Letter from Fareeha
PUBLISHER AND EDITOR IN CHIEF
Fareeha Qayoom –Tkfr Editor (Photo: April 2009)
August 23rd, 2013, Friday
This is very much work in progress blog.
kfr.com has evolved into an interactive personal blog about ‘life in (Lahore), Pakistan’ – it originally started as an online static archive of print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (back in 2008). Now, it’s more of a commentary on topics that compel me to pick up my figurative pen and start writing. The process of writing can be sudden, sporadic and random. The topics are usually random as well.
I might be talking to family, friends, my work mates, or reading (I have varied interests in reading as well) or watching a TV show, or listening to music or just driving around on the roads of Lahore or even shopping or eating out. I have many interests and hobbies so I usually end up writing about practically anything and everything. In other words, tkfr.com now mainly serves as a medium for me to express myself about topics that interest me.
It’s not a commercial website. I am not trying to sell you anything. Yes, there are a few ads in the side bar; (That’s my brother’s idea – our resident techie– and are there apparently to make this site pay for itself and be self-sustaining!). I am happy to support it and do. So relax, it’s not a means to make money off you in any shape or form. This is pure labor of love.
Tkfr.com is open to dialog — you can post your comments and give feedback. If you as a reader have something to say about a particular topic or about the blog in general, you are welcome to post your thoughts. If, however, you are just trying to link your site to one of our posts to sell your idea or product which doesn’t really add value (to the particular post), this will be treated as spam and deleted. I delete hundreds of such messages daily.
At the end of each post, we provide links to other useful links that could help you research your current topic of interest. We also provide a list of other similar or related posts available at Tkfr.com that you can read if you are interested.
Apart from new content, I am also slowly putting content from print editions of Value Mag for quick online access. I am doing this for two reasons, a. because we did a lot of work on Pakistani lifestyles for Value Mag back in 2008 and 2009 and b. because most of the writers for the print magazine would like to cite their work on line if required and need an online link. Unfortunately, the official Value TV website didn’t create searchable links to our collective work.
We can and do host articles for ‘new’ and ‘emerging’ writers with their own by-line at Tkfr.com as well. If you are a serious writer (from Pakistan) and want to create a body of work on line (on Pakistan) and are finding it difficult to get published, you can post your stuff on our site, (this is especially helpful for writers who can’t afford to run their own websites or blogs), however, as a publisher, managing editor and content manager of this blog, I reserve the right to edit your work.
In short – what can Tkfr.com do for you?
- Provide interesting point of view, insight and useful info from a resident Lahori
- Record the current lifestyles of Pakistani folk
- Provide Value Mag and TKFR articles online for research and a bit of historic perspective
- Play host to your work
You can contact us here
Gotta go, catch you later…:)
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The posts are tagged with several key words, you can also click on the tags to get to your favorite subject, for example…
Apparel, Fashion and Textiles
If you are new at the site and never a subscriber of print editions — scroll down the following list of articles– they are marked down by topic…FYI, the home page lists down the articles based on the dates they were posted online. Some of the them might be slightly dated but they are not time barred
Tkfr.com — contents
Regional Politics, News and Current affairs
India and Pakistan
The Story of terrible twins — Can there be meaningful Peace with India?
Morality is the defense of the weak
War and Peace
Pakistan and USA
Wikileaks: loose lips sink ships
Is organized religion losing its relevance in our world?
Clinton’s visit to Pakistan – what the heck happened here?
Pakistan and Afghan fallout, Middle East and central Asia
Are Pakistanis in denial?
Reading between the lines, Divided we fall
The ‘new’ Great Game
National Symbols Destroyed
Pakistan — domestic current affairs
Pakistan Elections: May 11, 2013 – my story
A tale as old as time – the good guys finish last
Everything happens on TV – life in the fast lane
Governor Taseer’s assassination: is this another case of exploding mangos?
Sugar Crisis? What Sugar Crisis?
July 27-August 4, 2010: Diary of a concerned citizen
Classic Whodunit murder mystery Pakistani-style
Who’s really in charge here?
Economy and Business
August 14th, 2010 – Independence Day
Mosquitoes, flies and the paranoid!
Heat, flies and load shedding
Pakistan: Life goes on in spite of load-shedding!
Power Games: look who’s talking?
What’s the big idea?
LESCO – a resident evil
Silent and Grey
More Monday Blues and Torrential Rains!
A story of my road trip from Lahore to Sialkot and back in one day
Hot weather, Rains and Monday blues…
Dec 23, 2010 – the first ‘official’ day of fog in Lahore
July 2010– Monsoon Rains hit Lahore early
Cotton, Textiles and Apparel Industry
Moment of Truth (again) for Pakistani textiles
US Textile imports: Where does Pakistan stand?
Why is the apparel industry down in Lahore?
On the fringe
Pakistan’s garment industry
The Lowdown on Asif Manzoor Sheikh
Do we really need Ethics in our business?
Year in Review – 2005 India vs. Pakistan
Special feature earthquake 2005: Rubble takes all
Made in Pakistan: Angora’s bold new plan
Made in Pakistan
Real Estate Business Diary
Pakistan for Sale!
How Green was my valley?
Global skyline: Desert Rose
Punjab’s Dying Fields of Gold
True blue investments never go out of style
Role of Financial Institutions in Real Estate
Visions of Grandeur and Castles in the Air
Rapid Industrialization: an answer to our dreams or an environmental disaster in the making?
Gift in the eyes of the law
McKinney, Texas: Unique by Nature
Material Mart: Building Blocks
Fine Print of the Law
The US Mortgage Crisis: An American Dream Gone Sour
Wal-Mart Stores: Customer Satisfaction guaranteed!
The Start of Something BIG!
Ditch the Skyscrapers!
Is Architecture for the people?
Turf Wars and food security
Are you ready for more?
Is your parachute ready?
Why do cities grow?
The World at War
“Lagaa Reh” — Year in Review 2008
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree!
Free Your Mind
Anatomy of the problem
Technology: Google Maps
Banking for Dummies
Technology: Top Ten websites on cyberspace
Aarzoo’s Pick: Blogs from Pakistan
Technology: Why is blogging so popular anyway?
Things I have learnt the hard way
Negotiating the communication minefield
Why do we procrastinate?
Life and dead end jobs
Criticism – a subtle form of abuse
I can get no satisfaction!
Pakistan: Why most start-up’s fail?
Which mode of communication for you?
What do you read to Get Ahead?
Rants and Raves
The Empire Strikes Back
The good, the bad and the ugly – Relationships
Green Roofs and Indoor Gardens
Thank God for roads!
The power of Negative thinking
July 2013: a page torn from the diary of a Pakistani citizen
2013: Happy New Year!
Procrastination and Writer’s block – My typical day
Only in Pakistan
Doom and Gloom Galore
Lost in Translation
Never complain, never explain
Dog days and Lord of the Flies syndrome
Ramblings…a working plan for my leisure activities
Random thoughts on time management
News flash for the filthy rich of Pakistan
All in a Day’s work
Tkfr Poll: Vital Statistics — just a click away!
Comic sight indeed: Underwear Heroes!
Sometimes old fashioned is best!
Correction – Our ‘Kameez’ has not evolved from a ball gown!
Bottled Water and philosophy of life
Only in Pakistan
Lies, lies and yet more lies
Pakistan: perception vs. reality
Billboards: the Depiction of Women in Pakistan
Black Backpack – a symbol of terrorism!
I hate Traffic Circles!
Forever in blue jeans
Retail and Shopping Trends: Fashion and homes
Trend Report – Spring Summer 2015 New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion-weeks
Denim: another fashion note from the trenches
“Back to the Land” Eco-Fashion
Retail: Rang Ja very a la country
The Dandy is back!
Year 2013 – Fabric Report: Fabric prices hit the roof!
Like their style: style muse
Sewing 101: learning how to sew a fine seam
Fall 2013: Fashion Weeks – Trend Watch
Retail report: more winter sales blues 2
Retail Report: More Winters sales blues…
Retail Therapy: Winter Sales Blues
New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013|September 6 – September 13,2012
Spring & Summer 2013– men’s fashion week(s): Men’s collections launched in London
My inspiration board
From the Fashion Capitals of the world: Fall Winter 2012/2013 Fashion weeks
Retail Report: The Hunt for Red October!
Retail Therapy: my basic Wardrobe staples wish list
Spring/Summer 2012: NYFW 2012 – spring is the air!
Men’s Milan Spring/Summer 2012 Fashionweek
Denim: Fashion note from the trenches
New York Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2011
A tale of two summer jackets
Spring summer 2011 – fashion week
Milan Fashion week: spring/summer 2011 menswear collection
Retail Therapy: Summer fabric report II – Saleem Fabrics
Retail Therapy: Summer Fabric Report
Retail Therapy: Departmental stores
Review: Serenity Hair Salon in Liberty
Wish list: shopping and retail therapy
Review – True Nightmare on Alam Street
Winter Ready-to-Wear Fashions in stores
Homes: Trend Alert Hot List
Great Ideas for homes: Red Hot Finds
Tkfr’s wish list: around the world in six pages
Fashion Review: Spring 2006-07 fashion forecast
The Secret of Bottomless Closet?
Couture: featuring a contemporary bride
Couture: featuring a traditional bride
Retailing Pakistani Style
Big getting bigger and better in a big way
A new label in town! AU Clothing Company
Spring 2006-07 forecast
Satya Paul: A brand for all Seasons
A Grand Master
A Master Narrator
Keeping it real
Bold and Beautiful
The Man behind Nee Punhal
A designer with Panache
From PTV to cable TV
Pret A Porter: Paras and Shalini of Geisha Designs have Designs on you
King of Couture: Tarun Tahiliani
A celebration of lifestyles
Friends of Children: The Purpose Driven Women
Haute and Sizzling Vaneeza Ahmed
Yahsir Waheed: Breaking new ground
Nausheen Saeed: “Nowadays Art has only one value – price”
Ahmed Ali Butt, not your typical actor
Ali Sher: Singing a different tune
“Mediocrity is accepted everywhere in Pakistan so why not in Art?” questions Quddus Mirza
Atif Aslam: A phenomenal success story
Architecture and Design
Pakistan: National Symbols
A City Transformed
The Green Miles
Lasting landmark of British Raj
A Model Town
Hip and Fun, the place to be
Urban Landmarks: Masjid Wazir Khan, A Dying Legacy
Survival of the Fittest
A Tale of a Great City
Industrial spaces: Naveena Denim
Industrial spaces: Forest Sweaters
Industrial spaces: Firhaj Footwear
Industrial spaces: In search of excellence
Mystic Food Club
Salons: Cool Elegance
Salons: Victorian Fantasy
Salons: It’s a man’s world
Corporate Office Spaces: The Hidden Value of Smart Office Design
Corporate office spaces: Bank Alfalah
Corporate office spaces: Nishat Chunian Ltd
Corporate office spaces: Levi Strauss Pakistan
Corporate office spaces: IGI insurance Ltd
The Mall, Standing the Test of Time
The Changing cityscape of Lahore
A little Italian stroke on Lahore’s cityscape
Jammin’ with Java
A New Flame
Homes and Gardens
Dream Homes Central
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home
And then there was light
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?
Gardens: Blazing Paper Flower
Handle with Care
Away from City Strife
Dynamic Duo that’s done it all
Garden of Eden
Pretty as a picture
A Secret Hideaway
A potpourri of ideas
Far From the Madding Crowd
Beauty, Brains and Botanical Gardens
Jazz up your bookshelf
New York chic in Lahore suburbs
Designing by Nature
That’s What (Little) Boys Are Made Of!
When less is more
A Secret Garden
There’s no place like home
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Book Review: “Adapt” by Tim Harford
Anila Q. Agha making us proud!
Coke Studio – Season 7: effortless, professional and slick
Book Review: AB Lynn’s the EQ difference – a powerful plan for putting emotional intelligence to work
The Tomorrow People – the ‘US and Them’ syndrome
Enjoy the silence
Things have changed
Books: Mark Tungate’s ‘Fashion Brands – branding style from Armani to Zara’
Baked Alaska – home– made style
Random thoughts on ‘a little history of the world’
Book Review: Eduardo Porter’s ‘the price of everything’
Coke Studio – Season 5 Kicks off May 13th with a bang!
Book Review: David Allen’s ‘Ready for Anything’
Books: ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul at work’ revisited
Books: Chicken Soup for the Soul revisited
Carl Orff – Carmina Baruna – O Furtuna
Blast from the Past, “I am singing in the rain!”
A few of my favorite Hamd– o-Naats!
Playlist: Blast from the Past X
And yet (couple) more political songs
The Lord of the Rings: Sam’s Speech
Playlist: Blast from the Past IX
The Good Fight: Propaganda or just a story?
Playlist: Blast from the Past VIII
Playlist: Blast from the past VII
Playlist: Blast from the Past VI
And yet another political song…
Book Review: Imran Khan’s Pakistan, a personal history
Book Review: Bill Bryson’s ‘A short history of nearly everything’
Pakistan: Aspiration vs. Reality
Sunday’s playlist: Blast from the Past V
Coke Studio-Season 4: And the story continues…
Saturday’s playlist: Blast from the Past IV
Sunday’s playlist: Blast from the Past III
Sunday’s Playlist: Blast from the Past II
Princess Bride – the movie: Two of my favorite scenes
Music: Sunday’s Playlist — Blast from the past
Television: Hooray for commercials!
Sports: Pakistan won from Sri Lanka! Yay!!!
Book Review: Hadley Freeman’s The meaning of sunglasses
Book Review: Richard Reeves’ Happy Mondays
Pakistan’s Top Five Contemporary Political Songs
Book Review: Kurt Luchs’ Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli
Book Review: Isaac Mizrahi’s How to have style
Poetry: Robert Frost: the road less travelled
Book Review: The trouble with Islam today, a wakeup call for honesty and change
Theatre Review: Noises off is a farce!
Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden
My Top 5 favorite videos on the net right now
Coke Studio – season 3 Unleashed
Book Review: The Power of Nice
Book Review: Never wrestle with a pig
Food: Lesser of two evils
Travelling Text by Anila Q. Agha
Book Review: Why smart Executives Fail?
Phuket: a great holiday in the sun
Marching to a different beat
Golden Lotus: What is wrong with the chef?
Book Review: “Carolyn 101 business lessons from the Apprentice‘s straight shooter”
Book Review: “Sam Saboura’s Real Style”
Book Review on: “Introducing Mathematics”
Book Review: “Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do”
The Road Trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina
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