi And Ali Zafar Case

On Saturday, a Lahore sessions court recorded the statement of a witness in the Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar defamation case which has been making headlines for the past year. The court had previously rejected Shafi’s appeal not to record the witnesses’ statements as her request was pending in the Supreme Court.  Meesha Shafi had asked the […]

May 8, 2019

Who Is To Blame For This Host’s Vile Comments?

On 6th May, social media sensation Nasir Khan Jan was invited as a guest on SAMAA TV’s show Naya Din to address rumours that he has refused to work with the Pakistani actress Neelam Muneer for an upcoming movie. But what ensured was a twenty minute segment in which Nasir Khan was not questioned, but […]

May 6, 2019

Faisal Vadwa Stood Outside A Petrol Station To Protect It From “Ridiculous People Protesting Insane Oil Price Hikes”

Part time minister and part time showman Faisal Vawda unexpectedly called the media on Sunday morning to announce he will be standing guard outside a local PSO pump. “I love Pakistan, and I love these price hikes,” stated Faisal Vawda while talking to the media. He said there are elements who are against this hike […]

May 5, 2019

Did Jon Help Arya Kill The Night King? And Other Important Questions

Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Ep. 3 from Season 8. Proceed at your own risk! Episode 3, the Battle of Winterfell, was much anticipated and for the most part it held up its own. But the episode still had the second lowest ranking of any Game of Thrones episode ever. We’re […]

May 3, 2019

Media Censorship Is At A New High: Mehreen Zahra Malik

On World Press Freedom Day, ProperGaanda reached out to local and international journalists and asked them what the scope of journalism is in our neck of the woods. Mehreen Zahra-Malik is Senior Editor for Arab News, the largest English language newspaper in the Middle East. This isn’t the only accolade she has to her name, […]

May 3, 2019

Free Press Shapes Our Lives

ProperGaanda spoke to Rimmel Mohydin, Amnesty Internaitonal’s campaigner for South Asia on World Press Freedom Day. Rimmel Mohydin is a human rights activist and free lance writer. She has campaigned extensively against the death penalty, campaigned for prisoner rights and Pakistani immigrant workers. While speaking with ProperGaanda on #WorldPressFreedomDay, Mohydin stated “Over the past year, […]

10 Tweets you Need to know
May 1, 2019

10 Tweets You Need To Read This Labour Day

Labour day is more than just a holiday, it is a day marked by street demonstrations which showcase the strength of the labour force that hold up the economy. And while many enjoy the annual holiday, the fact is most workers still have to report for duty on the 1st of May. Being able to […]

Nusrat-jehan-rafi
April 18, 2019

Another Day, Another Victim Pays The Price

Nusraf Jehan Rafi was doused with kerosine and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Why? For filing a sexual harassment case against the school headmaster two weeks ago. 19 year old Nusrat was called in to the headmasters office at her Madrassa. He proceeded to repeatedly touch her inappropriately. Nusrat ran out of […]

Imran Khan
April 17, 2019

Who Made It To Times 100 Most Influential List?

Time magazine has released their list of ‘100 Most Influential People’ for 2019. More than a few names on the list will please many, including that of Imran Khan and Jacinda Ardern. “Pakistan is at a critical crossroads, and the man in charge is the closest it has to a rock star. Imran Khan captained […]

Daenerys Targaryen
April 13, 2019

Will Daenerys Targaryen Sit On The Iron Throne?

Daenerys Targaryen has had quite the journey in the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones; Emilia Clark’s character went from being Viserys Targaryen’s meek younger sister to the Mother of Dragons and is currently a viable candidate for sitting on the much coveted Iron Throne. That is, if she isn’t prematurely taken out of […]

Dalai Lama Spiritual leader
April 10, 2019

The 83 Year Old Dalai Lama Has Been Hospitalised

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was admitted to a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday with a chest infection. The 83-year-old Buddhist monk is reportedly stable.  Up to 100,000 Tibetans living in India are worried that their struggle for a genuinely autonomous homeland would end with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama fled to […]

Sikh Community
April 10, 2019

2,200 Indian Sikh Pilgrims Granted Visas For Baisakhi Celebrations in Pakistan

2,200 visas have been granted to Sikh Pilgrims by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi so they may participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations to be held in Pakistan from April 12 to 21.  A press release from the high commission released on Tuesday confirmed a large number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit […]

Indian-yogi
April 6, 2019

A Muslim student at the London School of Economics was called a ‘Proper Talibani’ by Indian Yogi, Jaggi Vasudev

Jaggi Vasudev, more commonly known as Sadghuru, the founder of the Isha Foundation had to clarify calling a Muslim student a ‘Proper Talibani’ following the student union condemning Islamophobia. The Indian yogi offered an odd explanation, that the word ‘Taliban’ is used to refer to an over enthusiastic person in India.  Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Indian […]

Aircraft
April 6, 2019

Anti-Aircraft Shells Have Been Discovered Near Banigala

More than a dozen live shells of an anti-aircraft gun have been found from a plot located about half a kilometre from the Banigala residence of Prime Minister Imran Khan. A senior officer of the foreign mission spotted the ammunition lying in the plot adjacent to the prime minister’s house, stated the police.  Following which […]

Bushra Ansari Rap Cover
April 6, 2019

Bushra Ansari and Asma Abbas Just Dropped A Rap Song!

Bushra Ansari, a talent powerhouse, always has something up her sleeve to surprise her plethora of fans. But this is something no one could have expected! Bushra Ansari and her sister Asma Abbas have just released a rap song of all things! And the purpose behind it?! To ease Indo-Pak relations. The video has since […]

Abuse
April 4, 2019

Report: ‘Cruel Numbers 2018’ Is Highlighting Pakistan’s Child Abuse Problem

The report by the NGO Sahil, titled ‘Cruel Numbers 2018’, has been compiled by monitoring 85 regional and national newspapers, and from the cases that have been reported. Here are the major findings: 3,832 cases of child abuse were reported in 2018. Of the total reported 3,832 cases, 55 per cent of the victims were […]

CherryBloosms
April 4, 2019

Cherry Blossoms Turn Gardens Into A Sea Of White And Pink Around The World!

Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom across the world, but there’s a catch: the full bloom lasts only for a week before the petals start to shed. In the Japanese culture, Cherry Blossoms represent the fragility of life.

US Nation
April 3, 2019

Will United Nation’s New Resolution Help Fight Islamophobia?

On Tuesday, the United Nations unanimously passed a resolution put forth by Turkey and co-sponsored by Pakistan which strongly condemns violence and terrorism targeting individuals belonging to religious minorities. Swipe to read the highlights

Aladdin
March 12, 2019

Disney’s First Full-Length Trailer for Aladdin’s Live-Action Is Finally Out!

On Tuesday morning, Disney unveiled the highly anticipated trailer for its upcoming Aladdin live-action film.  The new trailer is chock-full of action intensive scenes, giving audiences glimpses of some of the most iconic scenes 90s kids loved. The trailer begins with Aladdin, played Mena Massed, running away from two men who are after him for stealing. Soon […]

First Women MMA Fighter
March 11, 2019

Pakistan’s First and Only MMA Fighter Anita Karim Receives a Warm Welcome in Islamabad

Pakistan’s first female MMA fighter, Anita Karim, got a warm welcome at the Islamabad International Airport. Youths of different age group welcomed her in large numbers. The Shining athlete hails from Hunza and came out victorious on Thursday; at the One Warrior Series (OWS). In spite of the sport still being new and heavily male […]

American Women Stuck in Saudi Arabia
March 11, 2019

American Woman Stuck Illegally in Saudi Arabia Granted Residency

An American woman has been granted legal residency in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after The New York Times wrote about her ordeal a week ago. Bethany Vierra was stuck illegally in Saudi Arabia with her young daughter after her Saudi husband divorced her. Bethany moved the the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2011, starting […]

Aurat March
March 8, 2019

#AuratMarch2019: Know Why You March

Women from all walks of life are sharing why it’s imperative to step out and rally for collective rights of women on International Women’s Day. Aurat March is set be held in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. The Aurat March has become one of the most anticipated marches as the hashtag #WhyIMarch trends on twitter. The […]

Kohistan Video Scandal
March 7, 2019

Kohistan Video Scandal Whistleblower Killed Days After Seeking Protection From Government

Afzal Kohistani, the whistleblower who brought the gnarly truth of the Kohistan video scandal forward, was shot dead in Abbottabad on Wednesday by unidentified men. Kohistani has repeatedly asked form security. According to Express Tribune, just a few days before his murder Kohistani had written to the Hazara deputy inspector general and Mansehra district police officer […]

Netflix
March 6, 2019

Netflix Is Adapting ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ Into A Series

On what would have been Gabriel García Marquez’s birthday, Netflix announced that it has acquired the rights to develop the seminal novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” more that 50 years after it was originally published, in 1967. This will be the first time the novel will be adapted for the screen. Nobel Prize winning […]

Game Of Thrones
March 5, 2019

Watch the Trailer for Game of Thrones Finale Season!

Winter is finally here! Fans of “Game of Thrones” have been waiting for over a year to find out the fate of their favourite characters and this Tuesday, HBO finally released gave us a sneak peak into the final season. HBO has released the first official full-length trailer for the final season of the much […]

Priyanka Chopra
March 4, 2019

Priyanka Chopra in Hot Water After Pro War Tweet

Priyanka Chopra’s legacy as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF is in peril following her Tweet which cheered India’s strike in Balakot, Pakistan last week.  A petition filed for removal of Chopra as the GoodWill Ambassador on avaaz.org reads, “War between two nuclear powers can only lead to destruction and death. As the goodwill ambassador of […]

Ali Zafar Kashmir Ad
March 4, 2019

Kashmir Challenges Societal Gender Roles With It’s New TVC

In a world where every brand is bent on making ads featuring dance numbers, it is refreshing to see a local brand release a TVC with a message.  Kashmir Cooking Oil & Banaspati, a Pakistani brand established since 1962, has released a TVC with a simple message, ‘Khana Tou Bahana Hai.’ The cinematic TVC plays […]

Pakistani imate
March 4, 2019

Pakistani Inmate Killed in Indian Jail was Badly Tortured

Thousands attended the funeral of Shakirullah alias Mohammad Ilyas, the Pakistani prisoner who was lynched in an Indian jail. Shakirullah’s body arrived via the Wagah border and people threw rose petals on the ambulance carrying the coffin as it arrived for burial.  Shakirullah’s family members demanded that Prime Minister Imran Khan raise the case to […]

Adnan Sami trolled
March 2, 2019

Is Adnan Sami an ISI Agent?!

“Pakistan must thank Adnan Sami Khan today who has been an under-cover agent in India for so many years…” reads a hilarious tweet by a Pakistani journalist posted in the aftermath of the recent skirmishes between India and Pakistan. Adnan Sami is being trolled by Pakistanis after the now-Indian singer tweeted the following #MajorAdnanSami is now trending […]

India Pak
February 28, 2019

7 Viral Videos of the India-Pakistan Skirmish

Tensions between India and Pakistan have been very high during the past two days. India has proven to be the ever hostile neighbour, while Pakistan acted as the voice of reason.  Here is a brief recap of what has happened in the past two days On Tuesday, India violated LoC and upon Pakistan Air Force’s […]

Wagha Border
February 27, 2019

Twitter claims Cross Firing at the Sialkot Border

Throughout Tuesday, the news was rife with reports of Line of Control violation by Indian Air Forces and the subsequent payload drop at Balakot. While India claims 350 militants of JeM, a militant group that took responsibility for the Pulwama attack, have been targeted and killed, Pakistan has assured that there were no casualties. Foreign […]

Sati Image
February 27, 2019

Keeping Hinduism Alive in the Deserts of Baluchistan

Baluchistan, the arid and barren province of Pakistan, comes alive every spring as more than 40,000 hindu pilgrims make their way for the Hinglaj Yatra to mark the biggest hindu pilgrimage in Pakistan. Hindus make their way through the deserts of Baluchistan to honour the goddess Sati. The origin of the pilgrimage lies in an […]

Oscar winning image
February 25, 2019

Biggest Wins from the 2019 Oscars

The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday, and featured some surprising wins such as Green Book for Best Picture, an award many had thought would go to Roma. The ceremony kicked off with with Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, presenting the Best Supporting Actress award. The trio did a short comedy routine acknowledging that […]

7up food festival
February 22, 2019

7UP Foodies Festival Lahore is Not Coming Slow!

Whether you have a love-hate relationship with them, food festivals are not coming slow this year! And it is becoming increasingly difficult to escape the buzz. 7UP is curating a one of a kind festival for foodies in Lahore and its happening sooner that you think. Even though Karachities may argue that Karachi has the […]

Careeb
February 22, 2019

1000 Sham Orders Received by Pakistani Startup from Indian Hackers

ProperGaanda was recently contacted by Waqas Khan, the co-founder of Careeb, an e-commerce start-up based in Lahore that delivers groceries and premium gifts. Careeb was targeted by Indians who placed fake orders and resulted in the loss of PKR 50,000 On the morning of 22nd February, careeb.com.pk received 1000 orders. When their team followed up […]

Fawad Khan
February 20, 2019

Fawad Khan Forced to Admit he is Pro-Vaccination

In what seems to be the perfect #FakeNews story, a FIR has been registered against Mr. Fawad Khan, stating that he interfered with Governmental efforts to vaccinate his daughter at his residence on the 19th of February. This seems a bit odd considering the actor has been out of the country since the 13th of […]

Pulwana Attack
February 19, 2019

14 Ways India has Lashed Out at Pakistan after the Pulwama Attack

On 14th February 2019, an attack in Indian occupied Kashmir led to the death of more than 40 Indian soldiers. Jaish-E-Mohammad, a militant group, based in Pakistan has been blamed for the attack. Whats more, India has accused Pakistan for actively supporting terrorist elements in Indian occupied Kashmir. This is how India has reacted following […]

Imran Khan and Crown Prince Muhammad Salman
February 18, 2019

12 Highlights from Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s Visit in Pictures

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, visited Pakistan for two days starting Sunday. The visit comes at a time when Pakistan’s ties with its neighbour India are under duress due to the recent Kashmir attack. While many were concerned about security, the Pakistani government outdid itself during the royal visit. The heir […]

Cardi B
February 11, 2019

Cardi B Just Made History at the 2019 Grammys

Cardi B, the American rapper, has been making waves in the music industry since a while. And on Sunday night, at the Grammys, she made history by becoming the first solo female artist to win Best Rap Album. Swipe for the highlights Watch Cardi B’s emotional acceptance speech below

February 10, 2019

The trials and tragedies of the Uighur community in China

Who are the Uighurs? Uighurs are the oldest Turkic speaking people of Central Asia; they have been mentioned in Chinese records dating back to the 3rd century CE. In the 8th century, the Uighurs established a kingdom and were overthrown, in what is now known as central Mongolia. The Uighurs settled in an area known […]

Aleem khan
February 8, 2019

Don’t Know Why PTI’s Aleem Khan Was Arrested? Read This

Aleem Khan is known to be one of the biggest financiers of current ruling party, the Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. His arrest and physical remand by the National Accountability Bureau has shocked more than a few supporters. Prior to the hearing, strict security measures were taken. A three kilometre area radius around the accountability […]

Game of thrones
February 7, 2019

This is How GOT is Teasing it’s Fans!

The final season of Emmy award winning show Game of Thrones is set to release on the 14th of April 2019 and HBO has been teasing its already anxious fan base with teasers, commercials and pictures. The show appeared in a commercial for the Super Bowl which is being called “the biggest and boldest marketing […]

meera khan
February 7, 2019

You All Know Meera, But Do You Really?!

Meera Khan started her illustrious career at the young age of 10, when she appeared in a TV commercial. And since then, she has just added more accolades to her career. Swipe for an insight into Meera’s career Read More from Our Entertainment Segment: A Conversation With Musa Ghaznavi

faizabad-protests-black
February 7, 2019

10 Major Points from SC’s Ruling on the Faizabad Protest

The Faizabad protest of 2017, orchestrated by the right-wing Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labaik held the city of Islamabad hostage for 21 days. The leaders of the TLP, including Khadim Hussain Rizvi, openly threatened, abused and promoted hatred. Rs. 163 million worth of property was destroyed during the protests. On Wednesday, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, issued […]

Polar Vortex
February 1, 2019

9 Chilling Pictures from the Polar Vortex

The polar vortex has broken records, halted travel and taken at least eight lives in the US. Mail deliveries have been suspended, flights grounded and schools closed.  According to Flightaware, by midday on Thursday, airlines had already cancelled more than 2,200 flights in the United States, and on Wednesday, cancellations topped 2,700. Here are 9 […]

Child Marriage
January 31, 2019

Pakistan Will Not Stand for Child Brides Anymore

Sherry Rehman has presented an amendment to the Child Marriage Restriction Act of 1929 that sets the marriageable age of girls at 16 and of boys at 18. Rehman argued that the marriageable age of girls be raised to 18 years.  Child marriages have been occurring since the inception of Pakistan and in the past, the matter has […]

Super Star Reema
January 30, 2019

Did Somebody Try to Poison Reema?

Even though we don’t have the Oscars in our neck of the woods, our media industry is rife with intrigue, same as Hollywood. Renowned Pakistani actress, Reema Khan, recently caused an uproar by alleging that a colleague from the industry had attempted to posion her. The actress also tied her claims together with the culture […]

Car Blast
January 30, 2019

Man Behind Chinese Consulate Attack Apprehended in UAE

Read more from ProperGaanda: The Supreme Court Dismisses Petition Against Aasia Bibi

Asia Bibi
January 29, 2019

Supreme Court Dismisses Petition Agaisnt Aasia Bibi

After eight years of being on death row, Aasia Bibi was acquitted by the Supreme Court in October 2017. But even after being declared innocent, Aasia remained a hostage in Pakistan as the Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labaik declared nationwide protests and issued death threats to not only Aasia’s lawyer but also the judges who made the […]

Army Media Wing
January 26, 2019

State says it is committed to protecting the PTM

Lake with boat
January 26, 2019

This is what you need to know about Pakistan’s new Visa Policy!

In 2017 alone, 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan. In 2019, the British Backpacker Society declared Pakistan it’s top 20 adventure travel destination. And now, in 2019, amidst improving security conditions, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf led government has revised its visa policy to boost tourism in the country. Read more from ProperGaanda: Pakistan Named Number One Adventure Travel […]

gillette
January 16, 2019

Why Are Men Offended by an Advert that Promotes Sensitivity?

On January 14th, Gillette released an advertisement that has become the source of much controversy online, which people bashing the company for “perverting masculinity” and supporting “radicalised feminism”. Many long term customers have also vowed to boycott the brand completely. It makes one think WHY men are so offended by an advertisement that promotes sensitivity […]

Shehzad Ghais
January 14, 2019

Shehzad Ghias Shares What it’s Like to Strive in the Face of Adversity

Comedian and thespian @shehzadghiasshaikh, shares a moving message with his fans on Sunday night. Scroll to read his full message

Wait Photo
January 14, 2019

This Artist Captures Exactly What it’s Like Growing Up

The artist behind Anomaly Town Comics from Instagram perfectly captures what it’s like to grow up in today’s day and age. With social media taking over our lives, we’re constantly short on time. And sometimes, we realise when it’s already too late. Have a look at the series below:

Masjid
January 13, 2019

The New Road Dividing Israel and Palestine

This is what you need to know about the new wall that will separate Israelis and Palestinians

Rahaf Saudi Teenager
January 13, 2019

This is the Story of the Saudi Teenager who Fled for her Life

This is the Story of the Saudi Teenager who Fled for her Life

Khizar
January 12, 2019

Outcry Over Execution of Mentally Ill Inmate

Ahmed Faraz
January 12, 2019

Remembering Ahmed Faraz on his 88th Birthday

Remembering the late legendary poet Ahmed Faraz on his 88th birthday

lovot Robot
January 12, 2019

5 Robots You Need In Your Life If You Loved Baymax

Have a look at our favourite robots from the CES 2019

PIA Air Hostess
January 4, 2019

PIA : Pakistan’s Incapable Airline

The infamous Pakistan International Airlines has a penchant for making it into the headlines and while there is no such thing as bad press, the verdict is still out on their latest public debacle.

UIL Celebrated 56 Years Of Success
January 4, 2019

UIL Celebrated 56 Years of Success!

UIL celebrated 56 years of success with a massive celebration at Serena Hotel, Faisalabad.

Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands
January 2, 2019

A Tribute to Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands 

 

Transgender
January 2, 2019

The Time of Trans is Now

As 2018 wrapped up, Pakistan celebrated it’s first ever Transgender Pride march, organised by Track-T and Saathi Foundation. Jannat Ali, the Program Director at Saathi Foundation, led the march from the front, proudly upholding the board that aptly read, “Being transgender doesn’t make me any less human.”  The transgender community made it clear that the […]

people we lost
December 28, 2018

People We Lost in 2018

While we are all looking forward to ringing in the new year, there are some people who left us in 2018. So before we move on, lets take some time to remember those individuals who’s journey ended in 2018.  1. Zubaida Tariq Ilyas Commonly known as Zubaida Aapa, she was a chef and cooking expert. […]

Benazir Bhutto
December 28, 2018

10 Iconic Pictures of Benazir Bhutto

The 27th of December marks the 11th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, who is popularly referred to as the Iron Lady of Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto served as the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996 respectively. Benazir was the first woman to head a democratic […]

7UP Food Festival
December 27, 2018

The 7UP Foodies Festival is Giving us Major FOMO!

Even though the winter months are popularly referred to as the shaadi season, food festivals are serving weddings some serious competition this year. Last week alone, 7Up launched a glorious food experience across the country. They kicked off their tour on the 15th of December, in Sialkot, and travelled to all the main cities. Their […]

Ali Reham the Actor
December 19, 2018

A Local Star, a Rumoured Engagement and Live Telly!

2018 is turning out to be the year of big, big and even bigger weddings. There was Depika and Ranvir, Prianka and Jonas, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and ofocurse, the Ambani wedding. The above mentioned wedding ceremonies resulted in so much hype that they were trending for days on end on various social media […]

Samah Akhtar
December 14, 2018

This Is What It’s Like Leaving Dentistry To Run A Startup

I graduated from a private dental college in Lahore in 2014 and went on to do my house job, a twelve month paid internship, at the hospital associated with my college. In Pakistan, a career in the health care industry is considered an illustrious one, but once you graduate, you realise that a basic MBBS […]

top 10 people
December 13, 2018

Bushra Maneka was Pakistan’s most googled person this year!

On Wednesday, google released its ‘Year in Search’ list unveiling the top searched people, news, trends and events worldwide and in Pakistan for the outgoing year.  The list brought forth some interesting facts – such as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife, Bushra Maneka, being the most trending person in the country for 2018. The First […]

BJP
December 12, 2018

Modi faces defeat at the hands of Congress

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a massive blow in three state elections just months before the Indian national elections.  Here are 5 things you need to know: 1. The Election Commission announced the results on Wednesday, declaring Congress the clear winners in the Chhattisgarh State. 2. While they fell one seat short of […]

Old Netflix Show
December 5, 2018

Netflix is paying through its nose to keep FRIENDS online

Over the weekend, many questions about the show’s future on Netflix arose when customers spotted a notice on the site’s ‘FRIENDS’ page that read ‘Availability Until 1/1/19’ FRIENDS, the much-loved show that ran on NBC for a solid 10 years till 2004, still has many devout fans across the globe who did not take too […]

England and Pakistan
December 4, 2018

Hafeez bids farewell to Test Cricket!

Pakistani cricket player Muhammad Hafeez, 38, has stated that he will be retiring from Test cricket after the ongoing third game against New Zealand held in Abu Dhabi. Hafeez has informed chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq that he wants to focus on his limited-overs career. “Today, I want to announce my retirement from the Test-match format so […]

CG Artist
December 4, 2018

This CG artist’s videos on Instagram are Mesmerising!

French CG artist Rémi Cabarrou, creates the most vivid and stunning imagery that plays with not only colour but also the fluidity of objects. He goes by ‘rogerkillmanjaro’ on social media and his mesmerising one minute videos on Instagram have gained him 163K followers on the platform. Cabarrou’s videos have a clean concept usually with […]

November 17, 2018

Urban Sole’s new campaign highlights people we can all relate to!

Urban Sole, the premium Pakistani brand that offers genuine leather footwear has launched their fall/winter ’18 collection campaign featuring their brand new personality ‘I am an urban soul’. The amazing thing about the campaign is that it features 7 individuals who have strived to excel in their perspective fields in the creative space at home. […]

November 11, 2018

China’s AI News Anchor is an Invention We Can All Do Without

The Xinhua News Agency, also known as the New China News Agency, is the official state-run agency of the People’s Republic of China and is the biggest and most influential media organisation of the nation. Not only is the Xinhua News Agency the biggest in the world in terms of correspondents worldwide but on November […]

November 8, 2018

Fake News of Asia Bibi Leaving the Country Denied By Government

Yesterday, news reports of recently acquitted Asia Bibi being flown from the Multan’s women prison to an “unkown destination” was spread across social media.  On Thursday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal denied the report claiming, “There is no truth in the reports of here leaving the country – it is fake news.” The […]

November 3, 2018

The Brooklyn Nine Nine Season 6 Teaser is here!

This past Monday, NBC released a teaser trailer for season 6 of Brooklyn Nine Nine, the famous cop show that follows the lives of Detective Jake Peralta and his colleagues from the 99th precinct. The show was cancelled by FOX six mouths back, but following a massive outcry on social media, NBC jumped on the […]

November 2, 2018

Overload lead vocalist, Farhad Humayun, reveals he has been diagnosed with a brain tumour

Farhad Humayun, lead vocalist and drummer of Pakistani rock band, Overload, recently uploaded a status on Facebook stating that he will be taking a sabbatical from the music scene due to his recent diagnosis of a brain tumour. The diagnosis was made two weeks ago after he suffered a seizure. The musician has stated that […]

October 22, 2018

Mountain Dew Gamers Arena is Creating Waves in Pakistan’s Gaming Scene : Meet the First CS:GO Qualifier from Lahore

The Portal gaming centre in Lahore was packed with gamers this past weekend as they battled each other to be the CS:GO finalist. The ambiance, lit only by the brightly flashing PC’s and Mountain Dew’s signature neon glow set the perfect stage for the event. While the gaming scene in Pakistan is evolving and gamers […]

October 21, 2018

This Local Fast Food Chain is Offering Enticing Deals So You Can Enjoy Breakfast in Bed

Even though everybody’s favourite show ‘Game of Thrones’ isn’t currently airing, there is no denying that winter is coming. The past summer was insufferable, and even though the cooler months may be accompanied by smog, we’re still glad the weather is changing. Winters in Lahore are truly enjoyable; fog settles over the city, lulling it […]

PGFtBayaan
October 14, 2018

#PGftBAYAAN

Team PG met with Bayaan for a cup of cha and gupshup! Watch till the end for a surprise performance

October 13, 2018

New on Netflix: Little Things

The streaming giant Netflix recently added Dice Media’s ‘Little Things’ to their vast directory of online content. The mini TV series originally launched in 2016 and it’s first episode alone has 10 million views on Youtube and the series has an overall rating of 8.4 on IMDB. Dice Media is also behind the web series […]

October 3, 2018

8 Things You Might Have Missed In Steve Cutts’ Animation ‘Happiness’ 

Steve Cutts’ short animal film ‘Happiness’ is the wake up call we all need. In 4 minutes, he makes us question what happiness really means to us on an individual level and how we’re cashing in on it’s skewed socially dictated version. Is happiness something you can buy off the shelf? And what price do […]

Propergaanda-KhotaNation
September 28, 2018

PG Original | Khota Nation

After the last Markhor passes away, Paksitan announces its newest national animal, the donkey! Welcome to Khota Nation.

September 19, 2018

Eat Mubarak! Wait, What?!

The Pakistani entertainment and sports industry is rife with excitement today. Cake, a Pakistani comedy drama film has been submitted for consideration in the Oscars and Pakistan will face off against India in the Asia Cup 2018 at 4:30 PM in Sharjah. Click here to watch the match online. Not to mention IHC’s ruling in […]

September 19, 2018

4 Questions The Captain Marvel Trailer Raises

Captain Marvel’s first trailer was released yesterday and it raises as many questions as it answers, especially for fans who haven’t religiously followed the comics. The next big MCU movie coming out in 2019 on the 8th of March, which also happens to be International Women’s Day, varies from the comics so much so that […]

tarhun
September 12, 2018

A Look Into Jamal’s Exhibition At ‘Tarhun: The Beautiful The Bizarre’

Noormah Jamal, an up an coming visual artist, recently debuted her work at the exhibition held at O Art Space in Lahore. The exhibition ‘Tarhun: The Beautiful The Bizarre’ was a two person show, showcasing the works of Noormah Jamal and Hoor Imad. The Pollinators ProperGaanda had the opportunity to speak to Jamal about her […]

August 19, 2018

How Good Is Your Internet Slang Game?

August 18, 2018

The Best of #PrimeMinisterIK On Twitter

Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd premier of Pakistan and twitter has been ablaze with celebrations. #PrimeMinisterIK has been trending and here are our favourite tweets of the day: 1. Eid came early this time for some 2. And then there was the Naswaar scare 3. We can all relate to the […]

August 18, 2018

Imran Khan Has Been Sworn In As Pakistan’s 22nd Premier

Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. The ceremony began shortly after 10 AM on Saturday morning and was hosted at the Aiwan-i-Sadr. While Imran Khan’s own two sons were missing in attendance, high profile guests included care taker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Air […]

August 16, 2018

Khaadi’s New Unstitched Lawn Collection Is Ultra Affordable and Chic

Khaadi, the fast fashion retail store, is well known at home and abroad. The brand was established in 1998, and aimed to revive the ancient craft of the handloom. However, since its launch the brand has adapted itself to the evolving fashion industry of Pakistan, making sure it’s pieces are contemporary and suitable for the […]

Independence Day
August 14, 2018

PG Presents | Azaad Pakistan

What is your idea of an independent #Pakistan? Share your view in the comments below.

August 11, 2018

A Playlist for People Who Don’t Love Drake

Drake, or Drizzy (as known on Twitter), is one of the most popular entertainers in the world and his last album, Scorpion, broke Spotify’s global one-day record for album streams with 132.45 million streams. However, if Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ isn’t your jam and you aren’t interested in doing the Keke challenge, we’ve got you […]

August 10, 2018

9 Questions Every Dental Student Asks Themselves

The journey of getting into a dental school in Pakistan is difficult enough, so when you finally see that much-awaited acceptance letter, you assume the worst is behind you. What you don’t realize is that this is the start of a grueling five-year adventure (including the golden house job year) that will you leave you […]

August 3, 2018

9 Random Facts You Don’t Need To Know

Reasons why you should read this article: It’s a Monday and you might not have anything better to do.  While this article will not contribute in away way to your general or political knowledge, you might have a good laugh (no promises). A very minute amount of effort was put into curating this article and […]

August 1, 2018

5 Exciting Things Happening In The Tech Industry

From Huawei and Samsung’s race to mass produce a foldable phone to Facebook’s fake accounts dilemma, the tech world is in a frenzy. It’s difficult to stay abreast with all the advancements so here are five exciting and interesting updates from the tech world that you’ll definitely be interested in: 1. Huawei trumps Apple in […]

July 24, 2018

7 Simple Steps On How To Cast Your Vote

This year’s political season has been cut throat and full of surprises. And tomorrow, on the 25th of July, we will finally know the future of our country. Will Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz, come out victorious even without the leadership of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif? Or will Imran Khan finally get to fulfil […]

A PG Documentry
July 18, 2018

PG Doc | Friday The Thirteenth

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZzYHcbnyNgY
Ramzan K Totkay
July 12, 2018

Ramzan K Totkay | Episode 3

https://www.youtube.com/embed/JugiO6iRzWA
July 11, 2018

9 People Who Are Way Too Excited For Imran Khan’s Jalsa

Chairman of the Paksitan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, Imran Khan, is coming to Lahore on the 12th of July for his Jalsa at Khayaban-e-Iqbal. The PTI promises that #BallayPeThappa is a vote for change and a vote for a greater Pakistan. The hashtag #BallayPeThappaNA131 is trending on twitter, two spots over the hashtag #NawazSharifKaySathChalo. The election fever has […]

Ramzan K Totkay
July 11, 2018

Ramzan K Totkay | Episode 1

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cufoiu_yMg0
Ramzan K Totkay
July 11, 2018

Ramzan K Totkay | Episode 2

https://www.youtube.com/embed/NaN-DYy9_sU
Ramzan K Totkay
July 11, 2018

Ramzan K Totkay | Episode 4

https://www.youtube.com/embed/giIo5_CE4Dg
July 7, 2018

5 Things You Need To Know About The Ali Zafar And Patari Debacle

Following the widely publicised Patari fiasco, Ali Zafar has made it into the headlines again.  Both Patari and Ali Zafar have received a fair amount of back lash from the public in recent days. Screenshots from Patari’s work conversations were aired on the internet indicating that Ali Zafar was undermining Faris Shafi’s work with Patari […]

July 5, 2018

7 Places In Lahore Where You Can Eat Gluten Free

Over recent years, as awareness about the gluten free lifestyle has increased many restaurants and cafes have modified their menus to cater for individuals with dietary restrictions and we couldn’t be happier! While options still remain narrow, we’re glad that we can get a few select favourites from Lahore’s most notable eateries. Whether you have Celiac […]

People
July 3, 2018

NO TITLE | Episode One

https://www.youtube.com/embed/b4H2WiIBH90
Teran Dar
May 22, 2018

PG VLogs | Teyra Dar

https://www.youtube.com/embed/wmiyxUfbxJI
April 11, 2018

Satire: Amir Liaqat claims to be a reformed person after a 1 week stint at a spiritual retreat

Former member of the National Assembly, MQM leader, TV anchor and current member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf opened up about his one week stint at a spiritual retreat in an exclusive interview with ProperGaanda. ‘Ever since joining the PTI, I have been feeling adrift,’ says Liaqat ‘Imran finally suggested that I go to the spiritual […]

March 27, 2018

Satire: Local psychic predicts dire outcome of Pakistan’s alliance with China

Citizens have been in a frenzy ever since local psychic, Tania, predicted that the future looks very bleak for Pakistan in 2075. In an exclusive interview with ProperGaanda, Tania stated that the fault lies with CPEC and Pakistan’s growing relationship with China. Tania stated, “Cheap traditional Chinese medicine and advanced surveillance techniques will corrupt our […]

The Clock & The Doctor
March 4, 2018

The Clock & The Doctor

My hands overlap, pointing north: a silent prayer, a quiet reminder that the time is up. The sofa groans as a man vacates his seat; it is time for him to leave. A while later, the sofa creaks again: the man’s seat now filled by a woman. This is the daily routine. One replaces the […]

February 25, 2018

Remembering Sridevi

The Bollywood actress, Sridevi Kapoor died due to a heart attack at the age of 54. Sridevi was in Dubai and with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi when she passed away, claim reports. The actress was in a league of her own and started acting at the young age of 4. Sridevi worked […]

February 23, 2018

Welcome to the World of ‘K’

Recently there has been a massive influx of cultural norms from western countries and the long-lost Eastern neighbour. Taking cue from Pakistan’s beloved frenemy to the West, Valimas have been replaced by Receptions; the three customary wedding festivals of Mehndi, Barat and Valima have been reduced to one function known as ‘Shendi’ or ‘Shalima’ (Note: […]

February 17, 2018

The Cafe

Monday Morning, 11:00 AM   “Zubair! Zubair?! Why is this larka always so hard to get a hold of!” “Coming, Sir!” “Zubair, the guests at table twenty-three still haven’t been served their drinks! Where have you been?!” “Sorry Sir, Ahmed couldn’t come to work today so I’m covering his shift as well.” “Stop wasting time […]

February 16, 2018

Failure Nights-Celebrating Failures

In 2017, Lahore saw a significant increase in the number of events held to bridge the undeniable entertainment gap that exists in our society; the events included book-signings, stand-up comedy, poetry slams, art exhibitions and much more. 2018 is proving to be no different. We’re only into the second month of the year and the […]

January 15, 2018

#ZainabZindaHai

Zainab’s murder has opened a pandora’s box in Pakistan. Ever since the incident, there has been an increased number of reports detailing kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder of young children throughout the nation. Even though this is not the first incident of child abduction and rape to arise from Kasur, a city to the south […]

January 8, 2018

Imran Khan Vs. The People

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of ProperGaanda. Once again, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaaf leader, Imran Khan, is facing national criticism. His personal life was recently considered ‘news’ and discussed nation-wide. The fiasco led to Imran Khan admitting to proposing marriage to Bushra […]

Quarantine
January 2, 2018

Deadly outbreak of MANSA Virus threatens city

NEWS ALERT: A city wide quarantine has been put into effect after a dangerous virus was accidentally released by an NGO that was operating underground- without the government’s blessing. The virus has been spreading like wildfire ever since it’s outbreak. The cavalry has been called in, to set a strict perimeter around the city with containers […]

December 27, 2017

Remembering the Iron Lady of Pakistan

Today marks a decade since Benazir Bhutto was assassinated at an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi. Rather than talking about the untimely demise of the daughter of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founder and prime minister Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto, we want to shed light on her life, career and accomplishments. The eldest child of Zulfikar Ali […]

Rashid Rana Artwork
December 26, 2017

The Bridal Brigade

News Alert: The government has announced that it will release the Bridal Brigade Task Force (BBTF) in case negotiations with the protestors holding Liberty Bazaar captive go south. To learn more about the story keep reading below. Two days ago, a bride-to-be called for a sit-in at Liberty Bazaar due to the ever increasing prices […]

December 12, 2017

Satire: Hostage situation at Bedian Road Escalates

Breaking News: Bride holds bridesmaids and groom hostage at farmhouse on Bedian Road Our correspondent in Lahore has confirmed news of a bride, Sundas Khaplu, holding her bridesmaids hostage at her farmhouse on Bedian Road. What started out as a dance practise has ended up in a tense hostage situation that the police are currently trying […]

Kitchen Talk
December 5, 2017

Kitchen Talk: Tawa Jee and Frypan Bibi

The following is a conversation that took place between ‘Tawa Jee’ and ‘Frypan Bibi’ in Pinky baby’s kitchen which resulted in their fallout. Tawa Jee: ‘Frypan Bibi, you must be extremely exhausted from all the samosas and kebabs you have been frying these days.’ Frypan Bibi: ‘Oh bhai jaan, its shaadi season. All the aunties […]

Mamnoon Hussain's Diary
November 22, 2017

An excerpt from Mamnoon Hussain’s Diary

Dear Diary, Islamabad is witnessing it’s 5284th dharna; the political scenario is awash with gossip; Nawaz, Imran and Musharraf are brewing up a storm and I, the President of Pakistan sit here writing in my diary. Being the President of the only country in the world still plagued by Polio should mean something, one should […]

November 6, 2017

Zia: The most hated man in Pakistan

The late General Zia ul Haq has been the proverbial punching bag for every Pakistani since he snatched power from the self appointed Quaid-e-Awam, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on 5 July 1977, in his bloodless coup. Whether it be for the execution of Bhutto, the radicalisation of Islam or the third and longest martial rule that Pakistan […]

November 3, 2017

Jinnah’s daughter and Pakistan’s sibling passes away

On Thursday, at the age of 98, the daughter of Pakistan’s founding father, Dina Wadia passed away in New York. The demise of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s daughter has struck a chord in the heart’s of Pakistanis everywhere. It reminds us of the wound Pakistan endured at the loss of the Quaid and perhaps the slow […]

November 1, 2017

Lahore vs. Smog-Five things you need to know!

Every year, Punjab experiences periods of low visibility due to fog in November and February for around 10 to 25 days. However, over the recent years, the situation has worsened considerably due to local and international factors. ‘Smog’ has become a major concern for Lahore’s residents. Read on to learn more about the latest environmental […]

October 31, 2017

Daily Digestible News-October 31, 2017

Here is your daily dose of Digestible News covering Ahsan Iqbal’s FB post, Qandeel Baloch’s murder case trial, Bilawal’s interview and more!   Ahsan Iqbal states that hidden forces are pushing Pakistan towards democratic instability Digestible News No. 1: On a facebook post, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal stated that, “Pakistan’s history has oscillated between decades […]

October 30, 2017

Man Causes Mayhem When He Refuses to Snapchat Footage of Accident

In an unforeseeable turn of events, a local lahori, Salman Hambal refused to snapchat footage of an accident in DHA phase 27. Passersby were outright enraged by this non-chivalrous display. Police Officer, Inspector Saab, had to step in to prevent a clash from taking place. Hambal #brokethenews when he stated in an interview, “I would rather stop and […]

October 23, 2017

5 Essential Things I wish I’d Learnt at School

  Lets skip the introductions and jump right into it, shall we? Time is money and I know that if I don’t say something remotely witty, hilarious, scandalous or even offensive, you’re going to loose interest and swipe onto the next interesting thing in 3….2….1… Still here? Okay lets do this. Do you think you […]

October 17, 2017

Five Things You Need to Know About The #MeToo Campaign

Since Sunday, social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook have been set ablaze by two simple words: Me Too. To find out more about this notorious movement, read on below. 1. It was started by Alyssa Milano The movement was initiated by actress Alyssa Milano when she tweeted the above on Sunday. By saying #MeToo […]

October 2, 2017

Finally, a Lahori Socialite who wants ‘frandship’ with Pindi Boy

Dear Pindi Boy, You probably don’t know who I am. I didn’t know who you were either — until I saw you executing a perfect wheelie on Murree Road on August 14. I was struck by your precision and your patriotism: the way you defied both gravity and the law, threw caution to the wind […]

September 19, 2017

Today’s News in Digestible Bullets

After the case was filed on 14 Nov 2014 by Akbar S. Babar, PTI was ordered by the ECP on December 1 of last year to submit its accounts or face ‘legal consequences’-following numerous chances given to the party to submit its financial details. On Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf submitted financial documents and details of funds […]

September 12, 2017

Lahoris go crazy over World XI — and the epic traffic jams it’s causing!

Lahoris are going more than a little crazy that international cricket has returned to Pakistan with the arrival of players from seven countries for the much-awaited World XI tournament. But while cricket-starved supporters are thrilled at the chance to see some of the world’s finest players in live action in Lahore, the ensuing traffic jams are […]

September 5, 2017

How To Be A Hipster Sufi In Ten Easy Steps

If you spent most of your childhood years letting yourself be silently drawn to the strange pull of what you really love (yes, I know that’s a Rumi quote and it’s there for a reason, you’ll see) , then you have come to the right place. It is time to begin that long journey into […]

August 3, 2017

The Art Of People Watching- Part 2

  Part Two: An In Depth Exploration Authors Note: This part of the article tries to explore in depth the science behind the art of people watching. Art can be many things: mesmerising; thought-provoking; contemporary or modern. And here is where the Art of People Watching differs from other art forms: it is timeless. It […]

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