I have received a pack of toys that I’ll be playing with from now on. I will keep posting about these on my blog. First to be metioned is a Class-2 Micro-SDHC Card with 16 GB capacity. I’ll be using it to boost-up my phone’s memory capacity.

Stay tuned.

Red Alert 3 coming on 28th

Command & Conquer Red-Alert-3 is going to be released by EA this Tuesday. I’m really looking forward to play it as I’ve been a die-hard fan of Ned-Alert-2. I hope this does not turn out to be a disappointment.

My power bill on the rise

Either LESCO has gone crazy or I’ve forgot my high school maths. I got my electricity bill and without calculating I could see that it was wrong. Well yes, LESCO tariff has changed and electricity cost has increased as per government announcements, but even with the higher expected costs, following case is not acceptable.

Following is a snippet of a correctly calculated bill. (This is a few months old bill).

If you cant read the calculation, it is 100 x 3.080 + 200 x 2.080 + 599 x 6.53.
That totals to 5035 and is correctly stated on the bill (second value from top left).

Now my current bill comes and the unit details are as follows:

Again the calculation goes like:
100 x 3.750 + 200 x 4.910 + 700 x 7.36 + 166 x 8.62
This is equal to 7939.

Well, the bill is actually showing 9362. Thats over-charging worth Rs. 1423. Well, this is just the electricity cost, and the actual payable is after putting taxes and surcharge on top of this.

This is insane. Can somebody solve the myth and tell me why 7939 is equal to 9362 in my bill?

Poverty in Pakistan – Govt figures and ground realities

According to the figures given by Govt. of Pakistan, the percentage of population living under the poverty line is 23.9 percent, while World bank and UNDP believe that the percentage is higher than that [source]. If we believe that 23.9 is the correct number, Pakistan turns out to be better than 91 other countries. [source]. Moreover, This percentage of poor people has been decreasing all the way since 2001 [source].

Regardless of what government does, what UN decides and what NGOs are doing, what can be the best practices we can follow to make sure that this percentage goes as lower as possible in our respective parts of the world. I’m not talking about charity or fund-raising here. I’m talking about running our country, our institutions, our businesses in such a way that improves the economy to result in lower poverty percentages. Please do comment about what you have been doing in this regard lately.

In the end, please do check out this cool powerty map.

Everyone low on funds?

These advertisement boards have always been occupied since eternity. You can see so many of such boards all around the city that are vacant now. Is that a result of financial crisis?


Toys are getting really interesting. I feel jealous, why such toys were’nt there when I was young?

Look at this remote control UFO 🙂

See this site for details.

And Blasts

The match wasn't over yet and Lahore was hit with 3 low intensity blasts. My expectations, my country, my men …

Cricket is so important

As I watch this semi-final of national 20-20 series in Gaddafi stadium, Lahore, I feel so great looking at this large crowd.

A nation that is so short on entertainment and so high on tension and depression from all sorts of problems is enjoying an evening of relief.

Despite the fact that the match is not as interesting as a usual 20-20, spectators are celebrating every bit of it. Festivals, sports, exhibitions, dramas, movies and all sort of entertainments, that have been part of usual Lahore life have died down to silence not only due to the law and order situation and continued bomb blasts but due to the poor economic condition of the country as well.

I hope things keep going like this and we get back to same old Lahore that is home to dozens of festivals and activities.