Author: Tarik Zia

Tarik Zia is a former Pakistani journalist who worked in national newspapers, television and magazines. He now lives in the USA.

Why do South Asian men have a problem calling themselves feminists?

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It’s our ritual to meet up once a month over a drink-cum-discussion kind of scenario. The issues come under discussion range from society to individual insights. Our group of friends consists of people with diverse backgrounds; some are moderate liberals, few consider themselves socialists, others found nirvana in atheism, and...

How sexist is Urdu?

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The exploration started with an innocent question (…really?). Is there any equivalent word for prostitute when referring to a man in Urdu or in Punjabi? No need to mention that the question hasn’t received its deserving consideration, except a sheepish smile. Never mind, let’s look at it the other way...

How do we create confused desis?

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For many young immigrants, it is an overwhelming experience of living simultaneously in two opposite cultures; therefore, it affects them particularly when they are on the crossroads of choosing life style between their heritage and American culture. In many cases, it leads them to a conflicting situation while making future...