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How Loneliness Kills

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Lubna Khalid

Mrs Saeed is a 74-year-old widow with a big family. She lives in Karachi with her two married sons and five grandchildren. She should not have any reason to feel lonely, right? Think again! Her sons come to her before going to work, remain standing and keep looking at the watch, and after a cursory 'how are you this morning' and 'do you need something' and depart for work. Her grandchildren go to schools and colleges, and have no time to spare for an old woman who tries to instill moral values in them.

They come home and with a 'salam dadi jaan' then rush to their rooms. Her daughters-in-law do not treat her badly, but dislike giving her company. So, it is TV and prayers for her. It has been this way for years now. "When my husband was alive, at least we had each other's company, though we often had fights. Since he died 12 years ago, I feel a strange emptiness. I often stay silent for hours at a stretch because there is no one to talk to. Everyone told me I would stop missing him and time is the best healer, but I miss him more and more day by day. You see, he always had time for me."
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, February 10, 2020, ,

Mandi Bahauddin Mein

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Originally Mandi Bahauddin was a village called as Chak number 51. It started expanding after the completion of Rasul Hydroelectric Power Station on Upper Jhelum Canal in 1901. Today, Mandi Bahauddin is an over crowded market town famous for its agricultural markets (Grain Market, Vegetable Market and Livestock Market) and local industry of making colourful bed legs.

The name Mandi Bahauddin originates from two sources: Mandi (market) was prefixed because it was a flourishing grain market and Bahauddin was borrowed from nearby old village Pindi Bahauddin, which has now become part of the town. After the partition, thousands of refugees from India rehabilitated on the evacuee property of Sikh and Hindu landlords. Lately, after the construction of Rasul Barrage, people from the belt along southern edge of Salt Range up to Pind Dadan Khan and other areas across the River Jhelum came settling in the town. Due to migrations and increase in business activities, the town has expanded in all directions. The result is that more than half of the population is living outside municipal limits without any civic amenities. More unplanned localities and kachi abadies are coming up everyday. The tendency to move from rural areas to urban centres is on the increase.
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