All Around the Mulberry Bush – Pop Goes the Weasel !!!

All around the mulberry bush

The monkey chased the weasel.

The monkey thought ’twas all in fun.

Pop! Goes the weasel.

“The death toll from rain-related accidents in different areas of the city has risen to 28 while over a hundred people have also been injured following Saturday’s thunder-shower.” (http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/11-rain-toll-rises-to-28-as-family-of-four–nine-others-die–il–01).

This happens to be the latest yet modest feather in the cap. Hats off to everyone responsible!! Well done! That’s the team spirit! “Live together and kill together”. The show must go on till the last breath, of the poor (prone to easy victimization) nation.

A penney for a spool of thread,

A penney for a needle.

That’s the way the money goes.

Pop! goes the weasel.

Inflation maximized; food inflation quadrupled; fuel prices up; money devalued; subsidies removed; innumerous indirect taxes imposed; foreign reserves exhausted; all fair & innocent penalized; indebted to all & sundry with a commitment to form a cut-poor-throat policy framework; media restricted; non growth-oriented cum non people-friendly budget for the already crushed, both the country and its people; country’s image crucified; nation transformed to be a thing of pity; law & order a thing of the past; street crimes are the “in” thing, growing in popularity like the crazy, frenzied rock-star; the list is long.

Wrong, it is infinite.

 “Com’on guys! Think of something quick. What else can we do to screw those bloody insects out there (or do we think of them any better than insects?).” (At least they think!)”Hey, this time probably we do not have to do anything but rather we don’t DO anything against the upcoming Monsoon rains!”.

Executed. Mission successful.

Up and down the City Road,

In and out of the Eagle,

That’s the way the money goes.

Pop! goes the weasel!!

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The point I want to make is…

There are two rules in the corporate world:

Rule no. 1 : Boss is always right

Rule no. 2 : Follow Rule no.1

This applies to almost every situation. Be it democracy, socialism or dictatorship. If the boss tells you that you have not been productive enough, despite your innumerous initiatives and efforts and major changes you have brought about the work and workplace, you should not hesitate to tailor your meaning of productivity with his/hers.

Someone once said to me that people do not leave companies, they leave their bosses. If that is true, then probably when people stay at a comapny they are actually staying with the boss.

Blogging in Pakistan

Thanks to Ammar (teabreak.pk; http://www.ammaryasir.com/), I was fortunate to attend the First National Bloogers Conference in Pakistan today in Regent Plaza, Karachi.  The anchor of the program (unable to recall his name right now) informed us that this was the first of its kind not only in Pakistan but also across South East Asai & Middle East. 

The dignitaries at the conference included Mr. Raza Haroon (IT Minister for SIndh), Ardeshir Cowasjee (out from his bed probably, had the guts to wear shorts at a formal public gathering), Dr. Farooq Sattar (Federal Minister), Jehan Ara (http://jehanara.wordpress.com/; President P@SHA, a loveable, graceful personality – also a prominent Pakistani blogger jehanara.wordpress.com), Rabia Gharib (a very talented and active media personlity) and of course me, a blogging newbie.

The session overall, although less interactive and more prose, was interesting and informative and worth attending.  Infact, it was one of those “Don’t miss it kinda events”.  Sessions about social media (by Ramla), photo blogging and blogging in Urdu very particularly interesting.

I had the opportunity to talk to Raza Haroon at High Tea where he emphasized that he was surprised not to have recieved any one from the IT industry since he took office one year ago.  Raza SB, probably more encouragement is sought from the government to be convinced enough to reach your office for suggestions and feedback. This however was an excellent initiative by the Government of Pakistan and could not have been more well timed. Well timed because bloggers have the power to safegaurd and potray the right image of Pakistan. To avoid the damage being done to its reputation by foreign parasites and cancerous elements from within the society.

As Farooq Sattar said, “Say No to Taliban and say Yes to Pakistan.””

Pakistan Paindabad!!