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The story of life as a Syrian refugee is being told in a way like never before. The work of Eyad Alkhateeb, a sculptor who drew on the walls of his tent during a stay at a German refugee accommodation centre, is the focus of a new exhibition in the city of Hanover.
For the Cricket lovers all over the world, August11 was a sad day as they have lost cricket icon, builder of monumental innings and first ever-shining star of Pakistan cricket "The little master Hanif Mohammad." His death is taken as a greatest loss of Cricket since the death of Sir Don Bradman. The renewed former Pakistani cricketer has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 81.
Each year Independence Day is celebrated all around the world by Pakistanis to celebrate the independence and achievements of the nation while calling for greater equality. This year also Independence Day was celebrated with zeal and patriotic fervour all over the country and world over as it was the 70th Independence Day people young and old, women and children everybody was full of happiness and enjoyed their independence wholeheartedly.
Every year on August 14 Karachi becomes the focal point, the centre of attraction of Independence Day celebrations, at which the rays of national sentiment converge because the city is the resting place of the Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Whether people elsewhere in the country watch the ceremonies at the mazaar on TV or personally visit the mausoleum to pay their homage to the founder of the nation, sentiments run high. And, needless to say, Karachiites feel terribly self-important on this day.
Recorded human history is a passionate work of an imaginative mind that relishes mixing up facts, with a version of what may have never happened. The distortions in history are aplenty. Even the contemporary history witnessed by us is crucified on the altar of conjecture and imagination. The twists and turns in the interpretation of an event sometimes even change the course of future history. Purely based on distortions, human mind carries for centuries, vengeance amongst communities. The wrong done, many centuries ago whether real or perceived, is settled on the battlefield of 'now and here'. Such is human behaviour. And such is human history.
In Karachi the rains are not a blessing, but they do a fine job of exposing the inefficiencies of officialdom, the fake promises,the reports of work done which exists only on the municipal paper. Hardly a millimetre of rain falls and the gutters and nalas which were supposed to be cleaned of refuse are overflowing their muck. Roads, bypass and underpass flood dangerously high so that traffic slows down or cannot ply. The buses which have supposedly passed the fitness test breakdown, stranding passengers. There is no need to enumerate all the woes which land in Karachi once the rains happen. You have experience them firsthand.
The Muslim American comedian Dean Obeidallah has spent 15 years fighting hatred and bias against Islam, armed only with his sense of humour. Now, the bitter tones of the US presidential campaign have added urgency to his mission.