1. And the plan has been finalized. Tomorrow i will be submitting admission form for German Language course.

I had to talk to a teacher in the relevant department for course details and class schedule. Seems like i’ll miss one out of two lectures daily. Joys of learning while at job.

The teacher i spoke to, told me, i may get help for the missed lecture but it depends on how committed i am by showing progress in learning.


Back to School

Thinking about taking German Language Classes. Evening class time coincides with office timings. I’ll talk to the course coordinator and then to my senior at office. If i succeed in getting some sort of relaxation. Let’s see.

Lumia! You will be missed!

Image result for lumia 535 dsThank you for being a companion for almost four years! It was a journey of transition from Windows 8 to Windows 10 over a span of three years – and i anxiously waited to upgrade from one build to another!

That frequent OS upgradation, sometimes two builds in a month, was a joy! The transformation to Windows 10 was introduction of new user friendly features – Notification and Quick Access Bar, new Facebook and Twitter apps, New Ringtones (one ringtone was a traditional Bhangra!!), New GUI Colors – was fabulous, and i enjoyed that part.

By enrolling in Windows Insider Programme, it was possible to use pre-release builds and find the bugs, which would pop up, all of a sudden – for example: A Blank Screen!  and you couldn’t do anything but to keep staring at a dark brick! Can you imagine those first few moments of shock and grief?

And on one Eid dayi was unable to unlock my phone, i tried to reset it and  failed and it remained unusable for about ten days. I was happy when OS was recovered later!

Strange things kept happening, like bluetooth and torch turning ON, on its own! Registration of false touch-screen inputs, screen auto-zooming in to 4x times – it all happened using those pre-release builds.

Several times i had to roll back to windows 8 to keep the phone running smoothly. In the end, i missed a final deadline to upgrade to a newer version, and remained stuck with the old build, with notable issues of fast battery draining and heating.

Few days ago, i changed the cell phone, and switched to a relief called AТелефон Nokia 2300ndroid! But still, you will be missed, Lumia 535 DS!

And, i still remember a blogging tradition, people posting the pics of their brand new, latest Nokia mobile phones in year 2004/2005, like: Nokia 2300 shown just to the right – it was a super hit of its time!

Those were times! While i still feel like stuck in a dream within a dream, i am referring to the movie Inception!! Things are not that different!! But, there is a hope!

So, to keep the tradition alive, say hello to this new J7 Max!

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max MORE PICTURES






PS: This post is a reminiscent of those old “Nokia Phone Waalay Din” i yearn to return!! 

(Images were copied from GSMArena and MarketYandex)

Once upon a time in Karachi

Playing Now: Yaad Karna – Vital Signs

Dull days, early off timings in Ramadan, restructuring at workplace and my first visit to another office’s library – i couldn’t find anything of interest; it was a library for work related books.

On my way back to exit, as i walked past the ramp near reception, i recalled, it was a place i met Mr. Harris the last time, some nine years ago – in that last, brief conversation, he suggested me to resign and move on!

Two people from another department, Harris and Ms. Maryam, joined us for two weeks training in Karachi in January 2007!

Meanwhile we, excluding the latter two who met us first time in Karachi, did everything modestly except studies and visited every famous site and restaurant in Karachi.

I still remember that Dominos cinnamon bread, Hamid and Tariq brought us, which we didn’t like very much and gave it to our senior Mr. S as a gesture of courtesy. We shouldn’t have done that, and i am sure, he didn’t consume it either – our poor tastes – if i can recall correctly, Dominos had yet to open in Islamabad.

Mr. I, another senior, forgot the lock combination for his suitcase. He told us the combination was changed by a poltergeist, with whom, he already had a couple of similar encounters. We believed him and respected him even more for his mysterious interactions.

Mr Hamid, who settled straight for a big cup of black coffee, on our first night in Karachi in a coffee shop at Tariq Road – i remember, his face turned red as he sipped away his coffee and had a very hard time finishing it amid our jokes – making fun of him – he barely escaped passing out and made it to the last sip. I am certain he still remembers that cup of coffee.

Two weeks in Karachi passed very quickly. On our last day, we paid a visit to Hawke’s Bay. It was a courtesy of our HoD, who came from Islamabad for the closing ceremony.

And today, eleven years later, only three of us are still here, Mr. I, Hamid and I, while others, who accompanied us on that trip, including two folks from another department, have resigned over the course of time, certainly for a better future and life! And none of them is in contact with us today! Which is not so odd in this fast paced life!

Wondering, what became of our HoD?  He retired from service a few months ago! He was the chief selector in the interview panel who selected me for this job almost tweleve years ago!! Long time!!





As usual, bad days at workplace continue! Following words from Shakespeare’s Macbeth resound in my mind:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.

I read those words many many years ago, in a book i no longer possess, and i regret losing it, but the impression they made was so strong i never forgot those lines.

The following latest Arabic song makes me feel good.

PS: And also, i think, a large bowl of corn flakes, with very hot milk and extra sugar, can make me feel better.

Enjoy the music!! 😉