May 17, 2019
By US Desk

FeedbackHey Ed,‘Quiz Whiz’ on Shakespeare was a real treat! I am afraid I got a lot of answers wrong because I read the plays years ago, and did not remember a lot of stuff. I am planning to revisit Shakespeare, and for that I have Us to thank; the quiz rekindled my interest in Shakespeare. Keep up the good work!Areeba Sattar, KarachiAttention Lala Rukh!Dear Ms. Lala Rukh,Assalam alaikum, Beti, I am a senior citizen, who still reads Us magazine, with teenage enthusiasm. In today’s issue I read your piece, titled ‘Straight from the heart’. I was both moved and inspired by your trials and tribulations. That by your...


By US Desk

Crazy for candiesIf any country knows its candy, it’s Sweden, whose residents, according to a study by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, eat more per year per capita-more than thirty pounds per person each-than the citizens of any other nation. In Sweden, every Saturday is effectively a national holiday, called lšrdagsgodis, which means “Saturday candy.” Every corner store has a wall of pick-and-mix bins. The history of how this tradition came to be is surprisingly dark: in the nineteen-forties, in conjunction with several candy corporations, the Swedish government performed tests on patients in a mental institution to explore the...


By Muhammad Omar Iftikhar

GROUND REALITYThe 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup will be held from May 30 to July 14, 2019, in England and Wales. This is for the fifth time the Cricket World Cup is being hosted in England and for the second time it is being jointly hosted by England and Wales. The 1999 CWC was the first, which England and Wales co-hosted. Australia will be entering the 2019 CWC as the defending Champion and a five-time CWC winner. It won the CWCs of 1987 , 1999 , 2003 , 2007 and 2015 . Let’s look at some of the interesting statistics related to the CWCs. THE FIRSTSToss: 1st Match: CWC 1975 - England vs. India - June 7, 1975England...


By US Desk

Buka puasa Strawberry Pineapple SmoothiePrep time: 5 minutessServes: 2 servings Ingredients2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled1 cup fresh pineapple2 cups of flavoured or plain yogurt½ cup full cream milk½ cup ice cubes2 tablespoons chia seeds for topping, optionalAdditional strawberries and pineapple chunks for garnishingInstructionsBlend all ingredients until smoothTop with chia seeds and fruitPineapple juice Prep time: 10 minutesServes: 2-3Ingredients3 cups pineapple chunks1 cup coconut milk½ cup water3 tablespoon lemon juice1 tablespoons sugar Fresh mint for garnishDirectionsAdd pineapple to a blender and blend until...


By Unsa Athar

COVER STORYThere are some people who go through life without giving it a second thought and without reflecting on their existence. For them, it is okay to ignore all this mumbo-jumbo I just wrote. But for those who cannot sleep because their minds would not shut up. Read. Reflect. Give your opinion. Talk. Learn from others. Do not wait to make the same mistakes others made to learn the same lesson.I just finished the first volume of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Maya was a rape victim. And yet she grew out of the trauma like a butterfly emerging from a moth. How is that we finally learn to stop the harm...


By S. K

BrokenBy Ayesha MalikThe small cracksLet in the lightYet the openingsAre lined with siltThey singe lightlyThe ridges of stoneThe fumes are hotThe cracks burst openThe pieces lay scatteredEach shines in its ownAn emancipating sightThe beauty of the vesselIs laid across the streetThe fragments trodden uponIn every meet and greet.MeditationBy SabaWhirling my bodyIn spirals of nothingnessI have become a dervish…Deep in my thoughtsI dance in tranceFrantic and feverish…Floating in divinityCompletely contentI woke up from my reverie…And now I feel freeTo sing, to danceAnd to live all my breaths…The self-created stress of painLeft my...


By US Desk

I want to become a heroSalam Guru,I am a 16-year-old boy from Rawalpindi. I am tired with the old hobbies that everyone is interested in. I want to do something different. I want to change the world. I want to obtain super powers and want to use them for the benefit of people. I have watched a lot of superhero movies like ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’; ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’. And I am so inspired by them. The characters are always fighting against evil and constantly struggling hard to save the world from evil powers and doing good for humanity. Guru, I also want to be like one of the superheroes like Superman or...


By Usama Rasheed

Pun funI got my girlfriend a “Get better soon” card.She’s not ill or anything, but she could definitely get better.**********If you spent your day in a well, can you say your day was well-spent?**********I Googled “how to start a wildfire”.I got 48,500 matches.**********This gravity joke is getting a bit old, but I fall for it every time.********** Forever blondeA blonde and a redhead have a ranch. They have just lost their bull. The women need to buy another, but only have $500. The redhead tells the blonde, “I will go to the market and see if I can find one for under that amount. If I can, I will send you a telegram.”...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week* Albums Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen: Fourth album by the Canadian singer; follows 2015’s Emotion; includes the singles ‘Party for One’, ‘Now That I Found You’, ‘No Drug Like Me’, and ‘Julien’.Father of Asahd by DJ Khaled: Eleventh album by the American hip hop producer; comes after Grateful ; includes the singles ‘Top Off’ and ‘No Brainer’ as well as collaborations with Cardi B, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend.* Movies John Wick: Chapter 3 – action, third film in the series; hitman John Wick gets targeted by assassins after a $14 million contract is...