Dr Ruth Pfau – The Leper Healer With A Heart Of Gold

Painting Souls

IMG_9213Her childhood was more war than peace… her childhood was the second world war. Born in 1929, Dr. Ruth Pfau, was four years old when ‘the little wars started’. “We annexed Austria, so when the official war broke out the year was ’45 and I was a teenager,” now an octogenarian, she shares her days of yore.

When in the abode of the protector of countless human lives, the accolades she has received over the years line the walls through which I pass. When we meet, Dr Pfau was up after her afternoon nap, dressed in the traditional attire of the city which has been her home for half a century. The journey she made from Leipzig, her city of birth to Karachi has been nothing short of an ‘adventure’. Serving the helpless and the destitute only arose in her mind during the war. “It was during the war in Germany that I thought I should…

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The Kashmir you will never understand

Cafe Dissensus Everyday

By Faakirah Irfan

While I write this, the Internet connections of various service providers have been shut down. The social media services have been banned, and the only thing working in the state of Kashmir is the ongoing conflict.

The government has stood prepared to face the wrath of Kashmiris by either silencing their voices online or by the bullets on their chest.

A lot has been written about the ongoing conflict in Kashmir. There is nothing much that can be added to it. However, as a story-teller, it is my job to let the society know the truth that it is being suppressed. This is to make those not living in conflict zones realize what it feels to have your virtual life taken away.

Without going into a comparison about the authenticity of narratives, I would like to narrate the reality I know.

I am Sakeena, Raffia, Ayushee. I…

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