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.

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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!

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.

I love perfume.


But why? Why is it that I love perfume so much. So much so that we dedicate a significant portion of our time and efforts into reading, writing, sniffing, buying, swapping, selling, decanting, twittering and God knows what else concerning perfume. Why do we do it? What makes us keep on doing it? This is an explanation I tried to give myself.

Nowadays, with all that taken care of by civilisation and socialisation, smell is almost an extra, still highly functional, but to be used for pure pleasure.

And that is what I do.

Perfume is pleasure. But not only that. Perfume is a way to express or relieve feelings, to circumvent the brain and all its ifs and buts and get right to the point, whatever that point may be at the time.

I enjoy the freedom to feel (and write) about perfume whatever I please. Perfume reaches out to my personal stash of memories and feelings, it evokes my history. If I find similarities in how others feel, all the better, that is the beauty of community, of humanity really, to find similarities and accept our differences in perception as well as expression.

I love perfume, because however great the chaos surrounding me, however distraught, sad, angry or happy I am, Perfume is my way of reconnecting with myself. If I am overwhelmed, I just need to catch a whiff of something I love to smell and I can focus again.

I love perfume because it never judges me. No matter whether I feel old or young, beautiful or having a very bad hair day, whether I have five Rupees more or less in  pocket, perfume smells always good. The fact that smelling is removed from the sense of sight, which is so often used as an instrument of judgment, makes it perfectly impartial. It still manages to lift my spirits when a look in the mirror spells doom.

I love perfume because it provides a sheer endless variety. There is a scent for every occasion, every mood, every feeling, even the weather can find its equivalent in a perfume. Standing before my collection in the morning matching a perfume to my needs is one of the most enjoyable things in my day.

I love perfume because there is always something new. Something to explore, try, test, fall in love with or dismiss. Once it gains entry to my personal stash  outfits, I can be sure there is always an occasion to wear it again, to reach for it, or even frenziedly searching for it, when the time comes, even if there are equally many moments where I scratch my head and ask myself why the heck I ever wanted or liked THAT one.

I love perfume because I am glad that I no longer undervalue the power and importance of my sense of smell. I used to almost ignore the fact that I had a nose that has a function surpassing the merely ornamental.

I have woken up to my nose´s possibilities and what I have discovered is a big part of my life now, for it was also the entrance into a community of people with the same love, passion and interest.

I never want to miss that again.

Magic In The Backyard



by Kellie Elmore

Soft spoken eyes, infectious laughter,
her spirit so young, a dreamer, a doubter
On the dewy grass beneath the sun,
sun-kissed cheeks, dreams ready to run

Curly blond locks, sweet dimpling smile
A wonderland awaits in the mind of a child
For all that she sees, through innocent heart
A whimsical journey only she can take part

Pinks and purples illuminating her sky,
she looks to the heavens, lays back with a sigh
She takes up her journal and begins to pen
coloring the pages with what she puts in

Capturing the essence of all that she sees
The sweat on her neck now cooled by the breeze
The dew on the grass and sun in the sky
Just she and her pen and swatting at flies

She tells the pages a story that’s  hers
and makes her backyard magic with words
Painting fairies and princes from flowers and trees
Penning perfection with grass-stained knees

My Love For You Is Real


Sometimes at night, when I look to the sky,

I start thinking of you and then ask myself, why?

Why do I love you? I think and smile.

Because I know the list could run on for miles.

The whisper of your voice, the warmth of your touch,

So many little things that make me love you so much.

The way you support me and help with my emotions,

The way that you show such devotion.

The way that you  fills me with desire,

And how you hold me with the warmth of a blazing fire.

The way your eyes shine when you look at me,

Lost with you forever is where I want to be.

The way that I feel when you’re by my side,

A sense of completion and overflowing pride.

The dreams that I dream, that all involve you,

The possibilities I see and the things we can do.

How you finish the puzzle that lies inside my heart,

How that deep in my soul, you are the most important part.

I could go on for days, telling of what I feel,

But all you really must know is my love for you is real.

By: Erica Nicole

Art of Flirting


Some people just do not have the ability to properly “flirt.” Some individuals are socially awkward and some are just clueless. Most people do not realize there is a science to flirting, a “formula” so to speak. If you want to learn my technique, here is my formula to flirtation

:: CONFIDENCE ::
I cannot stress  this enough, but one of the key factors to being successful at flirting is CONFIDENCE. First you must be confident in yourself before anyone will be confident in you. Be confident in who you are and what you say. Even if you are just throwing out pick up lines, be confident in the words and the conversation you throw out. There is nothing worse than a man or woman who does not have the confidence to believe in their-selves and their abilities.

:: EYE CONTACT ::
Say you walk into a room and you catch someone’s eye. Be sure to maintain eye contact. It is essential you keep your eyes focused on that person for a solid amount of time (at least 10 seconds) before breaking your gaze away. Let your eyes wander for a little before you establish eye contact for a second time. Eye contact from across the room engages the other person and invites them to approach you. If the other person does not maintain eye contact, they are either shy or not interested.

:: SMILING ::
After you have made eye contact, send that other person a flirtatious smile. A flirtatious smile is one that is not too eager, friendly, and slightly mysterious. I usually offer the “half-smile” or the “Mona Lisa smile,” which I feel is a bit enigmatic. It is like the famous Mona Lisa smile, where Mona Lisa is smiling slightly, but you have no clue as to what she is thinking about. Her smile draws people in. It makes people wonder who she is and what is behind that smile. A smile is also a great way to invite further conversation or contact.

:: EMPHASIZING YOUR BEST FEATURES ::
A great way to draw a person in is to emphasize your best features, or your best assets. People have told me my best features are my eyes, my lips, or my smile. Because this is what I have heard, I often use these assets to “engage the opposite sex.” For instance, I will often widen my eyes to make them look larger because I want to emphasize how attractive and deep they are. Basically, you are drawing people to you without having had any conversation.

:: CONVERSATION ::
When you are conversating with the person, keep the conversation light. Ask open-ended questions that require more than just a yes or no answer. Answer questions normally as if you were talking to a friend. The point is to keep the conversation going, but in a fun, light manner. Make sure you are sincerely listening to what they are saying, and store this information in the back of your head for future use.

:: LAUGHING ::

During the conversation, laugh a little to lighten the mood. When you laugh, you release endorphins that make you happier. This warm, happy attitude is infectious, and can cause the other person to laugh with you. Establishing this light-hearted attitude scores big points with the opposite sex. It shows you are comfortable, and this in turn makes the other person more comfortable.

:: BODY POSITION ::
When the other person is speaking, lean in to show your interest. You are showing you are interested in what they have to say. You are showing you are interested in them as a person. When you flirt and there is interest, your body does things subconsciously to express this interest. For boys, we play with our hair or fidget and touch our goggles. Girls will often point their body towards the man.

Watch this videos below…it’s a short recap of what I have described above.