Zara Maqbool

A therapist in training and freelance writer.

No Refund Or Exchange

By: Zara Maqbool   Part owner of a fast food franchise, what we focus most is on developing a good relationship with our customers. The question that we ask ourselves repeatedly is how to make the customer happy, even at the cost of sometimes making less profit. But not every business owner believes in the…

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The Self-Appointed Judge

By: Zara Maqbool Just a few days back I saw an Eid picture of Ali Zafar and his wife where the latter was wearing a ‘bindi’ on her forehead. The post was heavily criticized by many, calling her a ‘Hindu’ amongst other things, till today when I was searching for the picture to send along…

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You Should Lose weight!

 By: Zara Maqbool In my work as a counselor I have come across quite a few clients who were body shamed as children and in teenage years, mostly by their mothers. Body shaming means, “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.” Always skinny…

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Damsel in Divorce

By: Zara Maqbool Divorce! A double-edged word that is a painful choice taken by a person; male or female and judged and scorned by the society at large. My friend Uz Abbasi rightfully says, “ This word society is misleading and in this day and age seems passé”. Touché! I am guilty of using this…

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I Fell In Love Again!

By: Zara Maqbool On the eve of 14th August, the 70th year of Pakistan’s independence, as I stood on a bridge in the capital city and beautiful fireworks lit the skies, I fell in love with Pakistan all over again. The spirit of people, rich and poor as they roamed around with flags in hands,…

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Psychosomatic Pseudos

By: Zara Maqbool Sister to a very caring and loving brother, and a very competent doctor, for years every time I reached out to him to discuss any physical ailment I was mocked by him and never taken seriously. Whether it was my appendix, which he felt the doctors took out cause they had nothing…

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The Girl Who Cried wolf!

By: Zara Maqbool It’s been a couple of days since PTI MNA Ayesha Gullalai announced she is leaving the party, attributing the reason to mistreatment of women in PTI and serious character assassination of Imran Khan. Her statement sent a huge wave of protest especially amongst the PTI women who felt this allegation judged their…

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Dodgy Drivers  

  By: Zara Maqbool After almost two decades I traveled on the GT road for a family wedding. It was a thirty minutes stretch off the motorway to Sargodha city and saying that we almost died would not be an exaggeration. A single road with two way traffic, fast and rash car drivers but what…

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Pretty Little Liars

By: Zara Maqbool According to Google, a white lie is “ a harmless or trivial lie, especially one told to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.” But does it really prevent hurting someone’s feelings especially in the long run? Because in our defense when we say these ‘white lies’ we feel saying them is more important than…

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Stunt Men!

By:  Zara Maqbool After many years I spent quite a few days in Lahore because of a family wedding. What is important is not that I stayed in the walled city but because of the wedding I had to travel more than just a trip from my parents house to my in laws house. And…

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Toilet Training

 By: Zara Maqbool  Last week on my visit to Lahore I visited one of the new big fancy malls that have recently opened up. Coming from Islamabad where we get excited to see the only big mall we have, these shopping malls seemed much more grand and extravagant. Although the brands were more or less…

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Is there a choice?

By: Zara Maqbool This year my maid/ children’s ‘Apa’ who had been with me for almost fourteen years got married. My biggest regret when it comes to her are two things: Firstly for never educating her literally and secondly for employing her when she was eleven years old. Between kids and many other excuses I…

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The thought did not cross my mind

By: Zara Maqbool  Last week I went to the China market in Rawalpindi. While crossing the road I saw a young boy sleeping on a small green patch amidst loud traffic sounds and very hot weather. This is neither a rare nor an unfamiliar sight for us in Pakistan. Yet seeing this boy, who is…

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Turning 40

 By: Zara Maqbool Age is just a number or so they say and I wholeheartedly believed it until I turned 39 and the reality of entering my 40s no longer seemed like a long way to go. I still continued to enjoy myself choosing to ignore what lay ahead. But then it seemed like 40…

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Summer Storm

    By: Zara Maqbool Bless my three beautiful children, but God knows it feels like being hit by a hurricane the day the summers started. How? Let me elaborate. For starters their wonderful body clocks to date refuse to sleep beyond 7:00 am whereas during school year waking them up was quite a task….

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Let Ramadan Begin

 By: Zara Maqbool  One of the many things that start when the holy month commences is how most of the morning show hosts start covering their heads with a half hearted attempt to cover the head and show part of the blow dried hair also. They contain themselves for this entire month abstaining from dancing…

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‘Be Strong’

 By: Zara Maqbool I have been working in a rehab facility since some time now. My initial exposure to drug addiction and substance abuse users brought mixed feelings of shock and empathy. Shock at the degree of damage the addiction can do and empathy for the addicts who are trying their best to break away…

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The Guilt Trip

 By: Zara Maqbool A dear friend of mine, a stay at home mom and homemaker asked me today. “Why do I feel guilty if I do anything for myself and where did this guilt come from?” I told her that I think our mothers have handed it over to us and they inherited it from…

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Date Night!

By: Zara Maqbool I asked my husband of sixteen years and counting on a date last week through WhatsApp. The two blue ticks indicated that he had indeed read my text but the lack of reply is what is very common in a marriage as old as ours. Of course my silence to that lack…

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True beauty lies in a Salon

By: Zara Maqbool A salon is like a second home for almost all the women irrespective of which part of the world they are from, of course the factor of affordability being there.  At least once a week a visit is a must for a single service or a range of services be it hair…

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Where are we heading?

  By: Zara Maqbool I am still reeling with shock over what happened in Mardan where a young promising life had brutally ended with no hope for justice. I would be shocked if the perpetrators are duly punished. Later we heard the news of a professor being murdered at her home because she was from…

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