Hafsa Zuberi

Hafsa Zuberi

An occasional writer and a serial reader.

Cinderella: When magic and dreams turn into reality

The newest adaption of Cinderella is doing well so far because its “twist” is that it has no twist. It delivers the story that we are all well aware of all in a refreshingly simple and touching manner, thus distancing itself from the recent slew of angst ridden fairy tale adaptations such as Into the Woods and Maleficent. Directed by Kenneth Branagh – who previously directed Thor – manages to lay the emphasis on creating a magical journey for the viewers, with the addition of resplendent gowns and grand sets certainly making it a visual delight. Newcomer Lily James adds sincerity to her role as Cinderella, and coupled with Richard Madden’s charming portrayal ...

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Echoes of a ‘Naya Pakistan’

You burnt my house, but I stood still and said nothing, You raped my sister and murdered my brothers, but my lips remained numb, You starved my family, slowly and painfully, but I stayed silent.   Bullets were my grain and blood my water, it was the way, and I followed you mutely, You built golden palaces upon bones and ashes, and I laboured away for you, I watched my father die, cut by cut, his honesty reducing him to a beggar, but I said nothing.   My son was shot last night; his blood still flows on broken streets, but I remained silent, I watched as you ...

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