Stories about crash

Why ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ deserved to be snubbed at the Oscars

After a meandering and predictable awards season, The Shape of Water’s victory at the 2018 Academy Awards comes as both, a pleasant surprise and a relief. The former is because it is not often that genre-bending fantasy films are garlanded by the Academy, and the latter is because it breaks the clean-sweep streak of the godforsaken Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; a film that is hopelessly bad when it comes to portraying race in America. Starting with the Golden Globes in January, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri embarked on a laurel grabbing frenzy, picking up the top honours at the Golden ...

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Raise against capital

Watch the waves, Rumble as they crash, Crash into the world, Of your bourgeois trash.   Feel the ground, Shake you to your knees, Knees that tremble, Like a million plastic leaves.   Taste the blood, For they all bleed, Bleed from day to night, The fruit of your greed.   Witness the bruise, Cutting through their skin, The skin of hurt and pain, Puncturing further within.   Celebrate your gain, Bringing you profit and joy, The joy of the one per cent, Over 99% of your toys.   Gather your green, You exploit and you oppress, Oppress no more, For every no is now a yes.   Smell the fear, Of a billion strong rise, Rising up against you, Tearing apart all your lies.   Hear the sound, Chants of food, shelter and wage, Wage that promises ...

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What will happen to the stock market if the PM resigns?

In 2007, I underwent a six-hour-long marathon panel interview at the London office of one of the (then) largest hedge funds in Europe called XYZ Capital*. A senior partner – perhaps a PhD holder – drew the entire map of the Middle East, East Asia and Europe, and tested my knowledge about the current affairs of each country turn by turn. After a gruelling session, the partner remarked, “An investor may have the best of quantitative minds but markets don’t make sense if the political factors don’t make sense.” I engraved it then but have only felt it now. Surviving through the minor speed breakers ...

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Remembering Paul Walker, our Fast & Furious hero

December 1, 2013 – 8:30 am I woke up Sunday morning, dreading the day that was going to be full of guests very soon. I had a busy day ahead of me and all I could think of doing was lazing around in bed, not bothering with anything in the world. Knowing, however, that I couldn’t do that, I struggled to move the warm embrace my blanket insisted on giving me.  December 1, 2013 – 8:30 pm The last few guests moved from the dining room, into the TV lounge for green tea before they (finally) made an exit. Whilst serving them hot cups ...

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Cowards’ portfolio: The best time to ride the bull wagon

The last time I was writing a speakers’ corner, the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) was jumpy, mainly due to the fact that the imported cleric Tahirul Qadri had taken the streets of the Islamabad for his encore. Coincidentally, when I am writing this piece the market is turbulent, but due to very different reasons. The stock has lost some 1,800 points since peaking at 22,757 two weeks ago, but that was expected as despite stocks being available at a bargain, the market was overbought. Last year, Pakistan’s largest stock market outperformed all major indices across the globe, so you need not ...

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A coward’s portfolio

Investing with perseverance is not easy, and very few people think otherwise. As seen during the so-called ‘crash’ of the stock market on January 15, investors are the personification of cowardice in the truest sense of the word. As the manufactured revolution of the imported cleric continued, investors kept their eyes on television sets instead of the price chart to see where the money trend went. The news of the arrest order against the premier dropped like a bomb and investors panicked, scrambling to protect their most prized possession – money. One other trait found in the majority is that they’re ...

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Moments before death

 Screeching tires. A blood curdling scream. A crash. Silence. Laughter. Small hands holding on tight. The world going round and round. Grass. Hair. A hill. Joy. Sirens. Whispers. A touch. A look. Bliss. Running. “Mommy, catch me!” Feet stomping. Squeals of delight. A hug. Beep. Beep. Beep. Sunset. Sand. Water. Family. Serenity. “We are going to lose her.” Light. And peace. No to-do lists. No important business. No homework. No rush to conquer the world. The few seconds, in which her life flashed before her eyes, carried just one thing- the purest moments of simply ‘being’. Exhale… Read more by ...

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Put a red dress on

And he asked, and asked For her to put red on; She smiled, and mischievously, In white got donned.   He wanted, and wilt, To propose to her that night; Take her, seduce her, Under the moonlight.   She knew, and enjoyed, The extra attention he showered; Smitten souls, budding love, No more strength to be a coward.   He hoped, he prayed, The answer would be ‘yes!’ Make vows, utter loyalty, And not a tad bit less.   She laughed, secretly ecstatic, Comprehending it all too well; Preparing mind, controlling heart, Shall she go all “Of course, what the hell”?   He smiled, he talked, As they got into the car; Joked well, hid jitters, Winked, saying they were going far.   She coaxed, she cajoled, Though not tell ...

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Hail Farkhand Iqbal, the King of Islamabad

Expect a court battle soon over whose daddy owns this city. Earlier this week, CDA chief Farkhand Iqbal’s son, no doubt proud of his dad’s great list of accomplishments including stealing and unsealing the Bhoja Air black box and making ludicrous comments about other agencies to deflect blame for his own failures, decided to establish his father’s stranglehold on the city for all to see. After a mother and son made the mistake of driving their car into the path of his daddy’s car on his daddy’s road near Kohsar Market, causing an accident that was in no way the younger ...

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Satisfied with TV coverage of the Bhoja Air crash?

As the Bhoja Air plane went up in flames on Friday evening, so did tempers within the Pakistani social media crowd. Along with the “RIP all victims of Bhoja Air crash” status updates on Facebook, there were angry tweets questioning why television channels aired the passenger list and why images of the crash site were being aired. It seemed that it was easier for people to direct their fury at the media for being “sensational, insensitive and unethical”. Some from the media circle, however, defended the coverage and retaliated by saying that the reporters were doing their jobs. This brings to light a few ...

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