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Think of a doctor and the picture of a studious, quietly competent, and serious person in a doctor’s coat comes to the mind. We tend to forget that doctors can be humans with a range of artistic talent. To encourage doctors to build empathy, medical journals allow poetry by doctors to be published. The result could range from the amusing to intense poems. Among these, few poems can be quite evocative and memorable.


A month after the Peshawar killings of schoolchildren, here’s a Pakistani talking about why the country is lashed with violent attacks in spite of citizens wanting a different future for the country. The angry outburst also talks about how the democracy is compromised when the military holds the reins of the government and the politicians are puppets in the hands of the military.