Posts Tagged rants and raves

Proud to be a Muslim – No apologies. No excuses.

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The world is divided into two: us and them, the first world and the third world, the black and the white, the rich and the poor, the edu­cated and the illit­er­ate, the priv­i­leged and the dis­ad­van­taged, the favored and the damned, the aris­to­crats and the peas­ants, the natives and the immi­grants, on and on it goes…like an infi­nite loop spi­ral.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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Year in Review: 2016

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Decem­ber is the month we take stock and build on the suc­cesses and fail­ures of the past. We also cre­ate new res­o­lu­tions. Well, I don’t have any new res­o­lu­tions. I have only old.

By Fareeha Qay­oom

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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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What the Heck Are They Showing on the Television?

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What kind of tele­vi­sion are we show­ing the masses? Are we rais­ing aware­ness or doing its direct oppo­site – giv­ing men the license to behave like that on national TV? You decide.

I per­son­ally do not sub­scribe to show­ing such graphic scenes (that involve hit­ting women) on national TV even if they are a work of fic­tion. You are just endors­ing bad behav­ior. Please do not tell such sto­ries. Find bet­ter sub­jects where women are respected and empow­ered. Not dimin­ished and sup­pressed. I think the pol­icy mak­ers need to take notice.

Please do raise your voice if you agree with me.

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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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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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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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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