Stories about empathy

From Zahid to Bubbly

“So you have decided to keep humiliating us in front of people,” he said with a roaring voice. His beloved Baba had slapped Zahid on wearing red lipstick again. “You are a boy, a man! The only waris (successor) of our hundreds of acres of land. I will beat you black and blue if I ever find you doing anything girly again.” Zahid had tightly clenched a broken red lipstick in his hands. Baba was continuously lecturing him about masculinity but surprisingly, all this scolding was appearing so rhythmical to him. Baba was admonishing him but he was dancing in his mind, wrapping red dupatta and responding ...

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Sanju’s triumph over his addiction should be celebrated, not trivialised

Addiction is a person’s psychological difficulty in the consumption of food, pornography and drugs or substances, among many other things. There are multiple theories to explain why people get addicted and the most plausible one is that addictive behaviours are a combination of heredity and the environment. That’s the reason that many people never get addicted or dependent on drugs and substances despite trying all kinds of stuff multiple times, while others get hooked to these merely in the first few interactions. Being a therapist, I have seen people and families facing all kinds of stigma for having any psychological ...

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My best friend committed suicide – they advised him to ‘pray’ the depression away

These last few days have been particularly rough. They have been rough because one of my dearest childhood friends committed suicide, and not on account of a drug-based overdose or a road traffic accident (two of the most common causes of young adult mortality in our country). No. My friend shot himself. Before you go on to think perhaps a serious religious intervention could have saved his life, please halt your train of misguided, impulsive, ‘fatwa’ styled reasoning. Don’t even go there. Because my friend was probably one of the most religiously devout persons I have ever come across. He prayed five times ...

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When I lost my father and society lost its empathy

I would like to talk about something I feel very strongly about – empathy, or its lack thereof. Before I elaborate, let me tell you why I feel so strongly about it. My father was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in April this year. In a span of a few weeks, I watched my strong, independent, confident father deteriorate in front of my eyes. We tried everything to try and find a cure but the disease had spread too far. Abbu left us a few months ago, in August. He was the backbone of our family and his death is something we are ...

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Pakistan has forgotten the true essence of Ramazan

This year, Ramazan has been anything but blessed and peaceful, considering we have witnessed the heart wrenching death of Amjad Sabri, the unfortunate kidnapping of Awais Ali Shah, and not to forget, the increase in mugging and theft throughout the city. Sure, we’re fasting, but is that really all there is to Ramazan in Pakistan? Amidst this chaos, I came across a Pakistani advertisement on television, directed by Vasan Bala. It’s a heart touching ad that depicts a little boy who wears new clothes for the festival and runs out to meet his friends. They spot an old sweet vendor whose cart is stuck in a ...

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They are tortured, beaten up with sticks and metal gears, set on fire and boiled ALIVE

Disclaimer: The pictures in this post are graphic. Please use discretion. A dog is a man’s best friend. This might be a common saying, but not as much in China where dogs are barbarically butchered and eaten for the sake of a festival celebration. This annual celebration is held in the city of Yulin, Guangxi, where the festivalgoers eat lychees and dog meat for over 10 days starting from June 21st till June 30th. The festival is commonly known as the Yulin dog meat festival. One of the stalls at the Yulin dog meat festival.Photo: Twitter [caption id="" align="alignnone" ...

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This Coke advertisement makes us smile over a stereotypical concern

Coming from a joint family system, I’ve closely observed different kinds of relationships. Yet, being the only child, I’ve never had the privilege to experience what being a sister feels like. Don’t get me wrong, being the only child has its perks. But, watching this advertisement made me realise just how much I’ve missed out. The bond that siblings share is complicated, yet it’s one of the purest; one moment, they can be the best of friends, and the next minute they’ll turn into the worst of enemies. A point to highlight is that the younger sibling always looks up to the elder one; something that can also be seen ...

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When love and kindness speak a universal language

“Humanity is a religion, and kindness is its most effective prayer.” With this thought in mind, the Human Touch was formed by a team of advertising professionals based out of Mumbai looking to channel their creative energies into building something beautiful and thought-provoking. To tell stories that would move a mass of people and make them believe in the indomitable power of the human spirit and inspire them to rise beyond the chaos that surrounds them in their world.

[/fbvideo/ The first two videos conveyed exactly those thoughts – stories of selflessness, innocence and genuine kindness that touched millions of hearts all over ...

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When the Pakistani media decided to exploit a painful tragedy like APS

It is difficult to imagine what it is like to be one of the parents of the 122 school kids brutally murdered during the Army Public School (APS) massacre in Peshawar. On the morning of December 16, 2014, these families said goodbye to their children as they left for school, and a few hours later, were shattered by the news that their loved one(s) had been mercilessly gunned down by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists. I know of parents broken after losing their child to a terminal disease, and eventually found solace. The slow torture of witnessing a brave beloved helplessly battle such an illness is ...

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Hush little bomb

Hush little bomb, You’ve done your work. Hush little bomb, Please hide that smirk.   Smother your fire, Please, just take a break. Leave the sky, Please, for humanity’s sake.   Don’t you see? The lives you’ve snatched? Don’t you feel? The anger you’ve hatched?   Hush little bomb, You’ve done your work. Hush little bomb, Please hide that smirk.   Silence your roar, Please, just lie on the ground. We have had enough, Please, not one more sound.   What have you done? You broke their lives in half, You crushed their bones, But here you sit and laugh.   Hush little bomb, You’ve done your work. Hush little bomb, Please hide that smirk.   Think of the blood, You’ve sprayed in our eyes. Think of the sorrow, You’ve thrown in our lives.   The hatred, the misery, It’s all because of you. The ...

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