#16 – Ludo: the Game of Emperors! (and Tharkis)

“Chess may be the game of kings, but Pacheesi is the game of emperors” – The Big Game Hunter, Bruce Whitehill.  In this episode, I talk to 4 different guests and ludo-lovers, to talk all about Ludo, including the history, luck vs. skill, the social aspect of the game, reason why Pakistanis are obsessed with it, and funny stories around the Ludo Star app.

#15 – Cousin Marriages

This episode is about Cousin Marriages.

In this episode, we invite a journalist who has studied and published about cousin marriage. She will share the result of her research, and she relates her research back to quite a few personal stories, to complete her perspective. We tackle cousin marriage from 3 angles – the facts, the culture, and the religion. Throughout this, we also often tap into other topics, like divorce, honor killings, and various other cultural issues.

#14 – The Disconnected Desi’s Guide to Punjab

What is Punjab? What are some misconceptions that people have of Punjabi people? Is Punjabi a ‘badtameez’ language? How are punjabis portrayed in the media? What’s the difference the Pakistani side of Punjab and the Indian side? Today we’ll discuss a lot about Punjab!

Today’s guest – our first non-Pakistani guest! Ramsingh lives in Canada, and he’s of Indian descent. Specifically, Ramsingh is Punjabi, and you will soon see that he identifies very closely with Punjab, as an ethnicity, culture, language, and region.

#13 – Tourism: Why you should Travel IN Pakistan!

Are you Pakistani, or of Pakistani descent, and thinking about rediscovering your roots? Here’s a great episode to get some ideas on where to go, and explaining why there’s so much to see in this beautiful country. A few weeks ago, we did an episode on why EVERYONE should travel more! Today, our episode is focused more around traveling within Pakistan.

Today’s guest is Amber – find her blog at or follow her on instagram at @thetraveluster.

In recent years, tourism in Pakistan has rejuvenated and is arguably now more compelling to foreigners than ever before. 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017 (according to the Pakistan Toursim & Development Corporation), up 300% from the previous year. Compare that to tourism in 2013, which, due to mostly security concerns, was less than a 3rd of that 1.75 million figure.

#12 – Video Games: Fazool Waste of Time?

In 2018, the Video gaming industry is on track to hit 138 billion dollars of global revenue ,according to a Market FOrecast report form Newzoo. The same research forecasts this global revenue to explode more and more each year, projecting 180 billion by 2021. Compare this to the global TV & video revenue, and you’ll find that there is a strong chance of the gaming industry to overtake TV & films across the world, opening up all sorts of opportunities in a realm that many adults, especially desi adults, haven’t taken seriously. Today’s 2 guests are about to argue that this is going to change. our first guest is new, she goes by the online nickname Saf, and she’s a gaming enthusiast living in the U.S. Our second guest is Hassan, who has joined some of our previous episodes, and is a competitive player himself.