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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

EDUCATION REVIEW – SIMON SAYS!

The demographics of all levels of society have changed drastically. When I was in school at Karachi Grammar the life of a student and its parent was very innocent and the primary focus on quality education was something which has stuck with me today. At that time we as students were not scared of what happened if we had to stand outside a classroom rather we were terrified at the respect we would get at home when it came to justifying our mischief.

Today parents have no time and caught between the insecurities of a plastic world and meeting unrealistic goals to cram in the most out of what they can get from any vendor or dealer has changed the element of quality drastically to an insane focus upon a reality based upon quantity. Even if one looks at the trickledown effect one can see that schools have mushroomed that create textbook zombies like a factory mass producing a product that has no ability to reason and the establishment of a brutal clique system is what has occurred.

Many people have started focusing on their intake rather than their grade point average that is achieved and at every level there are hidden costs. A parent spends on an average about ten thousand in monthly fees to the school, add the cost of transport and it comes to about four thousand a month… lunch money and tuck shop amenities will cost about seven thousand as the child cannot eat a sandwich rather must injest soggy bakery pizzas which are loaded with cholesterol and if you add in the books and computer shop visits then the rack on another three thousand rupees, ok now if you child is weak then you have to pay for extra classes which range from four thousand to ten thousand so lets assume six thousand and if your child needs two tuitions then make it twelve thousand to close the deal… But wait this exclusive club membership has hidden costs that you will be hit with for various activities which are in the brochure as free but now you have to pay for them or take your sprog and go elsewhere and this comes to roughly about thre thousand rupees. – Phew you think its over no way just multiply this figure by twelve months so in reality the cost of educating your child to a substandard education will be in the ball park figure of not less than USD 8 to 10,000… do the math and you will realize that all that is promised in the degree is nothing short of a great con job by an industry we used to respect so much…

I am glad to say that that there is a school where SIMON SAYS really works. Simon is a principal at ace international academy which is VERRRRY expensive (not really) wait I correct my words! Simon is an educationist with years of international experience in the educational line of work and one man who is jolly and has earned the respect of his students by defying the norms of a ridiculous system. He is the custodian of several young lives and is supported by Negin Mofatkar (a diplomats wife) who works with him to ensure that Ace International Academy provides quality and does not promote the development of a rude cheeky robot.

I have spoken to these people and their students as I live in the vicinity and am amazed by the fact that what is on the brochure and on the website is actually delivered as a one window solution with no hidden charges for a parent and that the child does not get caught up in social politics… Yes it is expensive on the front because the simple honesty of not giving the parents a lethal injection via hidden charges is what Simon and his team are against.

One day as a resident of Bahria Town I called the school as I had a tiff with one of its bus drivers (oh yes the school has a brilliant set of buses that look like school buses and not milk delivery vans) . Rather than being shrugged off Simon called back not knowing who I was and when our conversation was over I apologized to him for my outburst. I respect the man for his honesty and dedication to what he does. He educated not only students and provides them via his team a full education that one could only find in the hallways of Rugby and Eaton by involving a very strong policy for extracurricular activities. By the time you child comes home they can be a child and enjoy their time with you and not have you take on added stress with tuitions that are ridiculously expensive should the schools have actually done their jobs between 8 to one. All it does is rob a child of the ability to be a child and creates unhealthy competition.

It is very sad that Ace International is only a program for day scholars and not boarders as it has a fantastic international team to create a well-rounded graduate and deliver what a parent expects of their child after the big o levels. If ou look at the website then please decide for yourself if you want a cheeky robot or a normal child and if cost is in question please consider reading the third paragraph - you will see that an ace education is very affordable… all you have to do is plan ahead and get one receipt rather than a file of unexpected add ons that were promised to you in the first place… Thank you Simon it is a very educational experience knowing you… The funny thing is I’m planning to be a parent and your school has cleared a lot for me.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

EMOTIONAL POLITICS AT PLAY

PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW BEFORE YOU READ MY COMMENTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncSKRVIwNWA&feature=player_embedded#at=507

A brilliant way for Shahzaman who I have met personally and has claimed that he is a resident cum native of Dubai to launch his political career… All the great politicians begin this way… Imran Khan started by crying tears when he won the world cup... Nawaz was a victim when he was ousted and became overtly religious…

Bottom line emotion is a powerful thing and to bitch and moan everyone can do? What does it mean to try and create an illusion that all is bad… This is totally not true and if people are miserable living in this country where they elected a government themselves then why are they not supporting it…

We need solutions and this bitching and moaning via a social network is ridiculously gross and disgusting… if people want to revolt then we cannot stop them and id people don’t want electricity at a time when it is abundant then please come up with a practical solution rather than screaming that the president and the prime minister have failed – go back to the roots of your issues put your worries aside and think… you elected them you put them in office so why the hell do you complain that you are living in a failed state because you elected them?

If this guy is trying to be another politician just because he has launched a few songs and is able to swing his hips someone needs to tell him that his time is running out… he is losing his hair still has a quick exit policy and his late night escapades with various elements of society need to be addressed… paying for social services really does not allow him to duck an electricity bill…

Further to add to the quotations of Islam this man is nothing but a tool and in reality a real tool as he has the luxury of running away and hiding behind a sand dune… if he has a solution tell him to put in his papers and try to be a part of the government rather than shouting outside the halls of a government that is effective and has a system… This government can only be successfully if we as a nation learn to put it before us and not use the frustrations of a natural disaster as a fueling point for stupid distractions…

I question his intellect and am disgusted by the fact that this capitalist chappy who told me that he will not get on a stage unless he has cash in his hand on the day of a national function uses emotion to try to win a futile battle against a government that his so called people elected…

PRODUCT REVIEW - A TABLET THAT YOU CAN DIGEST!

When apple came out with the IPAD it was something I looked forward to and after using it I became very dismayed that all my hopes and dreams were quashed as it was basically a larger version of an ipod and a toy that I found only useful to a geriatric who needed to hold a screen big enough to play their songs. As a business tool it was fragile and useless and defied all the laws that a conventional business would need. So in short it was just a frail effort that apple came out with to try and excite the overtly gay mac user.

After this as I am coder I was introduced to the new RIM 9800 which was as we call a hybrid – an iphone with blackberry services… Ho hum now we can get mails and still look at a small screen… When the PLAYBOOK was an idea I was worried that RIM had stretched its self too thin and it was going to be a disaster merging the world of multimedia with the world of business… Sadly I am wrong and RIM has done an excellent job at bringing business to the MAC world.

The playbook is a powerful tool and is capable of several multitasking functions yet with the ability to enforce serious gaming and graphical attributes that it boasts… The play book is not a toy rather it is the ultimate weapon for the new corporate soldier. This tablet has everything that one could want with expansion capabilities and a standby time that is unheard of… It has the ability to remotely login and control an entire government facility and also has two cameras one in the front and one at the back which allow you to smile at a person and take multiple images or record hi definition movies at the same time…

The new operating system is superfast and you will be sure that when your torches go out and you’re in the dark the playbook will allow you the luxury of dancing to the tunes that you missed on the radio whilst delivering your invoices to those who need them in a glance.

This is not a toy – repeat it is a weapon that will have the ability to make you or break you if you sit down and once get adjusted to its complexities… The funny thing is that since RIM has created a perfect hybrid that merges all the functions that one would need it makes me question one thing… Is this the next gen laptop from a company that made ugly phones… They say if you dress anything in black it will look good and the playbook looks damn sexy. The image its design conveys is that of pure beauty and sleek class that one finds hard to buy.

The best thing is that whilst it’s a tablet one can conveniently hide it away in a medium sized handbag as it is not at all bulky. Rather this book I am sure will be the easiest to swallow tablet that any tech company made. With this in mind I am happy to state that RIM today is one company that has evolved with time and adapted to the need to of the consumer and one of the best things that RIM has done is price it right… Sadly the saying “once you go MAC there’s no turning back! Is no longer true as this is the future from a company that has managed to draw the line and mark its self as one who understands its clients… For the first time RIM is allowing its consumers to define what they want by writng applications that they will actually use globally… For more information please see what is written on BBC website and I look forward to you trying the playbook… I know it will be a brilliant investment… If you’re looking for what to do with your IPAD my suggestion is that it would make a funky coaster for your coffee…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11416190

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

People tell me that I write about serious issues and it goes against my image of being someone who laughs and jokes around. So I was on the hunt for a subject to write on – Now the topic had to be interesting – educational as well as convey some form of serious issue… Then when I heard that some girl in a college was being sexually harassed by some cool dude I realized how lucky I was… Aha the perfect issue to write on! Ok now I found out that this chick was going to go the conventional method of launching complaints and try to see what justice she would be able to find from a geriatric principal who was a male… I realized that I should map out the way for this innocent child to completely turn the tables of sexual harassment around and teach this loser a lesson.

First let’s understand the person who harasses someone and what the other name for harassment is. The more politically not so correct term is a form of bullying. Most bullies are insecure people who prey on victims that will not be able to fight back or at least they think so. When dealing with a bully or a sexual harasser one needs to fight fire with fire and this method I know will work. The reason is before I got married I was also someone who was a known offender of the innocent kind… People who bully are under the illusion that they are in control of the situation so in order to destroy them one needs to do the following…
Become friendly to the person harassing you – he or she is after one thing only as you the victim, are a conquest to him or her. As soon as you start a dialog ensure that you lead the person on so brutally that they fall completely in lust with you (not love) that means give them hope of fireworks on the fourth of July atop mount Everest but never deliver the reality that they are suckers… When you have to meet the person always make sure you are never alone rather in front of people and in a crowd. Your investment in this will be 100 rupees worth of sms messages that will promise the person that they are Casanova and you are reality but in fact a black widow. Sexually frustrated people usually once they get a hope that there is light somewhere at the end of the tunnel will defy all forms of logic and spend endlessly in the form of mobile credit and tons of gifts to get to the promised land. Be sure that you have an extremely expensive list of things that you periodically ask for thus destroying the person’s ability to balance any form of funds taken from daddy or from selling their sisters mobile…

When you are at public places ensure that you always order the most expensive thing and when in a group which you should be you are advised to ensure you make a quick retort that questions a person’s place in society – like are you sure you can afford it – bottom line politely humiliate without causing a scene. Also when you have close friends of the bully nearby make sure that you establish a brilliant relationship with them and that the bully is not your focus rather your attention will be on the bully who sexually offended you… Yes the saying all is fair in love and war is very true – this is war and you cannot take any prisoners… Your victory lies in the brutal assassination of a human being from all points so that he or she realizes that they are not invincible… Bottom line… bullies move onto many victims and this is a serial trait which needs to be dealt with like a snake… cut off the head and you have won…

Ok we got to the bit of messing with the bank budget – destroying social circles that the person has and now we move on to the destruction of trust… make sure that you establish that this bully is questioned at every step by their family so get to know them well too… pass comments that question that persons credibility like – the work or exam was easy but why did it take you so long… are you still smoking up… are you using protection with your friends … where do you get all this extra money as your family is humble and honest…

Bullies usually find victims away from them and are cowards… so the bottom line of handling a bully is to grab them by what hurts them the most – their egos… as the person tries to establish a distance from you as now basically you are a pain in the butt and too uncomfortably close use those friends that were the bullies and now yours to spread a rumor that the person is suffering from various sexually transmitted diseases or social stigmas like hanging out with transvestites and is extremely kinky… Once the bully finds out they will do the rest by actually screaming like a 5 year old who has lost its toy and do the rest of the work for you and in reality implode with anger…

Wow amazing huh all it takes is three weeks to destroy a human being and that too by capitalizing on the seven deadly sins which are their weaknesses… Oh yeah… make sure that at all times you remember how much pain they caused you and focus your anger at not getting mad rather getting even…

QUOTES THAT AFFECT REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

There is a saying that I love and live by “friends don’t need excuses and enemies really don’t care”. This is very true for the property world or the real estate industry Of Pakistan. If one looks at most of the cases within the penal system or that are in the courts for civil litigation then one would easily be able to understand that our legal system is either tied up in too much paperwork for fraudulent property files and disputes over succession rights or people trying to prove that their version of reality is true for the marital issues running around in all social circles of society…

There is also a saying that “one can make a choice investment in property and build upon it with the way that property rates appreciate”. This one however is not true as due to the current situation and the juggling of the not so legal disorder that us Pakistanis have had to brutally be a witness to. So this leaves me with my third quote which is very true. “man is a strange creature – he cuts down trees to harvest them for paper – on which he writes recycle paper and don’t cut trees”.

Further to add to this one must realize that whilst the world of the seven deadly sins plagues us in the form of who and what to trust property is no longer something that one can buy with their eyes closed. People now are viciously averse to trusting a property dealer and prefer to buy something from some they trust and know they can depend upon. I have watched many companies in Pakistan struggle to sell their dream to people here in Pakistan and after the hack con job of getting seed money for the promised investment the sales person on behalf of the developer becomes a recovery agent.

To add to this one must look at history because all the wars and battles right up to the current situation in Afghanistan is being fought over land rights. Be it in acres or if the plot in question is a tiny piece of insignificant area if it has any value in any form there will always be someone who has an evil eye on it which will lead to a dispute… If one needs to establish how lifestyles have changed then one needs to focus upon Karachi. Most residents of Karachi are under the illusion that where ever they live in their little world be it an apartment or an independent unit they are happy as long as that bit of land has been handed down over the decades. This is because they know that what happened up until the late eighties can and will not be questioned in a court of law.

To spin off into a tangent did you know that if you shoot a man dead within the confines of your home. You can almost never get arrested if you claim self-defense and use our property laws in effect to trespassing. Yes Pakistan’s legal system has many loop holes and if you can prove that the person who is dead has trespassed onto your residential property which you are the current owner and occupant of then you can almost get away Scott three quashing the dafa number 302.

Also the property world has changed and whilst companies are now trying – like DHA / NHA etc to promote the concept of community living either in a stack formation by selling apartments or houses in cluster formations very few have been successful. Community living is not something new rather it promotes that aspect of citizens living in a community where they have a support system in the form of being good neighbors. If you would like to establish a good place to live then today you have many choices. We suggest that whilst the world is brutally dishonest one look at the history and the reality behind what one buys… before a person can delve any further into trying a piece of property as an investment it is strongly recommended that investors look at the history behind the developer and the management company in question.

Pakistan is a beautiful place and no matter where you live you should always make a decision that will not be emotional at all. If you are an investor this is probably the right time to seek the advice of a professional establishment before you decide to invest in a home. Today with inflation vs the savings you do it is extremely difficult to build a home let alone buy a property… If you need advice then there are those people who could help you build that dream into a reality and will earn your trust. So yes there is a silver lining at the end of the dark cloud… ask e and ill tell you where to go… you would laugh at me but I assure you that we will giggle together when you see a solid investment that will pay you back!

REALITY IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

Today if one has to question what the most precious commodity is then it’s very to assume that “time is certainly the most precious commodity that one has. With Time you can make money but with money one cannot buy back time. Also as of late in the social circles for the past five years I have been listening to people complain about needing therapy. Some think that an eventual cure may lie in a chemical solution (Prozac lithium etc…) or if one gets therapy… also over the past five years I have noticed that clinics are opening up to provide a form of cure to a very common social issue known as addiction… the bottom line is that being online is the worst form and most damaging form of addiction that has plagued us…

More marriages are being dissolved over texting and many innocent lives being destroyed by what we know as social networking media… People are happy sitting in their cubicles late at nights as technology which was made to establish that stuff could be done faster has opened many avenues of distraction thus increasing the amount of time one spends sitting behind a desk. In my humble philosophy of life we have allowed technology to twist our way of thinking and enslaving us thus making us desk potatoes and destroying most forms of procrastination that I was aware of as a child like hanging out with my buddies to play cricket redundant as the computer has taken over…

The online addiction syndrome needs to be addressed with brute aggression and company’s need to establish a fine line between entertainment and healthy activities. The slowdown of people leaving a real world and establishing a domain in the virtual world leads us back to think at how much cardiac and other diseases are on the rise. People have now started developing carpal syndrome – coagulated arteries and many other issues related to being a desk potato.

There was a time when it was great to discover stuff about someone and know them in real life… there was a joy in courting the opposite sex and discovering the negatives and positives and actually understanding the reality of making a significant decision when it came to choosing a partner. Today people can easily google a name get the complete history and see how ones virginity was restored in a clinic after that being spent years in a Cuban prison for terrorism. Today almost all the airborne attacks on the northern regions of Pakistan are done by drones that are flown from somewhere in Utah in the united states where a pilot puts in more time on a simulator than having a firms grip of reality. Also what tools one uses to look cool are brutally aggressive in destroying the old school principles of business where people look at each other as a number and no longer as a human being…

As a global world we need to define activities that are centered around being away from the technology world and around more active and physically engaging sports that do not limit the activity to the clicking of a mouse sitting in a shady room. We need to start focusing on defining lines or boundaries when the work ends and the fun begins… Should we as a world start becoming more active then we could start throwing away blood thinners and anti cholesterol medications that we so eagerly ingest…

If we take time to invest in our selves then maybe we could increase our lives by another 10 – 12 years think about it as you read this post and ask your self how active you really are…