This April, as undergraduates strolled along the street outside his modest office on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, the mathematician Terence Tao mused about the possibility that water could spontaneously explode. A widely used set of equations describes the behavior of fluids like water, but there . . . → Read More: Terry Tao: The story behind one of the most brilliant 21st century minds
Noorena Shams could not believe the fact that it was her ‘real hero’ Ali Zafar who helped her out with sponsorship, so that she could take part in the Asian Squash Tournament.
Apparently, Ali Zafar is not only a versatile, talented artist of note but he also has a big heart and tends to help . . . → Read More: Well done Ali Zafar for helping Pakistani Squash player
I had written in an article on this very forum some time back that many Indians and Pakistanis validate their deep-rooted nationalist prejudices by exaggerating the problems of the religious minorities on the other side of the border.
As an Indian, I have written articles informing my fellow countrymen that Pakistan has had a Christian . . . → Read More: Minority persecution in South Asia is often exaggerated
Richard Parker swims in the Life of Pi ocean. Afterwards, the 10 million hair on the Bengal tiger’s body are wiped down, his fur gradually morphing from dripping wet to dry. In Frozen, we watch the little girl Elsa create snowfall and her enchanting ice world emerge. The line between fantasy and reality blurs, so . . . → Read More: Third Oscar for Pakistani Visual Effects Artist
Recent revelations from the otherwise dormant Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah made the entire country undergo a cognitive dissonance of sorts. Well-educated militants are behind high-profile attacks, Shah proclaimed in a press conference from Nawabshah. IBA graduate, Saad Aziz, was said to be the mastermind of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, and the main . . . → Read More: The exceptionalist Pakistani narrative eating up Pakistan
More than 150 writers have written an open letter to the Bangladeshi government calling for action to protect free expression and to bring perpetrators to justice
More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín, have added their name to a Guardian letter condemning . . . → Read More: Writers gather around the freedom of expression
Humza Shahzad sat the Microsoft Office Specialist exam, which is usually taken by adults who specialize in word processing and spreadsheets, and managed to pass it with flying colors. In order to clear the exam, Microsoft Certification requires a candidate to score 700 points. Humza scored a total of 757 points on the exam, which . . . → Read More: Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional title goes to 6 years old Humza Shahzad
“No one is being murdered or hauled off by the American government to prison for writing a novel,” said Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture, which closed the PEN World Voices festival in New York Sunday night. Though couched in a thoughtful set of anecdotes, Adichie . . . → Read More: Chimamanda’s golden words at her lecture
In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. “We need a Muslim reformation,” announced Newsweek. “Islam needs reformation from within,” said the Huffington Post. Following January’s massacre in Paris, the Financial Times nodded to those in the west who believe the secular Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, . . . → Read More: Islam has already had a reformation and it didn’t make the faith more pluralistic