Category: Features

How Mangrove Forests Prevented Environmental Crime

To a visitor travelling south from Mombasa to savour the rich culture of the Swahili, the village of Gazi passes for a sleepy settlement in an almost forgotten stretch of the rapidly developing Kenyan coast. Inside the closely built mud-walled houses of the village, the day begins with a prayer...

Wonders of Dates -Fahmida Mehreen

Dates are one of the most common dry fruits consumed all across the world. It is more popular among the Muslim community for its origins; nonetheless, people from all nations savour the various kinds of dates available for consumption. In the Middle East, they are considered Holy Fruit, and the...

Let It Go Move On and Feel Less Pain

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Herman Hesse I often write about finding lightness in life. It can come from an unhurried but effective day at work or from uncluttering your home. Or from learning how to let go and...

Manmade Shipping Canals -Nurul Huda

Canals are manmade. It is reported that the first canals were constructed some 3,000 years ago. Those canals were for constructed for the purpose of irrigation, allowing water reach to some place where it is necessary for human use. Later, canals have been constructed to help boats and ships pass...

The unseen ‘slow violence’

What is violence? At its most obvious, it is a bullet fired at flesh, a knee pushed into a neck, or a mob storming the Capitol. In law, it is criminal, domestic, sexual, alcohol-fuelled. On the battlefield, it is state-sanctioned. Often violence is understood by the adjectives appended to it:...

Things You Need to

Stop Doing “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius This article is about a few mistakes I’ve made. About a few destructive habits that can make life quite messy and unhappy. And it’s about what you can do instead to replace those mistakes and...

Books – Food for Soul -Fahmida Mehreen

Books. By definition, they refer to a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. It is a source of information. Now, books can be non-fictional, edited non-fictional, reference books and fictional books. Each kind has its specialty and purpose....

The batteries that could make fossil fuels obsolete

The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the north Californian coast, the 500-foot-tall (150m) pillars crown what was once California’s largest electric power station – a behemoth natural gas-fired generator. Today, as California steadily moves to...

Work Smarter And Unleash Your Productivity

A common phrase heard these days is “work smarter not harder,” but what does that really mean? Surely working smarter is still working hard, right? In a way, you are right—to be able to work smarter, you do need to put in the hard work first. You will need to...

Being Kind is Good For Your Health

Newspapers started writing about Betty Lowe when she was 96 years old. Despite being long past retirement age, she was still volunteering at a cafe at Salford Royal Hospital in Greater Manchester, UK, serving coffee, washing dishes and chatting to patients. Then Lowe turned 100. “Still volunteers at hospital”, the...

The Oldest University in the World and the Muslim Woman who Found it -Ahmad Ullah

Two most famous universities of the modern world, Cambridge and Oxford, were founded in 1209 and 1096, respectively. However, none of these are the first universities in the world, not even in Europe. The oldest university in the world is Morocco’s Al-Qaraween University, which was founded in 859 A.D. According...

The Power of Thankfulness

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for...

How The Lockdown Has Affected Your Memory

If, since lockdown, you have found it hard to remember to email someone, summon up the word you need, or yet again forgotten to buy the milk – you are not alone. I’ve lost count of the number of times recently that friends have bemoaned their worsening memories. Data is...