Tale of two Pakistans

Critically acclaimed author Mohammad Hanif writes about the situation in Pakistan in an article on BBC’s website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8318121.stm). The article is brilliant and captures the reality of life in Pakistan to quite an extent. Pakistan has been described by Newsweek magazine as “the most dangerous place in the world”. However, as intense fighting continues and casualties rise, Mohammed Hanif in Karachi says that for the moment there is still a thriving social life.

Last week I received an e-mail from the foreign editor of a European newspaper who said: “So I wonder if you could write a story for us about living in Pakistan which, looking from here, seems to be the bottom of hell.” Continue reading Tale of two Pakistans

Facebook or Fakebook?

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with friends and acquaintances but it has shortcomings of its own. One of the biggest weaknesses of Facebook so far has been its lethargy in taking action against fake profiles. There are all sorts of weird people who like impersonating others probably because they have little happening in their own lives to amuse them. Facebook offers the option to Report/Block this person at the left side of each profile page. Once you click on that it asks you whether this person is impersonating you or someone else etc. If you report a profile more than once, the system recognizes that you have submitted a prior request. Now if I have submitted a prior request then what is taking Facebook administrators so long to fix the complaint! Customer service anyone?! Or is it that we are not really the customers because we don’t pay a penny for using it.

Things you will not learn in school

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1:Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Continue reading Things you will not learn in school

Neglected issue: Meeting the odds

Dr Sabiha Essa Khan has written about some important and much ignored issues pertaining to women and their financial contribution with respect to family status in Pakistan in an article, “Neglected issue: Meeting the odds”, published in Dawn Newspaper (http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/in-paper-magazine/the-review/meeting-the-odds).

We normally tend to give more importance to the issues which are seen in greater frequency. However, this often leads to the negligence of other serious issues, which, though not so common, are causing deep psychological and emotional problems. Continue reading Neglected issue: Meeting the odds