Centre of excellence

My brother has recently started blogging about social evils and we as a society are delineating into a terrain that is degenerative and destructive. Give him a read, folks!

(The amazing illustrations are his too.)

Bakhti's Asylum

The air near this building was surprisingly heavy in this city. Every second of exposure grew on you in a way that you started forgetting your self identity, and your roots started becoming hazy to you. It was so poisonous that Bakhti had to wear his CBRN Gas Mask just to get close.
He was puzzled. Everyone called this a place of promise; a haven for enlightenment. But he saw nothing but a shabby battered old building with its pillars broken down and its bricks giving way. This was a place where the great people of this city paid large amounts of money to get their cultural values and heritage wiped out from the minds of their progeny.

This was one of the modern private schools, where local culture went to die, where a sick capitalist ideology was injected inside the cerebellums of innocent young boys and girls. An ideology…

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Xiaomi Redmi 4X Launch in Pakistan

Xiaomi brings Redmi 4X to Pakistan in partnership with Smartlink Technologies

With the launch of Redmi 4X, Xiaomi demonstrates its commitment to the market

One of the world’s leading technology company Xiaomi launches Redmi 4X in Pakistan on Saturday through distribution partner SmartLink Technology. The launch event took place in Lahore on Friday and was hosted by none other than the witty Taimur Salahuddin AKA Mooroo.

Audiences were provided double dose of entertainment with the hilarious jokes of Mooroo and scintillating performances by Pakistan’s leading band Noori and Nescafe Basement band with Altamash Sarver who made audiences dance to their favourite tracks. The stunning Mira Sethi also made a special guest appearance who was all praises for the newly launched Smartphone, equipped with the latest technology in an affordable price.

Smartlink Technologies Marketing Director Ahmed Butt was quoted as saying, “Majority of the Pakistani consumers prefer to purchase smartphones remaining in this price bracket and thus this bracket has always remained a key market for all brands. We have confidence that Redmi 4X will be a hit within its own price bracket, as the smartphone surely outperforms its competition in the market.”

Redmi 4X

Redmi 4X features a full metal body, is the slimmest in design at just 8.65mm of thickness and weighs a mere 150g. Equipped with a 4100mAh battery, Redmi 4X has an impressive standby time of up to 18 days! Bid those dying battery issues adieu! It will be available with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, so users can multi-task more efficiently, having more space for their downloaded applications and images. Redmi 4X will be available in the markets from Saturday in black a price of Rs 18,900.

The smartphones will be available offline across the country and online at official mistore.pk and at authorised online sales agents including Daraz.pk and Yayvo.com.

Every Redmi 4X will ship with MIUI 8 which builds in several technology breakthroughs such as being able to clone apps and manage multiple accounts on the same phone. This means that users can have two instances of a messaging app on the same phone that correspond to different accounts, removing the inconvenience of having to log in and out on the same app. With MIUI 8, users can also split their smartphones into two accounts. This means that a different password or fingerprint can allow you to access a different home screen entirely, with independent apps and data. According to their needs, users can choose to merge certain data such as the address book and their call log history.

Key features of Redmi 4X:

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 with (Octa-core 1.4GHz)

• 4100mAh battery

• 13MP camera with PDAF; 5MP front camera

• 5-inch HD display

• Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)

• LTE support

• 3GB RAM + 32GB Flash

• Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage

• Rear fingerprint sensor

• Available in Black

About Xiaomi

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun based on the vision “innovation for everyone”. We believe that high-quality products built with cutting edge technology should be made accessible to everyone. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes Mi and Redmi smartphones, Mi TVs and set-top boxes, Mi routers, and Mi Ecosystem products including smart home products, wearables and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.

About Smartlink Technologies

Established in 2016, Smartlink Technologies is a brainchild of a pool of professionals whose strong vision and even stronger conviction paved the way for an exclusive partnership with Xiaomi. We believe in reaching out to both the low-end and the high-end consumers and still give out state-of-the-art and warranted products at the best possible prices. We live in an age where the digital world meanders from smartphones to smart everything – we see it all around us. Smartlink Technologies strives to connect latest technology with modern and innovative sales techniques to change not only how brands are marketed but also how they define themselves.


The Lazy Girl’s Basic Skin Care Routine

I am awfuly lazy. This has not come about becauseI am a mom to two under two. I have always been lazy. I have never been really beauty inclined either. My daily routine included nothing except for a face wash in the morning and repeating after school. No make up, no bb cc dd creams, no moisturizing. Now that I’m a mom I sometimes forget the face wash too, a splash of cold water is all my toddler will allow me.

So because I have never had an extensive routine, I have never bought many products either. Occasional splurges aside, I seldom buy expensive face care potions and lotions. But now I feel I need to change myself a bit.

Because days when I put on red lipcolor are way better than days when I don’t, I finally agree with the look good, feel good adage. 

I’ll start simple, with a very basic routine:

This Clean and Clear daily scrub is an old favorite. I have been using it since my teenage years and it makes me feel so fresh. But I won’t be buying it again because I saw a video about the hazards that these micro-beads pose to the environment.

The Comvita cleanser is honey based and oh so mild and gentle. It is great at removing makeup too. 

My post shower routine is spritz, comb and moisturize.
I absolutely adore this body mist from The Body Shop. The Japanese Cherry Blossom scent is so delicate and refreshing and has really calming undertones. I got it as part of a set (mist, lotion, shower gel) from Lush Beauty Shop at a great price and will definitely be buying the mist again when I’m through with this bottle.

Another The Body Shop product (bought from Lush too) is the Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz Hair Cream. I have hair that has a mind of its own and misbehaves most of the time. This cream tames it to quite an extent.

For post shower moisturization, my current favorite is Mango and Papaya from I love… The scent is heavily and the lotion doesn’t leave any oily residue on my skin.

Here’s hoping I can follow this routine everyday this summer. 

(P.s. Lush Beauty Shop has a lot of TBS products instock and all at such unbelievable prices. Be sure to check them out.)

(P.s.s This post is NOT sponsored by Lush lol.)


Cookie Jar

Combining Aporia’s magic with Eddie’s stunning storytelling. Must read.

Eddie's domain




I hate to be alone in this city.

“Because in French, alone is lonely.”

Maybe you wanted to be alone and that is why you chose ‘La Rochelle’ to settle in. You wanted peace for your art. You felt that the noise of your travels had started to seep into your sculptures. Each face had a story to tell, an emotion to emit and had a language of its own. I saw you listening closely to them as if to hear their whispers. You were a mad man to the world, but you were ‘My mad man’.

It is funny how we want to ‘Possess’ everything we love. The idea of ownership is so blinding at times isn’t it. In your quest to attain that possession, love leaves somewhere in between. All you are left with is a body, sculpted of clay and too much noise of…

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Review: Losing It – Multiple authors, Edited by Keith Gray

Losing it
 By: Multiple Authors, edited by Keith Gray
 Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
 Release Date: October 1, 2013

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Short Summary:

Stories about losing virginity.

The Summary (via Goodreads):

A travesty.
A violation.
An ecstasy.
A disappointment.
An instant.
A lie.
A theft.
A rite of passage.

Whatever you call it, there’s only one first time.

A.S. King, Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Anne Fine, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, Mary Hooper, and Andrew Smith. Some of today’s leading international YA authors contributed to this hard-hitting collection of original short stories: some funny, some moving, some haunting but all revolving around the same subject—virginity.



Stories about losing your virginity. How could this not be interesting. In the country where I live, sex is a topic we don’t just


Thought of the Day – 25th August

Would it be a shocker if I tell you all that I don’t own a single paperback copy of YA books? Okay, I have ONE. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. That’s it. 

Why is that? Bookstores here don’t always have the YA books I want to read. And if they do, they cost as much as my entire months pocket money.

And I must be really unlucky, because I enter a hundred giveaways but have never won a single one.

For some reason, that depresses me.

Why can’t my shelves get to stock the amazing looking YA novels?



The BCG and Me

There are a hundred different things I could be doing right now. I could be reading, writing poetry, baking brownies, watching One Tree Hill and swooning over Chad Michael Murray or I could be writing lame blog posts like this one.

But instead I’m stuck trying to cram a million types of business strategies in my brain.

How would you fit a brand other than Pepsi and Nestle in this? *headdesk* I hate exams.



Because French.



Reading French literature. Eating French appetizer. Made Bruschetta again today. I first saw this in the movie ‘Julie and Julia’ and since I’m a sucker for quick and easy food, decided to make it.




French bread – cut in 1 inch slices

Tomatoes – de-seeded and chopped

Basil (Or mint)

Olive oil



Garlic (for bread)


Heat olive oil in a pan and throw in a few cloves of garlic. Cook until the oil has taken in the garlic juice. Then remove the cloves.

Toast the bread slices in this oil till lightly crisp.

Mix the tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper, olive oil. Toss it till well incorporated.

Pile the mixture onto the bread.


Voila! Bruschetta is ready. It’s a great summer snack since the tomatoes and mint have a really refreshing taste.

Back to reading Manon Lescaut.


Greek Mythology – The Olympians

Cronos (the guy who castrated Uranus) now had fate against himself. Because he had wronged his father, it was prophesied that he would end up in a similar sticky situation. So he systematically started eating his own children.  When Zeus was about to be born, Rhea (his mother) asked Gaia to help her save him. Rhea gave birth to Zeus, and gave Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he swallowed, and didn’t even choke upon!

When Zeus grew up, he forced Cronos to belch out the rock and the rest of his siblings. They all then went against Cronos and the rest of the Titans. The kids won and the Titans were sent to the deepest pit in the underworld, Tartarus.  Atlas, one of the titans that fought against Zeus, was punished by having to hold up the sky.

The Olympians
The Olympians

The three Olympian brothers then picked straws to decide who would be god of what. Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon got the waters, and Hades got the underworld.

As I told you in the previous post, there was an awful lot of incest and numerous gods and demi gods were born (mostly because women could not resist Zeus, he sired more than a 100 children!)

Here’s a list of the twelve famous Olympians and there respective domains:

Zeus:  King of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus; god of the sky, and thunder.

Hera: Queen of the gods and the goddess of marriage and family.

Poseidon: God of the seas, earthquakes, and tidal wave.

Demeter: Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons.

Athena: Virgin goddess of wisdom, handicrafts, defense, and strategic warfare.

Dionysius: God of wine, celebrations, and ecstasy. Patron god of the art of theatre.

Apollo: God of light, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, the arts, music, poetry, prophecy, archery, the sun, manly youth, and beauty.

Artemis: Goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery, the moon, and all animals.

Ares: God of war, violence, and bloodshed.

Aphrodite: Goddess of love, beauty, and desire.

Hephaestus: Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge.

Hermes: Messenger of the gods; god of commerce, thieves, and games.



Greek Mythology 101 – The Creation Myth

When there was nothing, there was Chaos.

And thus came about the advent of the universe. Once upon a time, so very very long ago, there used to be nothing but primodial water. It was black, there was no life at all.

Then Chaos gave birth to Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky). Okay, so technically Gaia and Uranus were siblings, but then they laid the ground for insect and well, the future gods took their lead.

Uranus and Gaia gave birth to a race of gods known as the Titans. Then Uranus was told about a prophesy that one of his children would be the cause of his downfall. So he planned on something really nasty. Now Gaia was pregnant again, and that scared Uranus so what he did was, he hugged her really tightly so that she won’t be able to deliver the new babies. Obviously, this caused Gaia severe physical pain and she somehow got her already existing children to rally against their father.

Cronos, the bravest, wielded his mighty sword and castrated Uranus, who was instantly separated from Gaia and this is how the Earth and Sky became two separate entities.

It is said, that when Uranus was castrated, a few creatures were born. His, umm, parts landed into the sea, which caused white foam to form, from which emerged the beautiful goddess of love and sex, Aphrodite. And from the blood, Giants and the Furies were born.


Moving forward, after the Titans came the Olympians, the most famous lineage of gods. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Zeus and Hera. Well, there was a lot of incest that went on amongst all the siblings and a lot of one night stands among gods and mortals and nymphs too.


The chart below might help.

I’ll be back with stories about the Olympians later! Ciao!


Mythology and A Million Stories

This semester (last semester?) I took a course titled Mythology and Folklore.

Two reasons why I opted for it:

1) Mythology. Hello.

2) The teacher doesn’t make you do her household chores for an A grade.

Anyhow, the course was divided into three parts.

1) Greek/Roman Mythology

2) Egyptian Mythology

3) Indian Mythology

Now whats great about all these is that there may be names that are impossible to pronounce, the stories are absolutely craaaaaazy. As in, head-stand-in-the-tub-while-reading-inferno-crazy.

So in the next few posts I’m going to be sharing my rudimentary knowledge of mythology with you guys. Tomorrow, though. Big dinner party at my place tonight and I’m cooking ^^


Millay’s Candle

Millay’s candle ate itself up tonight.
The pool of wax was greasy to the touch.
I took a pinch and smeared it on my face,
my arms, legs
this trim tanned waist
every inch of skin unexposed.
A figure fit for Madame Tassauds.
So what if I’m not famous.
I’ll get a place in your museum
or you can simply
melt me
with the heat webs
from your fingers, Spiderman.
Then mould me tall
and mould me thin.
We’ll give Millay her candle back. 

*For those who aren’t familiar with Edna St. Vincent Millay, her poem First Fig goes like this.
My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night
But Ah my foes, and oh my friends
It gives a lovely light.*