August 16, 2019
By US Desk

Note:Folks, we have opted to forego our editorial note in favour of this letter from Zainab Shakeel Dear Editor,Like every year, Independence Day has come and gone with people celebrating it with enthusiasm and joy. Days before August 14, the important landmarks, buildings and streets were decked out in green buntings and lights. Roadside stalls offering flags, caps, badges and masks did a whopping business. Like every year the countrymen observed this 14th August in a terrible way. Some went around the city riding their noisy bikes without silencers, waving green flags, chanting slogans at the top of their voice to show their love for...


By SZ

HAPPENINGSChildren Literature Festival is one of the largest learning festivals for children and educators in Pakistan, reaching over 1.4 million children and adults since its inception in 2011.The two-day CLF ’19 was held at Arts Council, Karachi. The sessions included storytelling and theatre shows, art and craft workshops, book launches, panel discussions, musical concerts and film screenings. Educating to protect the environment“Ignorance is the root cause of our sufferings. Today, environment, health and education are key areas where people around the world want to invest in. Research is being conducted; funds are being properly...


By Bushra Majid

TIGHT SPOTThe coat is white, crisp and classy. It looks cool. And the stethoscope around the neck just puts the cherry on top. People think we study all the time and it’s a mystery to them how we manage life and study. For some, getting into medicine means end of life. Here’s a little effort to clear any doubts and to put forward a few confessions as a medical student.First yearAs soon as the news reaches the family and relatives that we have gotten admission in a medical college, they think if they come to us with their health problems, we will acknowledge, diagnose and probably prescribe pills to them. Hold on for a second! I have...


By US Desk

COVER STORYLegends are sometimes just stories that are passed down from generation to generation, or they are events from the past blown out of proportions. They have one thing in common; they become a part of the culture of the people, and usually they impart lessons. No wonder people are still fascinated with the Arthurian legends, stories of Robin Hood and Dracula, and the intriguing legends of the Greek mythology. Legends are stories with an element of truth. A legend usually has its roots in some important historical event, and is spun around the lives of great warriors. Here we have some of the most famous legends that refuse to...


By S. K

Poems foreverOf writing many books there is no end; And I who have written much in prose and verse For others’ uses, will write now for mine,– Will write my story for my better self, As when you paint your portrait for a friend, Who keeps it in a drawer and looks at it Long after he has ceased to love you, just To hold together what he was and is- Excerpted from Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningThe love song of disquiet By Sa’ad NazeerYour soul ran dry As the brook in the foliageFrom the callings of the summer—- Runs dry, Sucked by the wanton eveningThe crimson of your lips,What rain brought down The winds carried it To...


By SG

BITS ‘N’ PIECES Pakistani gamer Arslan Siddiqui won the Tekken 7 Championship at the Evolution Championship Series or Evo 2019 tournament, becoming the first national player in the history to do so. In the Tekken 7 Grand Finale, Siddiqui beat South Korea’s legendary Jae-Min “Knee” Bae.Lessons from Toni Morrison’s career Produce something you would want to read, or see, or share. “I only wrote the first book because I thought it wasn’t there, and I wanted to read it when I got through.”Take a risk. “I am always trying to say what it is, what the truth really is. I never avoid the risk.”What helps you feel...


By US Desk

That’s not fun A fighter pilot finishes refueling from a refueling plane.The fighter pilot, feeling superior, gets on the radio and tells the refueling pilot to watch this. The fighter pilot goes through an array of aerial acrobatics. Tight twists, loops, and s-curves. He gets back on the radio and tells the refueling pilot he must be jealous because his plane can’t do that.The refueling pilot says, “Oh yeah, watch this!” For the next 10 minutes the refueling plane flew straight as an arrow. Then the pilot got on the radio and said, “Did you see that?” The fighter pilot, confused, said, “You just flew straight. That’s...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week * AlbumsThe Center Won’t Hold by Sleater-Kinney: Ninth album by the American rock band; follows 2015’s No Cities to Love; includes the singles ‘Hurry On Home’ and ‘Can I Go On’. * MoviesWhere’d You Go, Bernadette - comedy drama, based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel; when her agoraphobic mother disappears, a daughter tries to find out what really happened to her.Good Boys - comedy; three sixth-graders skip school and embark on an adventure.The Informer - action, based on the 2009 novel Three Seconds by Roslund/Hellstrom; a reformed criminal works for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate...


By US Desk

Assalamualikum Eddy,I was recently reading Cabir Chaudhary’s book “Mahr-e- Nafseeyat ke diary” and was surprised to find out that as a child he had loved reading Us magazine. He wrote that his father worked at a hotel where the old newspaper would come for wrapping naans and he would take away all The News back home and read Us magazine from it. He also mentioned that his favourite part was Trust Us in which he would read the queries of people and try to solve them by writing in his notebook and then match it with what Guru had written. This got him into solving people’s problem and would even have inspired him to pursue it as a...