Zesty Salads For Iftar

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3rdMention ‘food’ closely followed by ‘green salad’ for iftar, and anticipatory smiles tend to turn into bored frowns, yet – with a dash of revolutionary ‘spice’, salads can become ‘master class’ haute cuisine!

Plain lettuce, especially if not crisp, is nothing to write home about, neither is over-aged arugula with its distinct, bitter taste. Instead, sharp and mature red mustard leaves served with bright, new, green horseradish leaves are a completely different matter. Not only are they delicious, they are packed with vitamins and minerals.

For adventurous foodies, a green salad is, especially if home-grown and organic, a voyage of tantalising, mouth-watering exploration, right from the first delicious bite, and on through to chasing the final shreds of desire around the plate with a scrumptious hunk of garlic bread dripping in herbed olive oil.

Endive, long standing in the garden and far more heat-tolerant than lettuce, is a scrumptious new salad trend, as are luxuriant, feathery carrot leaves, raw, blue-green broccoli florets, peppery nasturtium leaves and pungent mizuna with its jagged lightning edges. Continue reading

Managers And Leaders

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?????In the great excitement of the Total Quality Management Movement all those years ago, a major debate raged over the difference between managers and leaders. The latter were made out to be inspiring, future-oriented visionaries, while the former were depicted as being involved with the nitty-gritty of day-to-day issues. Unfortunately, the weight of the arguments made leaders out to be the desirable ones, and so everyone aspired to leadership.

Coupled with this obsession about leadership was the preoccupation with developing grand strategies for businesses. Perhaps we can blame some of this on the business school phenomenon, where graduates saw themselves as great strategists who did not need to bother with learning the ropes of the business. Continue reading

Expand Your Domain

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CareersA research study conducted by renowned HR researchers and authors Sumantra Ghosal and Heike Bruch in New York a few years ago revealed a pervasive reality of corporate life: while managers complain about a lack of autonomy, their supervisors lament the managers’ failure to grasp opportunities. The research findings outlined that effective managers are purpose driven, trust their judgment and adopt long-term, holistic views to fulfil personal goals, aligned with those of the organisation. Continue reading

Yamini Mehta Picks A Diamond Cigarette Case and A Turquoise And Diamond Ring

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Maharani Sita Devi Sahib of Baroda - Vam Cleef & Arpels cigarette Case   ring1. A Diamond Cigarette Case
c. 1960s
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Dimensions: 125 mm x 88 mm x 10 mm
Signed ‘Van Cleef & Arpels’; numbered.
Estimated price: £4,000-6,000

2. A Turquoise And Diamond Ring
c. 1960s
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Size: Medium
Signed ‘Van Cleef & Arpels’;
French assay and maker’s marks
Estimated price: £5,000-7,000

This summer’s sale of Fine Jewels in London will include two pieces once owned by the Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda. The Maharani features in the recently released book, 20th Century Jewellery & the Icons of Style by Alexandra Rhodes and Stefano Papi. Continue reading

Amin Jaffer Selects Histoire de la Premiere Guerre Punique

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Lot 17 - Bruni HistoireHistoire de la Premiere Guerre Punique
(A History of the First Punic Wars)
By Leonardo Bruni
Paris, c. 1450
With rich illuminations including the
Carthaginians riding elephants.
Estimated price: £150,000-250,000

A handful of unknown, rare and largely forgotten texts have been uncovered by specialists at Christie’s, who have been cataloguing a library formed by three generations of a prominent family from the north-west of England.

Stored in the principal rooms of a grand country house, the 375 lots of books and manuscripts were acquired by successive generations of the Bright, Thompson and Yates families from the start of the 1800s until the 1940s. Continue reading

The ‘H’ Factor

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North Nazimabad is one of Karachi’s oldest residential areas

North Nazimabad is one of Karachi’s oldest residential areas

North Nazimabad is one of Karachi’s oldest residential areas; it was planned and designed by Carlo Scarpa and Aldo Rossi, renowned Italian architects, in the late 1950s. It is divided into 22 blocks with facilities and amenities, such as commercial areas, mosques, parks and schools. Block H, however, remains one of North Nazimabad’s most popular blocks, primarily due to its proximity to the vibrant Hyderi Market. Continue reading

Summer’s Super Food

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BerryTravel suitcaseNutritionists and fitness enthusiasts have declared pichuberries to be the super fruit of the year. Not to be confused with the better known red gooseberries, pichuberries are deep-gold in colour, and are gaining popularity in Pakistan. Ripe pichuberries are delicious; they can be squeezed to make a refreshing drink, dipped in dark chocolate to make a mouth-watering dessert or added to fruit salad.
Pichuberries contain the following nutrients which provide a host of benefits:

Ascorbic acid prevents cholesterol oxidisation and increases HDL (good cholesterol) levels in the body, thereby helping prevent cardiovascular disease. Continue reading

Summer Precautions

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HeatFor many doctors such as myself, summer means scores of patients lining our clinics – suffering from literally everything under the sun – be it food poisoning, sunburn or heatstroke.

A case in point is Samina, an otherwise healthy young mother of two school going children. She came to me complaining of ragged breathing; she said, “I feel dizzy and lightheaded all the time, I can’t breathe and my mouth tastes like cotton!” I asked her what she had been doing earlier that day and she replied, “I was out playing cricket with the boys.” Continue reading

Small Town Charm

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Defence Park is a popular recreation spot

Defence Park is a popular recreation spot

Located at the banks of the Soan River and accessible via Grand Trunk Road, Phase I, DHA has evolved into one of Rawalpindi’s most upmarket residential enclaves.

Safe and serene… Phase I is a secure and serene neighbourhood, far removed from the bustling city life of Rawalpindi. It is dotted with sprawling, multi-storey houses, with wide, tree-lined roads that ensure that traffic jams are next to nonexistent. Continue reading

Managing The Millennials

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CareersBy 2015, 75% of the world’s employees will be the Millennial Generation or Generation Y (those born between 1980 and 2000), and will dominate the workforce for at least the next 40 years.

Supporting and retaining these young employees who are dynamic, high-energy, innovative, tech savvy, and live at the node of a cloud, requires a new way of doing business.

Here are seven strategies to restructure the workplace to better adapt to the realities of the millennials:  

1- Provide prompt feedback on their performance instead of waiting for the traditional semi-annual reviews. The timing (without delay), frequency (often) and the mode of delivery (clear and specific) will motivate millennials. Continue reading

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