rants and raves

September 10, 2012
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New York Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013

Spring is in the air again! New York Fashion Week for spring/summer 2013 is in progress since September 6th ... By Fareeha Qayoom
August 3, 2012

Negotiating the Communication Minefield

Effective communication is an acquired skill – though, not all managers know how to communicate effectively. Words have meanings and associations – same words can mean different things to different people. Then, there are hidden meanings, fine nuances, body language, and outright contradictions between actions and words, not to mention, human nature…walking through this minefield can be tough – on top of that, you need emotional intelligence and people skills. I don’t think you can ever say you have mastered all the skills of communication and now you have become an effective communicator. You live and learn - it’s always a process. by Fareeha Qayoom
June 18, 2012
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Spring & Summer 2013- Men’s Collections Launched in London

Men’s collections are showcased twice a year every year in Milan and Paris – January and June without fail. This year, London also adds its two cents worth. This new runway event /fashion week comes immediately before the June’s European collections. By Fareeha Qayoom
June 10, 2012
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Victorian Values

Three distinct Drawing Rooms with a variation on the same theme -- British Raj and Victorian influences still play a key role in our decorative schemes for drawing rooms By Saima Malik
June 10, 2012

Desert Rose

A twenty-first century cosmopolitan city of stunning beaches, one of the world’s most secure travel destinations, luxurious hotels and fabulous beachside resorts with world class shopping; Dubai is one exciting experience after another By Umer Saud, photographs by Umer Saud
May 31, 2012

Doom and Gloom Galore

Citizens should be allowed to let off steam in peaceful healthy ways. There is a lot of hidden anger that comes out when people are protesting on the roads, on television and in the news, but especially when they are protesting against power outages. By Fareeha Qayoom
May 26, 2012

My inspiration board

All the major style books advise you to first create your own inspiration board – this will help you plan the wardrobe of your dreams. Your style choices should allow you to express yourself. By Fareeha Qayoom
May 25, 2012

Book Review: Eduardo Porter’s ‘the price of everything’

...If all you know is economics, everything looks like cost-benefit analysis. By everything, he means literally everything, life, death and love, freedom, religion and culture, parenting, shopping, and garbage. Where you buy your coffee, where you plan to live and even the number of kids you plan to have and will it be a boy child or a girl child; it all boils down to prices – and it’s all relative.
May 23, 2012

Mosquitoes, flies, and the paranoid

So what the heck is it? Are we just paranoid or are they really out to get us? They don’t let you sleep, work or even die in peace – is it a giant conspiracy, general incompetence or just plain dumb series of unfortunate events that dog Pakistan and her citizens every day? You decide. By Fareeha Qayoom
May 14, 2012

Coke Studio – Season 5 Kicks off with a bang!

Coke Studio has finally arrived as a team (Orchestra). Technically it was a great episode – no jarring notes at all in the music collaborations - the house band, the backup vocalists and of course, Rohail Hayat all provided great musical support and back up to the vocalists – it’s now up to them (vocalists) to shine and come up with great new material. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 23, 2012

Circles

Don’t they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same? By Fareeha Qayoom
January 28, 2012

Never complain, never explain

We are frustrated, depressed and fast becoming a negative bunch of people (if not already) as a nation. We spend too much time focusing on the negative, complaining about things – on television, on newspapers, in our lives. This is toxic and should be stopped ASAP. By Fareeha Qayoom
January 2, 2012

Banking for Dummies

I feel technology has its place, but nothing can replace a real live human being on the other end when it comes to any transaction that requires an exchange or negotiation between two parties. By Fareeha Qayoom
December 14, 2011

Dog days and Lord of the Flies syndrome

Bottom line, absolute power corrupts absolutely and for some weird reason, most people in their puny capacity always but always cross the line if they can help it. Anyone who is in any position of power over others likes to exercise his muscles, even when there is no need. I see so many examples – big cars hog the roads…gate keepers try to teach you your place. Front Desk personnel try to block you to give you just three examples. Bully’s bully, its not personal – the powerful prey on the weak. It’s the survival of the fittest. The list goes on and on and on… By Fareeha Qayoom