I have always enjoyed Unsa Athar’s articles but ‘I am a doctor – can I be a bride too?’ (January 3 issue) was more than just an article that one reads, likes and forgets. It highlighted our society’s hypocrisy and raises pertinent questions that require to be taken into account by our political leaders when making policies.
Of late, I have been coming across new poets in the Poets’ Corner. It’s good that we have so many budding young poets, but I cannot help miss some regular old poets who now contribute only occasionally. Good going, Us, keep it up!
Rehan Siddiqui, Lahore
‘The Twenty Tens’ by Sameen Amer (January 10 issue) was a great read, as round-ups go. Sameen is a wonderful writer, amazingly gifted. The interesting way in she covered a decade shows what a good writer can make an average reader reads. Another great write-up in the same issue was ‘The tech story - since 2010’. It was fun going over the terms the millennials have adopted in the English language. I often hear older people criticizing the new vocabulary. They feel that language is losing its purity, but what people should understand is that language is a growing entity and as long as it is effectively used, why worry about the changes that will continue to take place? Overall, January 10’s edition of Us was a great, well-rounded one.
Sara Ahmed, Karachi
I am a fan of Amna Ameer and was really happy to see her article ‘Twenty-sixth year of becoming’ in this week’s issue (January 10). She is a sensitive writer and chooses her subjects well. The cover story ‘The Twenty Tens’ by Sameen Amer was great, too. I also enjoyed ‘It was the best of times’ by Sidra Ramay. A very good issue, Team Us, and after a long time!
Faseeha Pervaiz, Karachi
I have been missing the recipes section since Ramazan. I think all readers would like to read some easy to cook recipes according to seasons and occasions. Preferably ones where no (or very little) cooking is involved.
Also, please publish celeb interviews regularly! If I seem lame, it’s only because as it is there is too much pressure on us with assessments, projects and what not! So light reading is good for soul.
Haris Aziz, Multan
Narrated by Al-Bara bin Azib (R.A)
Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) ordered us to do seven things and forbade us to do other seven. He ordered us: to follow the funeral procession, to visit the sick, to accept invitations, to help the oppressed, to fulfill the oaths, to return the greeting and to reply to the sneezer: (saying, “May Allah be merciful on you,” provided the sneezer says, “All the praises are for Allah,”). He forbade us to use silver utensils and dishes and to wear golden rings, silk (clothes), Dibaj (pure silk cloth), Qissi and Istabraq (two kinds of silk cloths).
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 331
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