“Phir ban gaya na, equal -equal” – Fair and Lovely takes a Jab at Fairness in Adulting expectations

You *must* have eye-rolled at this fairness cream ad by now. It depicts a father-daughter duo jogging in a park when the father pitches a potential suitor who has EVERYTHING a young girl could desire ‘a good job, his own house, well-settled’.  Since this is a fairness cream commercial, based in India but also shown…

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Needed:Co-working Spaces in Lahore

What Lahore desperately needs is an affordable Co-working space which is open to all types of professional, techies and non-techies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, cottage-industry workers, bakers and yes, even musicians.

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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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Will Uber work in Pakistan?

Is it too unreasonable to expect that some government institution take the initiative to protect the tech industry in this nascent stage?

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Creative Chaos: Ethnic Crafts Fair in Lahore

A quick write-up following a visit to a local crafts fair in Lahore – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! The Good The Season-November in Lahore is the closest we get to Autumn around here, so it was quite comfortable while browsing through the crowds for the perfect handicraft fix.  The sun is bright…

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CatalystWoman.com is Alive! + <3 WordPress.com + Fix Online Payment Methods

This story contains a roller coaster of emotions – the thrill of creation (when the Catalyst Woman was conceived), the excitement of the chase ( choosing a blogging platform, had to be WordPress.com), the nervousness setting in ( as I opted for a payment method to map my pre-purchased domain to the blog) and much…

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Seminar on Empowering Women Coming Up!

Catalyst Woman is going to Faisalabad!  My team is super-excited to be invited to speak at National Textile University-Faisalabad by the Rector, Dr. Arshad Ali.

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National Savings Bank of Pakistan- Stuck in the Past

The Scene: I knew what that was. THAT  was the standard “ignore-and-avert-eyes” tactic being employed by the mustachioed clerk at the National Savings Bank . Here I was, a regular Pakistani citizen, pestering the employee with questions when it was quite clear that he had only had his second cup of tea*.  He hung his head lower…

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