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Once upon a time in a Mujra…

Once upon a time in a Mujra…

By Bushra Zia We maintain direct eye contact to keep it all real. I smile at times but he doesn’t. I sway on his directions. I know exactly what he wants from me. We meet every night and have meaningful conversations without wasting a single word. We have a special connection and we know each other way too well! He says my sweet face reminds him of someone and that does not seem to bother me at … Read entire article »

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Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri (A soul staggering Incident)

Tribute to QAWAL Amjad Sabri
(A soul staggering Incident)

By : Iqra Saeed He didn’t have a protocol He didn’t have a squad He lived like a common man Prospered by a plod He didn’t have the weapons He didn’t hold criminality Ambushed so viviciously Payed for fidelity Wolves feed on human blood Ripped off the innocent All humans shed tears On act of this dissident Curse you all devils Curse you so loud All your filthy bodies Soon face the shroud … Read entire article »

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Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

Tribute to Amjad Sabri: JABAR KAY ANDHEROON MEIN ZINDAGI GUZARI HAY

By Rafique Ali April 2016 will now stay in my memory forever. Its was a gloomy Saturday evening in Atlanta, usually people in my adopted city don’t like grey sky. Being a native of sunny Karachi, I will forever remain fond of the clouds and rain.  Amjad Sabri was doing US tour and I was on my way to attend his concert. Clouds, light rain, Amjad Sabri and even my wife agreed to accompany me (as she … Read entire article »

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Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

Creativity is contagious, pass it on.

by Rukhshan Meer   Albert Einstein said “Creativity is Contagious, pass it on”. Since there is a lack of official platforms to show case our youth’s creativity, we organized an Art exhibition and competition at our university in which students of various institutions participated to show their hidden talent. After seeing their creative work, I was pleasantly surprised that the students, who haven’t study arts, can be so good at painting, calligraphy and sketching. Students pursuing their degrees … Read entire article »

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Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

Photo Essay: Summer Palace – The Hidden Jewel

By Tania Qureshi   All pictures are courtesy of the author.                                                     The writer is a media professional and can be reached at taniaq29@gmail.com … Read entire article »

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Rescue on the Sea

Re-posting Story written and narrated by Zeenat Iqbal Hussain For Voice of Children Broadcasted on FM 102.2 Islamabad Pakistan Original Publication date : 03/28/2014 Duration : 11:17       … Read entire article »

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Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part II: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

  By Muqeet Tahir Malik Media is like a myriad giant setting trends for public all while trying to cajole them for personal gains. A prominent example in this regard is the six month long sit in Islamabad led to chaos and people were compelled to rally against the government leading to instability. Along with this, a loss of Rs. 342 billion, there was a depreciation of investor confidence by 64 % according to State Bank report. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Children, Citizens, Civil Service, culture, drama, Fashion, journalism, Law, liberal Pakistan, Media, men, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Women, Zarb-E-Azb

A Leap for Pakistan

A Leap for Pakistan

By Huzaifa Ali Ahfaz The 182 million people of Pakistan slept on the night of 28th February of 2016, not knowing what astonishments the leap day would bring. Some of them didn’t even notice that the day after was the leap day. The sun peeked over the horizon once again the next morning, and the populace of Pakistan stirred, only to know that Mumtaz Qadri – the guard who killed the ex-governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer – … Read entire article »

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Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

Part I: Media – Our Friend or Foe?

By Muqeet Tahir Malik   Media, a word that evolves an imaginary television in our brain encompassed by multifarious forms of audio, social media and video. Have you ever thought about the concept of free media in Pakistan? Can media be called a friendly fourth pillar of democracy? How far has media been a player in non-kinetic warfare? How has it widened the citizen-government consanguinity through the rat’s nest policy? How can media ownership issues have severe … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Bollywood, Children, Citizens, Economy, Education, Fashion, journalism, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Literature, Media, Pakistan

The Millionairess; review of a classic of Sophia Loren

The Millionairess; review of a classic of Sophia Loren

By Naeem Asgher Tarar Auur phir wou Hansi khushi rehnay lagay’, after this line, which was written in urdu, its translation in English appeared on the screen, followed by the concluding sound of loud drum beating, which was an integral part of any vintage movie. So the movie ends here! ‘The Millionairess’ was released on 18th October 1960. The main cast includes Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers. The story runs smoothly, without any plot hassle. Story and … Read entire article »

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شہرِجاں کا دکھ، رفتگاں کی یاد اور انتظار حسین

شہرِجاں کا دکھ، رفتگاں کی یاد اور انتظار حسین

تحریر: راجہ قیصر احمد “قسم ہے تجھے رات کی جب وہ بھیگ جائے۔ قسم ہے تجھے رات کے اندھیرے کی جب وہ بدن میں اترنے لگے۔ قسم ہے تجھے اندھیرے اور نیند کی۔ اور پلکوں کی جب وہ نیند سے بوجھل ہو جائیں۔ تو مجھے آن مل کہ تیرے لئے میراجی چاہتا ہے ” اِنسبرُک کی ایک یخ بستہ شام ہے اور بے آواز برف میرے کمرے کے باہرشیشوں پر گر رہی ہے۔ میں بارہا باہر جانے … Read entire article »

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The Review With Mahwash – Mann Mayal

The Review With Mahwash – Mann Mayal

By Mahwash Badr Today, I review Mann Mayal. What did you think of the play? Leave your comments and join the discussion! … Read entire article »

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A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

A Tribute to the Agnostic Khushwant Singh

By Naeem Asgher Tarar   “Here lies one who spared neither man nor God. Waste not your tears on him, he was a sod. Writing nasty. Things he regarded as great fun. Thank the Lord he is dead, this son of a gun.” Sardar Khushwant Singh wrote these lines, as his own epitaph. True to the words, during his lifetime he spared neither man nor God, as he once said, “There is no condom for a pen.” Khushwant Singh, basically … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Hinduism, History, Islam, Literature, obituary, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Writers

انتظار حسین ایک عہد ساز شخصیت‎

انتظار حسین ایک عہد ساز شخصیت‎

تحریر: عماد ظفر ادب سے تعلق رکھنے والا قبیلہ خوشبو کی مانند ہوتا ہے جو اپنی تحاریر اپنے اسلوب اپنے الفاظ سے چار سو علم و تخلیق کی کرنیں اور خوشبو بکھیرتا ہے۔ایک ایسا ہی نام بلکہ اردو ادب کا ایک عہد انتظار حسین ہم سے بچھڑ گیا۔ دہائیوں پر محیط افسانے ناول مختصر کہانیایوں اور کالم نگاری سے اردو ادب کے گلشن کو مہکانے والے انتظار حسین کا شمار ان شخصیات میں ہوتا ہے جن … Read entire article »

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Aurangzeb rules…in Germany!

Aurangzeb rules…in Germany!

By Ghazala Akbar To most people, the city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany is notable for its exquisite porcelain. Some might remember too, its apocalyptic destruction by Allied planes in the last days of World War II. More recently, it has been in the news, for its strident marches against radical Islam by an organisation known as PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West.) Not widely known perhaps is that one Dresden’s splendid museums, the Green … Read entire article »

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