Improve your English!

I have always appreciated Organizations and individuals who support and assist in matters that concern breaking down the barriers to make way for quality education in Pakistan. On a personal level, I would hereby like to applaud the efforts by TCF; the entire concept of the Rahbar program by The Citizen’s Foundation overwhelms me where the people from the organization work on increasing awareness amongst the common masses about how they can contribute to this noble cause. I hope to be able to participate as a Rahbar again as soon as I have some time off.

U.S. Consulate General, Karachi has initiated several educational programs in our country, and I am proud to say that my mum has remained a part of some very integral educational initiatives including awareness on Internet usage during her tenure as the AIRC Director at the Consulate in several less privileged areas across Pakistan.

Anyway, have always wanted to say this.. but I know how much I annoy people with ideas such as these.. Just realized this is MY blog, so decided to write on the topic anyway πŸ™‚ English is used as an International language across the globe, and over 350 million people speak it as their native language. I have noticed that not many people here focus on their reading habits when in school, which results in shaking up their confidence a little when they are required to voice their opinion clearly on a large or even a small scale. Living in a society that exists today where life if so fast-paced, the competitive streak amongst professionals is at its peak, and therefore, there are several drawbacks of not knowing the language. Learning and improving on your English speaking and writing skills can have a very positive impact on one’s professional life.

People I have seen get offended very easily when corrected, even in class. I believe though, that there is no harm in learning something that helps one in the long run in one way or another. There are no age limits set for learning something new either- alhamdolillah for that.. πŸ™‚ I’m still working on my vocab and I probably will be doing that till I die.. πŸ™‚ Here, I’d also like to clear a very common misconception that most students of English language have. Guys and girls, an awesome vocabulary has nothing to do with good English! Sure it’s an added advantage, but it is actually correct grammar that serves as basis for good English speaking/ writing skills. Anyway.. πŸ™‚

I came across another link that was shared on U.S. Consulate General Karachi’s facebook page today and wanted to share it on this platform as well.

This is surely an awesome public service gesture and I am sure many can benefit from it! Shall keep my fingers crossed for people who want to make the effort πŸ™‚

Celebrating Jinnah Sb.’s Birthday

(Written for Sakonent’s Newsletter)

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There are more than just a few reasons for many of us to rejoice the month of December! There’s Christmas, weddings, birthdays, snow, and especially in Karachi, winters are pleasant. But wait, there’s more. There’s an extra reason for the Pakistanis to celebrate and be overwhelmed all over again, by remembering the man, standing firm with his principles in place and a personality that depicted immense discipline, his idea sketched out with clarity to work on achieving us all a successful state, a nation for which the Muslims of the Sub Continent had put all their faith in none other than whom they called the father of the Nation, whom the world knows as Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 at the Vazeer Mansion, in Karachi. He completed his basic education in Karachi, and finally fled to London, to pursue his dream and passion of becoming a Barrister at Law. When after completing his studies, he came back to take care of his father’s business, his interests drew him to be actively involved in politics, and take charge as the Leader of the Muslim League. His efforts, powerful speeches and heartwarming preaching did not go futile, and as a rewards provoked the Muslims of India to not give up on the endless struggle and sacrifice, and finally on August 14th, 1947, Pakistan came into being.

The credit for this beautiful land, which we proudly stand upon today and call ours, all goes to Jinnah Sb.

And, I’d like to take this opportunity to quote Stanley Wolpert, who wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan,

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”

December 25, 2012! :)

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Wow! No work today! πŸ˜€
Coz we’re off on Christmas πŸ˜‰

There’s gonna b so much to do! Gotta bake a cake as well. It isn’t just Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday. It’s my abbu’s (Dad’s) birthday too! πŸ™‚

Here are some more reasons for my family to celebrate TODAY:
Mansoor mamoo (uncle)’s birthdayΒ  | Β Mamoojan & Manijan’s wedding anniversary
Also, we’d b dressing up big time for Faizan & Asma’s Valima (Reception) tonight πŸ™‚
& yayyy! No work!! We’re all home today! :p
Thank you for everything Allahmian! I love you! December is most certainly my favorite month! πŸ™‚

Hyderabadi-ism :)

Other than stuff like.. Cricket… Pakistaniat… Food and etcetra being in my blood as a Pakistani, coming from my mum and dad’s side, hyderbadi-ism I believe is just as much a part of me!

I’ve grown up eating khatti daal, mirchiyon ka salan, double ka mittha, kachi yakhni ki buryani, baghare begann, timaate ki chatni, khubaani ka mitthaa, home-made achhaarz and God! Lots of goodies and more made by my grandmothers, mumma and aunt!

I love how wearing a saree was as easy as putting on a T with a casual pair of jeans for ammi and bibi..
the natural pattern of speech my mum and my aunt, and even my dad and uncles have.. it’s not just Hyderabadi to the core! It’s just lovable! πŸ™‚

Just wanted to share a couple of hilarious videos here showing the way hyderabadi mums kinda get mad at their kids for my family and hyderabadi friends to enjoy πŸ˜‰

Go Hyderbadi-ism! πŸ™‚

Colors of Hope!

I often pass by Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s mazaar and notice people from all kinds of classes right outside, sitting on the footpath, with their palms open at the mercy of the wise, wide-eyed old men, wrinkles on each one of those faces telling a thousand and one stories of their own.. I was reminiscing my drive through that narrow- crowded road after I received a morning text from a friend of mine in which he shared an Indian Proverb, that read as follows:

“Your future does not depend on the lines of your hands, because people who do not have hands also have a future”.

How true! Though I found this study quite interesting at one point in time, I am now pretty much against these horoscopes and palmistry kinda activities based on religious grounds purely.

Anyway, here’s meee meeeee meeee, jotting down some scattered thoughts in this otherwise CRM- terms- filled head of mine, that I’d decided to share this morn here, and which actually gives me an opportunity to appreciate another great effort by another one of my dear x-colleagues and friend, Alishah Chagani.

Quoting *anonymous*, so when was the last time you appreciated a kid? I just did! NOW! πŸ™‚

Well, whatcha waiting for?!
Spread the word and love! Join us in appreciating and encouraging the bunch of youngsters by liking their page on Facebook!

They are the Colors of Hope!Β Β Their Official Website and services are expected to be launched in October 2011.
Let’s help spread the colors of Life, with the light of Hope, for these very very special and extremely talented kids!

To view what amazing and beautiful things these angels are capable of doing, check out this link!

End the Education Emergency!

I absolutely LOVE the idea and motive behind the cause! And lastly but definitely not the least, I love the caption!

My workplace is like going heavy duty with lots of hot projects these days (mashAllah!) and there are moments when it feels like we’re short of resources, but when these guys work as team, they deliver what i call the SizzLer!

I do not know much ’bout the history of how we got this project, but in about 2-3 days, we were all sharing links around the work place to sign the *petition*! What Petition? Supporting Education? oh cool! But the moment the site appeared as i clicked the link, I realized, it wasn’t just cool, I fell in love with it! It was the case of mixed emotions.. the website, promoting the cause, inviting people on several platforms and social networks to Sign the Petition, and woah! whether or not they later pay attention, but THIS is to be shared with the people who run our country! No comments on those guys but.. *sigh* i like totally heart the idea! All the enthusiasm this team worked with on each bit of this project, with all honesty is reflecting beautifully and I hope this Petition has an impact! πŸ™‚ well inshAllah to begin with! and I know that hard work that’s got the *heart* work involved surely pays off!

In my next few posts, I shall be sharing the whys and whats about the petition!

Till then, Join me and the People behind the beautiful idea of supporting the cause of ending the education emergency in Pakistan by signing this petition!

Let’s all, join the MARCH FOR EDUCATION!

http://educationemergency.com.pk/

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mania in full swing!

Suddenly all of those applications are alive on my facebook home feed! Zong’s Super Predictor! One Big Stadium! and I’m sure there are loads of more applications happening out there! Well cool! Though, being a Pakistani, Cricket is like an active gene in most of us. Getting cricket fans to participate in such games just arouses the cricket spirit more, plus there are prizes as incentives :p

The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is between India and Bangladesh, toss for which has been won by the Bengalis who have decided to BOWL first!

A tip from Super Predictor:

Bangladesh has won the toss and decided to bowl first. They want to take the early advantage of dew, also in last 12 matches team batting 2nd has won, consider it a tip for your predictions πŸ™‚

& here’s the Sports Quote shared by One Big Stadium:

Most games are lost, not won. ~Casey Stengel

Enjoy the game! Participate! Let’s see who wins! πŸ˜‰

The “Do Something Now” Campaign!

Winters are here! I personally love the weather and being my birth month, December is naturally my favorite month of the year! πŸ™‚

A few months ago, when Pakistan was afflicted with Floods on a humongous scale, it had become next to impossible for most of us, not just as Citizens of the same Country, but also as mere humans living on the safe side to lead lives as normal people. I shall not speak of others. I personally felt guilty if I even enjoyed so much as a “happy laugh moment” with my friends.. because, at the back of my mind I knew.. while I live on calm, there must be someone out there crying for help, while we enjoyed a Sunday brunch with folks on a day highlighted with a bit of the beautiful drizzle, there was probably someone drenched with a gazillion miles flooded ahead waiting, praying, hoping.. to be rescued. I hadn’t exactly lost my appetite, and I certainly wasn’t losing weight, just that, the thought at times that families out there were depending on the government and some noble communities to feed on! Well that’s where we were introduced to the trend of collections & donations. I participated and contributed with family, relatives and friends, and that’s when I came to know about Freaks! I am actually proud to know them personally! πŸ™‚ These cool people are actually from my circle of friends & colleagues at work!

Well Freaks is at it again!

This time around, they are collecting blankets for the needy lot! I shall post updates as soon as I have them for those of who would like to contribute for the great cause!

Here is a little intro from their Website:

Freaks” is an organization formed by a group of young, passionate people, and their initiative is to make current day Pakistan a better place.
At FREAKS we believe in FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, EMPOWERMENT, ACTION, KNOWLEDGE & SERVICE.
Though young in age, FREAKS are mature and diverse in expertise. We hold an amalgamation of experts in awareness building, public speaking, strategy, graphic design, photography, project management, and above all, the expertise in giving.
The organization is currently working on flood relief efforts in Pakistan under the campaign β€˜DO Something NOW!’ Individuals, organizations and institutions are encouraged to buy shirts and wrist bands with the tag.
This initiative started in August 2010 when this group of Individuals started working passionately collecting donations and volunteering anywhere where it was needed.
Passion is contagious and when channelized in the right direction it can create a cosmos!

About the Campaign

Do Something Now‘ is a campaign which has been initiated for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected families started out by a group of young, talented and enthusiastic young individuals who call themselves ‘freaks’; they do not only believe in the concept of ‘Love Pakistan but are part of the concept of ‘Being Pakistan!

Anyone can be a part of “freaks”. Everyone is requested to “Do Something Now“!

Be part of β€˜Freaks’
Be part of Pakistan
‘Do Something Now!’

November 05, 2010! :)

Have been on the Blogger for a while.. but have always preferred to write my heart out on diaries.. this time, after the pages on my last diary ended, i just opened up my account and realized.. how much unused space I’ve been wasting in my virtual world! So here goes, my first post! And what’s better than starting with a dua for Team Pakistan!

No matter what, I hope Pakistan wins today! Well, not going to raise my hopes too high.. Cricket is after- all an extremely unpredictable game πŸ˜‰ All the best BOYS in GREEN!

Pakistan Zindabad!

………………………………….. πŸ™‚