Some four months ago in a discussion when the word “nation” was used extensively in a statement that would hardly make four lines or five if written, I was stopped and asked to define the word I was using so enthusiastically. Obviously out of my limited knowledge I put forward the definition I could produce the best and that was the point I was pinned repeatedly by referring to what I myself said. At that time, it felt bad very bad but when exactly after four months I look at my definition of nation and what reality is showing me, especially, for last couple of days there is an evident difference between the two. Read more…
Few days ago the Granta magazine issued the list of under 40 years old Britain’s 20 best novelists. Kamila Shamsie of Pakistan managed to bag a spot in the list for her novel Burnt Shadows. The list is dominated by the women novelists as 12 out of 20 are women. The list also features authors of Bangladeshi, Chinese, and Nigerian origin.
The list, which is issued after every ten years, first time this list was issued in 1983 that makes the current list fourth addition. It is the same list that in past carried names like Martin Amis, Alan Hollinghurst, and Jeanette Winterson.. The announcement escorts the publication of Granta 123: the Best of Young British Novelists 4. The edition features stories from each of the 20 novelists form the latest list. Granta and the British Council are also planning to take these authors on the road for readings and talks in 10 countries. Read more…
Politics and political activism is on its peak because it is the season of elections in Pakistan. Media no matter social or mainstream trying to cover as much as they can and get as much as they can out of it. About two weeks ago, Access Point with Ayesha Tanzeem a show runs at Voice of America covered the importance of manifesto of political parties. In order to engage the wider audience and utilizing the voice available at social media they asked a question on facebook that I commented on. Somehow, that comment featured at the show the question and comment goes like this (and I still maintain what I said)
While surfing the internet for stuff related to upcoming general elections I came across to the website/web-blog of Norbalm. There I found this step by by step guide on how to find poling stations anywhere in Pakistan. Here is how to find your polling station across Pakistan.
1) Send your CNIC number (no dashes, no spaces) via SMS to 8300 and wait for a message from ECP Read more…
“He stood first in every exam but failed in one, driving test”, the hall fell into laughter and he continued with saying, “when he came back home he said that now I know how people feel when they fail, anyhow I am a theoretical physicist not a practical one”. These were the words of Mr. Abdul Rashid, who was sharing some personal memories about his brother and Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate – Dr. Abdus Salam. It was a fine windy Thursday evening and I was standing in a warm room of Imperial College London.
Once again, this year I was in Oxford to take part in the Pakistan Future Leaders’ Conference (PFLC 2013) organized by Oxford University Pakistan Society. It was my third trip to my favorite city in England for the same purpose. Just like past, this year’s trip was full of heated debates, networking with some new and some old people, exchange of ideas, and inhaling the chilled air of oxford that had flying snowflakes in it. The Friday afternoon started with the guided tour of the Oxford city and the tour ended at the Oxford Town Hall where opening ceremony took place. Presence of Malala Yusufzai‘s father was another feature of the ceremony and it was somehow better than the eighteen and a half pages long speech by Mr. Gardezi Deputy High Commissioner.
Hissam Hyder is Pakistan’s leading polo player who has fast established himself as one of Asia’s rising polo stars. Born into a sports playing family in 1982, his father Irfan Ali Hyder and grandfather Brig. “Gussy” Hyder, were both prominent polo players, with a handicap of 4 goals and 1 goal respectively. Hissam has eclipsed them both with a handicap of 6 goals and is presently ranked in the top 5% of the world’s polo players.
Some Famous publications have such good words for him;
Shroud of Turin is one of the very interesting things that one can find in this world. Many have religious devotion towards it and many want to prove it fake. It is somehow a clash between religion and science. Recently in a Bollywood Flick this “sacred” thing was attention point and now in our part of the world also people know abut this piece of cloth actually placed in Italy. A few months ago i watched a Documentary, it has two sides one was the coverage of a 3D motion video development and a historical coverage of this Shroud. Below I am sharing that video via my Vimeo Channel this video is available in Youtube too but all of us are not blessed enough to have working youtube.