Stories about new year

The miraculous 3-4-2-1 — The perfect end to the year for Liverpool

Liverpool ended the year on a high note as the £25million signing from Southampton, Adam Lallana, scored a brace, while the entire squad shined on Monday night at Anfield. The Reds completed a 4-1 rout of manager Brendan Rodgers’s former club Swansea City AFC. The last Premier League game of the year was a delight to watch as both sides contested for the win; however, Liverpool were by far the dominant side and went into the lead with Alberto Moreno netting the goal – his second of the campaign – in the 33rd minute. The second half kicked off quite brightly as two goals in two ...

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10 beliefs

Given the recent surge in ‘top 10 lists on everything under the sun’, I too felt like coming up with a list of 10 items. ‘Top 10 parenting skills’ and ‘Top 10 dog names’ came to mind, as I had previously written about parenting and keeping a dog, albeit in separate articles. However, as soon as I had thought of those topics, my mind discarded them as something else intrigued me more. Closer to the end of the year, perhaps as a New Year’s resolution, the question that I had pondered upon was – is there any purpose to life, and if so what might it be? Based ...

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Karachi is… love

I started this year with a blast, quite literally, and to date, this city has taken more lives than you and I could have expected. Being an average student trying to live an average life, I have been told to reach home ‘foran’ (immediately) innumerable times and have seen my siblings dance over missing school or exams due to unforeseen circumstances. This city has become no less than a war zone and those who just thought ‘yeh kya bakwas hai’ (what is this crap) to themselves are seriously delusional. In these past few months, I saw a leader being arrested, witnessed an acquaintance get ...

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Chinese new year, leftover women and the custom to rent-a-boyfriend

Along with the dumplings and yee sang (raw fish salad deemed to bring about good luck; usually eaten on the seventh day of the festivities) the very coveted Chinese new year brings with itself the dilemmas of ‘shengnu’ – otherwise known as the ‘leftover women’ in china. Particularly, at this time of the year, being single is abhorrent for the shengnu’s parents as well as their extended family members. As disparaging as the word ‘leftover women’ sounds (read: ‘leftover food’) the All China Women’s Federation website has taken lengths to define it. Officially, shengnu is a term used for educated, rich and professional females who are single at the age ...

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14 myths about New Year’s Eve that you would not believe!

Although many of us do not admit to it, we do believe or follow some superstition at one time or another. We may cross our fingers for good luck, wear a lucky ‘dress or shoes’, get married on a rainy day for a long and happy marriage or even stop a dog from howling to prevent death. Some people grow certain plants in their homes or keep a money plant for financial success, while others avoid resting under a peepal tree for fear of ghosts and witches. And then, there are the mysterious superstitions about the full moon or ...

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10 things to do before the year ends

The curtains to the year 2012 are slowly drawing upon us. Another year will be soon stored as a box of dusty memories in the shelves of our hearts. Before the arrival of the New Year, dissolve any bitter recalls, discard misunderstandings and declare unspoken love that is buried deep within your heart! Here are 10 things to do before this year ends: Visit your parents For those who are not so lucky to be living with the ones who gave you life and soaking up their duas, before the year ends please spend time with them, thank them and express your love for ...

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Star struck 2011

As the year 2011 comes to a close, it’s only natural to look back and remind ourselves of all that has transpired in the last 12 months. Other than several political and economic crises, not many things come to mind. However, upon a closer look one realises that there have been several scientific breakthroughs that this year will be remembered for. The discovery that fascinated me the most was made in August, when astronomers spotted an exotic planet that was reported to be made of diamond. Orbiting 4,000 light-years away from the earth, the new planet is far denser than ...

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A few good “F” words for the new year

The year 2011 sped by just like all the years before it. Glorious on many counts, it also had its downsides that come with the package of any given chunk of time. Standing in my balcony, braving the rare chilly Karachi winds against my face, I am taking inventory of the year gone by. Some unresolved resolutions are jumbled up in the knapsack of my mind while some new resolutions have also found their way in. ‘What are going to be my focal points in the year to come?’ I wonder. Somehow, a lot of ‘F’ words spring up in ...

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What is your Valentine’s Day mantra?

It’s that time of year again. We’ve said goodbye to last year with nasty indulgences and ludicrous excesses. We’ve kicked off the New Year with the detoxed ‘new year, new me’ mantra and by the end of January, we’ve broken all our New Year resolutions. Yes, it’s the time when the New Year shine has faded and the New Year blues are slowly setting in. As if things weren’t bad enough, we have one thing to pull us out of our misery (not): Valentine’s Day! It’s one of those love it or hate it issues that people have polarised views on – ...

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2011: A new start on the dark streets

It’s hard to leave the past behind and start the new year with renewed hope when it ends on a nationwide strike and begins on dark streets that depict nothing less than fear and gloom. It’s a struggle to be happy here, even when the day demands so. I had much sympathy for myself and this country on New Year’s Eve as I tried to find my way home amid containers that had blocked the roads. The street lights had been switched off, all restaurants were closed, and every motorcyclist that passed instilled a sense of fear, as the news of ...

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