Recommendation 1 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘In a troubled country, still time for high society’

By: ‘Declan Walsh’

Article states that a new magazine, Hello! Pakistan is out to paint the image of Pakistan. Magazine states that it will focus on the country’s soft side in such a way that it will wash away the image of burqas and bombs that west is so fixated on. However, there is another side of the coin too. Many might agree that this may help, but there are few people ho do not agree with the approach, as it being called a life within the bubble and the bubble is filled with nonsense.

Summary:

Well, Hello! Pakistan might not be entirely wrong in the effort to paint the image, with the high class stuff. But what more needs to be focused on is the elimination of the bombs, even if not eliminated fully, the effort needs to e shown, as this is what will make a difference and not just high fashion.

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Learn Words from the article:

Nonsense: Rubbish
Discreetly: Tactfully
Prominent: Famous
Glamorous: Alluring

Recommendation 2 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘Chinese artist is barred from his own hearing’

By: ‘Andrew Jacobs’

Article states that in China, an artist has been barred from his own hearing of his law suit against tax officials. Article states that just in case Chinese authorities had thought that barring him from his own hearing would not generate public interest then they must have been really disappointed. However, the opposite has happened, when he was not allowed to attend his own hearing, hundreds of supporters gathered outside the court even in the presence of army of officers. Further, the article also points out that the artist was also had to spend 81 days in jail last year and was also instructed to stay in Beijing and keep his mouth shut.

Summary:

Perhaps, he authorities have forgotten that even in history, it has been the oppression that has resulted in revolutions. So, for them thinking that this would have not generated public interest in the case then they are highly mistaken indeed. They have just exaggerated the case and again drawn international attention on their oppressive way. Lets flush freedom of speech down the drain.

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Dissidents: rebels
Supporters: Followers
Surveillance: Watch

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘Let the dark knight rise’

By: ‘Vinita Dawra Nangia’

This article is talking about harnessing negative emotions to inspire oneself into action. For example the article states that emotions like anger and envy can inspire a person for greater actions, which wouldn’t have been possible in the absence of such actions. Article further demonstrates the power of negative emotions by quoting the story of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights where he was so worn out by his rejection from Catherine that he disappeared for few years to only return as a rich and a gentleman.

Summary:

Well, something negative always happens in everyone’s lives at some point r the other. And this article at this point is for all those people who are struggling in some way or the other way to put their lives together. Let’s face it, sadness at every point reminds us that this is not the life that we ever wanted, so that should be the reason to put it off.

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Learn Words from the article:

Devastating: Overwhelming
Consequences: Penalty

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