October 13, 2017
By US Desk

Feedback Hey Ed, Muhammad Anas Shafqat’s story “The choice” (Sept 29) was good. It ended on an optimistic note, which made me happy. I had bet with myself that this guy would jump and, for once, I was happy to lose! Saima Afsheen Rizvi, Karachi     Hi Ed, Loving Iqra Asad’s Hackschool project! Now, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts that came to mind when I was reading “Hackschool Project # 5 Leena’s mysterious solution” (Sep 29). I am really happy that Leena has come up with a solution. The solution is mysterious, but at least she won’t be wasting her precious...


By Usama Rasheed

Pakistani student making waves in the world of physics Humans aren’t the only ones seeking stability in an unstable world. Even tiny, unconscious objects need balance. You can see similar patterns in wax honeycombs, fly’s eyes and soap bubbles. Physicists knew of this phenomenon decades before Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, a 17-year-old high school student from Pakistan met the electric honeycomb. In 2016, as one of the first Pakistani participants in the International Young Physicists’ Tournament, he replicated the phenomenon and presented his work as any professional scientist would. But he also developed photographic...


By Hina Tariq

ENTERTAINMENT Picking up speed Running out of time Going head to head   It’s the way of life You gotta fall down Eat ground And to get back up again Let’s Beyblade! Spinning it out At the speed of sound Gotta rip it up Now the bet is down The team with the bang Our gang is the one who’s gonna win Let’s Beyblade! Beyblade! Let’s Beyblade! Let’s Beyblade! Beyblade! Let it rip These words reached my ears  when I was ironing my clothes in front of the television. “What the hell is that? It’s funny though!” I inquired, my eyes fixed on the queer-looking...


By Rutaba Tanvir

US TALK We first saw her in last year’s session of Coke Studio. Enchanting us away with her sweet mellifluous voice, Nirmal Roy quickly garnered fame through her hit multi-language number Ala Bali. Since then, she has provided vocals for few drama OSTs. She’s also lent her voice to Raunaq-e-Aashiqi, a beautiful track on a recent film Punjab Nahin Jaaoungi’s soundtrack. She  graced our screens in this year’s season of Coke Studio. Us was in conversation with this young starlet who is bound to make waves in the Pakistani music industry in the days ahead.  Star and date of birth My birthday comes on 6th...


By Sameen Amer

COVER STORY Any animal lover will readily tell you that having an animal friend in your life can be very rewarding. But just like us, our little companions too can suffer from the occasional malady. It’s a good thing then that veterinary doctors are on hand to provide both preventive and curative treatment to our furry, feathered, and scaled buddies. Dr. Faheem Ahmad is one such vet, dedicated to helping the animals - both pets and strays - that are brought to his clinic. In a conversation with Us, the veterinary surgeon tells us about the experience of both studying and working in his field of expertise. Us: Please tell Us a bit...


By Shaniyaal Shahid

INTROSPECTION The Internet is one of the most powerful tools of the 21st Century, and has both positive and negative usage. We all have been bombarded on our Facebook feeds and our WhatsApp chats about a new internet sensation, an online game by the name of “Blue Whale”, which has shocked and horrified us to the core. Blue Whale was engineered by a Russian man in 2013. He was abused by his mother and brother in his childhood and, as a result, developed psychopathic tendencies. When asked why he could do such a terrible thing, he replied that it was so that he could cleanse the world of the weak and those he had no use for....


By US Desk

How can I get good grades? Dear Guru, I am a 15-year-old girl. I love the way you solve problems of young people. I am sure you will solve mine, too. I am new at my school; I have this feeling that my teachers and class fellows don’t like me. In my previous school I was liked by everyone but not here. I don’t know why. I am an average student but I try to focus on my studies. Next year I am going to appear for my board exams. I have science subjects. My problem is I am weak in Physics, and my Physics teacher is quite strict. I don’t understand anything she teaches but I am afraid of talking to her. My father wants me to...


By Usama Rasheed

Expressions of angry mothers Get your hands off of that lion! You don’t know where it’s been! I told you not to play in the house with that string! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons. Stop wandering around the countryside and get home for supper! I told you, never play with fire! Get off your brother! You’re going to kill him some day! No more burping at the dinner table, please! People are going to call you sons of thunder. Have you been in my purse again? Close the door! You think you were born in a barn?   Burglar’s court trial A burglar alarm sent out its piercing...


By Sameen Amer

Coming Soon Out this week  *  Albums Colors by Beck: The thirteenth album by the musician; follows 2014’s Morning Phase; includes the singles ‘Dreams’, ‘Wow’, ‘Dear Life’, and ‘Up All Night’. Carry Fire by Robert Plant: The English singer’s eleventh solo album, his second with the Sensational Space Shifters as his backing band; includes the songs ‘The May Queen’, ‘Dance with You Tonight’, and ‘A Way with Words’. Beautiful Trauma by Pink: Seventh album by the pop singer; comes after The Truth About Love (2012); led by the single...