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#36 – Independence Day Trivia

In honor of August 14, 2019, we celebrate by bringing 6 guests on-board and playing Trivia! The questions are all about Pakistan and Pakistani culture.

New Guests

  • Awais – Karachi
  • Patch – Lahore
  • Ainy – Peshawar

Returning Guests

  • Hamza – U.K.
  • Marium – Karachi
  • Uswah – Lahore

#35 – Desi and I Know It

This episode’s special guest is 23-year old Faras Aamir (AKA Farosty) from Maryland USA, one of the founders of the popular Youtube entertainment channel – RwnlPwnl – which brought us awesome, hilarious parody songs like “Desi and I know it”, “Pissed Off”, “Have Some Gosht” and many others.

Faras’s other endeavors are a podcast called Strange Flavors which he runs with his friends/colleagues, and his own media brand called Alif Theory.

Check out RwnlPwnl: https://www.youtube.com/user/RwnlPwnl/
Strange Flavors Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/strangeflavors
Alif Theory: http://aliftheory.com/

In this episode, Faras talks about how his journey into the creative world started, his day to day life, and his perspectives on living in the U.S. as a Pakistani American, and much more. Credit to RwnlPwnl for these songs featured in this episode: “Desi and I know it” (Parody of Sexy and I know it) “Have Some Gosht” (Parody of Old Town Road) “Pissed Off” (Parody of Mask Off)

#34 – Burgers, Pizza, and Cricket

So Pakistan did not qualify for the Semi-Finals in 2019’s Cricket world Cup. What do they need to do next? We invite 4 cricket fanatics to this episode to discuss their thoughts and impressions on the Pakistani cricket team and the landscape of international cricket.

Guests:

  • Minahil – 22 from Islamabad
  • Hamza – 24 from U.K.
  • Hassan – 25 from U.A.E.
  • ‘Baraf’ – 21 from Karachi

#33 – The Case Against Rishta Aunties

Almost every single desi person will relate to the horrifying rishta process. I’ve been there myself. Getting asked by your parents and aunties about your plans to get married even when you’re still in school or perhaps just got your first job. This is especially troubling for desi girls as they often start getting proposals from a very young age, when they’re not ready for it.

Today we bring on 25 year old Zohra from California U.S. to talk about her encounters with various aunties, starting from when she was 15 years old all the way to now. Zohra was born and raised in the U.S. but has family in Pakistan and is well aware of the culture . Along with her expereinces she also shares her opinions on marriage and why she prefers to wait.

#32 – Is our Education system GOOD?

Pakistan arguably has a rigorous education system. But is it equipping the students up for success? Are teachers given the resources to teach to their best potential? Are people finding jobs? 3 guests in this episode – Amaaz (23, ISB), Laiba (22, Lahore), and Marium (19, Karachi) discuss student life and the success of students depending on the efforts of the teachers, parents, and their environment. Amaaz and Habib also offer comparisons with studies in the west compared to Pakistan.

#31 – Careers & Planning Your Future (Doctor Nahi Banungi!)

What if you wanted to study Arts and Humanities, against the wish of your parents who want you to stick with Engineering or Medicine? How would you feel if you studied in a field for a long time, and just because of 1 failed course, you could not get a degree? What if you were pressured into going to medical school and wanted to drop out? What if you managed to drop out, switched to another field and challenged aggressively to catch up with other students while being asked why you dropped out? How do you get up after being put down like that?

In this episode we invite 25 year old Hamza (U.K.), 22 year old Aiza (ISB), and 18 year old Muskaan (ISB) – 3 youngsters at different stages of their lives, to discuss their difficulties around planning their futures. Then, we offer some advice for dealing with these challenges.

#30 – Ramadan; is it Healthy?

We asked for your questions around health and fitness during Ramadan, on Instagram and Discord, and now we answer them!

Doctor Shagufta Feroz from Lahore (her website: picchls.com), discusses Ramadan in great depth and answers your questions.

Dr. Feroz is a nationally known holistic lifestyle medicine doctor. She is the only Asian who is an LMEd collaborator (Lifestyle Medicine Education collaborative) with Harvard University. A truly national pride for Pakistan. She heals all types of patients with her own founded synchronised lifestyle modification program. The beauty of her program and healing process is the simplicity by which she treats her patients which is purely through food. She has been in practice over the last 30 years and has reversed many chronic diseases including cancer through SLP. She offers individualized nutritional healing programs for clients throughout the country and abroad.

#29 – Night Owls

This episode, we invited 5 guests – the most so far! Meet Muskaan (18, ISB), Amaan (19, ISB), Hime (18, KHI), Sami (18, KHI), and Saif (23, London). Saif has been on the podcast before, and everyone else is new.

The topic is a simple question: Why do you stay up all night? Every person on this episode pulls multiple all-nighters every week. Through that question, we get into other topics like stories of strict parents and late night obsessions.

We started recording this episode at 3 A.M. in Pakistan (an appropriate time for the topic) and stopped just shortly after Fajr! Enjoy.

#28 – Unfiltered with Hira Hyder

An in-depth discussion with Hira Hyder, 26 year old Journalist and Life Coach based in Toronto Canada. Hira writes for 5 online lifestyle publications and is also a broadcast journalist for HUM TV Canada. She became especially well-known after her Twitter format of rapid-fire interviews, called “Hira Hyder 7Qs”, went viral with responses from celebrities like Ali Zafar, Mahira Khan, Ahad Raza Mir, etc.

In this episode Hira gives us a brief introduction to her life journey and how she got to where she is today, along with some motivational tips. Hira also discusses several other topics with her perspective, including depression and anxiety, inequities in Muslim countries today, challenges of growing up abroad while maintaining cultural and religious roots, stories around her interactions with various celebrities including Atif Aslam, and her views on feminism as well as the Aurat March 2019.

Timestamps of Conversation:
1:00 – Introduction
3:26 – What brought you back to Canada?
10:45 – How did you get to where you are?
18:52 – Insight into Celebrity Culture
28:30 – Depression & Mental Illness
37:50 – Your connection with Pakistan and Pakistani Culture while living abroad
46:17 – Challenges as a Woman and Opinions on #AuratMarch

#27 – Drug Addiction in Pakistan

This episode is about Drug Addiction. We start this episode with Ahmed, 15 years old from Islamabad, who tells a personal story about his uncle who battled drug addiction. After this story, we move on to a more in-depth discussion on addiction with our main guests: Abdullah, from Islamabad, and Nasir, from Karachi. Hear it out and let us know your thoughts below!