August 18, 2017
By US Desk

Feedback Dear Ed, This is my first letter to you, although I have been reading Us for years. I appreciate the way you guys dedicated a whole issue to Harry Potter; it simply took my breath away! It had all that a Potterhead could ask for, and that too from my all time favourite writers: Faiza, Unsa, Rutaba, Amna and Maieda. I especially loved Faiza Hameed’s “The rainbow connection”. It was good to see her byline after such a long time. “A rude awakening” by Rabia Tufail was thought provoking and she made her case in a very convincing way. The back cover page was a bit disappointing, though; it did not go...


By Usama Rasheed

Final exam It was the final exam for an English course at a university. Like most freshman courses, it was designed to weed out new students. The professor was very strict and told the class that any exam that was not on his desk in exactly two hours would not be accepted and the student would fail. Thirty minutes into the exam, a student came rushing in and asked for an exam booklet. “You’re not going to have time to finish this,” the professor stated as he handed the student a booklet. “Yes, I will,” replied the student. He then took a seat and began writing. After two hours, the students filed up and...


By Syed Adeel Akhtar

EXPERIENCE Every now and then we hear the phrase, “it is a small world” but my experiences this summer gave those words a new, much deeper, meaning. I participated in a volunteer exchange programme through AIESEC, and went to Egypt. The country is known for its vast history and friendly people and I could not wait to immerse myself into this culture. Every week, we would explore a new temple, bewildered at the idea that people who lived more than 5000 years ago were able to conceive and build such spectacular structures. I was completely taken aback by the marvel of Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, The Valley of the Kings...


By S.G

COVER STORY Who can forget Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s historic speech in the Security Council in 1971? Or who has not listened to Emma Watson’s electrifying speeches about feminism in the United Nations (UN)? Whether UN has lived up to world’s expectations or not, it has been an important platform for debating and discussing global issues. I remember we had this amazing chapter on UN in Nigel Kelly’s History and Culture of Pakistan and how our teachers would emphasize on the importance of this organization. I didn’t even bother to prepare this chapter for my exam which I regret now. At that time, UN felt like an...


By Ibad Ur Rehman Shamsi

Model United Nations (MUN) are an integral part of the fast paced, confidence loving society. Their charm comes coupled with fancy suits, large conference rooms and ambitious debates. The core concept of the “MUN” pivots about the principle of argument and international relations. The ideology that the world’s nations with their diverse cultures, religions and traditions could functions together in a peaceful, coherent manner was the basis for the formation of the United Nations (UN) back in 1945, and each MUN functions similarly to educate the leaders of the future about how vital team work and understanding is for global...


By Saleha Anwaar Ahmad

TIPS ‘N’ TRICKS Here are five things you need to know In Pakistan, nearly 10,000 foreign student visas are granted each year. We hear people all around us wanting to go and study overseas generally because of the better quality of education and higher standards of teaching methods. It is a general perception that if you come back with a degree you are going to get a good job instantly. And “by good” I mean the one that pays a lot. The truth is studying abroad is not just about getting a degree, it also gives us new perspective on culture. If this sounds like something you would want to do then ask yourself these...


By Sameen Amer

Coming Soon Out this week *  Albums Not Dark Yet by Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne: A duet album by the country singer sisters; marks the first official studio collaboration between the siblings; features covers of songs, including Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ and The Killer’s ‘My List’, as well as the original track ‘Is It Too Much’. Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear: Fifth album by the indie band, the follow-up to 2012’s Shields; includes the singles ‘Three Rings’, ‘Mourning Sound’, ‘Four Cypresses’, and ‘Neighbors’. * Movies The...


By US Desk

I feel embarrassed because of my father Salaam Guru, I am an 18-year-old girl from Karachi. I study in intermediate in a renowned college where mostly girls come from affluent families. I also belong to a well off family. We are altogether three siblings. My elder sister got married last year. I have one younger brother who is in grade 10. My mother is a housewife.  My father is a tailor by profession. He earns very well. There is no financial problem and our father takes care of all our needs. He started working with his father from an early age since tailoring is his family profession. He worked very hard to give us all a very...


By Rabia Tufail

UNI EVENTS For a common man, 70 years feel like an entire lifetime. But to a historian, these years are not enough to encompass the birth and death of a civilization.  70 years have gone by since Pakistan appeared as a nation on the world map, yet it is still trying to grapple with its identity and struggling to sculpt an origin story - which isn’t forced by someone’s agenda. To tackle these tough and prominent questions, Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and Faiz Foundation Trust organized talks on partition in the major cities of Pakistan. The first talk was held at Habib University. The panel included Professors...