The funny side of…language

Salman Rashid muses over different variations of the English language found in Pakistan.


The funny side of…Containeristan

Salman Rashid fears containers have taken over the nation

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The funny side of…cricket

Rants about the 'sport' of crricket and 'Tea-twenty'

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The funny side of … army wives

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Illustration by Fahad Naveed

Many years ago, I was at a military function where I heard an army wife, and the wife of a senior officer at that, say to some less fortunate wives, “When we were commanding the Gujranwala …


The funny side of…bomb blasts

Every time a bomb explodes, the otherwise somnolent intelligence agencies all of a sudden become very alert.


The funny side of…inventing history

We Pakistanis love history. We love it because we invent it; it is our creation.


The funny side of…travel writing

The other day, a young friend of mine introduced me to a man about my age. Very enthusiastically, he told him I was a travel writer. The gent, who had never read anything but Urdu newspapers, and for him writing was only what papers had, asked if I travelled from place to place gathering news for a paper?


The funny side of…security

I don’t know when they started it – it seems to have always been around – but this paranoia of security against the enemy state pervades the national psyche deeply. This, however, entails only a moratorium on photography; all else, like blowing up PNS Mehran or Kamra airbase, apparently being kosher.

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