September 28, 2014

Divisionary

Do the right thing do the right thing do it all the time do it all the time make yourself right, never mind them don't you know you're not the only one suffering By Fareeha Qayoom
September 22, 2014

Coke Studio: Season 7 – Effortless, Professional and Slick

Bottom line, Season 7, episode one by Strings is an effortless, professional production that is indeed “Sound of the Nation” reinterpreting the traditional musical instruments of Sitar, Dholak, Flute – bringing together surprise collaborations from guest stars and the house band. I have no faults to find, though, the presentation is pretty low-key because it borrows from our musical roots and traditions, therefore, hardly contains any elements of surprise– very smooth job indeed. By Fareeha Qayoom
August 28, 2014

The Empire Strikes Back

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
June 30, 2014
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Relationships

...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
May 21, 2014

Green Roofs and Indoor Gardens

However in spite of all these frustrations, I am hooked. Gardening is a very rewarding hobby. You can literally see the fruits of your labor right in front of your eyes! ;D By Fareeha Qayoom
April 8, 2014

Double Standards

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
March 16, 2014

Denim: Another Fashion Note from the Trenches

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
February 13, 2014

Book Review: AB Lynn’s the EQ Difference

I do know there are many kinds of intelligence around – Howard Gardener listed about seven – for example, Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Spatial, Musical, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. Daniel Goleman wrote about another kind called Emotional Intelligence. I do know that you can acquire this one if you naturally do not have it because I read all of his three books on the subject ages ago; (Emotional Intelligence, Destructive Emotions and the New Leaders). By Fareeha Qayoom
January 23, 2014

Blood Sports

Hostile, Toxic Workplace Environment By Fareeha Qayoom
December 27, 2013

‘Back to the land’ Eco-Fashion

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
July 17, 2010

Moment of Truth (again) for Pakistani textiles

When timing could be everything, why are the Pakistani policy makers not making timely policy? Babur Rafiq, a prominent player in Pakistan’s textiles industry raises a red flag… By Babur Rafiq
May 30, 2010

The Man behind Nee Punhal

“It’s really tough to make a woman look beautiful and modern in a Shalwar suit. I always try to create clothes, which make the woman I design for, look feminine, sensual and glamorous,” says Zubair Gumman of Nee Punhal Boutique. By Fareeha Qayoom
March 23, 2010

Do we really need Ethics in our business?

Can you remain ethical when a devious rival is promoted ahead of you? Can you stay civil when a cursing driver cuts you off the road? By Fareeha Qayoom
March 9, 2010

Why is the apparel industry down in Lahore?

“Our edge was always the production capacity. We never based it on innovative product line. Strategically we need to bridge the gap- improving productivity and efficiencies, bringing the prices down, and producing a quality product on-time consistently. Basics of production are missing in all three industrial cities of Pakistan. Karachi has managed to do better than Lahore because they operate on lower overheads. Our production tracking is weak,” asserts Azhar Iqbal, CEO Leisure Textiles. By Fareeha Qayoom