Stories published in April, 2019

Voting for Modi again? 6 questions every Indian should ask

With India now fully in election mode, only one question reigns supreme in the minds of the people of India as well as the world: should Narendra Modi become the Indian prime minister again? Has he ushered in the “ache din” (good days) he promised five years ago? This question is polarising India. It is, however, a valid question. This is a man who came to power in 2014 with a promise to usher in a new era of development, coined a popular new slogan “sabka saath, sabka vikas” (collective effort, development for all), assured the nation he would address the ...

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The Lion King 2.0: Because we can’t resist Disney’s evil sorcery

Me: “These live-action adaptations of animated classics are such a racket. Disney is basically reselling us the same story with these pointless remakes, because why would they spend time and energy on creativity and new ideas when they can just use the powers of nostalgia to manipulate us into giving them all our hard-earned money? Shame on you, Disney!” Can we all make a pact not to see the Aladdin and Lion King reboot so we get something new and original from Disney for the first time in 10 years — Coleo is Cooleo (@coleoisherio) April 11, 2019 Also me: “Oh my ...

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While endorsing Modi, did Imran Khan forget the plight of Kashmiris and Indian Muslims?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, while talking to Reuters, gave a statement that really shocked the diplomatic world. Referring to the Indian elections, he said: “Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached.” India’s General Elections have started from today, April 11th, and will continue till the end of next month. The most surprising aspect about Imran’s statement is that it came just a day before the start of the first round of the Indian elections. Usually, world leaders avoid giving out statements that seemingly endorse any political party of a foreign ...

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Will Uber end up destroying Careem as well?

As a young, 20-something, independent woman living in Lahore, I have made it a point to sustain my life and expenses all on my own. I do still live with my parents, but there is not much I rely on them for except their unwavering and unconditional love and support. This means I take care of my own transport, whether it is to travel to and from my workplace or frequently to run personal errands. A few years ago this was much harder as services like Uber and Careem were not available, but with their wide availability now, it has ...

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Mysterious and spooky: The Adams Family is coming back, oozing with nostalgia

Created as a single-panel comic for the New Yorker Magazine in the 1930’s, The Addams Family – which follows the story of an odd-ball family and their equally odd-ball antics – has left a significant footprint on American comedy. First through the wildly popular television (TV) show from the 1960’s, and then through the rebooted movie series from the 1990’s which renewed the franchise’s popularity. In between, The Addams Family was also a hit Saturday morning cartoon show. Now, a couple decades on, The Addams Family returns to the big screen once again, this time in the form of ...

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Will Man City retain the title this season or will they succumb to Liverpool?

“Aguero! I swear you will never see anything like this ever again.” This line by the legendary English commentator Martin Tyler immortalised Manchester City’s last gasp win against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012. A win which led to the club lifting the coveted English Premier League trophy for the first time in over four decades. It seems like Tyler was right when he said we would never see anything like this ever again.  Or are we going to see another breath-taking final day performance from Pep Guardiola’s men come this May? Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the ...

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PTI’s ‘dollar hoarding’ witch-hunt may be worsening the problem rather than solving it

Devaluing your currency is a relatively benign measure; however, to openly launch a hunt for ‘dollar hoarding’ is a radical step by any metric. In macroeconomic terms, corrective mechanisms have usually focused on one’s own currency through what the practitioners call fiscal and monetary policy. This has usually been done through taxing or printing more of your own money and encouraging people to borrow or save more. These steps have been taken by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, now with this new policy of a crackdown on ‘dollar hoarding’, we see an authoritarian turn to macroeconomic policy. Government has directed ...

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Assembling the Avengers: 21 Marvel movies ranked from worst to best!

With Avengers: Endgame almost upon us, Marvel is pretty much all the world is talking about this April. Will our favourite heroes come back from the dust? Is Ant-Man really going to expand inside Thanos? Will Tony Stark die? Will Captain America? Nonetheless, in honour of the end of ‘phase three’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) this month, we decided to rank all 21 films in the MCU thus far, rating them from the least watchable to the masterpieces that have become our favourites. 21. The Incredible Hulk The movie Marvel wants you to forget ever happened. Not only did ...

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Iran and Iraq may not be tourist hot spots, but they offer a spiritual journey like no place else

I was recently invited to a trip to Iran and Iraq by a group of close friends from Lahore, and as I had never been to these states before, I decided to take the opportunity to visit the shrines frequented mostly by Shia pilgrims. After all, how else was I going to be able to travel through war-torn Iraq (where the Islamic State has only recently been defeated) and gain access to the heavily sanctioned country of Iran? Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilisation and home to many Imams of the Islamic world – has been off-limits to most ...

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Dark and grim, Joker is iconic and not your average comic book movie

Superheroes are the talk of the town and have been so for nearly a decade now. Every year, Hollywood churns out a handful of superhero flicks for the audience to feast on. There are many popular superheroes out there. Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Spider-man and probably a million more with a huge fan base. While it’s easy to be a good guy and develop a fan base, doing so as a villain is where things get really hard. Unlike superheroes, not every villain is able to break out and become a sensation. The only villain that ...

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