Weekday Squib: No item-numbers please, we’re Somalians

Promoting virtue and banning vice…in Africa Vikram Arumilli directs us to witness the latest actions of the militiamen of Somalia’s Union of Islamic Courts, who have raided a studio and apprehended five people found indulging in the vice-filled activity of dubbing Bollywood movies into Somali. This activity has joined drug dealing, bootlegging, and kidnapping as … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: No item-numbers please, we’re Somalians”

Weekday Squib: Meera Meera on the wall

Who is the fairest nation of them all? And now, less than ten days after reports emerged of her intention to migrate to a more liberal Bombay, Meera of Lollywood has executed a u-turn. And how. Vehemently opposing bringing Indian films to Pakistani cinemas, she said it should “never” happen. “India has a different culture, … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: Meera Meera on the wall”

Weekday Squib: Osama bin Laden is a cat

Shrodinger’s cat Gen Musharraf revealed a hitherto unknown side when he drew on quantum mechanics to explain why the hunt for bin Laden was not getting anywhere. (Musharraf) said it was possible that Osama bin Laden, the Qaeda leader, is still moving between remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan four years after the Sept. 11 … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: Osama bin Laden is a cat”

Weekday Squib: A little known fact about the Indian Rupee

The Oil Rupee As late as 1959, the Indian Rupee was the medium of exchange in Kuwait, Bahrain, the Trucial States (now UAE) and parts of Oman. But this was not exactly good news for India’s monetary policy makers. Peter Symes has this account of India’s ‘Gulf’ Rupees. The rupees that were circulating in the … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: A little known fact about the Indian Rupee”

Weekday Squib: The cartoon and the parliamentary resolution

Who said being a political cartoonist was an easy job? Bill Garner, op-ed page cartoonist at the Washington Times got more than he bargained for with his take on the arrest of Abu Faraj al Libbi. The Pakistani government took ‘strong notice’ of the cartoon and described it as ‘contemptuous’ and ‘an insult to the … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: The cartoon and the parliamentary resolution”

Weekday Squib: Who owns the Taj Mahal?

Taj Tea or Kofi? Well, this is actually happening in India. The Sunni Waqf (Trust) Board in Uttar Pradesh, home to the Taj, wants the national government and the state’s high court to give it ownership and 7 percent of the takings from the more than 20,000 people who visit each day. Foreigners pay 750 … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: Who owns the Taj Mahal?”

Weekday Squib: Warm Hospitality from Big Brother

‘Monitoring’ foreign reporters in Pakistan Scott Baldauff’s account of the ISI’s attempts to keep tabs on foreign reporters is hilarious. Now, I’m not an especially paranoid man. Generally, I assume that anyone who listens into my conversations (and you know who you are) is in serious need of a life. But Pakistanis who know better … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: Warm Hospitality from Big Brother”

Weekday Squib: The limits of neighbourly love

And an egg on the face of Bollywood apologists When Mahesh Bhatt and his daughter went to Pakistan late last year, they had no qualms in scoring points with the local audience, at India’s expense. What better a forum to criticise human rights violations and atrocities committed by India’s armed forces in Kashmir than the … Continue reading “Weekday Squib: The limits of neighbourly love”