Adapt to the pain.
Ride it out, unaffected.
Don’t lie to yourself-
There will always be teardrops,
if only on stained pillows

Magic in the Backyard
©Kellie Elmore


My online presence

Aside from my blog, I maintain a few other sites:

Aside from that I have profiles on a whole bunch of sites:


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I’m AzkaarAli on Twitter

Aside from all this stuff you are likely to find me in various forums where I usually use my own name instead of some alias. I used to just claim the username Azkaarali/Azkaar Ali on most sites but it seems that despite the fact that I never met a single person with the same name, several do exist on the internet. .I’ve been online for over ten years now and that kind of leaves a trace in some unlikely places. Some of the things I wrote in the past look silly or stupid when I read them now but I have a simple principle that if I’m not willing to put my name under it, I probably should not be writing it in the first place. It’s one of the few principles I apply more or less consistently, the other one being that I have no principles (which I apply much less consistently).

A final Goodbye to my Hostel Seniors.

Tonight was officially last night of my hostel seniors at hostel.Rest of hostel living students organized a fare well party in the honor of seniors.I started the farewell tonight with some sadness in my mind but with a lot more hope of their great coming days.I wished them a spontaneous future. Some of my Seniors (Aqdas Rehman, Mudassir Afzal, Waleed khalid, Fawwad Tahir, Mubeen, Sohaib Rauf, Wadood ch, Imran hazoor, Khurrum Mehboob and many more) shared their good and bad days in hostel and made very interesting but advices filled speeches to us.

Right now what is more important is how their lives at I.U.B (RYK Campus) is came to a close. And I have to admit, I feel a little sad. I.U.B (RYK Campus) had become a big, happy part of my otherwise sad little life. And I will miss all the people who are leaving hostel. And will miss hating all the people I hated. Not that I hate anyone. Iqbal hall hostel  is a special place and the BsCs class of 2007 is even more special to me.This was one smart bunch of good people. Probably the best batch I.U.B (RYK Campus) has had to date. And if not to date, then definitely better than the numerous others who lived before them and came after, during the time they were there. About the things I will miss, the people I love and *drum roll* the people I did not love at Iqbal hall hostel. Call me irrational, frivolous or stupid but June 2011 is the start of a brand new year for them. A much-needed break year.I am sorry I will not be a part of their coming life, but they should know I will be watching them from far away – through Facebook pictures. So be good. Keep me posted with the I.U.B gossip and I will keep you posted with mine. Eat an extra bite of chicken for my sake. And try hard for better future. Now that I have that clear, finally, GOOD-bye.

Photo stream of this joyous party can be seen on my facebook profile after a while.

Apple:World’s Most Valuable Brand

Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

A new survey on the value of brands has placed Apple as the world’s most valuable brand, ending Google’s four-year reign at the top of the list. The ‘Brandz’ survey, done by global brands agency Millward Brown, found that the Apple brand is worth an estimated $153 billion, which was an 84% increase from last years survey.

Global brands director of Millward Brown, Peter Walshe, said that Apple’s pointed to a number of factors that has led to Apple’s rapid rise in brand valuation. He said that their meticulous attention detail and presence in corporate environment were two of the reasons that they have behaved differently to other consumer electronics manufacturers and went on to say:

Apple is breaking the rules in terms of its pricing model. It’s doing what luxury brands do, where the higher price the brand is, the more it seems to underpin and reinforce the desire. Obviously, it has to be allied to great products and a great experience, and Apple has nurtured that.

Technology and telecommunications companies generally dominated the list, with Apple (1), Google (2), IBM (3), Microsoft (5), AT&T (7) and China Mobile (9) holding six of the top 10 spots, sharing it with the old-heavyweight brands of Coca-Cola (6) and McDonalds (4). Meanwhile Facebook entered the top 100 at number 35 this year, with a valuation of $19.1 billion.

The survey is done by Millward Brown essentially observing the value that the companies put on their own brands in their earnings reports and analysing it in conjunction with the results of a survey of more than 2 million consumers.

Moin Akhtar – A Matchless Legend

Kon kehta hai k maut aayee to mar jaoonga
Mein tau darya hoon, samandar mein utar jaoonga.

The Father of Comedy: Moin Akhter

Who says that death will be able to bind me;
Like a river nearing its end, my waters will simply channel into a much larger ocean

This profound couplet from Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi perfectly encapsulates Moin Akhtar’s life and the impact he had on all of us who were lucky enough to watch him in his numerous performances throughout his long life of entertainment.

Since the time he appeared on PTV as a gangly teenager till the time he departed as a suave and sophisticated performer, he warmed the hearts of both young and old. He said in an interview that one of his earliest performances was in front of a young and boisterous college crowd, where they started heckling him as he walked on the stage. He was understandably nervous but took control by addressing the crowd, and telling them that he was a student just like them, and to give him a chance to perform and to then decide whether he needed to be walked off or whether he deserved their accolades.

From that pivotal moment when he started his act to his last appearance, he walked into our lives and became our dearest friend who deserved nothing but the highest accolades. He endeared himself like no other entertainer to the students in that hall and to the spectators of later years who were lucky to catch his live comedy shows all over the world. He mesmerized viewers who stayed glued to the TV whenever Moin made an appearance in a drama or in a talk show. He was the de facto choice for a host for Imran Khan when he was trying to raise capital for his cancer hospital, or whenever PTV celebrated its anniversary, or when a show was arranged for kings/prime-ministers (King Husain, Z. A. Bhutto) or when celebrities such as Dilip Kumar came to visit.

Like a river constantly in motion, Moin’s talents did not hit a limit. When he was not entertaining us with his comedy routines (RoziLoose Talk) or serious dramas like Half-Plate — he was behind the scenes writing, directing and producing. And even that was not enough; he had a great voice and was an accomplished, though part-time, singer.

Moin Akhtar shows were not just for entertainment of the masses only but:

He was the host of the show in which King Husain of Jordan was invited.
He was the host of the show in which the Prime minister of Gambia, Dawoodi-Al-Joza, was invited.
He was the host of the show in which President Zia-ul-Haq was invited.
He was the host of the show in which Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was invited.
He was the host of the show in which President General Yahya Khan was invited.
He was the host of the show in which President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was invited.

In his long-lasting partnership with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari, he explored numerous critical subjects of Pakistan and reproached politicians, bureaucrats and the likes on their lack of action. He did not spare any topic nor any person from his razor-sharp wit. He made us laugh but also made us think. The beauty of Moin was how he could switch in a second from making us laugh to making us sad by showing us the wrongs in our society and people’s apathy to take any positive action. Several episodes of Loose Talk and the drama Half-Plate are some such examples.

People started watching Moin in 1960s, and they will continue to watch him long after his untimely demise last week.  We will be deprived of seeing Moin amongst us, but his presence will continue to live with us. Death is never an end for people like Moin; their contribution is channeled into the vast ocean of younger generations waiting to experience his genius.

May God bless your soul, Moin Akhtar, for making us laugh, think and cry!

Final Good-bye to “The king-of-fast SHOAIB AKHTAR”

In Celebrations

The True Legend

Shoaib Akhtar , as we all know,has announced his retirement from International Cricket.As World Cup is over for Pakistan.So I would like to Pay a Tribute to him by Writing a post on it .

The Legend Shoab Akhtar.

A raging machine, show stopper and a match winner, Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan cricket team has stunned the world of cricket with his pace for over a decade now. Better known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, the veteran speedster is questionably the fastest bowler ever to have played the game and his Yorkers are a night mare for even the best batsmen in the business.

Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1975 the well built right arm fast bowler made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 1998. Since then he has represented his country in a 157 matches and has had 242 victims in total, most of which have been either LBWs or bowled. He bagged all these scalps at a good average of 24.50 and has the best bowling figures of 6/16. Shoaib Akhtar’s career has always been the center of controversy starting right from his bowling action being questioned to the doping scandals, he has often been the reason of attention for wrong rather than right reasons. Fingers have been pointed towards his fitness levels and for this reason he has been left out of the Pakistan side on a number of occasions, but he has always come back strong against the expectations of his critics and bowled with great speed and accuracy.

Shoaib had an excellent Cricket World Cup in 1999 in which he played a vital role for his team in reaching the finals of the tournament. However, the next edition in 2003 was a dismal outing for the speedster. He was left out of the 2007 Cricket World Cup due to a controversy with team mates.

He also played for Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier league 2008. where he took 4 wickets for 11 runs from three overs , in a famous victory against Delhi DareDevils .

In 2011 Cricket World Cup he played in his last match against New Zealand.he bowled a stunning 159.8 kmh delivery in his last match.He didn’t played in Semi final against India which Pakistan lose by 29 runs.

Cricket will surely miss him and would hardly be able to find such a flamboyant character both on and off the field.
Famous Quotes :

A collection of quotes from Shoaib Akhtar and by others about him over his colourful career.
“How many diamonds can you retrieve from one single mine; there has to be an end somewhere. I don’t see any natural fast bowler after me.”
Shoaib Akhtar, the last of Pakistan’s gems, foretells a grim future (June 14, 2008)

“I think I will donate the money to Mother Teresa or something like that.”
Shoaib’s latest ‘Shoaibism’ when asked about his IPL earnings. (May 30, 2008)

“Once Shoaib sees the crowds, and of course the babes around, I think he will be able to perform.”
Wasim Akram has a dig at Shoaib (May 7, 2008)

“The Shoaib Akhtar [of our team] is Asmavia Iqbal … The only difference between him and her is that she’s completely fit, sticks to her game and does the job she’s asked to do.”
Urooj Mumtaz, the Pakistan women’s captain, gets candid (April 24, 2008)

“I don’t know – for us or for Pakistan?”
Graeme Smith wittily replies when asked if the absence of Shoaib would be an advantage during South Africa’s tour of Pakistan (September 29, 2007)

“This would be a first for Shoaib, who is widely regarded as a more committed playboy than cricketer.”
Journalist Malcolm Conn reacts to a quote from Shoaib that he had been keeping himself in shape during his lay-off (May 11, 2007)

“He said I looked like Tarzan, and wondered how I could bowl fast looking like that.”
Shoaib reveals how Andrew Flintoff inadvertently boosted his will to win (December 14, 2005)

“Shoaib, leave the chicken man alone, and start your practice.”
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer to Shoaib as he chatted to Kevin Pietersen (November 27, 2005)

“I didn’t see him in Australia because he didn’t turn up for the first three days of the Test.”
Steve Harmison on Shoaib’s laissez-faire attitude to the Super Test (November 11, 2005)

“This is not a joke, so just shut up.”
John Wright cracks the whip as Shoaib interrupts him during a Super Series team meeting (October 20, 2005)

“A bloke’s bowling at 150kph trying to rip the fingers off your arms or probably even worse. It gets your blood going and the adrenalin pumping. You are in a fight. And to me that’s what Test cricket is all about.”
Justin Langer on the joys of facing Shoaib (January 1, 2005)

It is quite surprising that one is unfit in Pakistan and by reaching England gets fit overnight.”
Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, is piqued at Shoaib playing for Durham immediately after landing in England (May 12, 2004)

“I am not an angel, I have my bad days and good days. I am still learning day by day.”
Shoaib makes a candid confession after Pakistan’s victory in the Lahore Test (April 10, 2004)

“We will try and pull the chain and stop the train midway.”
Sourav Ganguly, when asked how his team plan to counter Shoaib, the “Rawalpindi Express” (March 4, 2004)

” shoaib akhtar goes to kill me ” in the match againstWest Indies.
Brain Lara in a press conference in 2005.

Shahid Afridi:

“We feel sad for Akhtar as he has been a very nice team-mate and we’ll always remember him as someone who always tried hard for the team and every player thanks him,” said skipper Shahid Afridi.

Team-mates embraced Akhtar at R. Premadasa stadium where Pakistan played with Australia in final group game .

“Akhtar told us about his decision and we respect that, so everyone wished him the best of luck in his future. I enjoyed playing with him,” said Afridi.

Coach Waqar Younis praised Akhtar’s decision.

“I played with him and then coached him. He has been a great bowler for the country and served the team well. It is a nice way to leave the place for youngsters and that’s something we must appreciate,” he said.

Former captain Ramiz Raja said he would like to remember Akhtar as a fighter.

“I would like to remember him as a tearaway bowler who with his strike-rate was a match winner on his day. He battled through injuries and controversies with a lot of heart throughout his career,” said Ramiz.

Records :
– He bowled a record 100.2 Mph delivery against England in 2003 cricket World Cup.
– Also bowled a Fastest over in the history of Cricket .

Famous Kills :

– Ricky Ponting
– Gerry kristen
– Justin Langer
– Sourav ganguly
– Brain Lara
– Adam Gilchrist
– Sachin Tendulkar

Shoaib Akhtar’s best Performances :

– 4 for 71 v India, Asian Test Championship, Kolkata, 1999

– 3 for 55 v New Zealand, World Cup semi-final, Manchester, 1999

– 6 for 11 v New Zealand, 1st Test, Lahore, 2002

– 5 for 21 v Australia, 1st Test, Colombo, 2002

– 5 for 25 v Australia, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, 2002

– 6 for 30 v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Wellington, 200


A Mystery behind A Solid Partnership

The best relationships that we have stem from friendship.

Developing that strong bond between yourself and another person is something that just doesn’t happen overnight. It takes spending time with that person, having frequent conversations with them on a regular basis, you know, the normal things that you do when you are trying to get to know a person. Meeting someone who you have no type of previous association with is cool, not knocking that at all. But what about meeting someone who has been in the picture for years? Someone that you have really grown to know over an extended period of time. Despite what some people may think, getting into a relationship with a close friend could very well be the key to your happiness.

Think back on some the best relationships that you have had for a moment. Were they ones where you just jumped right into a relationship with a guy that you knew for all of a few weeks? Or were they the ones where a true friendship has involved prior to? My guess would be the ones where you all were friends first.

That is one of the most positive things about meeting your friends. You have already established that real connection with each other. And because of that, you know a decent amount of their likes and dislikes, how they handle certain situations that are faced with, essentially the whole nine. The trust, commitment, communication; all of those things are already there between you two, things that all partnerships need to have. Granted, there may be some things that have been kept under wraps, but for the most part, you know everything there is to know about that person. So you can pretty much skip over that whole “getting to know your man” phase. He was your friend from jump so you already have this part in the bag.

Not to say that if you don’t have a friendship with your man before you two get in a relationship means that it will be doomed to hell from the very start. That’s a far-fetched to assume. But when you come into it already knowing a lot about the person that you are about to be with, it makes life so much easier for the both of you. You don’t have to go asking around about him and what he or she did in the past. No background checks and sending out nosey girlfriends or boyfriends to dig up information on him will be necessary. You most likely already know everything for yourself.

Though it may sound like an instant win to a lot of us, getting into a serious relationship with one of your homeboys can be a little scary to do. There’s always the thing where if it doesn’t work out, it may ruin the friendship that you had with that person. Up to this point, you have only had been in a friendship with them. They could be a certified jackass as a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Yes, this could very well happen. The love fest that you thought you two were going to have turned out to be one of the worst dating experiences that you have ever had. But if the friendship is strong enough and based on something real and positive, I doubt you will have that problem on your hands. Besides, if he/she is good enough to be your friend, then he/she is probably well worth a shot as your boyfriend/girlfriend.

With any relationship that you find yourself in, there will be ups and downs that you will face as a couple, whether it’s with a long time friend or not. But who better to go through these things with than someone who has had your back from the start; A person who genuinely has your interest at heart and is not afraid to tell you when you are getting out of line. Wouldn’t you rather take a chance with a person you have known for a minute than to take a chance with a total stranger? I know I would.