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Unbearable pain

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WHAT do you do when your deadline is fast approaching, if it hasn’t come and gone already, and you continue to struggle to write because a number of mind-numbing events have completely overwhelmed your thought processes?

Anybody who has written for a living — and even an amateur writer — knows well what a writer’s block is. But what is being referred to here is not that. It is something else. It is when the sense of loss and pain is so acute, so severe, that it seems to impair your faculties.

Like all columnists who have to deliver on a regular weekly (or whatever the periodicity) deadline, one tends to spend the preceding week following the news and events and by the eve of your writing day, you have decided your topic and also gathered your thoughts about what to say.

My mind was all made up to share my thoughts on the Aurat March held across Pakistan to mark International Women’s Day which came in for a fair bit of stick — and not just from the usual suspects ie those who make a virtue of being misogynists. Social media in particular and possibly (because I don’t watch much TV so I can’t be sure) news TV channels too focused on a handful of posters carried by a few young women that some commentators who can’t be classified as misogynists found ‘objectionable’.

The grounds of their objections ranged from ‘these violated our traditions and cultural norms’ to ‘such thoughts were against our faith’. Of course, the usual suspects went miles ahead of them particularly on social media.


© Dawn