April 28, 2017
By US Desk

Feedback Dear Editor, “Desert and dreams” by Saniyah Eman (April 21) was a fantastic read! Was expecting a good ending, but this is what actually happens there and maybe Saniyah thought this ending would truly describe the miseries of the people of Thar and make readers feel Siddu’s pain.          We can see politicians are busy in their lives trying hard to stay in their position and defend themselves; they don’t care if people die thirsty and hungry or if feudal lords treat them like insects.     Such stories also show that young people are aware...


By S.G

Art and modern solutions Guernica, a mural-sized painting by Pablo Picasso, was such a powerful anti-war painting that Colin Powell, the US national security advisor in 2003, had to hide it in the UN when he was there to present his case for the war. The mural is painted in grey, black and white and showed pictures of people suffering violence, dead bodies of horses and flame. Though it was painted in 1935 in response to the bombing of Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, it stills resonates with the people. When the painting was hung in an exhibition, a staff officer pointed at the painting Guernica and asked Picasso,...


By US Desk

Inspiring minds “We should look forward in our life and make new memories and achieve our dreams,” Muhammad Shahroze, Chairman Training and Development at The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), motivates the participants with his interesting talk “90 Minutes Guide to Interesting and Happy Life” at 6th INSPYRE Learning Expo ‘17. ISPYRE (Inspiring Pakistani Youth to Reach Excellence)  - a project of Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh, in collaboration with Habib University Foundation (HUF) - has been empowering young people for six years. This year,...


By Shermeen Zuberi

The business behind a show Solid images. A powerful voice accompanying them. An informative topic. That’s what keeps me from changing the channel on TV. Not just any programme; but a proper talk show. But my definition of “proper” was not complete as I learned in the two-week course held at CEJ-IBA (Centre for Excellence in Journalism, Institute of Business Administration). With trainers, Faisal Sayani, a freelance journalist, independent filmmaker and Karachi-based producer, and Gary Pierre-Pierre, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-media and entrepreneurial journalist, host and senior producer, however, this was set to...


By S. K

RHYME ‘n’ REASON Verisimilitude In a literary work, verisimilitude is likeness to the truth i.e. resemblance of a fictitious work to a real event even if it is a far-fetched one. Verisimilitude ensures that even a fantasy must be rooted in reality, which means that events should be plausible to the extent that readers consider them credible enough to be able to relate them somehow to their experiences of real Drawing analogies from real life gives a semblance of truth to even fantastic ideas. For instance, Amy Lowell in her poem “Night Clouds” constructs an analogy between clouds and mares. She compares the...


By Sameen Amer

Coming Soon Out this week *  Albums Humanz by Gorillaz: Fifth album by the virtual band, their first since 2011’s The Fall; includes the singles ‘Saturnz Barz’  (featuring Popcaan), ‘We Got the Power’ (featuring Jehnny Beth), ‘Ascension’ (featuring Vince Staples), ‘Andromeda’ (featuring D.R.A.M.), and ‘Let Me Out’ (featuring Mavis Staples and Pusha T). Places by Lea Michele: The singer’s sophomore release; follows 2014’s Louder; led by the single ‘Love Is Alive’. Also out this week: Kasabian’s sixth album, For Crying Out Loud;...


By US Desk

I am bored to death I am a 21-year-old girl. I am a graduate and belong to a well-off and conservative family. Girls in our family are not allowed to get higher education or work in offices. They are married off at an early age. I am also engaged to my cousin and will get married early next year. Guru, I am not that ambitious and I am pretty satisfied with my life. I don’t want to work after marriage and I am happy as my fiance is a doctor in USA. Guru, my problem is that I have nothing to do at the moment. I completed my B.A last year and now it’s almost a year that I have been sitting idle at home. I cannot work or study...


By Usama Rasheed

The old lady remembers everything At the court of a small provincial town, a lawyer calls his first witness, an old woman around 80 and he asks her with a professional style: “Do you know me, Mrs Rowland?” “Of course, I know you, Mr Smith! says the old woman. I know you since you were little, and I have to confess that I am very disappointed in you. You lie, you cheat on your wife repeatedly, you gossip about your clients. Of course, I know you!” Speechless by the unexpected answer, the lawyer points with his finger on the other side of the court room and says: “Do you know the defense...


By Hafsa Saeed

Chic and dazzling Date of birth and star August 14, Leo The best thing about being a teenager was Open avenues and hopefulness I was glued to the television for Comedy shows, music and programmes that we weren’t allowed to watch My favourite singer(s) Michael Jackson and Madonna My favourite book was I used to read Enid Blyton, and then I started reading Sydney Sheldon. I was mostly interested in biographies and autobiographies. Comic books like Archie comics were also my favourite My room was full of Books. My room was also very organized! My first crush/date was First crush was a teacher and first date was somebody...