Portfolio

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Dispatches

Politics + Society

One of world’s rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan National Geographic June 2020
What It Means to Be Black and South Asian ZORA Magazine October 2020
The Strippers Fighting for Justice ZORA Magazine August 2020
These Frontline Workers Are Protecting Protestors at All Costs Gen September 2020
International students in the US still feel uncertain after ICE rescinds ban The Face July 2020
How blackmail, harassment forced Pakistani women from university Al Jazeera January 2020
The Legacy of the Real Black Panther, Huey P. Newton Playboy Playboy February 2018
How Young Brits (Nearly) Took Down the UK’s Version of Donald Trump GOOD Magazine October 2017
US appeals court puts hold on undocumented teen’s abortion Voice of America October 2017
Muslim students fear for their futures in Trump’s America Dawn March 2017
US Elections: Pakistani-Americans have picked a side The Express Tribune November 2016

Culture

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Jr. wants you to see a parallel world Input Magazine August 2020
Black queer designers created the blueprint for streetwear as we know it Input Magazine June 2020
Why an installation in Pakistan about police killings faced state censorship Hyperallergic November 2019
Reviving Lyari’s lost arts heritage The Big Picture October 2019

Essays

Criticism

For Gen Z Muslims, Gigi and Zayn are more than a Hollywood power couple ELLE Magazine May 2020
Let Me Show You the World: Almost everything you think you know about Aladdin is wrong Longreads November 2019
How to be Desi in 2017: Riz MC and Heems are forging a new cultural reflection of South Asians in diaspora Media Diversified April 2017
When Deepika weds Ranveer The Friday Times November 2018
We don’t have high hopes for the new Qandeel Baloch biopic Kajal Magazine July 2017

Book Reviews

A Lady Macbeth for the Instagram Age Los Angeles Review of Books March 2020
Being brown in America: Stories of exile, identity and belonging Middle East Eye July 2020

Opinion

A World Without Police Is a Safer One Playboy December 2020
Kamala Harris presents a political paradox for South Asian voters Bitch Media October 2020
The face of feminism is no longer just white and middle class Al Jazeera April 2020
Why do students in high schools resort to humiliating people who are Muslim and not white? The Express Tribune May 2017

Interviews

Racialized Erotic Capital: An Interview with Siobhan Brooks Verso Books June 2018

Memoir

The Road to America’s Liberation Will Always Go Through Philadelphia Playboy November 2020
The Weight of All That We Have Left: On the protests for George Floyd Welcome to Hell World June 2020
On Trump, Parades, and What It Means to Be an Eagles Fan This Week Playboy February 2018
Desi America United Jamhoor Media June 2019
Debts of Blood The Islamic Monthly September 2017

In Print

Living with change: Pakistanis struggle with falling currency Dawn/EOS Magazine February 2019
What Trump moving to the White House means for Pakistani-Americans Dawn January 2017
We leave, we never leave, we return endlessly: Ruby Chishti at Twelve Gates Arts ArtPapers November/December 2015
RAAD: The Long Lost Brothers, issue no. 1 of comic book series PAAK Legion