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There are hundreds of road blocks, obstacles, frustrations that dog our average day and yet we find the time to do all that we have to do during the course of our day and still get up the next morning full of hope and courage and go through the same grind again and again. That’s what makes Pakistan amazing. By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

 

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ife in Pakistan is tough any season, but its especially tough in the summer months…if you don’t die of thirst and dehydration first, you could end up with heat stroke (fluctuating and extreme temperatures through the day- air conditioning to load-shedding and back), dengue, or diarrhea (mosquitoes or flies – take your pick, both are available in abundance all over Lahore depending on the time of the day), if you survive these catastrophes by some miracle, you might end up as a statistic on the roads of Lahore picking fights with passing motorists/strangers…(yes, more accidents happen in the summer heat).

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Take last couple of days, I had to contend with extreme load-shedding (two hours at a stretch instead of the usual on-the-hour, every-other-hour), air con breaking down at the factory, flies in the conference room, a silly driver on the way to the factory trying to pick a fight with me because she was speeding while overtaking me when there was no room to maneuver and she should have known better and almost ramming down a passing cyclist and blaming me for her mistake, extreme thirst because refreshments were not available during the first set of meetings (I brought my own drink to the next meeting and ended up sharing it with my colleagues!), the UPS playing up so spending a few hours at night without the luxury of ceiling fan and lots and lots of mosquitoes who persisted in buzzing in my ear in spite of lots and lots of mosquito repellent, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. I haven’t even counted the real frustrations of my day here…this was just background noise.

 

The majority of Pakistanis have even tougher lives than mine…most of my fellow countrymen and women fall below the poverty line to bare subsistence level and might not even have access to the amenities I take for granted.

 

There are hundreds of road blocks, obstacles, frustrations that dog our average day and yet we find the time to do all that we have to do during the course of our day and still get up the next morning full of hope and courage and go through the same grind again and again. That’s what makes Pakistan amazing. Our ability to cope, take it on the chin and still persist in spite of the odds and whatever the world throws at us – Here’s to us!

 

Celebrating the amazing people of Pakistan!

 

I will survive

By Gloria Gaynor

 

Do you think I’d crumble
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no, not I. I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive;
I’ve got all my life to live,
I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive,
I will survive. Hey hey.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com 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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  1. more reading?

    Protesters go on rampage against loadshedding throughout Punjab
    By: INP | May 10, 2012, 8:00 pm |

    Extremely troubled by the prolonged and unannounced power loadshedding, thousands of protesters took to the roads, ransacked the offices and residences of lawmakers and politicians, attacked Wapda installations, staged sit-ins, damaged vehicles and clashed with police on Thursday, resulting in several injuries to protesters and cops in different parts of Punjab.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/10-May-2012/protesters-go-on-rampage-against-loadshedding-throughout-punjab

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  2. Load shedding protests continue

    Posted on 2012-05-10 14:49:52

    LAHORE: Protests against electricity outages continued in several cities of Pakistan on Thursday. In Faisalabad, protestors chanted slogans against the government, caused destruction to public property and stopped business from operating.

    Over in the provincial capital Lahore, protestors burnt tyres and blocked traffic on several roads. In Vehari protestors clashed with the policed and attacked government offices. A similar situation was seen in Mandi Bahauddin as protestors clashed with the police.

    http://www.thefrontierpost.com/news/543/#

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  3. People are out to protest against the loadshedding
    Thursday, May 10th, 2012 11:29:04 by Faisal Farooq

    Apparently this summer will not be worth remembering, as people across the Punjab province have been compelled to take to the streets in simmering anger against record-breaking loadshedding.

    http://www.newspakistan.pk/2012/05/10/people-protest-loadshedding/

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  4. People up in arms against excessive power outages

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    LAHORE/RAWALPINDI: People across Punjab rose up in arms against unscheduled and excessive loadshedding as the electricity shortfall crossed 7,000MW on Wednesday.

    There were protests in Sialkot, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Wazirabad, Jhelum, Chakwal, Bhalwal, Lalamusa and other cities of Punjab on Wednesday as angry people fed up with the long hours of loadshedding came on the streets.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-14466-People-up-in-arms-against-excessive-power-outages

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  5. Unannounced loadshedding to be ended in 24 hours: Naveed Qamar

    By Mudasser Aziz – May 10th, 2012 (1 Comment)

    Islamabad: Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Water and Power Naveed Qamar has claimed that unannounced load-shedding will be ended in 24 hours.

    Talking to media, Qamar said that abrupt shortfall in the power generation was due to technical fault in some power plants, adding measures were being taken on emergency basis.

    http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/05/10/unannounced-loadshedding-to-be-ended-in-24-hours-naveed-qamar/

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  6. Load-shedding crisis: High level meeting underway at Presidency

    By Mudasser Aziz – May 10th, 2012 (1 Comment)

    Islamabad: A high level meeting presided by Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari is underway at President House in Islamabad , in order to find out solution to the disastrous load-shedding crisis in the country, sources said on Thursday.

    http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/05/10/load-shedding-crisis-high-level-meeting-underway-at-presidency/

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