I am a very old Us reader, but this is my first letter to you. And, I have decided not to write my name because I am too old to be reading Us. I first came across Us when I joined a school as teacher. I was already a mom of two teens and read an article in which Sameen Amer had condensed the important events of the past year. Normally, I avoid end-of-the-year-stuff but my daughter was reading it and I got intrigued because my daughter is not ‘into’ reading. I found the content interesting, but the paper quality and printing pathetic. But, since then, I have followed Us almost regularly. So when I saw Sameen Amer on the cover page, I decided to explore ‘The wonderful world of Sameen’ immediately! What an amazing young woman she is! I found myself smiling and laughing, which is a blessing in this Covid ’19 cursed world! More power to you, Sameen, and keep up the good work!
In today’s Us (June 19) the recipes by SZ were awesome! The best thing about them was that no cooking was involved and I have already tried ‘Very Berry Ice cream’. It was very good, and easy to make. ‘Prolonged meditation’ by Savira Rehman was thought provoking; I found myself agreeing to her take about the influence of social media. But knowing something is right doesn’t make it easy to do, if you know what I mean. Besides, merging in is easier than standing out, and it’s fun, too!
Basit Sagheer, Karachi
Like everyone else, I have been stuck at home with nothing to do. Taking out all our frustrations on our loved ones is not fair, but sitting around staring at the walls takes its toll. I have been told a million times at least to wash my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds by my mother! Cooking, drawing or painting and writing are all good pastimes, but I miss going out a lot. What a nightmare it’s been! I want to go out in the sun, see the birds chirping and people walking in our lane. I want to wake up, and find out it’s over!
I hope and pray that we get rid of Covid ’19 without any further loss of life. Once we are rid of this virus, the depression we are under will end, too.
Rasheel Mir, Lahore
Stay strong, Rasheel! To combat depression, try to keep yourself busy. Clichéd though it is, but ‘this too shall pass’.
Narrated Abu Huraira (R.A):
Allah’s Apostle (S.A.W) said, “The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 70, Number 547
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