Dr Irfan Zafar

  • Mirza Ghalib was a classical Urdu and Persian Poet from the Mughal Empire when the subcontinent was under British colonial rule. Forty two years after his death, another left-wing intellectual, revolutionary Urdu poet, Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born. Both the poets had an almost similar stay on this ...

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  • My father, just before his death, left me with an account in the National Savings, a Government Savings Bank working since 1873. I was surprised at his decision to put me into extreme mental trauma of visiting a Government outfit which is well known for its exemplary worst customer services ...

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  • (As William Wordsworth once said “Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness”. The great poet must have played Gulli-Danda to come up with such a poetic uttering)I have nothing against Golf. In-fact most of my friends who used to play Gulli Danda all their lives are now ...

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  • Not long ago, marriages used to be a family affair in which very close relatives were invited with all the social norms and the cultural traditions followed in an elegant manner. Like most of the things which have fallen apart around us, the marriage functions of today portray the hollowness and ...

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  • (  Her screaming of Capt Naveed’s name repeatedly and showing extreme displeasure at his T-Shirt, which the poor guy refused to part ways with till the end, is another sorry tale in this love saga)My last act of insanity came to its logical end almost three ...

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  • I never realized life can become so empty without certain voices which have brought much needed humor to our lives. One such voice belongs to our very much loved entertainer Mr. Altaf Hussain. The investigation by Scotland Yard Police seems to have very adversely affected the regular transmission ...

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  • What can I do alone? I am just one individual among 7.134 billion people inhabiting this earth. How can I change anything? What difference my words or actions can make? These are just few of many negative thoughts we hear every day from people around us. True to the extent that not all of ...

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  • It was indeed a sad day in the history of Pakistan when our Federal Finance Munshi (or is it Minister?) Ishaq Dar claimed that his government will be able to bring down the dollar to Rs 98 mark, a level where it used to be available few months back. Since then, I have become hysterical with bouts ...

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  • Haj is a spiritual journey that every individual pilgrim undertakes which ultimately merges into the journey of the masses. It is the coming together of every nation that makes it so special. However, when one looks around at the site of returning Hajis, it is extremely worrisome to note that there ...

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  • Devdas is a young man from a wealthy Brahmin family. One can relate to it in the present age as being son of some politician, general or a nusinessman. Paro, on the other hand, is a young girl from a middle class family; most likely can be compared with the daughter of an honest (if there still ...

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  • History is full of examples when the mighty of the land collapse like sand castles with the triggering of one single incident. General Ayub's rule ended in 1969 when people took to the streets when the price of 1 kg sugar was increased by 1 rupee. Similarly the French revolution began with the ...

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  • Gertrude Caroline Ederle, an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder became the first woman to swim across the English Channel on August 6, 1926. On Gertrude's first attempt to swim the English Channel on August 18, 1925 she was pulled out of the water after ...

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  • Considering the atrocities committed on the poor husbands by the bullying wives, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Husbands (SPCH) was established sometime back to counter the malicious campaign by some NGO’s to only highlight the sufferings of the women while ignoring the remaining ...

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  • It's a common fact that politician’s lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Understandably so! as their livelihood depends on exploiting the ignorance of the masses. But that's not the case with the President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle differs sharply from ...

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  • University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English Speaking world.  Although the exact date of foundation remains unclear, there is evidence of teaching there as far back as the 11th century. Oxford is consistently ranked among the world’s top 10 Universities with its ...

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  • Someone asked a Dog, Why don’t you get married? The Dog replied, I am already a Dog. At times the words of wisdom can come from anywhere. I have been trying to find that dog since then with no luck. The Dog can be an excellent subject of research for his insight into the human psychology ...

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  • Over the years we are fed with folk tales of love and passion without ever divulging into the deeper meanings of what they really stood for. Almost every tale ends with the glorification of love without realizing that the final destiny of love has never been associated with getting married. May it ...

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  • Paindoo” is a Punjabi term which is translated in English as being a "Villager". The synonym of this word can be "Deyhaati", a person living in the village. However the Paindoo word is generally used in a derogatory manner by our "modern" society to look down upon people who have a village ...

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  • The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Academy, the Karolinska Institute, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee to individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and ...

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  • Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human. The term is generally used to refer to artificial human cloning. The term clone is derived from an Ancient Greek word “klōn”. Recent developments in the medical science have made it possible to ...

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  • Let’s not leave behind a generation which is as much mentally crippled as we are John Lennon, an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular ...

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  • The past looks glorious, the present shameful and the future actually does not exist anymore Talk to any Pakistani about our achievements in different walks of life, the answer will certainly be in the Past tense with the narration of our “unmatchable” attainment of excellence in ...

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  • Like every year, we commemorated the day when Pakistan achieved independence and was declared a “sovereign” nation following the end of the British Raj in 1947. “Mourning independence” might sound like talking about our existence in a negative way, but it is full of the love ...

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  • Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist best known for 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love”. It is a sprawling yet methodical travelogue of soul-searching and self-discovery, as she details her exotic tableau with history, ...

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  • One of the attribute which stands out as far as our generation is concerned is to get hold of as much land as possible in the shortest period of time. Additionally, this lust is not restricted to our time span on earth, but goes much further involving our next and the next generation. Somehow we ...

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  • Every Ramazan, the viewers see a very interesting phenomenon when almost all the female television hosts and the women from the “entertainment” industry change their attire to host the holy month’s special transmissions. But the real vulgarity of this deception manifests itself ...

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  • My 12-year-old daughter walks up to me and with an innocent look informs me that she went to her friend’s place and found out that the family is so poor that they do not even have an iPad. To my bewildered look, she went on to further add that they live in utmost poverty, as all the rooms in ...

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  • Marcus Aurelius, considered as one of the most important stoic philosophers, was a Roman Emperor, who ruled the kingdom from 161 AD to 180 AD. One of his best quotes summarises the very essence of life when he writes: “Soon you’ll be ashes or bones. A mere name at most and even that is ...

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  • There isn’t a better way to spend a day in New York City other than the Poet's Walk, often called the Literary Walk, located in the famed Central Park. The Poet's Walk is located on the southern end of the Central Park Mall and runs from 66th to 72nd Street. As I stroll down the walk, the ...

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  • As the story goes, one of our ex-ministers was invited to the inauguration of a new ward in a government hospital. On his way to the ceremony, he noticed a board with a writing ‘Labour Room’ hanging outside. He very gladly turned back and congratulated the doctor for taking care of the ...

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