April 3, 2011

Princess Bride – the movie: Two of my favorite scenes

It’s one of the funniest movies I ever saw then and now. I saw it in my youth (I was barely fourteen at the time and still at school when it came out) By Fareeha Qayoom
March 27, 2011

Sunday’s Playlist: Blast from the past

Here's an eclectic selection of songs that I played this Sunday in an idle moment - enjoy! :)
March 7, 2011

Everything happens on TV – life in the fast lane

It was the farewell speech from George of Pakistan, published in the Tribune. I read it through. It was superficial look at Pakistan even if George had apparently lived in Pakistan for an age. I mean, there was nothing new here except the old rhetoric that most foreign journalists indulge in – you know, stuff like Pakistan is on the brink, it is almost a failed state, terrorism and bigotry are on the rise, blah, blah, blah By Fareeha Qayoom
March 5, 2011

Television: Hooray for commercials!

Some commercials are better than programs – for example, Ufone ads. Some make you laugh like Shahid Afridi’s ad for Head and Shoulders shampoo – “mera mind may bahut kuch…except dandruff ki parshani kay” (Translation : I have lots on my mind except worrying about dandruff)– some leave you mystified – like Super biscuits ad. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 27, 2011

Sports: Pakistan won from Sri Lanka! Yay!!!

Yesterday’s cricket match with Sri Lanka was electrifying. Lots of missed opportunities, misfielding, lost catches; and what not. But we won in the end. Here’s to Pakistani cricket team! Giving us great entertainment and an opportunity to swear at them too! :) By Fareeha Qayoom
February 27, 2011

Book Review: Hadley Freeman’s The Meaning of Sunglasses

Have you read The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce? If you have, you might like this book too. It’s an irreverent look at A to Z of fashion from Freeman’s eyes, (she’s the Deputy Fashion Editor at The Guardian). The book is arranged in short alphabetical passages starting from A – “Accessories: going to hell in a handbag,” to Y – “Yoga, Detoxes, and other euphemisms for exercise and diet.” By Fareeha Qayoom
February 16, 2011

New York Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2011

New York Fashion Week (Feb 9 – 17) is underway. Right now, its NY designers turn, later it will be London and Milan’s turn. All of them are intent on showing you what’s in store for you on the runways for fall/winter 2011. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 16, 2011

Role of Financial Institutions in Real Estate

Financial institutions are providing the right platform for the Real Estate sector by accommodating them with required amount of financial support whereby mega-housing projects can be launched and also by extending the limits of potential target customers. All of this has been possible thanks to new banking laws, curtailments in the documentation for the procurement of loans, increase in the number of financial institutions, introduction of foreign banks, incorporation of multinational companies with substantial resources, liberal policies of the State Bank of Pakistan and last but not the least, the changed attitude of the people whereby borrowing for Real Estate is not considered taboo any more. By Malik Nosherwan Awan
February 16, 2011

Visions of Grandeur and Castles in the Air

Is the trend for luxury mansions, fancy villas and opulent bungalows on its way out? Valuemag investigates and finds out that town houses are the hot new trend in Real Estate By Saeed Khan Baloch
February 13, 2011

Random thoughts on time management

Finding a balance between work, play and family has become a nightmare - So much to do and so little time in an average day! By Fareeha Qayoom
March 24, 2010

Bottled Water and philosophy of life

We need to rethink our strategy. In such a situation, there are only three options – ‘fight or flight’ or ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’ You can run, but you can’t hide. So might as well, join the fray and add your two cents worth. My advice, pick the good side to fight on. I choose to fight the good fight. I will not give up. By Fareeha Qayoom
March 19, 2010

Who’s really in charge here?

Most Pakistanis are living a life of quiet desperation. Her slant on an average middle class household (or is it an upper middle class?) reminded me of the popular soap opera, “Desperate Housewives!” Things might look normal from distance but underneath it all, a virtual volcano is smoldering which might erupt any minute. The residents of Wisteria Lane live lives of quiet desperation too By Fareeha Qayoom
March 19, 2010

Only in Pakistan

Lack of Public Restrooms and regular pit stops could ruin your career as a chauffeur in this town By Fareeha Qayoom
March 2, 2010

Wish list: shopping and retail therapy

Recession and tight budgeting kept the shoppers away By Fareeha Qayoom