Stories published in October, 2013

Unimpressed and unmoved by Bilawal Bhutto’s speech

Bilawal Bhutto’s speech at Karachi’s Karsaz on the sixth anniversary of the unfortunate Oct 18, 2007 bombings has created quite a stir. As a son who lost a brave mother to rabid radicalisation, one feels that the emotionally-charged display of passion in front of an audience of die-hard jiyalas was all but natural, and perfectly anticipated.  Towing the line of populist politics introduced by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal did a good job with a crowd that seemed to be only following half of what their 26-year-old chairman conveyed. His body language apparently conveyed the remaining half, complete with waving fists ...

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When Pakistan beats the world’s best, you know Misbah is captain

September 14, 2013 was the day when Pakistan faltered in a Test match, succumbing to a shocking defeat against Zimbabwe. This was Pakistan’s first loss to Zimbabwe in almost 15 years. Scenes of joy in Harare, and of despair and humiliation in Pakistan were prevalent. Whatever could have gone wrong did go wrong and all the blame and acrimony fell on the shoulders of Pakistan’s beleaguered Test captain, Misbahul Haq. The daggers were out. The hyenas were moving in to slay the aging lion once and for all. This time there would be no way back. The defeat would leave a definitive ...

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Diana: A twisted exaggeration of incomplete facts

Although the making of the film Diana has generated quite a bit of hype, the build-up seems to be more about the exceptional personality that the film attempts to portray rather than the film itself. After all, there is not much that the audience does not know about her and even a quick web search can give you a detailed account of what her life was all about. Nonetheless, one would still expect some amazing emotional treatment and directorial class from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German director who directed the Oscar worthy Downfall. Actor Naomi Watts signs autographs at ...

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A short guide to help you with the NTS-GAT exam for Pakistani universities

Graduate Assessment Test (GAT), which is also sometimes known as the local Graduate Record Examination (GRE), is a prerequisite test taken in order to get admission into any M Phil in almost all Pakistani universities. Moreover, it is required for the Higher Education Commission (HEC) scholarships. Naturally, students in the last semester/year of their graduation get worried about their GAT exams, as their future is dependent on how well they do in these papers. So what is the GAT really? As obvious by its name, it is a test which is designed to assess the skills and abilities gained in the 16 ...

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Malala and Abeer: The difference in the narrative told by the West

Have you heard of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi? Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi was a 14-year-old Iraqi girl who lived in a house to the southwest of Yusufiyah, a village to the west of the town of Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq. She lived a middle-class life with her 34-year-old mother Fakhriyah Taha Muhsin, 45-year-old father Qasim Hamza Raheem, two brothers and younger sister, six-year-old Hadeel Qasim Hamza. Though not much is known about Abeer, one can imagine her childhood; playing with rag dolls, following her mother as she made khameeri rotis and tossing one pebble after another in a stream running near their house. When ...

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18 memorable moments that define Bakra Eid in Pakistan

1. Wear new Eid clothes! Take photos of family looking like a cheesy ad Photo: xcitefun.net   2. Wake up early to go pray at the local mosque. Photo: Shahbaz Malik/Express   3. Pray there is no terrorist attack. Keep one eye on the security… Photo: Express/File   4. Buy a giant balloon for the house after Eid prayers (just because) Photo: AFP   5. Exchange the first of 220 hugs with family members and friends Photo: PPI   6. Check out celebrity hugs on TV (just because) Photo: Tariq Hassan/Express   7. ...

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Misbahul Haq: Will Pakistan’s unsung hero be able to lead us against South Africa?

Pakistan is due to take South Africa on in a highly anticipated combat on UAE soil with an aim to mend their fences this time. The hopes for this would have been much higher they had whitewashed a comparatively weaker opponent that was on the verge of crumbling before it somehow managed to thrash Pakistan severely. Yup, I am talking about Zimbabwe. But that is all done and dusted, and yet we blame Misbahul Haq… God knows why. When we can keep the captain of the team in the limelight it is unfair to snub the people in the background of the ...

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Why tech-based entrepreneurship is important

Technology based entrepreneurship has rapidly gained momentum in western societies with low costs to entry and high Return on Investment (ROIs) acting as the prime catalysts. The trend has piqued interest in Pakistan recently as well for similar reasons. Consequently, entrepreneurship courses and workshops are gaining interest among the country’s youth. As recently as a month ago, there was news in The Express Tribune about a book exchange project launched by two students of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. This was truly a commendable effort and such entrepreneurial spirit can only be facilitated through the innovative use ...

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Tips to avoid indigestion on Eid

No matter how much we abhor red meat and how hard we try to avoid it all year round, Bakra Eid is the one day when belt buckles pop open, shirt sleeves are rolled up and we prepare ourselves for a day of feasting! Although this ‘once a year’ indulgence is alright, there is nothing wrong in being a bit careful with your health even for that ‘one’ day. Here are some tips to keep you healthy while you enjoy this occasional treat: Make a big jug of lemonade with a few mint leaves (no sugar or salt added) and keep ...

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Down memory lane: This Eid, enjoy my mother’s recipe of Mutton Dum Piyaza!

Each Eid reminds me of the happy times I spent celebrating Eid as a kid at my maternal grandparents’ house in Rawalpindi some 20 or more years ago. Funnily enough, it was the hustle and bustle the day before Eid that I found most exciting. Being the eldest grandchild, I believed my job was the most important one; to make sure the mehndi was prepared well in advance. This was achieved by constantly nagging my Ammi and khalas. Mind you this was not the instant cone mehndi era, a lot of time and effort was put in preparing dry ...

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