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Helter Skelter

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We don’t treat the dis­ease. We only treat the symp­toms.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Stuck in the Twilight Zone!

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And yes, I have now great respect for peo­ple in the gov­ern­ment who man­age to get any­thing done – push the paper all the way through to build roads, schools, hos­pi­tals — the works. It takes hun­dreds of engi­neers to change a sin­gle light bulb in this joint. Peo­ple who can do all that are my heroes. I salute you. You must be relent­less, tire­less and have a lot of tol­er­ance for putting up with loads of BS and still plow­ing through all that non­sense to come on the other side.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Things I have Learnt the Hard Way

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Be open to pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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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Blood Sports

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Hos­tile, Toxic Work­place Envi­ron­ment

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Pakistan Elections: May 11, 2013 – My Story

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The peo­ple have spo­ken. Respect­ing their word and mov­ing on with it is more impor­tant at this point than cre­at­ing a lot of strife and unpleas­ant­ness which Mr. Khan man­aged to do from his sickbed in spite of things going well at the elec­tions for him. My advice to the politi­cians, lis­ten to your cit­i­zens and do a good job this time — together as a team. Your peo­ple are quite capa­ble of vot­ing you off like they did with PPP if you don’t deliver. (By the time I post this, Mr. Sharif has already met with Mr. Khan and tried to put the unpleas­ant­ness behind him. I guess he wants to play nice and be sen­si­ble this time. This is another good move on his part.)

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Procrastination and Writer’s block – My Typical Day

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I am suf­fer­ing from over work. Yes, I think it’s a dis­ease too. You develop a tun­nel vision. You become com­pul­sive and obses­sive (about your cur­rent obses­sion). Which I am any­way – com­pul­sively obsessive…when you add work to the mix, it becomes some­thing totally beyond nor­mal. All work and no play makes you a dull Jill (or Jack what­ever your par­tic­u­lar case).

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Only in Pakistan

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Warn­ing: This is a rant about ‘oh poor me!’ — a self pity­ing lament about my good life. If you don’t like rants – don’t read any fur­ther! :D

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Negotiating the Communication Minefield

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Effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion is an acquired skill – though, not all man­agers know how to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively. Words have mean­ings and asso­ci­a­tions – same words can mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Then, there are hid­den mean­ings, fine nuances, body lan­guage, and out­right con­tra­dic­tions between actions and words, not to men­tion, human nature…walking through this mine­field can be tough – on top of that, you need emo­tional intel­li­gence and peo­ple skills. I don’t think you can ever say you have mas­tered all the skills of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and now you have become an effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tor. You live and learn — it’s always a process.

by Fareeha Qay­oom

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Mosquitoes, flies and the paranoid

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So what the heck is it? Are we just para­noid or are they really out to get us? They don’t let you sleep, work or even die in peace – is it a giant con­spir­acy, gen­eral incom­pe­tence or just plain dumb series of unfor­tu­nate events that dog Pak­istan and her cit­i­zens every day? You decide.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Heat, flies and load-shedding

Scenario A2 in Year 2100 with Climate Sensitivity Equal to 5.5 Degrees C Annual Mean Temperature with Extreme Events Calibration and Enhanced Adaptive Capacity

There are hun­dreds of road blocks, obsta­cles, frus­tra­tions that dog our aver­age day and yet we find the time to do all that we have to do dur­ing the course of our day and still get up the next morn­ing full of hope and courage and go through the same grind again and again. That’s what makes Pak­istan amaz­ing.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Never complain, never explain

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We are frus­trated, depressed and fast becom­ing a neg­a­tive bunch of peo­ple (if not already) as a nation. We spend too much time focus­ing on the neg­a­tive, com­plain­ing about things – on tele­vi­sion, on news­pa­pers, in our lives. This is toxic and should be stopped ASAP.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Dog days and Lord of the Flies syndrome

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Bot­tom line, absolute power cor­rupts absolutely and for some weird rea­son, most peo­ple in their puny capac­ity always but always cross the line if they can help it. Any­one who is in any posi­tion of power over oth­ers likes to exer­cise his mus­cles, even when there is no need. I see so many exam­ples – big cars hog the roads…gate keep­ers try to teach you your place. Front Desk per­son­nel try to block you to give you just three exam­ples. Bully’s bully, its not per­sonal – the pow­er­ful prey on the weak. It’s the sur­vival of the fittest. The list goes on and on and on…

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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More Monday Blues and Torrential Rains!

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Why can’t they save the rain water? Con­ser­va­tion is the new buzz word all over the world! Does that take a lot of invest­ment? Fun­nily enough, we know Pak­istan comes under the Mon­soon belt. Some­body should be work­ing on this but we seem to be never pre­pared…

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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