November 2, 2018
By US Desk

FeedbackDear Ed,I am a new reader and my introduction to Us magazine was its issue of October 19. I am a medical student, and I am sure you understand that medical students don’t get a lot of chill time. What compelled me to find time to wrote to you was the story ‘A cup of tea’ by Nirmeen Maroof. There were a couple of off things in it like the nurse telling the students they were wanted by ‘Dr Bashir in ICU’ - seriously? I am sure medical students would realise what I mean instantly. However, the story itself was really good. How doctors are taught to fight for their patient’s life, and how they learn to compartmentalise...


By Anam Afzaal Ch

FOOD FOR THOUGHTHave you ever felt powerless when a friend or relatives has suffered any loss or heartbreak? Every time I see anyone suffering a terrible numbness set in, I feel awkward; I don’t quite know what to say to help?Many people are immobilized out of fear they’d do or say something wrong. Obviously, there is nothing that can make the heartache go away, but there are many acts of thoughtfulness that can convey your concern and help that friend or loved one. Your presence and support can make all the difference to your loved one. You only show support in the following way: 1. Be there. By being there you can help in other ways....


By Bushra Majid

We all strive to work hard for our studies. Be it tests, exams, viva or presentations, we all want good grades and we all want to be rewarded for our hard work. But, then, there are moments when results do not turn out the way they were expected. You might have heard a lot of people say that: “Itna zabardast paper dya tha, phir bhi marks achay nahi aye!”Well, have you ever thought that your way of studying and learning might be wrong? Sometimes, it happens that we spend a lot of time memorizing stuff, but still cannot recall during exams. The concept of “metacognition”, which means thinking about thinking, provides us with the...


By Aisha Esbhani

STORYThe dai was a 40-year-old woman, and had her hair completely covered with a black dupatta, which was presumably made of lawn. I was certain that she must have bought it from Sunday Bazaar, which was a rather economical market in the heart of Karachi displaying both second hand and rejected items. If lucky, one could find a beautiful hand crafted carpet for their house or perhaps a good as new suit for a pretty reasonable price. The dai must have had her fair share in this luck as well, for her dupatta was spotless and even quite bold as it caught everyone’s attention. Her lips slightly moved and shifted as if she were speaking to...


By Shermeen Zuberi

COVER STORYYou want a different vision of life? Learn a different language. This time Us tried to, in the words of Willard Madsen, “hear a hand”. We went to JS Academy for the Deaf. From a humble beginning of four children and five teachers 14 years ago, the school has worked steadily to give differently abled children the best of environment, the best of everything that they are deprived of otherwise.A non-profit organisationNo admission fee is charged from students, and the transport is heavily subsidised. Teachers arrange fund-raising whenever possible to pay for course materials , winter uniforms, etc. Inclusive policyFirst, no...


By S. K

Poems foreverTo my soul By Umberto Saba You delight in your unending misery.Such, my soul, should be the worth of knowledge,that your suffering alone should do you good.Or is the self-deceived the lucky one?He who cannot ever know himselfor the sentence of his condemnation?Still, my soul, you are magnanimous;yet how you thrill to phantom opportunities,and so are brought down by a faithless kiss.To me my misery is a bright summerday, where from high up I can make outevery facet, every detail of the world below.Nothing is obscure to me; it’s all right there, wherever my eye or my mind leads me.My road is sad but brightened by the...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week*Albums Walls by Barbra Streisand: Thirty sixth album by the American singer; comes after Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway ; includes the singles ‘Don’t Lie to Me’, ‘Imagine / What a Wonderful World’, and ‘Lady Liberty’. * MoviesBohemian Rhapsody – biographical drama about British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury’s life; chronicles the years leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance in 1985.The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – fantasy, a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story; a young girl , charged by her parents to take special care of a...


By US Desk

She is like windSalam Guru,I am a regular reader of your column. I am an 18-year-old boy, studying in one of the prestigious institutions of town. My problem is that I have a crush on my best friend, M. She has been studying with me since I was 11, but I don’t have the guts to tell her how I feel about her. On the other hand, M is interested in a boy, G, who is 21 years old but G is not inclined towards her. He treats M only as a friend but doesn’t want to get romantically involved with her. Guru, I cannot see M getting hurt at the hand of G. It will break her heart when she comes to know that G cannot be her boyfriend. I have thought...


By Usama Rasheed

Not what it seems I was flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. By the time we took off, there had been a 45-minute delay and everybody on board was ticked. Unexpectedly, we stopped in Sacramento on the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be another 45-minute delay, and if we wanted to get off the aircraft, we would re-board in thirty minutes.Everybody got off the plane except one gentleman who was blind. I noticed him as I walked by and could tell he had flown before because his Seeing Eye dog lay quietly underneath the seat in front of him throughout the entire flight. I could also tell he had flown this very...