The News on Sunday (TNS)

A music emergency

Childhood connection with music doesn’t wane as we age — in fact, it only gets deeper

The invisible others

Marriage past a certain age and remarriage of those divorced or widowed is a challenge

“There will always be censorship, but there will always be stories”

Interview with editor, Mahim Maher

Committees for redressal

Students are demanding 50 percent female representation in committees dealing with harassment cases

Unavailable books

Pakistan discontinued all imports from India in 2019 after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. This stopped the book trade between the two countries

No ordinary tales

A tête-à-tête with photojournalist and self-taught artist, Faizan Ahmad, about his recent pictorial book, Lahore by Metro

“Ban on books from India forced our publishing industry to sort itself out”

A conversation with writer and publisher Safinah Danish Elahi

“There aren’t enough libraries in the world to hold the stories about the pain women have faced”

A conversation with Raniya Hosain, winner of 2020 Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize

‘Women must speak up against harassment’

Social activist, gender expert Dr Fouzia Saeed talks to The News on Sunday about the 10 years of The Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, the challenges in its implementation, the successes and the amendments to the law.

‘Multi-stakeholder mechanism needed to rescue the abused child’

Interview with Valerie Khan and Iftikhar Mubarik on child abuse

The meet-and-greet online, which made for ‘sad school’

This on-screen education business doesn’t seem to be sitting too well with the kids. Here’s why

The future of work

As lockdown lifts in Pakistan, many workers return to work, many do not. Will Covid-19 change workplace culture for good?

The survival strategy

Ways to successfully pivot travel content during Covid-19

Blogging during a pandemic

How are travel influencers in Pakistan coping amidst tighter advertising budgets and flight disruptions as the coronavirus toll continues to rise?

‘In the name of contact tracing, authoritative states worldwide are expanding the scope of their surveillance’

An interview with Harris Khalique, secretary-general of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Stranded in February

There is fear on one side and extreme nonchalance on the other. Both devastating in their own different ways

Peculiar times

It’s okay to miss the humdrum of your pre-lockdown life

The various shades of bullying

A viral video of a sobbing child hits close to home: bullying is a subject many Pakistani parents aren’t yet comfortable discussing

‘Where the person becomes more important than the work, rot is sure to set in’

In this exclusive interview, Farooqi talks about the qissa genre, his journey of creating The Merman, the future of illustrated novels in Pakistan and why a writer should never stop reading the classics.

When my muse abandons me

To a person not accustomed to working at night, nighttime looks apocalyptic

The rise and rise of tragedy TV

Why is Pakistan obsessed with sob-stories?

A sad tale of new year’s resolutions

I wonder why a turn of year fills me with such a ridiculous amount of hope; so much so that I fail to remember that I am probably devoid of the skill to form new habits and let go of the old

Erase the stigma

A tremendous change in prevalent social attitudes is required to de-stigmatise mental illnesses

The subtle art of desi winter clothing

A look at the diversity in fashion across Pakistan during the dark, unbearably dreary months of winter

Fear of elevators

For as long as I can remember, I have been absolutely terrified of elevators

Rallying behind a tune

Political anthems are common at rallies – even if the party is JUI-F

Financial impact of divorce on women

Women are often the weaker party in a marriage in an overly patriarchal society like ours

“We like to think of it as the people’s film on Salam”

Interview of Zakir Thaver and Omar Vandal, producers of the documentary, Salam – The First ****** Nobel Laureate

We’ve been waiting for you – Performance art at its finest

11 artists using their bodies as a medium, presented ten art pieces that were as powerful as they were intense

From the eyes of children

A visual treat for children aged three through 18, the Lahore Children’s International Film Festival traditionally challenges its audience to think out of the box and to celebrate difference

What happened to children’s stories

Around the time of the Partition, children’s literature was progressive, senior literary figures were writing for children and thinking about them. Today, there is a void

Identifying the signs of sexual abuse in children around you

It is imperative for parents and caregivers to try to be sensitive to and address warning signs of abuse

On the dilemma of writing

Writing is just putting thoughts into words. Shouldn’t be this daunting, should it?

In times of propaganda

With the Netflix series Bard of Blood poised to be released at a particularly turbulent juncture in Indo-Pak relations, one wonders how significantly propaganda can be used to influence general discourse

The new in the old rishta culture

There is a view that an arranged marriage is essentially the only form of respectable marriage

Violence in hospitals

To minimise violence in hospitals, effective strategies need to be devised and put in place

Parenting a Gen Z-er

While they’re much more protected than their parents were as kids, these children are free in their minds like the earlier generations never were

Of rude awakenings

The dilemma of people working for lower than the minimum monthly wage

In the land of emojis

The internet is changing the way we communicate — maybe it’s time to embrace this fact

Let’s find a dustbin

Perhaps it is our collective laziness and impatience that shadows our basic civic sense

The lawn dilemma

In Pakistan, summer literally means the unveiling of all kinds of ‘designer’ lawn, a phenomenon as weird as it is new

Quality, training, hygiene…

The need has now arisen to be more proactive about effective quality control measures in daycare facilities. Here’s a checklist

Peace through arts

It is it vital for cultural exchanges to continue between the two countries

Social media gags

Digital rights activists, Asad Baig, Nighat Dad, Farieha Aziz and Shahzad Ahmad share their concerns

Academia to industry and back

The linkage between the industry and educational institutions has been broken for a long time now

January 2019/ When the clock strikes 11

Will the new extension in timings of wedding functions prove to be effective?

Parents’ predicament

As worried parents, what should we do about the growing drugs abuse among school going children?

December 2018/ Something unequivocally classic about reading in winters

As winter settles in, do your reading preferences change?

Books by design

How else will more readers be drawn towards Urdu books before reading them — except by how they look?

‘Blessed’ or ‘White’…, if you like

This year too, the Lahoris joined in the most covetous retail event. And it was frightfully bizarre

November 2018/ Living in the future

The digital age has arrived and is here to stay

October 2018/ The award and the G-B problem

The province is in a never-ending state of limbo

October 2018/ The final hour

No Time To Sleep, depicting the last 24 hours in the life of a prisoner on death row, could be viewed as a conversation starter — on the highly contentious issue of capital punishment

October 2018/ The ‘fine’ lines

Barely a week since the new system became effective, some 5,000 e-challans are estimated to have been issued for different traffic violations on city roads on a daily basis

September 2018/ Conversing with books

Should a book be left unmarked in its original form or should it merely act as a vessel to hold the readers’ ideas? Throwing open the marginalia debate…

September 2018/ An Asghari reboot

Ajanta Theatre’s bracingly sentimental debut takes up the ‘perfect girl’ Asghari from Nazir Ahmad Dehlvi’s popular Urdu novel, Mirat-ul-Uroos

September 2018/ “I have not put Manto on a pedestal”

Interview of Nandita Das

A ‘chai wala’ with an incredible gift for the fine art of painting

August 2018/ Why tea isn’t our national drink

What is a nice cup of tea really, and who gets to gauge the level of its niceness?

August 2018/ The more the messier

Campaign banners serve whosoever is willing to pay top rupee. But what becomes of them once the elections are done?

July 2018/ Writer’s best friend

Meows or muse, cats have provided many a writer with the much-needed inspiration

July 2018/ Mixed-traffic woes

All sorts of vehicles out on the same roads means more than just congestion. A lot needs to be done to help the situation

July 2018/ Ode to my alma mater

You may love your school or hate it, but you cannot be indifferent about the time you spent in that place


October 2018/ On plagiarism in journalism

September 2018/ Online sexism is killing me

Pakistan Today

April 2018/ Pakistan at bottom in gender equality at work index

March 2018/ Pakistan’s problem with women in power

March 2018/ Lahore Literary Festival 2018: A celebration of literature, art and culture

February 2018/ Pluralism an antidote to rising extremism: Reza Aslan at LLF

February 2018/ Riz Ahmed steals the show on LLF opening day

February 2018/ Justice for Mashal Khan is good, preventing such monstrosities from happening is better

January 2018/ Zainab case investigation leaves a lot to be desired

August 2017/ On travelling and modern nomadism

July 2017/ The Forgotten Children

July 2017/ The Child Left Behind

July 2017/ The paradox of poverty

June 2017/ Misogyny at work

June 2011/ Fruit, fruit everywhere?

June 2017/ Informal labour exploitation in Pakistan

The Missing Slate 

August 2012/ In Pursuit of Words

Winter 2012/ The Gender Complex

Winter 2011/ Khushaal Pakistan

Summer 2011/ More Than Just a Mum

Fall 2010/ Pakistan Youth Alliance: A Review