Realism has giving up embedded within it. Idealism on the contrary involves having a vision, in which a person perceives no boundaries to be a limitation. On this planet, who so ever, has achieved the greatest feats have been idealists, who envisioned a dream, did not think it was impossible to become a reality and fought for it till it became a reality. People including Gandhi, Mandela, Iqbal or Weihenmayer were dreamers. Continue reading
“How many hours left for the plane journey to end?”, thought Bhavna. Time passed relentlessly and unforgivingly during this journey. This came as a surprise especially due to the numerous journeys Bhavna had undertaken in her span of 23 years on this planet, and to add to that those journeys also had been longer than the one was she was currently undertaking at the moment. However, nothing that was happening could be explained at the moment. Continue reading
Recently, Harry Potter fans were struck with sadness as Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) bid farewell to this world at the age of 69. Quite a few of them took to social media to express the grief they felt on this grim occasion. Amongst them were acquaintances, well wishers and fellow co-stars, which included our beloved Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). Continue reading
Recently, an event caught the media flair once again. Any guesses? Nope, you are wrong. It was the Mrs. Khan and Mr. Khan split once again. The incident was able to garner as much interest as it did when they got married nearly 10 months ago. A happy Imran was beaming in a champagne coloured sherwani and Reham was beaming in some colour too; sorry, I do not remember the colour of her clothes. Continue reading
Pakistan stands among the top four countries alongside Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia with regards to the rise in tobacco usage. A staggering 40% of males and 9% females smoke, however, certain areas remain more affected by this, for example, in a recent study conducted by the Aga Khan University in collaboration with the National Alliance for Tobacco control showed that tobacco use in women has risen to an astounding 65% in Orangi town. Continue reading
Yet again an enchanting tale had begun,
A tale as mortal as its inhabitants,
The unwilling will of innocent shimmering bodies,
Being defeated by its own radiating aura,
Carving out an ornate picture in the doomed, tortured night,
One for me, one for you.
Take this for me, take this for you.
Yet again a conspiracy brewed,
The almighty, immortal time stood augustly,
Betraying the ones left behind,
Now lay a dreary circle in those once familiar places,
One for me, one for you,
Take this for me, take this for you.
This piece has been written in response to a series of Facebook statuses put up by Hamza Ali Abbasi, a renowned actor. One of them was about how his heart sank on witnessing passing of laws associated with gay marriages in the US and the other regarding him bailing out of promotions if the two songs with culturally unacceptable videos are not removed from the film. An interesting concept of ‘Double thinking’ was put forth by the novelist, George Orwell, in his novel 1984, and this concept is particularly pertinent to mind frames. This directly stems from different hierarchies of understanding that are available, and due to limitless hierarchies, it is quite vital to come to terms with the diversity that inhabits this planet. For all you know, it may have an allegorical meaning. Who could possibly claim to know all the dimensions of everything and absoluteness? None of us are perfect, and all of us have the potential to waver off from the ‘right’ path. Although this piece is rather mocking and cynical, I in my limited capacity as a human being am capable of making ‘mistakes’ too, and hence, on this note, this piece begins: