Stories about survival

The Meg: Watching Jason Statham kick some prehistoric butt was hellishly entertaining

It was in late 2016 when I found out that Jason Statham was going to star in a movie where he will take on a 75-feet long shark, the Megalodan. After hearing such incredible news, how could you not start rejoicing? In real life, Statham, the man who is known for playing antiheros and “tough-guy” roles, is trained in kung fu, kickboxing and karate and was also selected by Britain’s national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. A guy like him battling Megalodon (big tooth), one of the most powerful and largest predators to have ever lived, would ...

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The Revenant: Iñárritu is in town and he brings with him the best movie of the year!

There is a reason why Alejandro González Iñárritu is the new doll of Hollywood. There is a reason why Emmanuel Lubezki is now considered to be one of the finest cinematographers working in the film industry. And there is certainly a reason why it feels that Leonardo DiCaprio will finally walk onto that stage, clinch the coveted piece of gold-plated britannium he so desires, and put an end once and for all to the ever-circulating memes on social media regarding the lack of an Oscar in his career. The reason is, quite frankly, simple; The Revenant. After the profound critical ...

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Medicating women’s feelings

Women are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others. These are observations rooted in biology, not intended to mesh with any kind of pro- or anti-feminist ideology. But they do have social implications. Women’s emotionality is a sign of ...

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A royal massacre

It is one thing to be a bystander to animal cruelty but it is an entirely different thing to stormily strike and wound a living creature and then have the nerve to back your sadism with a very exasperating false impression of royalty. A  Saudi prince comes to our homeland, gets a ‘special permit’ to kill a 100 protected houbara bustards, multiplies 100 by 21 and without any hesitation winds up by killing nearly 2100 birds instead. What’s even more appalling is how easily this royal walks away from this heinous indulgence without being stopped or having to face any repercussion. Since ...

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Polio: Can Imran Khan help defeat the ugly villain in Pakistan’s story of survival?

On October 24, 2013 when I saw polio teams entering my colony – Musharraf Colony in Hayatabad – it was the first time I knew what they had come for. They had come to save lives. I ran home to tell my mother to get my little sister vaccinated. Polio – the villain It was only the night before that I had been peeping into one of the community halls where the elderly, adults and children from the colony had gathered because we were told that some goras (foreigners) were coming to deliver a talk. I had seen one of these lectures before but this time ...

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12 Years A Slave: A peek into the dark history of the US

While my friend and I were having coffee, he shared an interesting observation with me: “I always wondered why the black people were unable to overcome the practice of slavery in the United States through revolt?” I pondered for a few seconds and replied,  “Hasn’t this always been the case when it comes to dynamics between oppressor and oppressed? It is not just the physical scare that prevents a revolt, but a psychological one.” 12 years a slave is a film based on a book written by Solomon Northup, a ‘free negro’ in 1853. In 1841, Northup was living in the state of New York, alongside his wife and two ...

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Stuck in the concrete jungle of the corporate world, with nowhere left to go…

Pitch black darkness. Darkness so thick. And silence. He tried to say something. But no sound came out of his mouth. He had not spoken to anyone in years. Perhaps, the muscles in his throat had become weak and inactive. He used to talk to himself a lot in the first few days, weeks and months. But then he lost interest even in his own voice and soon silence replaced it all. Silence had become his only companion. Silence accompanied him every minute, every second of the day. He had tried so hard to break the silence at times. He hit his chains and shackles on the walls, ...

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Mr Bilal Lakhani, Pakistan is not a dying nation

This is a rebuttal to Bilal Lakhani’s article titled “Pakistan’s Obituary”, published in The Express Tribune on November 6, 2003. The esteemed author has rendered the verdict that Pakistan had been afflicted with a fatal cancer and has now lost the battle for survival. Mr Lakhani has masterfully used analogies from the medical field to substantiate the salient premise of his article – which, in a nutshell, is that Pakistan’s lifeline has expired. Although quite eloquent with his expression, Mr Lakhani has failed to address the issue from a logical perspective. Instead, Mr Lakhani’s article is ripe with speculations and jugglery of adjectives. The article is ...

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IMF verdict: Strauss-Kahn’t

We’re living in a world where rumour and innuendo, not justice, define the rules for our survival. Instead of judges and juries, we have opinion polls to decide a person’s fate. In the case of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, that’s exactly how the media is playing it out. When the news broke on May 15 that a maid in New York’s Sofitel hotel had accused the former IMF chief of attempted rape, reactions from all sides were split between downright shock and even doubts of entrapment. Constant updates on his position — him claiming innocence, his lawyers using ...

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Doctors have to eat too

As a medical student, I have witnessed the doctor verus government tussle from the get go. Firstly,  let me clarify that this is not a protest – this is a breaking point. Doctors have been protesting for years and the government paid little, if any, attention. The facts leading up to this month’s events are actually understandable to anybody who has been to a hospital ward. Serving humanity or bank accounts? The first question in a medical student’s life is where he will work after MBBS. This is no joke. An estimated 1,500 doctors leave Pakistan every year to work abroad. This year ...

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