Kamila Shamsie, Kartography (Boston:Mariner Books, 2001) : 320.
“Kartography” by Kamila Shamsie is a novel about belonging, in-group and out-group, cultural identity and the resilience of Karachi in the face of violence. The story spans more than one generation, which allows the author to elucidate the implications of different events across history. The novel narrates the story of generations that have seen the bustling city of Karachi bloom, and then face progressive turmoil, like a true sport.
The narration follows how Karachi turns politically charged…
Conferences are, by design, highly stimulating situations that may deplete one’s energy rapidly especially if they identify as an introvert. Many of my students and professional acquaintances think of me as an extrovert. However, being an introvert, such socialization is possible for me only with a lot of down time for recharging, through reading, writing and other solitary activities.
Attending an academic conference on my own was a steep learning curve to say the least. I got to learn a lot about myself, how I navigate the world, how I perceive things and how others may perceive me.
When was the last time you colored in a coloring book?
My mother got me my first adult coloring book recently. Before long, I wound up bringing pages of mandalas to life with coloring pencils. It was engrossing and fun.
Adult coloring books have been around since the late 1960s. But the trend has really escalated during the last few years.
As a person engages in coloring, the fear center in their brain relaxes. As a person relaxes, brain lowers activity in the amygdala, the brain center controlling our fight or flight response. Regardless of whether a person has colored…
Women’s life in a conservative Arab household
A Woman is no Man: A Novel by Etaf Rum is a complex multi-generational story of Palestinian immigrant women living in America. The story reinforces the cultural norms and stereotypes of a woman’s life in a conservative Arab household.
The writer Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn in a conventional Palestinian household. She entered into an arranged marriage at a very young age. Her observations on a traditional Arab household translate into her writing.
The main takeaway of the novel is how awareness of a situation is…
Notes from a Sacred Land: Tales of Hope from Pakistan Matthew Vaughan, Print Master: Islamabad, 2017. 164 pages.
Matthew Vaughan is a British citizen working for a Christian charity in Pakistan. He moved to Pakistan in 2011 with his family. The book presents his personal account regarding those aspects of Pakistan that have generally not been highlighted in the available literature about the country. Given the international news media coverage, the author held preconceived notions about Pakistan, which soon dispelled as he landed for work in the country. …
The book “World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History” is written by Henry Kissinger. It was first published in 2014 by Penguin Press, USA. The book has nine chapters and 420 pages.
The author served in the American army during World War II and has been the secretary of State and foreign policy advisor during various presidential rules. He is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and currently the Chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc.
World Order is an easily comprehensible and well-structured book. It revolves around three central questions.
Gig economy awaits university graduates
Even before the pandemic hit the world, more and more businesses had been altering their operating models and work force. Gig economy has evolved the manner in which firms operate. Instead of generating full-time jobs, companies are opting to take on freelance employees and independent consultants as per their needs.
In a scenario where firms are altering their business models, universities need to simultaneously enable the graduating students to build their portfolios instead of only handing them a degree.
Universities are constantly hiring individuals on contractual basis. However, the institution itself is more focused on…
Quiet Books, also known as busy books or activity books are educational toys that help parents in reducing the screen exposure of their children. Usually made of felt or other fabric material, these books are washable, durable and can be passed down to younger siblings.
Spooky Action at a Distance
Quantum entanglement continues to be among the most enigmatic phenomena researched by physicists. In simple terms, quantum entanglement means that two particles could have a distance of many light years between them and still be linked with each other.