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Writer’s Block

By :Zara Maqbool This is my thirty-sixth blog! Every week before my previous blog gets published; I already know what I want to write about. This is a first for me where for hours I stared at my laptop screen thinking what would be worthy of the reader’s interest. What can create awareness or impart…

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The bold voice of humanism: Abeda Iqbal Azad

  By:Shazia Tasneem She was not a Sorojini, not Emily Dickson. Not even Perween Shakir or Meera Bai but Abeda Iqbal Azad was an activist of her own genre—a reason that has made the society of Urdu literature mourn five years after her death on April 20, 2012. If you haven’t heard that name, or…

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Shattered Illusions

By: Gulrukh Tausif We often talk about the negative impact of social media, Hollywood/Bollywood movies or video games on our children but we forget that children are exposed to a lot of violence many times a day through television, newspapers and the Internet. It has become quite a norm for news channels to air detailed…

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U.N. silence on Kashmir issue

By: Maemuna Sadaf U.N was made in 1942 in World War II when 26 countries marked a settlement of holding hands in war against the others. This arrangement was marked after the endeavors of U.S president Roosevelt. Later on more countries have joined lastly in 1945 this association was formally made. Kashmir is drawn out…

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The birth order dilemma

By: Zara Maqbool Many years ago I wrote an article on the middle child syndrome and how middle children share many similar traits. I did not highlight how being the first-born and last one in the family also deeply impacts on who we are in this world. I believe that the birth order plays a…

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Boys Don’t Cry

By: Zara Maqbool  Stop crying! You are a man! I have heard this often said to my brothers and I have been guilty of saying it to my son also till my learning as a counselor made me understand what a tall order it was. How early on we pressurize the boys to start fitting…

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Say NO to Cyber Stalking

By: Zara Maqbool Harassment is not a novel concept to any woman in the world. Most of us have faced it in one way or another and moved on or maybe not. Sometimes we think we have moved on but at times that unresolved trauma stays with us and keeps haunting us in ways that…

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Rajhdhani delights – the authentic Rajistani cuisine

By: Filza Jawad Hai Rajhdhani delights located in Clifton block 7, Marine Pride, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, has spread its aroma around the city with their authentic Rajistani delicacies. Although there were various places in Karachi that served thalis but they mostly killed the purpose of it. Rajhdhani has legit Indian/Gurati cuisine with the concept of unlimited refills…

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Terrorism won’t divide us

By:Nazia Memon It was a sunny Saturday when the demonstrators holding EU and Union flags gathered in front of the Houses of Parliament in London following an anti-Brexit, pro-European Union rally on March 25, 2017, calling for Britain to stay in the European Union, even as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to start the withdrawal…

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Budha ghar par hy?

“Budha ghar par hai”? This simple question might sound weird to you all. If yes, then how would you feel if someone tells you “Bakra qiston pey.” Weird once again, but your perspective will change if i tell you all that both aforementioned sentences have climbed up the peak of mountains of fame. Amazed? Yes, I…

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Sindh needs an integrated vaccine outreach plan

By: Shazia Tasneem A fit and healthy body is the best fashion statement and making a child healthy is the superlative public statement that the civil society can value to lock children in the pink as well as in a better future. Unfortunately, we do not synchronize our conscious with the task of protecting children…

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Fostering Team Work

I along with all fellow workers went to a personal development workshop arranged by our Samaa TV on Saturday at a local upscale hotel. The phenomenally funtabulous funshop under the aegis of Funverks—named Renovate, Innovate—proved immensely fruitful for the participants. The trainer, Mr. Farhad Karamaly possesses special credentials in pulling things off to a complete…

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OMG! I Sound Just Like My Mom

By Gulrukh Tausif There are a few dire warnings, threats and statements which desi mothers are prone to make, and these are handed down generations like precious heirlooms. When I was growing up, I would roll my eyes, grind my teeth, or swear to myself that I would never say such things to my children…

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Remembering Mohammad Ali

By: Omair Alavi Mohammad Ali was considered as one of the best dramatic actors of his time, yet he was behind the many successful songs of his era as well. Here we take a trip down the memory lane where we get to hear 15 of his most famous numbers and try to decipher the…

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Sin or Swim

By: Zara Maqbool Last night I had the misfortune of coming across a morning show. I had the choice of quickly changing the channel but the unexplainable and obnoxious dance number taking place made my fingers powerless to change the channel. Also the deadline of submitting a blog breathing down my neck every week piqued…

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This Iranian dish will leave your taste buds tantalized

By:Filza Jawad Hai Chullu kebab is an Iranian dish, consisting a bed of steamed basmati or saffron rice with butter on top, served with beef mutton or chicken kebabs, French fries, grilled tomato and green chilies. It has various Persian varieties. Originally this dish is served with raw egg yolk in the north-western Iran but…

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Let’s celebrate Women’s Day, Filmi style!

By Omair Alavi Gone are the days when films used to have a man as the leading characters; there have been many flicks in the last decade that have had a woman at the help – as a protagonist – and on this Women’s Day, we bring to you Top 10 films of the last…

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Pakistan Super League: Pride Unlimited!

By: Gulrukh Tausif  Over the past few weeks, there have been battles in my home that I have been happy to lose. In fact I have colluded with the rebels, sat alongside them and cheered as loudly as they had. You see, school or no school, my children refused to go to bed early and…

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Remembering Mala Begum

By: Omair Alavi In the 60s and the 70s, the film industry in Pakistan had a rich pool of female singers to playback in movies; Mala Begum was of the top female voices in the country and along with Noor Jehan and Runa Laila, she ruled the hearts till the mid 70s. She sang the…

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They Don’t Really Care About Us

By: Naumann Ansaari I used to take carrot juice daily or in alternative days of the week. Especially, in winter because I believe, I am a health conscious person who takes extra heed towards all possible ways, to keep myself away from an unhygienic life style. But when I commute; my dream of a superlative and…

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Déjà vu

By: Zara  Maqbool  So after my last week’s blog got published, ‘Switching off the mommy mode’, I received feedback from men and women questioning my logic and desire to travel alone as I had earlier mentioned in my last blog. After a most wonderful vacation spent sans hubby and kids, I no longer feel the…

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