Archive for February, 2009

Dawn life-style…

Dawn life-style is happening again on 14th and 15th February @ Convention Center.

Be there…

Let’s Go Plant a Tree!

CDA has launched a tree plantation campaign in the capital. To advertise this and to motivate others to do the same, banners have been placed on various locations throughout the city. These locations include street light poles on green belts, trees and Faizabad overhead bridge (I may have missed mentioning a couple of spots) too. I think it is a nice initiative which should be taken off and on. Since many trees have already been ‘murdered’ in the city, in the name of progress and development, we are in dire need of replacements. I hope CDA succeeds in its efforts and also hope that many people join in this ‘crusade’.

PS: Let’s plant more trees but also let’s treat the existing ones nicely.

Spring is in the air!

While it may still be winter, but spring is in the air. Look at these pretty flowers and tell me if you don’t start thinking the same in an instance. :-)

Pretty Flowers

Pretty Flowers

I hope the winter season stays a bit longer but can’t wait to see spring time either.

Intro to Google Business Solutions

About the Presentation/Talk:
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NUST SEECS Social Entrepreneurship club (NSEC) is arranging Intro to Google Business Solutions a talk by Badar Khushnood, Google Pakistan Country Consultant and a local Google evangelist.
Although Google is generally known as a web search engine, it has many business products in various categories including internet advertising, communication & publishing, development, geo, search, statistics, etc. The idea behind this talk is to introduce these products to SMEs, corporate & professionals so that they can make the most out of Google business solutions and increase their efficiency & productivity with these cutting edge tools.

Agenda:
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5:30 ~ 6:00pm : Registration
6:00 ~ 6:15pm : Prayer Break
6:15 ~ 7:35pm : Presentation / Talk by Badar Khushnood [ http://tinyurl.com/badar-khushnood ]
7:40 ~ 8:00pm : Q&A Session
8:00 ~ 8:30pm : Refreshments

Date/Time:
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Monday, Feb 09, 2009 (6~8pm)

Host/Venue:
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Organized by: NUST SEECS [ http://www.nseecs.edu.pk/ ]
Venue: SEECS Seminar Hall [ http://tinyurl.com/nust-seecs-map ; Login with ur Gmail to see the street map ]

Registration (Mandatory):
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We have limited seats so please register here:
http://tinyurl.com/google-biz-sol-nust OR
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cHczM0FDb0plVGFWMkV2TWU2dE13QXc6MA..

Event Page:
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http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=64845731412

NOTE:
1- Registration will close on Friday, Feb 06 at 3pm
2- Only pre-registered participants will be allowed to enter NUST-SEECS campus
–> (as per university security protocol)
3- Please DO NOT forget to bring your ID card with you

Supporting Bodies:
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1- CIO Pakistan [ http://ciopakistan.com/ ]
2- Cogilent Solutions [ http://cogilent.com/ ]
3- Brightspyre [ http://brightspyre.com/ ]

Kashmir Solidarity Day: February 05, 2009

Today the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” is being observed throughout Pakistan (yet again). There is news that rallies will be held in different cities of Pakistan as well as Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The day will also be marked with relevant TV programs and human chain events.

One such human chain event is taking place right now on Jinnah Avenue. The human chain created looks long. Some people are delivering speeches with zeal and fervor in favor of the struggle of Kashmiris against Indian brutalities. Others are chanting songs to display their solidarity with Kashmir.

Another important activity that is marking the day is a nation-wide holiday.

My Thoughts & Rants:
It is good that we observe this day. It at least keeps reminding us that Kashmir needs our attention. But is it enough to mark just one day on the calendar for this? Is holding rallies and other similar events going to help the Kashmiris facing Indian brutalities in Kashmir? Are we doing enough to justify our participation in this cause? Do we still believe in this cause or has this died out in our hearts? I fear I am not doing enough and I am ashamed.

Note to self:
Do “more actions” and write “less words”.

31-01-09…

Asma – the persistent fuel and the captain of Islamabad metblogs – got married on the 31st of January 2009.

Apart from being a totally passionate and an enthusiastic blogger, she’s one of the finest person I’ve ever come across.

May Almighty bless her and help her in this new journey of life.

Amen!

Taaleem vs. Tarbiyyat

 

Watching the recently imported (from Sweden?) and installed swings at the Fatima Jinnah Park losing nuts and bolts in front of my eyes solidifies my belief that education does little, if anything, to improve a person. Why can’t the elderly refrain from mounting an object intended for a 5 year old? The same thing happens at Rawal Dam where 40 year old (and double-sized) folk abuse the childrens’ entertainment. And when comes ‘chutti time’, the gate gets crammed with people pushing each other out (or even in).

Is there no way to fix this sad situation? 

Danay Garma Garam

If any of you happens to pass by the Green Trust Tower (or the UBL Building or the OGDCL building) on Jinnah Avenue (Blue Area), be on the look out for these yummy garma garam danay. Especially if you are on foot then it would be criminal not to check out the danay from this theela (cart). This guy comes to this area ever day around midday and stays till late in the evening.

Danay Getting Roasted

Danay Getting Roasted

These days he has two types of danay to offer. One is makai (corn) and the other is channay (some kind of chick-peas). He would roast these in front of you in the big pan containing salt of some kind. When he is done, he will transfer those ‘now roasted’ danay to a small paper bag (looks tiny at times) and hand over to you. You can enjoy these ‘healthy’ treats from as low as Rs 5.00 to as much as you can afford & handle (rather your teeth and tummy can handle), not to mention till the danay-wala’s stocks last.

Different Varieties

Different Varieties

My mouth is already watering but I cannot spot the danay wala from my window yet. Maybe its too early for him to arrive. I guess I will have to wait a bit and then with my whole army (gal pals in office) I will charge and conquer (satisfy my relish that is).

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