Domestic workers

“An estimated fifty to one hundred million people, a vast majority of them women and girls, are employed in private homes as domestic workers. They carry out many of the most essential tasks for the household, including cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, shopping, and caring for children and elderly members of the employer’s family…” Jo Becker, […]

Wanderlust Captured on a Vintage Camera

We went to Sri Lanka, France and India. The only place we did not attend a wedding was in India. Alas, I missed the super wedding affair that was the toast of Chandigarh in December last year. But laments aside, these videos shot on the super8 camera have become somewhat of an obsession with Sof. […]

March 22

How To Avoid Being Killed In A War Zone

When a six-week trip to Baghdad turned into an almost six month stay, Rosie Garthwaite, Al Jazeera journalist, found herself completely unprepared for the change in plans. How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone is her guide for reporters traveling on international assignments covering war zones and/or stories in sensitive regions. The book […]

1909 Indian Railway Map

a 1909 Railway Map

Books and articles on Pakistan Railways

Below is a list of books and reports that are good sources of information on Pakistan Railways. The Berridge title comes highly recommended by Pakistani travel writer Salman Rashid. Title: 150 Glorious Years of Indian Railways Author: R.K. Vaidyanathan Title: My Years With Pakistan Railways Author: Engr. Mian Ghias-ud-din Title: Adventure Through Khyber Author: Victor […]

Buying a ticket for the Khyber Mail

I was the only woman  at the Karachi City Railway Station. There to get a ticket for a train ride from Karachi to Lahore on the Khyber Mail. There were no lines at the reservation windows, just swarms of men. I got behind one throng, as close as I dared, and waited my turn. Behind […]

December 13

Khyber Mail Interactive Map

Here’s a visual listing of the stops the Khyber Mail makes on the route from Karachi to Peshawar. Click the image for the interactive map:

Who We Are

PHOTOGRAPHER Madiha Aijaz studied at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in Karachi, and at Parsons in New York City. She was awarded the Fulbright scholarship in 2007. Since 2002 she has worked as a photographer, film producer and writer. She received the Commonwealth prize for a radio short in 2011 and has exhibited animations […]

December 12

The Khyber Mail Project

Train Journey for Two Across Pakistan The Khyber Mail Project Taking the fabled Khyber Mail across Pakistan. Annie Ali Khan and Madiha Aijaz will be documenting their journey via images, sounds and words both their immediate experience and their family history connected to the railways. The project aims to capture the experience of traveling by […]

December 03

Kartography–Shamsie on the train from Karachi to Rahim Yar Khan

Just finished reading ‘Kartography’,written by Kamila Shamsie, it is her third novel published in 2002. There is a mention of a train ride from Karachi to Rahim Yar Khan. Noting it here verbatim. “The journey to Rahim Yar Khan was an overnight one, and we were booked into two adjoining compartments, though each compartment slept […]