Pakistan’s Very First Virtual Summit

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The onset of a revolutionary way of imparting education has already begun establishing its strong parameters in the Western world. Embedding the dynamics of technology as an enabler to learn and progress has already proven its success in many educational institutes around the world as opportunities for real-time connections is proving: physical limitations don’t exist anymore.

A tool that is being utilised strongly, technology is transforming education in many ways. It has presented itself as a means to create a new model of learning which is allowing many professionals to close the gap between their certified degrees and evolving with a larger skill set. As Dr.Seuss had rightly put “The more you read, the more things you will know.” And for us to make a mark in this highly competitive world, we must learn to progress continually from the best set of teachers and tools available to us. This is highly essential during these uncertain times, where it may seem as a silver lining to the whole pandemic chaos as now is the time for us to adapt online learning and teaching more strongly than ever before. While the world was familiarised with virtual platforms already, Pakistan hadn’t rolled out the welcome wagon as strongly and it is essential to fast-track the implementation of online education throughout the country.

Fortunately a mega event is already in the works that will significantly encourage technological advancement in the educational sector. Pakistan’s first and only digital summit is expected to be held online on 16th, 17th and 18th of May 2020. Brought by Hybrid Institute, APOES 2020 will be broadcast live to the interested audience nationally as well as globally.Under the major theme of Embracing transformations: COVID-19 and Beyond, speakers, participants and exhibitors are being encouraged to attend and share their experiences, ideas, and research in this presenter-friendly platform created to counter the challenges of the world shaken by COVID-19 crisis.

A definite advantage to those new in the field, be it the teachers or students, APOES 2020 aims to provide useful and supportive networking and collaboration opportunities to all those who seek. It is now; the time has come for everyone to embrace this one reachable mega podium to learn and grow, for the uncertainty of times demands that from us.

For more details on the event and how to register, visit http://hics.pk/

 

eye on the good things…

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This year, 2019, let’s commit to giving it a positive spin and looking at ways to always keep the focus and energy on the aspects that shall keep us happy and give off positive vibes. Sure, easier said than done, but still, it can happen. Know that everything comes with an expiry- every negative emotion, every stress, hardship, suffering..it will end. Nothing is constant, hence why not bag on the goodness of all good that we get to face. It is hard enough with the exterior forces are at play and push you to face your demons and fight against all that weakens and angers you, promise yourself, you will make your inner light shine stronger on days when its needed the most. Know your self-worth ; know you can strive stronger and survive this feeling, moment.

It will get better. Know that things will always get better. Cherish the simple things. Cherish your people around you. Showcase your little ones how being kind, saying kind things, will be their success story. Spend moments that will bring goodness to you and your loved ones. Honour the things that make life good, and bring forth the same keenness towards your children. Life doesn’t have to be as hard as it comes… the inner you has better things planned out; listen to yourself and all the positivity around you.

here’s to the good things in 2019..

 

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The colors, different but mingled !

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Look at those colors just oozing out from their firm textures. They needed a way out; they wanted to be expressive and show how, even though they are of different wavelengths, they can easily infuse with others and when it all comes together, it is such a beautiful, rainbow-y and magical sight to behold. Blending in, because its all about coming together to create something even more beautiful…20248231_1444153849010460_484867771687944148_o

The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

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beautifully written 🙂

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The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain 

An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown,Cape Town, was now so foreign to me in the desert city of Madinah.

I rushed out onto the balcony to admire the rainfall. As I stood, witnessing Allah’s answer to the prayers of the community, a strange sight caught my eye down below. A man, instead of running for cover, walked calmly to and into his building. He reappeared shortly carrying a chair. Still in a state of composure, he placed thechair out in the pouring rain and just sat down! He appeared to be enjoying the sensation of the raindrops falling on…

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The Peculiar of Fixing Things

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So here’s the thing… I may snort, whimper and torment over how the era of technology aka social networking has taken over the very basic ways in which we used to hang on together as one family unit,but I know that no matter how strongly I voice against its irritating invasion into our personal lives, it is here to stay.

Its an undeniable fact. Kids of today know more so on how to navigate through the ipad than their adults. Their stubby little fingers move swiftly across the screen as they excitedly jump from one app to another. Its become such a common sight really. Even places, designed to give little ones a plethora of entertainment, are cramped with those irksome devices.

So don’t judge me when I got excited to see my daughter’s amusement when a plumber came to fix the drain pipe of the kitchen sink recently. Her curiosity  lead her to follow the man around the place, and I requested him to answer her perplexed questions. ” Why are you pushing a pipe down there?” “What does that tool do?” “Why is the water not coming?” “Why did you make a hole in the floor?”. Her questioning was music to my ears. I want her to know things sometimes break but than they can be fixed too, and not all the solutions can come from swiftly moving a finger across the ipad.. my nemesis for life.

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Beauty of Nurturing

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There is something very fulfilling in watching your young ones nurture and give to something younger than themselves. It helps them understand the beauty of providing and not expecting anything in return; to feel happiness and elation in knowing this little thing is connecting with you, in whatever little you provide to them.  Its just …beautiful
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The Portal to Childhood Bliss

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”: Recalling one of the most heart-warming lines from everyone’s favourite cuddly bear ‘Winnie the Pooh’, I cant help but nod in agreement to what this furry companion had to say ( or it was probably the maestro himself ‘A.A.Milne’).

When rewinding back to the times of my exuberant childhood ; back to the innumerable days of fun and frolic, the moments that flash with such clarity, are the ones when I would be browsing through my story books. The pictures and the words that would bring the characters and the scenarios to life, have always been the most treasured of my memories. While I cant recollect everything in complete order, I can still put the bit n’ pieces of the fantastical world together, to muse myself in that simplest and mightiest of joy. The people, the places, the creatures, would bring with them the cherishable  tears, joy and the pure goodness-the wholesome of things. It was so endearing and so fulfilling .

How can I say that? – because decades later, I can still close my eyes and transgress to the mythical world, where imagination unleashed tenfold. Where good comes from being honest and open to our thoughts and feelings, where having to cry doesn’t mean having to hide, where the evil is defeated with purity of intentions.

So many titles, so many amazing fables. They would buckle me for the journey to an everlasting portal of contentment.  How can I say that? – because even now, I can coin up those bits and pieces of images and words and move back into my euphoria of the simpest of joy- my childhood story books.

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Loyalty Above All- Jurassic World Review

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So I finally got around to watching the prehistoric beasts taking it on the very unsuspecting humans for the fourth time (cause we just can’t get enough of dinosaurs!).

Wrapped in a ‘box office triumph’ casing, the movie is complete with stomach-crunching action sequences, flawless background score and an ensemble that made the prodigious concept realistic enough. Jurrassic World was all that and just a little bit more.

And when I say a little more, it’s not commending the technological manifestation (while still there and just getting better) or the directional genius in play. It’s actually the materializing of a very fresh concept-the captivating bond between the protagonist and his pack of velociraptors. Trained and trusted, the vicious animals are shown to have familiarized themselves with this human; they have made a connection with their trainer, they know what he projects and what he commands and going against their instinct- they hear him! The film’s essence lies when soon enough, they are presented with the opportunity to prove where their loyalty stands.

What might be deemed as far-stretched by some, to me was actually onto something. Despite being species that are poles apart, these ferocious dinosaurs stood by their alpha, the alpha that trained them in humanized ways, going as far as naming them and having a pep talk once a while. He accepted them in his tribe, as respectable members and when he stood the ground for their sake, it was only sensible for them to reciprocate their allegiance and boy did they ever (since the park was only prepared enough with a chopper to counter-attack in case a park asset is loose), hence it fell on the smaller beasts to unite against the mighty genetically advanced one.

How the park’s T-Rex and oceanic predator Mosasaurus became allies to finish off the newbie I wouldn’t get, but the conclusion was still far exciting than having a shoot down with lots of bullets and lots of bombing! Lets see how the future sequels would work to play it up a notch and come atleast par to something like this.,lead_960

Dino World- Lego Style!

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And while I support the stance we are witnessing right now- that is the world going gaga over the new jurassic movie, I feel there is an age limit to what extent it can go. And even though my son very much falls into the framework of a dedicated dino fanatic, for 4.5yr old, the movie to me felt would prove to be too violent  and too gory. Surprisingly I actually caught a lot of young enthused cinema goers when I finally watched it-and no they weren’t on their seats nor were they in agreement to watching in  silence)

Hence it was justifiable to give my son somewhat a taste of what a jurassic themed park would look like and voila ! We got dinosaurs, legos, park attendants, guests and even Toothless (unintentional appearance of-course, exciting nonetheless).