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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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Pride’s deadly fury

By: Shazia Tasneem If one wants to test that how passionate Pakistanis are about their national interest, just fix a match with India and the result will inundate the parameter.  Even the level of their sporting spirit will devastate the opponent. This is exactly what happened on June 18, the day of ICC Champions Trophy…

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Journey of the Champions

By: Saim Khan ICC Champions trophy, the event played by top 8 cricketing nations of the world held its 8th edition June 2017. The first two editions of this tournament were called ICC Knockout tournament which were held in the year 1998 and 2000. Pakistan the most unpredictable team of the world was not even…

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Mango Festival

By: Iqra Junejo Mango “The national Fruit of Pakistan” and off-course “King of all the fruits” has arrived in markets of the Pakistan since May 2017. But, unfortunately prices of Mangoes are still very high in many retails markets, and this hike has kept mangoes far away from the access of people having limited financial resources, though…

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An unforgettable Iftar experience

By: Filza Jawad Hai Ramadan is the most awaited month of this year where everyone joins together to enjoy some amazing Iftar and Sehri feasts. Of course, the most amazing part of this month is that it is filled with numerous blessings of Allah where we all congregate to worships and thank Him for His…

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Turning 40

 By: Zara Maqbool Age is just a number or so they say and I wholeheartedly believed it until I turned 39 and the reality of entering my 40s no longer seemed like a long way to go. I still continued to enjoy myself choosing to ignore what lay ahead. But then it seemed like 40…

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Sexism in the corridors of power

By: Nazia Memon I have a doubt that Khawaja Asif Federal Defence Minister has been working as the builder who have possessions with building machinery like tractor trolley and dumper but he is not the builder like “Bob”  because Bob the builder emphasizes conflict resolutions and Khawaja Asif like to create conflicts with opponent parties,…

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‘Ilm har bachay ka haq hai’: Your support can change lives.

By: Danya Zaidi ‘Ilm har bachay ka haq hai’(Education is a right of every child) – You probably heard this zillion times but how often you have really done something to educate a child? Or even lend a minute to think about this? Not even once. Our negligence and paucity of funds has impelled many…

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Summer Storm

    By: Zara Maqbool Bless my three beautiful children, but God knows it feels like being hit by a hurricane the day the summers started. How? Let me elaborate. For starters their wonderful body clocks to date refuse to sleep beyond 7:00 am whereas during school year waking them up was quite a task….

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By: Shazia Tasneem My life has been influenced by a pink saree, a lovely gift which I had received on my fresher’s day on the campus of one of the best highest institute of Asia. I had worn that saree only once. But still can feel the soft touch of the drape which lives animated…

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 “Bachat Bazar’s” are the best place for affordable shopping

By: Muzammil Ferozi As every thing has its own value the same “Bachat Bazars” are but due to law in order situation and enhancements of land rent by authorities “Bachat Bazars” are getting closed day by day because of it middle and lower class people are suffering. Around 200 small and big Bachat bazaars were…

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Why I quit Smoking, Facebook and Twitter?

By: Imran Khushal   It is funny when I quit smoking I was asked HOW? When I quit Facebook and Twitter I was asked WHY?   The HOW question made me feel like I have achieved something which others failed to but the WHY question made me feel that I have done something wrong.  …

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‘Be Strong’

 By: Zara Maqbool I have been working in a rehab facility since some time now. My initial exposure to drug addiction and substance abuse users brought mixed feelings of shock and empathy. Shock at the degree of damage the addiction can do and empathy for the addicts who are trying their best to break away…

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5 ways to manage untimely cravings

By: Asra Malik For the past few years I’ve been a loyal companion to the pizzas, burgers, fries and lots more from the same clan. Mid-night cravings and I share a strong bong together – stuff in generously, later feel guilty. However, it gets annoying when you get to realize you’ve added an extra layer…

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The Guilt Trip

 By: Zara Maqbool A dear friend of mine, a stay at home mom and homemaker asked me today. “Why do I feel guilty if I do anything for myself and where did this guilt come from?” I told her that I think our mothers have handed it over to us and they inherited it from…

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Cultivating creative minds

  By: Muzammil Ahmed Ferozi Education is considered as the most powerful tool for overall progress of a nation, but it is crucial to know first what “Education” means in its real sense. In this contemporary and competitive world just to have a degree is not enough! Degree can never ascertain progress and development or…

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