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Chinese New Year 2021 - Year of the OX

Ah yes! I didn't post on the New Years, but I will definitely post for Chinese New Year. It's my favorite holiday. Well, it's not really...

I was Away - & Why Do I Write?

Yeah, this is one of those posts that people do. I dropped writing for the blog for a while. Honestly, one of the reasons why was because...

The Cheeni in A Sari

Growing up in Pakistani schools, we get told about that fun night called Farewell that we start looking forward to once we enter grade 9....

I Took A 3 Day Online Painting Class

Yep. It's going to be about something I did. And you know what, if I found a fun time, I might as well tell you guys about it. So while...

What Theater Taught Me

I love the theater. I love the stage. I love letting yourself go and getting into character. I think ever since I did my first school...

Dear Demons

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Lessons from Papa Cheeni

In 1982, one man reached the Lahore airport and then traveled to Faisalabad to go help his sister and her husband to build the first...

Get out of the class! No.

Sometimes you look back at your experiences, and think why was I even born here. Don't worry, this isn't a sad story. This is about a...

Enough with the Racism

I wrote about some of my experiences with racism previously. I wrote in my article Compassion Corona about my concerns about how this...

Eid-ul-Fitr, 2020

Today is Eid in Pakistan. Eid is like a fun celebration for the Muslims who have fasted a whole 29 or 30 days before in the holy month of...

The Cheeni and Chicken Manchurian

Papa Cheeni started his Chinese restaurant in Lahore in September 1992. It was called Ming Hsing (眀兴) Chinese Restaurant. I still...

Mama Cheeni

It is very common knowledge that my parents came to Pakistan in the 80s. Today, I wanted to tell you the story of my mother. Here is a...

The Journey Into Loneliness

Loneliness is a vast and expansive space where one can get lost in the deafening silence because one is faced by nobody, and has nobody...

The Cheeni Chronicles

The Cheeni Chronicles is me trying to work on things that I like. There's nothing set in stone about what to expect here. Anything can...