December 7, 2018
By US Desk

FeedbackDear Ed, Hackschool Project: Results and revenge, by Iqra Asad was hilarious this time. Jasir has become my favourite of the three siblings. He is a go-getter and resourceful. He may not be an excellent student, but it is guys like him who are more likely to succeed in life than the students who refuse to take their noses out of their books. May be this is what the writer wishes us to understand. Good work, Iqra Asad. Munazza Murtaza, JhangHello Editor,“The ungodly genes” by Dr Javeria Hayat Khan was a great read! I have no idea how cloning works, but the plot piqued my interest. Sandy and Kevin are interesting characters;...


By US Desk

STORYThey were only seven when they became friends. They played together, laughed together, went to school together, and couldn’t live without each other. Years went by, Areeba and Palwasha became inseparable. However, with her 15th birthday approaching, Areeba noticed a change in her family’s attitude towards Palwasha. She became aware of the cultural differences between them. Often, she would hear elders talk poorly of the other’s cultures, customs and traditions. They criticised the way others led their lives, made fun of how they spoke, or showed disgust for their cuisines. They kept pointing out negative aspects and...


By Buraq Shabbir

PERSPECTIVEA way from the hustle and bustle of routine life, on a beach, closer to nature ... what else could be a better way to connect to oneself?We devote our time and efforts to all the pursuits that can provide us with material comforts and good life, but do we ever think of devoting our time to nature? Do we ever feel a sense of belonging to nature that is a reflection of God’s love? Connecting to nature is what brings one closer to one’s own self and this is a real challenge in today’s fast-paced, digital age.MAX – an event organized by School of Leadership at a beach on a bright, sunny Saturday – allowed young people, aged...


By SG

MY TEENAGE YEARS Date of birth and starFebruary 2, 1985; Aquarius The best thing about being a teenager wasBeing carefree.The worst thing about being a teenager wasAlways being scared of parents! The biggest tension in those years was getting caught or busted by parents. There was this constant battle between your rebelliousness and desire to conform and be good.I was always listening toHiphop and rock music; Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Biggie, Lauyrn Hill were some of my favourites.My favourite singer and actorThe Notorious B.I.G ; Julia Stiles, Claire DanesMy favourite superhero Batman; from Val Kilmer to today’s Batman, I like...


By Dr Javeria Hayat Khan

COVER STORYSandy was taking a solo stroll in their favourite rose garden at the back of the university when it entered and sat next to her. A good hearted, good natured type of a girl, she wasn’t much to look at because of the port-wine stain covering a third of her face. She was generally shunned by other students, and was as lonely as Kevin. Both of them had found solace in each other’s presence. Over time, they had fallen in love and become very close. “Oh, Kevin! You look so well today.” She hugged it tightly. “What have you been up to? It looks like being glued to your supervisor helped you. Don’t tell me he feeds you a...


By Tooba Ghani

LEXICOLOGYThe idiom “in a nutshell” reminds me of nothing but pistachios, hazelnuts and walnuts - delicious gems packed inside tough shells. But for English languages users, especially students, it’s a handy-dandy idiom to wrap up ideas in writings and conversations. I used to insert this idiom in every single of my essays in college. And I know most of you must be guilty of that, too. This is also one reason why teachers call “in a nutshell” an overused, not-so-creative, cliched, and an obviously pathetic way of summarizing a piece of writing. Anyway, we don’t mind teachers’ tastelessness. Well, there is a cute little...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week *AlbumsWhat Is Love? by Clean Bandit: Second album by the British electronic music group; features the songs ‘Rockabye’ , ‘Symphony’ , and ‘Solo’ , and also includes guest appearances by Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Charlie XCX, and Julia Michaels.Skins by XXXTentacion: Third album by the American rapper, released posthumously following his June death; led by the single ‘Bad!’.* Movies Ben Is Back – drama; a mother tries to help her addict son after he returns home from rehab.Mary Queen of Scots – historical drama; chronicles the 1569 conflict between Scotland, led by Mary and...


By US Desk

I am in loveHey Guru,I am a 19-year-old girl and I am doing my bachelors in Computer Science. I am studying in a women’s college. I belong to a middle class family. My father was a journalist who is now retired and has started his own business. Since we have so many financial problems, I have to give up on some of my dreams. Guru, the reason behind writing this to you is that I have been in love with my cousin since my childhood. Initially, I took it as an attraction or some random crush, but I have realised now that I cannot live without him. I want to marry him, but his family is very rich. In addition, he does not believe in cousin...


By Usama Rasheed

A miracleA doctor, a lawyer, a little Boy Scout and an old man were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down.Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they should jump, and bailed out.Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining.The doctor grabbed one and said, "I'm a doctor, I save lives, so I must live," and jumped out.The lawyer then said, "I'm the smartest man in the world, and I deserve to live." He grabbed a parachute and jumped, too.The old man looked...