Last update: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03pm

Weekend Magazine


At the start of the New Year some of us begin the ritualistic exercise of taking stock of the year in retrospect. Some people consider it as a serious business and actually go one step ahead to create corrective measures out of their previous pitfalls. Some don't give it much thought but jump on the bandwagon of creating 'new year resolutions.' If nothing, it could at least make for an interesting discussion over a cuppa with friends or colleagues.
An International Sindhi Language Conference and Cultural Festival was held last weekend at the National Museum of Pakistan Karachi. The general concern of the speakers at the conference was why Sindhi was becoming a 'second-class' language in the province. Dr Sulaiman Shaikh, founder of Sindh Graduates Association (SGA), said the language had enjoyed official status during the British Raj, but after partition this status disappeared, Sindhi was neglected by officialdom especially since 1956 after the promulgation of One-Unit.
Although created rhythmic images Sadequain was a very socially conscious artist who felt acutely the ills and evils, the tragedies and sufferings of life. For ordinary normal expression, the model in his mind was highly conventional. In mid-50s when he entered the art world people loved art to be poetical. Sadequain therefore painted women and even men in dance poses.
Colouring to combat stress? You're not alone. Intricate adult colouring books are the latest lifestyle craze to grip the United States, generating millions of fans, booming sales and libraries falling over themselves to host workshops.
Lyari is one of the oldest areas of the city of lights - Karachi. Once it was known for the sports loving people especially football and boxing. But for sometime a small segment of society living in Lyari brought disgrace for the locality and its simple people.
The book "Bila Unwaan" is in my hand, which contains 17 short stories written by Shafi Ahmad Syed. When I read stories, I felt the book is unique in the sense that it strictly focuses issues that relate to pains and pangs of life. I am highlighting a gist of some of his stories.
Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using sophisticated geometric techniques that until now had been considered an achievement of medieval European scholars. That is the finding of a study published last Thursday that analysed four clay tablets dating from 350 to 50 BC featuring the wedge-shaped ancient Babylonian cuneiform script describing how to track the planet Jupiter's path across the sky.