Stories published in April, 2018

Believe the hype: 5 reasons why ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will meet all your expectations, and then some

The 19th film in the Marvel franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, will begin to put an end to the saga which started a decade ago with 2008’s Iron Man. The movie features all of our favourite superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This means the superheroes from all three phases have finally come together to take down the ultimate bad guy, Thanos (Josh Brolin), whose arrival Marvel has been teasing since the very beginning. Infinity War is the longest Marvel movie yet, with a runtime of 160 minutes, but I am not complaining. It’s understandable that a movie with such ...

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Planning your summer vacation abroad? These 12 factors may change your mind about air travel!

Everyone involved with air travel works very hard to make sure all the suffering that comes with long commutes is neatly condensed into the shortened travel times, thanks to airplanes. Suffering builds character, and our friends in the aviation industry would never rob us of character building opportunities. There is a reason it is called smooth sailing and not flying. As soon as you are inside the airport, prepare for anything and everything. This is a place with no guarantees. When people tell you to have a safe trip, they actually mean it sincerely and literally. Airports are your undoing, ...

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#MerciArsène: He is not bigger than Arsenal but Arsenal are bigger because of him

‘Legend’ is a word that is casually thrown around too often in our conversations. But if there is someone who really deserves this title, as far as Arsenal football club is concerned, then surely Arsene Wenger is your man. He has been serving Arsenal since the past 22 years, and finally after months of speculations, he has called time on his tenure as the manager of Arsenal. He has been a constant figure ever since I, and many others of my age, started following the Gunners. Today, everyone who knows a bit about football can easily recognise Wenger; he is a ...

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Krishna Kohli’s appointment is a calculated move by PPP, not an end to caste discrimination

In 1950, Pakistan’s first Minster of Law and Labour, and the second Minister of Commonwealth and Kashmir Affairs, Jogendra Nath Mandal, fled to India after submitting his resignation letter to the then Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan. One major concern that forced him to resign was the dismal future of Dalits in Pakistan. In his resignation letter, he mentioned institutionalised and systematic discrimination against Dalits. Today, there is hardly any mention of him in our books, politics or our media, even though he was a close ally of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The principal objectives that once prompted Mandal to work in co-operation with the Muslim ...

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Despite Tom Hardy’s good looks, the ‘Venom’ trailer will not pull anyone to the cinema

I will put my hands all the way up for everyone to see and candidly admit that I have no idea who this Venom person is. I don’t know about him and frankly, I don’t care either. But now, since I have been asked to review the first official trailer of the aforesaid, I am desperately scrambling to catch-up on this particular comic book character. Well, for starters, Venom is a Marvel comics’ character and a symbiote. For the uninitiated, that is a sentient alien being with an amorphous, liquid-like form who requires a host, usually human, to bond with ...

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Want to be a hero in India and get recognition in a movie? Go to IoK and kill a Kashmiri!

Indian democracy comes to weep in Kashmir. The elected government in Srinagar seems to exist just for show, for it is the military which holds all echelons of power and dictates the narrative and future of the valley. The legislature – the elected representative of the people – is seemingly more helpless than the common people of the state. If you hold a protest in the Kashmir valley, it is not taken as democratic dissent; rather, it is automatically viewed as an anti-national act. Your cry for justice is perceived as an act of defiance, and subsequently, a voice for Pakistan. ...

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Dear Nadia Jamil, you cannot support Meesha Shafi and stand by Ali Zafar at the same time

Every Pakistani is familiar with Nadia Jamil. Her Twitter bio describes her as an activist, amongst many other roles, and thus far her activism on social issues, particularly child sexual abuse, has garnered her many admirers. She can also be described as a feminist, by her own admission of what she understands feminism to be. Feminism to me is equal opportunity and equal respect ✊ https://t.co/637NQ0vKNQ — Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) April 23, 2018 I have a lot of wonderful friends who are men. If feminist means believing men & women are equal,have equal rights 2 equal opportunity & RESPECT, have the ...

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Divided by politics 70 years ago, India and Pakistan are still united by the cancer of rape

Imagine being a young woman who steps out of her house late at night. You hang around with friends, partake in merrymaking that stretches deep into the night, and then safely return home in the morning. There isn’t an ounce of worry in your mind as you go about this. Being wary of your surroundings never crosses your mind, and looking out for unwanted stares doesn’t either. You feel secure, safe and sound. If you’re living in modern day India or Pakistan, this scenario would never happen. Divided by politics 70 years ago, they are still united by the cancer ...

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Clash of the titans: Ronaldo vs Lewandowski, Salah vs Dzeko – who will make it to the final?

With the first legs of UEFA Champions League (UCL) semi-finals encounters being played this week, the long and arduous road to Kyiv is finally in its homestretch. On one hand, we have a couple of usual suspects in Real Madrid and Bayern Munich gracing this stage of Europe’s high-end tournament once again, while on the other, Liverpool and AS Roma are the surprise visitors who are looking forward to gatecrashing this premier footballing party. The ties could have easily pitted the two favourites against the underdog pair, but as fate would have it, Los Blancos were drawn with the Bavarians while ...

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Does ‘Life of the Party’ have what it takes to be the next ‘Bridesmaids’?

Actress Melissa McCarthy’s cinematic collaborations with her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, may not have impressed critics thus far, but their movies have seen enough financial success to inspire the couple to continue making more comedies together. Their new project is the upcoming Life of the Party, another offering from the duo’s production company, On the Day. The pair is firmly in charge of this vehicle – the film has been directed by Falcone, written by Falcone and McCarthy, and stars McCarthy in the lead role. The protagonist is Deanna (McCarthy), a 40-something woman in the process of getting a divorce from ...

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