Happy by Pharrell Williams

happy

Can’t noth­ing
Bring me down
My level’s too high

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Book Review: “Adapt” by Tim Harford

Adapt - book cover

Bot­tom line, an inter­est­ing take on the sci­ence of suc­cess and a good read. It is short, to the point, and doesn’t labor the point. You can fin­ish it in one sit­ting or over a week­end.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Anila Q. Agha making us proud!

Anila Q. Agha with her prize winning artwork "intersections"

Pakistan-born and bred and Indianapolis-based Anila Quayyum Agha has swept the grand prizes, win­ning the $200,000 pop­u­lar one, and split­ting the purse for the $200,000 juried prize with Rich­mond, Virginia-based artist Sonya Clark.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Trend Report – Spring Summer 2015 New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion-weeks

Dolce and Gabbana - SS15 Milan - beauty trends

Clothes are essen­tial, every day and rou­tine, they also serve as tribal mark­ers, as a uni­form belong­ing to a par­tic­u­lar group, cul­ture or sec­tion of soci­ety, to describe a par­tic­u­lar period of his­tory, and as a work of art.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Divisionary

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Do the right thing do the right thing
do it all the time do it all the time
make your­self right, never mind them
don’t you know you’re not the only one suf­fer­ing

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Coke Studio – Season 7 – effortless, professional and slick

coke studio - episode 1

Bot­tom line, Sea­son 7, episode one by Strings is an effort­less, pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion that is indeed “Sound of the Nation” rein­ter­pret­ing the tra­di­tional musi­cal instru­ments of Sitar, Dho­lak, Flute – bring­ing together sur­prise col­lab­o­ra­tions from guest stars and the house band. I have no faults to find, though, the pre­sen­ta­tion is pretty low-key because it bor­rows from our musi­cal roots and tra­di­tions, there­fore, hardly con­tains any ele­ments of sur­prise– very smooth job indeed.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The Empire Strikes Back

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Imran Khan and Qadri are not the answer. They are only human and fal­li­ble and sub­ject to the same human frail­ties as the rest of us includ­ing stu­pid­ity and arro­gance. When the dust set­tles, his­tory will record that they were only rab­ble rousers.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The good, the bad and the ugly — Relationships

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…There are so many unhappy, neg­a­tive peo­ple around, espe­cially in Pak­istan – our whole cul­ture revolves around crit­i­ciz­ing some­one, com­plain­ing about some­one, gang­ing up and bul­ly­ing some­one, pick­ing on some­one who is dif­fer­ent, bitch­ing, com­plain­ing, moan­ing, groan­ing, whin­ing, carp­ing, we spend all our lives just talk­ing neg­a­tive – in our homes, schools, work­places, tele­vi­sion pro­grams, news­pa­pers…

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Green roofs and Indoor gardens

fern in a brown pot isolated on white background

How­ever in spite of all these frus­tra­tions, I am hooked. Gar­den­ing is a very reward­ing hobby. You can lit­er­ally see the fruits of your labor right in front of your eyes! ;D

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Double standards

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The con­trast between the ordi­nary and spe­cial is blind­ing –only in Pak­istan. Why can’t all our roads be as green and pic­turesque as these two???

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Denim: another fashion note from the trenches

madonna-dsquared

Cuts are about people’s shapes any­way. ‘One cut fits’ all can never be an endur­ing for­mula. Brands and retail­ers that cater to dif­fer­ent shapes, cuts, washes and max­i­mum range of sizes endure. The rest get left behind.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Book Review: AB Lynn’s the EQ difference – a powerful plan for putting emotional intelligence to work

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I do know there are many kinds of intel­li­gence around – Howard Gar­dener listed about seven – for exam­ple, Lin­guis­tic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Spa­tial, Musi­cal, Inter­per­sonal, and Intrap­er­sonal. Daniel Gole­man wrote about another kind called Emo­tional Intel­li­gence. I do know that you can acquire this one if you nat­u­rally do not have it because I read all of his three books on the sub­ject ages ago; (Emo­tional Intel­li­gence, Destruc­tive Emo­tions and the New Lead­ers).

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Blood Sports

toxic hostile workplace

Hos­tile, Toxic Work­place Envi­ron­ment

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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‘Back to the land’ Eco-Fashion

natural yarns

We started with more expen­sive brands first. An aver­age sweater from imported brand retail­ers will cost more than PKR 6-7K on an aver­age. A really good sweater might cost even more. (HKB used to be a good resource of imported, fake branded designer sweaters but for the past few years, they have gone to the dogs as well).

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The Tomorrow People – the ‘Us and Them’ syndrome

the tomorrow people

Big­otry exists.

It’s a fact. There’s no get­ting away from it. We dis­crim­i­nate, we judge, we eval­u­ate, daily on the basis of ‘like’ and ‘dis­like’ which is quite a sub­jec­tive qual­ity if you think about it – we might not even notice we are doing it. It’s human nature.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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