The Other Captions of the Other Pakistan

Dawn just wrote an article telling the world that not everyone in Pakistan is a peasant like you and not everyone slums around in a house without a gym and a swimming pool. However I felt the captions in the article could be improved further. Here is yours sachly’s take:

Educationalist and model Fatima (R) uses her mobile phone while her Filipino domestic worker holds her glass of water at her house in Lahore May 28, 2014.Educationalist and model Fatima: “…and that is why I never fail to tell my filipno maid that she should have paid more attention in class. That is why I work for universal access to education so everyone can afford Filipino maids.”


Ansa Hasan, a marketing manager at Porsche Pakistan, plays with a parrot at her house in Lahore February 21, 2014.

Ansa Hasan, a marketing manager at Porsche Pakistan:“…where did you get that maid from? Tired of holding my own parrot”


Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas (R) smokes a cigarette as she sits with a friend after lunch in Lahore February 19, 2014.

Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas: “Secret to a healthy lifestyle is to avoid unhealthy things. Like carbs. Substitute it with cigarettes if you feel cravings.”


Sarah (R) and her brother, artist Usman Ahmed (2nd R), smoke a water pipe, also known as a narghile, as they sit with friends at home in Islamabad May 8, 2014.

Sarah (R) and her brother, artist Usman Ahmed: “Thanks to Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas, my lung capacity has improved considerably”


Zahra Afridi (L) talks to a carpenter at a workshop on the outskirts of Islamabad February 10, 2014.

Zahra Afridi: “Talk about the poors ruining photoshoots of my dong chair by hanging out in the background.”


Aleena Raza reads a book in her bedroom in Lahore May 29, 2014.

Aleena Raza: “…I know!! Damn it Mariam! Quit ruining my pictures!”

Zahra Afridi (R) kicks a punching bag during a kickboxing training session at her home in Islamabad February 10, 2014.

Zahra Afridi: “…Oh! you noticed. Yes, the tattoo is in Arabic. Pays homage to my religion and my heritage”


Interior designer Afridi uses a circular saw as she sculpts a stone guitar outside the Classic Rock Coffee cafe in Islamabad March 8, 2014. Afridi runs her own interior design company.

Interior Designer Zahra Afridi: “Patriarchy has oppressed women and convinced them that eye protection is needed while being showered with sparks from a circular saw. I reject this ideology. Also hoping that none of the poors have been to Hard Rock Café. LoL.”




2 thoughts on “The Other Captions of the Other Pakistan

  1. First saw this item on your teet feed and was nearly tempted to join teeter just to pile on Bakistan’s beautifool beoples who show us once again how cool they actually are; never mind the riffraff in the background. What is surprising, though, is the level of kitsch displayed in these homes, extending to grotesque guitar-shaped furniture and outdoor stone axes as objet d’art. Could this kitsch just be an inherently Punjabi trait as it appears on both sides of the border?

    The photos, while certainly not meant as dark social commentary by the photographer, remind me, however, of the wonderfully perceptive masterpiece Paradise Villas painted by Salman Toor.

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