Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Saturday, September 8, 2007

cartoons not for kids!!

Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives. Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age two or three children become enthusiastic viewers. This has become a problem because too many children are watching too much television and the shows that they are watching (even if they are cartoons) have become violent and addictive. The marketing of cartoons has become overpowering in the United States and so has the subliminal messaging. The marketing is targeted toward the children to cause them to want to view the cartoons on a regular basis, but the subliminal messaging is for the adults’ to target them into enjoying the “cartoons”. This is unfortunate because children watch the cartoons on the television and they see material that is not appropriate for their age group. The Children who watch too much cartoons on
television are more likely to have mental and emotional problems, along with brain and eye injuries and unexpectedly the risk of a physical problem increases.

Mental and Psychological Effects on Children who Watch Cartoons From the time children start school to the time that they graduate they are averaged to spend around 13,000 hours in school. This may seem like an awful lot of hours to attend
school unless it is compared to the hours a child watches television, which is nearly 18,000 hours (from the time school is started to the time of graduation). This comparison is an outrage because of the amount of television that is watched by a child will have an effect on their brain, emotions and their sense to feel pain. In a 2000 report on adolescent violence, the U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher stated that more aggressive behavior in

a young child’s life is caused by frequently watched entertainment that incorporates violence in it. This has become a public health issue and because of the research findings; the American Psychological Association passed a resolution in February of 1985,informing broadcasters and the public about the dangers violence on the television has on children. Three major effects have been proven by psychological research caused by children seeing violence on television are that the child may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others; children who watch violence do not fear violence nor are they bothered by violence in general and the children are more likely to become aggressive or use harmful actions towards others. When we are born we have the capacity
for motivation, experience, and training, and because of this our minds are very impressionable. Therefore, our brains’ development is a dynamic mix of nature and nurture, so it is important to choose a healthy environment for all children. This means cartoons with violence will be unhealthy for a child because in general, being interactive with any environment enhances the development of a successful brain. As a result, a
tremendous amount of childhood involvement with electronic media can limit social interaction and may obstruct the development of a brain’s social systems.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Black is the color of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as Dracula, often wear black.

Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. White reflects light and is considered a summer color. White is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colors. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention.

The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Sports teams sometimes paint the locker rooms used by opposing teams bright pink so their opponents will lose energy.

The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. It causes the opposite reaction as red. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it is often used in bedrooms. Blue can also be cold and depressing. Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty. People are more productive in blue rooms. Studies show weightlifters are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.

Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. It is the easiest color on the eye and can improve vision. It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth. However, seamstresses often refuse to use green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.

Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. While it is considered an optimistic color, people lose their tempers more often in yellow rooms, and babies will cry more. It is the most difficult color for the eye to take in, so it can be overpowering if overused. Yellow enhances concentration, hence its use for legal pads. It also speeds metabolism.

The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear artificial.

Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Light brown implies genuineness while dark brown is similar to wood or leather. Brown can also be sad and wistful. Men are more apt to say brown is one of their favorite colors.

Friday, August 31, 2007

What's cooler than Ice Cream?

Once upon a time, hundreds of years ago, Charles I of England hosted a sumptous state banquet for many of his friends and family. The meal, consisting of many delicacies of the day, had been simply superb but the "coup de grace" was yet to come. After much preparation, the King's french chef had concocted an apparently new dish. It was cold and resembled fresh fallen snow but was much creamier and sweeter than any other after dinner dessert. The guests were delighted, as was Charles, who summoned the cook and asked him not to divulge the recipe for his frozen cream. The King wanted the delicacy to be served only at the Royal table and offered the cook 500 pounds a year to keep it that way. Sometime later, however, poor Charles fell into disfavour with his people and was beheaded in 1649. But by that time, the secret of the frozen cream remained a secret no more. The cook, named DeMirco, had not kept his promise.

This story is just one of many of the fascinating tales which surround the evolution of our country's most popular dessert, ice cream. It is likely that ice cream was not invented, but rather came to be over years of similar efforts. Indeed, the Roman Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar is said to have sent slaves to the mountains to bring snow and ice to cool and freeze the fruit drinks he was so fond of. Centuries later, the Italian Marco Polo returned from his famous journey to the Far East with a recipe for making water ices resembling modern day sherbets.

Monday, August 27, 2007

love at first bite!

guys anyone of you seen CANTEEN KAHANI? its on ARY digital...every Monday 10 pm
its really nice! i don't watch Pakistani dramas but this one is great! the best part about it is that its VERY close to our real college lives and not like those typical Pakistani melo dramas :P hehe and i liked the character of sarmad(shehroze sabzwari) and jasim(danish taimoor)...they played their roles very well!
Its a funny love story that takes place in a college. if you guys haven't watched it trust me your missing on it! check this out and you'll know what im talking about!

Friday, August 24, 2007

telecommunication in the past ten years...

In the past decade Pakistan has witnessed a prodigious growth in the telecommunications sector. Most of this development has been restricted to urban areas, but the tremendous progress cannot be downplayed. Technology which was previously viewed as arcane and virtually out of reach has been made easily accessible to the common man. The younger generation, in particular, has drawn innumerable benefits from the availability of such technology, and recent years have witnessed foreign constructs such as the ‘Internet culture’ take root and grow.

While computers and the like have admittedly been around for longer than the past ten years, they have never before been so widely utilised. A worldwide revolution in information technology has reduced the prices of such equipment, and it has since then become seemingly ubiquitous.

Cell phones have become a veritable phenomenon in the past few years, their affordability rendering them a bare necessity rather than a luxury.
Cell phones allow the user to establish communication regardless of time, location or velocity. They have perpetuated the rather dubious practice of remaining in constant, succinct contact with friends and acquaintances, which, if done with a certain presence of mind, can be time-saving and useful. Instant messaging (sms), however, is availed with a passion and conviction which can at times be slightly obtrusive (especially if being done with the pretence of judicious discretion during academic classes). Even so, it is an efficient means of communication, and a largely innocuous indulgence of the youth’s more frivolous tendencies.

Also the computer has brought a world of infinite information to us, and we have reaped the benefits with single-minded diligence. Most children who attend private schools have easy access to computers, a luxury previously unheard of. Ten years ago a school project would have invariably demanded a trip to the library and hours’ worth of tedious note-taking. Often, the student would be forced to toil for unduly long periods of time in a diminishing attempt to procure the necessary information. Today, libraries are looked at with poignant nostalgia, a quaint reminder of the past.

The advent of the Internet has dramatically changed the amount of time and effort students invest in the completion of their school assignments. Information is easily accessible, and requires little more than a cursory knowledge of the subject in question and familiarity with the simple workings of the system. Assignments and projects no longer inspire the same dread that they used to, rather they are viewed as an opportunity to gain marks without the need for any unjustifiable exertion. Information, even on the most obscure topics, can be found in abundance on the Internet, and this has led to many students selecting more and more adventurous topics for their projects. As a result, the models and practical demonstrations displayed during science fairs have become successively more impressive. The Internet has also managed to enrich the classroom experience as teachers increasingly supplement the course material with information gathered over the omnipotent ‘Net’.

However, the ease with which information can be collected over the Internet has prompted some to develop a penchant for ‘copy-pasting’ off websites, and then claiming authorship of the material. This practice is quite prevalent in schools due to the difficulty of verifying the authenticity of each piece of work. Plagiarism, despite having been frequently identified as such, is rampant. This in large part can be attributed to the Internet and a general apathy towards this reprehensible practice by those in authority.
Several networking websites have become unrivalled in popularity amongst the younger generation during recent years. Such websites have established vast on-line communities, where young people interact freely and discuss shared interests. These ‘sites’ provide a source of recreation to millions of youngsters and allow them to hone their social skills which are imperative to one’s success later in life. Orkut in particular attracts countless Pakistani users and has become a genuine phenomenon.

It is evident that the rapid progress experienced in the sector of telecommunications has yielded immense benefits for those belonging to the younger age bracket, as we have access to many of the resources present in more developed countries. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement, but even so there has been remarkable advancement, much of it within the reach of the common man. Technology which was previously only available to the affluent is now central in the lives of countless youngsters.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rain...blessing or a nightmare!?!

I love rain, but it is, indeed, painful to recall those dreadful thirteen days of last August, when the rich and resourceful inhabitants of a posh locality in Karachi lived a nightmare in the wake of the rather generous monsoon showers.

Yet, I am penning the whole experience yet again because the very people of that posh locality are again marooned, thanks to the recent rains and there is likelihood that the same fate awaits them as it did last year. The purpose is also to blow the whistle near the ears concerned which proved to be deaf as stone last year.

The crises began when the electricity was turned off for ‘protective reasons’. As the drizzle turned into a downpour, other basic amenities such as telephone, cable, water and eventually roads were cut off. In just three hours the entire area had turned into a dark eerie place, submerged in three to four feet high water and cut off from the rest of the world.

The foremost problem was of potable water. The underground tanks were inundated. Water tanker operators refused to supply water because of the flooded roads. The local officials of the city government made tall promises but to no avail.

Therefore, initially people had to make do with whatever water was available in their water tanks. Meticulous rationing was regimented. Bathing and cooking was minimised. Even drinking was restricted. Yet scarcity led to friction within the house and outside due to discomfort and deprivation.

As incidents of water theft from the rooftop tanks increased, so did the acrimony among old neighbours. Strict vigilance ensued. A new genre of theft – from private tanks – gained legitimacy under the (until then) judicially approved ‘doctrine of necessity’; water wars had started!

With the last drop of water running out, people began to look for other means. Thus came in the most dependable of all animals – the donkey! Soon the high-tech cellphones buzzed to book a donkey-cart laden with a water tank.

Poor donkeys, loaded with water containers, wearily trudged through dirty waters, which surprisingly made for a lovable sight. Adversity had changed aesthetics. Survival instinct had overcome sensibilities. All was fair in war.

Indeed, as the days passed by donkeys came to symbolise the only hope of survival. Ditched by their government, the marooned denizens gladly pinned all their hopes on these on the donkeis! And why not after all their redeemers were rustic Pathans and their donkeys! Not the KWSB, which was busy blaming the past rulers.

For these ‘enlightened’ people, it was a moment of truth. Here they were imploring a donkey cart water supplier for water. There the country was celebrating its 59th birthday with great fanfare. Here the people were cherishing the labour of a donkey or mules which ever on ethey could get their hands on, more than that of all the governments put together! There the ‘leaders’ of the past and present were receiving eulogies for bringing progress and prosperity to this land of pure.
As far as i was told when i was a kid, rain was supposed to be a blessing, but has our governmenet let rain BE a blessing??

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Did you know that....

1. Pearls melt in vinegar

2. The only month in recorded history that didn't have a full moon was in February 1865

3. Male and female rats may mate twenty times a day

4. Romans could kiss each other on the eyes as a greeting

5. If Antarctica's ice would melt the oceans would rise about 60 meters

6. A newborn kangaroo is about the size of a coffee bean

7. A day on Mars is about half an hour longer than a day on Earth

8. Russia's president Putin has worked in the KGB's foreign intelligence service

9. A rollercoaster has no engine

10. About 10% of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment

11. One in every four Americans Has appeared on Television

12. Mexico City sinks about 10 inches each year

13. A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death

14. Ethiopia will be celebrating millennium in September 2007

15. Sri Lanka has the highest number of snakebite deaths in the world

16. A puma has about 75% killing efficiency

17. Uganda has the source of River Nile

18. A spider has transparent blood

19. Sri Lanka has the world's highest number of public holidays

20. 70% of all Land Rovers ever made are estimated to still be on the road

21. The Pima tribe in Arizona has the highest rate of diabetes in the world

22. It takes around 10 litres of milk to make 1kg of cheese

23. More people get killed by dogs than by sharks

24. You swallow about a quart of snot everyday

25. Domestic cats can run about 30 miles per hour

26. The Dalmatian dog is from Croatia

27. All lilies are poisonous to cats

28. Poodles were once used as hunting dogs in Europe

29. Mercedes cars are named after an Austrian girl

30. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury

31. Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland

32. On average, each day about 20 banks are robbed in the world

33. Swimming during the day was illegal in New South Wales from 1833 until 1903

34. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit

35. The most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak

Friday, August 17, 2007

Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?

On the day of Christmas all over the world, whether there is snow or not, people celebrate this day with Christmas trees, tinsel, candy, pudding and stockings full of gifts. But have you ever wondered how it all started? while going through a stack of old news papers, in order to find relevant material for my assignment, i came across some information on Christmas and thought of sharing it as most of us are unaware of how it all began.

What’s in a word?
The word ‘Christmas’ was introduced in the English language around 1050 AD as the Old English expression Christes maesse denoting “festival of Christ.” Roman Catholics first celebrated Christmas, which was subsequently known as the Feast of the Nativity, as early as 336 AD. Today we use an abridged form ‘Xmas’. The X stands for the Greek letter chi, an abbreviation of Khristos (Christ), and also represents the cross on which Jesus was put to death. Christmas is based on the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the Gospel according to Matthew and the Gospel according to Luke.

Christmas or Xmas is the annual Christian holiday to celebrate and pay tribute to the birth of Jesus Christ. The followers of Protestantism and most members of the Roman Catholic Church observe Christmas on December 25 whereas many others celebrate on the eve of Christmas on December 24 as well.

The official Christmas season, which is commonly known as either the Twelve Days of Christmas or Christmastide, starts from the anniversary of the birth of Christ on December 25 to the feast of Epiphany on January 6.

Santa Claus
The myth of Santa Claus had its roots in Europe and was brought to New York by Dutch colonizers in the early 13th century. By custom, Santa Claus, from the Dutch Sinter Klaas, was portrayed as a tall, decorous and devout character on a white horse. He was known as Saint Nicholas in Germany where he was escorted by Black Peter, a pixie, who penalized defiant children.

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.

Most 19th-century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania, although trees had been a tradition in many German homes much earlier. The Pennsylvania German settlements had community trees as early as 1747. But, as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.

In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree had arrived.

By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas trees to reach from floor to ceiling.

The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.

Joy to the world
On Christmas morning children usually come down to open their presents at the tree and their stockings. Some people go to church and others meet family for a rich Christmas dinner with the compulsory roast turkey, cranberry sauce and Christmas pudding. People are often seen on the streets ringing bells to call people to offer charity, Christmas carollers knock on doors and sing for charity donations.not only is this day celebrated by Christians,
even some non Christians wish each other merry Christmas. It is a time when the spirit of goodwill, to all, reigns in our hearts.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Seven Wonders...

while surfing i came across this article and i thought of posting it... its just an incident that helps us realise that our lives are of much more importance than anything else. Sadly, most of us usually take it for granted.

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present Seven Wonders of the World."

Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:

1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. And to love."

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple, ordinary and take for granted are truly wondrous!

A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

Monday, August 13, 2007

did you ever stop and wonder why?

Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!

Can blind people see their dreams? Do they dream?

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what the hell is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Is Disney World the only people trap operated by a mouse?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Stop singing and read on...

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

if you know why, please tell me i'd love to find out!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Genetic make-over

our bodies have adapted to the lifestyle our ancestors lived at one point; but the mechanism is far from perfect for modern day life style. this so because our life style is not appropriate. After sitting in the same position for an hour, our backs start to hurt. our legs ache after we have taken part in a long race? In fact, when we run, most of our weight is borne by our legs and a single joint in our backbones. Our spine is not strong enough to support a lot of weight and running eventually causes back pain, also caused by sitting for long periods of time. Either way, our daily lifestyle interferes with the way our bodies are fashioned and the functions they are designed to perform. today most of our works require us to sit for long hours (sometimes eight to ten hours) in the same position; and doing that everyday usually causes back pains.

If we had a choice to genetically modify our bodies by increasing our spines from one to three we would be able to equally divide our body weight. While running, we could rely on three separate joints to carry and equally distribute our weight. Besides having aches and pains we are also defected in other ways, example, the human face is not symmetrical. Some have an eye that is slightly bigger or smaller than the other. Our skin also cannot protect itself from harsh environments and rays of the sun therefore we have to use different creams for that purpose.
In order to effectively reflect light from the human skin, the skin should have had dark pigmentation. If we could also alter our vision so there would be no need of glasses. we could also use an extra heart to pump blood which would increase the life expectancy.

some of these already are and the rest may also be possible in the future due to genetic modifications, but with it comes great responsibilities as well. It will raise countless moral and ethical issues, as well as conflicts. Some may side with science, and others with religion. People may use these kind of technologies to serve wrong purposes. Instead of improving human lives and making this world a better place, wars may break out over the ownership of such a technology. Nations possessing this technology might not share it with the rest of the world, or create humans perfect in every way to increase the chances of survival for their own race.

Most people think that we should not tamper with Nature. However, genetic make-overs could save millions of lives. It could stop a disease from passing on to the next generation. But it could also cause the destruction for mankind if not used properly. If we get, up to three spines in the human body by genetic modifications we wouldn't feel the need to exercise our bodies in order to prevent our selves from back pains. since we are so lethargic and our lifestyle calls for comfort we depend on machines to do our chores due to which our body does not get the physical motion it requires and we suffer from pains.

Even though we live in a polluted world, most of us are not ready to abandon our current lifestyle loaded with the comforts of modern technology. We would rather keep complaining about our aching backs or use glasses for clear vision. There is a reason why God made us like this. our bodies are made in such way that if we do not give them the physical movement it requires, our bodies will get damaged in the long run. example if some people do not get proper exercise they face orthopedic problems such as arthritis in old age. If we could manage our time and schedule and do yoga to relieve the mind and body of stress and if we change our lifestyle, we can live a fulfilling life without having to change our genetic make-up.

mankind is still quite far from conducting complete genetic make-overs but even if there was a chance of using this technology, would we really want to? Then again, would we not be interfering in God’s work?

Thursday, August 9, 2007


"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."
Albert Einstein

" behind every successful man is a surprised mother-in-law"

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
Dean Martin

"If you love your job, you haven't worked a day in your life."
Tommy Lasorda

"Borrow money from a pessimist - they don't expect it back."

"I'm an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house."
Zsa Zsa Gabor

"Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand."

"Ninety percent of the game is half mental."
Jim Wohford

"Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself." - after being told he looked cool.
Yogi Berra

"I'm in no condition to drive...wait! I shouldn't listen to myself, I'm drunk!" -Yogi Berra

"What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic."

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
Bill Cosby

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
E. e. cummings

"I remmember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof."
Rodney Dangerfield

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
Albert Einstein

"My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday."

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

It is amazing to see how no one has yet written a basic How-To-Survive Guide Book living in karachi, considering it is one of the biggest metropolitan of the world with thousands of immigrants invading it, although only the fittest in Karachi live to tell the tale while the rest melt away in the hot blaze of Saddar sun. well this alarming situation must be put to and end. looking at the increasing rate of new visitors,i believe they deserve to know how to navigate their way not only through the messy traffic in Karachi, but also its chaotic lifestyle.
the basic do's and don'ts of surviving in Karachi.

1. kindly don't be shocked at an attempt of being mugged. it will, at some point in time happen to you or your loved one.

2. considering the above mentioned point, please do not expect the police to arrive at the crime scene on time, As they are usually part of the crime being committed it is only to be expected that they will not bite the hand that feeds their stomach.

3. Once on the road, expect to be rammed from the side and often head on from an oncoming vehicle in narrow lanes and crowded streets of Karachi. There is absolutely no need to boil your blood over right of way or traffic rules. The one with the bigger car wins. Plain and simple! And if that car has government number plates or a few hideous looking turbaned men looking all armed and dangerous, know that it is always your fault. Please, don't get into the right and wrong of the matter. There are none

4. If there is electricity flowing in your house or office for more than a couple of hours at a stretch, you should be thanking God. This is not a small blessing to be taken in your stride. A good night's rest without power breakdown, cranky children and a snarling spouse may be more than you should be aspiring to. Don't dream big. You will only end up being disappointed.

5. Of course, there is the ultimate luxury machine, the generator, which will keep your home chilled and nerves cool even if it is 50 degrees outside. The heat it exudes on the outside may make your driver’s or cook’s life a few notches more unbearable, but after all it's a small price to pay for your own comfort.

6. If you have the money to buy tankers at Rs1,500 a pop then you also have to have the heart to see that money literally go down the drain every few days while you dutifully pay your water and sewerage taxes on time. Not to mention your utter dependency on the obnoxious tanker wallas, a breed apart from the rest. At every door bell you run to the window hoping against hope that he has arrived with the blessed water although he promised he was on the way seven hours ago. And dare you say anything! He has too many more desperate clients in the neighbourhood to attend to than to hear your grumbling.

7. schooling is the fundamental right of every citizen. The horror begins when your child gets admission into the Montessori of your choice. The registration fee for the same runs into tens of thousands of rupees not to mention the monthly fee that is sometimes greater than school fees and mind you all of it in cash! But what option do you have if you are hell bent on making education a priority for your children? So beg, borrow, steal but find a way to make that crucial investment in your child's future ... so what if that activity ends up being a bottomless pit!

8. Lastly, don't just show up at any one’s house unannounced. it is considered rude to walk into your close relative or Friend's house without a notice in advance. people in Karachi are a bit too busy making ends meet and being harassed, therefore having no time left for casual meetings.

its a great place to be but don't forget over here, u just sit and watch and try to cope up with the rest, you are not allowed to speak. oh yes and welcome to Karachi!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Pagans and prophecies...

we usually hear people say "touch wood and keep your fingers crossed" Keeping fingers crossed is supposed to ward off evil while touching wood is meant to bring good luck. Hiccups, it is believed that someone is talking about you or remembering you. if you kill a spider it brings bad luck. if the right hand itches your finances increase. a very common superstition is of a black cat crossing the road, it is believed to bring bad luck.

many people also believe in the influence of numbers. it is believed that the number 13 is bad luck especially if it falls on a Friday. people usually don't make any business deals on the the 13Th . often the seat number 13 is omitted in air crafts. people also avoid having 13th floor or room number 13 when building hotels.

the desire to predict future is very natural in human beings. Palm readers, coffee cup readers, and tarot card readers. the belief in omens has existed in all ages and all countries.
There are pirs claiming to cure people from curses and adversities in all sects and classes of our society. women in particular are plagued more by superstitious like magic, charms and curses which involve jinns, marrige problems, birth issues etc. if a black cloth is hanging at a shrine or a grave of a Sufi, it is believed that wishes come true, on the other hand if a black cloth is found hanging on a bus or a wagon , it is meant to ward the evil off.

even in today's modern and post enlightened society, people from all classes believe in superstitions.

Superstitious practices which have been adopted by our society from other cultures, go a long way back from pagans belief. they usually originate from a little bit of sensibility but often lose validity due to advancement of time. due to week faith in God, and belief in one's self, people are not capable of critical thinking. when faced with adversities, people often go through a gullible phase where they believe everyone and everything. this lack of confidence takes them through a long journey where they start to follow pagans and pirs, who claim to cure the curses and ailments faced by the people. not only do the uneducated class of our society tend to follow this act blindly, this practice is found common even in the educated upper class or elite of our society.

A fortune teller or a parrot may provide us a comfort zone to live in or give us the strength to deal with adversities in our own twisted way, but would you really want to know what lies in the future?...good or bad? It is probably okay if you are prudent in all that you do in your life but the best would be to have faith in God, and always remain optimistic. Where there is a will, there is a way and if God hadn’t empowered humans with intelligence and intellect, the cat crossing your path would have been ruling the earth.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Tricky technology...

The sudden in flux of modern technology has allowed us to do what ever we want in a very short span of time. It is unbelievable how the chores which used to take two to three days to finish, are now completed within a day. It has enabled us to use that free time by adding more chores and tasks to our daily schedule.
Now humans completely depend upon machines to do their office work and house work. although it has its benefits, flaws come in the package. we are left stressed out and lethargic by the end of our working day. different sorts of illnesses are beginning to surround us, as our body is not getting the physical movement it requires. apart from our body, the entertainment devices are having a negative effect on our ears, eyes and brain. television sets, mobile phones and other such electronic devices which have become a part of our daily gadgets are made up of microwaves which alter activity of the living cells in our brain.

Even more dangerous is the impact on our environment, an increase in pollution, greenhouse effect and global warming. we are using technology to grow crops by overusing the soil, which may lead to no production of crops at all, in the coming years. We are highly indulged and overwhelmed by the evolution in modern technology and satellite that we are overlooking the threats posed on us by them, thus turning us into totally different creatures.

sudden in flux of tricky technology

The sudden in flux of modern technology has allowed us to do what ever we want in a very short span of time. It is unbelievable how the chores which used to take two to three days to finish, are now completed within a day. It has enabled us to use that free time by adding more chores and tasks to our daily schedule.
Now humans completely depend upon machines to do their office work and house work. although it has its benefits, flaws come in the package. we are left stressed out and lethargic by the end of our working day. different sorts of illnesses are beginning to surround us, as our body is not getting the physical movement it requires. apart from our body, the entertainment devices are having a negative effect on our ears, eyes and brain. television sets, mobile phones and other such electronic devices which have become a part of our daily gadgets are made up of microwaves which alter activity of the living cells in our brain.
Even more dangerous is the impact on our environment, an increase in pollution, greenhouse effect and global warming. we are using technology to grow crops by overusing the soil, which may lead to no production of crops at all, in the coming years. We are highly indulged and overwhelmed by the sudden in flux of modern technology and satellite that we are overlooking the threats posed on us by them, thus turning us into totally different creatures.

Friday, August 3, 2007

The mystery of the cone

Over the past years, ice cream has become a part of our diets globally. it is consumed by people all over the world, irrespective of their age. the most popular way of consuming this sweet, creamy delight is in the form of an ice cream cone.
the idea of cones originated in Europe where ice creams were served in paper or metal cones.

The history of ice cream gives way to a lot of controversy as several inventors are credited for this unique and popular invention. it began at the St. Louis world's fair also known as the St louis exposition in 1904,where the crispy vanlia flavoured cone was introduced to the public, giving rise to the controversy of the real inventor of cone.
At the fair, on July 23rd Arnold Fomachou, an ice cream seller, ran short of clean serving bowls. Ernest M.Hamwi who was running a waffel stall next to him offered to make cones by rolling his "zalabia pastries".
At another stall, waffels were being rolled up into "cornucopia" shape and were being filled with scoops of ice cream.

There is a great possibility that several people who invented the cone simultaniously, as there were approximitly 50 stalls of ice cream and waffels at the fair. nevertheless, the cone became an instant hit, and poeple just chose to move on with this invention, without looking back.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

school days...

Today i woke up missing my school days. i badly wanted to dress up in my uniform and go back to school. realising time had flown by so fast made me upset. bunking classes and being all koo koo and crazy...not caring about anything, driving the school cordinator MAD. hehe those were the best days...i wish i could go back in time... :0(

Monday, July 30, 2007

Coffee anyone!!

Its amazing how many coffee houses have sprung up in Pakistan over the last couple of years - and when we talk about world-wide statistics, the number keeps growing. Fact is that coffee houses are the buzz word of today and will be around for a long time to come. Unlike previous trends which turned Zamzama DHA into a graveyard of restaurants, coffee houses and cafes if managed well, have identified a specific segment of people who have been craving for their 'ideal abode' since eons. They are the X factor people who dine in style but are cool laptop savvy people, plugging into their wifi while sipping coffee and munching on a light sandwich.

Coffee houses are most relaxing where you can break the rules, sit with your legs on the couch, smoke a cigar or sheesha, read the paper and laugh out loud with your friends and colleagues and occasionally flirt around with the gorgeous female Guest Relations Manager who usually all-smiles for everyone.

My personal hats off to two particular Cafes namely, Indulge and The Second Floor. They have actually broken away from the conventional Franchising paradigms and started with their own identity. I'm pretty sure that with time and consistent re-innovation, they will climb the ladder of International fame and fortune.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Street Kids........

Street kids plagued by glue sniffing
KARACHI: It’s a chilly night in a run-down part of Karachi and several boys squat in a dirty alley, getting high on glue. Breathing in fumes from glue-soaked rags and glue-filled plastic bags is a daily ritual for these boys who live rough on the streets of Pakistan’s biggest city. “The fumes burn the eyes and leave the body dry. It kills your appetite. But after being kicked and treated like a dog it gives you peace,” said one of the boys, Mohammad Naeem. Cheap at Rs 50 a tin and easier to get than illegal drugs, “Samad Bond” glue – the sniffers’ favourite brand – is flooding the streets of Karachi. The Pakistan Medical Association says substance abuse among street children has reached alarming levels. “If more is not done soon, Pakistan is heading for a street children hooked on glue crisis on the scale of other countries like Morocco and Brazil,” said Qaiser Sajjad, the association’s general secretary. There are about 14,000 street children in Karachi and most are sniffing glue, said Aksa Zainab, a social worker who helps street kids at a drop-in centre operated by the Azad Foundation in cooperation with UNICEF. “According to our research, 90 percent of these children are involved in glue sniffing or in some other solvent abuse,” Zainab added. The problem is getting worse as more and more poor parents with large families are unable to make ends meet and their children end up in the streets of cities and towns. Severe urban poverty, a rising cost of living and few job opportunities for the poor are causing the growing street children problem in Karachi, explained economist Asad Saeed. “There is also no law on the compulsory education of children. It’s a free-for-all society,” Saeed said. Akram, one of the boys sniffing glue in the alley, explains how he ended up homeless. The 15-year-old, dressed in a ragged blue shirt and dirty jeans, said he ran away from his stepfather who beat him with iron rods and scorched him with cigarettes. The boys make money cleaning cars and scavenging for scraps in rubbish. “I wash cars, collect paper and metal from garbage dumps. I even beg for alms but I’m committing no crime,” said Mohammad Khalil, one of few who prefers to sleep on the streets with his friends because of family fights at home. Abdul Karim, a scruffy-haired boy with bucked teeth, is among a small group of street children who have kicked the glue habit. Small and cocky, Karim attended a detoxification and rehabilitation programme at the Azad Foundation drop-in centre, which is housed in five small rooms in a narrow lane of a downtown residential area. Karim is a regular visitor to the centre where children get clean clothes, food, medical aid, counselling and even schooling. “I used to sniff glue until three months back. I used to feel dizzy and sleep all day. Now I feel better and am also trying to stop smoking cigarettes,” said Karim. One room at the centre has a television set, a major attraction for the kids, another has games and a third has been turned into a classroom with colourful charts and a chalkboard. “The numbers are increasing as they tell their friends of what benefits they get here,” said social worker Zainab.

readin all of this it makes one sad.... it made me sad tooo...

Saturday, July 21, 2007


Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still. -- Lou Erickso

Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us. -- Thomas L. Holdcroft

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. -- Winston Churchill

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -- Gandhiji

Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies. -- Ann Landers

Friday, July 20, 2007

Imortal Thoughts!!

Voyager upon life's sea:-
To yourself be true,
And whate'er your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.
Paddle your own Canoe

Thursday, July 19, 2007