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Stop bashing, copy a model that works

From observing conversations on Facebook and Twitter, I am sure that all my Pakistan-watching friends genuinely want ‘change’. There are many ideas – everyone is passionate and wants to throw in their two cents, and that’s how it should be. However, when I comment on these threads my friends often remind me that I should not have an opinion. This is because either: 1) I live in the West 2) I do not propose an alternative Both streams of criticism are fair. I do live in the fairly developed state of New York – in a city (NYC) that I love and in ...

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Looking for a new coach

As Waqar Younis’s tenure as Pakistan cricket coach draws to a close, questions inevitably arise about his likely replacement. With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) forming a committee to select the new coach, there have been mixed signals from its members when it comes to the question of appointing a Pakistani or a foreigner to the job. Opinions may vary regarding whether to go for a local or a foreign coach, but there is little doubt, that a Pakistani in the job will inevitably be drawn into the domestic politics of the country’s cricketing hierarchy, and as often happens, may ...

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Manchester United: A different side, coming soon

The summer of 2011 will be one of major changes for Manchester United. Having finally replaced Liverpool as the most successful side in English League history, United are now set to begin the new season with a different and somewhat inexperienced squad compared to the one that recently lifted a record-breaking 19th league title in May. Long-serving defenders John ‘O Shea and Wes Brown have both joined Sunderland while the retirements of Paul Scholes and Edwin Van Der Sar, in addition to the retirement of Gary Neville in February, have left the English champions short of experienced players to match ...

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Are you in the Google+ circle?

The current times might be a watershed moment in the social media world, not just in Pakistan but all around the globe. The company that may or may not cause this revolution is Google. In the past, Google has eliminated whatever competition came in its path of it’s search engine to the extent that “Google it” has replaced “search for it” in our vocabulary. It did the same when it integrated photos via Picasa and documents via Google Docs. It has however not been able to make a place for itself in the social networking world but then the company’s only ...

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Yes, my name is Romeo Armani

When I wrote my first story, I was hesitant to show it to anyone. The main reason was my name. I was hesitant to associate my real name with the story. Eight years passed and the story got buried under a pile of papers on my desk. When I was leaving for England, I emptied my drawers and came across the same little story. For some reason I decided to put it in my suitcase and take it with me. In England, I redesigned many of my dreams and reinvented myself in order to achieve my goals. After I completed my ...

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Can Rahul Gandhi prove his worth?

In Shakespeare’s play, “Henry IV, Part 1” Prince Harry, the son of the king, is shown as a very complex character. His venture into taverns, his company of friends and his acts keep the audience baffled at all times. Sometimes the king himself worries about his son’s future. His subjects are never sure what Hal (Prince Harry) represents or stands for. He acts rebellious but does not reveal his intentions. However, Hal redeems himself on the battlefield by saving his father from the enemy and eventually shrugs off his bad reputation when he demonstrates his ability to govern in ...

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Coke Studio 4, Episode 1: What to expect!

Last summer, the nation’s hopes and dreams were obliterated in a cataclysmic event that shook the very foundations of what it meant to be Pakistani. There were cries and screams of outrage as people took to the streets with their pick-axes and Facebook comments, desperately trying to cope with the crippling grief that, gasp! “Coke Studio 2 was so much better than Coke Studio 3.” The predicted mass suicides were averted only through the joyous brandishing of Arif Lohar’s magic chimta. I think one of the good things to come out of the massive overreaction from last year has been the lack ...

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