Ignorance is bliss – The lack of consumer awareness

By Umair Shahid

Bluefin Tuna sushis, Brussels, Belgium.

Bluefin Tuna sushis, Brussels, Belgium.

“Until you understand a writer’s ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding”— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ignorance can come in various forms, sometimes it is a blessing not to be aware; however I strongly believe the feeling of elation of being free does not remain long and cannot be cherished in a manner that is or not questionable for actions. There are many times we are faced with certain aspects of life that we seem to hold dearly to ourselves and some we just tend to turn away merely because it primarily is not our concern or point of interest. Continue reading

The Driving Force of Nature – Part 2

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

Life is Precious

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

Green Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

Climbing plant entwining a European power plug. Symbolic: Nature claiming its rights, vs. electricity

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

Farewell to Pangolin

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