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Top 7 social media trends

Unique stories and people from everyday life were in focus last week on social media. There were many positive stories to enjoy, from achievements in sports to the celebration of things that bring us together, despite differences in culture and religion. However, controversies, too, were topics of discussion.

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1. Godolphin wins

Masar, the horse that was bred by Godolphin and trained in Dubai during the winter, won the prestigious Epsom Derby last week, and videos of Godolphin founder His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, went viral.

[Instagram] @_nigel_g: WINNERS! A massive well done to Charlie Appleby on training the winner of the Epsom Derby, his first Classic winner for Godolphin. Masar was a worthy winner in the famous royal blue silks under @williambuick_official. Great to see Shaikh Mohammad clearly enjoying the moment with his son Shaikh Hamdan. The win was that bit more special as both the winner and the second are homebred horses.

2. #SaveWaterforPak

A looming water crisis in Pakistan became one of the top social media trends this week, with several users highlighting the fact that Pakistan ranked third among countries facing water shortage. Pakistan’s Supreme Court also took suo motu notice of the crisis after the public reaction it generated.

[Instagram] @abro.jamil: According to Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources, we will be hit by acute water shortage by 2025. #PakistanWaterCrisis is going to get worse with every passing day. Our capacity to store water is decreasing. Our need is increasing. And climate change isn’t helping.

3. Reham Khan

A new book by Pakistani journalist and ex-wife of politician Imran Khan stirred controversy, particularly after she got into a Twitter war with Hamza Ali Abbasi, an actor and Imran Khan supporter.

[Twitter] @AdilGhumro: Reham Khan is launching her book just two weeks before elections and it’s crystal clear now she’s working for PMLN to defame Imran Khan and the sole purpose of her book is to reduce IK’s growing popularity ...

4. Coconut Bae

Social media went gaga over a milkshake vendor in Mumbai, India, for his unique style of pouring coconut milk. The video of his work, posted by a Facebook page called Street Food Recipes was watched over 1.2 million times.

[Facebook] Kashish Shaikh: Yummy taste and it looks delicious. I love this juice, one of the biggest cravings in my list ...

5. Swara Bhaskar

In an interview promoting her latest film, Indian actress Swara Bhaskar called Pakistan a ‘failing state’ when answering a question on the country banning the release of the film. Tweeps were quick to react, sharing videos of her earlier interviews where she was all praise for Pakistan during her visit to the country.

[Twitter] @galaxylollywood: Double standards much Swara? Make up your mind already‼ We’re not quite sure what you actually feel about Pakistan and we’re definitely not a failing state, girl.

6. Honour killing victim’s father organises iftar

In February, a 23-year-old man, Ankit Saxena, was murdered by his Muslim girlfriend’s family for being in an inter-faith relationship with her. Since the murder, his father has urged both communities to not use the murder as an excuse for more violence. This week, he organised an iftar in memory of his son, which quickly became a trending topic on social media.

[Twitter] @Fairoz_JK: These are the parents of Ankit Saxena who was killed for interfaith marriage. These people have opened a trust - Ankit Saxena trust to help interfaith couples and give love a chance. If you don’t bow down to these people, you are not fulfilling your duty towards the nation.

7. Pakitan’s watermelon boy

The picture of a young Pakistani man, Mohammad Awais, cutting a ‘tarbooz’ or a watermelon, on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan, went viral, with social media naming him the ‘tarbooz wala’, much like the ‘chai wala’ [tea seller] who gained fans on social media in 2016.

[Twitter] @khaanmoul: Tarbooz wala from Karachi looking far better than many Bollywood celebs.

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— Compiled by Huda Tabrez/Community Web Editor

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