Sunday, 12 April 2015

Small conscience - a humorous discourse on kids!

By Sunehra Mehmood
Published in Vmag: Something for everyone

Children, with their looks and small size, are extremely well able to recommend themselves, quite independently of their parents’ constant endorsement. However, taking them at face value is inadvisable because, like everything else about them, their conscience also comes in small amounts. And they can get away with anything, helped in no small manner by their angelic faces.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Basics of Marxism

The writings of Karl Marx (1818- 1883) have ignited heated debates, increased awareness among the working class, and have even brought about political revolutions culminating in the establishment of communist regimes in the 20th century. Marx may have been critiquing the 19th century European capitalist society but his thoughts have had a great influence in the shaping of the modern world.  Marxism has earned a bad reputation in the western world largely due to its connection to the Soviet Union. Much of what Marx wrote, whether good or bad, has been warped up by interpreters and commentators from both the sympathizer and opposition groups. But before we, of the 21st century, condemn or hail him, let’s first find out what Marx actually wrote.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

An Unnatural Urge

By Sunehra Mehmood

Published in Vmag: Something for everyone 

Oct-Dec Issue

Just like a wedding is incomplete without the Nikkah, in the same way it is incomplete without a special ritual known as the sighting of the bride. Wedding guests must, as a matter of course, wait in quivering anticipation while trying to curb their outrage at the lateness of the hour, for the bride to make her entrance. The said bride, on the other hand, would do her utmost to be as late as possible to bring the guests to a fever pitch of anticipation and hunger. What particular pleasure she derives from it is a matter for careful study by sociologists. But it could be forgiven her if she succeeds in mesmerising the gathering. Once she graces the guests with her presence, everyone must, according to long-standing tradition, whisper to their neighbour on either side, “dulhan agai, dulhan agai”. Dinner is soon announced and the guests are in a quandary, whether to satisfy their appetite first or their curiosity. Even if one is a distant cousin of the bride and has only met her once in their childhood and from then on have deemed her so unremarkable as not to merit their concern ever again, one still finds oneself engulfed in this burning desire to see her at least once on her wedding day.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

United States Congress

The U.S. Congress is a bicameral legislature, meaning it has two houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both the houses together are known as Congress. The functions of Congress include the making of laws, declaration of war, control of taxation and spending policies, regulation of interstate and foreign commerce.

U.S. House of Representatives

Location: The House of Representatives meets in the south wing of the Capitol, in Washington D.C. It is also known as the ‘lower’ house or simply as the House.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Election, Functions and Powers of the American President


Who can run for President? A native-born United States citizen, 35 years or older, and resident of United States for over 14 years. Twice elected presidents cannot run for a third term.

Who can vote? A United States citizen, 18 years or older.

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To begin from the beginning, elections are held every four years. Each political party (e.g., Democratic, Republican, Reform, Liberation, Socialist, etc) must each nominate a candidate to run for the presidency. Since the American Constitution does not provide for a way to do this, each party has its own way of nominating the person it wants to run for the presidency.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Literature as a great cultural artefact

Essay Outline:

1st paragraph

· Literature is a body of written works which is usually considered to have artistic value.
·Classification: poetry or prose; fiction or non-fiction. Further classified according to major forms: novel, poetry, short story, drama. It may also be classified according to language, national origin, historical period, genre and subject matter.
·Commonly, literature mostly constitutes those works which are distinct from other works in term of quality of writing.
·A broader definition would include creative works as well as technical and scientific material, and it may be written or spoken, but more common usage of the term, literature, includes creative writing.
·Apart from the classics that are commonly considered as literature, diaries, autobiographies, letters, children’s books and folklore narrative are also included.
·Literature is a good medium to convey a message. It can make us laugh, cry, experience different emotions, etc.
· With the advancement in print technology, literature began to be read by a larger population than ever before. And in the 21st century, it has reached even more people due to electronic literature.
· Culture is the way of life of a particular people at a particular time and it varies from place to place
·A cultural artefact is something that specifically belongs to a particular society and informs us about that society. It is a man-made thing that clues us in to the culture of its creator or user. For example, burial coins, painted pottery, kitchen utensils, telephones or anything else that provides valuable data regarding the social, political, economic, or religious practices of a particular people. Television can also be considered a cultural artefact since it can inform later generations how we spend our leisure time, technological processes, etc.
·Literature can be a great cultural artefact because reading it can inform us about all aspects of a community’s life: dress, mannerisms, food, family life, values and ideals, entertainment, religion, class system, political system, race relations, treatment of women, etc.
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