By Staff Writer

TV Series:

Big Little Lies

One of HBO’s recent offerings, Big Little Lies is a slick and compelling murder mystery directed beautifully by Jean-Marc Vallee, the celebrated director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild.

The show focuses on four female leads played by movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley. It follows the lives of four moms, some working and some stay at home, struggling in their respective relationships. A murder takes place in their midst and the show revolves around the unfolding of the mystery behind it.

While the mystery is interesting and bound to capture your attention, the great thing about this show is the microscope focused on the lives of these women. The acting is superb. The show is a visual treat as well. Highly recommended!


Punjab Nahi JaunGi

Pakistani cinema might have some hope left for it yet. Panjab Nahi Jaun Gi is a hilarious romp of a film with stellar performances by Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat and Urwa Hocane.

It follows Fawad (Humayun), a typical Punjabi son of a feudal lord as he tries to woo a progressive and urban beauty Amal (Mehwish). With more twists and turns than Punjabi bhangra, we see how Fawad finally comes to the realisation that life isn’t always going to go the way you want it to even if you are an entitled, land-owning rich Punjabi.

It’s definitely worth the watch, least of all for Ahmed Ali Butt’s hysterical cameo as the best friend who delivers right on the nose comedic one-liners.



Sami Shah’s debut novel set in Karachi features Wahid, a half djinn half human teenager who unaware of his unique heritage is embroiled in a quest to save the soul of his beloved from vengeful djinns.

A pure urban fantasy a Boy Of Fire And Earth breathes new life into the old myths of Pakistan, specifically Karachi, such as the ulat pair chudhail, and the djinns hanging from trees. It’s at once familiar and shocking with the scenes at times graphic and violent, perhaps more graphic than any Pakistani novel before but it somehow doesn’t detract from the story, which has you sitting on the edge of your seat as you follow Wahid through the streets of Karachi dealing with demon’s both human and other-worldly.


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