Talal Almas

  • TAn ostensibly withered, grey-black rock of indefinite dimensions smashed the river banks, relaying diverging ripples across its trajectory.   The hike was undeniably onerous. In addition to the many antediluvian remains that could be seen plaguing every crevice of the Alzette river valley in ...

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  • TAfter revolutionizing the story feature in the application, Instagram has introduced yet another breakthrough feature to its stories. Emulating, to some extent, the overarching idea behind websites such as Ask.fm, Instagram has introduced a feature whereby users can invite the viewers of their ...

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  • TA year has whirred by in a blink of an eye since we lost Edhi, the messiah for humans of all races, sects, genders and ethnicities, but as I stand here today amid the serene views surrounding me, ruminating about various things, I am reminded of Father Theresa once again. “The donations have ...

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  • TDeeply historic and overwhelmingly celebrated - the month of Ramzan, with many attributes and cohesive properties, this Holy month is celebrated with unparalleled zest and zeal all around the world. A high-time for spiritual cleansing, it strikes me astoundingly as to how a tradition rooted in a ...

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  • TIn Pakistan—and in fact in the vast majority of South East Asia—it is not uncommon or even minutely surprising for pregnant women to pursue a myriad of superstitious rituals to ensure that their offspring-to-be will be “fair” in complexion. In the local Urdu/Hindi ...

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  • TEnthusiastic, eager anticipation and boundless expectations. These are the sentiments that were ubiquitous leading up to the release of the 2017 movie Beauty and the Beast. The newly released remake of an age-old classical Disney movie heralds a new era in the production of fairy tales that do not ...

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  • TGratitude. Gratitude is a term that many of us have heard of as constantly evolving individuals. From that first time we learn to offer a supplication after we’ve had supper as labile children to wading through challenging times with nerve and sinew, we learn to thank our parents, our peers ...

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  • TIn medicine, there is a saying that the training is onerous but the rewards are many. More often than not, these rewards come coated in a myriad of shapes, including lucrative incentives, personal gratification, warm contentment, and a sated joy among many others. For many physicians, a last ...

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  • THonor killings in Pakistan have climbed to an acme in recent years. Every year, countless girls and women are persecuted as a consequence of having relationships with individuals of their own choice. Historically speaking, this gruesome crime, which plagues every nook and corner of Pakistan, ...

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  • TAbdul Sattar Edhi--a man widely dubbed as "Father Teresa"--recently lost his hard-fought battle against renal failure. Revered as a national and international hero, Edhi established an empire of heartfelt philanthropy from scratch. In 2013, The Huffington post stated that Edhi might be the world's ...

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  • TPakistan's most prominent Sufi musician falls silent One of Pakistan's most prominent singers--and a true pioneer of the Sufi music in Pakistan--Amjad Sabri was recently shot dead in what is now known to be a ruthless act of target killing. Sabri was shot dead when two assailants, equipped with ...

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  • TA depraved attack--aptly described as the United States' worst mass-shooting incident--befell the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando recently, leaving 49 dead, 53 injured, and a million others truly heart-broken. Hours of scrutiny, inspection, and analyses later, the FBI recently came to the glaring ...

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  • TA new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which brings along its characteristic festivities. For Muslims all around the world, Ramadan--the month of fasting--brings a distinctive sense of togetherness, a respite from the busy day-to-day life, and a definite means of catharsis. ...

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  • TW.E.B Dubois’ The Dark Princess is both a stirring account of the problem facing the blacks in the 20th century, and a personal quest for Matthew. However, this quest for self-discovery finds its roots primarily in Europe, where Matthew travels to seek his haven for solace away ...

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  • TAs we transition into our last theme of The Humanitarian, the reader cannot help but notice how the archetypes presented by the examples of Frederick Douglas and Matthew in W.E.B Dubois’ The Dark Princess vehemently espouse the notion that on the verge of the 20th century, ...

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  • TWhile reading the novels Daisy Miller and Soldiers of the Fortune, the reader submerges in a reverie that is the distinctive way in which the respective writers present two of the female characters—Daisy and Hope—throughout the discourse. In Daisy Miller, the ...

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  • T “Inherited ideas are a curious thing, and interesting to observe and examine. I had mine, the king and his people had theirs. In both cases they flowed in ruts worn deep by time and habit, and the man who should have proposed to divert them by reason and argument would have had a long ...

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  • TIn a Connecticut Yankee, Twain portrays Hank as the individual that he has always aspired to be: logical, analytical, and pragmatic. The overarching theme explicated by Hank’s criticisms, however, espouses the notion that he feels superiority bestowed upon him—not in the form of ...

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  • TWashington Irving’s “The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon” and Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad” are two stirring and simultaneously representative pieces that affirm both the authors’ literary preeminence. Although both the works delineate vivid ...

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  • T"Emergency, doctor, emergency!" I froze. The nurses froze. Surgical-scalpels cluttered as the ECG machine beeped. The patient – a man in mid-50s – shrieked in agonising pain. In moments, panic besieged the surgery-room. During my experiences of witnessing Cardio-thoracic surgeries at ...

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  • TPlaying tennis has significantly improved the various facets of my personality. It has elucidated the implicit nature of utterly meaningful life-lessons to me, and has proved to be my haven for solace. Tennis has taught me how to manage my mental delirium on break points and to keep the joy of ...

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  • TSo where is Waldo really? “There is nothing to say and I am saying it.” In his renowned “Lecture on Nothing” Cage implored the audience to enjoy every moment of the lecture even though he admitted that it was going nowhere. He pointed out how we see value in things that only ...

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  • T‘Checkmate!’ My younger brother Afnan Hassan proudly exclaims after defeating me for the third consecutive time in chess. The preeminence of Afnan’s Queen explicitly vies with the merely unidirectional attributes that my knight possesses. Standing in starkly differing stances than ...

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  • TOur car slowed as we neared an ensemble of farms. Excited, I glanced out of the window. Dung covered mud-houses beckoned in the distance, chickens loitered on the unpaved paths, and a farmer, using his brawn to accelerate his bullock cart, welcomed us to our home village. The farmer promptly ...

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  • TKnowledge can be defined as information that is considered to be, and accepted as, true. By this definition, knowledge can be seen to be either commonly accepted; general knowledge, or may only be accepted as true by an individual. Therefore, knowledge can be considered to be ...

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  • TThunder of military boots crashing against the metaled ground, long barrel guns and their bonnets piercing the thin autumn air and in the background are the deafening chants of “Pakistan Zindabad” making the roaring counter cries of “Hindustan Zindabad” almost inaudible. ...

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