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By Farkhanda Qaiser

This was a debate i wrote and performed in an Interclass competition held in March 2011 in KEMU, Lahore.

Ever seen the phoenix after it goes to ashes?

The bright gold colors turn to coal black representing the end of a golden era…And you think,

“alas, the poor soul is finished.”

But just when you’re about to turn your back on those ashes, you notice a change,

A flicker of flame in those ashes,

A sign of life,


Ashes turn to flames,

Flames to flickering wings,

And finally, a whole new phoenix is born!

That is exactly what we are going to talk about today,


A similar phoenix-like condition was witnessed half a century ago,

On the dawn of 6th August 1945, Hiroshima was awakening slowly to a beautiful morning, unaware of the horrors that lay ahead.

At around 8:14 AM, a single bomb dropped by a single airplane changed the destinies of thousands of people…!

Houses were reduced to rubble…!

Cars were blown away like balls of cotton…!

Human flesh and bones were scattered like fireworks…!

And the sky which was a pleasant blue seconds before was now filled with a huge white mushroom cloud that enveloped the entire city…!

Intense heat and light radiated from it…!

Such was the extent of the atomic bomb that it was believed nothing would grow on the soil of Hiroshima for another 70 years…!

However, Hiroshima did not die…!

Soon, makeshift huts made of wood appeared in the chaared rubble and black markets sprang up in front of train stations. This was the start of recovery.

And now, Japan is the 3rd biggest economy in the world.

Proving What?

Proving that it rose out of the ashes of ‘little boy’ and ‘fat man.’

Now let’s travel a few thousand miles to the west. And a few decades back into history.

The downtrodden muslims of the subcontinent living like beggars in their own country…

Not having a voice of their own…

So illiterate as would shame their highly educated ancestors…

And yet a man arose from those very muslims who was a true leader

Who was saluted by the greatest leaders of the world…

Yes none other than Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah…

He united all the scattered Muslims under one flag and gave them a reason to live…

A reason to breathe…

And a reason to die for…


Then the world saw how those very downtrodden Muslims rose from the depths of despair to fight for a separate state of their own…

And they succeeded…

Today, we breathe in fresh air because of those people who sacrificed their lives for us, their families, their homes, infact everything they had!


Only so that we could have a country to call our own…

So that we had an identity…

BUT what have we made of this country now?

Bomb blasts everyday?

Rampant violation of human rights

No value of life or honor

Pakistan is recognized world over as a country full of terrorists

Tourists have stopped coming here…

Even cricketing nations have bid goodbye to us…!

We are burning everyday…

For food, for electricity, for basic necessities of life…

We are in ashes

Now here comes the question,

Will we rise out of these ashes?

And the answer, YES we will…!

Yes, we are infact rising out of these ashes…

Ali Moeen Nawazish is testimony of that…

The UN ambassador of Peace, Aisam ul Haq, says that…

Our cricket team ready to battle in Mohali will prove that…

Cricket will come back to this country….

Tourists will flock  to valleys of Swat

Terrorists would die a silent death…

Kalabagh dam would be built….

Our energy crisis would end…

We will prosper,

Out of the ashes, we will rise again…!



 This post was published in KELLOGS on 10/4/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser

The next one on the list is ‘The Lahore Museum.’ HEY no…!! I’m not about to commence on a lecture about arts and craft and how we should value our glorious past! We all have studied that in our history books.

Instead I will give you a detailed account of how my first and only trip (after coming to ke) to the museum turned out to be. And also the things to look out for.
The first shock awaited us at the entrance when the plump ticket guy told us that no cameras and mobiles are allowed inside. I mean, what gibberish he was uttering…! We had come on a fun trip and he expected us to go without taking any pictures and thus any memories to show off to those of our friends who hadn’t turned up…! He seriously needed some lectures on girls-with-digital cam psychology. And I had a mind of doing just that when my panicked friends decided to restrain me by buying me a kid ticket! Well yes, I got that colorful, small and cheap one while all others got that boring and expensive adult ticket. Good, atleast the plump man had learnt one lesson to appease angry girls. Give a discount…! Aaah yes discount was the magic word that did it for me and I agreed to forgive the poor uncle who was just doing his job.
Then we entered the majestic and ancient museum that gave you the feeling of a church.
(you’d understand what I mean, if you’ve been to a church) The far-away roof, the red brick walls, the tall standing mighty pillars and the emptiness of it all. You could shout and your voice would echo. I actually felt like playing ‘pakran pakrai’ because there was just so much empty space but then my eyes fell on the handsome Mughal Emperor, Babur! Lo and Behold! If crush at first sight actually exists then this was my moment of experiencing it first hand! His portrait had been engraved on elephant teeth. And he looked so dashing and royal that he took my breath away (figuratively speake ing) It was definitely hard to believe that he had fought all those battles of Panipat and many more. Anyhow as we were running short of time so we (I) had to move on grudgingly. We saw some more portraits of Mughals. Our medical knowledge definitely helped us here. We diagnosed Sher Shah Suri and Mumtaz Mahal with Down’s syndrome. Poor people, they never even knew they had an extra chromosome! Then we saw a thoracopagus vase (we had recently taken our Profs so all the pagus kids were definitely in our mind). Actually 3 vases were joined at the imaginary thoracic level and thus our diagnosis. We got so excited at watching this vase that we started yelling ‘look, thoracopagus,’ ‘Omg! Thoracopagus!’ and nudging each other to have a peek at our discovery…! All our commotion definitely diverted the attention of the handful of people in the museum towards us. A group of school kids probably on a field trip even passed by us complaining of all sorts of ailments and pains saying, ‘gosh I have a severe headache,’ ‘my tummy ache is really bothering me’ and believe it or not a kid even had the audacity to say, ‘I need a cure for my heart ache!’
Heartache! Seriously what has the world come to! Little toddlers (okay not exactly toddlers but kids in early teens) were actually trying to flirt with grown up to-be lady doctors…! Tch tch. These Indian soaps have really corrupted the young minds…!
Shaking our heads, we moved on to the next section which was ‘The Islamic History.’
There were many old manuscripts of The Holy Quran which were elegantly handwritten. Personal possessions of The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) had also been preserved. Beautiful pottery and things of daily use of Muslims of that era fascinated us so much that we wished we could do that harry-potter-style-glass-vanishing-magic and run away with all that stuff…! But alas, we couldn’t!
Cursing our inability to do magic, we then proceeded to ‘The Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism’ sections. All sorts of statues awaited us here. The many-handed and many-headed gods of Hindus with their tongues protruding out; the Buddha in his meditating posture; the Holy cow; the snakes and finally each phase of the life of Buddha carved on stone. Very interesting, indeed!
However, now we were tiring and wanted to freshen up so started looking around for the washroom. Then one of us remembered spotting 2 doors, one of which was labeled ‘mastoorat’ and the other also had a similar sounding word. We automatically assumed that mastoorat would mean ‘washroom.’ Glad at having found a fancy alternate for the word washroom, we went around asking for the directions of ‘mastoorat’ only to find out later that mastoorat means ‘ladies’ and not washroom…! LOL
After having had a laugh at our faux pas, we strolled to the last section of the museum which was situated on the 1st floor. The Pakistan Movement. This part of the museum was definitely more developed as compared to the rest. The entire history was recounted in the form of pictures from that era. Both black and white and colorful. We finally got to see all those faces whom we only knew by names. Mohsin-ul-Mulk, Ameer Ali, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and other similar names. However one face particularly drew our attention and that was the face of Nawab Viqar-ul-Mulk who had a striking resemblance to the previous HOD of the Physiology Department of KEMU. We then pondered over the possible link between the two and ultimately reached a consensus that the HOD must be a descendent of Nawab saab.
Carrying this thought in mind and all the other wonderful memories of this trip to the Museum, we then headed towards our very own KEMU as we were getting late for the next lecture. Ah yes, back to the lectures!
However this trip ensured me of one thing. We must promote active learning of history in schools. This would definitely increase the interest of students in this boring subject. And one way of active learning is visiting such museums…!



This post was published in KELLOGS, the official blog of King Edward Literary Society on 10/4/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser

Ever wondered what’s the best thing about studying in KE?

A typical reply would be: “If you’re in KE, what more could you want? After all, you’d be the best of the best, the cream of the nation…!”
Well, you see that’s a reply you’d get from a non-kemcolian who has no idea what life in KE is actually all about…
Life in KE is much beyond the usual sub stages, modules and tests that medical students have to endure…
How? You might ask…
In fact, you might even be bamboozled by the fact that kemcolians can have a life outside of B.D. Churasia, Mushtaq, Guyton and Firdous…!
And that’s considering the fact that almost all the toppers of all the education boards in Pakistan have landed exclusively in KE…and thus contribute to the theta image of our prestigious university…but even these thetas can’t resist the delicious food of Anarkali and food street.
However, I’m not going to talk about food here (as I’ve already written a detailed food analysis in kemunited).
Today, the topic under discussion is (Gosh. The parliamentary debates are getting to me) an exclusive report on the various places of entertainment for us kemcolians. Outside of ke-that is.
For us girls, the first name that’d crop up in your mind is Anarkali. We go there daily. For a wide variety of reasons. To shop for birthday gifts (Yes, it’s the most economical place and also the nearest). To buy cheap jewelry for daily wear. To do window shopping of fancy bridal clothes and fantasize about our own weddings…! (Lol…no I don’t do that) Sometimes even just to get away from the suffocating confines of ke. Or to shop for decoration stuff when some class event or society event comes up and you’re made the head of décor-much to your distress…! And oh yeah how could I forget the notorious book shops which are crowded to the brim at the start of every year and then seldomly visited by us doc saabs…! Union has the most expensive books and they’re bound to give you pirated version of every book unless you mention otherwise…I’ve been a victim. I had to resell my black and white guyton with pink book cover just because I had written my name at the start so it couldn’t be exchanged. (ofcourse I suffered a loss of about a couple of hundreds) Shahid wale uncle is so nice. He really knows a thing or two about PR and positive marketing. He’d make sure he finds you the book you’re looking for even if he has to go a few shops down the block. And yeah the prices are less than those of union. Lastly comes Zubair. It’s the nearest to ke but it does not have most of the books…! Now, a few rules about shopping in Anarkali: (for girls)
1) NEVER and I repeat never agree to the 1st price that a shopkeeper tells you. Keep haggling till you get to half the original price!
2) Keep an umbrella with you for smashing any rude guy who dares to call you names…!
3) Wear your most comfortable and worn out sneakers to ensure that you can still walk on 2 feet after coming out alive from Anarkali.
4) Walk in the middle of road so that you work as partition of the 2 way traffic.
5) Put cotton plugs in your ears to avoid the unnecessary interruption in your daydreams by dopies who invite you in their shops.
6) Always wear overall so that you can give the most plausible excuse of: ‘I have to buy from my pocket money so please reduce the price.’
7) Never show your willingness to buy something because that gives the shopkeeper the incentive to ask for ‘munh boli’ price.
8) Wear goggles to avoid eye contact with ‘cheap frandship guys’ Trust me you will find plenty of those in Anarkali.
9) If you’re wearing those long loose trousers, then make sure to tie them up from the bottom to avoid carrying the various items loosely strewn on the never-cleaned floor of these streets.
10) And lastly, be armed for any eventualities…!
Once you have followed this rule book then you are a master of shopping in any part of Lahore. Anarkali is the best training ground we have. And for that we must thank our gora masters who built our university in such a nice locality.
But wait, I think Anarkali was made after KE so then we should thank the makers of Anarkali for choosing such a nice location. And for thinking about us entertainment-starved doc saabs.
Thank You makers of Anarkali… We really owe you a big one…!

Story of a Successful Campaign


This article was published in KEMunited on 14/5/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) and Shafaq Tabassum (3rd Year)

From 3rd to 7th May 2011, SPWS with the collaboration of APPNA took the initiative to launch a unique yet interactive week long campaign to educate the general public especially patients and barbers about Hepatitis C. At the onset, it seemed like it would just be another seminar held by just another society: same old lectures listened by none, a good 3 hours spent sleeping in the air conditioned auditorium, followed by the long-awaited refreshments (this applies especially to the kemcolian guys =p ). However the actual story was quite the opposite.

Infact the project advisor, Ahmad Naseer and project director, Shafaq Tabassum ensured that it was so by organizing the following events for the campaign:

1) Interclass Poster competition

2) Interactive Seminar

3) Awareness Campaign in various wards of Mayo Hospital

4) Visit to the barbers and beauticians

They were helped in this task by 5 Project Managers and 20 Project Organizers who coordinated and meticulously organized all these activities.

Name of the Campaign:

After a lot of deliberation with the entire team of the project, it was decided to be:‘Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C Campaign’


Colorful and eye catching charts, detailed notices and banners were pasted in all parts of the campus of KE.In addition, announcements were made in all classes to ensure that the message reached to the maximum number of people.

Poster Competition:

This was an exclusive attempt to spread awareness about Hepatitis C in a way that would appeal the general public. It was open to all students of KE. And Boy…did they show enthusiasm! All those innovative and artistic posters that kept pouring in the SPWS office in OPD 19 proved that kemcolians can surely paint as well as they do surgery or dissection (as applies to 1st and 2nd Year students).

The Judges for this competition were Madam Tauseef, the college artist, KE; Madam Sara from PIPO and Dr. Inamulhaq from Mayo Hospital, Lahore.

The judges’ criteria for this poster competition were:

Only hand made posters were allowed.

Caption was compulsory.

Poster should depict some aspect of hepatitis C (precautions, causes, outcome etc)

Poster should be understandable by general community.

All the participants definitely followed these rules and so their posters were displayed in the KE auditorium on the day of the seminar. The fact that people were seen taking pictures of these posters was proof enough that they were really liked by all.

The winners were:

Farah Huma (2nd Year)

Amber Batool (4th Year)

Rukhsaar Naseer (3rd Year)


2011 is definitely the year for 2nd year…! Getting first position in sports day skit then kaps video competition and then the 2 interclass photography competitions…! Wow..! 2nd Year truly rocks….!


The highlights of the seminar were an interactive lecture, quiz competition, multimedia educational videos and a superbly acted skit. The Chief Guest was the honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Asad Aslam Khan. Among other distinguished guests were Prof Dr. Fareed (Registrar KEMU) and Prof Mahmood shaukat (prof of paed. surgery). All other professors were also invited to witness this great effort by the students.

After recitation from the Holy Quran, the hosts, Farkhanda Qaiser and Humaira Sarfraz officially inaugurated the seminar by showing an introductory video about SPWS and its achievements. Then there was a very informative lecture on the causes, symptoms and treatment of Hepatitis C by Dr Asif Mahmood, senior registrar, South Medical Ward. This lecture was followed by an interactive question & answer session with the audience. It was evidence enough that all the viewers had been attentively listening to their Professor’s lecture especially because it was aided by an interesting multimedia show.

However the best test of audience response was the subsequent quiz competition. Questions were shown on multimedia and audience given a chance to answer those questions. The main attraction was the gift hampers that were given to the winners and that encouraged a lot of students to actively participate in this competition.

This hyped up event was then proceeded by a video presentation about hepatitis C.

Then came the last and the best part of the seminar which was a very amusing skit acted and directed by students of MBBS 2nd Year. It highlighted the typical attitude of illiterate people towards social health workers whose task is to spread awareness of such infectious diseases as hepatitis C. After a series of events that included a reused blade at the local barber’s shop, the protagonist of the play contacted hepatitis C. He was then informed that this disease is very much curable and should have been prevented in the first place if all the precautions had been followed. Due to witty one liners and amazing acting, this play was a huge success among the audience.

And so this seminar ended after addresses by VC, Staff president and Staff Advisor. All of whom applauded the students on holding such a wonderful event.

Lastly refreshments were given to all.

Awareness Campaign:

Permission was granted by VC and M.S. to the team of Hepatitis C campaign to visit different wards of Mayo Hospital to spread awareness. 15 teams were formulated and 3 teams were sent to the wards daily. The following wards were covered,

4 surgical units

4 medical units

Urology (units 1 &2)

Dermatology (units 1 &2)

Psychiatry (Drug Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre + clinical psychology and child psychiatry floors)

Orthopedics (units 1 &2)

OPD (All rooms and laboratories)

Pathology labs.

Each team was led by one of the members of the organizing team. The total number of volunteers was about 150. They were first given instructions by their team leaders about the transmission, signs and symptoms, precautions, diet plan for hepatitis C patient, treatment and duties of medical and paramedical staff. Then these volunteers educated the patients, their relatives, nurses, ward boys and paramedical staff.

As most of these volunteers were 1st and 2nd year students so it was a totally new experience for them. Thus they were enthusiastic about interacting with patients and guiding them through their limited knowledge.Even the patients were eager to listen to these friendly young doctors and tell them all their past history of illnesses.

Moreover Posters about Hepatitis C were also displayed in all wards and brochures were distributed among all patients. All the organizers captured a lot of photographs of these memorable moments.

Total patients dealt with were 300. Out of them, 25 were HCV positive.

Thus another chapter of the Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C campaign came to an end.

Visit to Barbers and Beauticians:

A team of 6 Volunteers visited about 13 barbers (1 of them was HCV +) and 6 beauticians in the adjoining areas of Neela Gumbad and educated them about hepatitis C. Informative posters were also pasted in Anarkali.

An information desk has been established in SPWS office in opd 19, mayo for continous awareness of general public where APPNA hep c brouchers shall be available for patient education.

Thus a very extensive and well thought out awareness campaign was concluded at last. It is hoped that this event will have far reaching affects and will be a means of saving lives. Kudos to SPWS and APPNA!

Top Eat-outs Around KEMU !!


This Post was published in KEMunited on 6/4/2011 and was the most popular post for months having received countless comments and ‘likes’

Farkhanda Qaiser

Options Explored!
Well, yeah the title might sound odd…but trust me, the food is one of the best parts about KE or should i say Anarkali.
The variety, the delicious mouth watering taste of Anarkali food is ONE-OF-A-KIND and its a luxury that only us kemcolians enjoy. You doubt that? If so, go to AIMC, and try their tasteless pheekay fries and dry shawarmas and then you will realize what i’m talking about…!
Now here’s a list of places which you should definitely try out and i can bet that they will become your much-haunted aboards in the coming 5 years…

1-Al-Karim Bakery
First of all, the ever famous Al-Karim which according to kemcol data, earns half of its income from kemcolians. The best item is the band-makhan burger. If you’re an over-obesity concerned girl then let me tell you that it sure has alot of calories so make sure to share it with a friend of yours.
The egg sandwich is tasty too but i dont really like the shawarma.

2- Lovely burger and Popsy burger
For shawarmas, the best place is lovely burger (i’m not sure whether its still there or not because i heard the road encroachment authorities had removed our 2 best burger spots-lovely and popsy) The lovely burger is more spicy and has more sauces whereas the popsy is more crispy…So you can choose what you like better.
3 -RFC (You dont wanna know what R stands for!)
Another place for shawarmas is the newly built Rangola Fried Chicken just across from the patiala gate (buses wala) but these RFC ppl take ALOT of time to make your shawarmas so remember to time them from the moment you give your order and pester them after every few minutes to hurry up. Only this will ensure that you can be back for your next lecture in time if you’ve nicked from uni during break or DH. Yes, i’ve tried this too.
4 -Qasr-e-Shireen
Next to RFC is qasr-e-shireen which is the samosa place. Don’t use their spoons, they are very dirty. Yes even dirtier than the normal hygienic standards of Anarkali! Instead ask them to give you the samosas in the brown bags and eat with your hands. I hope you’ve used safeguard or lifebuoy after your last DH. Because if you haven’t then ask your friends who never even come near the deadbodies to feed you because formalin doesn’t taste that nice…!

5-Salad Bar Anarkali
Now if there’s a birthday party and you have to give a treat to a huge group of friends and the budget is short then the best place is the salad bar in anarkali-the one opposite the wigs shop. (Yes, you can try the wigs after the treat and take lots of pictures) There is a clothes shop next to the salad bar which has a bench where you can all sit and eat. HEY, don’t make faces! You’re in KE now and should be courageous enough for these little adventures. The Anarkali shopkeepers are well aware of the young ‘doc saabs’ and will never stop from entertaining you.
6-Hafiz Fruit and Juice Corner
These were some of the nearby places where you could have a quick snack and be back for the next class. but if you’ve decided to bunk DH or a practical then you have a good 2 hours in which you can enjoy. The first place you should try out is Hafiz fruit and juice corner. Head towards union book shop and keep on going straight, you will reach food street and see the green board with hafiz jee’s picture on it. Go upstairs and take your waiter with you. He’d be a lanky guy strolling around with the menu in his hand. The only 2 things that i’ve eaten on every visit of mine are gol gappay and papri chaat. aah…mouth watering. Don’t forget to mix the sweet and sour chatnis! And oh yes, don’t even DARE to read the menu or else you’ll feel like your kindergarten teacher taught you nothing about spellings…! Because, what you always thought was ‘nestle’ water will become Nassly large. Russian salad will squirm on the massacre of Reaction Salad. Egg friend rice will become senile on the mention of Age Fried rice…!
So be ware…! You have been warned…!
You can also walk up the food street and enjoy the halwa puri if you’ve missed your 1st lecture because that’s only available as nashta in the morning. And i’ve heard there’s falooda as well but ive yet to try it but as everything else, i’m sure it must be scrumptious too…!
7-Red Chillies
Now coming to the very last item on my list but that doesn’t mean it’s less frequently visited by us. RED chllies…! I’m sure the hostelites must already be familiar with it but those day scholars who are not, let me guide you. Walk out of physio dept, go towards emergency and walk out of mayo through a huge black gate. Then turn to the right and keep walking till you reach the chowk. Now turn left and keep watching the boards on the left side, you’d finally spot the red board among the many camera shops…! Once inside, you can choose from a wide variety of food items. You have finally entered a proper restaurant in the vicinity of KE so enjoy…! The best deal is the pizza deal… yummy…
8-Fresh Juice stalls
AND oh yeah a special summer package is the ‘fresh juice stalls’ Outside k.e. Never go for the over-expensive and over-thick juices of Mayo canteen.
In summers, my day is incomplete Without a lemonade or peach juice in a lafafa…no, i cant bear those unhygienic glasses jis pe moti moti makhian bethti hain…!
I hope my little guide will prove useful to you. Because it took me almost a year to figure out all these places and my best times have been spent eating vociferously and enjoying with my friends…! Life is very short. Don’t forget to enjoy…! That’s my motto…!
Till next time…
Good bye! =)

Added by Mc Fearless: =)

9) Doctors Cafe
This is a small cafe located at the farthest end of Mayo Hospital, crossing the Medical Superitendant offices. It has better seating and ambiance than our cafe (there’s an aquarium in there too !) cant say that it has better menu. Still, good place to go for a change!

10) Ghulam Rasool ke chanay
This is located among the many surgical stores, in a tight alley and is at a walking distance from patiala. The chanas are legendary and the price is good !

11)Food Streets Anarkali and Gawalmandi
If you havent been to any of the above till your stay here at KEMU, you’ve been missing the finest cuisine Lahore has to offer ! From Halwa poori breakfast, to Takka tak dinner.. From sumptuous Lassis to heavenly fruit juices, Patooras, Parathas and the list is endless..

Some places at driving/rickshaw distance

D)Biryani Express
E) Pizza Hut
G)Salt N’ Pepper
H)Bundu Khan

Are we missing anything here ?? Write in the comments section any place that you would like to share, that would complete the list !

Places added by readers:
1) Mayo Canteen…which was worth a miss btw =p
3)aur midnight tabaq k saath wala pink tea stall
aur boys hostel k saamne puratha stall(12am-7am) …well duh i would obviously not know about these places…=p