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
January 19, 2011

US Textiles Imports: Where Does Pakistan Stand?

A must-read for all Pakistani textiles exporters. Where does the Pakistani textiles industry stand in terms of exports to the USA and in relation to our competitors? Statistics from the Office of Textiles and Apparel (US Department of Commerce) paint an interesting picture. By Faryal Virk
January 6, 2011

Governor Taseer’s assassination: is this another case of exploding mangos?

The whole of Pakistan or at least the more vocals ones (talking heads on cable TV, internet and print media) has dismissed the assassination of Governor Salman Taseer as a case of ‘a lack of religious tolerance for their fellow man by one of Pakistanis’, in this case, a symbol of an ‘English Medium, educated, rich, modern, liberal, progressive, not to mention one of the top ‘political and business elite,’ and a self-confessed ‘proud’ Muslim who reportedly carried the verses of the Quran around his neck on a chain by an ‘Urdu Medium, extremist, narrow-minded, brain-washed’ so-called ‘fanatic fundamentalist’ relatively ‘young’ slightly better trained and paid ‘security guard’ a member of elite force who cold-blooded bided his time to kill his targeted victim in a quiet moment long after the event which apparently triggered and provoked his so called ‘crime of passion’ By Fareeha Qayoom
December 26, 2010

Rapid Industrialization: an answer to our dreams or an environmental disaster in the making?

Indiscriminate discharge of industrial effluents and air emissions have contaminated ground and surface water, degraded land and air quality and affected flora/fauna and human health 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 24, 2010

Dec 23, 2010 – The first ‘official’ day of fog in Lahore

Before I left for work I decided to record this foggy moment. It was officially the first day of fog in Lahore, hence, a historic moment. By Fareeha Qayoom
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 7, 2010

News flash for the Filthy Rich of Pakistan

Question -Why has Pak economy never taken off in 63 years? Answer -We don’t encourage the culture of entrepreneurship and venture capitalism in our economy 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
December 5, 2010

Book Review: Isaac Mizrahi’s How to have style

It’s funny. Readable. Not very long. You can probably finish it in one sitting. I know I did. It’s full of fashion advice and shopping dos and don’ts. It chronicles the problems of 12 real women of varying ages and their wardrobe issues and how Mizrahi deals with them by giving them a make-over and helping them buy stuff that suits their needs, budgets and lifestyles. By Fareeha Qayoom
April 20, 2010

Classic Whodunit murder mystery Pakistani-style

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Was this another case of exploding mangoes? 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
February 20, 2010

Couture: featuring a traditional bride

“Traditional Colors are still in vogue,” asserts Barkat Ali By Fareeha Qayoom
January 16, 2010

The Story of terrible twins – Can there be meaningful Peace with India?

A friend of mine started a discussion on our foreign policy the other day on Pakistanloversforum.com – the question he asked was pretty simple – peace with India but on what grounds? He invited me to take part in the discussion as well. What I said actually concluded that particular discussion and shut everyone up! :) By Fareeha Qayoom