Why We Still Cheer

It may seem trivial. A cricket match. Especially in light of the horrific and tragic events of the last few months. But to understand why millions of Pakistanis would still tune in to cheer on our boys in green is to understand Pakistanis themselves. We’re resilient, we’re strong, and we still believe in our future.…

For the Good of it All

This past Friday, the internet was taken over by a five-year-old superhero. The story of Miles Scott and his wish to be Batman was shared across every social network and followed closely by multiple news and entertainment websites. Thousands were there to cheer him on as he battled evil villains around Gotham City as his…

Home You Never Knew

A New York Times article recently reported that more and more children of US immigrants are pursuing their “American dreams” abroad. The article featured a handful of such cases, including children of Indian, Chinese, and Brazilian immigrants. In reading this piece I felt hopeful and optimistic. Everybody already knows the story of how America offers…

Being FOB

I am considered a FOB. For those not familiar, FOB stands for “fresh off the boat”, essentially an immigrant. But it goes a little further these days. It’s now used to also describe anyone who might exhibit behavior typically expected of immigrants. Speaking with a accent, certain eating habits, being into music or entertainment popular…

Welcome Back

It’s odd. I grew up in a place that allowed me to travel the world before I was 18. It was one of the things I Ioved about being there. Kuwait was small enough that in order to experience anything new you had to leave. And my parents let us experience that to the fullest.…

About Time

Today, three women shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the work that they’ve done in their respective countries. Ellen Johnson was a vocal critic of past Liberian regimes until she became the first female African head of state in 2005. Leyham Gbowee is credited for mobilizing women to bring an end to an ongoing civil…

Feels Like Home

Growing up as a third culture kid has its advantages. You get to travel the world, always have new people to meet, and are constantly exposed to new and different cultures. It’s only when you turn 18 and headed off to college do you start noticing the drawbacks. Specifically, having your family separated by thousands…

Power of One

Watching the unsettling images of those affected by the famine in Somalia, you have to ask yourself what you can do to help.  At the same time, you end up wondering if anything you do end up doing would have any real impact on the situation.  This happens to me often when stories like Somalia…

Responsible Reporting

This past weekend, Norway witnessed a heinous act of terror resulting in the deaths of 68 people.  The bomb attack and shooting spree brought upon the finger pointing from journalists and news networks at Muslim elements within Norway’s borders.  As it turned out, the man responsible was a native son, a right wing supporter who…