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Something Different!! April 16, 2009

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Its been a long time since I had written a post or I should say I experimented on writing. I have always been a lazy writer and someone who likes to speak than writing things down. Recently, I have had a few discussions regarding blogging and how we should encourage people to start their blogs and after these thought-provoking discussions I promised to myself that I will stat blogging very soon :-). I have had a few ideas of what I should focus on my blog. So I decided to try out the first one, about my experiences so far since I started a small tech shop by the name of Innovations last year.

So far its been an interesting yet challenging experience. The reason I chose to start it was that I wanted to do more than just writing code all day long and playing CS at the end of the day and today I am pretty much close to what I wanted to do.

I have always had my own point of view about managing the employees and how the HR processes should be. But suddenly when I hired my first employee everything changed, I started to feel my perspective has changed and its really not that easy as I had supposed it to be.

I tried out a few things while managing freelancers, full time employees and part-timers which I will share soon.

I hope to keep updating my blog every now and then and with every new thing that I will learn.

P.S. One more thing, apart from my experiences I will also be writing about the issues that we face as Pakistanis and will be looking at the possible solutions be it political, social or economical. 🙂

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Reviewing 2008… January 1, 2009

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Another year has passed and we move into 2009. Before making new year’s resolution I usually take a look back at the previous year. The things that I do and am proud of and the things I shouldn’t have done at all.

First Quarter:

27th Feb: I resigned from my first job after working for 19 Months in that company. The decision was made within a moment a day ago. Too many reasons but a right thing to do. I miss my teammates and the culture that we had developed together.

15th March: Received the offer letter for my new job. When asked by HR when can I join I said 2nd April. I was asked why not 1st and I said “I dont want to give anyone a chance to make a fool out of me that day”. This is something I shouldnt have said!! 😀  

Second Quarter:

2nd April: Joined my new job. Better salary better benefits. Nice Domain. Great People.

19th April: Was sent abroad for my first international project. Stayed for almost 2.5 months and learnt alot of things. Worked with a great team and with one of the best manager.

Third Quarter:

7th July: My last day on my second job. Left a great team and a good company. I am still not sure if this was the right decision as I miss my days there.

August: Stepped into something I always wanted to. Started a small company with two partners me and my brother with multiple freelancers. Started working from my room. Our office was the bed in the room one corner was my office and other my brother’s.

September: We developed partnerships with some of local companies. And worked for free with some companies to get them work. Then a month later realized if I continue to do it for free till I get work I will never be able to concentrate on what I want to do.

Fourth Quarter:

October: Received training for PMP and completed the required contact hours for PMP Exam. HR Development-A good thing to do when the business is new and uncertainity all around your future!!  😉

November:  Did certain things which I shouldnt have done… 

December: Finally Me and My Brother agreed on our website’s design( third one)…And he told me on the last day of the year that he has another design in mind and I said show me… 😀

I met some great people this year most of them are my age and a couple of them through this blog. I have also taken many risks in this time of economic turmoil left my job, started a software company,almost burnt all my savings on this company.

I am entering in 2009 semi-broke, with hope to make a difference in my life and the life of others who are close to me. I hope to serve my country Pakistan better.  I also hope to take my company to another level INSHALLAH by the first quarter of 2009. Get certified for PMP INSHALLAH and will not leave it like OCP and CCNA.

Dreams.. December 20, 2008

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You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”

– George Bernard Shaw

A News Channel Closed Down??? November 3, 2008

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If rumors are to be believed GEO English is in process of shut down and a staff of 650 has been fired!!!

 

President Zardari as Chairman PEPC November 3, 2008

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The following is an old piece of news that I went through and thought like sharing it here. This is from the second term of PPPP in 1996 when our President Zardari was the Chariman of Pakistan Environmental Protection Council. DO READ CAREFULLY and try to read between the lines and map these words from when they were said and what happened after they were said and uptil now. DO look at our President’s stance for IMF in 1996 and here we are in 2008 again knocking the door of IMF.

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Asif offers help to businessmen
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Sabihuddin Ghausi

KARACHI, May 1: The Chairman of Pakistan Environmental Protection
Council, Asif Ali Zardari, offered to serve as a bridge between the
business community and the government to sort out all issues that may be
hindering trade and industrial activities.
   
He also suggested to them to form small committees with the government
to sort out all outstanding issues and problems which they consider are
obstructing trade and industrial activities.

I am ready to act as a bridge between you and the government, Mr
Zardari told a luncheon meeting of the about 200 businessmen clustered
in the corridor of Sindh Governors House where he announced the
appointment of the former President of the Federation of Pakistan
Chambers of Commerce and Industry, S.M. Muneer, as Chairman of Pakistan
Trade Fair Corporation, with immediate effect and till further orders.

Done, was the prompt reply from Asif Zardari in response to a
suggestion of former FPCCI Chief Mr Tariq Sayeed to give representation
to the private sector on Privatisation Commission. The only condition
for such a nomination, he said was that businessman should be known
internationally.
   
He also agreed to have a businessman as the Chairman of Export
Processing Zone Authority and apparently consented that structure of the
Board of Investment needed a fresh look to provide room for
representation of private sector on it.

More than three hours discussion in hot and humid corridor of the
Governors House was more of a brain storming session in which more than
a dozen businessmen spoke at length on the issues that included the levy
of general sales tax on an expanded level in the coming budget,
implications on investment plans of some investors of the abrupt
withdrawal of specialised industrialised zones (SIZ) scheme, rebate
refund, role of pre-shipment companies and necessity of involving
businessmen in crucial decision making. There were complaints of non-
implementation of the decisions taken in the previous meetings and non-
compliance of the policies framed to boost exports and invest. However,
none spoke on the environmental related issues or bringing
agriculturists income into tax net.

Money making is the best pursuit in life, the husband of Prime
Minister remarked while sharing governments changed perception on trade
and industry with the businessmen to stress the point that the
government now considers promotion of investment and trading activities
sine qua non for the countrys progress and development.
   
He repeatedly stressed upon the businessmen to consider government as
their partner in their trade and industrial pursuits and should cease to
be hostile as was in the past.

Mr Zardari also emphasised the need to bring an end of discrimination
between the urban and rural people. Both live in Pakistan and they
supplement and complement each other in economic progress, he said.
   
He indicated that government would hold pre-budget meetings with the
businessmen and that your views would serve as inputs for the budget
makers, he assured.

Speaking on the current economic situation, the PPP Member of National
Assembly from Nawabshah said that he considers countrys current export
earning capacity of 9 billion dollars as mere peanuts when looked in
context of the available potential. Our foreign exchange reserves are
too meagre, he said and expressed the view that export earnings and
foreign exchange reserves can be increased manifold if both government
and businessmen pool their talent and resources.

His assertion was that 125 million population was an asset of the
country rather than a liability as some international agencies try to
create impression. He termed Pakistans geographical location at
immediate proximity of Central Asian Republics as the greatest economic
advantage which has yet to be fully exploited.
   
Referring to some businessmens observations on conditionalities of the
International Monetary Fund, Mr Zardari reminded them that IMF was
facilitation agency and has a responsibility to ensure that budgetary
expenditure, inflation and other conditions remains under control.

He said that 5 billion dollars are being invested in the power projects
to ensure that electricity reaches all part of the country and
particularly in the remote rural areas where he said people still live
in primitive conditions.

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Source: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/1996/02My96.html

Poverty and Our Role!! October 15, 2008

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A few years ago while I was in school I used to read newspaper during the assembly in the morning and I was so used to read about the middle class and the lower class and the issues each class faces. I had this perception back then that people who have a car are elite class, with a bike are middle class and those who travel by bus are lower class.

WIth the current economic scenario I fail to see these classes there are either rich people or poor people. This increasing economic chaos will lead to only two classes people who can afford to live and people who cannot. I really hope this never happens.

With ever increasing inflation, shortage of wheat, increasing loans and liabilities and many more issues which are faced by our country how would a poor person survive?

Government cannot do anything about it as the leaders cannot understand the needs of the poor. This is high time that we as people who belong to this society should start doing little individually to create an impact collectively. Most of the people would ask what should we do?

Most important thing that Islam teaches us is to give Zakat to the poor. People these days don’t give the right amount in Zakat and they look for way and means to try and save as much as they could.

We can also stop splashing money on things which are meant to be for a time only. This has different meaning for different people. For me, it means I have to stop spending my money on food trying out new fancy restaurants.

We can teach a poor child or we can pay the school fee for a child. It will take Rs.1000 rupees to do it. We spend many 1000 rupees every month on things we dont need.

We can form a group of people to contribute their share and distribute food to those we know who are not able to buy it.

On this day, I urge and request all of you to look around, you will find many families needing our support, and help the ones who need it.

Conspiracy Against Zardari!! September 26, 2008

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Sarah Palin 20 years ago!!

Even after 20+ years of winning a beauty paegeant Sarah Palin hasn’t lost her touch. After the Hopeful-P Mr. Mc Cain asked her to meet and greet the world leaders in NewYork, the Governor of Alaska had a great day doing what she does best. Charming the World Leaders. Since she has little or no experience in meeting world leaders and discussing issues she came up with a startegy to handle the Head of States and delegates meeting her.

 

She met the Indian Prime Minister and President of Pakistan the same day. Every news channel is making a fuss about Mr.Zardari’s antics infront of the press. I agree that as the President of Pakistan he should have acted more reasonably rather than being the casanova he used to be or maybe he still is 🙂 . But if we take a look at the reason why the Indian Prime Minister didn’t and our President did woo the Alaskan Governor and Hopeful-VP we may feel that our President was trapped into doing what he did. Afterall, once a Casanova always a Casanova 😉 . The Attire and the atitude of the Alaskan Governor while meeting the Indian and Pakistani representatives shows clearly what made the old-experienced Casanova wooo the Hopeful-VP.

Sarah Meets SinghSarah Meets Zardari

 

Even if noone believes what I have just stated I would still say it was a setup to defame our President by those who donot want democracy in Pakistan 😉

President’s visit to Mazar-e-Quaid September 19, 2008

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On 11th Septemper 2008, The newly elected President of Pakistan paid a visit to the Mazar-e-Quaid and he wrote the following few lines in the guest book.
Goad or God???

Goad or God???

A tribute to The Quaid September 11, 2008

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I read the following quote on a friend’s messenger comment. In the current situation words like these can keep the spirit of the nation up.

“Do your duty and have faith in God. There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan. It has come to stay”

– Quaid

On the death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan there couldnt be a better tribute to the leader than to follow his words.

Earthquake Prediction???!!! September 9, 2008

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Yesterday I read this news in a local newspaper which states in many cities of Pakistan termors were felt in the last 48 hours which are actually the fore shocks of an earthquake higher in magnitude than these tremors.

Earthquake