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New restaurant at Gokina

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The restaurant I just mentioned (it doesn’t even have a name yet) opened at Gokina a couple of weeks back. I went there late last Saturday with some friends which culminated in an under-10 minute ride (or more like a mad rush) down, a fun, adrenaline-pumping, but very risky manauover, even if you do happen […]

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Driving to Gokina

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I’ve been living in Islamabad for over three years and must have gone to Gokina (the spot at the top of the hills, on the way to Pir Sohawa), or to Pir Sohawa itself, dozens of times, but I never (successfully at least) drove there on my own. My last attempt was a long time […]

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The history of Lahore’s Garhi Shahu

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Being a history buff, this article on Pakistaniat was a good and informative read, but for me, it goes farther than that. My mother grew up in an area adjacent to Garhi Shahu. My grandmother and the rest of the family still live there and I visit it virtually every time I’m in Lahore. I’ve […]

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Tee Emm’s Window to Pakistan

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In my post earlier this month about spam prevention and education, I mentioned a talk that “Tee Emm” of Supernet gave about Greylisting. I had a nice, though brief discussion with him during the talk, but couldn’t catch up with him after that. I happened to read one of the SANOG handouts and learned that he’s […]

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Happy Birthday Pakistan

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It’s 14th August, Pakistan’s independance day. The mood everywhere is one of partying and celebration. All prominent buildings in Islamabad are covered with lights and the roads are crammed with people out to celebrate. I don’t remember seeing Pakistanis so happy before. Hope we continue to have more reasons to celebrate and less to worry […]

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McDonalds arrives in Rawalpindi

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I’ve been hearing rumors of a McDonalds opening here in Islamabad/Rawalpindi for more than 3 years now. Every once in a while, people would get really excited about it and were very sure that this time it was real and everytime, it ended with a no show. It was so weird that when they went […]

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A different Karachi

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I’m back in Islamabad. Got here yesterday morning and thankfully the PIA flight was on time despite the unrelenting rain. Though I’ve been to Karachi a number of times in my life, this time was very different. Not necessarily better or worse, but different. The main difference was probably that this was the first time […]

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The Venice of Pakistan

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Mansoor, my immediate reporting head, and I were supposed to leave for Karachi by yesterday’s 6:30pm flight from Islamabad. We were a little late, but that didn’t matter since the flight was supposedly delayed by two hours due to excessive rains in Karachi. We had already checked in so there wasn’t any option but to […]