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February 6, 2011

Book Review: Richard Reeves’ Happy Mondays

As the book Synopsis puts it at Reeves’ website – “Work has had centuries of bad press, being blamed for everything from unhappiness to lack of sex. It’s time to give work a break. This is a book for people who love what they do - or wish they could - and shows how to get the best return for your love as well as your labor. For centuries people viewed ‘work’ as something to be endured. They worked in order to live. The 9 to 5 grind, done purely for the money. Some people still endure work today - if they don’t enjoy their job. But a new era is dawning. We are in the midst of a revolution in the role of work in our lives. Work is now important - more than ever before. Work is who you are. And a growing number of people actually love to work.” By Fareeha Qayoom
December 26, 2010

Fragrant Harbor

A city of modern skyscrapers, the wealthiest urban centre in the People’s Republic of China; an important centre for international finance and trade, with the greatest concentration of corporate headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong literally means ‘fragrant harbor’ in Chinese By Fareeha Qayoom Photographs courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board (www.discoverhongkong.com)
December 21, 2010

Pakistan’s Top Five Contemporary Political Songs

Last Friday, (Dec 10), a senior colleague of mine started a hot and passionate discussion on current affairs and religion(during lunch break) – his assertion: Pakistanis lack moral courage to stand up for what’s right and that’s why there is a high incidence of earthquakes, floods and other natural calamities in our part of the world right now. God is angry with us. We keep selecting bad leaders; he feels that a great majority either doesn’t vote or votes in the wrong crowd – he wants a change – for the better... according to him, new leadership should be given a chance - he wants all of us (at work) to vote for Imran Khan – a comparatively ethical political leader. According to him, not standing up for what’s right is killing us as a nation. What do you think? Do you agree with him? By Fareeha Qayoom
December 6, 2010

Book Review: Kurt Luchs’ Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

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