Fareeha Qayoom

July 16, 2009

How Green was my valley?

Swat Valley, once known for its ‘fairy meadows’ has deteriorated to ‘fiery meadows’ – is destruction complete? Marian Sharaf Joseph investigates…
July 16, 2009

National Symbols Destroyed

As Pakistanis, we have a lot to be proud of and one by one, every piece of our national pride and identity has been targeted and systematically destroyed By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry
July 14, 2009

Are you ready for more?

The writing is on the wall - you do not need a fortune-teller By Fareeha Qayoom
July 14, 2009

Is your parachute ready?

There are only two self-evident rules in the jungle (read any culture). One, majority is always wrong and two, if you can’t beat them, join them. By Fareeha Qayoom
July 14, 2009

Why do cities grow?

Why do cities grow? Or shrink? Why do people migrate to mega-cities from small towns and villages? Why do regular cities grow into mega-cities? Is it due to natural causes – population growth (Shah Jee’s pat answer!) or because of domestic migrants? Can mid-sized cities grow into mega-cities? Are we in Pakistan developing mid-sized cities with amenities of megacities? What about smaller cities and villages – what’s the status on their development? By Fareeha Qayoom
July 13, 2009

The World at War

The world is in a crisis. Wars are being fought. Economies are in a meltdown. People are dying. What do you think is the problem with the world? Two words – ‘energy crisis.’ By Fareeha Qayoom
July 13, 2009

“Lagaa Reh” – Year in Review 2008

Year 2008 has been tough for Pakistan. In the immortal words of Shahzad Roy’s famous song, ‘Lagaa Reh,’ Pakistan is passing through a critical curve, (Pakistan aik Nazuk more say guzer raha hai) By Fareeha Qayoom
July 12, 2009

And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree!

This song is dedicated to us - those of us, disappointed taxpaying Pakistanis with broken dreams, broken hopes, unfulfilled tall promises from our elected officials, bad economy, rising inflation, hopeless everyday lives filled with bills, more bills and yet more bills. We are taxed to the max nation but somehow we still don’t have the basics in our major cities – our musical chair government(s) still talk about doing things instead of actually doing them. By Fareeha Qayoom
July 12, 2009

Free Your Mind…

It’s strange but true – The Mughals didn’t leave much of an impression on our psyche in spite of the fact that we share a religion and a culture with them, they are supposed to be part of our recent past, and even though, evolution of Pakistani culture was supposed to be the next big link in the overall evolution of global and universal Islamic culture and heritage and the Muslims of sub-continent were supposed to lead this new wave – it’s the British Raj Bahadur that left a lasting impression on us instead By Fareeha Qayoom
July 12, 2009

Concrete Wastelands…

Pakistan is 61 years old this August. 61 years of independence! Imagine that. Despite a lot of strange people who have nothing better to do than wait anxiously for us to fall flat on our faces! So survival of Pakistan despite all odds is a definite cause for celebration! Let’s celebrate! By Fareeha Qayoom
May 21, 2011

Saturday’s playlist: Blast from the past IV

A product of another idle moment – another blast from the past; enjoy! By Fareeha Qayoom
May 20, 2011

Pakistan: Life goes on in spite of load-shedding!

WAPDA and Overload’s celebration of life - Batti By Fareeha Qayoom
May 13, 2011

Life and dead end jobs

Happy people cope better with boring, demeaning or stultifying jobs. They make even boring jobs look interesting. They have fun. They learn. They develop their mind and their skills. They also find the nearest exit as soon as possible. Unhappy people get stuck in a rut and switch off. They might go through the motions and turn in acceptable degree of work but the essential spark is missing. They never excel. They can never escape. They are stuck like a needle in a groove. Not going backwards, forwards or sideways. By Fareeha Qayoom
May 5, 2011

Criticism – a subtle form of abuse

People who like to criticize you tell you, it’s for your own good. You should be able to take a little constructive criticism. That’s how you grow. The funny thing is, the so-called advice never empowers you – it diminishes you. The criticism in any case is supposed to put you in your place, whatever, that is, in the abusers mind. It’s never about you, it’s about them. By Fareeha Qayoom