September 14, 2018
By SZ

UNI EVENTSSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - that’s the name that comes to mind when we talk about documentaries. Admit it; your mind jumped to it, too. And her Oscar-winning work – Saving Face and A Girl in the River, the only Pakistani to have “made history”. Sharmeen divides the country in two groups, with half the population supporting her films and the other half, irked by her chosen topics, arguing she chose only to focus on the negative stuff of our society.So, what exactly is expected from documentary filmmakers in the film market? Who sets the rules for the stories you want to tell, who determines what stories are worth being told?...


By SG

HAPPENINGSWith thousands of accredited US colleges and universities in United States, how do you find the one that is right for you? Well, no worries! The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan has got you covered.Despite tonnes of information online and numerous educational consultancies in Pakistan, students end up, sometimes, going to a wrong place. Either the institutions aren’t reputable enough, or there are visa issues, or simply the consultant students went to for guidance was a fraud. In an informative session held at Lincoln Corner, Karachi, recently, a representative from USEFP shared how little he knew about...


By Neha Panjwani

COVER STORYHoused within a small room, originally meant to serve as a storage closet, with just enough space to accommodate a desk and two chairs is Habib University’s exclusive, noncommercial, and student-run, radio channel, Runway Radio. Before going on air in spring of 2017, Runway Radio was ideated as a lab of science and mathematics by a physics professor who realized that students pursuing hard sciences seem to not only lack the training in verbal communication skills, but also the opportunity to partake in activities requiring the application of such skills. This, combined with the changing assessment methods of the modern day,...


By SG

ENTREPRENEURSHIPWhen I can’t imagine buying a shirt without seeking my mom’s or friends’ advice, how can entrepreneurs run businesses without guidance? No matter what stage you are in as an entrepreneur, you need support of other entrepreneurs to move forward and run business successfully. We all know professional jealousy exists and people choose to be secretive when it comes to giving advice, but don’t forget there are also people who genuinely care about what you’re doing, and are always ready to lend a helping hand. Rahima Noor, a 21-year-old BBA student, started her online businesses, PopUp Box and Funkie Junkie Studio,...


By Sameen Amer

Coming SoonOut this week * Albums7 by David Guetta: The French DJ’s seventh album, the follow-up to Listen ; includes the singles ‘2U’ , ‘Like I Do’ , ‘Flames’ , and ‘Don’t Leave Me Alone’ .Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood: Sixth album by the American country singer; comes after 2015’s Storyteller; includes the songs ‘The Champion’ and ‘Love Wins’.* Movies The Predator - horror, fourth instalment in the Predator film series; a group of mercenaries must protect a small town from invading Predators.A Simple Favor - thriller; a small-town blogger tries to solve the sudden disappearance of her...


By US Desk

Is it okay to be content?Dear Guru,I am a regular reader of Us and love the way you solve peoples’ problems. Guru, I don’t have a grave problem. I am just confused. Actually, I have this belief that if I get success and happiness, nature will counterbalance my happiness by creating some other problem. This mode of thinking keeps me neutral regarding any achievement. So, I remain calm and feel content with the present state of affairs and I do not have any greed for material gains. However, I think, this belief has made me sluggish. Mental peace is a priority for me right now and I just don’t feel like running for worldly success. I...


By Usama Rasheed

Homework completedA boy went home from school. His homework was to put down the things his family said. So he went to his mother who was talking on the phone. The boy asked, “Mum, can you help me do my homework? The mother said, “Shut up!” and goes back talking on the phone.The boy wrote that down.He then went to his father who was watching football on TV and saying, “Yeah!”So the boy wrote that down.The boy then went to his little sister who said, “Lollipop, Lollipop.”So the boy wrote that down.The boy went to his little brother who said, “Dundun, Batman!”So the boy wrote that down.The next day, the boy went to...


By US Desk

FeedbackAssalam-o-Alaikum!Ed, it was a great pleasure to see my younger sister, Sadia Kalsoom’s letter in Us . It was she who introduced me to Us, back in early 2000s, and since then I’ve fallen in love with it.Thank you for the cover story “Mastering the craft of Entrepreneurship” by Shermeen Zuberi. Please give such kind of guidance to the writers, too, which tells them how they can grow their audience using social media, earn a steady monthly income, upgrade themselves as writers, the important topics to write on, etc.In the On Campus issue , I liked Farah Tiwana’s “A Selection of Allusions and References”. I tried to...


By SG

Celebrating the architectural splendor ofKarachi“Buildings and cities are museums of time. They emancipate us from the hurried time of the present, and help us to experience the slow, healing time of the past.” - Juhani Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect To experience this “slow, healing time of the past”, you got to visit Moses Somake - The Man who built Karachi at TDF Ghar . The exhibition explores the buildings Moses, a Jewish architect, helped build in the city. He was a member of the Society of Architects in the early 20’s. His portfolio highlights the religious diversity that existed in Karachi in the early 20th century...