February 23, 2018
By US Desk

FeedbackHi Ed,I agree with Sara Maman’s point of view in her write up, ‘Discover Yourself’. It’s absolutely right that advice – no matter how useful and worthy - can shape your future unless and until you are motivated from inside, and ready to work hard. Motivational speakers tell you to think this way or that way and while you feel motivated while listening, later on it leaves you more devastated and upset. Don’t pay much heed to others’ advice or get disheartened seeing them succeed in a selfish way. Life gives each and every one of us a different question paper. Asking Allah for help; doing the best you can and believing...


By Saniyah Eman

STORY I trudge to the store and tear the hem off my kameez with my teeth. Soaking it in mineral water from a crate of bottles in one corner, I clean the blood off her body slowly, my face wet with tears. It is when I am dressing her that she opens her eyes slowly. They adjust to the darkness and she recognizes me.We look at each other for a few moments.She blinks as she recalls what happened to her. Then she sits up, electrified. “Nazri!” “Hey.” I touch her face, wiping a line of blood trickling down from her forehead. “Hey. It’s all right.” She tries to squirm away from me and I move my hands away at once, holding them...


By S. A

QUIZ WHIZ 1. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” is one of the most well-known beginnings of a novel ever written. But which Charles Dickens’ novel is it from?A. Oliver TwistB. David CopperfieldC. A Tale of Two CitiesD. Great Expectations 2. According to estimates, who is the best-selling fiction author of all time?A. Agatha ChristieB. William ShakespeareC. Barbara CartlandD. Danielle Steel 3. In her very prolific career, primarily as a children’s author, around how many books did Enid Blyton write?A.. 50B.. 100C. 400D. 700 4. What was the first play written by Shakespeare?A. The Merchant of VeniceB. The...


By Shanzeh Rehan

RETROSPECTION Have your childhood toys played a major role in your transformations? I haven’t met anyone who thinks this way; for most, toys are just tools to keep kids entertained and have nothing do with their social and emotional development. Therefore, I decided to share my journey.Hannah Montana, ah! The famous young girl who captivated millions of teenagers around the globe. I was not familiar with her until my uncle brought me a Hannah Montana doll from the States. I was 12, but like all other children pretending to be older and wiser, I complained, “I didn’t want a doll! I’ve grown up!”The very next day, I learned...


By Iqra Asad

COVER STORY The three siblings Jasir, Inaya and Leena have a meeting to discuss the case of the stolen selfies. “Let me get this straight.” Jasir leaned forward and looked closely at Inaya. “You, out of all the obsessive selfie-takers in the world, never got into the selfie sharing mania that is more commonly known as Instagram.”“No.” Inaya sighed. She was sitting stiffly with her arms crossed and brow furrowed. Leena was seated in the middle, looking from one to the other as they spoke.“I find that hard to believe.” Jasir tilted his head to one side and tapped his chin with one finger thoughtfully. “You sure you...


By S. A

QUIZ WHIZ 1. C“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”That is...


By US Desk

I am not sure of my feelingsDear Guru,I am a 21-year-old boy. Guru, I am facing a love dilemma. Actually I was in love with a girl in school when I was a teenager; she was my first crush. Then I lost contact with her. Now, recently I have met her again after a gap of more or less seven years. Coincidently, we both got admission in the same university. She is as beautiful as she was seven years ago. In fact, she has become a charmer. We have become friends in no time. We like each other a lot and I am really serious about her. I want to make her my life partner but the problem is that I do not want to take any hasty decision at the moment....


By Usama Rasheed

Correct answerThe first-grade teacher was showing pictures of animals to her students to see how many they could name. She held up a picture of a lamb, and a little girl said, “That’s a sheep!”“That’s right!” said the teacher.“How about this one?” she said, holding up a picture of the king of beasts.“That’s a lion!” answered a little boy.“Right!” said the teacher.Then she held up a picture of a deer. No one volunteered to answer. She tried to help. “What does your mother call your father?”Johnny said, “I know! That’s a lazy old goat!”Whatsamatta University’s courses for menOnce again, the female...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week AlbumsNation of Two by Vance Joy: The Australian singer’s second album; comes after his 2014 debut Dream Your Life Away; includes the singles ‘Lay It on Me’, ‘Like Gold’, ‘We're Going Home’, ‘Saturday Sun’, and ‘Call If You Need Me’.* Movies Game Night – comedy; a group of friends who regularly meet for game night find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery.Annihilation – fantasy, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel; after only one solider returns alive but badly injured from an environmental disaster zone, his wife volunteers for another expedition into the...