Stories about career

Are you afraid to be ordinary? Einstein wasn’t

My nephew Azlaan will turn one this year on May 3 and his entire life and career have already been sketched out for him by his parents, grandparents and even his aunt – me! Every day, while preparing his bath, his grandma smiles at his tiny little hands and passes her verdict: he will be a surgeon when he’s older. I disagree, he’ll be a writer. She frowns and tells me, “Of course not! Can’t you see, he has the fingers of a surgeon?” Nana jaan, on the other hand, wants him to be a finance guru like himself. And his parents ...

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Help! My boss hates me because I’m hot

Dear Miss Informed, I have been working at an advertising agency for six months. They pay well and my colleagues are more or less cheerful, but I’ve been feeling unhappy lately. The reason for this is that my boss is a slave driver. She makes me work much later than I am expected to and never appreciates anything I do. She takes out her personal frustrations on me, sends out emotional e-mails and never seems to be happy with anything I do. Sometimes, I think she just does it because she’s jealous of me; I’m better looking, younger and have more ...

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Shoaib Akhtar: A farewell to the Rawalpindi Express

As a boy, I was an avid athlete who played basketball, table-tennis and did sprint running.  But it was my passion for cricket that defined me. I started playing first-class cricket at the age of 16 and made it to the under-19 Karachi squad when I was 18-years-old. I always imagined myself as a cricketer. Nothing else appealed to me. Unfortunately, I sustained a major knee injury in a practice session which tore my ligament. This meant I could no longer play the game I love so dearly. When a sportsman gives up his career, no matter how big or small, it’s ...

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Should I be afraid of becoming a journalist?

When I was a little girl, my father bought me all the books I wanted and told me that one day, his little girl would be a writer. Unfortunately for him, his little girl decided to be more than that; she decided to be a journalist. As I flounder my way through my sixth semester at university, I am horrified at the idea that I’m a year away from graduation – a year away from becoming a journalist. I love writing, and I love writing for a cause. But the events of the past year have left me and my classmates ...

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Akhtar’s presence vital for Pakistan

Saying goodbye to someone who has served the country with great distinction and valour is always a sad moment. It is even more painful for the individual who is bidding farewell to a glittering career. Shoaib Akhtar’s retirement is indeed a time for reflection for all those who had the good fortune of seeing him in full flight. The world will certainly miss the sight of the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ bowling his lightning-quick yorkers and his clever slower balls that bamboozled the best of batsmen. Considering the immense amount of experience and skill that Akhtar possesses, I found the decision to drop ...

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The life of a fast bowler: Survival of the fittest

There’s no doubt that cricket in the current era has no season with all teams playing round the year. With so much cricket happening, what then, is the secret to ensuring that fast-bowlers are looked after well and that every player in the squad remains injury-free and is available for every match. And not only the matches and the training sessions, but how do we make sure that after years of training, they are fit enough to last the six weeks in the World Cup that comes round every four years? With the intensity of every match increasing as well, it seems ...

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Ahmed Shahzad: Rising in the ranks

Ahead of the cricket World Cup this month, the timely arrival of Ahmad Shahzad into the Pakistan cricket team has made me very hopeful . The teenager’s century inspired Pakistan to a 41-run win over New Zealand and wrapped up the six-match series with a game to spare. The Lahore-born opener who attended Cathedral High School began his cricketing journey at the age of seven and has never looked back, representing Pakistan at the under-13, under-16 and under-19 level. He is a true example of someone who has risen in the ranks based solely on merit, and is fast becoming the solution to ...

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The taboo against ambition

When I was eight-years-old my greatest pleasure in life was spending Saturday afternoons in my father’s office. I would be allowed to sit at his massive oak desk with mountains of papers and neaten up while he looked at files or took phone calls. I was mesmerized by the sheer amount of papers he could read, the fact that he had a computer at his desk and a secretary outside his office. As my mary-janed feet dangled from his swivel chair I would think “Daddy must be smart”. The measures by which my eight-year-old self had determined that my father was successful were ...

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My adventures on Shaadi dot com

Dear Diary, It is day one of my attempt to get married online, which as you may know is quite unconventional for a male to undertake on his own. However, I have decided to pursue this online adventure as I feel the need to settle down, and what the hell, I met my first girlfriend in an IRC chat room so I know there is a good chance this might work out. Shaadi.com tells me the odds are totally in my favour. The website claims to be the internet’s largest matrimonial service which has ‘touched over 20 million people’. They also ...

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A fool-proof plan to a promotion

Fresh graduates should remember that getting a promotion is easy but maintaining a new position is not a piece of cake. An oft-quoted line from Spiderman comes to mind whenever I get a promotion: “with great power comes great responsibility.” But how do you get that great power?  Follow a few easy tips and get an instant promotions in you organization. I did. Show your company the love Any organization you join, you join for a reason. Whatever the reason, the company has given you opportunities in terms of salary and career. In the current economical scenario, when the unemployment rate is 15 ...

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