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It was funny, totally irreverent and witty. I had to buy it. By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom


was killing time at Readings. My brother was on an errand and I was waiting to pick him up after he finished. I had a pact going with me. I was not going to buy any book this trip. I usually go mad in this bookstore and overspend. First, I browsed the graphic design section. There were three promising books; however, they were way too expensive, as especially two of them were at least 10 years old – in the computers field, that’s really, really old. I had a good browse over a cup of tea and cookies. I thought I would show them to Adnan when he got there.leave the gun book cover

Then, I headed over to history and politics. I had already bought one book from this section the last time I had visited Readings which was only a couple of days ago. A book on history of cotton – it had looked interesting – I had only read the first chapter so far but I digress… Unfortunately, there were not a lot of history books that attracted me then or now so I moved on to the management section. I still had loads of time to kill so I picked up a few titles to browse over at the Readings café. One title I picked up was “Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli, A wiseguy’s Guide to the workplace,” by Kurt Luchs. Hardcover – Barnes and Noble, 2003 edition.

I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. It was funny, totally irreverent and witty. I had to buy it. Luckily for me, it was only for PKR 25. Talk about cheap.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the wisecracks, “The ones that say they don’t want anything always get more in the end.” – Ann Newton, in Shadow of Doubt (1943) – translation by Kurt Luchs – “unfortunately, this is only true of unwanted additional work, not of raises.”

“This country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the woman.” – Tony Montana, in Scarface (1983); translation of this movie quote by Luchs, “Go after the woman first and you’ll never get the money or the power…or the woman.”

After I got home, I opened up this book first. I finished it in 45 minutes flat. I liked that too. It had the best movie quotes from the top gangster movies of all times and TV dramas so it was worth the read for that alone – however, Luchs funny advice didn’t hurt either though, am I going to follow it? Well, if I tell you, I might have to shoot you! 🙂 ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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