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September 21 marked the 204th death anniversary of Shahenshah-e-Taghazzul Mir Taqi Mir - the universally recognised emperor of romantic poetry in Urdu. He was born in September 1723 (exact date is unknown) in Agra, and in 87 years of his life, he witnessed an unending tragedy - the decline and eventual end of Mogul rule in the Indian sub-continent.

Is there anyone in this city who has not felt humiliated, frustrated and angry when stranded in traffic which has been brought to a standstill to allow the cavalcade of some VIP to pass? The wait is at least half-an-hour long, but you expect to spend another half-an-hour even when traffic is finally allowed to move, because the tensions spill out as road rage. It is worse at the crossroads where anarchy prevails as everyone wants to get going at the same time. Nobody is in a mood to obey the traffic signals. As a result, there is an-awful traffic jam.
When workers began renovating Murad Khane district, a jewel of Old Kabul that breaks up the city's otherwise bland facade of concrete high-rises and blast-walls, it was hidden under piles of garbage. Now the teeming quarter is home to bustling bazaars, a revitalised calligraphy and woodwork school and a courtyard that won a UNESCO conservation award last year.
Painting - a medium once used by truck drivers to express themselves by painting their trucks now called 'Truck Art' and inspires many around the world. Some years ago this art was known only by locals but now it has many fans world-wide. To explore and to rediscover this art an exhibition titled "Tribal Truck Art" was held at Alliance Francaise Karachi.
Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is turning a dull ivory. Some of our most treasured paintings are fading, warn experts who would like more money for the use of sophisticated technology to capture the masters' original palettes before the works are unrecognisably blighted.
With interior design, it's sometimes essential to focus attention away from the big picture and onto one specific object. "People are getting more home-oriented and playful," says designer Oliver Schick. "That's why smaller things are getting more important again." Along with decorative accessories, lights and textiles, the list of essential small objects includes the humble side table.
Though they may appear ungainly, bumblebees would be capable of flying at altitudes exceeding that of the top of Mt Everest, a study by two US scientists has shown. To compensate for the low barometric pressure at high elevations - and hence low aerodynamic lift - the bees greatly increase the angular extent of wing motion while keeping their wingbeat frequency constant.
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