Behenchara

Contributions – Month 3

joonam

by Mina Shoaib And I am sitting here and I am looking at her and her crinkled tin foil hands and that shirt she loves so ridiculously. You know the pink one with the little blue flowers that is older than me or at least the latest version of me. Whatever that means. And her …

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Behenchara

Artwork by Mahrukh Khizar  By Shaezal N. Cheema The first time I heard the word behenchara was when my chemistry teacher in O Levels caught a couple of girls cheating in the test and said, “Bhaicharay ka suna tha, behenchara pehli dafa dekh raha hoon”. For some reason, that word really appealed to me, but …

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The language of behenchara: Behnain/Behnas/Behens

Artwork Titled ‘Disco Deewanay’ by Fatima Gulrez  By Minahil Hussain Malik A timeline: I’ve changed cities, rooms, traffic lights, mugs, jeans waghera waghera my whole life, lekin meri behnain kabhi nahi badli. THE Behen She followed me out of my mother’s womb, three years late, and then continued to follow me everywhere quite literally. Then …

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Behenchara

Artwork by Fatima Ghani  By Hooran M. Khattak We’ve all been there. We’re 13, we’re 14, we’re 15. We have all said six words meant to separate us, six words we tried too hard to embody, six words just so ingrained within us that the ridiculousness never truly sink in: “I am not like other …

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To Find a Home

Artwork by Mahrukh Khizar  by Janan Sehr Mir People often state that no place feels like home. Rightly so but there are some people who have seldom felt like they are at home when they reside in that said space. Homes, being the epicentre of harmony, the entrenched notion of one’s roots, the symbol of …

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“Mera Jism Meri Marzi” – in honour of Aurat March, Pakistan 2020

Artwork by Fatima Baig  By Iqraa What does being “shareef” and “khandani” have to do with being good? I would say absolutely nothing. Society would say otherwise. If there are girls who are shareef and khandani then there must be girls who are otherwise. They are the ultimate “awaara” threat to our society. These “awaraa” …

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گمشدگی کی رپورٹ

By Aqsa Ishaq Artwork by Bakhtawar Azhar  گمشدگی کی رپورٹ میری ماں نے اسے نہیں جنا تھا مگر وہ میری بہن تھی ہمارا درد سانجھا تھا ہم درندوں میں رہتے، انسانیت کھوجتے تھے ہم انکار کے رستے پہ چلنے والے ریت، رواجوں سے باغی تھے ظلم سے، زور سے، زنجیر سے باغی تھے اپنے جسم …

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