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The sound of Silence

A short story by Hamdan Ali Khan, 1st Year MBBS

The old man sat on the beach, barefooted and alone. Silence reigned everywhere except the occasional thrashing of waves which disturbed the acoustic equilibrium. Night it was, the sky filled with a million lanterns, the birds dozing off quietly and the sea like an old pirate sang a silent shanty. Oh! He missed his youth, when he could swim to the Black Rock without drowning, when he could shout at the vast ocean, his resonant voice fading upon the edges of horizon. But all good things come to an end, the voice that once resonated; now a husky whisper. The man who was the fastest swimmer; now an ancient remainder of time and its echoes. The doctors said he had terminal cancer that he would die in a week. He didn’t fear death, he had no family, nothing to lose except maybe the sight when someone would break his 50 years old record. The silence of the calm sea nurtured in him a desire to swim to the Black Rock once again, one last time. He …


Quiet. Everything’s quiet after a huge storm.

I guess that’s how one could aptly describe the state… or should I say ‘status’ of KE’s virtual world. If you’re a Kemcolian (or a Kemcolian’s friend… or a friend of a Kemcolian’s friend –whose fb account was recruited to perform the much-in-demand task of ‘liking a photo’) you’d know that a crazy storm in the garb of the KELS-held Photo Competition recently hit KE.


Aye Caramba!  Creativity and humour knew no bounds as students from every year raced to send in their photos, all at the eleventh hour! KELS’s inbox, feeling awfully neglected at the week’s start, was close to bursting at the end. Frantic calls to extend the dead line were answered by the powers that be with an almighty ‘OK!’ and a 2pic max was changed to 4. The theme was ‘KE through my Eyes’ that brought in pics ranging from hostel cats to Sir Akram’s bat,  pigeon flights to DH-sights, building scenes to well umm Manno the garbage Queen.

Coming to the wackiest part of this hit event -the photo ‘likes’… Eager participants sent messages to every cell they could asking, requesting and later begging on bended knee for ‘likes’. KEMUNITED got it’s own fair share of likes, as people began to call in friends, foes and possibly distant aunts for voting. The wackiness was amusing and all in good fun… though when names like Thali Ka Brinjal began liking pics things miiiiiight have toed the line!

Some of the comments during the whole episode were:

‘Koi deen iman hai aap logon ka k nahi?’
 ‘Like ma pix,all ov u’
 ‘Were r my pix????i sent em em agez ago n still u guyz hvnt uploaded dm...’
 ‘Yar ye voting kab khatam hogi’
 ‘Haha..ala caption..!’
 ’Ise kehte hen level ki photo’

Judged by Literary Experts Remisha Zahid and Mussab Ahmad and tech-whiz Tauseef Omer, it was Bilal Mazhar’s fantastic fountain of knowledge that won First prize, with Nida Rauf’s charging pigeon coming Second and Amna Altaf’s Staircase to Success winning Third. Laiba Khalid’s photo that mocked the state of our dear class rooms won sure votes and likes, to bag  Fourth place as did Abdul Rehman’s never-before-seen dream office snap, that came Fifth.

But in tribute to the many photos that didn't win, a random mention of what we've learnt from them:

Our Rise towards fame, could be a Downfall of our Khudi

How nostalgic a Single picture can be, for so many

That Sozo Water Park could have an arch Rival :P

That B.D. induced Air headedness can take you places

    That once in a blue moon, Physio can seem pretty too!

That you can still be a prisoner, even if the door's open!

That strong will and courage always earn praise

 That despite whatever we say, our atrial chambers still have room for KE

And that Anam Naz is one hell of a photographer! :D

And so that rounds up the happenings of the KELS-held Photo Captioning Contest. Kudos for such a successful event to the mastermind Faiza Hameed who didn’t stress a bit ( ‘Uff No entries till the 29th!! I kept pulling on my inexistent hair and biting my nails to smithereens... People need to learn to be more punctual! I mean I could've had a heart attack these past few days!), event incharge M. Bilal (sees rising ‘likes’… pumps fist in air… yells ‘PartAy!!!’ :D ) and KELS President Remisha Zahid (umm no jokes about my President :P )

So yes the storm is over, and all is quiet…
Don’t forget to spot the winning entries in this year’s KEMCOL.
Let’s end on how some of the pets reacted to the results... 

Stay tuned for further exciting reviews, including the KELS-quiz and KDS!

KELS Photo-captioning contest gallery.. See all the photos here


  1. * Photo Credits: Sadaf Hafeez, Shahrukh Hassan, Ejaz-ul-Haq, Rabeaha Faiz, Omer Naseem, Hira Shuja, Faran Karim, Talha Saleem, Anam Naz, Moaz Zia, Tooba Jalees; KE pic being digested is by Tauseef Omer.

    I've mentioned everyone, So nobody sue me!! :D

  2. Great review !! Ur captions are even better than the real ones !! :P

    Partaaaaay ! :P

  3. awsm review !! lv ur captions !! specially the last 2.

  4. nice revieW.!!! specialy the coomnts recieved*koi deen imaan nahi hai**..:D

  5. wowww...great review...! it makes me wish i had taken part in the competition just to get mention in this great piece you've written...!! HATS OFF...!!!

  6. hahahahaha... wowwwwww fizzz :p
    fulll of Peki-ism... ;)EM LOVIN IT... =D
    Waitin fr yr review on KDS annual play ^_^

  7. u talked about likes but my pic was rated 99th with around 200 likes :P *surprising*

  8. :))) THANKS Everyone! A lot!
    I guess you're talking about aab-e-ke.. it WAS really good! but the judges had to take in lots of things other than likes, like how relevant the pic was to the theme, captions being in English :P but the pic was unique.. and if it earned 200 likes, it must have been a viewer fav :)

    AMBzzzz WHAT are u doing up this late??!! And on a BLOG? after effects of that free minute maid ;D Thanksssss for commenting, dear bud!!! :)))))))))))))

    Aww Mannnnny Thanks Farkhanda :)

    Thanks Anonymous! Hehe yeah the deen eman comment is SO funny... LOLz always :D

    Thanksss Laiba! You're the best :) Those last
    two are my favs, especially manno :)

    WOW, thanks Rizwan Khan... stay tuned for the KDS-Play review, it's coming soon!

    Thank you McFearless :)

  9. :D really interesting fizza. :) thanks for appreciation, waiting for more reviews specially KELS quiz competition.

  10. haha u know there r two thrills following an event.. one for the event itself and the other for Fizza Mobasher's THE review on it! u r awesomee! <3

  11. if caption had to be in eng then why was the pic accepted? but no complaints. the deserving pics won and yes awesome review

  12. lol
    tough time convincing every1 4 likig ur photo..yeaah =p
    good job

  13. haha u c.. not everyone had the same tactics.. :P

  14. Thanks for commenting anam! :) Your pic really deserved a mention :)

    NIDAAA THANK YOOOU so very much for the words!!:))) May you have an abundance of picture-worthy-pigeons around you, for ever more! ;D ;D

    Aab-e-Thanks moeed :D, hmmm yup you've made a good point!

    Lolz, Thanks for commenting Omar Naseem! :)

    Right you are anonymous :P I think people actually MADE accounts to like pics :P

    Many thanks everyone, your comments are the best!


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