Class 14 Graduation Speech

December 15th 2014.

Good Evening Fellow-Fellows, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Courage, someone once said; is what it takes to stand up and speak…but it is also what it takes to seat down and listen… and so I want to thank all of you for demonstrating your courage and by letting a stranger (to some of you)- address you this fine evening!

They hit where it hurts the most

I read and heard somewhere that history repeats itself but never had idea that it will repeat itself so painfully. December 16, 2014 is another black day of the history (after December 16, 1971 when Pakistan was broken into two parts, which is now known as Bangladesh) when a senseless act of unspeakable brutality was done. There were few insane human like beasts (Taliban Militants) atrociously attacked a school and turned cherish of toddlers and adolescents into tears and fear, despair and death of scores of children.

Dec 16 2014

Attack on School in Pakistan resulted more than 140 deaths

How Diaspora influence their home countries

The available literature seems to suggest there are two ways that diaspora influence their home countries. The first and widely known aspect of influence is through financial remittances while there is another aspect of social remittances. Social remittances merit attention for several reasons. Mainly they convey or possibly transfer new ideas, values, beliefs and behaviours as well as also transferring technology and knowledge. They also encompass ideas about gender, race, and class identity.

Keeping the tradition alive EKTA DAY ايڪتا ڏهاڙو

It has been six years now that, every first Sunday of December is marked as “Sindhi Topi Day / EKTA Day” (means day to display solidarity, demonstrate culture and keep our tradition alive). In theory all it portray so glossy and colorful picture, but let’s dive deep to see that if, the current scenario of Sindh depict the same bright side.

It is widely acknowledged fact that care, collaboration, courage, compassion, dignity, development, enlightenment, education, peace, prosperity, tolerance and togetherness are essential element to promote culture and heritage and keep tradition alive. But……

The Volunteer Day

la foto (1)Today is the day of the volunteering. By definition it is understand that a volunteer is somebody who freely offers to undertake a task or service. Yesterday I had the chance to share with students from George Washington University about how to be part of a service learning program as volunteer impacts in your life in a holistic way.

DC fellows, let’s recycle!

Some of my fellows roommates didn’t know what and how to recycle so I decided to write this, hope it will be useful! :)

Growing up I remember a few times when my middle school started to recycle can and we got a can crusher. I loved that thing and would go there all the time to crush stuff. And then time has passed and I became a recycling monster/ geek/ fanatic!!

When did we stop caring?

I remember few months ago reading an article about this guy who got shot inside a metro car and nobody notice the fact that the shooter entered the wagon holding the gun, a pretty uncommon thing to see happening. You can wonder what were the passengers doing? They were playing with their phones and tech stuff. How many times have you been at a bar or restaurant and most of the table was playing with their phones? What is so important that cannot wait a few minutes or hours to be checked? Is it really relevant to like someone else’s new post about something we probably do not even care about? It took me a while to enter the smart phone era and one of the main reasons was seeing my friends not enjoying the real time together because they were so focus in their virtual life or what is going to happen next. I am not a saint here, I have checked my phone countless times while spending time with my friends but every time I think about I regret.

EMBRACING CULTURES with FESTIVALS!!

“We seldom realize, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
I like the above quote by Alan W. Watts and how he describes cultures and society. I am not trying to be philosophical or an anthropologist here, but think about it. When we think about fitting in a new location (especially for us fellows who come to the States from different countries) and embracing this new country’s cultures, we think about the food, the language and its slangs, the fashion etc., mostly the exterior things if you ask me!

The Battle Against HIV & AIDS in Kenya.

It is estimated that more than 33 million people in the world today are currently living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is also estimated that more than 30 million people have died from HIV-related complications since the earliest cases were detected in the early 1980s. While it is trite truth that huge progress has been made to increase access to HIV treatment in the past twenty and more years, and that new HIV infections have significantly declined in some regions, the pandemic nevertheless continues to wreck havoc in many more areas and efforts to control it seem distant. The number of newly infected people each year in most scenarios far outnumbers those who gain access to treatment by an estimated two to one ratio.HIV-and-AIDS