Nadiya Aamer

  • TA lot has been said and written about the death of Michael Jackson. Perhaps, for many, not enough has been said and so the stories and salutations will keep pouring in. I am a fan of his music as well and nothing that follows this statement has anything to do with respect for his work. It was one ...

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  • TThe truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable...in such moments; propelled by our discomfort...we are likely to step out...and start searching for different ways or truer answers. (M. Scott Peck) In his book, The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam ...

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  • TEmails and chiefly forwarded emails can be a source of irritation more than elation. Out of about twenty emails only two are worth the effort of reading and one would be worth sending forward On an average of course is limited to my own inbox and that of a few friends who share the same ...

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  • TI recently had a discectomy done for a herniated disk; therefore my only physical activity is putting on the air conditioner every hour and then adjusting the fan speed, re-adjusting the vents and finally settling down for about quarter of an hour before the electricity goes off again for another ...

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  • TWhere does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair (T S Eliot). They say that for a society to substantiate its existence in the pages of history, it must write its chapters in prose and sometimes in poetry. The chapters cannot be disowned by any one individual in ...

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  • TOnly experts can comment on issues related to people they have never met, experiences they have never had and sufferings they have never endured. Only the sufferers can continue suffering, knowing the fact that no matter how many faces change in the power holders' gallery, their fate will remain ...

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  • TUntil recently, the murmurs were slightly under the breath. It was a mere shrug of the shoulder and a twitch of the eye which was usually followed by an intellectual comment. Life went on for whatever it is worth till the topic ever came up again. One would go on talking about the children and ...

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  • TThere is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people- Howard Zinn. Musa Khankhel became the 20th journalist in the last two years, to be targeted by demented brains that should be in prison serving a lifetime, but how can we expect justice in a country where the legal system ...

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  • T"We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears" (Francois De La Rochefoucauld). Amidst chaos I leaf through the pages of newspapers and articles. I open and close windows in search for something tangibly positive. I find it in the midst of pictures of calamity and news alerts ...

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  • TIf we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilisation, we certainly cannot do it by force.-Auberon Herbert, 1984. The television flickered with the scene from Swat, Pakistan. I felt a sickness in the gut that has become ...

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  • TMan is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the differences between what things are and what they ought to be.-William Hazlitt Standing at the crossroads of 2008 and 2009 took just the changing of the digit for nothing else changed for the masses. The ...

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  • TEvery time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new type of programme comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was."(Art Buchwald, "Adding Insult to Injury," Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966). I stopped watching television regularly about three years ago. Then it took ...

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  • TThere is nothing to write. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. (Ernest Hemingway) A friend of mine, in order to save herself from appearing flustered by events unrevealing themselves in the course of a day, always says that we are an ungrateful nation Her face twitches as she says ...

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  • TThe weapon of suicide bombing is so desperate that you aren't even left with the possibility of taking revenge or punishing anyone; the terrorist is killed along with his victims, his blood mixing with theirs."A.B. Yehoshua. At about 7:45pm (PST) a bomb blast rocked Islamabad this evening (July ...

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  • TConsider for a moment the following two quotes that are from a reliable source. "The Muslim religion is so unreformed since it was created that nowhere in the Muslim world has there been any real advance in science, or art or literature, or technology in the last 500 years" (Lord Tebbit). ...

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  • TIt is not unusual in Pakistan to hear of public schools that receive no books, no supplies and no subsidies from the government. Thousands more are "ghost schools" that exist only on paper, to line the pockets of phantom teachers and administrators.- National Geographic: Struggle for the ...

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  • TAs a general rule, the freedom of any people can be judged by the volume of their laughter.-(Anonymous). There is a show on television. A vibrant show they say, but also a show full of bloopers. Since the host of the show herself admits she is just being herself I find it unwinding to watch it ...

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  • TEach person represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. (Anais Nin - diarist) Do I go for my regular walk at seven in the evening and pretend it is six (which is my usual time) or do I go at six in the evening ...

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  • TI could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. (Eleanor Roosevelt) That is perhaps the sole reason that the intellectual, the layman, ...

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  • TThe world has changed. The rules have changed. Why should it come as a surprise to anyone, we knew change was inevitable. The word is mobocracy. The origin is in Greek, Ochlocracy, and meaning government by a mob or the masses. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it's akin to the Latin phrase ...

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