Stories published in August, 2018

Ahmed Shehzad is neither performing nor behaving, yet he’s given more comeback opportunities

When Ahmed Shehzad first came under the limelight, a lot was expected of him and some even went on to tag him as the solution to Pakistan’s opening woes. However, despite a promising start, his international career has gradually been festooned with darkness – which is mostly down to his antics on and off the field. His latest involvement in the doping scandal is just another example of why the Lahore-born cricketer lacks the temperament to survive and thrive in modern-day cricket. It’s a pity that deserving players struggle to breakthrough in the side while Shehzad, despite his shenanigans, has ...

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While nothing beats the original, Suspiria’s remake promises a haunting and disturbing experience

Dario Argento’s Suspiria holds a special place in the annals of classic horror cinema. The 1977 surrealist cult-classic, which is reviled and praised in equal measure, particularly made an impression on director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) who has now chosen to remake it for 21st century audiences. The film follows the story of Susie, an American student played by Dakota Johnson, who moves to Berlin to join a prestigious dance academy, where she catches the eye of the academy’s artistic director, Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). However, following a series of mysterious disappearances, she begins to suspect something is ...

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Differently-abled, not disabled: A ramp may not solve all our problems, but it will make us feel ‘included’

With Naya Pakistan having officially dawned, and Prime Minister Imran Khan having taken oath, I am hopeful that the tabdeeli that was promised to us – the Naya Pakistan we have put our faith in – will also be an inclusive Pakistan. A Pakistan where we are all given the same opportunities; one where our identities are not confined to labels and stereotypes. A Pakistan where we, the differently-abled, will not be seen as ‘disabled’, but as persons with different capabilities. A Pakistan where we are not defined by our wheelchairs, but are instead recognised for the individuals we ...

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A Rs10 tip on a Rs4,000 bill is an insult, not a favour

Tipping is unique to the food industry. As a doctor, never once did a patient hand me an extra Rs20 note as a thank you for a good knee exam. The reason is that we expect a doctor to receive adequate compensation for his work through the bill alone. It was when I put down my stethoscope and took a hiatus, serving chai to paying customers at my own café, did I develop a greater appreciation for this art. Tipping persists in the food industry because we don’t expect the labour to be paid what they are due. Serving food ...

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: A cute teen romance that plays it safe and ends up being very bland

Over the last few years, Netflix has made an international impact as an online media service, thanks in large part to its impressive original content. Among the streaming platform’s latest releases is the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a fairly basic teen romance that doesn’t offer anything particularly new or innovative but still charms with its sweetness as well as its amicable cast. Based on the 2014 novel of the same name (the first instalment of the trilogy) by Korean-American young adult fiction author Jenny Han, the Susan Johnson-directed movie is a standard issue young romance with ...

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Why Dr Arif Alvi should not be the president of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Arif Alvi is one of the few politicians respected widely for his honesty and modesty. In a political party like the PTI – which mostly consists of intolerant and impulsive politicians, or people like Aamir Liaquat – Arif’s constant presence is like a calming presence for supporters. Dr Arif has now been chosen by the PTI as their candidate for the president of Pakistan, and given the fact that the opposition has not been able to agree on one candidate yet again due to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), he will likely become another head of ...

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The dilemma for overseas Pakistanis: To invest more, or to return home?

Pakistan is a nation brimming with talent – talent that frequently shines, not just within the country, but on international forums as well. Pakistanis working abroad are rated highly by their employers in comparison to workers from other countries. These overseas Pakistanis are serving the nation in their own capacity, particularly by sending remittances back to Pakistan. One does not really need to wonder why these Pakistanis leave Pakistan. Many go abroad for higher education, seeking new opportunities due to the lack of avenues at home. Unfortunately, many a times, they end up staying for good, for there is no ...

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5 reasons why ‘The Predator’ will revive a franchise that flatlined long ago

It was in 1987 that the world was first introduced to an extra-terrestrial hunter with advanced weaponry, known as the predator. This humanoid alien has an active camouflage, thermal imaging, a high energy shoulder canon, wrist blades, a retractable spear, a lethal throwing disc, a net gun, along with the ability to self-destruct. Yet somehow, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch was able to defeat this mighty warrior in the first movie of the franchise, which proved to be a huge hit. Predator is considered one of the best science fiction movies ever made. Unfortunately, the sequels didn’t prove to be as ...

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‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ surely proves one thing – Pep Guardiola is a tactical genius

When Manchester City lifted the English Premier League (EPL) trophy last season, they became the first side in the history to record 100 points in a single league season. Not only this, on their journey towards the pinnacle of the league, they shattered numerous records; most wins (32), consecutive Premier League wins (18), most goals scored in a season (106), most passes in a Premier League game (902), most away wins (16), most away points (50), biggest goal difference (+79), points ahead of second (19). It was a record-breaking season that saw Pep Guardiola’s men winning two out of ...

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It’s not you, it’s me: Why did India refuse Pakistan and UAE’s aid?

The Indian state of Kerala, known as God’s own country, has become the victim of nature’s wrath and is experiencing the worst floods of the century. Thus far, the floods have left 445 people dead and dozens missing. In the hilly regions, floods have caused landslides which have exacerbated the destruction of homes, bridges and road networks. Around 1/6th of the population of the state has been directly affected, and the central government has declared it a level-3 calamity, which clearly indicates the severity of the catastrophe.  First of all, it is worth exploring why God’s own country has come under God’s ...

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