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
September 5, 2010

Pakistan Extraordinary

Discover Pakistan from the eyes of a young explorer Omer Masood as he takes you on a extraordinary journey By Marian Sharaf Joseph
August 15, 2010

August 14th, 2010 – Independence Day

Pakistan will rise again like a phoenix from the ashes because Pakistani citizens have one trait in common – resilience, endurance and the spirit of carrying on no matter what life throws at them, as Shahzad Roy put it in his song, “Laga Reh,” (“Tu hai aik Aam admi or bus,” translation: “You are just a common man, and that's it” – the common man replies, “to Kia karoon, himat har doon?” “So what else should I do? Should I just give up?” Roy replies, “naheen, Laga Reh!” no, carry on!) - The only way is up when you are all the way down. I have faith we will get through this. By Fareeha Qayoom
August 6, 2010

Pakistan: Diary of a concerned citizen

The quality of life has gone down in our country too. You see it on our roads, you see it on television; you see it all around you - around your neighborhoods, your towns and cities, even when you meet your peers, friends and relatives. It’s the same story at your workplace, your neighborhood store, your Masjid (most people – read men - now prefer to say their prayers in seclusion instead of doing it the old fashioned way; that is, going off to the Masjid); you never know when it’s your time. Gathering for religion, fun, shopping and nightlife is taboo in our country now. No, I am not exaggerating By Fareeha Qayoom
April 25, 2010

Power Games: look who’s talking?

The government is preaching electricity conservation to the converted: it’s not the consumers who don’t pay their bills, or waste electricity or steal electricity from their neighbors or practice corruption on a large scale or is it? By Fareeha Qayoom