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My wife wanted to have a small closet for our daughter, it’s been a while we are planning to have one but due to my busy schedule or not having an ultimatum 🙂 we never get a chance to see our options.

These days, my work is slightly under control, so I took the opportunity to have something, but ultimately decided to make it by myself. Went to the tool store and bought couple of men toys 🙂

Now the difficult part comes as to how should I go with it. Yesterday, came to my mind, people most of time, discussing about Pinterest. So I quickly downloaded the app. So far, I am in love with it.

What a beautiful way, to cater all the images in one place. So far, saw many different designs, style and DYI that could be handy and easy to make I believe.

If you haven’t used it yet, I advice you to start using it. Also let me know, what’s your source of information for designing and information gathering in such cases. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Small Changes


I always has been an early riser, no matter when I sleep I usually wake up 6 hours from it. But even in spite of it, I tend to wake up not later than 7 -7:30 am whether I sleep 2 or 3 am.

I normally goes to bed by 10 pm and wake up without alarm between 4 – 5am, but recently due to hectic schedule I tend to sleep at around 1 – 2 am and woke up by 7am.

Today slept quite early by 11 and woke up before 5am. However, the main change today was I did little bit of exercise some running, pushup, squats and lunges. 

It’s been I guess after 2 years I did any kind of physical activity whatsoever, after my nasal surgery. 

My legs now starting to have its effect 4hrs from doing it. But I feel a good vibrant change which I was missing. 

Since I got surgery and before that complications, I didn’t had proper physical activity for the past 3 years or more.  So this small change is giving me a big change. 

I hardly able to do 18 minutes of the routine, which was nothing compared to my old standards or normally. But it’s better than yesterday. 

I am having some tough times, so such small changes is a blessing not to be taken for granted. 

So if you are depressed, stressed, sad or low of motivation. Seek some small changes which gives you short or bit lasting impression of achievement. I bet you will love every bit of it. 

Malaysia


Its going to be a year or so, since we last went to Malaysia. 

After that, I have advised 4 of my colleagues so far. 

Everyone enjoyed it to the limits. 

I guess it’s one of the best place in my bucket list so far. It offered everyone something to do. Whether family or single, everyone can enjoy. 

I think I should start couple of series of blogs on it. 

Have you been over there,  share your experience. I am sure you love it too. 

My School Teacher Advice


I don’t know if this is the same trend in schools, but when we pass-out from Secondary School. On our pass-out day, we go to our teachers and have their autograph or word of advice.

I too have got from many, but unlike others, one still remains in my head, made by Ms. Mulla our 7th grade head teacher. She said: 

All this world is froth and bubble. Two things stand alone: 

1) Kindness in other trouble and

2) Courage in your own.

I guess in today’s time both capabilities  become more and more important day by day. We need both of it.  

Wrong


Whoever you meet, whatever you read, whoever you are observing.

Everyone is having one statement, “I am right”.

You read book, newspaper, article, magazine, statement. Watching any politician, countrymen, opposition party or sportsman winning or losing side statement.

Same context! 

So who is wrong? 

Trust


I think one of the best thing that has happened to me, I don’t trust anyone not including me. 

My personal take on it: 

If you don’t trust anyone, you don’t get disappointed by any one. 

If you don’t trust anyone, you don’t get hurt.

These are the typical here, I have other observations in my case: 

– When I don’t trust anyone my expectations are low.

– When my expectations are low, I don’t expect anything in return. 

– When I don’t expect anything in return, I just give.

– When I just give, I place more trust on me and bring self confidence inside me. 

What your thoughts about it.

Enter


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Sitting in office getting sunk with office stuff, and looking for some peace with work life balance.

I got my eye stuck on keyboard for a little while.

Enter key got me hooked. If you are in a state of past and future like me on a crossroad.

You need a new line of road, starting afresh, filled up your tank till it exhausted and start afresh.

Hit like Enter key!

Mentor


I have been trying to get a mentor for me, I have been stuck in so many things professionally, technically that I am in lockout stage of my life.

I wanted someone to go in my head, come to the same pitch and help me, someone to hold my finger and help me walk.

In short I am finding a father figure, the world which is short of, in case you don’t have a father.

I need pampering, spoiling, spanking, that one stare, bear hug etc etc etc.

Hope to find that I person before I depart from this world!

Things to look for!!!


It’s tough these days to stay afloat to what one wants to achieve or do. Things keep us at bay by one hurdle to next. But now I am getting firmer day by day on one believe, as long as one keeps on doing it, irrespective one reads a page of book once a week or month. The important thing not to leave it.

Far better if instead of reading once a week, we read two lines of a book in a day. We must keep on doing it.

I have been keep chasing my dreams and passion similarly. I love motivation and self development stuff since day 1. So thought to share something for those who are into it.

Below I am jolting down couple of things that I have been going along, thought those who might be interested should look at it, if you already deals with some of these below mentioned things, do share your experience with me, if not, spare sometime and go through to these personal preferences of mine in my daily routine. I am sure you will love it.

So here are the list of things I have been taking with me, in-spite of all my laziness:

  1. Install TuneIn Radio app, an excellent app I would say to keep it glued in case you want to self indulge yourself.
  2. Follow Tim Ferriss show, book, blog, podcast. I would specifically advice to download podcast app, that helps you download all the podcast of him. He talks to famous personality and breaks their routine, habits, likes and dislikes. Have been actively following him for sometime, and I must say, he is the first one, who kept me glued with his podcast. One has to be very attentive while listening to all his podcast. It’s way excellent.
  3. I recently came across an excellent website for those who wants to learn programming. It’s so simple and easy to use, that I am in love with it. There is 800 hours of teaching material in it. It’s so simple and amazing that you will be indulged into it. The name of the website is http://www.freecodecamp.com
  4. Those of my Muslim friends / readers who want to do Zikr, there is a great app by the name of tasbeeh counter by AwardSofts, it’s amazing simple and easy to use and track and follow up on your progress.

I will look forward to your comments, as to how you like my recommendations.

Take care and stay best.

Being Busy


It’s been a long passage of inactivity, a place which I once decided, to put my thought have been taken over by a healthy, active, questioning, full of life, giggling and smiling daughter. She turned 3 with the blessing of God.

Not a single day pass, that she didn’t took my stress away, with her loud, soft, muted voice and giggle.

So all the plans, decision, goals, ambitions etc etc are directed to one and only life pill.

Thought to share to those who might wish to stay connected through this mode of channel with me.

It’s been loads of inactivity but I am continuously seeing people have gone through my post, for which I am deeply honored and blessed.

With the grace of God, I intend to keep this space occupied.

Take care and stay best.

Stay Humble


“At the peak of my career, I was once travelling by plane. The passenger next to me was elderly. Dressed in a simple shirt and pant, he appeared middle class but well educated. Other passengers kept glancing at me. But this gentleman appeared unconcerned. He read his newspaper, looked out of the window, and when tea came, he sipped it quietly. Trying to strike a conversation, I smiled. The man courteously smiled back and said hello. We got talking and I brought the subject to cinema and asked, “Do you watch films?” The man replied, “Oh, very few. I did see one many years ago.” I mentioned that I worked in films myself. The man said, “Oh, that’s nice. What do you do?” I replied, “I am an actor.” The man nodded, “Oh, wonderful.” That was it. When we landed, I held out my hand and said, “It was good to travel with you. By the way, my name is Dilip Kumar.” The man shook my hand and smiled, “Thank you. I am J. R. D. Tata.” I learned, no matter how big you are, there is always someone bigger. Be humble. It costs nothing.”
– Dilip Kumar

The above I have copied it from a facebook post of Mark Manuel

The Art of Applying Knowledge!!!


– One lamp to the other.
– Close fist with open fist.
– Choose the easiest way out of the options.

Today’s lesson came from one of my colleague, I have been facing some issues on which I have been working on. It has been 3 years or so since I have been working in my present organization, and recently started to have sedentary sittings with him.

It’s mine and my other colleagues admiration towards him (Masha Allah, Alhamdolillah and In sha Allah Taalah) that the way he tackle with the issue has led me to write this blog post.

This is was second major sitting with him, when I was stuck up with something big, and in each of my issues, he came up with some very simple, logical, practical and objective driven answers.

When we are finished, I asked him the secret ingredient/s of his simple magical trouble shooting tip.
He said, before I start anything or is involved in any issue, I recite the following Quranic Verses:

سُبْحَانَكَ لاَ عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلاَّ مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ

English Translation:

“Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.”

Reference: Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Chapter 2, Verse no. 32

He said, The most important thing is to give everything into the Hands of Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God. Once you are submissive to HIM, you will realize, how things started to work out for you.
Secondly, As per the teachings of the Last Prophet of Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, is to choose the easiest option out of the available choices. He said, when you are submissive and gave everything to Allah Subhan Waa Taalah / God to help you, your mind comes up towards either the exact solution or different options comes up in front of you. You just has to choose which is the easiest amongst the choices.

That’s the secret ingredient of his simple trouble shooting tip.

He carries on and gave me one more great advice, which I would like to share for my future reference and for everyone.

He said, my father advised me, if you light one lamp, from another lamp, the light of the first lamp will never fade out, similarly, when you share knowledge with others, it will never fade out, instead it will grow. He further gave an example, if you close the fist of your hand with something, what lies in the fist will remain, but if you open it for everyone to take what’s in it, you will end up not only giving what you have but also in receiving more as well.

Similarly, when you share knowledge it will never be reduced but enhanced unlike wealth. If you give it to someone, you will be left at one time with nothing, but if you spread the knowledge, it will remain with you forever.

He said, in our profession which is Finance and Accounts and generally as well, people have a natural tendency, to hide things, not to share so that others with benefit, he said, if someone is destined to be in my seat, he will come irrespective, I share something with him or not.

Ladder to success and achievementThat comes to my final lesson of the day, Don’t read Quran or any other book the way it is, apply what’s written in it, in your practical life, only than you will get the charm and benefit of it in real life, which is THE “Art of Applying Knowledge”.

So today’s lesson for me and for everyone is:

– GIVE SUBMISSION TO ALLAH SUBHAN WAA TAALAH / GOD BEFORE EMBARKING INTO ANYTHING – SMALL OR BIG TASK.

– HAVE FIRM FAITH AND BELIEVE THAT IT’S UPTO ALLAH SUBHAN WAA TAALAH / GOD TO DIRECT YOU TOWARDS THE SOLUTION. EFFORTS REMAINS IN YOUR HAND!!!

– SHARE AND SPREAD KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT SEEKING ANYTHING IN RETURN.

– KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT DECREASE LIKE WEALTH.

– APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN OR READ.

Learning Language!!!


ExcuseI was talking with my colleague to learn Arabic language, he said that if you are really serious, you can learn it in 3 months. I went up to him, and asked if he can assist me in achieving this goal.

He replied, in the most simple and straight forward way, that touches me.

“If you want to learn Arabic or any language, you have to stop talking in English and Urdu, and only speak in Arabic to me, he said, his children are in French school, so in the school bus, they talk only in French and English. In classroom and in school they are not allowed to speak in English or Arabic. So this is the only way forward. You have to stop half English and half Arabic, like I usually do with my Arabic colleague.

It reminds me of my story, for learning English language. It’s not quite long ago, that I started writing, I guess hardly 5 – 6 years back, that I actively concentrated in writing at all.

The writing attribute has to be given to one and only one person, my Aunty and like my mother Parveen Rasmuseen. Who encouraged me so much and got inspired from my small philosophical statuses on facebook. Later on, others too joined the station wagon. And so it all started at my end. And finally couple of years back, I actually moved into this blog arena. Since I was very inspired with some beautiful write-ups by some friends in my list.

Moreover, if I go a little back, my English language took a huge stride in terms of spoken and written English when I was in High School. I still remember that day, and I will never forget it. Our first day, in English literature class, please keep in mind, I belong to Pakistan and English language is not our mother tongue, and moreover, even studying in English Medium School, will not guarantee that you will start speaking or writing perfectly the way it should be. Since after the English Class, we all resume to talk in Urdu. Due to cultural mindset, narrow farsightedness and shallowness I would say.

Anyway, our teacher Mrs. Rizwan, enters the class, and said from this day onwards in my class, no one is allowed to speak a single Urdu word. She was a very sweet, calm and a patience teacher I would say. She said, and I still remember.

“Don’t worry, what you are speaking, just speak, come on speak to me in English”.

Till now, I remember, I and everyone was looking at each other, as to who will break the ice.

Finally Mrs. Rizwan, encouraged us more and said if you don’t speak to me now, you will never learn anything. And all your life, you will be like this. I don’t know what prompted me, but it really inspires me to go ahead, against all odds. So all the lights of the stadium are now focused on me.
I sometimes laugh at myself, when I recall that scene, I was so nervous and my heart beat was so pumping, that instead of He I said She . So you can imagine what my level was. I made so many grammatical errors. All the classmates were bursting in laughter. I was way ashamed, but my teacher stood by me. She encouraged me so much, that I stood up, against all the others. She said, remember you all. Shahzad you will progress since you are took the first one to take this difficult step. Later on, it took a lot more time for me to start speaking confidently.

And now looking back, after 18 odd years, I realize and felt that had I didn’t took that step, I will never reach this level at all.

My school teacher on our pass-out, wrote this piece of advice for me:

“All this world is froth and bubble, two things stands above: 1) Courage in your own 2) Kindness in others trouble” – Miss Mulla – 1994.

Are you still in that phase or mind or task or have something in your mind, to take that giant step like I did, trust me while writing this blog. I am saying to myself, go ahead with your plans that I am planning these days. It will be difficult, way difficult. I will fail but I will rise up. Since God is always watching us. We just have to have faith in ourselves and upon God. The rest is history.

Death of a society!!!


It’s sad to see, when the teacher commitment is more than the subject he teaches. There are some professions in the world, that I felt are most honorable than any other thing, one of them is teaching, it’s “THE” profession that makes a society, you can tell a society or a person by the teachers the person has been groomed by. This story has effected me, and it’s painful to read stories like this, irrespective it belongs to whatever country. I personally believe, teachers of any kind should be the highest paid profession in the world, since that what the world go around.

Last year, a delegation from Malaysia came in our office, on an official visit, my colleague who was dealing with them, told me that in Malaysia, the most powerful ministry is the Ministry of Education and not Ministry of Defence like in the rest of the world. Almost or majority of the former Prime Ministers have been the former Education Minister or have some affiliation with this Ministry. This simple knowledge about Malaysia, speaks volumes about the society and how it’s people will be. I am copying below the article that I am referring below.

A teacher in Saudi Arabia has attributed his absence from school to the loss of a match by his favourite football team.

“Honestly, I was psychologically affected by the defeat of my team,” Rami Al Zahrani wrote in the school form to explain why he did not show up for work as school resumed on February 23, following the two-day weekend.

The teacher was obviously an avid fan of the Riyadh-based Al Nasr Club that failed on Friday to win the Crown Prince Cup after losing to its arch-rival Al Hilal, also from the Saudi capital, on penalties.

The teacher pledged to bring “within one week” the required evidence to support his inability to teach on that day, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported on Wednesday.

Article continues below

Saudi Teacher excuse for leave of absence

A picture of the school form and the teacher’s explanation was widely distributed via Instagram, the booming photo application.

Saudis are well-known for their love for football and matches, particularly derbies, are often well attended, attracting thousands of fans.

The run-up to the match and the game have received wide coverage in the local print, electronic and broadcasting media.

What I learnt today – March 18, 2013!!!


Before!!!Long time ago, my teacher (Zahir Quettawalla) taught me a great lesson, he said that my objective of life is to learn something new, small or big, from his own or from his student anything.

Somehow or the other that has been stuck in my mind since than!!!

Recently, I am following a blog by Nancy Loderick, She posted a blog by the name of “What is your perfect day”.

I replied to her, that my perfect day, “When I learn something new, small or big, or share something good with someone that will benefit the other person”.

Today, I was just thinking, why don’t I start writing my blog post based on this theme. So I was wondering what I learned today?

Have been thinking about it for the past couple of hours about it. Finally I found the answer.

The lesson for today is:

“Never ever, immediately jump to conclusion about anything, unless you know, have gained sufficient evidence, have thorogh knowledge, seek experts advice about the subject matter, discuss in detail with the person effected / involved everything relating to the subject. And than pass on the final conclusion.

I have learnt today’s lesson from two source, how lucky I am isn’t it!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Lesson Source #1: I went to a meeting today, it got delayed so decided to stay with one of my colleague, who participated in a workshop with me, we met and both become good friends. He is from Bosnia Herzegovena, and was former minister before the war started. He works in Risk Evaluation Dept of our organisation. I was discussing the recent outcome of his visit to one of our organisation project and my future plans in the organisation.

Without going into much detail, we ended the discussion on his note: That listen Shahzad, based on my vast experience, I have observed, that when I was in trouble or get hooked up in some issue or problem in office or generally and I decided to leave it and go somewhere else. It’s this time that you have to show your real patience. This is a critical time, since if you without properly plan or work out for the Plan B, chances are you end up in something you will regret later.

He said, it’s better to be patience, work the things out, see the alternatives, evaluate the risk involved in the Plan B and opt for it.

Lesson Source #2: Someone at my end Person A, runs into an argument which relates to religious interperation difference. The end result of it, Person B ends up in distress about the remarks made by Person A being the subject matter of the incident. The issue is the perfect example of my lesson for today, since it has financial and religious consequences upon Person B.

However, due to I would say hurried up, opinion by Person A, I was resolted to asking a scholar to let us know in detail about the whole affair. Turn out, Person B would not have to bear any financial or religious consequences.

Many of us, even me, sometimes ends up jumping into conclusion. Recently, in office I am facing this issue. So today’s lesson I would say is a big lesson specially for me