ve been thinking about the importance of power and how/why/when we wield it. The true measure of one’s strength is not the physical power, not brute force, not one’s ability to inflict pain.

The true measure of strength and power is the ability to modulate one’s impulses. It is about…

The night of #15Shabaan has never been an ordinary night for a Muslim teenager. For some of us in Karachi, it is almost like Eid — new clothes, cakes and presents. For others, it is about food and sweetmeats. For almost everyone, it is about prayers and astaghfaar. For me…

Of familiarity and love

Growing up in Nazimabad Karachi, we would play Ghar Ghar.

We’d set up our little forts within the safe confines of our homes. Cover the windows with bedsheets. Pull down all the cushions from the sofas. Get all the towels we could get our hands-on. Find a few pillows. And…

We’ve lost the plot. We’ve lost the meaning of love. Maybe it is due to our own inadequacies. Or because of Hollywood’s romantic comedy ‘cottage industry’. Or maybe it is simply because we never paused to understand what it really is. We’ve never stopped to experience and understand the transition…

Jack Ryan Cast

With Season 2 of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ available on Amazon, critics continue to discuss how Hollywood’s mainstream cultural productions portray Muslims and other minorities.

There aren’t many contemporary instances of screenwriting that deal judiciously with raw faith phobia, racism, and prejudice. Season 1 of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ took…

Who should be singled out for practising restraint when it comes to alcohol?

So as my last tweet blew up, I’ve gotten some push back on this from my right-wing friends and colleagues. Mostly men who insist this correction was not necessary.

There are several reasons why I feel this is such a poorly written, divisive, and prejudicial dog whistling tweet. And I…

fell into writing for AI after spending years creating online media and broadcast content. Writing for an AI personality is vastly different from conventional broadcast writing where you chart a defined course and can follow it through a narrative arc. While the two share a few similarities, chatbot personalities…

‘You get Mexican mangoes and we get the real deal Sir’, said Ammara. ‘That’s the price you have to pay for leaving Pakistan’.

I was on our quarterly conference call with some of my former students in Pakistan who were ridiculing my incessant bemoaning of missing authentic Chaunsas in New…

When Dr. Abdus Salam responded to my letter, he ushered a new way of thinking for me.

“Good riddance, f*ing Ahmedi”, Faraz said as he champed through the tikka. We were sitting at a desi eatery in New York City earlier today, our first meeting since 1998 — the year Pakistan inscribed its name in the spurned list of nuclear nations.

‘Good riddance??’ … I couldn’t believe…

Azfar Rizvi

Journalist-turned award-winning filmmaker. Writer. Chai drinker. Pakistani Canadian in Contemporary America! | W: AzfarRizvi.com

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