Geti Ara

  • TWhen you are part of broadcast media, gradually you start looking at life like a show reel, a clip, a segment that should come with three buttons. One to play, other to pause and a third one to stop it. Unfortunately we realize it quite late that, in reality, it is just the red square stop button ...

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  • TIt might have taken sages and saints to understand the true meaning of life, but if you switch on the idiot box for a couple of minutes, you will achieve “nirvana’ in just a couple of minutes. The purpose of life, all the needs of human beings seem to have boiled down to three ...

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  • TWay beyond the rugged mountains and their narrow and steep turns, lies the mesmerizing beauty of a far off land where the mythical people of Kalash live. The beauty of the region and its people is renowned; what isn’t renowned are the advanced projects that betray the backward perception of ...

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  • TThey published an online paper to entice masses to violence. They were spreading the message of hatred. They loathed harmony, tolerance and love.  It took more than eight years of active terrorism and 47 dead Pakistanis to awaken the authorities out of a deep slumber. The masterminds who had ...

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  • TThe pamphlet had a clear message on it that Daesh was here and was here to stay. To terrorize us, kill us and rob us of our internal strength. They somehow did it swiftly, ruthlessly and unfortunately successfully as well; but have they really broken our spirit? This has no quick answer. The ...

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  • TSo, now we can all have electricity “free”, choking hot, not-so-pleasant summer evenings at home, as the government  decides to “battle” power shortage through “smart” means – such as the closure of shops at 8pm. Yes that is true.  You might ...

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  • TSeems like it is not enough to be an ardent fan of reading or to be a book lover these days. It needs a lot more than that, unfortunately, including the “paper” issued by the State Bank of Pakistan.  Yes, I am talking about the books that carry exaggerated, vulgar price tags on ...

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  • TA numerologist might make something fancy out of 2-4-6, an accountant can find something interesting in these numbers, but for a Karachiite, the real value of these three digits combined is beyond all of this.  The heart of Mutahida’s power: NA-246 is the area where MQM has reigned ...

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  • TI fail to recall any fresh incident of seeing educated Punjabis interact with each other in their mother tongue.  Forget about the fake Urdu accents that their apologetic parents shoved down their throats at a very early age; the long Urdu poems that they were made to learn by heart and recite ...

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  • TWho would have thought that one day someone in a responsible post would ask the members of an elected National Assembly to learn ‘democratic’ ways, as far as the local body elections were concerned, from General Ziaul Haq.  Uproar followed the sudden and out of place reference to ...

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  • TAs complicated as it may sound but the ‘olive oil business’ (from the epic Godfather by Mari Puzo) has become euphemism for Mafia, darkness and shady deals.  So when anything happens in Karachi the first thing that one involuntary asks is: who should we blame? Who is not in the ...

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  • TYou must have seen them carrying bags, holding cameras, clutching numerous mobile phones and juggling with infinite number of wires around them.  You can surely recall a small group of people running after some dignitary, adjusting their apertures and posing in front of cameras in the backdrop ...

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  • TThe containers could be seen from far off corners of the Constitution Avenue. The roads remained choked, the music grew louder by the day, temperatures kept rising till the touched the boiling point ,  PTV was raided, important buildings were assaulted, three people lost their lives and more ...

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  • TThey are always popping up while you try to skim through your page on Facebook. They keep bugging you with the pop up sounds every five minutes. They are always there making you go crazy and mad if you do not play those online games on Facebook. These relentless requests keep making life hell for ...

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  • T“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”  As the clock hand strikes the odd number on the dial, the news has arrived about how we might soon be dealing with the digit thirteen on the clock. Recently a leading company that manufactures electronics ...

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  • TOn a fine sunny February morning, a sky studded with numerous little objects of colored paper captured my eyes for a long time while I tried, in vain, to focus on the string held in my cousin’s hand. He was head over heels in love with kite flying. I watched the sky like thousands of other ...

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  • TIt is hard to cast out the deep green colored waters, shimming under the stark sun and the gushing breeze cradling one sideways while standing at a distant beech in Baluchistan. Even though we know that the serenity in there is almost superficial. The tremors of unrest and discontent on the part of ...

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  • TSo a few months ago our government decided to finally get down to the brass tacks and Zarb-e-azb was initiated. Let’s not delve into the importance of this operation, it was followed by a brutal backlash in the form of Peshawar school carnage, after which the nation slipped into utter ...

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  • TSometimes poise and confidence is all you require to fool everyone.  Unfortunately, it was just a couple of weeks ago when the interior minister categorically refused the existence of ISIS in Pakistan. And then just a few hours ago my eyes got glued to anominousstory published by an ...

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  • TThe nation is grim, somber and irritated for decades after being at the receiving end of constant bad news. The faces have lost their color and wave upon wave of terrorism has shoved all deep into the monotonic horror filling our ears. But then you enter a very regular mall, or a restaurant. You ...

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  • TThe quiet, picturesque city built at the Himalayan foothills was once considered among the most sparsely populated towns in the whole country. But with the ever increasing population, one day it was bound to share the burden of this growth with other cities. First it was dealing only with the ...

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  • TIt is owing to the prevailing extremism that we have started seeing a clear line drawn between those who are with the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and those who are not.  The ones who want to go by the book and the ones who want ambiguity to prevail so they can bring the ...

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  • TIt was not too long ago when everyone – or almost everyone – I knew wore designer clothes. Most of us wore exclusive designs, tailor-made cuts.  But the days have gone with the wind I suppose.  The reader must be wondering what mumbo jumbo this writer has to share on this ...

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  • TThe Peshawar school massacre is a living nightmare for us. Heart-wrenching. Sorrowful. There has been enough verbal condemnations flowing in from every corner of the world,  many fancy statements and shallow promises have been made. But do we really want to end this wave of menace in our ...

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  • TThe change never came nor did the revolution. Hundreds of days on the road have surely left PTI in solitude with its hallmark U-turns and obsession with the midterm elections. But as Pakistanis have we learnt any lesson from this ongoing, never-ending debacle of a movement? It might need ...

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  • TIn case you happen to witness the National Assembly or the Senate session in progress you would soon find yourself dozing off in the middle of long, tiring speeches flooding the floor of the house. Sometimes they are decently crispy too but those moments do not last forever. Although there is ...

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  • T Most of us can recall the puzzle that every newspaper used to publish in the kid’s corner where the reader was asked to take the cat home through the small maze leading to her home at the other corner. Just to keep your innocence alive and make you feel ‘young’ at heart, the ...

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  • T We Pakistanis might have different dreams but what unite us are our nightmares – the living on, the ones that are breathing around us. It might sound very poetic to phrase it this way but when we go through this drill every other day, it leaves us drained and at an absolute low point in ...

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  • T The unfortunate time has come for me to face the wrath of the unruly and highly sensitive supporters of a political party that is out there to carve a new identity for Pakistan. The opinion can differ over the methodology, the orientation of the issues, or the myopic view of the said party but ...

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  • T Ever since the work the new shiny Islamabad’s Metro Bus is underway, I, like other islooities, have had to meander through less taken roads on my way to the office.  This is a regular passage near Jinnah Super - nothing to write back home about - till one day I noticed a huge ...

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