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Life is beautiful - that's the message I got while going through the series of paintings at a solo exhibition by Shaan Taseer at Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi. He portrayed effectively the life, nature and harmony that is lost somewhere in our fight against terrorism. The common innocent people became target and lost their lives leaving behind their loved ones to mourn their unexpected death. Our cities have become lifeless and dull just like a butterfly that lost its colours when touched and captured by someone.

Imagine you are Sherlock Holmes bent on solving a mystery but the evidence is starting to crumble and eventually you will be left with worthless dust. This is the worry which haunts ice scientists delving into Earth's threatened glaciers.
The ad nauseam hype that madressahs are hornet's nest of terrorism gives the impression religious education is at fault. But what will madressahs teach if not religion? The only flaw is that religion education alone cannot produce job skills needed for improving the country's economy. The question is, are madressahs against their students also acquiring job skills? Surely not.
Akin to the Founder of Pakistan, Right Honorable Mohammad Ali Jinnah, my father, the late HAJI BHAI ESMAIL DOSSA had a very close affinity with the Zoroastrian community of Bombay and subsequently, also had many a Parsi friend, like Ardeshir Cowasjee in Karachi. Neighbors of our Bombay building apartment, Moti Mahal, Church Gate, were the Parsi Dr. Jal Daeboo and his beautiful, light skinned daughter Homie. Dr. Daeboo was an X-ray specialist. He certified in the last week of July 1947 that Right Honorable Mohammad Ali Jinnah had terminal tuberculosis.
Badin and Thatta will drown by 2050 and Karachi by 2060 if immediate steps are not taken to check sea intrusion along the coastal area of Sindh. It is our nature to shrug off news of a disaster which will strike decades from now, about 45 years, into the future. We simply do not have the capacity to make such long-term plans. The five-year economic plan was our limit, and even that didn't quite pen out well. We are in the habit of being wise after the event. But since I am not likely to live to witness, my imagination has run wild picturing Karachi under water and how Karachiites will behave.
I was always surprising while visiting an exhibition at Sanat Gallery, Karachi every time I was impressed by the artworks of the artist displaying his/her works at the gallery. The solo exhibitions as well as residencies at the gallery bring forth the talented creative artists whose artworks proved a delight for art enthusiasts. This time it was Suleman Aqeel Khilji's art pieces that caught attention of the art lovers.
In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary's wealth, might and technological prowess. This year, the centrepiece of the mammoth urban engineering project that ensued - the resplendent, five-kilometre (three-mile) "Ringstrasse" boulevard ringing old Vienna - turns 150.


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