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National University of Modern languages

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Human beings - fortunate of all the creatures- are unfortunately plagued with needs. We want material things and comforts of life besides our basic wants like love and social recognition. Sometimes ago, in an effort to improve material well being, my outer adult joined an educational institution to study the behavioral sciences that are at work to shape the very complex society at present time. This brought back memories of student life: students’ culture, fun of the school days, aspirations I used to have when I was very young, prophecies of my teachers and the missed opportunities I (now) think I should have availed. My admission also brought in focus the main stream education system working in our country.

Earlier, I learnt most of what I have known throughout my life during early stages of life from my parents and in the primary school. My teachers in small village primary school taught me reading, writing, counting and other basic skills required to lead a successful life. I have never forgotten the efforts of junior Vernacular Teachers to instill some kind of discipline in me. They also taught me about giving, sharing, enjoying, commitment, helping, smiling, trying and caring in addition to the academics.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015, , links to this post

Katoti Discount Coupons

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Business promotion is an ongoing marketing process. Savvy businesses keep thinking about how to make their presence felt everywhere and stay in the hearts of the customers. Discount vouchers, coupons and deals are some of the best used methods to reach out and stay close to the customers’ base. These are also some of the most affordable methods: win win situation for both businesses as well as customers.

Advent of the Internet has changed almost all the fields of human activities like the way we work and shop. Now (almost) everything starts at the Internet. Katoti.Pk – a discount coupon website serving customers in in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi – is playing an important role in promoting online shopping and use of discount coupon culture. Have a look and see what they are doing and how you can get ‘free discount coupons upto 10% and buy discounts vouchers upto 75% on Food, Cloths and Major Brands, Restaurants, Hotel, Travel and more in your city.

I suggest those who are looking for lucrative deals in their cities must have a look at nicely laid out, users friendly and resource rich site and see what they can save. What is more, katoti.Pk has a referral program everyone can join for free. Interested users can subscribe Katoti.Pk to get new deals direct in their inbox.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, May 20, 2015, , links to this post

Chakwal: Capital of Salt Range and Potohar Plateau

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Discovery of fossils, tools, coins, and remains of ancient archaeological sites give enough historic evidence about Soan civilization and its continuity in Salt Range and Potohar Plateau. The people, colourful landscape, lakes, hill ranges, flora and fauna are sufficient reasons to explore the land that is largely off the beaten track and one does not see many backpackers in the area.


Some of the world history has started from this region. The first residents of the land we now call home were Stone Age people in the Potwar Plateau. They were followed by the more urbane Indus Valley (or Harappan) civilisation which flourished between the twenty-third to eighteenth centuries BC. Some of the earliest relics of Stone Age in the world have been found in the Potohar region, with a probable antiquity of about 500,000 years. The crude stone implements recovered from the terraces of the Soan carry the account of human grind and endeavours in this part of the world to the inter-glacial period. The Stone Age men produced their equipment in a sufficiently homogenous way to justify their grouping in terms of a culture called the Soan Culture. Around 3000 BC, small village communities developed in the Potohar area and began to take the first hesitant steps towards the formation of society.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, May 13, 2015, , links to this post

Twitter, my micro blog

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I started using to twitter last year. It was wonderful experiences and I wrote about it in monthly Techno Biz Magazine.


Every day I am getting more into twitter. In addition to self publishing my thoughts, concerns, and feelings (you care?) or a means of talking to others and sharing whatever they are up to, Twitter (most used English language word of year 2009) now is my micro blog. You are cordially invited to join and discover what is happening. It is collective brain of online world. Fine out what 14 million active users are telling us.

Twitter indeed is a ‘happening place’. Are you on twitter.com yet?

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, May 11, 2015, , links to this post

Farewell to My Mother

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Jalal Hameed Bhatti 

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Mothers are never good or bad – all mothers are good mothers no matter what. They are always there to receive you with their warm open arms and great hearts. She would forget her emptiness for the fill of her off springs. As Tenneva Jordan said, “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” A mother is born with the child birth of her offspring and for the rest of her life; she has an enormous responsibility to shape the character and person of her child at the cost of her so many wishes and aspirations.

But children don’t seem to care much for the sentiments of their mothers as they see a life for themselves away from their mothers. And move away to distant places, keeping their mothers longing for their company or even a phone call. But in some cases, children don’t seem to really care about a woman in waiting.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Sunday, May 10, 2015, links to this post

Hilal – publication where I started writing

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Pakistan Armed Forces Monthly Hilal is a very popular magazine read by every one from Jawan to General. My own association with this esteemed publication started in 1977 when I was commissioned as a second lieutenant and posted to an artillery regiment in Lahore. Our commanding office Lt Col Ghafoor was to open our tree plantation drive by planting a sapling in the unit ground. He desired the event be covered for Hilal. I was the ‘baby of the unit’ so I was asked to do the needful. That is when I asked about Hilal. Our unit head clerk gave me a complete file of previous issues of Hilal to read and familiarize myself with the then weekly magazine.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Friday, May 08, 2015, , links to this post

Capturing Kalash Culture

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Centuries old Kelash indigenous culture is at a greater risk today than any time in the past. Despite their remote location - landlocked in winters - last of the Kelash race is maintaining tenacious hold in district Chitral but is vulnerable to ravages of time and different pressures with external locus. The onslaughts are clearly eating at their open and nonchalant indigenous culture. Many have been forced to join the drift to the cities. But when asked what they want, their collective answer was simple: we want our old way of life. Which is why, pastoral Kelash have been able to keep some of their cultural traditions and identity so far.

Some historians and anthropologists think that the Kelash are descendants of Indo-Aryans who overran the region in the second millennium BC. The Kelash say they are from a place called Tsiam, though nobody is sure where that is. Commonly they are considered as descendants of Alexander from Macedon who came this way. Their warrior like forebears managed for centuries to keep everyone - including Tamerlane - at bay. In 1893, the British and Afghan governments agreed on a common border that cut right through Kafiristan dividing the community into two parts. Abdur Rahman who was then Amir of Afghanistan renamed Afghan Kafiristan as Nuristan - land of Light.


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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, May 06, 2015, , links to this post

Start a blog

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Blogging is a popular pastime and  at the same time a serious profession). Each blogger brings something unique to the web. That could be something as personal as an record of an uneventful life and as rare as specialized knowledge of an esoteric subject and a whole lot in between. It could also be a lifetime of experience that affects the way others sees the world, and how they think about what they see. 

This is truer for people who take up blogging late in life. They might not have spent decades online to draw on, but old-new bloggers do have maturity, confidence, and perhaps most important of all, the time and patience to learn. “Also they can be expected to bring out good bogs because of their experience and practical observation of the world around.”
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, May 04, 2015, , links to this post

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Sunday, May 03, 2015, , links to this post

Ears to ground

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One evening a few months ago, Ghulam Ali Bloch, a retired bureaucrat turned progressive farmer, who has his roots in remote village Jalla Balla in the suburbs of Sargodha, was finishing up a contract negotiation for buying a piece of land for opening an Ostrich Farm when he realised that a crucial piece of information required to close the deal is missing. He needed to know who had the right to haqq-e shufah (pre-emption). He could only obtain the facts from the central registry of the revenue department.

In order to verify the legal status of a property, including business homes and personal estates, one has to go to the patwari, garedawar, tehsildar and it entails a lengthy and laborious procedure. Historically, getting the required information takes a very long time. But thanks to an old man Mir Thana Khan, a minstrel in the village Jalla Balla, the information was available in his private but very authentic record.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, April 29, 2015, , links to this post


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