February 17, 2017
By US Desk

Feedback Hi Eddy, Loved the cover story “Love, a four-letter word” by Iqra Asad! I agree with her take on the myth of “the one”. It’s definitely not easy to find that one compatible companion! The story “Do you know where our love is?” by Zarmeen Khalid was equally great! I was wondering why the heart shaped balloons on the front page looked so black. Ed, printing was really bad this time and that’s the only upsetting part. Rest of the stuff was great! Hania Mazhar Khan, Bahawalpur Hello Editor, Thank you for “My Teenage Years”! It is always fun to read about celebrities. The...


By Usama Rasheed

Despite what you might think, chickens are not stupid Chickens have a reputation for being profoundly dumb, but in fact they are remarkably intelligent and may even be empathic. They can count, show some level of self-awareness, and even manipulate one another by Machiavellian means. In fact, chickens are so smart that even a limited amount of exposure to the living birds can crush longstanding preconceptions. If a male chicken foraging for food finds a particularly tasty morsel, he will often try to impress nearby females by performing a dance. However, subordinate males that perform this song-and-dance routine risk being noticed and...


By Zunaira Afzal

Talented and urbane Ahmad Zeb My Star Aquarius   The best thing about being a teenager was Loads of energy   The worst thing about being a teenager was Distractions; you can’t stay focused   I was always listening to Metallica and Rage Against the Machine.   I was glued to the television for Four hours after school   My favourite movie was The Usual Suspects, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch   My favourite actor was Daniel Day-Lewis   My favourite book was The interviews of Noam Chomsky   My room was full of Posters and cassettes   My room walls...


By Hamza Hasan

They only smile; I laugh A soft giggle, a humorous chuckle, a shrill cackle, a loud bray, an unrestrained guffaw, a hearty howl. We all resort to this every once in a while. It’s the “cheapest medicine”, the “most effective weapon” against haters after all. A secret joke, a sheepish face-saving attempt, a cover-up for your pain, laughter has been there for us. And since it worked, we’ve never really given a thought beyond it, never realized that there could be much more to this to keep us healthy, to see that we live fully. Sarmad Soomar, a laughter yoga trainer, believes so. Yes, you’ve read it...


By Shermeen Zuberi

Inspire like Jaliawala With 267,274 likes on his Facebook page, 10.6K followers of his Twitter account, can you imagine the influence of that individual? Quite a celebrity, his work, whether as a trainer or as an entrepreneur, is well-known. I bet even you wouldn’t have turned the page to read about his numerous programmes - a video would’ve made a different case. So here’s my piece adding to the 90,000 Google search results this man already has to his name.  Richie Benaud, hard work, horrible mistakes, music and breakfast, all have one thing in common:  Umair Jaliawala. What did you want to be when you were...


By Ali Asghar Ghani

Black thoughts People face different kind of battles throughout their lives. Some battle with life threatening diseases likes AIDS, cancer or diabetes; while some struggle against poverty, terrorism, injustice or racism. There is also a category of people who battle with thoughts that are painful and dark. These people are constantly fighting an enemy which every now and then arises from the depths of the dense and impenetrable forest of vessels, gusting like a dark, rowdy river through the locked room present inside our head. This obscure, wrathful beast murders hope, confidence and self-esteem, burns down castles of happiness and...


By Sameen Amer

Coming Soon Out this week: * Albums Windy City by Alison Krauss: The country singer’s fifth solo album, her first solo release in almost eighteen years since Forget About It (1999); features covers of ten classic songs. Prisoner by Ryan Adams: Sixteenth album by the singer, the follow-up to his cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 (2015); includes the singles ‘Do You Still Love Me?’, ‘To Be Without You’, and ‘Doomsday’. * Movies The Great Wall (starring Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau) – action; European mercenaries become involved in the defence of the...


By US Desk

How can I overcome this guilty pleasure? Salaam Guru, I am a 22 year-old-girl. I am a university student. Two months ago, a proposal came for me. I had been resentful about the idea of getting engaged while studying since day one. So, I clearly said no. My parents suspected that I was having an affair, that’s why I was running away from commitment. It wasn’t like that, Guru. I wasn’t in a relationship, I was just friendly with my best friend. However, there were rumours that I was having an affair with my best friend. Finally, about two weeks ago, I said ‘yes’ to the proposal as my mother was after my life....


By Usama Rasheed

Don’t mess with an old man An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Get your treatment for $500 - if not cured, get back $1,000.” Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. He went to Dr Geezer’s clinic and this is what happened. Dr Young: “Dr Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me? Dr Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3...