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August 25, 2012


Game talk

Game talk is a wonderful column, especially for video game lovers because with the help of this section, one can get to know about the latest games and their strong and weak points.

But I would like to point out here that most of the times, war and fighting games are reviewed in this column, which is not good for the mental health of youngsters.

Violent games inculcate violent and aggressive behaviour in kids which ultimately leads to the development of a destructive personality. Though it’s the responsibility of game developers to make constructive and peaceful games so that kids can have positive sources of entertainment, if that’s not happening these days, the reviewer should prefer constructive games for reviewing — I hope there must be some games that would ‘not’ be about war and fighting.

It’s not necessary that you always review the latest games that are probably all about terror and war. You can choose some old games too that are not so violent and can help generate constructive thinking among kids.

Ayesha Sultan, Karachi

Amusement parks in Karachi

There are many amusements parks in Karachi that offer positive recreational activities for kids and adults alike. But there are many people who don’t know much about these fun spots and, therefore, they miss amazing opportunities to have fun with family, especially during holidays.

I request the Young World team to publish a photo feature on major amusement parks in Karachi so that those who are unaware of these recreational places can get to know about them.

Nageen Khan, Karachi

Lend a helping hand

This is with reference to the photo about floods in Philippines published in the Zooming in section of the Young World on August 4, 2012. The picture reminded me of the devastating floods in Pakistan in the year 2010.

Natural calamities are hard to prevent but at least the concerned authorities can take preventive measures to avoid major destruction. Also ‘honest’ efforts should be made by government departments, non-governmental organisations, as well as well-off citizens to contribute to help those who become displaced due to natural disasters.

It is sad to see that in our part of the world, such mishaps are considered as ‘opportunities’ by many people so that they can grab the money and relief goods provided by the developed countries for the victims of disasters.

I just want to say that it’s our country and its people are our brothers and sisters. During hard times, we must lend a helping hand to them instead of snatching their rights!

Khalique Baloch, Quetta

The shady tree

This is with reference to the story The shady tree by Zainub Ajmal (YW, August 11, 2012). Overall, the story is written well.

The illustration as well as the title of the story initially gave the reader a certain idea as to what its theme would be, but after reading the first paragraph it made the reader wonder, ‘How can this introduction be connected to the theme of the story?’

This is exactly what kept the reader hooked to the story till the end. So, I would say the writer wrote the story in quite an interesting way, creating a fusion between the hard-heartedness of the practical world and real life with the aspirations for love, care and happiness of an innocent girl just beginning her life.

Furthermore, the message conveyed through the story is in fact one which we should embrace for our whole lives: “Become a tree that spreads its shade to everyone and anyone. Live a life that makes people want to keep you alive.”

Living a life with this motto will indeed make us humble, generous, caring and a noble human being.

Mariha Ghazal, Karachi