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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 19, 2016

NOTE: There are NO spoilers for the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Awaiting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to hit theaters was a very different experience than waiting for Star Wars: A Force Awakens. The latter was the first Star Wars film to hit theaters in ages and I was slightly on […]

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Getting to Know the Ones You’ve Lost

December 6, 2016

When I planned my trip to Pakistan, I fully expected to have deep conversations with a lot of my relatives. And I did. I enjoyed talking to my elders and my cousins, hearing stories, and all that good stuff. However, I didn’t expect to get to know my dad better than I ever knew him, […]

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Hanging in Pakistan – Nine Years Later

November 10, 2016

I was wandering through the aisles of Springs Mart, a grocery store in Karachi, Pakistan, studying everything. A supermarket isn’t a big deal but checking one out in another country is always fascinating to me. I saw stuff that I’m used to seeing in markets here but then there were also items I had never […]

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An Ode to Ms. Marvel

September 3, 2016

In my “About Me” page, I say the following: I’m a huge Superman fan. There was even one point of time (well, a point of time that spanned 5.5 years) that I read Superman comic books. I used to get upset when I saw someone wearing a Superman shirt because I felt like I should […]

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Watching The Night Of

August 31, 2016

The Night Of recently held its finale on HBO. It’s an eight episode miniseries about Nasir (Naz) Khan who is arrested and tried for the murder of a girl that he met one night after he stole his dad’s cab to drive to a party in Manhattan. Naz is in his early twenties, attends college, […]

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On Stranger Things

August 27, 2016

It has been over a month since I first watched Stranger Things the day after it was released on Netflix. I had plans to hang out with a friend but it had been a long and busy week and so I decided to stay in and just relax. [Side Note: Quick shout out to awesome […]

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Finding the Ideal Hero in Captain America

May 9, 2016

Superman: No one stays good in this world. – From Batman V Superman Steve Rogers: I don’t mean to make things difficult. Tony Stark: I know. Because you’re a very polite person. Steve Rogers: If I see a situation pointed south, I can’t ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could. Tony Stark: No, you don’t. […]

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Batman V Superman V Me

March 29, 2016

(Initial discussion has no spoilers. There are some spoilers at the very end, clearly marked) Folks, Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice came out this past weekend. Due to the reviews, I had low expectations for the film. I had to watch it, of course, as I am a Superman fan but I couldn’t muster […]

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Hanging in a Muslim Neighborhood

March 25, 2016

Back in December, I went to see a play at the Berkeley Rep called “Disgraced” by writer Ayad Akhtar. It’s a bit hard to explain what it was about except to say that it has Muslim-y themes about religion and identity. I really enjoyed it but took it for what it was. Meaning that my […]

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Celebrating Star Wars Like It’s 1999

December 24, 2015

(Please note that there are no spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below so it’s all good.) I remember when I first watched Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace on Wednesday, May 19, 1999. My friend Soerha and I were right at the front of the line for the 8pm show, saving spots […]

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