What I Read in the Past Months

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Spring is welcomes by school children in Parachinar by launching Tree Plantation Campaign

Students’ future at stake as eight govt schools being razed surreptitiously [x]

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan [x]

Britain: The End of a Fantasy by Fintain O’Toole [x]

Labour abuse: Is Khaadi’s ‘third-party vendor’ TexMark actually a Khaadi-owned operation? by Fawad Hasan [x]

Meet the man who played Barney the dinosaur by TechInsider [x]

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Please Stop Serving Your Lattes Inside Produce by Tim Forster [x]

Just Give It 7 Seconds by Leah Backmann [x]

My last conversation with Aamir Zaki by Rafay Mahmood [x]

An Old Man at Ghora Chowk by Hafsa Khawaja [x]

When You Love Your Friend But Hate Her Social-Media Presence by Hayley Phelan [x]

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Karachi by night – Zubeda Agha

Miley Cyrus Faces Rightful Backlash in Light of Past Cultural Appropriation by Michael Arceneaux [x]

Reversals in FATA by Afrasiab Khattak [x]

Consider the Mango (my favourite summer read) [x]

Cutting down trees for CPEC by Muhammad Sadaqat [x]

Pakistan to get its first online registry for heart stents by DAWN [x]

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‘Rejection’ erasure poetry by Ben Aaron

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you by The Oatmeal [x]

No country for labour by Ammar Rashid [x]

I’m the human you left behind in the wreckage at Bahria Enclave by Marvi Sirmed [x]

Calm Down, It’s Just a Tote Bag by Mehreen Kasana [x]

SUBTEXT: MANIFESTO OF THE MAN-CHILD by Ahmer Naqvi [x]

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Pride and Eid-ul-Fitar coincided in 2017

What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm by Maisha Z. Johnson [x]

Fear looms over Karachi’s Afghan Camp as harassment complaints persist by Saher Baloch [x]

The letters of Mikael Muhammad | Short love story [x] (safe to say that I cried)

The Reality That All Women Experience That Men Don’t Know About by Gretchen Kelly [x]

Life and death of a worker by Fahmida Riaz [x]

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A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, 1910

Gwadar fisherfolk worry about One Belt One Road by Zofeen T Ebrahim [x]

Let’s discuss the Linguistic & Pragmatic use of the word “nigga” (A Twitter thread) [x]

Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter (MY FAVOURITE FANFICTION OMG) [x]

A YEAR OF GOOGLE & APPLE MAPS [x]

‘He Called and Asked for My Friend’s Number.’ Thoughts on Growing Up Behenji by Surthi Krishnan [x]

What Abortion in America Looks Like Right Now by Alexa Tsoulis-Reay [x]

 

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Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Na Karo

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‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo’

I’m so angry with you I’m so angry I don’t know what to do with this anger it’s pouring out of me in waves and it has no shore to crash against since you left.

‘Yunhi pehlu mein baithe raho’

I want to ask you to come back and it would be nice to have you come back, of course, but it will be terrible for me and the glass palace I constructed myself into.

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‘Haaye mar jaayenge
Hum toh lutt jaayenge’

Learning how to breathe when you left took time, because your absense felt like the edge of water trying to snake into my lungs if I stopped thinking about not letting you drown me.

‘Aisi baatein kiya na karo’

You taught me how to sing that one song you half-remembered, but you only taught me a quarter of it, promising you’d always be around to complete the words you left out.

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‘Tumhi socho zara
Kyun na roke tumhein’

I used to wake up screaming because all my nightmares saw you leaving, and it’s almost strange because they all are about you coming back now; the thought is terrifying.

‘Jaan jaati hai jab uth ke jaate ho tum’

You convinced me of the fact that I was built for you, my hollows meant to curve around your edges and wear them down, and those grew so so wide that I thought I’d collapse if you ever left.

‘Tum ko apni kasam jaan-e-jaan
Baat itni meri maan lo’

My victories centred around you. I wrapped myself around yours, feeding them with everything I had because I was sure you needed my light to shine (black holes don’t shine).

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‘Waqt ki qaid mein zindagi hai magar
Chand ghadiyan yehi hain jo aazaad hain’

I learned how to love you within deadlines, little chunks of the day I stole just to water into the soil we planted ourselves in, but the soil was all wrong for us, too wet, too alive, too much.

‘Inko kho kar meri jaan-e-jaan
Umr bhar na taraste raho’

I thought this thirst would burrow under my muscles and never leave my throat, and every sip of water would burn like the first one I had after three days of mourning (I was wrong)

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‘Kitna masoom rangeen hai yeh sama
Husn aur ishq ki aaj mairaaj hai’

There’s something to be said about firsts, after all- firsts are terrible, firsts strip you of innocence, firsts stain the lenses you stare out into the world through. Firsts break you.

‘Kal ki kis ko khabar jaan-e-jaan
Rok lo aaj ki raat ko’

What they don’t tell you about firsts is that they’re not the lasts, not always; firsts are warning signs, pressure gauges we embed into our skins for all the nexts and furthers and mores.

‘Aaj jaane ki zid na karo.’

Goodbye. You can leave.

Written by Harnidh Kaur. [x]

Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market

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Zain, Yasir and Ahmed

One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner SmartLink Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.

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Mooroo hosting Redmi4X Launch

Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.

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Noori performing at Redmi4X Launch
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Zain, Mira Sethi and Yasir

Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”

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Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

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Redmi4X Launch

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorised online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

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Yasir and Ahmed

Key features of Redmi 4X:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)
  • 4100mAh battery
  • 13MP camera with PDAF; 5MP front camera
  • 5-inch HD display
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • LTE support
  • 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Available in Black

About Xiaomi

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Mooroo and Sufiyan

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision “innovation for everyone”. We believe that high-quality products built with cutting edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

About Smartlink Technologies

Established in 2016, Smartlink Technologies is a brainchild of a pool of professionals whose strong vision and even stronger conviction paved the way for an exclusive partnership with Xiaomi. We believe in reaching out to both the low-end and the high-end consumers and still give out state-of-the-art and warranted products at the best possible prices. We live in an age where the digital world meanders from smartphones to smart everything – we see it all around us. Smartlink Technologies strives to connect latest technology with modern and innovative sales techniques to change not only how brands are marketed but also how they define themselves.