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Royal Rumble 2013: A substandard event with few highlights

Every year in the wrestling world comes an event where rising stars and veterans get one more shot to fame. This year marks the 26th Royal Rumble event, which includes the ever popular and mandatory Royal Rumble match itself. This match is regarded as one of the three (arguably four) major Pay-Per-View (PPV) events of the year. If you’re a wrestling fan like me, you would know how eagerly viewers await the Royal Rumble. Since I cannot review the whole event for you (it was packed with one too many exciting moments) I’ve listed a few of the major highlights here. Included ...

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Karachi Crafter’s Expo: Pakistanis are a talented bunch!

On September 30, 2012, Pakistan witnessed its first ever ‘Crafter’s Expo’ at the Royal Rodale Club, Karachi. It was organised by Varah Musavvir, owner and designer at ‘Firefly’ (an online page which retails hand made products). The venue held about 60 booths, each one bought for a small amount of money by those who had seized crafting as a hobby or by people who had taken it to the next level as entrepreneurs. The event was a massive success with many people pouring in to the event all day. It gave a remarkable opportunity to crafters to showcase their talents and to ...

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The perfect monsoon treat: Sculpturing competition at the beach

So, the Urdu proverb about building rait ke mehel (castles of sand) can actually be a lot of fun when done literally! At the sand castle building competition at the Sea View, I had a fantastic time doing so, and came across some spectacular pieces of sand art. On Sunday, September 9, 2012, the lively people of Karachi displayed their creativity and their love for the sun and sand at the Sea View, Clifton, Karachi, during the second sand castle building contest by Let’s Build On (LBoN) organised by a group of young, dynamic art aficionados. Building sand castles is a fun ...

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The importance of critique from a journalist

As a new art and culture reporter to the scene of journalism, I admit I was a little overwhelmed by the situation. Covering events on an almost daily basis, I would find myself writing long praises for the work, event, organisers, etc. It wasn’t long before my editors started pointing it out and stressed on the fact that I must critique. At first, I felt this was unfair. Why critique the few people who bother to do something? Slowly and surely, I began to realise the real ‘culture’ of our society and only then did I learn the importance of ...

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Ghambar: Parsi-style Thanksgiving

Come summer and the Zoroastrian community is buzzing with excitement, in anticipation of ghambar, a Parsi thanksgiving feast. Everyone is eager to know which residential compound is going to host the first event and whose arrangements are going to be better than the others. For most of you who don’t know, if you see lots of Zoroastrians assembled together to share a meal and smell papeta ma gosht and dhansak chawal (traditional Parsi delcacies) being served, then it is safe to assume that you’re at aghambar. Among sounds of heavy, melodious laughter, you’ll hear an occasional “thoru aur nakho”, a Parsi dialogue instructing the waiter to ...

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Is Pakistan ready to host again?

In 2009 when the Sri Lankan team arrived in Lahore, much was said about their security, or the lack of it, after armed men were able to ambush their vehicle with ease. At the time of their arrival at the airport, the security protocol suggested that improvement was needed. But at that point the most worrying aspect was being hoarded by fans’ excitement or the media. Few thought a gun attack was in the making that would cause casualties and injuries. But it happened and, despite ‘intelligent’ reports, a targeted and planned attack was to take away international cricket and the ...

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Brighter futures: Kids, and their dream cars

The Dream Car Art Contest is an international event organised by Toyota for children to explore their imagination and design the car of the future. It is the only competition of its type held in Pakistan where children, as well as parents, can learn and realize that cars nowadays are designed by transportation, industrial and automotive designers, rather than engineers. The children, who took part in the 5th Dream Car Art Contest, might have been young, but they were also aware of problems around them. Most entries by Pakistani children revolved around solving their country’s problems. It made me proud ...

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TEDx Karachi: Reflections on inspiration

TEDxKarachi 2011 was an event for the elite. It had a political slant to it. The line to get in was long, the air-conditioning sucked, there were too many technical glitches with the microphones, the snacks were mediocre and there were people there that didn’t deserve to be invited over many others that weren’t there. The talks were not all exactly what we see at TED Global. Yet I returned from the event thinking that making the impossible was possible. I returned with some ideas that inspired me. People went to TEDx Karachi with different mindsets. A lot showed up wanting to ...

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TEDx Karachi: The Imran Khan factor

TEDx Karachi’s second event, which will be held on the May 27, 2011, has already started receiving tremendous amounts of criticism from the people of Karachi. These include hate messages on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The line-up for the event this time around includes Sarmad Tariq, Mukhtaran Mai, Raja Sabri Khan, Fasi Zaka, Dr Quratulain Bakhteari and Imran Khan. The theme for this year’s event, which is ‘Making the Impossible Possible,’ aims to inspire and motivate the audience through talks by people who have, in their lives, made the impossible possible. Most of the criticism is aimed ...

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