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Rataul’s ripe ambitions

The small green ripe Rataul mangoes have a sweet taste but tangy history. From the eponymous village in northern Uttar Pradesh began the journey of this fruit that has sealed the fate of three families, the Siddiquis, the Faridis and the Syeds, and their future generations. The narrative dates to the mid-nineteenth century, when in the 1850s Hakim-ud-Din Ahmad Siddiqui, ...

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Karachi’s heritage: Qawwal gali

In a cup-sized chai dhaba, off a constantly flowing street near Shoe Market in inner Karachi, a deal is taking place. Agents of event organisers are talking to young men who have barely grown facial hair. These are the sons of the Qawwal bachchay, men who shoulder the task of taking forth a centuries’ old tradition. This year the suffocating ...

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HR management: The (new) rules of engagement

Traditionally, the primary function of a human resource (HR) manager is to ‘attract, retain, train and separate the talent’. HR personnel use much of their time carrying out tests and interviews for recruitment and selection, conducting employee appraisals, deciding rewards, perks and salaries, and spending millions of dollars in training and development. But many organisations are now rethinking their human ...

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Movie review: Brick Mansions – a solid disappointment

The untimely demise of celebrities often generates a lot of interest in their final projects. And that is perhaps the biggest (and quite possibly the only) draw of action thriller Brick Mansions, the last film actor Paul Walker completed prior to his death in a car crash last year. Brick Mansions takes us to a dystopian Detroit, where the city’s ...

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Book review: The Game Changer – a zero-sum game

Television in Pakistan has come a long way since the launch of PTV in 1964 and now offers a wide range of content from sensationalist rating-driven news shows to drama serials that spawn legions of fans. But considering the exponential growth of the industry, not enough has been written about it in academic circles. However, The Game Changer: A brief ...

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Simple ‘pattern’ making?: Design(er) dreams

Every individual has a role to play in society. It can either be positive or negative but collectively these contributions transform into a homogeneous whole and influence the quality of life for society at large. When it comes to promoting social good, some have a greater responsibility than others and among them is the community of ‘designers’ who shape the ...

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Just a text message away: High end enterprise

Gone are the days when you had to frequent the dark, clandestine alleys opposite University Road, Karachi, for your fix of hash. The transaction is no longer swift or panicked and the drug peddler is not the usual unkempt middle-aged man lurking in the shadows. Instead, a new crop of young, educated men are growing and selling weed from the ...

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Karachi: The Musical

If you live or have lived in Karachi at some point, it is hard not to have been party to nostalgic conversations recalling the heydays of the city when music spilled late into the balmy evenings and the broadness of worldviews matched the bell-bottomed hemlines of its proponents. There was ample space for art, culture and music to thrive and ...

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Album review: Ghost Stories – drifting away

Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, was one of the most anticipated releases of the year even before Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, the band’s front man, split after 10 years of marriage and introduced us to ‘conscious uncoupling’ — the idea that you can love your partner and still choose to leave them. But the announcement of the split has ...

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Book review: Mirages of the Mind – making light of dark times

Sometimes the only way to survive loss and life is by resorting to humour. Mirages of the Mind, the English translation of Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s Urdu novel Aab-e-Gum, is all about that. One of Pakistan’s greatest living writers, Yousufi, pens a book that encapsulates the many aspects of living in South Asia — its culture, familial relations, the pain of ...

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