Stories published in April, 2018

7 moments that prove FIFA World Cup is more than just football

Back in the day when I started regularly following football, one of the things that struck me most about the game was its rich history. The archives of the FIFA World Cups in particular are engrossing to say the least. The furore surrounding some of the more notorious events gives enough credence to the fact that the quality of football is not always the solitary source for noteworthy events. Some of these moments can woo the world with their brilliance, while others can make our heads fall in shame. Nevertheless, they tend to live long in the memory of those who ...

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The perversity of labelling eight-year-old Asifa as ‘the new Nirbhaya’

As India slowly wakes up to the horrors that were inflicted on eight-year-old Asifa Bano in January, collective outrage is gathering steam. New hashtags are trending every day. Horrifying details about the crime are emerging to shake us out of our consciousness. Armchair activists are leading the shout to get justice for Asifa. And rightly so. It is impossible not to be moved to tears after reading the terrible details about the Kathua rape case. From being drugged, to being gang-raped by men who wanted to ‘satisfy their lust’, to being strangled and bludgeoned to death in two horrific attempts, ...

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Why Pakistani men need to learn the art of ‘keeping it in their pants’

I came across a Facebook post recently which made me question the way this society thinks and functions, and raises multiple red flags about the way we live. A man in Lahore can masturbate openly in the streets while looking at a school bus full of teenage girls, and there is no mention of it anywhere. However, when a Facebook post in response to it tries to highlight the problem at hand, the fragile male egos of Pakistani men are immediately threatened. FLASHING, SEXUAL HARASSMENT incident: Today a friend in lahore was in her university van. The van had stopped ...

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Rampage may be illogical, bizarre and outlandish, but it is definitely entertaining

In June 2015, when it was announced Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was going to star in a movie adaption of the classic video game series, Rampage, I was thrilled to say the least. Why wouldn’t I be? After all, who doesn’t want to watch The Rock go face to face with giant monsters? I would argue only those who don’t like to see things that are visually pleasing. To give you a little insight on Rampage’s source material, it is basically an arcade game where the player gets to control a giant monster to destroy cities, all the while ...

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How Cheena Chhapra showed the fashion world what ‘real’ women look like

I was nervous as I entered a room full of ladies, anticipating the scrutiny and the consequent remarks. The response confirmed my fears; right after greetings, I was bombarded with remarks about the weight gain and also the dreaded query about whether I was pregnant. Someone rightly said that don’t ask a woman if she is pregnant unless you see the baby’s head crowning. I guess the question is aimed more at making the person uneasy rather than the actual literal intention. The first thing that anyone notices about you these days, whether it’s in pictures or in person, ...

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From PML-Nawaz to PML-Nobody: Who’s calling the shots?

Ours is a great country. We love our politics as much as we love our curry with laal mirch masala (red chilli powder). Perhaps one of the primary reasons we are as emotional as we are is because of the laal mirch (read laal, hari, peeli mirch) in our food. It makes us exciting, passionate and restless. A little moderation in our masala intake might make us more tolerant and peaceful, and this definitely is the case for most of the nations of the subcontinent. Seems like at this moment the greatest need for moderation is in Islamabad, where judicial activism is at its ...

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#JusticeForFawadAlam: The lost shining star selectors love to hate

You may try and push against a wall, but it will never move, not even by a centimetre. This is the example of Fawad Alam, a relentless performer who just wants to play for his country, but can never seem to catch a break. Alam has all the necessary capabilities to perform well in international cricket, but unfortunately, fortune, or perhaps just the selectors are never on his side. Currently, Alam’s ordeal is all over social media, as he has once again been excluded from the Test squad for Pakistan’s tour of Ireland and England. There is no question ...

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The mother of all sharks in ‘The Meg’ will make you rethink going to the beach

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a science fiction horror novel penned by Steve Alten and published back in 1997, was a hit amongst avid sci-fi readers. A movie based on the novel has been in development hell since 1997, but the time has finally arrived for Meg to take over the big screen. The movie adaptation, titled The Meg, stars Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor, along with Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2). Meg is short for Megalodon, a prehistoric 75 feet long shark which is said to have ...

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Arranged Marriages: How are promises of a lifetime made in one day?

I grew up with a mother who constantly wondered what her life would have been like if she hadn’t gotten married at 23. What if her college days were spent in Delhi instead of in her own small town? Would the lap of a big city nurture a strong independent woman just like itself? My mother was meant to go to a renowned college in Delhi but for some reason had to settle for the one which was a bicycle ride away from my grandparents’ home. After she finished her MA and graduated top of her class, the wedding talks ...

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Simple and endearing, ‘October’ is a risk that pays off for Varun Dhawan

What happens when a hotel management student working at a leading hotel has to juggle between spending time with a sick friend and trying to climb up in a dead-end job? October, starring Varun Dhawan, shows exactly how a stubborn yet loving man would manage this situation realistically. Directed by Shoojit Sircar and written by Juhi Chaturvedi, the film stars Banita Sandhu and Gitanjali Rao alongside Dhawan. The movie, which can aptly be described as a story of hope, narrates the tale of Dan (Dhawan) and Shiuli (Sandhu), who work together at a hotel. Unfortunately, one day a tragedy leaves Shiuli ...

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