Stories published in March, 2016

It’s down to India, West Indies and England, who are you betting on?

Amidst the pandemonium of leaked reports, press conferences, media bashing and, most importantly, Kulbhushan Yadav, the World T20 tournament in India is quietly and swiftly moving towards its conclusion. Not many Pakistanis tune into sports channels these days considering D-Chowk and Numaish Chowrangi are more entertaining. But ardent fans find their way to their TV sets to watch cricket being played in its truest form at the T20 World Cup. No adrenaline rush is equivalent to the thrill of watching cricket. A few days ago, I was quite disturbed after Pakistan crashed out of the match against Australia. My disturbance further transformed into diarrhoea while watching ...

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My neighbour was mugged today, but we are too scared to go to the police

Imagine your child asks for permission to go out to play in the street in the morning. You kiss him on the forehead and leave for work, content thinking he’ll be safe right outside the house, surrounded by neighbours, away from any real threat.   You’re driving to work when your phone rings and you’re being told your child was held at gunpoint, and that too right outside the gate of your house. The natural reaction to such an incident would be fear, dread and helplessness. Today I saw something similar on Facebook and the video has left me terrified. It ...

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How will the Kulbhushan Yadav case affect Pakistan’s relations with India?

A video showing the confession of the detained Indian spy has gone viral on social media. It is not just a video featuring a confession. Recently, we had Mustafa Kamal expose the internal workings of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in his confession on the media which became a huge affair. This video outrivals the former big confession because it involves a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent directly. Kulbhushan Yadav, a serving Indian naval officer and a suspected RAW agent was arrested by security forces while he was trying to cross over in Pakistan at the border from Iran. His confession has revealed disturbing facts, confirming ...

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Are more children going to pay the price for Pakistan’s indecisive stance towards religious extremism?

Back in December 2014, Taliban terrorists attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 151 people, most of them students. It was the deadliest attack in Pakistan’s terrorism-tortured history, and prompted some Pakistanis to describe it as their 9/11. National leaders, meanwhile, described the massacre as a turning point in the nation’s approach to terrorism. They vowed to crack down more robustly against all terrorists in Pakistan– not just those, like the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), that strike in Pakistan, but also those like the Haqqani Network that strike only in neighbouring countries. To an extent, Pakistan did indeed intensify its campaign against terrorism. It ramped up military operations against the ...

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The second season of Daredevil is what every superhero geek fantasises about

Many superheroes will cross paths this year on the big screen. Batman V Superman is already in theaters and Captain America: Civil War will be out soon, but the one face-off that should be talked about is the one between The Punisher and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Marvel’s Daredevil season two has finally arrived and the Netflix series is what every superhero/comic book geek fantasizes about.  Photo: IMDB Charlie Cox reprises his role as Matt Murdock, aka the Daredevil. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio also return from the previous season. The new additions to the already fantastic cast are Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) who plays Frank Castle, The Punisher, and Elodie Yung as Elektra. The new cast members do ...

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Our advertisement industry can’t even solve one problem with five solutions!

I was in my kitchen the other day and while washing dirty cooking utensils, I was cursing the time God decided I would be born a girl. I was using a Lemon Fresh long soap bar and suddenly all my dishes started dancing to a beautiful tune. All the cares of the world were forgotten and within five minutes, my incredibly filthy utensils were sitting in their respective places; squeaky clean and I was looking as beautiful as ever. After having washed the dishes, I went for a long drive but the roads were jam packed with cars. The sun was ...

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Is the Mughal Empire to blame for the schism created between Hindus and Muslims?

When we think of the Mughals, we immediately conjure images of artistic splendour, architectural grandeur, and military might. There is much to support the argument that the Mughal rule was the envy of the world at its peak with its efficient institutions, its system of Mansabdari, its large military, and its achievements in artistic and architectural design. The Taj Mahal, the Badshahi Mosque, Bibi ka Maqbara, Shalimar Gardens, the Deccan expeditions, the Rajput subjugation, the Maratha skirmishes – the list of accomplishments is as long as their tortuous and sometimes torturous reign. However, what classroom history often conveniently forgets is how different each Mughal ...

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Batman v Superman: From Superheroes to Super Zeros?

After years of speculation and film production, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is now finally a reality. The film portrays two of the most iconic characters in the comic book universe, delighting fans and general audience alike. The story takes place 18 months after the events of Man of Steel (2013). An enmity has ensued after billionaire Bruce Wayne from Gotham City saw his Wayne tower get destroyed during the combat between Superman and General Zod that resulted in chaos. Now Bruce Wayne’s alter ego, Batman, has decided to bring Superman to justice because he believes that Superman is ...

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Can a gay marriage bureau help the Indian LGBT community find love?

The thing about free markets is that where there is a need, a product or service to fulfil that need always emerges. It is this fundamental tenet of human nature that has been responsible for all growth and progress. India recently got its ‘first’ gay marriage bureau, courtesy an entrepreneur who saw an opportunity and decided to pursue it. While such an endeavour may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of enterprise or business prospects, it actually makes complete sense. The quest for a life partner is amongst the most important and time-consuming undertakings for ...

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Beware: 10 Cloverfield Lane has the ability to push your panic button without warning!

The movie 10 Cloverfield Lane will capture your attention right from the very start, a feature we normally experience in movies directed by JJ Abrams; although he has only produced this one. You will instantly relate to the life changing events Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) faces, without knowing what led to her being locked inside a bunker with two men, Howard Stambler (John Goodman) and Emmett DeWitt (John Gallagher Jr). Her last memories were of her driving a car and colliding into something, followed by waking up in a bunker with her leg chained to a wall. Will these men ...

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