Stories published in May, 2016

Don’t settle for a foreign passport if it means taking a gamble on the man, girls!

Twenty is an age that comes slow and fast, all at the same time. It is a young age but you’re expected to know so much more as a person and act like a grown up even, though you were a teenager just the year before. When you are young, a lot of things seem like a good idea; when in reality they are the complete opposite. Eventually one does come to terms with the mindless choices they make but, if these choices are looked at as life lessons, they don’t seem so bad anymore. After all, being young usually ...

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If elected, Donald Trump will be the most Pakistani president

I am sick of the liberal media giving Donald Trump unnecessary flak for having the courage to say the things that nobody else wants to. Everyone is so afraid of sounding like a complete idiot in front of the world that they are missing out on their chance to be the leader of the free world. Look at Imran Khan, he was a respected man along with being shy and reserved, he overcame his fear of public speaking and look at where he is now – he is neither of those things anymore. If Trump is lucky, he could ...

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Sea cemetery: The height of human folly

Do you know you can smell death? Yes, you can. It smells like blood. It smells like bones. It smells like Syria. In six years, it has claimed more than 400,000 lives and alas, we are still counting! The land has literally shrunk from abundant horror of burying human flesh. For thousands, the waves of the Mediterranean have become the final resting place. These are the unfortunate citizens of this doomed country who try to scramble out and move to a land with no war. But the ferocious waters, devious boat captains and inadequate supplies toss them into the merciless ...

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Can a biomechanics lab at LUMS help raise the standard of cricket in Pakistan?

On May 23, 2016, the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mr Shahryar Khan and Vice Chancellor LUMS Professor Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, inaugurated a state-of-the-art Biomechanics lab. This news story should surely bring plenty of smiles to the faces of our bowlers, especially our current and emerging spinners. The newly inaugurated biomechanics lab records the athlete’s body movements with great precision and maps them out on an advanced software helping bowlers test their actions, identify irregularities and work on eradicating them with the assistance of their coaches. To begin with, the introduction of a biomechanics lab will help in raising ...

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Aashi: The struggle of a transgender in a man’s world

Honour is taken as the sole prerogative of men in Pakistan; but a transgender managed to set a higher example of self-respect and honour in our narrow minded society. Aashi, a 45-year-old transgender from Lahore is struggling against all odds in order to support her family by herself. Her family consists of an elderly mother and a bedridden brother. Aashi makes a living by working as a tailor but things were not always like this. Aashi, a 45-year-old transgender from Lahore is struggling against all odds in order to support his family by himself. When she was born, her family accepted her ...

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Despite re-verifying CNICs, the Mullah Akhtar Mansoors in Pakistan will continue to enjoy their perks and fake identities

What a strange country we live in! First you harbour terrorists from across the border, facilitate them and help them get a computerised national identity card (CNIC) and travel documents. Then when, inevitably, the terrorist is found with those documents provided to him by the state, the interior minister of Pakistan acts indignant and says that he would push for re-verification of all CNICs in the country. Now what did I, a hapless citizen of Pakistan, do to be punished for what is essentially a sin of the state? And what will re-verification achieve? What new Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) will the government put ...

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Four reasons why Jose Mourinho will not be a good fit for Manchester United

Since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United (Man Utd), the club began witnessing a downward spiral and failed to impress its fans around the world. After retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season; Sir Alex appointed David Moyes as his successor. But Moyes was sacked after a short period of 10 months due to his lack of success and Dutchman Louis van Gaal became the first non-British manager in the club’s history. Van Gaal had a successful career with the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. AFC Ajax won the Champions League title under him in 1995. But during the 2015-16 season, Man Utd, the 13 times ...

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The Gouda Burger at Pantry is imperfectly perfect

It is utterly preposterous to even try searching for the perfect beef burger. Much like life and art, a beef burger is not meant to be perfect. The true mark of a handcrafted burger is its imperfection. Just like snowflakes, no two handcrafted burgers are ever the same, thus the holy grail of a great burger joint lies in its consistency. The bread, the condiments and the beef, all mix differently to make each bite an experience. A beef burger entices our most basic instincts. It is the conquest of man over its hunt. A piece of meat of your choice, slaughtered, grilled and ...

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Would you allow your six-year-old daughter to wear makeup?

“Hey! I love your hair.” she said timidly. As I looked up from my novel, I saw a girl all dolled up; painted lips, heavy eye shadow and short, ombre hair. “Hey, thank you, beautiful!” I smiled back. She told me she was there for her eighth grade farewell party. She left me startled as she scurried away to join a bunch of equally over-dressed young girls. An eighth grader! I had confused her for a university student; all that makeup at such a tender age when all one needs is a flawless smile over that porcelain skin. Who is to blame for devaluing a girl’s fragile ...

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The perfect world for CII members would be one without women

I do not know under whose leadership the body of persons known as the Council of Islamic Ideology was formed. A few days back it recommended the banning of paper money and reversion to coins, as was the practice in the 7th century. I wonder why they didn’t ask the government to ban cars and trucks, and ask for donkey and camel carts to be used for transportation instead. Or that all high rise buildings should be demolished and replaced with huts and hovels! But their recent proposals to “protect” our women prove that these worthies are obsessed with women. ...

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