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A short guide for the mind and soul in the recent situation



We got in a conversation with ShaharBano, a lifestyle blogger from Karachi currently based in Lahore. We asked her a few questions and being a working mother with two children, this is what she has to share.

1) Now that schools have been shut down, what activities do you suggest for kids to keep them sane? 

Since I am a 9 to 5 working mom, I find it extremely challenging to keep the kids busy therefore I am a big advocate of letting them get bored and they will figure something out. Nevertheless, I prep one activity during the night to keep them busy for the first half of the day and then outdoor play in the evening does it for me. Besides that, you can always read to them, make snacks, encourage imaginative and independent play.

2) Depression is home to the empty mind, what do you suggest for working women to do while working from home? 
Honestly speaking, I feel at this time of pandemic no mind is empty. There are always thoughts. Even negative ones that may lead to a different kind of depression. So my suggestion is that it is ok to be vulnerable and even cry sometimes but once you have vented it all out, think about the things in your control and what you can do about them, take safety measures as much as you can and leave the rest on Allah.
3) How should couples tackle this time, especially when one or both of them are working? 
It takes two to tango so whatever it is, good times, bad times, you are both together in it. If one of them is working then it is sort of auto defined who manages what but in case both are working then play on each other’s strengths. Take charge of the things you are independently good at and the ones you are not, do them in turns or together, whatever suits you.
4) A basic guide to staying away from depression these days and what do you have to say to people who are still not taking the outbreak seriously? 
For the depression, I will say don’t panic. Stay home as much as you can and while doing so, accept and pray. For the people still not taking it seriously honestly, I am at a loss of words. This. Is. Serious! As serious as it can get. And as it is we have a very frail chance of making out of it but with the way our people are behaving, the casual attitude and zero sense of responsibility, the corona-worona-kuch-nahi-hota approach. I don’t know where to bang my head. Please know that it is now locally transmitting. The only way to stop it is by distancing yourself. Please stay indoors. Please do not do casual get-togethers and parties. Please observe social distancing. It is the need of the hour.
5) Basic mistakes that all of us are making with regards to personal hygiene? 
I think going around looking for sanitizers when washing hands with soap and water is more effective.

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Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability



An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.

The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.

According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease.  If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.


The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.

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Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day



This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.



Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.

These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.


After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.

Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!

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5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq



Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.

Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:


  1. Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life


Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!


  1. Don’t wait, just take the first step


The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.


  1. Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely


The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”


  1. Respect the competition


Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.


  1. Change is important

Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.

Follow Muneeb Mushtaq on Instagram @MuneebMushtaq for regular motivational posts.


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