Congratulations to Pakistan! General Raheel Sharif has willingly and cheerfully handed the baton to his replacement, which is a sign that democracy is coming of age in Pakistan. We are grateful to the outgoing Army Chief for doing his job well, for making us feel safer at a time when we were at our most vulnerable and fearful. Internationally, it’s the end of an era with Fidel Castro’s passing. Everyone likes a strong man and leader who stands up for himself and his people, a David to a Goliath. Castro portrayed just that figure for decades defending his tiny island country against America, the superpower, despite all odds. Though he was a controversial leader whose ideology you may not agree with and Cuba is a country caught in a time warp, but on such vital matters as health care for example, the tiny country far surpassed its giant neighbour the US, which is still trying to figure out how to provide universal health care to its citizens.
And speaking of the US, our younger readers especially must check out this issue’s Memorable Romance about Donald Trump and Marla Maples. The New York Post headline from over 25 years ago that first propelled him to the stratosphere was Marla’s confession to a friend that Trump was “The best sex I’ve ever had.” To someone with The Donald’s massive ego, this was catnip that he just licked up. And he even married her briefly. Though he still has issues with dignity and political correctness, he is now the President-elect of the US, proving it’s still very much a man’s world out there, for better or for worse.
Jeewan Hathi is a smart movie made by smart people. It’s also Pakistan’s first short film that has been released in cinemas here. Do check out our interviews of the director and cast for this. We also met and chatted with the attractive leads of Mehreen Jabbar’s highly anticipated movie Dobara Phir Se.
Winter is fun time here with parties galore cramming our weekends. So GT is the place to see all the fun photos of the happening parties. La Dolce Vita!