By Hadia Malik Published: February 16, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Dramas such as Khudparast are more than just plain boring tales of love, marriages and breakups; they highlight the reality we all exist in. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ KHUDPARAST OFFICIAL Amongst the current trend of depicting social issues and taboos through the medium of TV dramas, the hit show Khudparast takes the lead, as it encompasses everything wrong within our society. The story revolves around the life of a lively girl named Uswa (Ramsha Khan) who doesn’t believe in living by the rules. She has brothers who are all married, and her free spirit is a thorn in the flesh of their wives, as they are constantly plotting to bring her and her older sister, Mariah, down. Their constant hatred towards their sisters-in-law is unbelievable, and yet shockingly uncanny. However, Uswa and Mariah do not exactly act as role models either, for they administer their fair share of torture as well. As the … [Read more...] about Khudparast: An apt depiction of all that is wrong within our society
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By Warda Imran Published: February 14, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Prophesising the end of print and TV only makes sense if 50% or more of the population can afford and have access to digital gadgets. The current Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government seems to be at crossroads once again as debate on media and press freedom takes a dark turn with each statement spurred by the Information Ministry headed by Fawad Chaudhry. Speaking at an event recently, Chaudhry warned media houses that “their current model would not last long if they didn’t change their ways”. Rather than appearing to be an advice from the concerned federal authority, it seemed to be soaked in threatening tones. “The news media wants government advertisements and sponsorship, but what would happen to its freedom if the media looks up to the government as its saviour and not as a client,” Chaudhry added. Surprising as it may seem to him, media houses earn their bread and … [Read more...] about The Information Mystery: Is PTI caught in social media’s spinning web?
Mexican filmmaker Alfonzo Cuarón's "Roma," a darling of the 2019 award season with 10 Academy Award nominations and two wins in the Golden Globes, is an intimate story of Cuarón's childhood told through the eyes of an indigenous woman who works as a nanny to a middle-class family in Mexico City. The family drama also provides a gripping glimpse of Mexican society at the cusp of great social change in the early 1970s, a time of migration, urbanization and cultural transformation. "The movie is to a great extent a story about modernization," said Claudio Lomnitz, professor of anthropology at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. "We see two rural girls come from Oaxaca who have moved to the city. They are indigenous and they speak Mixtec, but they also speak Spanish, they go to the movies, they have sex." Almost 50 years have passed from the time in which the movie is set. How does today's Mexico compare with the Mexico of … [Read more...] about ‘Roma’ Explored 1970s Mexico. Here’s How Issues in the Film Have Played Out
New PUBLISHED: 13:06 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 02 October 2018 Layth Yousif Arsenal's Hector Bellerin (left) and Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. PA Wire/PA Images Arsenal footballer Hector Bellerin is a principled Gunner with a social conscience. Read on for his socially responsible views on climate change, veganism and much, much more. Everton's Richarlison (left) and Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.The socially aware footballer on being vegan, on climate change, on harmful plastic... With social issues, I think as footballers we have a massive platform that we should be using way more than we actually are. I know it is very comfortable to just sit at home and stay with your family, your kids and your friends and not think about anything, but with the platform we have, we should … [Read more...] about Hector Bellerin: A principled Arsenal man with a social conscience speaks out on climate change, veganism and much more
New study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has added another possible consequence of not getting enough sleep: loneliness. (iStock) Sleep loss is linked to everything from car accidents to weight gain. But a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has added another possible consequence of not getting enough sleep: loneliness. The study, published earlier this month in the journal Nature Communications, found that sleep-deprived people felt more lonely and less social around other people. Researchers also found that well-rested people observing the sleep-deprived individuals rated them as more lonely and less socially desirable. And, after the observers saw a brief clip of a lonely person, they themselves felt lonelier. The study involved 18 healthy young adults, and more than 1,000 observers recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk marketplace for the online portion of the study. “I think this is an … [Read more...] about Not sleeping? That may make your social life a snooze