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Branded Bandwagon

By Zara Maqbool   Have I been jumping on the branded bandwagon? It’s a question I ask myself many times when the shopping impulse becomes uncontrollable and I have to see whether I am shopping a brand or actually being quality conscious. Ever since my first born came in this world fourteen years ago I…

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Death in the Air

By Nazia Memon Pakistan is facing serious environmental problems for example deforestation, air pollution, noise pollution, climate change, pesticide misuse, soil erosion, natural disasters and desertification. They are getting worse as the country’s economy expands and the population grows. Unfortunately, not much is being done to tackle these issues. The megacities of Pakistan, such as…

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Is it a shame to be shy?

By Zara Maqbool Yesterday one of my clients asked me, “Do I come across as a shy person to you?” The question would have taken me for a surprise had I not known his history. His parents had always shamed him for being shy and sissy. Otherwise his first impression was of a charming confident…

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The Making of Malala

By Shabana Mahfooz Nine years ago, a young school girl in Pakistan started writing a blog about her daily experiences. While those of an average school girl may not hold much interest to its readers, this particular experience was different. It helped give an insight in the then Taliban controlled region of Swat, who in…

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Imran Khan demands Kulsoom Nawaz’s resignation for meeting Nawaz Sharif in London

By:Anees Hanif PTI chief demands mass resignations including that of Kulsoom Nawaz who was visited by husband Nawaz Sharif in a London hospital ISLAMABAD: After demanding Intelligence Bureau chief’s resignation over his meeting with former PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday demanded resignation from recently elected Member of National Assembly…

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Identity crisis and the dilemma of progress

By: Saman Siddiqui How would you define progress? As we have better lives, the life expectancy has improved. We have better food choices, we eat better, can sleep better on comfortable mattresses.  Over all our living standard has improved. We can roam freely in city as compared to our ancestors because we better means of…

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You Should Lose weight!

 By: Zara Maqbool In my work as a counselor I have come across quite a few clients who were body shamed as children and in teenage years, mostly by their mothers. Body shaming means, “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.” Always skinny…

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In Pakistan, girls are boxing for their rights

By: Muhammad Taha Tariq In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is often difficult for girls to maintain the same education as boys or to practice the same sport. In addition, they are often victims of domestic violence. It’s not easy being a woman in the society of Pakistan. In the often tightly patriarchal society,…

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When someone you know has Cancer

By: Saman Siddiqui Begum Kalsoom Nawaz diagnosed with cancer, was sad news indeed.  It’s most important that such diseases are diagnosed at its earliest and treatment starts on time. I wish her all the best for restoring perfect health soon. She belongs to such a privileged class who can get advanced medical treatment abroad. I…

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Damsel in Divorce

By: Zara Maqbool Divorce! A double-edged word that is a painful choice taken by a person; male or female and judged and scorned by the society at large. My friend Uz Abbasi rightfully says, “ This word society is misleading and in this day and age seems passé”. Touché! I am guilty of using this…

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Pulling more than a few strings, the Great Spy Game Unravels

By: Ammar Ahmed The arrest of Indian spook Kulbhushan Yadav in March 2016, was not only unexpected but also came at a time when India and Pakistan were on a political and military level trying to resolve bilateral issues. However, the arrest of a serving high ranked Indian official has reset the India Pakistan relations….

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Psychosomatic Pseudos

By: Zara Maqbool Sister to a very caring and loving brother, and a very competent doctor, for years every time I reached out to him to discuss any physical ailment I was mocked by him and never taken seriously. Whether it was my appendix, which he felt the doctors took out cause they had nothing…

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The Happiness Lost

By: Syeda Sadia Her gleeful laughter echoed in the corridor, at last she had found the pen placed behind her ear which she was looking for here and there from last many minutes. Hearty laughter on little things was her routine; this was my first meeting with her and laughter had put about a tinge…

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Dodgy Drivers  

  By: Zara Maqbool After almost two decades I traveled on the GT road for a family wedding. It was a thirty minutes stretch off the motorway to Sargodha city and saying that we almost died would not be an exaggeration. A single road with two way traffic, fast and rash car drivers but what…

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Ways to get success in your life

By: Farah Jamil  No matter how old you are, where you’re from or what you do for a living, we all share something in common—a desire to be successful. The truth is – success isn’t a goal or destination — it’s a MINDSET you take on to achieve your goals. Each person’s definition of success…

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KARACHI: Urban jungle with diminishing greenery

By: Saman Siddiqui We the residents of Karachi dwell in concrete jungle and wait for Mother Nature’s generosity to ease our urban sufferings. And the Rehmat becomes Zehmat undoubtedly. How unbelievable it is for such a large city there is no proper planning and management. By looking at the current circumstances it seems to be…

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Toilet Training

 By: Zara Maqbool  Last week on my visit to Lahore I visited one of the new big fancy malls that have recently opened up. Coming from Islamabad where we get excited to see the only big mall we have, these shopping malls seemed much more grand and extravagant. Although the brands were more or less…

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Is there a choice?

By: Zara Maqbool This year my maid/ children’s ‘Apa’ who had been with me for almost fourteen years got married. My biggest regret when it comes to her are two things: Firstly for never educating her literally and secondly for employing her when she was eleven years old. Between kids and many other excuses I…

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The thought did not cross my mind

By: Zara Maqbool  Last week I went to the China market in Rawalpindi. While crossing the road I saw a young boy sleeping on a small green patch amidst loud traffic sounds and very hot weather. This is neither a rare nor an unfamiliar sight for us in Pakistan. Yet seeing this boy, who is…

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From Gharara to Gharara Pants

By: Saman Siddiqui I can still visualize my great grandmother, sitting in courtyard wearing Gharara. White farshai cotton gharara. When we used to visit her on weekends, or at any family gathering, she used to wear it as daily attire. Not only her, in old days most of the ladies of my family used to wear…

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Top three visa free destinations for Pakistanis

By: Filza Jawad Hai Out of 200 hundred countries in the world there are 36 countries that have allowed visa free entry to Pakistanis. It is always good to save up the hassle of assembling and submitting the documents for visa. Out of the 36 countries the top three places where you can fly straight,…

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