Faiz Ahmed Faiz; a symbol of revolution

“We often tell our students.’The future’s in your hands.’ But I think the future is actually in your mouth. You have to articulate the world you want to live in first.” – Ocean Vuong. History has witnessed this idea countless times; those who dare to bring change, cannot do it without language.  It is the core trait that holds the sheer power of awakening a … Continue reading Faiz Ahmed Faiz; a symbol of revolution

The Cat in the Bag and Other Stories Your Teachers Never Told You

Language is interesting. Sure, Urdu classes were a menace and English made you want to rip your hair out but if you really think about it, none of the bonds we share or the things we hold dear could have existed had it not been for language. When I found out that the theme for this month was centered on this, I went through a … Continue reading The Cat in the Bag and Other Stories Your Teachers Never Told You

Through the Time Machine: A Commentary on Language, History and Racism

As humans, the need to express one’s desires and feelings is inborn, while the skill of communication through language is acquired. The first thing that is expected of an infant is to utter a few syllables—this shows the significance of language in our lives. Even when mankind had not yet developed the intellect to form words, pictorial scripts such as the hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt … Continue reading Through the Time Machine: A Commentary on Language, History and Racism

All That’s Shakespeare Isn’t Gold

Recently my coach recommended that I read this book by Mark Forsyth called ‘The Elements of Eloquence’. My initial plan was to toss it in my never-ending TBR pile, but they say opportunity creates desire, so I picked it up. In this book, Forsyth uses his witty style to deconstruct works of famous authors to help readers understand the simplicity of language behind the complicated … Continue reading All That’s Shakespeare Isn’t Gold

Good Deeds Gone Bad

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and are not representative of the platform itself. In the words of Joey Tribbiani “There is no unselfish good deed”. When people help others, they often benefit themselves as well, which gives rise to the question: do these benefits disqualify their good deeds from being truly altruistic? Well, scientifically speaking, an MRI scan … Continue reading Good Deeds Gone Bad

Chess: A Reflection of Ourselves

Welcome to the world of chess. A game of analytical thinking, strategy, clear and well composed thought processes, reading your opponent’s moves and a whole lot of mind boggling elements. Feeling overwhelmed in the beginning, one cannot help but wonder how a simple game of black and white squares can gain so much popularity. That is exactly what this article is going to uncover—exploring interviews … Continue reading Chess: A Reflection of Ourselves

Dumb Ways To Die: A Level Edition

Countless empty bottles of Sting, tear-stained past paper pages and many sleepless nights later, I have somehow miraculously made it through the first term of A Levels. Now, people will tell you that “it’s just A1” and “it’s not that bad,” do NOT make the mistake of trusting their words. They are your enemies. Trust me; the transition from O Levels to A Levels is … Continue reading Dumb Ways To Die: A Level Edition

Baby Shoes, Never Used: A Tale of Lost Lives

TRIGGER WARNING Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and are not representative of the platform itself. The constant beeping and panicked voices become indistinct, as the pleasant cries of a child reflect off bland walls, filling the air with relief like the sun illuminates the sky. The dreams of a new beginning shape themselves into a beautiful reality when … Continue reading Baby Shoes, Never Used: A Tale of Lost Lives

The Backbone of Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain Technology: Part 1: a sneak peak

Editor’s note: This article is Amaan in his natural habitat. Proceed with caution and some extra IQ points. The PKR 1000 note in your wallet is under threat. Not by your friends for that treat you promised them but by a system so sophisticated, it might give the banking system a run for its money (sorry not sorry). Effective solutions are often not the most … Continue reading The Backbone of Cryptocurrencies: Blockchain Technology: Part 1: a sneak peak

The Fault in Our Stars; Pakistani Edition[Trigger Warning]

Disclaimer. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and are not representative of the platform itself. Hearing my so-called ‘liberal’ family yell a volley of curses at the Tiktoker in the Minar-e Pakistan incident brought back memories of a twelve-year-old me, lost in the same park amidst a sea of men. Whilst some leered, others seemingly undressed me under the watch … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars; Pakistani Edition[Trigger Warning]