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Weekend Magazine


As the summer season comes, people start taking proactive measures to defy all odds when it comes to facing the wrath of the weather. However, what's needed most is the continuous plantation of trees to safeguard our ecosystem, especially the plantation of fruit trees that would supply food and shade. Moreover, the holy month of Ramazan coinciding with harsh weather conditions since the past few years makes this thought an utmost priority. Eventually consumers pool in efforts to keep themselves cool, often by delighting themselves with a concoction of summer specific drinks.
On the posh part of the city over a 100 high-rise buildings are under construction. The seafront will soon look like a New York-like landscape. On the other side, hundreds of new hutments, slapdash hovels are put up by migrants sneaking into the city. They may be escaping from fighting in their own province; they came as IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), they are refugees from Afghanistan. Whether a person is rich or poor the first concern is a place to live in. None of them really cares if the infrastructure, such as roads, power and water supply are there; Believe me, it is not only the people who live in illegal settlements, called 'kuchi abadis' who know they will get amenities by hook or by crook. All this has resulted in chaotic mess we call Karachi.
Karachiites were delighted while visiting a solo exhibition titled "You Should Know Him by Now" by young graffiti artist Abdullah Ahmed a.k.a. Sanki King at Sanat Gallery, Karachi. The art lovers have witnessed a refreshing form of art at the exhibition as many haven't seen such an art at home. But the art is well known throughout the world yet it has to be recognised seriously in our local art circle.
The beauty industry has long relied on creating a sense of mystery, magic even, around its creams, powders and potions. But now it has something else up its sleeve: high technology. French cosmetics giant L'Oreal has opened a "tech incubator" employing two dozen people in San Francisco and elsewhere seeking ways to use big data and algorithms to win the hearts and minds of customers.
As years pass, most people develop facial wrinkles, but there is something you can do to prevent them from becoming very obvious. Living a healthy lifestyle such as getting plenty of sleep and drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day provide the first lines in defence against wrinkles, according to a report in Germany's consumer protection magazine Test.
When Vincent van Gogh peered out the window of the Saint-Paul asylum at the night-time sky in Saint-Rémy in 1889, he saw the brilliant light of innumerable stars over southern France that inspired his evocative painting "The Starry Night."
A 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator used by ancient Greeks to chart the movement of the sun, moon and planets may also have had another purpose - fortune telling, say researchers.