Stories published in November, 2013

ADHD: Why can’t you sit still kid?

While growing up, in school, did you ever notice that distracted, uninterested class mate, who would just not sit still, was annoyingly talkative and almost always failed in studies? Did you follow up as to what he managed to do later in his life? From my experience, most of these students either leave school at an early age to do something else or are sent abroad to study and work. Though some of them do very well later in life, a majority of them have problems in their social and financial matters soon after. Most of us are so busy in ...

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Toronto: Beware of cameras, lest you end up like Mayor Rob Ford

“Kursee kabhee na chorna, (don’t ever leave the seat)” is something we say to our politicians in Pakistan all the time. That is the same thing I wish I could say to Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, if I ever get an opportunity to meet him. Talking about meeting him, I did meet him once this summer in a desi food street festival in Toronto. It was in a Pakistani restaurant called ‘Lahore Tikka House’ in Gerrard Street and he was invited to honour the South Asian festival by his presence. We shook hands and with his permission also took a few ...

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STOP fighting, marital conflicts impact your children!

Imagine a wrestling match – the referees run around the ring, give signals to wrestlers, all the while being on the receiving end of a never-ending stream of abuse from both wrestlers. Now, imagine a child who lost the genetic lottery and ended up with parents who constantly quarrel. I would think that such a child would be subject to a similar amount of stress and anxiety to that experienced by WWE referees. Most couples have probably been through the experience of being in a heated negotiation when they suddenly looked around to find their child standing wide-eyed in a ...

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Blocking NATO supplies: Imran Khan’s stance is for national security

Imran Khan has always been a personality admired by people. Starting from his cricketing days to his entrance into politics, people have only expected good from him. The  mercurial dynamics of politics in Pakistan have not affected his attitude and temperament much over the last 17 years; however, things seem to be experiencing a shift since his party has formed government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), earlier this year. Ideally, what we need to understand is that it is not possible to assume that a political party that has formed a government in a province is any different from the government ...

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Male sexual abuse: A myth or fact?

There is a common myth about sexual abuse. Many people believe that boys cannot be abused and even if they are, they argue that sexual abuse is less harmful to boys than to girls. This myth also implies that boys and men cannot be sexually abused because they are better able to protect themselves. Men are not considered vulnerable – psychically or emotionally. However, one must understand that boys are not men; they are mere children who are as defenceless as girls and can too be weak whence trying to protect themselves against predators. According to the Rozan Annual Report 2011-12 2,303 children were abused ...

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Pakistan’s T20 and ODI against South Africa: A few victories we failed to mention

Pakistan’s recent victories in the T20 and ODI matches have made sceptics believe in the team again. While fighting to grasp their surprising victory, the team was able to put up a great show and make fans everywhere fall in love with this game all over again! Here is a review of the two delightful matches in which our team made us proud and finally gave us a reason to celebrate. Twenty20 international against South Africa With hearts beating fast and hands held up in prayers, Pakistani cricket fans hoped that the cricket team would win the second T20 against South Africa ...

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Gori Tere Pyaar Mein: Will he win her back?

Growing up, I always noticed that romantic comedies, also known as ‘rom-coms’, mostly circled around a single theme: boy and girl spot each other, possibly kickoff at loggerheads, realise the attraction somewhere in between, fight the world, win the battle and unite in the midst of song and dance – or more popularly known as ‘Happily Ever After’.  Although Hollywood evolved and began to produce rom-coms based on what happens after the lovey-dovey couple get together, Bollywood continued to shy away from such storylines until fairly recently. Chalte Chalte and Saathiya were among the first movies to depict the topic of post-marriage matters and hence, both ...

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The Paradox

I am baffled, oh people! I am perplexed, I am strong one minute and weak the next,   I adore my milieu; furtively my hinterland do I detest, I am at peace with myself, only to be hit by unrest,   Perseverance drives me; fatigue compels me to withdraw, I seek perfection, though my eyes only see flaw,   I long for affection; I have just hate to offer, I desire harmony; except with no one can I concur,   I yearn for the joy of life; but I want death to set me free, I wish to face all odds; yet there is a strong urge to flee,   I thirst for my jovial side; ...

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Pak-India journalism: Inciting hatred or promoting peace?

Yesterday, at a seminar titled ‘Pakistan-India relations: What can media do?’, Mumbai Press Club’s President Gurbir Singh reportedly urged the Indian as well as Pakistani media to stop airing Television Rating Point (TRP)-grossing talk shows that negatively affect peace prospects between the two nations. This statement comes as a remarkable affirmation of a commitment to peace that needs to be strengthened by the media fraternity on both sides of the border. It comes close on the heels with Kamal Siddiqi’s recent piece titled ‘Talk peace, be damned’, where he laments that war-mongering brings ratings but at the expense of the dividends that ...

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Pakistan’s Stock Market: A lost investment opportunity?

The phrase ‘stock market’ has a charm around it, which grabs the attention of almost any listener anywhere in the world. In Pakistan, however, it portrays a picture of an exclusive club for the aristocrats who bet their easily earned fortunes in the corporate bazaar. However, perceptions are often incorrect and the same is the case with the Pakistan’s stock markets, where the consequences usually involve lost opportunities to rake in money. A recently published report in The Economist concluded that the proportion of capital to labour is rising in developing economies. Simply put, to employ your human capital, as an entrepreneur, provides more financial ...

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