November 20, 2013

The Tomorrow People – the ‘Us and Them’ Syndrome

Bigotry exists. It’s a fact. There’s no getting away from it. We discriminate, we judge, we evaluate, daily on the basis of ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ which is quite a subjective quality if you think about it – we might not even notice we are doing it. It’s human nature. By Fareeha Qayoom
November 3, 2013

Thank God for Roads!

I must commend Mian Shahbaz Sharif for his forethought in bringing a little sanity to the chaos that was our roads before he undertook to create a little efficiency. Sorting out the Kalma Chowk Crossing, Ferozpur Road, Main Canal Bank Road, Peco Road, Khayban-e-Firdosi, Khayban-e-Jinnah, LDA Avenue Crossing, linking Raiwind Road to the main city, constructing bridges and underpasses and traffic lights and re-routing traffic to move more quickly has made life easy for commuters who have to get to point Z from point A. A lot of people live down there now. By Fareeha Qayoom
November 1, 2013
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Coke Studio: Season 6 – Same Old, Same Old, Blah, Blah…

Not that I want to rain on his parade but I think Coke Studio needs fresh new blood. Its same old, same old; it started with the single “Jogi” and it went downhill fast from there By Fareeha Qayoom
October 30, 2013

The Power of Negative Thinking

Focusing on the negative makes people forget all the positive things (in life that make it worth living). Moods are contagious and spreading negativity and ingratitude to your fellow human beings should not be allowed. Unfortunately, it’s prevalent across all walks of life in our society. We are generally ungrateful folk. By Fareeha Qayoom
August 20, 2013

Retail: Rang Ja – Very a La Country…

Overall I love the store and I think this particular ‘Bareeze’ brand is promising addition to our local repertoire – in fact, it’s the first local ready to wear brand that I really think is interesting, slightly edgy and wearable, not to mention, “Made in Pakistan” for Pakistan by Pakistan and of Pakistan. (No, I have not been paid to write this review). By Fareeha Qayoom
July 11, 2013

The Dandy is Back!

Dress-up clothes are paired with dressed-down clothes. This dapper dude is expensive, fond of luxury, knows the value of fine tailoring but doesn’t mind mixing up stuff from his extensive wardrobe (business clothes to club and weekend to sport’s wear to the great outdoors to beachwear) not to mention, filching stuff from his girl’s wardrobe as well (witness the floral prints, silk and satins, use of saturated colors, face jewelry and scarves!) to come up with an entirely new style statement that makes for some unusual ensembles. By Fareeha Qayoom
July 7, 2013

July 2013: A Page Torn from the Diary of a Pakistani Citizen

Miles to go before I sleep So much to do and so little electricity!
June 30, 2013

Year 2013: Fabric Report – Prices Hit the Roof!

Most of these fabric yardages do not endure beyond one summer – they wear out too quickly – they might not even last ten washes. This is why a ready to wear trouser or top or woven button down shirt from an international brand feels like a bargain now. The other day, a senior colleague purchased a very nice embellished woven top from Mango for about PKR 3000 at full price while we were browsing the malls - I told her to go for it as the price seemed reasonable to me. Mango is a high street brand in UK – know what I mean? By Fareeha Qayoom
June 23, 2013
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Enjoy the Silence

Words are very unnecessary They can only do harm Enjoy the silence By Fareeha Qayoom
June 14, 2013

Things have Changed

People are crazy and times are strange I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range I used to care, but things have changed By Fareeha Qayoom
February 4, 2010

Golden Lotus: What is wrong with the chef?

One of its latest offerings is Golden Lotus restaurant. I had heard a lot about it but for some weird reason, I didn’t get a chance to dine there until recently. The décor might be interesting; its outdoor patio pleasant in winters and spring. But the food and service leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I have been there twice now in a space of six months By Fareeha Qayoom
February 3, 2010

Pakistan: perception vs. reality

If you Google “travel Pakistan,” or “Pakistan travel,” (this is back in December 2009), you get loads of travel warnings and advisories followed by a couple of international travel websites like Lonely Planet and Virtual Tourist that give you a brief insight into Pakistan and then it degenerates from there. There is not one solid website on Pakistan; no, not even the official tourism website done by Pak government. Actually, what you notice is the lack of any real information on Pakistan, and what stuff there is mostly all negative. By Fareeha Qayoom
February 1, 2010

Morality is the defense of the weak

Who needs morality? Its the defense of the weak
January 20, 2010

Black Backpack – a symbol of terrorism!

The scanners and security guards have become standard at most important buildings including banks, even restaurants like McDonald’s – the other day, I even saw a sniper hiding on the roof with his gun trained on the entrance of my regular bank – this is not the Pakistan of my childhood… By Fareeha Qayoom