May 19, 2017
By US Desk

Feedback Hello, Thanks for this wonderful Poetry Competition! I am happy that the poem “Tell me what name to call you by” by Iqra Asad got the first prize. Her style is inventive and gripping! She played with the structure by adding prose to the poem and the imagery was not just going well along with the theme of the poem, but was also amusing. For example, when Iqra writes says: You are a born storyteller, and so am I. You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, Mine was platinum, Hers was gold. And I was laughing at this point: This time, I knew better than to mess with letters. I turned to numbers. In you and...


By Ali Haider Jafry

This old house It has been many years since I last stepped into this house; many more have passed since I last used this typewriter and though my mind still weaves ever so effortlessly with the words, my hands have begun to betray me just a little. Sitting here at this study table I look around and see the dusty white covers and cobwebs that have remained untouched for so long. I thought I’d let the silence fill me up but, ever so unfaithful, it ushered in a torrent of memories long forgotten, sweeping me up in a nostalgic rage. I tried to fight it but I am a weak man now, so I gave up and let them drown me in the abyss of my...


By US Desk

Us Poetry Competition ‘17 Runaway By Uzma Zafar   I realize That most of my words Are of no worth at all All I speak of is misery, All the sadness and gore That surrounds me   All that I say is a series of Unheroic tales, of disaster And melancholy And descriptions of places I’d rather not be So, finally, I decided today From now on, I shan’t again say However tough May be the case Let’s run away; Runaway to a new place.   I promise That I won’t bother you more Or for that matter, Anyone, anymore I swear I realize What demon I have been How much I hurt you How I...


By Iqra Asad

The undercover dropout and the reality TV star Last episode of Hackschool Project: Inaya Moin, repeating the last year of O Level in the mornings and attending tuition in the evenings, comes back from the tuition centre one day with her schoolbag full of candy and junk food. Leena, her elder sister, investigates.... Illustrations by Abdul Rahim Ashraf “Let me tell you,” Inaya said to Leena, gesturing towards the hoard of candy between them. “I earned these.” “What on earth do you mean?” Leena asked. “I, uh, help out the other students with their tuition assignments during self study...


By Nabeel Munawar

The reality of crowdsourcing Do you want to design a website? Need to code a program? Require virtual assistance? Have a book awaiting compilation? Anything is just one click away if you just know the way! In today’s era of rapidly growing technology, a dire need of “specialization” has emerged which has ultimately given rise to the need of hiring various professionals who can take proper responsibilities regarding the specified tasks assigned to them. Over the recent years, these developments caused the managers to search for individuals having a specified set of skills and experience relevant to a specific area, hence,...


By a grateful Pakistani

Coming Soon Out this week *  Albums One More Light by Linkin Park: Seventh album by the rock band; comes after 2014’s The Hunting Party; includes the singles ‘Heavy’ (featuring Kiiara) and ‘Invisible’. is this the life we really want? by Roger Waters: Fifth album by the former Pink Floyd member, his first studio release in almost 25 years since Amused to Death (1992); led by the single ‘Smell the Roses’. * Movies Alien: Covenant (starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride) - horror, sequel to Prometheus (2012); the crew of a damaged colony ship...


By Usama Rasheed

Let her pray After being interviewed by the school administration, the teaching prospect said, “Let me see if I’ve got this right: you want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behaviour, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, and instill in them a love for learning. You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride. You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook and apply for a job. You want me to check their...


By US Desk

I have weight issues Salaam Guru, Every week I wait impatiently to read Us magazine especially your column. I am a 22-year-old girl and belong to a well off family. I have done my graduation. I am not interested working anywhere so I am basically home these days. My parents intend to marry me off this year only. I am getting many proposals as I happen to be a beautiful girl. I have this proposal from a very well-known family. The guy is well-settled in Dubai and is good looking. When he visited us with his family, we clicked instantly and our families got along well. He has gone back to Dubai and will come in August again for our...


By US Desk

Feedback Hello Ed, It’s great that you guys have started a Head of Department series in your magazine. I would recommend you should talk to the Heads/chairpersons of different departments at government universities and also ask them for their opinions on career choices. For example, the head of the sociology department should tell why he/she opted for sociology and how students should figure out if they are genuinely interested in the subject. Yes, you will find a lot of students who wouldn’t be able to tell why they have chosen a particular subject; this is sad that even after a getting their degrees, they feel...