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Saba Karim


The writer has studied anthropology at the University of Oxford and works at New York University (NYUAD).
A Perversely Compelling Love

A Perversely Compelling Love Affair

I would stare at my phone screen, clench my wrist and think -- how can something be so obviously unpalatable? Before scrolling down my newsfeed, precisely 30 seconds later, because that was the magic of my relationship with Facebook -- a perversely compelling love affair.
15/12/2015 8:10 AM IST
I Do Now I

I Do Now I Don't

I am the sort of person who struggles to decide whether to have strawberry ice cream or caramel. I remember sitting cross
14/10/2015 8:10 AM IST
The Road Not Taken: Notes From My Father's Unfinished

The Road Not Taken: Notes From My Father's Unfinished Book

My father taught us that the difference between fear and respect is that one is forced whilst the other is earned. He showed us how one can bring up children through the latter, an impracticable thought to many. That is why, during the 25 years that I shared with him, there was not a single moment that he raised his voice.
01/07/2015 8:20 AM IST
The Middle East's Secret

The Middle East's Secret Religion

We've been in the Middle East for less than a year but one of our first impressions, confirming the illusory nature of this region, has lasted: the lopsided emphasis that people place on materialism and designer labels. Rigid judgments are formed about people based on the luxury items they do or do not have, discussions bordering on intellectual discourse are held on the merits of various brands at social and workplace events.
10/06/2015 8:20 AM IST
A Blood-Soaked Love Letter To

A Blood-Soaked Love Letter To Pakistan

On 30 January 2013 my husband was abducted by six men in broad daylight on his way back from work, about 1.5 km from our house in Defense, apparently one of Karachi's "safest" and "poshest" districts, making me realise how fluid and relative the term "safe" really is and how vulnerable our concocted cocoons actually are.
25/05/2015 8:13 AM IST