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A valuable lesson

This is with reference to the story “A valuable lesson” by Manahil Naeem (YW, April 20). This story gave two very important lessons to youngsters.

First, they should always obey their parents because parents will neither take a wrong decision for their children, nor will they misguide them.

Second, we should never trust anyone blindly so that they don’t break our trust easily. And we should always be careful while choosing our friends because we are represented by our company, as it is famously said, “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

Prih Fida Hussain,

Ghotki

Plastic: The devil in disguise

This is with reference to the cover story “Plastic: The devil in disguise” by Benazir Raz (YW, April 13). I would like to first thank the YW magazine and Ms Benazir for writing on such an important issue.

A ban on this devil has not been strongly enforced as plastic shopping bags and containers are good for most things. The realistic way of dealing with this devil is control over its usage and proper management.

We must control this devil and not let this devil control us. We should ask shopkeepers to put as many purchased items in one plastic bag as possible, rather than letting them put each item in a seperate plastic bag.

Similarly, a clean used shopping bag can be re-used a few times to reduce the ever-increasing plastic waste.

If a plastic bag is squeezed between two hands to remove air from inside and a few knots are tied to it before throwing away, its collection and transportation becomes very easy. Most importantly, we must not burn it to safeguard our health from the resulting fumes and toxic gases. Only we can control the problems caused by plastics by reducing our dependence on it and through proper disposal.

Mahmood Khawaja,

Islamabad

II

The article “Plastic: The devil in disguise” by Benazir Raz was a well-researched article. The information on how plastic has polluted not only our land but also water and the overall environment has literally left me anxious.

It is very frustrating to know that plastic bags take hundreds or even thousands of years to break down, so the damage to the environment is long-lasting. Disposing plastic into water harms marine life, while burning plastic releases poisonous chemicals in the air. Soil fertility also gets affected due to plastic waste. In addition to this, there are countless harmful effects on human health. We must avoid using it before things get worst.

Faria Memon,

Karachi

III

I did not know anything about the hazards of plastic before, but after reading “Plastic: The devil in disguise” by Benazir Raz, I noticed how we are harming the condition of our planet day by day by using things that are harmful to our environment.

We can bring about change by avoiding the use of plastics wherever we can, because it is us who are damaging our environment on a daily basis.

Anas Junejo,

Kando Wahan, Sukkur

Robot world

This is regarding the story “Robot world” by Umar Shaheen (YW, April 6). The story provides a great comparison between natural and robotic worlds. Although robots are sufficient in providing some things in a far better way than humans, they cannot give the natural feel and joy that we humans are capable of.

This world has lost its natural beauty and has become polluted because of all the industrial, technological and mechanical advancements made by humans. This has affected all living things on earth, it is always better to live a natural and simple life than relying on mechanical help as depicted in the story.

Shuaib Chachar,

Sakrand

Student and exams

This is regarding the article “Student and exams” by Umar Shaheen (YW, April 20). The writer points out all the dramatic activities that most children do during exam time, but the only thing they don’t do is study! If they study sincerely, instead of indulging in such activities, there will be no need of any miracle.

Shoaib Ahmed Chachar,

Shaheed Benazir Abad

Published in Dawn, Young World, May 4th, 2019