Stories published in December, 2012

Graduate and unemployed? You might be making one crucial mistake

You will not find this golden principle written anywhere, probably not in any of your MBA textbooks. However, this rule of thumb is often spoken about in lectures, among human resource managers, and of course, any authentic job or career counselling session. If you want to secure a job, you have to show your potential employer that you are driven by a sincere desire to innovate and improve the company (to which you are applying to as a candidate). Furthermore, you should have a vision ahead of you; prior to this, you should have done some research on what the company is ...

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10 things to do before the year ends

The curtains to the year 2012 are slowly drawing upon us. Another year will be soon stored as a box of dusty memories in the shelves of our hearts. Before the arrival of the New Year, dissolve any bitter recalls, discard misunderstandings and declare unspoken love that is buried deep within your heart! Here are 10 things to do before this year ends: Visit your parents For those who are not so lucky to be living with the ones who gave you life and soaking up their duas, before the year ends please spend time with them, thank them and express your love for ...

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Your choice: Top blog posts of 2012

The blog posts below were selected based on the number of visits to individual articles, representing what visitors to the Tribune Blogs considered vital reads for 2012. Over 200,000 views Social media is lying to you about Burma’s Muslim ‘cleansing’ – Faraz Ahmed The post that got Tribune Blogs temporarily banned in India and single-handedly challenged an online propaganda campaign. Over 100,000 views Nudity, Niqab and the illusion of ‘free choice’ – Bina Shah 364 comments later, the niqab debate rages on. Over 50,000 views An open letter to Maya Khan – Mehreen Kasana An online campaign, a real-world change – the internet emerges as the Pakistan’s media ...

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Michael Clarke: All hail Australia’s golden boy!

The ‘pup’, as he was affectionately known as in the Australian cricket circles during his early days, Michael Clarke has matured into an enforcing bulldog who knows no fear. Clarke was marked for greatness from a very young age but would often gift away his wickets to the opposition while looking to play strokes. There was and still is no stroke that he cannot play, but the difference from back then is that he now has a more calculated approach and is the prized wicket in the Australian line up as his second successive double hundred against South Africa showed. This ...

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Is Bilawal’s message what Benazir envisioned for the PPP?

As political parties gear up for the elections to claim their share of power, the PPP has launched its campaign, with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari taking the lead at the age of 24.   Bilawal, a graduate with BA Honours in modern history and politics from Oxford University seems to have inherited a knack for delivering crowd-pleasing speeches like his mother. This was not however the only reason why Benazir Bhutto was popular; she was known for her political insight and leadership qualities as well. Bilawal’s strong-worded speech at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh criticising political opponents and the judiciary raises many questions about his understanding ...

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It’s December 21, are you still alive?

Enter December 21, 2012. For many days preceding this date, several people have been at their wits’ end in fear of what they call the Apocalypse, Judgement Day, Armageddon or the End of the World. With mounting apprehension they await the ‘annihilation’ of planet Earth. Already, a sizeable number has reportedly flocked to the tiny French village of Bugarach, which they believe is the only refuge from the disaster that is soon to engulf the world. Thankfully, the majority has not been swept away by the frenzy. Still, it begs the question that why has this particular date been singled out to prophesise ...

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Christmas and Boxing Day: Celebrations in pictures around the world!

Christmas- a day of celebration for most of the world and Boxing Day – the perfect cherry on top. Besides Eid, Christmas takes priority in my life as well. My grandmother, a Czech national, Christian who converted to Islam long long ago still celebrates Christmas with the same zeal as she does Eid. Secretly, I believe Santa Claus still exists too. Many argue that being a Muslim I should not be celebrating a Christian tradition– however, being brought up in the family that I have, I believe that life is way too short and we need all the occasions we can ...

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Cheat sheet: How to deal with cheating manufacturers!

We have all come across the famous ‘Lays’ jokes on social media, where jibes are made about the manufacturers of the chips brand only putting a handful of chips and filling up the rest of the bag with air. But an empty bag of chips isn’t the only way that manufacturers cut corners. Here’s a list of the top 10 reasons why we are really paying more than we should for certain products: Bags of chips and biscuits that are only 1/4 full of their intended product. Technically, a certain amount of air, known as the ‘slack fill’, needs to be ...

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My political leanings may have changed, but I still love you BB

Maybe it has to do with the fact that she was a woman. She was a flame snuffed out much before it’s time….an everlasting Shakespearean tragedy. Perhaps, the candle in the wind. Maybe it is because I am a Sindhi, and somewhere it is in my blood and bones to have a soft corner for the Bhuttos (please leave the Zardari clan out of that allegiance). Maybe it was her grace and eloquence. Maybe she was the rebel against forces of oppression that I wanted to be when I grew up. She was my hero when I was an emotional little ...

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The good the bad and the ugly of Pakistani dramas

What makes a drama last a lifetime in our memories? Is it stories that reflect our own lives or the ones which allow us to step into a whole new world through a looking glass? The very best ones make us love the characters, argue their dilemmas and root for their success- no matter how far removed they are from our own experience. 2012, has been a good year and we have seen some of the best productions of recent times. My insincere apologies if I missed out on some of the staggering work of a creative genius but I ...

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