Kashmir: Geography

Click on the map to see a larger version. Map courtesy of Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas. The red line shows the traditional boundary claimed by the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The green area is controlled by Pakistan, the orange by India and the rest (in the northeast) by China. Here is… Continue reading Kashmir: Geography

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Arranged Marriage: The Problem

You probably already know from my series of posts on marriage that I don’t like arranged marriages. They are obviously not the disaster that people in the West generally think they are. However, there is one big problem with them and it is apparent from this money quote from the last article in that series… Continue reading Arranged Marriage: The Problem

Categorized as Pakistan

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry for the lack of posts. Amber was here for the weekend and I have been really busy with work and stuff. I have a couple of Kashmir posts in the pipeline. Hopefully, I should post them in a day or two. In the meantime, here are a couple of interesting things to read. Via… Continue reading Busy Busy Busy

Comment Milestones

Congratulations to Godless Capitalist for the 1000th comment. And it seems I am famous now since I got my first real hateful comment against Muslims (I have had antisemitic comments before but they were more about conspiracy theories than direct hate. UPDATE: Rereading those comments, I was wrong. I have had comments which were extremely… Continue reading Comment Milestones

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What Legend Are You?

You are a siren. What legend are you?. Take the Legendary Being Quiz by Paradox Definitely not me. But as The Poor Man would say, it’s the Internet, so it must be right. Via Unqualified Offerings.

Movies and Women

The movie “Baran”1 is being shown on campus. Forwarding the message about the screening, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) President at our school added a quote: “The movie is absolutely clean and only on rare occasions do you see a woman, and even then she would have her head covered.”2 I am not sure whether… Continue reading Movies and Women

September 11

I don’t know what to say about the dastardly terrorist attack two years ago. I have no interesting story of where I was. I was sleeping in Atlanta and was awakened by my roommate around 11am because of frantic calls by Amber from Jersey. She found out about the WTC attacks when she reached her… Continue reading September 11

Optical Illusion

There are some very interesting optical illusions here. I especially like the “rotating snakes.” Via Uncertain Principles.

Weird Comment

Mr. Samiulhaq, apparently from Saudi Arabia, reached my weblog by searching for samiulhaq. He got to my post on Activist Islam in Pakistan and commented: send me photo Now, if only he had looked around on my weblog, he would have found a number of photos of me. But alas, he wasn’t that curious! I… Continue reading Weird Comment

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Productivity: Experts’ View

While talking about the economic output per hour and hours worked in different countries, I had a question about estimating productivity in the IT industry: I also have a question for anyone who knows economics more than I do. Everyone I know in the I.T. and other hitech fields works 50-60 hours a week but… Continue reading Productivity: Experts’ View

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