How Decades of War Began Appearing on Carpets from Afghanistan

Many a Karachi living room has been adorned by a carpet from Afghanistan. Their reliance on symmetrical shapes, rich colours and fine wool makes them stand out easily. But not all the designs are...

It’s Time We Went to Rehab for Our Coke Studio Addiction

I was scrolling through Facebook as one does late one night. It’s useful for finding out about current events, you see. After reading about Mahira’s cringe-worthy reaction to Javed Sheikh’s awkward show of affection,...

Light Object Space – Art Inspired by Everything

We covered S. M. Raza's work earlier, which included the mural of Abdul Sattar Edhi in Karachi. It's time to bring S. M. Raza in limelight again for his recent art exhibition called "Light...

The Most Underrated Bands from Pakistan

This is a story.A very long time ago Geo TV had a trick up its sleeve. There was of course its megalomaniacal approach to market its presence with decent camerawork and shoddy news reporting...

Animation, Comic Books and Nostalgia; Ali Hyder’s Art in His Own Words

Loyal readers will already know this, but we love visual artists. And among our favourites from the local lot is Ali Hyder. One of the early members of the Mano Animation Studios dream team,...
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2017; Our Year in Moments

Wow. I would say that this has been a year like any other. But that isn’t really true. 2017 had its ups and downs, but their frequency and depth made the year stand out....
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2017: A Year in Review

Yes, I am aware of how terribly clichéd this seems. But please do bare with me. I personally don’t do this as a that-time-of-year induced compulsion. But there are very few years that have...

Fashion, Photography and the Perfect Pizza: A Snapshot of Fahhad Rajper’s Journey

From the glittering sets of Pakistan’s fashion scenes to the Pizza scented kitchen of his new dhabba, Fahhad Rajper has had a pretty eventful year. in fact, he’s had a busy couple of years....

S. M. Raza: A Man, A Mural and Some Heroes

You might remember me writing about a wonderful mural of Abdul Sattar Edhi that appeared on a Karachi wall sometime ago. Syed Mohammad Raza, the man behind the artwork, is decidedly found of painting...

Nashra Balagamwala on Art, Design and Building Forts

Earlier this year, news about Nashra Balagamwala’s experimental board game Arranged, hit the internet like a thunderbolt. If you haven’t heard, the game parodied and commented on the norm of arranged marriages. The nation...