Daring Greatly

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;…who at…

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Taking a page from Edhi’s Book

A few years back I set upon reading Abdul Sattar Edhi’s autobiography, A Mirror to the Blind*, with my highlighter and black pen in hand.  As a Pakistani who has witnessed the extent of Edhi’s humanitarian efforts in action, from fast-responding ambulances to the ever-present cradles at the donation centres, I thought there was little…

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Unlikely Ingredients

“The success of the Pilgrim was exceptional, but not her greatest achievement. Ruth Douglass had arranged her life so that she answered to no one, certainly to no man. That was a feat few women could claim. If indeed there is a recipe for everything, Ruth had created independence out of unlikely ingredients. And if…

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About LLF 2016 & ’Love Letters’ the Play

The security situation leading to a change in venue and the shift from Alhamra to the Avari Hotel’s grounds ended up making a quite a difference for this year’s Lahore Lit Fest.  Not only was the trademark art exhibit missing, there was a distinct shortage of wares and cultural activities to engage LLF-goers not attending…

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Love is in the Air! Love for Books!

All the books listed below are on my wishlist for Spring 2016. Seriously. Education & Leadership  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times– Eric C. Sheninger Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your…

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Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

4/5 Stars Love,love, LOVE how Elizabeth Gilbert gets what’s f*cked up with our perceptions around creativity! This is an engaging read, without the ‘holier-than-thou’ overtones most guides have. In fact, it reads more like journal entries than a ‘self-help’ book, and that’s perfect. Those guides are last things we need crowding our bookshelves. Yeah, so…

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Listen to a book

If there is one aspect of modern living that I adore, it would have to be the ability to listen to books on-the-go. I recently downloaded The Martian by Andrew Weir and Rising Strong by Brene Brown to listen during my daily commute to the university.  

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Selections from Aya de Leon’s”On Pandering, White Women as Scapegoats, and the Literary Industry as a Hand-me-down”

“I don’t disagree with James about the phenomena he observes: a literary industry with white women in gatekeeping roles and with white women set up as the archetypal consumer to be pandered to. I do, however, disagree with the implied notion that white women are the powerful and designing force behind the institution. In reality,…

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Pakistani Women Making Their Mark in Tech

“Everybody sees the guy with the hoodie,” she said. “I don’t believe you have to be an engineer or a computer programmer to be a woman in tech.” – Shaan Kandawalla, Digital Edu- Tech Entrpreneur

Bringing Lessons From a Pool in Pakistan to a Pitch Meeting With Investors

An inspirational story of a Pakistani digital-friendly professional who took never took “no’ for an answer, Shaan Kandawalla.