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Social media & global conflicts: #BinaryBattles

War and conflict is no longer limited to battlefields. Every battle on the ground — whether it is for land, ideology or power — now has an equally strong and effective virtual dimension. In fact, even before you read this story, you may have seen hundreds of tweets, images and videos from the protests in Hong Kong. Some of you ...

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Book review: Return of the Butterfly – butterfly’s musings

Satire is perhaps the most liberating form of writing as it allows the writer to talk about key issues — that might be too sensitive to tread upon otherwise — under the guise of humour. And with her latest book The Return of the Butterfly, acclaimed author/columnist Moni Mohsin once again reminds readers of the power of a well-cloaked joke ...

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Toronto International Film Festival: A cinematic carnival

Eleven days and 40 films later, I emerged invigorated from an intense cinematic experience at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that ran from September 4 to September 14, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. While some people find watching five films a day slightly excessive, for journalists and filmgoers who converge at the TIFF every year, there is no substitute ...

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Positive Pakistani: A battle won

Being married off at an early age and then asked to replace books with pots and pans is a tragedy many women in Pakistan can relate to. Navin Merchant was no exception. After being abruptly pulled out of school, while she was still in grade 10, she was asked to assume her role as a housewife and say goodbye to ...

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Innocuous objects: Danger at home

Are you aware of all the potentially harmful toxins and chemicals hidden in everyday objects at home? We may not know it, but common objects such as plastics and paper products host properties that can cause hormone disruption as well as other complications which include damage to the immune system and even cancer. Here’s an inside look at some of ...

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Meaty Eid

As Eidul Azha approaches, people gear up to spend hours at the bakra mandi to find the fittest and most reasonably priced sacrificial animal and families get ready to cook and manage the meat for distribution. Rising prices, health hazards and the sweltering heat, however, can make the ritual sacrifice  quite taxing. We provide you with a few basic guidelines ...

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Shaan Shahid: The ageless superstar

Filmstar Shaan Shahid has acquired quite a reputation recently for his (often misconstrued) jingoistic statements about working in Bollywood which inevitably triggered bigger debates about patriotism and artistic freedom. But for the millions who admire him, their love for this timeless hero — who plays a gandasa wielding gujjar and a morally upright army officer with equal ease — is ...

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Movie review: God’s Pocket – too big for these shoes

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in February this year had thousands of fans lamenting his profound loss to the world. It ignited a discussion on the pervasiveness of addictive substances like cocaine and heroin in Hollywood. However, when media outlets found another subject that piqued their interest, it was soon realised that Hoffman’s performances were finite and that the characters that ...

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Movie review: The Hundred Foot Journey – food for the soul

In The Hundred Foot Journey, the protagonists and the audience will both embark on a journey. You will laugh, smile, wonder and be immersed in the surroundings of a picturesque small town in the mountains of France where two beautiful (and delicious) cultures clash, mingle and eventually harmonise. In short, you will see a Hollywood-Bollywood fusion done so well, it ...

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Book review: A Charismatic Leader – Jinnah Revisited

One might question why we need another book on Jinnah. But the distinct format and approach in Sikandar Hayat’s latest addition to the subject, A Charismatic Leader: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Creation of Pakistan is reason enough to revisit the subject. The general pattern of Indian history leading to Partition is rooted in an evolutionary framework of analysis ...

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