Stories published in April, 2015

To all the retiring cricketers: Here is why we will miss you!

This World Cup has been different, not only because of the phenomenal performances that we have come across but also because a lot of experienced players have bid adieu to their glorious ODI careers after this tournament. These players are undoubtedly irreplaceable, keeping their past records and performances in mind. All of them have proved themselves as match winners and they will be sorely missed. Therefore, I believe these players should be given a proper farewell, as they represent our generation of brilliant players, and this blog is my way of appreciating all that they have done for their fans and ...

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If you are not a Divergent series fan, don’t watch ‘Insurgent’!

Movie series like the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Twilight and other young adult franchises are managing fairly well in terms of drawing viewers’ attention towards this genre and are also minting multiple folds of revenue at the box office. Insurgent, the latest instalment of the Divergent series, follows the same path as other YA movies. The movie is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel of the same name. The story revolves around a plot where Americans are forcefully segmented on the basis of personality and trait-based blocs by the government. The governing head is Jeanine, which is beautifully played by Kate Winslet. Beatrice Prior aka ...

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The end of Jeremy Clarkson marks the end of Top Gear

Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson combined together had become a force of nature to reckon with. Viewed by 350 million people all over the world, Top Gear fanatics swear by the critique given out by Clarkson in every episode. I have been watching the show with my brothers and father for as long as I can remember, discussing the contents afterwards over a cup of tea.  Being a diehard Michael Schumacher fan and a motor racing fanatic, I have enjoyed every bit of the show much like millions of viewers around the globe. My young nephews truly love the show and when I asked the elder one as to ...

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I am okay but let me drown myself

There is our body, and then there is our soul. When I wake up, both of them seem to take up a life of their own, leaving me out of the equation. My body refuses to move and my soul retaliates from inside, leaving me woozy and heavy-headed. They tell me it is just my hormones and this is how things are at my age. I ask them, is this how you felt when you were in my shoes? Were you even wearing the same shoes back then? The exact same fit, thread to thread, emotion to emotion, skin to skin? As children, ...

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Out with the field umpires, in with the technology

Technology should replace field umpires in cricket. This is not just an idea, it is a proposal.  In 1992, when the concept of a neutral umpire was introduced in cricket, it was unanimous and a need of the time. Indeed, it was a turning point in the history of cricket as before the concept of neutral umpires, there had been controversies in every other match, especially in matches between rivals playing on their home grounds. Pakistan’s skipper, Imran Khan, realised that neutral umpires can play a significant role in gaining the trust of cricket players and fans and both the teams would accept ...

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I cheated on my wife, but she won’t let me divorce her

While you may find many sympathisers for women, who everyone thinks are the only silent prisoners in the Alcatraz of a nuptial knot, there is hardly anyone who ever wants to understand a man’s perspective in a failing relationship. I fail to understand why women are often portrayed as ‘the victim’ in a failing relationship and the men as ‘unjust’. Why are women projected as the weaker link when there is much ado about women’s rights and freedom? Don’t get me wrong here; I am an avid supporter of feminism and women’s empowerment, which I truly believe are two different things. I have always supported good education ...

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Dealing with Iran – Tearing down the walls of hatred and animosity

So we finally have a preliminary agreement, a structural framework on Iran’s nuclear program and a culmination of eight long days of talks in Lausanne, Switzerland that continued well past the self-imposed March 31 deadline. The talks involve representatives from Iran and the P5+1 – a group comprising of the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany. An inside source, who happens to be a part of the negotiation process, tells me that negotiators have been sitting on their butts for a week now, making an honest effort to push through the never-ending, long drawn conversations and arguments. While most are used to sitting ...

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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing: A lame excuse of a novel

If you are looking for a beach read or a book to read in a dim-lit, dingy café over caramel macchiato and death by chocolate brownie, then Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is not the book for you. For it is a book which requires unbridled and undivided attention. As frankly put as possible, this is an exceedingly difficult book to read. With this book, McBride has made a breakthrough debut; although doing so was no easy task. It took McBride six months to write this book and over nine years to find a publisher. However, much to the chagrin of ...

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Dear Hamza Ali Abbasi, your diva fits on Facebook have to stop!

Hamza Ali Abbasi, of Pyare Afzal fame, is one of the finest actors of our entertainment industry. Or so I thought. Of late, he has ceased to have the same ‘pyare’ charms that he had on his fans some time back. I, for one, have been extremely disappointed in him. Recently, he took to social media to express some very strong opinions, or diva fits as I like calling them. At one point, he appreciated Zhalay Sarhadi for not exposing herself in an item song and at another, he resigned from his position as cultural secretary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – a party he supports ambitiously – because he ...

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When six single women travelled from Karachi to Skardu

It was our Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) moment. Six single women, in their 20s, boarded the Business Train to Lahore – the first destination of our trip from Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). Karachi Cantt Station. As we settled in to our cabin, we revelled over our triumph of coaxing our parents into saying: “Ja Simran ja, ji le apni zindagi.” (Go Simran go, live your life) But we were scared too. After all this was no Euro-rail. The afternoon was bright and sunny, and after taking in the cabin amenities, we were content. The cabin door, with a stable, iron lock and ...

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