Stories published in October, 2012

If the King of Romance, Yash Chopra was Pakistani…

I watched the Yash Chopra interview with Shah Rukh Khan last night. It had been conducted on the great director’s birthday just a few weeks ago when he turned 80. I recommend you watch it. This man is not just talking about his achievements but giving real life pointers and the whole one hour 48 minutes held me captivated and left me motivated to do more in my own life. Although we mourn his death, let there be no doubt that he must have died in peace having fulfilled many of his life’s dreams and ambitions. I won’t go on ...

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All talk, little action by PCB

Despite a series of lengthy, tall claims, it wasn’t the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that was able to invite foreign players to tour Pakistan. Every time the return of top-flight international cricket is mentioned, the board has been quick to deliver the clichés that has made covering press conferences such a monotonous task at times. Regardless of their boring, good-for-nothing statements, some action did take place at the National Stadium, Karachi. The fact that it was due to another official is another matter. While the exhibition matches, held over the weekend, may have been the first crawling steps towards the revival, staging high-profile ...

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Yes, depression can kill you

In accordance with World Health Organization (WHO), depression is all set to become the second most fatal disease by 2020 with only coronary heart problems preceding it. These figures are alarming as they warn us about a disease of which little is known. In addition, it is not even acknowledged as a proper ailment in many quarters of our society. The truth of the matter is that depression is a debilitating disease that sucks pleasure out of the lives of its sufferers and shrinks their self-esteem to almost nothing. Going about a daily routine turns into a draining struggle, and hopelessness ...

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Dr Sana Usman: Strangled by a hospital elevator

I didn’t actually talk to her during my five years at med-school. I only saw her occasionally, and noticed her even more infrequently; but those who did, lost her the morning of October 9, 2012. Her death was not due to natural causes; her death was also not an accident; her death was no less than murder. Her name was Dr Sana Usman and she was my batch mate in Sindh Medical College. We had only just graduated in March and it had been five months since we have started our house jobs in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) – one ...

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I am an average Pakistani; would you like to hear more?

I am a typical Pakistani and am dying to tell the world who I really am, but no one is ready to listen. In the scheme of things, I could have been born anytime late 1930s onwards, and am gainfully (or rather painfully) employed. Whereas the world is moving towards nano technology, my single greatest skill is that I manage to ‘exist amidst the chaos’. This chaos is not of my making, but the wise say that I deserve it, since I have given my vote to the wrong people. They must be right! Mind you, I have not seen the ...

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Newsweek going digital: Will the fall of print mark the end of reading?

When the Sumerians began the organising, collecting and establishing the first ever libraries in the history of mankind, the reaction must have been interesting. What were these strange new methods of collecting information? What were these new-fashioned ways of gathering the hieroglyphs? Surely the age-old way of letting them stay in the caves would suffice, right? Perhaps this is the kind of automated reaction the world is going through again as Newsweek announces the culmination of its print edition. Come next year, one of the oldest magazines of our generation is going to go online and pretty soon you won’t be ...

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Where labelling has taken us

I hate it when people become judgmental. More, so, when they pounce to those judgements listening to only a singular opinion of yours and conjecturing the rest. It has happened many a times. I criticise the Taliban – I’m an American lackey. I defend Taliban – I’m a fundo. Similarly, if I attack women for crying too much about nothing, I become a misogynist. If I defend them, there would certainly emerge at least one person who would label me a western agent. It is not so much about these arguments and them being right or wrong, but rather the fact that ...

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Of bathtub tsunamis and Jamia Hafsa fashion weeks

Pakistan is at a crossroads, a critical juncture, staring into an abyss that is winking back at us and making inappropriate kissy noises. This is because the ship of state has hit an iceberg, because the deep state cannot dig itself out again, because we have counted our chickens before they were hatched, haven’t sheared our sheep before they were culled, have changed horses in midstream too many times and have run with the hounds and hunted with the hares too many times. Or was that the other way around? Doesn’t matter. What matters is that we have to choose ─ choose between light and ...

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Don’t let the dogs out at the University of Karachi

Looking after a pet is just like caring for a baby; understanding their unsaid words, feeding them and putting them to sleep – it’s just the same. After giving all your love, and making them a part of your family, when they die in front of you, the pain is unbearable. These words were uttered by an inconsolable student and a resident at the University of Karachi (KU), as she tried to suppress the sorrow that clearly overwhelmed her. It wasn’t the first time she had lost a pet which she had nurtured and cared for as though it were a part of ...

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Aşk-ı Memnu: A must-watch for soap followers

I started following “Aşk-ı Memnu” out of sheer boredom. I had always poked fun at my sister for watching it and never had I imagined that I would become an avid viewer of the show – even more so than my sister.  “Aşk-ı Memnu” is a Turkish TV serial currently being aired in Urdu on Urdu1. It is often referred to as the next “Humsafar”, possibly because of the appealing star cast. It lists among the classics and has apparently been translated into 39 languages worldwide! Speaking of popularity, who can forget the time when TV shows featuring on Hum TV were the talk ...

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