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

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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

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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

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Hos­tile, Toxic Work­place Envi­ron­ment

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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‘Back to the land’ Eco-Fashion

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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

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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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Thank God for Roads!

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I must com­mend Mian Shah­baz Sharif for his fore­thought in bring­ing a lit­tle san­ity to the chaos that was our roads before he under­took to cre­ate a lit­tle effi­ciency. Sort­ing out the Kalma Chowk Cross­ing, Fer­ozpur Road, Main Canal Bank Road, Peco Road, Khayban-e-Firdosi, Khayban-e-Jinnah, LDA Avenue Cross­ing, link­ing Rai­wind Road to the main city, con­struct­ing bridges and under­passes and traf­fic lights and re-routing traf­fic to move more quickly has made life easy for com­muters who have to get to point Z from point A. A lot of peo­ple live down there now.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Coke Studio – season 6: Same old, same old, blah, blah…

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Not that I want to rain on his parade but I think Coke Stu­dio needs fresh new blood.

Its same old, same old; it started with the sin­gle “Jogi” and it went down­hill fast from there

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The power of Negative thinking

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Focus­ing on the neg­a­tive makes peo­ple for­get all the pos­i­tive things (in life that make it worth liv­ing). Moods are con­ta­gious and spread­ing neg­a­tiv­ity and ingrat­i­tude to your fel­low human beings should not be allowed. Unfor­tu­nately, it’s preva­lent across all walks of life in our soci­ety. We are gen­er­ally ungrate­ful folk.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Retail: Rang Ja – very a la country…

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Over­all I love the store and I think this par­tic­u­lar ‘Bareeze’ brand is promis­ing addi­tion to our local reper­toire – in fact, it’s the first local ready to wear brand that I really think is inter­est­ing, slightly edgy and wear­able, not to men­tion, “Made in Pak­istan” for Pak­istan by Pak­istan and of Pak­istan. (No, I have not been paid to write this review).

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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The Dandy is back!

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Dress-up clothes are paired with dressed-down clothes. This dap­per dude is expen­sive, fond of lux­ury, knows the value of fine tai­lor­ing but doesn’t mind mix­ing up stuff from his exten­sive wardrobe (busi­ness clothes to club and week­end to sport’s wear to the great out­doors to beach­wear) not to men­tion, filch­ing stuff from his girl’s wardrobe as well (wit­ness the flo­ral prints, silk and satins, use of sat­u­rated col­ors, face jew­elry and scarves!) to come up with an entirely new style state­ment that makes for some unusual ensem­bles.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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July 2013 – a page torn from the diary of a Pakistani Citizen

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Miles to go before I sleep
So much to do and so lit­tle elec­tric­ity!

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Year 2013 – Fabric Report: Fabric prices hit the roof!

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Most of these fab­ric yardages do not endure beyond one sum­mer – they wear out too quickly – they might not even last ten washes. This is why a ready to wear trouser or top or woven but­ton down shirt from an inter­na­tional brand feels like a bar­gain now. The other day, a senior col­league pur­chased a very nice embell­ished woven top from Mango for about PKR 3000 at full price while we were brows­ing the malls — I told her to go for it as the price seemed rea­son­able to me. Mango is a high street brand in UK – know what I mean?

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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