Monthly Archives: March 2013

Prisoner’s Dilemma

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My father is a rich man.Which implies that i am a rich boy too.It means i do not have to worry about my financial future.It means i can spend on whatever i want,how much ever i want and my daddy will foot the bill.It means that my friends give me respect-at least to my face.It also means it won’t be hard for me to find a good ‘rishta’. You must be despising me for my luck.I advise you don’t.While i must confess that i lust for all these material luxuries and their consequential benefits,but in the process,i have lost my self-belief and individuality.I want people to value me for what i am and not for how much my father has at the bank.At the same time i can’t even think of leaving all the niceties my father’s wealth provides me.You must be thinking what a loser i am-but believe me it’s easier said than done.Time for my jacuzzi bath now.

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Stamp Collection

Stamp Collection

Hobby is an interesting and good past time. Its an activity taken up in leisure time..It keeps the people busy and gives pleasure also. Hobbies are of different kinds, different people have different hobbies. My hobby is collection of stamps.

I am very fond of collecting postage stamps. I have many sources of getting stamps. Some of my friends exchange stamps with me. I have got a book to preserve the stamps. After my lessons are done, if I can make time, I arrange the stamps that I get and stick them in an album in their proper places. I have now a very good collection of stamps. There are some very rare stamps among them. At present their value is very great. I purchase stamps at times from dealers in old stamps. I have got stamps of many countries of the world.

This hobby has increased my knowledge of history and geography very much. Now I know the names of countries which were formerly unknown to me. In the stamps of many countries there are pictures of special things of interest of these places. So I can know what special things are found there. From an Australian stamp, we can know that the kangaroo is a peculiar animal of the country. From an Egyptian stamp, we can know that the famous pyramids are situated in Egypt.
With this hobby i get to know the names of many kings and famous persons. Since the independence of Pakistan, many new postage stamps have been issued by our Government on many occasions. We can learn many things from those stamps Conclusion—The collector of stamps is called a philatelist. We have heard that many famous persons of the world, including some kings of England, had this hobby of collecting postage stamps. Every man should have a hobby of his own. According to me, i have best hobby.
Written by : Amna sultan

Yet Another Music Entry

60616_162406233883141_1165801461_n (1)When I first picked up the guitar, I had no intention of learning how to play one. After all there was already a huge chunk of humanity that was already doing it in a much more advanced manner, or so it seemed. Yet, boredom has no bounds and so, here I was learning an instrument at the age of 14, one riff at a time. It was somewhere at this point that I developed a strong attraction towards the Heavy Metal genre, mainly perhaps due to its use of technical instrumentation and dark themes in general.

Over the years I became a part of various local projects, most of which never saw the light of day, while some others which faded over time. The thought of not being able to maintain a consistent “band” did not strike me down so much as most bands within this genre don’t last that long to begin with. Over the years I evolved my devotion towards music production and video editing, helping friends in parallel projects with their releases and recordings.

University life, as we know it, takes most opportunities of pursuing such extra-curricular away with it, or at least makes it increasingly difficult to do so. Luckily for me, I managed to find people sharing similar interests and talents within my own hostel. Starting as a three-piece project, I was able to construct an instrumental oriented project right there and over time we realized that we had to test our production techniques yet again. There was no point in establishing ourselves as yet another cover band, and the prospect of creating original music remained our top priority. We did however lack a certain orientation of what we wanted to achieve in terms of band direction and so, we gave birth to the “WeMakeShittyMusic” project; a music platform which allowed us to work on instrumentation and production techniques without having to worry about lyrical contents or long term ideologies.

 

The project allowed me to expand my own horizons by allowing me to experience techniques and genres that I would probably not have chosen to experiment with otherwise. It also allowed us to merge as a functional unit that learnt to collaborate with each other musically, hence allowing us to keep future prospects of pursuing a more lyrically driven project in the future open. Now may not be the right time for that, but over time we will have gained enough experience at not only a instrumental, but also at a production level. It’s just how they say, “there’s no wine before it’s time”.

Here is a link  to our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/weatleasttry?fref=ts

Film Industry of Pakistan

One of the biggest reasons for the failure of the film industry would be the losses investors had to face. People have lost the desire to invest in Pakistani films as it seems like a dead field now.

The competition Indian movies give our movies is impossible to meet. They have a way bigger set up than ours and the quality of technical assistance is unmatchable so end of the day the quality of there is film is way better and when both the movies are available at the same price people prefer watching Indian movies and that is a big burden for the cinema that is trying to establish a market.

The quality of cinemas available is very poor. It is impossible for the families to go to those cinemas because the atmosphere that exists there is not suitable for a family set up.

In Pakistan there is a huge lack of fresh talent. In our movies the actor who are working are not suitable for the roles they are playing. They are too old for playing the main lead but since we don’t have new people to replace then and there is a huge lobby which resisting the change.

Pakistani films have a very bad impression on the families because of the vulgar dances and the obscene dialogues. Families don’t find them suitable for the families to watch them together.

In Pakistani film industries most of the people in all the fields are uneducated. All the technicians are not educated enough to deal with all the advancement in the field. Even the most of the directors are illiterate and that reflects in the type of work they are producing.

In such a place where the industry is still striving to establish itself the government should play a part in facilitating the process. Government should provide incentives for the film makers as well as the distributors.

I think this is a big challenge that we the industry is facing right now and to deal with the challenges we will need to get united, government and the industry. We have to work hand in hand if we want to thrive like we once did in the past

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By: Momin Ali

Table Tennis in Pakistan

Table tennis is one of those many sports that have been neglected in Pakistan even though highly talented players are present in the field.table tennis is a popular sport that is enjoyed world. Table tennis is played between two players (singles) and four players (doubles). Players stand on either side of a green rectangular table and hit a special lightweight ball back and forth using small rackets or paddles. wide. The smash, with the ball capable of reaching a speed of 120km/h, is one of the most spectacular shots, but equally important is the ability to spin and to defend. Attacking shots include the loop drive and the flip. Defensive shots include the slice, lob, block and chop.

Play is fast and table tennis demands quick reaction times and speed. A skilled player can use spin to make the ball’s bounce difficult to predict or return with confidence. Spin combined with speed makes table tennis an exciting sport to watch and to play. A game begins when one player serves the ball to the other, ensuring that the ball hits the table on both the server and the receiver’s side. If the ball hits the net and falls back into the server’s side, then the receiver wins the point. If it hits the net and rolls into the receiver’s side, then a “let” is played.If the service is “good,” then the opponent must return the ball before it bounces a second time. Serves alternate every two points until a player wins with a two-point lead.Should each player reach 10 points, a “deuce” game, with players alternating serve comes into effect until one player builds up a two-point lead.In doubles, service alternates every two points between sides, but also rotates between players on the same team so that no team has an unfair advantage.

After each game, players switch sides of the table and in the deciding “match” game, players switch sides when the first player scores five points, regardless of whose turn it is to serve. In competition play, matches are typically best of five or seven games.

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By: Momin Ali

7 Key Strategies That You Must Learn From Apple’s Marketing

Coming off the heels of yet another successful Apple launch debut, it’s increasingly clear that Apple is on top of their game in a way like no other. Which other company could turn an ordinary press conference into a live global event?

The secret lies beyond their product line and design standards; it lies beyond even Steve Jobs’ emphatic adherence to Apple’s core philosophy, which is that the user doesn’t always know what they want.

Looking at the company’s latest product lines and revenue models, I’d be a fool to call them anything less than what they are, which is:

  • A design firm
  • A media platform
  • A publishing company
  • A software powerhouse
  • A computer builder
  • A movement

Break down each of these bullets individually and you’ll find a company at the top of their respective industry, but combine them into a single entity and you’ve got the recipe for building one of the most influential businesses of all tim

So how did they do it?

Rather than tell you how I think they did it, I thought instead I’d turn to their fans on Twitter, who helped me uncover 7 of the greatest marketing lessons that Apple brings to the table.

1. Ignore Your Critics

As an entrepreneur, you’ll hear a lot of people tell you that you need to reach out and figure out what people want, which means listening to your critics, often times more patiently than you’d like.

Apple decides to flip the script and instead focus on building what they want to build, no matter the perceived cost. When Steve Jobs debuted the iPad, the critics stood in line, throwing every insult they could muster. The critics said that the iPad would fail. The numbers say otherwise.

Each and every time Apple decided to innovate, they were laughed at. They prevailed anyway.

“Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

– Albert Einstein

2. Turn the Ordinary into Something Beautiful

For quite some time, PC fans enjoyed the work of buying their own parts and building their own tower systems. At the same time, PC makers were building standard hardware for standard applications.

Apple would have none of that.

They’ve been pioneering not only the features of standard operating systems and computer systems, but simultaneously reinventing the design standards as well. As a result, we have the gorgeous iMac, the beautiful new Macbook Air, and who could forget, the amazing iPhone 4

Where others focus on one aspect of the equation, Apple focuses on the entire product, and it shows

3. Justify Your Price

We’re in a time when pricing strategies are all over the place. People don’t know what to charge, and in many cases, prefer to race to the bottom instead of pricing strategically to a market that can bear the cost.

Once more, Apple ignores the standard by not only pricing their technology more than 2x what their competitors charge, but doing so without blinking. How can they get away with it?

Well, the answer is twofold:

1. They build beautiful products for an audience that loves them passionately.
2. They justify their price with features and benefits that can’t be matched.

Since we’ve already hit point 1, let’s work on #2.

No other computer can match the display of a 27” iMac…it simply can’t be done.

No other software can match what iTunes brings to the table.

No laptop is as thin as the Macbook Air.

No software is more intuitive, no product more valuable than the Apple product. Any other smartphone looks like it was developed by rookies when compared to an iPhone 4. You simply cannot compare the two.

Critics will play on the fact that the core features are the same, and they might be, but that’s not the point. The point is that Apple is the Rolls Royce of the technology and design world, and their customers will gladly pay a premium because of it.

4. Communicate in the Language of Your Audience

It makes no sense to talk about things like megabytes, gigahertz, and processing power to customers that simply don’t care about technical jargon.

Take a look at any Apple product page and you’ll find that though they do discuss product specifications and technical information, it’s hidden behind the benefits that their audience is truly after.

Instead of display resolution, you’ll see phrases like “edge to edge glass,” “retina display,” and “LED backlighting.”

Sure, the jargon is there for those that need it, but it’s presented in a way that makes you want to learn about megapixels, rather than shy away from them. The art is in the copy, not in the features.

5. Extend the Experience

Have you ever heard of an unboxing? I hadn’t either until recently, when I learned that not only was I not the only one keeping Apple packaging post-sale, but that there are legions of people that record the actual process of unwrapping their newly purchased Apple products.

Do a search on YouTube and you’ll find hundreds of Apple unboxings, each from different users from across the globe. It’s pretty crazy right?

No one tells these people to video their experience, but they do it because the process is so Zen that you can’t help not to.

Apple does this by making sure that the experience doesn’t end at the cash register. They take great care in designing a user experience from browsing to unwrapping, which relies on incredible packaging and installation procedures.

By reducing installation to the lowest common denominator, they make buying new products a snap, and by spending as much time on designing packaging as they do on the products themselves, they’ve ensured that the box matches what’s inside.

As a result, they’ve built an experience that is nearly impossible to match.

6. Build a Tribe

It’s no secret that Apple has built one of the most hardcore fan bases of any product and of any time. There’s a reason they’re called “fanboys.”

But who cares, right? Most of the chatter is out of jealousy more than anything, but Apple doesn’t really care. They know that they serve an elite audience, and rather than back away from that fact, they embrace it.

7. Become “The Name”

You don’t buy tissues, you buy Kleenex.

You don’t buy MP3 players, you buy an iPod.

You don’t buy a smartphone, you buy an iPhone.

Have you noticed what they’re doing here? Apple isn’t content with being a leader in sales alone, they want to own the market itself, which explains why they’ve engineered iTunes as the major music provider that it is, and why the iPad, having the luxury of being the first, has now set the trend for future tablet devices.

From here on out, everything will be compared to the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and iTunes. Sadly, this sort of thing is tough to duplicate, but it’s not impossible. You need to have one of two things:

1. A clear head start in terms of being first to market.
2. A USP that differentiates your product in a way that makes people wish it were first.

The iPhone wasn’t the first phone, but they engineered it to be so unique that you couldn’t help but think it was. The iMac isn’t the first all in one, but it became the only one that mattered.

Boxing and its increasing trend in Pakistan

In sweet science, boxing refers to fighting for “prize”. A boxing match typically consists of a determined number of three-minute rounds, a total of up to 12 rounds. A minute is typically spent between each round with the fighters in their assigned corners receiving advice and attention from their coach and staff. The fight is controlled by a referee who works within the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters, rule on their ability to fight safely, count knocked-down fighters, and rule on fouls. Up to three judges are typically present at ringside to score the bout and assign points to the boxers, based on punches that connect, defence, knockdowns, and other, more subjective, measures. Because of the open-ended style of boxing judging, many fights have controversial results, in which one or both fighters believe they have been “robbed” or unfairly denied a victory. Each fighter has an assigned corner of the ring, where his or her coach, as well as one or more “seconds” may administer to the fighter at the beginning of the fight and between rounds. Each boxer enters into the ring from their assigned corners at the beginning of each round and must cease fighting and return to their corner at the signalled end of each round.

It is a martial art and combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, reflexes and endurance by throwing punches with gloved hands. Records of the classical boxing have disappeared after the fall of Western Roman Empire when the wearing of weapons became common.

In contrast to modern boxing, early fighting had no rules. There were no weight division or round limits and no referee. Basically, very chaotic. Under these rules if a man went down and could not continue after a count of 30 seconds, the fight was over. Hitting a downed fighter and grasping below the waist was, however prohibited.

Facts state that the first newspaper on boxing was published in the early 1700’s by a wrestler named Thomas Parkyns who was a physics student of Sir Isaac Newton. It was a manual that entailed a system of head butting; punching eye gonging chokes and hand throws not common in modern boxing.

On the flip side of the coin “modern boxing stance differs from the above mentioned typical one. It has a more upright-vertical-armed guard as opposed to the more horizontal, knuckles-facing-forward guard adopted by the early 20th century hook users such as Jack Johnson.

Boxers practice their skills on two basic types of punching bags. A small, tear-drop-shaped “speed bag” is used to hone reflexes and repetitive punching skills, while a large cylindrical “heavy bag” filled with sand, a synthetic substitute, or water is used to practice power punching and body blows. In addition to these distinctive pieces of equipment, boxers also utilize sport-nonspecific training equipment to build strength, speed, agility, and stamina. Common training equipment includes free weights, rowing machines, jumping rope, and medicine balls.

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This stance followed in all the countries including underdeveloped countries like Pakistan. In this stance the boxer stands with the legs, shoulder width apart and the rear foot a half step in front of the lead man. In this situation both the feet are parallel and the right heel is off the ground.

The leads fist is held vertically about six inches in front of the face at eye level. Modern Boxers often sometimes can be seen tapping their cheeks or foreheads with their fist to remind themselves to keep their hands up.

Pakistan owns a “Pakistan Boxing Federation” which has successfully managed to promote amateur wrestlers and boxers to take part in the amateur boxing championship 2011. It hopes to send these children/teenagers and to train them for the 2013 also.

PBF is the governing body of amateur boxing in Pakistan. It is an instrumental in Organising boxing matches in Pakistan.

Pakistan has seen success at amateur level boxing despite  the lack of necessary equipment and facilities, by winning medals at Olympics and common wealth games, for example Muhammad Ali who won Gold medal at the 2002 commonwealth games. Ali has, however, transcended the sporting world and has become an international presence, more recognizable than most presidents and historical figures.

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EFFECTS OF NETWORK PACKAGES ON YOUTH!

As the world is progressing in the material sense of the word; similarly the progress is also increasing the corporations’ appetite for accumulating wealth at the expense of other human beings. One case in example is the introduction of packages by different networks to lure common folks into a trap which not only swindle’s them but also deprive them of using their time in a constructive manner.

The packaging (presentation) of the different mobile packages hit the common person at their weakest spot which is greed; thus one is lured into the web of deception and thus in the end the corporation/ network increase their earnings at the expense of common folk.

If the financial loss was the only result it can be overlooked keeping in view the fact that these actions are basic fundamentals of capitalism. But the impact of these packages are much more as it takes the person into a fantasy world as he is only in contact with the persons of his like. This deprives him of social interaction with different groups which are the basic building blocks of human society as it prepares the person to face reality of the world. This deprivation of conflicting points of view and ideas, stunt the growth of analytical mind and person is left with preconceived ideas of good and bad.

The timing of the packages are such that it also comes into conflict with his or her educational progress and thus education is also impacted, as can be seen in any class room most of the pupil are either texting or frequently glancing at the screens to keep themselves updated on the social activities of their peers.

 This proliferation has also impacted the morals of the society as now all things which attract the young generation are at their finger tips and the social values are changing so rapidly that the family values are also getting compromised in the process. Parents are unaware of the activities of their children which previously was not the case and they were able to teach their children social and moral values. This break up of the family value has resulted in different scandals and heart breaks which has torn the fabric of our culture and family values.

Halima Shahid.

Drama, my passion.

ImageStage for me is like a sacred place. I have loved drama and acting for as long as I can remember. It’s not just acting, its every tiny detail that comes with drama, from direction to production to music to costume. The bright lights, the vibrant costumes, new stories and new characters, I always found all this exciting even when I was a little boy. Drama helps me to discover my soul and it gives me a peace of mind, through drama I can let out all my emotions and thus free my heart and mind. The mere feeling that I’m a part of something so enthusiastic and energetic is great. My earliest memory related to drama is when I was 12 years old and was chosen to play the lead role in my class’s annual play. It was then that I first felt the thrill of the stage, the feeling was so amazing that I decided, then and there, that this was something I wanted to do all my life.

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After that I took part in almost all the dramas and plays organized by my school and won several awards. With time everything about the art of drama began to consume me. I was not just a good actor but also excelled at production, direction and music. I was elected as Dramatics President of high school from 2009 to 2011. During this time I directed several plays including the school’s annual play. I also took part in different events on national as well as inter school level. Some of these events are Lums Dramafest, Olympiad, Colors and Humours, Grammmathon. For my performance in these events I achieved different awards like best production, best music, best direction, and best play. I am determined to take drama with me wherever I go and explore my capabilities in drama and theatre. To achieve the best out of my love for drama is my pursuit of excelling.

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The Journey

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“Proclaim the truth, and do not be silent through fear.”

Since childhood, we’ve been taught about freedom, especially freedom of speech. Speak up your mind, have your say. You’re entitled to freedom of expression.

“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.”

It’s all very well to have your say, but do you really know how to form an argument and debate an issue?

This question popped up in my mind one day and that was when I realized why I was unable to convince others most of the time. That was the time when I needed to explore my inner self, what am I capable of, what is my area of excellence. And when I was in search of my talent, keenly observing every thing around me, one day, a poster was put up on the notice board of my school informing about public speaking competition. This got my attention instantly and I signed up for it. After attending this, I was shortlisted to attend debating sessions. Childhood lessons seemed to have worked, but I still needed to learn how to form an argument.

From there on, the journey seemed to be very fast. In a short span of time, I got selected in B team of my school and started speaking at inter school debating competitions. It was a big achievement for me as now I was not just able to present my point of view, but I was also able to channel it and use it to break others’ argument and prove myself right.

But this wasn’t enough. There was more room of improvement. More hard work was required to be on the A team. I never gave up and never missed an opportunity to articulate my thoughts in front of the world. In a debate, every one has different point of view, things can get a little heated up, and in the heat of a debate, it is easy to lose your cool. But I kept following my mantra, “don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”

This helped me remove all of my jitters and made me confident enough to play with words, proving right to be wrong, and wrong to be right. I became persuasive. This helped me climb the ladder of success and I finally made my spot in the A team. But there was no stopping. I had realized that debating was my true passion and kept polishing this talent of mine.

I ended up as the vice president of my school’s debating society in A levels. Moreover, I went to parliamentary debate competition at Headstart Islamabad as an adjudicator.

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Talent is innate. Everyone is born with an innate quality. What you need to do is to explore it, and wait for the right moment and strike when the iron is hot. This journey begins with the impossible and turns into unforgettable. Therefore, one must work hard and never quit as talent won’t carry a quitter.