Marian Sharaf Joseph

  • TCinema has always had a profound impact on viewers. Throughout history cinema has played a vital role in bringing about a change in the society. From instigating revolutions to stirring patriotism, good film making has awaken societies to build strong and resilient nations. Film-making, especially ...

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  • TIt’s been a year since Khadija Siddiqi, a young law student unaware of the diabolic enmity from an unknown rival, was stabbed 23 times in broad daylight. In case if you’ve forgotten what happened on May 3rd, 2016 on Davis Road, The Mall, here’s a recap on the unpleasant and ...

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  • TSome culinary cultures never go out of trend. Such as is the indigenous cuisine of Lahore that remains an attraction even centuries on. Lahori cuisine, which is a part of the Punjabi food culture, has transformed over the decades, and now includes in it foods brought in by communities who were once ...

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  • TPakistan has made remarkable headlines in the global media over the decades. Time and again, we come across examples that have brought glory to the nation. While we praise professionals from influential fields like education, philanthropy, science and technology, and current affairs, it’s ...

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  • T“Hosanna! Hosanna!” “Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” could be heard across the globe on Palm Sunday, which marks the transition from the season of fasting, Lent, to the Holy Week that ends with Good Friday. This is followed by the ...

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  • TThis is the fourth time, famous German novelist and author of short stories, Christoph Peters is visiting Pakistan. Intrigued by the culture and customs of Pakistan, he is particularly drawn to Sufism in Pakistan, which he believes is rather intense and deeper than what he experienced in ...

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  • TPakistan is one of the most active nations in the world striving to pursue peace and interfaith harmony. Solidarity of the nation, regardless of the citizens living within Pakistan or abroad, depends on the peacefulness in the country that comes through coexistence and interfaith harmony. ...

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  • TIt’s only fifteen days since the sixth national housing and population census kicked off, commencing almost two decades since the last one, which was carried out in 1998. Two weeks on, the team is almost done with its first phase with an aim to finalize the activity by April 15 in order to ...

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  • TEducation is the key to inculcate values of national unity, coexistence and peace. Reflecting on the need to promote these values, Peaceful Pakistan organized an exclusive event in collaboration with Lacas Gulberg Junior Branch in Lahore to celebrate the glory of Pakistan Resolution Day. Children ...

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  • TIn 1997, Damon Kowarsky a young Australian art student back then, had a chance to visit Pakistan, India and Iran. As he shares: “In Pakistan, I met with some very inspirational people, especially Nusrat Latif Qureshi of miniature department at National College of Arts who introduced me to ...

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  • T “No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry ...

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  • TIt was an exciting weekend for the entire nation. All apprehensions and anxieties faded out as the moment of the most awaited PSL final match commenced. The fact is, compared to what has been heard from the common public, it didn’t matter anymore what the critics or political analysts said. ...

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  • TIt’s well over two weeks since the tragic event at Sehwan Sharif took place. Pakistanis across the globe continue to pour in their love and affection for the victims and their families. With aid to support their livelihood and facilitate them with medicines, groups of volunteers continue to ...

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  • TAmidst the chaos and panic caused in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the country, and the tantrums being thrown by some people analyzing ‘PSL- to be or not to be,’ Christians in Pakistan made their way to their respective Churches to mark the beginning of the Lent season. Lent, ...

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  • THundreds had gathered last weekend in Lahore to experience the mystical journey of Sufism at Rafi Peer Sufi Festival. The event, annually held, inspires people of all kinds to relish an experience that can be described as ‘that one moment in time.’ The festival serves as an escapade ...

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  • T 'Imagine there's No Countries/ It isn't Hard to Do Nothing to Kill or Die for/And no Religion, too; Imagine all the People Living Life in Peace.' Released in 1971, John Lennon’s Imagine became the best-selling single of Lennon’s career as a solo artist. Forty-six years on, Imagine is ...

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  • THere comes Valentine’s Day – a day we all anxiously wait for. Yes, all of us, because days like these give all the pseudo intellectuals across social media a chance to throw their perspective and show off their moral values to friends and strangers alike. Like every year, since the past ...

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  • TIt hasn’t been easy for us to accept the sad demise of our legendary writer Bano Qudsia, a mother and a friend to many, especially to the poor and the underprivileged. Residing in her home, famously called Dastaan Saraay, with her late husband and renowned writer Ashfaq Ahmed, she was known ...

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  • TPakistan Now reveals the unique aesthetic that Manolo Ty brings to socio-documentary photography. Taken between 2013 and 2014, the book’s 276 images were shot in more than 25 locations and, together with stories and observations, chart Ty’s intimate journey into unknown territory. ...

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  • TMillions of Chinese have travelled home to celebrate the traditional spring festival – The Chinese New Year. The preparations that begin weeks earlier include reminiscing and pondering upon the indigenous rituals which strengthen the bond of Chinese at home and abroad. For those who cannot ...

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  • TArt is known for stirring up revolutions that help build solid nations. Especially during times of turmoil or instability, art has been acknowledged for keeping the spirits high while giving its artists a chance to vent out. Art in Pakistan has played a significant role throughout various political ...

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  • TAll year round, different communities in Pakistan indulge in celebrations and rejoice their respective occasions with exuberance and glee. Among all the minorities, Christmas is the most widely celebrated festival in Pakistan. Be it the high end shopping malls and eateries, or the ‘galli ...

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  • TThis year saw some of the worst tragedies that have left us mourning forever. As the year comes to end, the most tragic blow that hit us recently was the crash flight of PIA’s PK 661 – a flight that embraced eternity en route to Islamabad from Chitral. Among the precious lives gone ...

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  • TAmid the most hip and happening events that engulfed the city in its bliss, the Australian High Commission in Pakistan opened for Lahoris the first every Australian Food Festival. Hosted by Avari Hotels, at their outdoor eatery Tollington, the food festival aimed at bringing the best of Australian ...

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  • TThe eve of Remembrance Day bid us farewell with yet another tragic news that broke us down in tears. Arthur Nayyar, famously known as, A Nayyar passed away peacefully in his sleep. A Nayyar, who is Pakistan’s pride, was a celebrated film playback singer with a record of over 5,000 film, ...

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  • TThe morning of Remembrance Day, 11 November, has greeted us with yet another tragic news of a legendary music artist – Leonard Cohen. The visionary who transformed the lives of many of his fans and followers passed away peacefully at the age of 82. Born Leonard Norman Cohen, a Canadian by ...

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  • TEvery year, as fall ventures deeper, there’s an air of spookiness that takes over us. While everyone gets all cheery about Halloween, debates such as ‘should we celebrate Halloween or not’ become louder. With the social media becoming an increasingly significant part of our life, ...

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  • T“This is what happens when determined women get together,” was the most powerful statement made at the Oscars this year by Pakistani born film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The film-maker brought home the second Oscar for her documentary ‘The Girl in the River: The Price of ...

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  • TAlmost a million Muslims from world over converge to the holy cities of Mecca and Madina for the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. Muslims arrive in Mecca to perform Hajj overlooking social status, race and nationality. The preparations for Hajj take almost a year. With the growing Muslim population, the ...

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