Mum-Friendly Work Practices

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CareersToday, the number of mothers who work in Pakistan is greater than ever before. Yet, despite this, they continue to face tremendous challenges.

Not only are they often viewed as lacking the determination to move ahead, they may also be regarded as breaching social norms by failing to be ‘ideal mothers’ – that is, putting their work before their children.

Furthermore, working mothers’ contributions are generally undervalued because the barometer for productivity is hours logged in the office and not actual work delivered. However, working mothers work extra hard to meet deadlines because they have a very powerful motivation to do so – they want to make sure they can leave to have dinner ready, pick their children up from school/day care, manage their households and business goals. Continue reading

Brain Training

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Regardless of age, your grey matter has the ability to shrink or thicken; new neurons and new neural pathways (connections) are created throughout your life. When you have a new experience or think in new ways, new pathways are formed. Changes in the physical brain are manifested in changes in our abilities. For instance, if you learn a new word, it reflects a change in your physical brain. With repetition, this pathway is strengthened.  Continue reading

Listen Up! Turn Down The Volume

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According to research conducted at Penn State College of Medicine in December 2013, one in six teenagers suffers from a degree of preventable hearing loss due to constantly being ‘plugged’ to their music devices, such as MP3 players and iPods.

Similarly, the I Hear Report (compiled by the National Acoustic Laboratory) concludes that 64% of the 1,400 people who were tested, suffered from a constant ringing sound in their ears caused by a condition called tinnitus, which is believed to be the precursor to hearing loss and is on the rise in people between the ages of 11 and 35. Caused by listening to loud music, tinnitus can also lead to depression, poor concentration and sleeping difficulties. Continue reading

Investing In Penthouses

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Real LeadUntil the early noughties, penthouses were primarily limited to Karachi. However, over the last five years, their construction has increased in Islamabad, and recently in Lahore, due to an increasing annual demand of five to eight percent. No wonder then, penthouses are gaining traction among investors and homeowners alike.

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Watercress Wonders

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Last month, research at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables based on their nutritional composition. Guess the name of the vegetable that topped the list? No, it wasn’t kale or carrots which were hailed super foods recently –  it was watercress. 

Here are five reasons why you should make watercress part of your diet: 

Brain, circulation and skin. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamin K, which limits neuronal damage in the brain, and is believed to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The vitamin also performs the vital function of blood clotting and consequently prevents haemorrhaging. Recent research suggests that vitamin K helps improve insulin resistance and protects the cells that line blood vessels. It also helps keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Continue reading

Attention Please !

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Think ADHD and you think ‘kids’! But have you ever wondered what happens to children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when they grow up? Do they simply grow out of it?

Only approximately three to five percent of children exhibiting the symptoms of ADHD are diagnosed; the rest end up being labelled as ‘problem children’, expected to fend for themselves, and they carry the stigma for the rest of their lives.

Recent studies at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown that 30 to 70% of children with symptoms of ADHD (distractibility, restlessness, impulsivity) continue to exhibit them in their adult lives and may be diagnosed with ADHD ‘retrospectively’.  Continue reading

Home Office Essentials

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Real LeadWorking from home is emerging as a popular trend in Pakistan. Consequently, an increasing number of people are opting for home offices.

If you are looking to set up a home office, factor in the following to ensure aesthetics and efficiency:

Before establishing a home office, you will require legal permission from local authorities (e.g. DHA or LDA), because commercial activity within residential areas is often prohibited. Continue reading

History, Education And Shopping

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The NCA Building was built in 1880 with red-stone bricks

The NCA Building was built in 1880 with red-stone bricks

Mall Road, also known as Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam is one of Lahore’s primary thoroughfares. Several colonial buildings line the road, and one of them is the National College of Arts (NCA), one of Pakistan’s leading art schools. 

From a school to a college… The NCA was established in 1875 as the Mayo School of Arts in memory of Lord Mayo, the British Viceroy to India. In 1958, it was upgraded to the National College of Arts and Fine Art. Since then, several departments, including architecture, ceramics design, multimedia arts, film and television have been added. Well known alumni include architects, musicians, painters and sculptors such as Jamil Baloch, AR Chughtai, Nayyar
Ali Dada, Jamil Naqsh, Nayyara Noor and Ali Zafar.  Continue reading

Adaptive Reuse

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Adaptive reuseAdaptive reuse is a global architectural trend that is gaining traction in Pakistan. It is a process that involves renovating an existing structure in order to utilise it for an entirely new function. Although globally adaptive reuse is most commonly employed to convert heritage buildings, in Pakistan it is primarily implemented in order to convert houses into commercial enterprises, such as offices, restaurants, salons and schools. One of the biggest advantages of adaptive reuse is that it is more economical and requires less time than tearing down a building and constructing a new one.  Continue reading

DIY Auto Repairs

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DIY auto repairsCar troubles have a tendency to crop up during the Eid holidays, when mechanics are hard to find, and if you do manage to find one, the chances are that he will charge exorbitant rates to fix even the most minor of problems.

Here is how you can save time and effort by fixing three of the most frequently occurring car problems by yourself.Problem 1: Your car is not accelerating properly and consumes more fuel.

Diagnosis: Clogged air filters.

Solution: Open the air filter unit (usually located at the front of the engine) by undoing the clips. Take the filter out and clean both sides using a vacuum cleaner. Experts recommend cleaning filters after a car has been driven for 10,000 kilometres, and replacing it after 20,000-30,000 kilometres.

Problem 2: Your car is not accelerating properly and the engine misfires.

Diagnosis: Spark plugs are malfunctioning.

Solution: Disconnect the leads that connect the plugs and unscrew the plugs with a spark plug socket. Pull out the plugs; clean by dipping them in a cup of kerosene for a few minutes, then clean the electrodes with a super soft wire brush. Replace plugs in their designated holes, tighten them gently, and then press the leads onto them until they fit. Copper plugs should be replaced after the car has been driven for 20,000 to 30,000 kilometres; platinum and iridium plugs can last for up to 100,000 kilometres. Continue reading

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