Friday, September 30, 2005

Let the Fun begin...

We are all set for the Wall's Fun Carnival coming up tomorrow. I, alongwith many of my fellows, am working as a paid volunteer there. Today was our orientation and we are looking for some seroius fun tomorrow!

The Venue at Fortress Stadium, Lahore

We'll be having great Ice Creamy Fun!

Here's where you will find me selling the tickets wearing a Wall's T-shirt

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Chirpy immigrants to Pakistan decreasing...

Millions of migratory birds head towards Pakistan from Europe and Central Asian to escape winter, said wildlife experts. However, they warned that the number of migratory birds, and local birds, found in the city and surrounding areas had decreased because of tree cutting, pollution and massive constructions.

Experts said that every year birds from Europe and Central Asian states came to the Pakistani wetlands for winter. They said that migratory birds flew over Karakorum, Suleiman Ranges and Hindukush along the Indus River, adding that the route was famously known as flyway 4 because of the number of birds using it (there are seven flyways worldwide). They said the route was commonly called the Indus flyway.

Migratory birds start reaching Pakistan as winter approaches and keep migrating from September to February and fly back in March, said the experts. They said that an important reason for birds migrating to other regions was food, saying that it was not available in indigenous habitats during winter. They added that other factors included temperature changes and reduced hours of daylight.

However, the experts said the loss of natural habitat was a major reason for the decrease in migratory birds visiting Pakistan. They said that a 70 percent decline had been observed in the migratory birds’ population in Punjab in recent years. They added that a number of bird species had vanished from Lahore and adjacent areas because of tree cutting, pollution and dust. They said, “Birds like parrots, magpies, drongoes, pigeons and doves can rarely be seen in Lahore or surrounding areas.”

The excessive plantation of decorative and ornamental plants has damaged the natural habitat of bird because they cannot find food on ornamental plants, said the experts. They said that trees such as acacia, sisso, mulberry and poplar, on which birds feed, were cut down in large numbers and made native birds’ lives difficult.

An article by Shoaib Ahmed

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ringtones worth billions!

Mobile phone users in the UK will be spending $1.3 bn on downloading ringtones, music, games and other content to their handsets this year, as expected by market analysts Mintel. Mintel says, it will be an 18-fold increase on the amount spent on dowloads in 2002.

The total number of mobile download sales is expected to reach 760 million this year, from just 30 million in 2002.

Come on people! there are much more productive uses of those slick gadgets in your hands. Just imagine, if that amount could have been donated to AIDS victims in countries like Zambia using the same SMS technology...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

the yester-problem with the Blogger...

I tried logging on to the Blogger network yesterday, but, I wasn't able to.

We all know connections are not that much reliable here in Pakistan. However, I'm sure quite many of you sitting anywhere else experienced the same problem...

Friday, September 23, 2005

G.T road tey baraikaan lagiyan...

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper as a million people were warned to leave the US Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Rita’s arrival.

Alright alright, It's not funny but I just cannot help singing the song whenever I see traffic jams...

Photo courtesy of BBC World News

Thursday, September 22, 2005

You got to be a victim to travel by air for free...

I had much more to say that's why I decided to add another post rather than extending the previous one...

All these NGOs have been collecting donations from all over the world in the name of protecting and fighting for women like Ms. Mai in Pakistan. There is nothing bad in that.

BUT, right here, we can see what kind of luxuries have become afordable to those who have been the victims of such horrific incidents.

For example, Ms. Mai is seen quite often travelling by air from Multan to Islamabad along with her brother. Is this mandatory for a rape victim to travel by air by spending Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 4000 for a return ticket in a country where 35% of the whole population lives below poverty line.

Would not those who don't have a dollar to earn a day get tempted?

And why don't those who are financing these luxuries spend the same amount of money on patients who cannot afford hospital fees?

the global exploitation of women...

After what have been happening around here for the past few years, Pakistan is now surely seen a place where women are treated as commodities.

I'm talking about some of those high-profile rape cases including that of Mukhtar Mai, Dr.Shazia, & Sonia Naz etc. There is no doubt about the exploitation of women all over the world whether it is in the East or in the West. Pakistan is surely not an exception.

Can you imagine that the only state of New York may have a lot more cases of rape reported than those taking place in the whole of Pakistan in a particular year.

As far as President Musharaf's remarks about the current situation in his own country are concerned, whether what he says is true or false, it does not suit head of a state to talk about his own countrymen in front of the International media like this.

The exploitation is there, not only in Pakistan, rather, all over the world. And only strict implemetation of Law can ensure eradication of such evils from our societies.

There have been very very few occasions when I have agreed with or supported President Musharaf, but, at his point of investigating those NGOs that have been using such incidents to raise their profile or to gain personal gains causing damage to Pakistan's image internationally, I strongly support him.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The art of doing nothing...

Believe me it really isn't an easy thing to do...

Doing nothing is an art and for those who can practice it are one of the luckiest persons.

It will not be wrong to say that there is not a single moment when you are not doing anything. Even when you are physically at rest, your mind is at work. I can imagine myself sitting on a comfortable rocking chair, my eyes closed, still, my head is aching due to the 100 km/hr speed of thought processes running in my mind.

Same is the case when you're asleep, as you are in an act of sleeping.

In my opinion, only death can take you to the stage where you have nothing to do, nothing to think or dream about.

And, obviously, those who can rest by being in an act of doing nothing have nothing to worry about; lucky people.

Monday, September 19, 2005

the one dinner party!

After a very boring Sunday, I was more than ready for an evening out.

It was great to hear that we already were invited to a party at a society get-together.
We were there well before the hosts arrived.

It was the best place to have a open-air party these days. The weather was perfect with a little breeze brushing faces. The aura was even more than perfect with the live Violen and Tabla duo jingling the oldie melodies.

The food was delicious as it always is and the party went really well!

I depserately needed that just before starting another hectic semester at my University...

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Most Effective Theories of Conflict Prevention:

The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention

Countries with McDonald's branches don't go to war with one another. ( Held true until the1999 U.S. bombing of Belgrade)

The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention

Countries that are part of the Dell supply chain don't go to war with one another. (Still holds true)

Friedmanese-English Dictionary; phrases used by Tom Friedman in his writings and speeches.

Tom Friedman is the one man that charms the world's most influential people. His twice-weekly columns in the New York Times and the four books written by him are equally lauded by the politicians, bureaucrats, capitalists, CEOs, the gurus of globalization, celebrities, royalties and elites from the world over... So much so that even Queen Rania of Jordan likes to share her fries with him at socialite parties.

His latest book, The World Is Flat got published this April and still is near the top of bestseller list.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

the joys of my first job...

Guess what, I am sitting at my first job ever and I still have been able to write this post.

It would surely sound strange that I am on a three-day internship. This job, although, not required by my course, is teaching me a lot. And, yes, I am not getting paid for tick-ticking this keyboad only for three days.

I'm sure, this experience would add another bunch of skills to my career as I am learning a lot new things by working in a professional Marketing company for the first time.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mickey goes Cantonese...

Disney has opened a new $1.8bn (£1bn) theme park in Hong Kong, the firm's biggest foray into the Chinese market.

Hong Kong Disneyland, based on Lantau Island, is expected to attract more than five-and-a-half million visitors in its first year.

The project is 57% owned by the Hong Kong government, and is expected to generate $19bn over the next 40 years.

Characters such as Alice in Wonderland sing and speak in Cantonese, while Chinese food is sold around the park.

The theme park was opened by Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong and other guests included Hong Kong's chief executive Donald Tsang and Disney boss Michael Eisner.

Guests watched a traditional Chinese lion dance performed in front of an enormous fairytale-style castle.

Disney hopes the park will tap into Hong Kong's appeal to newly-wealthy mainland Chinese and their children as a shopping and leisure centre.

Source: BBC NEWS

Sunday, September 11, 2005

the more civilized world...

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the United States we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."

Sajeewa Chinthaka, a 36-year-old Sri Lankan man, on the looting and crime in New Orleans after the hurrincane.

September 12, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

the windy & wetty change...

It rained quite heartily today, and this makes the summer say bye bye.
After all, it's September, and the change should start atleast when half of the month has already passed...

I really enjoyed the weather today. The most fun part was when me and my little brother both sat down on our garden chairs right in the middle of the garden with all the rain water wetting us all over...

The weather forecast predicts more rains in the next few days, so gear up for the real wetty and windy Lahore!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The moment of celebration...


I just got result for my 6th semester today. And to my great pleasure, I scored a whole 4 GPA in this semester...

This came along with A+s in all of the five subjects:

1. Marketing Research A+
2. Selling and Sales Force Management A+
3. System Implementation & Design A+
4. E-Commerce A+
5. Introduction to Philosophy A+

Now, sounding more like an actor getting Oscar for the Best Actor category; I want to thank GOD, my family, my friends and to all those who helped me and prayed for my success...

It's time to celebrate. I just want to forget everything else and just rock n roll!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Result Panic

For the past few days there have been rumors about our semester result being out...
However, I'm quite sure about it as I confirmed it from my University.

Although, all the exams went perfectly smooth and I am really expecting to perform very well, still, there is a hidden fear of anticipation and a little panic in my head and heart...

Hope everything goes as fine as smooth white yougurt...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I love Jerry the MOuse!

I think Jerry's one of the most adorable and cutest cartoon fellows around us... I just can't stop loving the Tom and Jerry show!

Monday, September 05, 2005

When a Tooth aches...

I have already had enough of toothaches and dentist visits as my jaw was deprived of 4 and a half precious teeth in dental treatment about 6 years back...

It was just yesterday when I started feeling that another one was unnecessarily being sensitive to ultra chills of Ice Creams and cold-drinks.

No No No No. Not Again. I'm not going to tolerate this strange behavior of that ultra smart whitish guy sitting in my mouth.

Still, I am quite concerned about the matter as those of you who already had some kind of tooth treatment would strongly agree with me that a visit to dentist is the scariest of all...

God bless my teeth!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Fun Facts About Virgo

With an acute attention to detail, the Virgo is the sign in the zodiac most dedicated to serving. Their deep sense of the humane leads them to caregiving like no other, while their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is missed. The Virgo is often gentle and delicate, preferring to step back and analyze before moving ahead.

Friends and Family

A Virgo is a helpful friend to have indeed. They are excellent at giving advice, and they really know how to problem solve. You'll find that a Virgo will remind you to take good care of yourself, as health is a focal point for them. And when the meal is done, they'll be the first to jump up and start the dishes. Loving and dedicated to family, the Virgo is also first on the scene when care is needed. When someone reaches old age or is ill, the Virgo will be there doing all that is needed. The Virgo is not known for showing their feelings. They prefer to show through deed than by word.

Career and Money

"I analyze" is the key phrase for the Virgo personality, while "practicality" is the keyword. Industrious, discriminating, and scientific by nature, the Virgo really knows how to get to the heart of the matter. They are exceptionally methodical and do well in jobs that require organization. If there's anything out of order, set a Virgo to the task!

When focused on a task, the Virgo will push themselves to perfection, leaving no stone unturned. They are exacting and take great pride in a job done to the absolute best of their ability. When they feel their talent falls short, they'll turn to the books to learn whatever they need to improve. Careers suited to this sign include being a doctor, nurse, psychologist, teacher, writer, and critic.

Virgos are excellent with their money. They generally keep a strict grasp on what they spend, and strive to put away as much money as they can. They plan well in advance for expenditures, and when it comes to shopping, they aren't apt to overspend. Every now and then the Virgo can be seen buying themselves something of beauty, though. They love the arts and enjoy decorating their homes with taste.


It's important for the Virgo lover to feel needed by their mates. Tactile, methodical and willing to take as long as is needed, they make excellent lovers. Virgos prefer to have a few strong connections rather than many partners. Life partners are chosen based on how important and needed the Virgo feels they are in their lives.


Virgo Birthdays
August 22 - September 22

Each sign has a part of the anatomy attached to it, making this the area of the body most sensitive to stimulation. The anatomical areas for Virgo are the intestines, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, lower plexus, and the upper bowel.

Ruling Planet
The ruling planet for Virgo is Mercury. Representing intellectual urge and the avenue of expression, this planet rules reason, rationalization, words, awareness and communication. Its action is quick and it also deals with travel, speaking, writing, trade, and emotional capacity and technique.

The colors of choice for Virgo are green and dark brown.

Virgo's star stone is the sardonyx - the reddish brown variety.

Lucky Numbers
Virgo's lucky numbers are 2, 5, and 7.

Virgos are most compatible with Capricorn and Taurus.

Opposite Sign
The opposite sign for Virgo is Pisces.

The Perfect Gift
The best gifts for a Virgo are health-related items.

Animals, beauty, eating healthy, orderliness.

Sloppiness, squalor, being wrong, chaos.

Famous Virgos
Stephen King, Charlie Sheen, Mother Teresa, Sophia Loren, and Mickey Mouse

An Article from MSN Astrology

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Half-Blood Prince got finished...

I've finished the Half-Blood Prince...

Not in sense of killing someone, rather, I'm talking about J.K Rowling's latest "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"...

I enjoyed reading this piece of Magical fantasy set in the wonderful world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. The book had its own chills and thrills that were much more meaningful and acceptable than the previous versions.

Although, I still consider the fourth installment as the best, still, "The Half-Blood Prince" was almost of the same calibre.

The characters including that of Harry's and his friends' have become more mature as they talk about "strange feelings" for those who they love, but, cannot confess or accept.

One of the main character of the whole series dies out in this part; yes, another one who's very close to Harry.

The last three to four chapters are the most dramatic that shape the ultimate end of the story and make you look forward to the last part much more eagerly...

One big happening: Harry falls for Ginny Weasley...

I'm not going to reveal any more of the story, which, you would have to find out by reading it yourself. However, for all the Harry Potter fans, who think that the "Order of the Phoenix" was no good and who still haven't read "The Half-Blood Prince", I would assure that this one is surely going to make you love Harry Potter much more.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

"My neighbourhood is under water.

There are corpses all over the city. The stores are being looted.
All residents of New Orleans are now refugees.

Now I have a taste of what people in war ravaged countries go through.
Please pray for us. My future is murky.

My children cannot grasp the scope of this catastrophe.
My friends are missing. Take me away from this madness."


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