Jewish Journal

For Daniel Pearl, music circles the earth one more time

By Mahim Maher

October 31, 2011 | 2:46 am

In Karachi, qawwal Fareed Ayaz raises his arms as he sings 'Mera Pia Ghar Aya', made famous by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Peter Gabriel in the 1990s. The qawwals sing Sufi poetry and are the Indian Subcontinent's equivalent to opera singers. Ayaz and Abu Muhammad performed for the 10th Daniel Pearl Music Day in Karachi, Pakistan along with Mary McBride and Komal Rizvi. PHOTO COURTESY NEFER SEHGAL OF THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Each year an invitation lands on my desk from the US consulate in Karachi for the Daniel Pearl Music Day. And each year I marvel at this phenomenon. Even my sister, who was up by the time I... read on

  • Talking about sex with women journalists

    By Mahim Maher

    October 18, 2011 | 6:34 am

    She shut me down just as I started talking about women and their reputations in newsrooms and how I went to cover a fire at a prostitution den, a chakla. I remember once mentioning the word ‘chakla’ only to have male colleagues snicker and remind me of how it was a ‘bad’... read on

  • ‘Friendly’ Pakistani journalists, hostile environment

    By Mahim Maher

    October 11, 2011 | 4:27 am

    I’ve got to hand it to the Alfred Friendly fellowship folks who work with the Daniel Pearl Foundation to train journalists. They picked what was possibly the farthest, most remote location in Karachi for their training sessions on working in a conflict zone: a country/golf club... read on