rants and raves

May 15, 2013

Pakistan Elections: May 11, 2013 – My Story

The people have spoken. Respecting their word and moving on with it is more important at this point than creating a lot of strife and unpleasantness which Mr. Khan managed to do from his sickbed in spite of things going well at the elections for him. My advice to the politicians, listen to your citizens and do a good job this time - together as a team. Your people are quite capable of voting you off like they did with PPP if you don’t deliver. (By the time I post this, Mr. Sharif has already met with Mr. Khan and tried to put the unpleasantness behind him. I guess he wants to play nice and be sensible this time. This is another good move on his part.) By Fareeha Qayoom
May 14, 2013

Sewing 101: Learning to Sew a Fine Seam

...But what the heck, it’s considered green to refurbish, recycle and make over; not to mention, thrifty. by Fareeha Qayoom
March 26, 2013

Survival of the Fittest

Our photographer at Valuemag is out on a new mission. With the camera in his hand Shahji hunts down candid moments capturing any exciting expression he feels is worth sharing. Each picture is at least worth a thousand words! Enjoy! Photographs by GM Shah, Text by Marian Sharaf Joseph
March 26, 2013

Handle with Care

How to take care of your leather furniture By Nazish K. Siddiqui
March 26, 2013

Gardens: Blazing Paper Flower

For sheer garden drama, plant one of our favorites in a border, against a wall, or even in a pot on the patio Bold bougainvilleas brighten summer gardens, patios and rooftops By Fareeha Qayoom
March 26, 2013

Urban Landmarks: Masjid Wazir Khan

A Mughal masterpiece in the middle of chaotic mess of illegal ugly construction Story and Photographs by Umer Saud
March 21, 2013

Random Thoughts on ‘A Little History of the World’

If you look at the overall pattern derived from world history, you would notice that elite and their bureaucracy are always trying to maintain the status quo or their hold on the silent majority while the silent majority occasionally overthrows them and tries to bring equality which never lasts because status quo must be maintained at all costs so the elite and their bureaucracy prevail in the long run. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 13, 2013

Fall 2013: Fashion Weeks – Trend Watch

Here is the fall 2013 fashion week schedule. Enjoy! New York - Feb 7-14th London – Feb 15 – 19th Milan – Feb 19 – 26th Paris – Feb 26 – March 6th By Fareeha Qayoom
February 4, 2013

Another Retail Report: More Winter Sales Blues …

ENEM Stores: Yes, they do stock complete size ranges, branded products like Marks and Spencer and Zara but the price points are crazy. By Fareeha Qayoom
January 15, 2013

Retail Report – More Winter Sales Blues…

Durability, quality and fit are important considerations when the price is higher. Why would you pay more for less? By Fareeha Qayoom
December 19, 2012

Playing Ostrich

In my dream I was drowning my sorrows But my sorrows, they learned to swim Surrounding me, going down on me Spilling over the brim Waves of regret and waves of joy I reached out for the one I tried to destroy You...you said you'd wait 'til the end of the world By Fareeha Qayoom
November 29, 2012
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Raw Power

Might is right or as they say, “the King is Dead. Long live the King!” by Fareeha Qayoom
November 24, 2012
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Procrastination and Writer’s block – My Typical Day

I am suffering from over work. Yes, I think it’s a disease too. You develop a tunnel vision. You become compulsive and obsessive (about your current obsession). Which I am anyway – compulsively obsessive…when you add work to the mix, it becomes something totally beyond normal. All work and no play makes you a dull Jill (or Jack whatever your particular case). By Fareeha Qayoom
October 6, 2012

Only in Pakistan

Warning: This is a rant about ‘oh poor me!’ - a self pitying lament about my good life. If you don’t like rants – don’t read any further! :D By Fareeha Qayoom