by Fatima Arif
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad Continue reading
by Kashif Ayoub
It was last year driving through the main highway that a crowd of people organized in a circle caught my attention. It seemed that they were gathered for a ritual and whatever was happening in the centre of the circle had captured their full attention. Naturally, I was curious to find out more.
Pushing my way forward, I found myself looking at a group of four conmen exhibiting exotic species of reptiles, which included several species of snakes and lizards. They seemed to me like a butchering group, putting up a fascinating show, successful in captivating a large audience. But I had this feeling that something very wrong was about to happen and these animals were in some kind of danger. Continue reading
by Fatima Arif
Leonardo da Vinci aptly summed up water’s importance for us when he said; water is the driving force of all nature.
Around the globe a water crisis is underway, some countries are feeling its impact as we speak, a large majority have opted the pigeon way of dealing with the issue while a handful are trying to look for a solution. Continue reading
by Shoaib Abdul Razzaque
For a fisherman who is out for a day in the Arabian Sean, a lot rides on his luck. Every day he prays for a heavy catch and measures his daily success by the number of fish that ends up in his net. A good catch also constitutes of many fish which weighs more. Continue reading
As soon as we turned towards Hunza after being on the Karakoram Highway for hours, I breathed in Hunza’s air, I could tell I won’t be leaving this place as the same person as I came. Continue reading
My name is Rehan Akhtar and I am a volunteer photographer, who is on a quest to capture the amazing landscapes of Pakistan’s spell binding northern areas since 2008. Continue reading
Climbing plant entwining a European power plug.
It has been only a year since I started to study Environmental Sciences as a major in my undergraduate degree. The crux of my learning in this one year was short and simple – the people of this Earth are taking it for granted. One way or the other, we are almost obtuse to the fact that how negligently we are using Earth’s limited resources. But how the people of this place that we call home can make a difference in creating a world where there is no threat to the sources provided by it? Continue reading
Usually, I go to bed late at night. I read an article or go through an eye-catching and inspirational book. But when I fail to find something interesting, I turn on the television. I believe that newspapers, media and books are a good source of information and keep people updated with the latest developments in the world. Above all, social media has made human interaction and access to information easy in far reaching areas. In the current era, one can get in touch with family and friends in any corner of the world in just a few moments. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It could be rightly called the power of media in general and social media in particular. Relating to this, there is a story that I want to share with my colleagues and other readers. Continue reading
I woke up elated this morning as it was the last Monday of the month, which meant that the first thing after the Pakistani flag raising ceremony and singing of national anthem, the students of my primary school would go to the Kund Malir beach and collect garbage from its shores. This has been the practice of my students for the last two years. The students would queue up on the rocky ledge near their school and march towards the beach which is about half a kilometre from there. It is a panoramic view, these students carrying plastic containers along the Makran Coastal Highway. On reaching the beach, they do not need any direction; they just roam around to collect garbage. Within 15 minutes the whole beach can be cleaned of any solid waste left by picnickers. The collected garbage is brought to higher ground, far away from the beach and buried in a deep pit dug by the students. Continue reading
by Sana Ahmed
Sitting in my office, located on one of Lahore’s busiest roads, I close my eyes and listen to what I hear. There is a stray dog barking far away, cars and motor bikes constantly swooshing outside on the road, a microwave timer going off, multiple phones ringing – it is a busy city day for me.
And I already know that this will be followed by similar noises until I drift to sleep in my room, in the back of the house away from these sounds. I am not sure if I prefer the concrete silence of my room or the metallic noise of the road? But for now when I close my eyes the flash of the city lights lingers and when its quiet my ears ring.
This settles it then – I must be city stressed. And how could I not be? Continue reading