Most of the Pakistani fathers don’t know about fatherhood. It is like a manufacturing fault because in this society, girls have usually been expected and trained to be good wives, moms and daughter-in-laws, but for boys, the main focus has been on earning and education-for-earning. In a society, where family is still priority, and wives prefer to sit at home to take good care of kids and other family members, usually men are responsible for the money providing for all the needs of the household. So, the attitude towards boys makes sense.
However, still they have time to spend with their family members as parents, siblings, wives and kids according to their priorities and availability of time amount. Here, no matter what, they have some time to spend with their kids. Various kinds of attitudes are seen here. Continue reading
Naveed Alam, the winner of Spokane Poetry Prize, doesn’t need any introduction. Those who know him find him a very fine human being and those who have experienced his teaching and mentoring, consider him simply influential and adorable. You may have glimpses of his personality here in his interview. If you are curious to know more about him, just go and meet him.
Naveed: Born and raised in Pakistan. Left for the US to start college. Attended a fabulous little liberal arts college in the Midwest or the prairie land of North America, Macalester. Was a little confused about what to do after college. Took off for Egypt. During the year in Egypt figured out I wasn’t really good at anything except getting excited about literature. Got into a writing program. Did ok. Been teaching and writing most of my professional life with brief stints as a social worker, waiter, bartender, dog walker, tourist, museum goer, cineaste wannabe. Continue reading
I and my entire friends circle were very fond of partying and loved to try new eateries. Sometimes, we just looked for some reasons to cherish fabulous homemade food like birthdays, job promotions, various kinds of successes of our kids and all. One day, we were partying at a friend’s house whose cooking was terrific, with the specialty in desserts. We advised her to open a food spot of her own for her unique desserts. She got flattered but seemed confused. Finally, she opened up. Continue reading
Concept of Intellectual Chemistry between couples is new to Pakistani society. Our youth is far more intelligent, practical, talented and courageous than their parents. The height of luck is they have a lot of independence and freedom to make choices in life. Many times, we parents envy them, though glad to see them this way, simultaneously. As for promising youth, who are very successful in their careers and materializing their dreams, have all the convincing powers for what they desire in life. They convince their parents to get their support all the way through. However, a very strange observation comes to my way when I meet these brilliant young folks.
11 o’clock, almost midnight in a dawning autumn – I stepped brusquely towards the jogging track to accompany my husband there for the daily walk, who was supposed to be there coming from his office just beside the track. Close patrolling of university guards deepened my confidence in the dark night. I was assured to be in safe hands. I always loved the paradise I resided into, the pollution-free, all green and well planned part of the city. Continue reading