rants and raves

May 9, 2012

Heat, flies, and load-shedding

There are hundreds of road blocks, obstacles, frustrations that dog our average day and yet we find the time to do all that we have to do during the course of our day and still get up the next morning full of hope and courage and go through the same grind again and again. That’s what makes Pakistan amazing. By Fareeha Qayoom
April 13, 2012

Lost in Translation

The problems of being bilingual in Pakistan… By Fareeha Qayoom
April 5, 2012

Book Review: David Allen’s ‘Ready for Anything’

If you are a sucker for How-to Books – you might like it and think it’s well worth it. But on the other hand, you might not find a lot of original stuff in it. No, I don’t mean it’s plagiarized or anything like that – what I do mean is the ideas discussed in it have been around for ages…I guess, every busy individual who has loads of stuff to do might have discovered them through trial and error on their own at some point in their lives… By Fareeha Qayoom
March 21, 2012

Books: ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul at work’ revisited

"The rich industrialist from the north was horrified to find the southern fisherman lying lazily beside his boat, smoking his pipe. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” said the industrialist. “Because I have caught enough fish for the day,” said the fisherman..." Excerpt from "Chicken soup for the soul at work." By Fareeha Qayoom
March 4, 2012

From the Fashion Capitals of the world: Fall Winter 2012/2013 Fashion Weeks

Marc Jacobs sent models down the catwalk wearing oversized, furry, misshapen hats amid a dreamy baby blue backdrop. The designs combined chunky knits, turn-of-the 20th century hemlines and shoes as well as exotic handbags with unstructured silhouettes and a mix of colors By Fareeha Qayoom
March 3, 2012

Books: Chicken Soup for the Soul revisited

"Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school." Excerpts from Chicken Soup By Fareeha Qayoom
February 24, 2012

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana – O fortuna played by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (with lyrics)

Fate, in health and in virtue, is against me driven on and weighted down, always enslaved. So at this hour without delay pluck the vibrating string; since Fate strikes down the strong man, everyone weep with me!
February 24, 2012

Blast from the Past – “I am singing in the rain”

What a Glorious feeling - I am happy again! 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
October 27, 2011

Ramblings…a working plan for my leisure activities

I was reading about it the other day (Business, the Universe & Everything, Conversations with the world’s greatest management thinkers by Stuart Grainer and Des Dearlove)…the guy who invented mind maps basically had the same problem before he came up with a short hand to organize his thoughts…Tony Buzan’s output trebled and quadrupled after he came up this new system…He’s the “original renaissance man, responsible for over 80 books, a business empire and a legion of other activities.” Everything has been organized to the max, he manages his life and gets to do ton of stuff with his mind maps… By Fareeha Qayoom
August 28, 2011

Iftari anyone?

Could anything be more exciting than living in Pakistan right now? By Fareeha Qayoom
May 13, 2011

Life and dead end jobs

Happy people cope better with boring, demeaning or stultifying jobs. They make even boring jobs look interesting. They have fun. They learn. They develop their mind and their skills. They also find the nearest exit as soon as possible. Unhappy people get stuck in a rut and switch off. They might go through the motions and turn in acceptable degree of work but the essential spark is missing. They never excel. They can never escape. They are stuck like a needle in a groove. Not going backwards, forwards or sideways. By Fareeha Qayoom
May 5, 2011

Criticism – a subtle form of abuse

People who like to criticize you tell you, it’s for your own good. You should be able to take a little constructive criticism. That’s how you grow. The funny thing is, the so-called advice never empowers you – it diminishes you. The criticism in any case is supposed to put you in your place, whatever, that is, in the abusers mind. It’s never about you, it’s about them. By Fareeha Qayoom