Posts From Absar

Warid’s Innovative ‘Reverse Auction’

I sometimes admire the skill of master price hagglers who can purchase items at prices that I can only dream of.  Women particularly seem to have a knack for it; just watch a hard-nosed haggler in action and you’ll see that she never goes home empty handed.  While most people like me envy hagglers, there are some who refer to them in not so endearing terms such as ‘low-baller’ or

Beat the Heat with Healthy Summer Smoothies

Go online and google ‘smoothie recipes’ and you’ll literally get hundreds of recipes for making drinks to beat the heat. Sadly, many of them include ingredients we don’t get in Pakistan, or forget to use fruits that are our specialty in the summers. Below you’ll find three smoothie recipes which will cool you down, keep you healthy and make your tummy happy all at the same time! You’ll note that

I am Legend – Jahangir Khan

In a country where news channels have a section for sports and then one on cricket and where people sometimes unwittingly say that cricket is the national game, it’s easy to understand how squash in the country went from producing a great like Jahangir Khan to being an obsolete sport. I swear! I don’t understand why squash hasn’t been given its due attention like cricket, and to some extent hockey.

What a Post-Bin Laden Situation Entails for Pakistan

While felicity takes hold of much of the world at the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistani seems to be getting sucked deeper into a quicksand of worry, confusion, distrust and more mayhem. There is a need to understand the general sentiment of the Pakistani nation now that the world’s official attention has been directed at the country. While there are several groups that protest the death of Osama bin

Why You Need to Visit Pakistan’s Khewra Salt Mines

Pakistan is a country of hidden tourism spots. The Khewra Salt Mines are one of the more popular treats that the country has to offer to both local and foreign visitors. Located in Khewra, in the Jhelum District of Punjab, the salt mines attract over 40,000 visitors a year. They are the second largest salt mines in the world and the oldest in all of Asia. About the Tour A

Doctors Strike – A Result of Rage or Corruption?

The latest world trend of making your voice heard is through slogans, chants and bans. Pakistan follows suit. Strikes by transporters to protest against fuel price hikes seem mild now. Beginning March 1, 2011, Pakistan witnessed the longest strike of its history which lasted 37 days.  The Young Doctors Association initiated its movement in Punjab, spreading rage through Sindh and Balochistan, bringing treatment to a halt at all out-patient departments

Leading the Education System to Failure

Education is said to be the foundation of a successful society. In a country where ghost schools are sometimes more commonly seen than functional schools, corruption in the education sector has become a major issue and one which needs to be addressed without delay. There are so many problems plaguing Pakistan’s schools and universities anyone who takes on the challenge would be hard pressed to find a starting point. However,

Should Afridi Give Test Cricket Another Chance?

“I don’t have any plans to make a return to test cricket…… I think I’m not the best choice for this format,” said Shahid Afridi recently. Could he be more explicit?  However, this hasn’t stopped the fans from cajoling their favorite cricket hero to give test cricket another shot.  During the past five years, since July 2006, when he first announced retirement from test cricket, the question of his return

Pakistani Police: Good Cop, Bad Cop, or a Little of Both

In 2002, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Project report (an initiative of the National Accountability Bureau) defined ‘corruption’ as: “… behavior on the part of office holders in the public and private sectors, in which they improperly and unlawfully enrich themselves and/or those close to them, or induce others to do so, by misusing the position in which they are placed.” More simply it comprises “the misuse of entrusted power for

Pakistan’s Best Chance to Win a Series in the Caribbean

Yup! You read that correctly. This is Pakistan’s golden chance to win a Test series in the Caribbean. They’ve never won there before! Seriously, I was shocked when I heard it too, but our team manager only recently blurted out this little known fact. “Now the expectations are even higher for this tour, because we have never won a series out here before” he said. I was like “WHAT?!!” 1957/58,