119 episodes

The Pakistan Experience is a podcast looking to tell stories about Pakistan, and Pakistanis, through the lost art of conversations.

https://www.youtube.com/c/ThePakistanExperience

Also available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Hosted by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh

The Pakistan Experience The Pakistan Experience

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The Pakistan Experience is a podcast looking to tell stories about Pakistan, and Pakistanis, through the lost art of conversations.

https://www.youtube.com/c/ThePakistanExperience

Also available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts.

Hosted by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh

    The Artistic Process of a Musician - Natasha Humera Ejaz - Singer/Songwriter - TPE #102

    The Artistic Process of a Musician - Natasha Humera Ejaz - Singer/Songwriter - TPE #102

    The podcast ends at 2:04:33 but there is ten minutes of dead space after that, sorry about that, I put the outro at 2:13 but I forgot about it and when it rendered it rendered till then. 

      Natasha Humera Ejaz is an indie musician who shot to fame with "The Right Way to Fall", and she has continued to soar over the past decade with her music, acting and comedy. She recently launched her alter ego, Stupid Happiness Theory, an ambient/chill wave electronica music act.  Natasha has also been a permanent in the live performance scene in Islamabad for the past decade or so.  

    Natasha comes on the podcast to discuss her artistic process, dealing with grief, getting over being bullied as a child, 'making it' in the media industry and the need for spaces for the arts in Pakistan. 

     Intro Song: Hum Bhaagay by Natasha Humera Ejaz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ZCR8MSWb8 

    Outro Song: Have a Little Faith by Stupid Happiness Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtfM1zXLj5U Please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience  

    And Please stay in touch: https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1 https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience 

    The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.  https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/ https://twitter.com/shehzad89 https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh 

    Chapters: 0:00 Introduction 4:00 Natasha's Journey as a musician 6:40 Indie vs Mainstream 10:20 Uth Records and The Right Way to Fall 12:30 The Journey 16:00 Being told you're not pretty 19:00 Marketing Yourself and the Performing Arts Market 28:00 Spaces for the Arts 35:30 Facing Criticism  37:00 Being Bullied and feeling beautiful 44:00 Perform for us entertainers! 51:00 Dealing with Grief 58:30 Take your broken heart and turn it into art 1:03:00 Comedy as a coping mechanism 105:30 Roles for Actors in Media 109:00 Natasha's Artistic Process 1:16:00 Dealing with the Quarantine 1:21:00 Manifesting  1:25:30 'Amad' of Music 1:32:00 Horcruxes of Myself 1:37:00 Imposter Syndrome 1:43:00 Doing Comedy in Pakistan 1:54:00 Why aren't we produced artists? 1:58:00 Ranjha Ranjha Kardi

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    Ideology of Pakistan and Corruption of HEC Exposed - Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy - TPE #101

    Ideology of Pakistan and Corruption of HEC Exposed - Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy - TPE #101

    Starting our second hundred episodes with a bang, and a very special episode with Physicist, Intellectual, Academic, and Professor, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy.   

    On this episode of The Pakistan Experience, Pervez Hoodbhoy exposes the corruption of HEC, the involvement of the Government in it, Ata-ur-Rehman, and we go deep into a discussion on the ideology of Pakistan.  Do we need a national ideology? Will a Pakistani identity ever emerge? How damaging has it been for us to  The two nation theory  The podcast ends with a discussion on Quantum Physics, Black Holes and Parallel Universes.  

    Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy (Urdu: پرویز امِیرعلی ہودبھائی; born 11 July 1950) is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and activist who serves as Zohra and ZZ Ahmed Foundation distinguished professor at the Forman Christian College and previously taught physics at the Quaid-e-Azam University.[4][5] Hoodbhoy is also a prominent activist in particular concerned with promotion of freedom of speech, secularism, scientific temper and education in Pakistan.  Please consider supporting us on

     Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience     

    And Please stay in touch: https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1 https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience  

    The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.  https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/ https://twitter.com/shehzad89 https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh



    Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    2:15 Corruption of PTI

    6:55 Corruption of Ata ur Rehman and HEC
    24:00 Do Countries need an ideology?

    28:27 Imagined Communities

    36:12 Two Nation Theory

    44:00 Ideological States: Pakistan and Israel
    59:00 Has there ever been an Islamic state?

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Harassment and the law - Imaan Mazari on living as Shireen Mazari's Daughter - TPE #099

    Harassment and the law - Imaan Mazari on living as Shireen Mazari's Daughter - TPE #099

    Imaan Zainab-Mazari Hazir, an activist and a lawyer, comes on the podcast to discuss why the comments of Prime Minister Imran Khan about 'Fahashi' are problematic, what women face when they go to the courts after facing harassment, the disinformation around the Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar case and living as Shireen Mazari's daughter. 

     From facing backlash online to being in the public eye since she was a teenager, from family debates to learning and growing in public spaces, on this podcast we get into a deep dive podcast discussing the law, harassment, r**e culture, and PTI.   Please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience   

     And Please stay in touch: https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1 https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience     

       The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.     https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/ https://twitter.com/shehzad89 https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh

     Chapters: 0:00 Introduction 1:00 Imran Khan's 'Fahashi' comment 4:00 Rape Culture 5:50 Imran Khan polarizes everyone 7:10 Khooni Liberals 8:00 Objectification of Women 12:32 School, Segregation and Sexualization 16:30 Parents talking to children about how to dress 19:00 Sexual Harassment 22:03 Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi case 28:07 Harassment and Problematic behaviour 31:00 BTS Army 32:20 What happens when you go to the court? 39:12 The Ayesha Gulalai allegations 40:45 Cynthia's allegations 46:40 Asim Sajjad Akhtar's allegations  49:50 Far Right Co-Opting Cancel Culture  53:50 Facing Backlash Online  1:00:00 Shireen Mazari's daughter 1:05:10 Saad Aziz 1:08:00 Echo Chambers 1:11:00 Disagreeing with Family members 1:16:30 Trevor Noah 1:18:00 Fawad Chaudhry 1:20:00 Maulana Fazlur Rehman 1:29:00 Zartaj Gul and Sexism 1:31:00 Bullying and Punching up 1:34:00 Imran Khan and Sita White 1:36:00 Questioning the credibility 1:38:30 Facing abuse online 1:44:00 The law is patriarchal  1:48:00 State trolls 1:49:30 wHy YoU loOK lIkE b

    • 1 hr 50 min
    1971, PDM, PPP and a history of the Left - Tariq Ali - Writer/Intellectual - TPE #098

    1971, PDM, PPP and a history of the Left - Tariq Ali - Writer/Intellectual - TPE #098

    Tariq Ali is a British political activist, writer, journalist, historian, filmmaker, and public intellectual. He is the author of many books, including Pakistan: Military Rule or People's Power (1970), Can Pakistan Survive? The Death of a State (1983), Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002).   

    Tariq Ali comes back on the podcast to discuss dynastic politics, the PPP that was, if there is any reason to be hopeful in PDM, 1971, Fatima Jinnah, and the Pakistani left.  

     Does the left in Pakistan need to consolidate? Does it need to update its manifesto?  Do we need a revolution in Pakistan?  Did India want to take over West Pakistan in 1971?  Watch on this deep dive podcast with the legend himself, Tariq Ali. There is also a hilarious Hamlet story in there.  

    Please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience   

     And Please stay in touch: https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1 https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience  

          The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.     https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/ https://twitter.com/shehzad89 https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Geo Economics: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Uzair Younus - PTI vs PMLN - TPE #097

    Geo Economics: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Uzair Younus - PTI vs PMLN - TPE #097

    Uzair Younus is a senior fellow at The Atlantic Council looking at the region of South Asia.  Uzair Younus comes back on the podcast to discuss why Bangladesh is surging ahead of Pakistan, the geoeconomics of South Asia, what impact Biden's presidency may have on Indo-Pak relations and if the recent comments by Pakistan suggest a strategic policy shift.  

    We also discuss the new State Bank provisions, whether Pakistan should have gone to the IMF, food inflation, the eroding purchasing power, the petroleum crisis and rising extremism.

      We get into a deep dive discussion about the sociopolitics and the economy of Pakistan - is there reason to be hopeful or are we headed for an economic disaster? What are the biggest economic challenges facing PTI right now? What are the potential solutions?   

     Please consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience    

    And Please stay in touch: https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1 https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience       

     The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.     https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/ https://twitter.com/shehzad89 https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh

    • 3 hrs 6 min
    Quaid-e-Azam, Partition and Pakistan - Ayesha Jalal - The True History - TPE #096

    Quaid-e-Azam, Partition and Pakistan - Ayesha Jalal - The True History - TPE #096

    A lot is said about Partition, Pakistan and the role of Quaid-e-Azam; we had the pre-eminent scholar on Partition, Ayesha Jalal, come on the podcast to set the record straight.  

    On this deep dive podcast, Ayesha Jalal discusses writing history, 1947, 1971, the role of Bhutto, Fatima Jinnah, the legacy of colonialism, whether writing Peoples History is actually writing History,  The Sole Spokesman, what Pakistan did Quaid-e-Azam want and the division of provinces during Partition.  Ayesha Jalal also responds to other historians who have challenged her work. Despite 30 years passing since its publication, The Soles Spokesman, remains the gold standard in academia on Jinnah.

       Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian who serves as the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and was the recipient of the 1998 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship



    Please consider supporting us on Patreon:

    https://www.patreon.com/thepakistanexperience



    And Please stay in touch:

    https://twitter.com/ThePakistanExp1

    https://www.facebook.com/thepakistanexperience

    https://instagram.com/thepakistanexpeperience



    The podcast is hosted by comedian and writer, Shehzad Ghias Shaikh. Shehzad is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters in Theatre from Brooklyn College. He is also one of the foremost Stand-up comedians in Pakistan and frequently writes for numerous publications. He can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tinder.

    https://www.facebook.com/Shehzadgs/

    https://twitter.com/shehzad89

    https://instagram.com/shehzadghiasshaikh



    Chapters:

    0:00 Introduction

    0:20 Academic Freedom

    2:20 Why are we afraid of history

    8:00 Decolonizing the mind

    12:30 Imposing Urdu on Bengalis

    15:20 Was Bhutto to be blamed for 1971

    18:20 Is Fauj to be blamed?

    22:20 Fatima Jinnah

    24:10 Quaid-e-Azam was not a British agent

    27:30 Was Muslim league anti-colonial

    28:30 Separate Electorates

    32:20 Writing History of the Marginalized

    37:10 Quaid-e-Azam and Trial of Ilm-ud-din

    38:00 Peoples History and Partition

    43:00 The Sole Spokesman

    45:12 Responding to Venkat Dhulipala's book

    46:30 What Pakistan did Quaid-e-Azam want

    50:00 Sikhs and Pakistan

    54:00 Aurangzeb

    55:20 Dividing Provinces during Partition

    58:00 UP, Muslim League and Pakistan

    1:01 Did Quaid-e-Azam leave Politics when he was in London?

    1:05:00 What forced Quaid-e-Azam's hand

    1:06:30 Quaid-e-Azam and Gandhi

    1:09:00 Punjabi

    1:10:30 Pakistan ko banaya tha Punjabio nay aur Bengalio nay

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Shani Vet ,

The best so far

I think these long conversations are the only missing pieces in our country. And the Pakistan Experience is doing the job which is undone so far... keep it up brother

Muhammad Umer Asif ,

Awesome

I am really happy that I found this podcast. I really love the honest talk that goes in. Always looking forward to the new episode.
Sincere thanks from my side.

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