Snow and Below

By Amna Javed Image source: Reuters “One hundred and thirty-nine brave Pakistanis, 124 of whom were members of the Pakistani army, lie buried under 80 feet of snow on the Siachen Glacier after an avalanche crashed down on a battalion headquarters at Gyari near Skardu on Saturday. The massive avalanche…

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An Illusionary World

By Hadi Raza Image source:www.bestnweb.com Let’s say that the world we live in is not a real world. And the word “illusion” is what your subconscious mind perceives about this world. We live in an illusionary world, as we’ve read it so many times. Suppose that ‘inception’ is the beginning of…

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Live a Simple and Peaceful Life

By Fatima Khan   As time passes by our memory gets washed away, we remain oblivious about the fact that some things in life are to be taken seriously so that our journey becomes easier and simpler altogether. For an instant, just try to imagine the following situation: How many…

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My Country Bleeds

By Varda Dar My country bleeds and I just feel helpless. There is nothing I can do except to bear witness as my paradise is trampled upon, torn down and blown up – everyday! “Coward!” You’d say. But I don’t have a choice. I made my choices a long time back….

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Teen Depression

By Rida Sarwar Adolescence is a precarious stage, where emotions are at a high, personalities are being developed and many are inadvertently being called adults. Most of the issues affecting these adolescents are at play well before they get to college age. The stats for depression in teens is rising,…

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By Nihal Khan I’ve never really been much of a fanatic. Nothing in life has been so important as to have achieved the honour of my complete devotion. Not my own life,  not my studies, not my family, not my dog. I feel sorry about even thinking of it, but…

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Mother: Most Beautiful Word

By Fatima Image by the Author Source: Internet “A Mother holds her children’s hands for a while… their hearts forever.” “Heaven liveth at the feet of mothers.” I do not want to leave this world without acknowledging the most important woman in my life… my “mother.” No one can describe…

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The Beast within

By Ayesha Qaisrani Don’t we all have hidden beast within us? The one that lies and backbites? The one that is mean and selfish? A monster breeding within us that gains strength with every bad deed we do.

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Obedience is of Allah Alone

By Fatima To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and Earth. He gives life and causes to die. You have no protector or helper besides Allah. (Surat at-Tawba, 116) He Who created me and guides me, Who gives me food and drink. When I am ill, He heals me….

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International Study Visit to Pakistan 2012

By Fakiha Hassan Rizvi  Institute of Communication Studies University of the Punjab, Lahore Image source: Image by the author (courtesy Elma Begic from Bosnia)  I had the honour of being a part of a multicultural exchange program titled as the International Study Visit (ISV) to Pakistan 2012. It was my…

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By Syeda Samar Batool Shirazi “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow…

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The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

By Hanan Asghar This phrase coined by Mr. Edward Lytton perfectly describes the era that was characterized by political unrest, imbalance of power and additional disparities that were further aggravated by the “inattention, neglect and discount from the female whom I love”. Above all, if we cosset the composition of…

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By Rizka Saleha Did you ever feel like you were in a trance, like you were living life without really ‘living’? Ofcourse being in a trance has it’s advantages, you’re separate from everyone else. Unique. Different. Special. Appreciated for who you really are, not a fake persona you feel forced to endure….

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Rain, Rejection and Other Stories

By Amna Javed It has been raining for a few hours now. Rain brings with it a glorious joy, a deep cleansing that wipes away the grime of the days but sometimes, rain holds a deep melancholy.  Rain is, I deduce, versatile. It can make you happy at times…and at…

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We (Pakistanis) are More Civilized!

By Mariam Khan  Image source: www.criticalapp.com  We Pakistanis are always labelled as an uncivilized nation. We are intolerant, ill mannered still we are more civilized and brave as compare to other civilized nations. How? A nation deprive from the necessities of life. A country where food is not sufficient, access…

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