Eurovision: A comedy without laughs but plenty of star power

Netflix has managed to boost the profiles of quite a few comedians since it first launched. Its stand up comedy shows has managed to spotlight up and coming talent like Hasan Minhaj and Allie Wong. The streaming service’s original comedy slate has also led to rejuvenate the careers of established comedians such as Adam Sandler,… Continue reading Eurovision: A comedy without laughs but plenty of star power

Kashmir, Gurdaspur & Mountbatten?

Alan Campbell Johnson, in his famous book, “Mission with Mountbatten” writes – while trying to explain why Kashmir, amongst the princely states, represented a special problem that “there was a Hindu ruler with a state geographically contiguous to both dominions and the majority of his subjects (were) Moslem.” Campbell Johnson may have never created this… Continue reading Kashmir, Gurdaspur & Mountbatten?

The Last Days of American Crime: A tale of how a signal wipes out crime forever

It’s hard to be surprised by just how mundane Netflix’s Last Days Of American Crime is. The film, directed by Olivier Megatron and scripted by one time Stranger Things showrunner Karl Gajdusek, is reminiscent of the standard action flicks of the late eighties and nineties that would feature Hollywood A list men Keaton, Willis in… Continue reading The Last Days of American Crime: A tale of how a signal wipes out crime forever

Cement Industry: Anything bright on the horizon?

The cement industry has been struggling recently. May figures showed Pakistan’s cement sector declined by almost 36% year-on-year (YoY), with local construction activity at a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. A much needed boost to Pakistan’s exports However, a bright light appeared on the cement sector’s horizon as DG Khan Cement… Continue reading Cement Industry: Anything bright on the horizon?

July GVS Magazine Editorial

Best news comes first: Pakistan’s active Corona cases – tests or no tests – are going down earlier than the government estimated. All the data indicates that we hit the high earlier this month and the curve is showing a decline. Having said this the government, including Prime Minister has urged caution and asked the… Continue reading July GVS Magazine Editorial

Netflix’s DA 5 Bloods is a breath of fresh air in today’s struggling times

A story about buried treasure serves as a perfect springboard into what is a far more complex tale of identity, loss, war and the scars black men have carried in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. A story about black men deployed in a foreign country Set in the present day but featuring flashbacks to the… Continue reading Netflix’s DA 5 Bloods is a breath of fresh air in today’s struggling times

Watchmen: The defining series of 2020?

Masks, Police Brutality and Race Riots – these were just a few of the defining characteristics of HBO’s 2019 limited series: Watchmen. Inspired by the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel of the same name, the superhero drama series quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed series of its time just a few… Continue reading Watchmen: The defining series of 2020?

The Criminal Justice System of Pakistan: A duplicitous affair

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” was the proclamation made by pigs controlling the government of the “animal farm”. Other animals might have no objection over the declaration. Still, from a ‘global sustainability perspective,’ it’s seriously unethical to leak out government secrets, and especially when such secrets are equally… Continue reading The Criminal Justice System of Pakistan: A duplicitous affair

How NLC has ensured Pak-Afghan trade continues amid Covid-19

While the world is still grappling with the Coronavirus, businesses everywhere are reeling from the devastating impact of the pandemic. The negative forecasts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other financial institutions are a grim reminder that hard times will not be over any time soon even if the virus fades away. The global… Continue reading How NLC has ensured Pak-Afghan trade continues amid Covid-19

Tracing the roots of BLA in the backdrop of PSX attack

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), came back into the limelight after it took responsibility for an audacious attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi on June 29. Four BLA militants stormed the PSX building and killed three security guards and a police officer before being killed by the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs). The… Continue reading Tracing the roots of BLA in the backdrop of PSX attack