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Tiffin Talk



Yaseen Reshi



Most of us eat at least one meal at the workplace or at school, and that is usually the lunch carried from home. Deciding what to put in the lunchbox can be quite a task. Firstly, it should taste good. Then it should also contain requisite nutrients like proteins, fats and carbohydrates. A packed lunch should also be filling to prevent bingeing at snack time.

Do you Read?

In an era, when answers to all questions begin and end in Google, are there any takers for books? Baseera Rafiqi tries to find out.

Books never go out of fashion, the manager at a city bookstore tells me, as I ask if they get any customers from among the youth – a generation overwhelmed by Facebook Timeline, and grown up seeking answers to every query from Google.com.

Outside, some girls are glued to the window,looking keenly at a showcased book, I am Malala.

My guardian angel


All those beautiful moments, it seems like it was yesterday. It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since I lost my guide, my mentor, my motivator, my inspiration - my dad.
All I am left with are memories and there is no way I can get him back. All I can do is reminisce those everlasting moments. Though, I no longer can have his hand over my head, his kiss on my forehead, and his pat on my back, can’t sit with him and chat, can’t live those moments again.

Riding to freedom

Haika Sajad

Srinagar, Feb 29:

For 23-year-old Marouf scooty was the only way out of the harassment girls face in public transport.

A mass-communication student at the University of Kashmir, Marouf has been riding the two-wheeler since 2012, when she was studying at the Government College for Women Nawakadal.

During the first year of her college, she says she was annoyed by unnecessary pushing and shoving in public transport.

“It was annoying, so I preferred to walk from my Batamaloo residence to Nawakadal College,” she said.

Will O' The Wisp

It's 10:55 again
Since I was as young as 12, I had come to believe that my life is intimately interwoven with this juxtaposition of this minute and hour hand at 10:55. Oh my Allah, it simply never escaped my eye. I would always surmise about what this time had in store for me. My imaginings would never relinquish to wander into causes of consequences. That's how day dreaming became an important part of my life. I never knew 10:55 would be the ignis fatuus for me.

Restless mind

Anxiety about one’s examination results is but natural.
Here Numan Ahmad shares his anxieties as he was waiting for the results.
There is this natural phenomenon common in our times; pre result anxiety and post result deaths. I know calling it a natural phenomenon is a little too much, but for us, results are seriously a big deal though. For me it sure is not big enough a deal to end life. No one should. I have appeared in my 12th class examinations and am spending sleepless nights waiting for D-Day.