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I deleted YouTube from my kids Tablet and you should too

Raising kids in this day and age has become quite challenging. Being a mom of three from ages 5yr to 6m, it feels like I am a blender running at full speed without a lid. I am sure mommies can relate with that.

Managing work(from home), household chores and running around kids has its pros and cons. When I had my first daughter it wasn’t that difficult. Well!! To an extent it was lol coz my life suddenly became all about her sleeping, pooping and eating schedules. My second born comes pretty soon after the first one. And by the time I had her, elder one was already being introduced to Rhymes (that I’ve downloaded in a USB from YouTube) on TV and got use to of listening and watching music, animation and sounds etc. After the second baby it becomes difficult for me to manage everything. Keeping elder one busy while the younger one sleeps wasn’t easy considering the fact that I was living alone.

That was the time perhaps when I had handed over a Tablet to elder one. She was 2yr+ old then. She loved to play with music apps and watching movies on it. By the age 3 she got use to of the Tab and by age 4 I noticed that it has become an addiction for her. In between she has started to go to school too. Her first demand after coming from school was tablet.

She’s a hyperactive kid. Always keep you on the edge with her antics but when she has the Tab, there’s a sudden mood shift. She started to get hooked to Tab and I don’t know exactly when but she started to browse videos on YouTube from suggestion videos. She’ll sit silently at one place for hours holding the Tab which is impossible for her if the Tab wasn’t there. I also noticed that she becomes really fussy whenever I try to take the tablet away from her.

That’s when I intervened and kept a close eye on her. I’ve told her to keep the volume up while using Tab so that I have an idea what is being played on her screen. There were screams and weeping sounds of some videos featuring her favorite characters Elsa and Ana from the movie Frozen. When I watched those clips I was like WT*. It wasn’t even kids content. Elsa is being shown as pregnant, sometimes with Spiderman, huge syringes and obscene acts like delivering a baby and what not.

That was the time when I decided to cut down her YouTube interaction. I’ve put filters on YouTube app but they didn’t work. Then I downloaded some Disney movies and educational videos on her tablet and made her watch that but she keeps going back to YouTube. With her knowing where the Wi-Fi tab is.

Then I decided to delete YouTube. She behaved like a maniac first few times but then I diverted her attention and finally succeeded to let her Tab addiction go. It took some time but totally worth it. Now the Tab is away from her since past few months. Whenever she has to watch some cartoons she will watch them on the TV. Husband has made a habit to download some kids movies like Barbie series, minions etc for her every weekend. Her current favorite is Inside Out and Baby boss. I have written this post 8 months ago and publishing it now just to let all you mommies know that you can get your kids off screens but it will require some time and effort. Hang in there.

Also, I feel YouTube needs to filter its content for kids in a better way. The app is not at all safe to let kids use it on their own. Maybe a kids section with completely safe browsing options will make YouTube a better app for kids but if it is not happening, YouTube ain’t safe for kids. Keep an eye on what kids are watching as it has a huge impact on their behavioral pattern and psychology.

I suggest visiting the YouTube channel Mera Sabaq. Highly recommended for Urdu learning. Download videos and let kids watch them via TV.


First Ever #HakimSaeedAwards by #Hamdard Pakistan held in Karachi

Hakim Muhammad Saeed was a significant part of childhood of 80’s & 90’s kids through his urdu publication Naunehal. With his services for educational institutions and language Urdu itself, he use to visit schools and meet students and encourage them to participate in extra curricular activities. If you were a Naunehal reader you might be familiar with those photographs of different school functions and gatherings by Hamdard Pakistan itself. The brand has always been keen to serve people in Pakistan with best health care and educational services.

After serving us for more than a century, Hamdard Pakistan decided to change their corporate identity in order to connect with the younger audience more. Their new logo was revealed in an amazingly grand event at Mohatta Palace on Tuesday, 23rd January. Keeping the value of the brand in mind the event was a classy one with legendary guests and very dignified execution. To celebrate the re-branding, Hamdard Pakistan unveiled their new logo followed by first ever Hakim Saeed Awards. The awards were a tribute to Hakim Muhammad Saeed, founder Hamdard Pakistan. Governor Sindh was the chief guest of the event and Hakim Saeed’s Daughter, Saadia Rashid was also there to grace the occasion. Muzna Ibrahim hosted the event beautifully along with Talat Hussain.

Hakim Saeed Awards were given to following legendary Pakistanis. Shaheed Aitazaz Hasan’s father received his award with a standing ovation by the audience while late Mr. Masood Ahmed Barkati was awarded a lifetime achievement award. It was an honor to be among the best of the talent from Arts, culture, sports, literature and social change makers of Pakistan.

Hamdard Pakistan further went on to win hearts with Ishq Pakistan Qawaali and New TVC celebrating Pakistani heroes with the legacy of Hakim Saeed. Hamdard I’d tye word we can associate with one who is concerned about us, wants us to be well and truly the brand has been one. Wishing all the best to Hamdard Pakistan with hope that they continue inspiring generations.

Saving money in desi way

BC or committe is the most convenient  Desi way to save a certain amount on monthly basis. I have been using this for almost two decades now. I remember my first committee was of Rs 1000 per month for which I got a sum of 15000. Since then there’s no stopping. Whatever I earn, I started to put almost 20% of it into committe or Bee-Cee as they call it(don’t know what it stands for). Just Googled lol. It is Ballot committee aka BC. 

What is a Bee-Cee or Committe and how it works?

In case you’re not familiar with the concept, let me guide you. It is the most convenient Desi way of saving money by a group of people to get a decent amount after a certain time. Like suppose, 10 people(Friends or family coz with money trust is an issue) decides to have a BC. They will pick a leader or elder to collect money on monthly or weekly basis whatever is decided and he/she will be responsible to pay to everyone who is part of committee. 10 people decides to spare 1000 rupees a month means that every one will be getting 10,000 rupees once during 10months. To decide who gets it first, you either poll or decide verbally as per the needs.

Number of BC x Number of months = Total amount

10×10= 10000

Now,if you want to have the sum more than once in that duration you should be holding multiple committees in your name. Like if it is a 10 month long BC and you’re having 2,then you’ll pay 2000 per month and get 10000 rupees twice during those 10 months. For holding more than one BC it is safe to split the duration in half like in this case 5 months and get your first BC in first 5 months and second one in last 5 months. Totally flexible and completely upto you to decide mutually.

Do Try saving at least 20-25% of your earnings. BC is a profit free method to save and safe if you’re doing it with people you trust.

Happy savings! 

Karachi Literature Festival goes abroad for Fisrt #KLFLondon

Like art and music, literature knows no boundaries. For the past few years annual literature festivals have become a regular source of soul nourishment for us in Pakistan and it is great to see Karachi literature festival going abroad for the very first time to celebrate 70th anniversary of Pakistan. Lomdon’s Sounthbank center hosted first KLF in May and it was a packed house of literature and art enthusiasts. Oxford university press managed to portray soft image with success through KLF London. Produced by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, KLF was organized in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, Bloomsbury Pakistan (a research collective based in London), and Rukhsana Ahmed.

Celebrating contemporary Pakistan and its rich history and culture in the context of the 70th anniversary of the country’s foundation, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) held at the Royal Festival Hall of the Southbank Centre, as a part of their annual festival Alchemy. Dubbed as Pakistan’s biggest literary event, the KLF brought together writers, scholars, and artists from diverse backgrounds, creative traditions, and academic disciplines to showcase contemporary Pakistani literature and writers. 

The audiences at the KLF were treated to a medley of around 20 parallel sessions encompassing talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, mushaira, and performances. A stellar cast of around 70 leading Pakistani-origin and international writers, scholars, critics, journalists, and artists participated in stimulating sessions covering a broad range of themes, ideas, and subjects pertaining to Pakistan’s literature, arts, and culture. A separate strand for children which included an immersive theatre piece by Jungly Jadoogars; an animated film by the artist Fauzia Minallah; storytelling by the children’s author, Shahbano Bilgrami; and sing-along songs by the veteran Pakistani musician, Khaled Anam, were also a part of the festival.

KLF London started off with the renowned novelist and journalist, Mohammed Hanif’s keynote address giving unique insights into Pakistan’s history, hopes, and dilemmas. Earlier, at the festival opening, Ameena Saiyid, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder and Director, Asif Farrukhi, KLF and Islamabad Literature Festival Founder, and Adrian Mellor, Managing Director, Asia Education, OUP, welcomed the guests and speakers. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Syed Ibn Abbas also spoke on the occasion.

Some of the sessions held early on in the day included ‘Transphobia and Misogyny’, a discussion on legislations around transgenders and women in Pakistan; ‘Reluctant Returners: Migrants, Refugees and Memories of the Homeland’ in which Kamila Shamsie, Qaisra Shahraz, and Mirza Waheed explored characters and fictions inspired by exile and displacement; and ‘Pakistani Renaissance? The Best in Cinema, Reportage, Theatre and Fashion’ with the television actor Atiqa Odho, filmmaker Faris Kermani, designer Maheen Khan, and journalist Cyril Almeida as speakers.

Taimur Rahman, Moni Mohsin, and H. M. Naqvi weighed up the challenge of portraying Pakistan’s gender and class divide in the session ‘Blaming the Elite: Class, Greed, and Gender in Contemporary Pakistan’. Educationists, entrepreneurs, and experts including Farid Panjwani, Ahmereen Reza, Mona Kasuri, and Ameena Saiyid were part of a stimulating panel discussion titled ‘Madrassas and Montessoris: Are Private Schools Keeping Madrassas at Bay?’ moderated by Nigham Shahid.

In a panel discussion titled ‘Against All Odds: The Price of Prosperity in Pakistan Today’ held later in the day, Shuja Nawaz, Maleeha Lodhi, Ishrat Husain, and Victoria Schofield analyzed geopolitical and internal challenges facing Pakistan. In the session ‘Urdu ki Zid Mai: At Loggerheads: Urdu vs English vs Regional Languages’ Basir Kazmi, Ishrat Afreen, and Harris Khalique, and Asif Farrukhi discussed if Urdu in Pakistan is under threat from English or the regional languages.

The evening sessions comprised thought-provoking discourses on ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: Diaspora Pakistanis Caught in Post Brexit Hate-Storm’, with Ziauddin Sardar, Farooq Bajwa, and Iftikhar Malik debating the challenges faced by Pakistani diaspora in Europe; ‘Karachi: City of Lights and Gangs’ with Laurent Gayer, Nichola Khan, Mohammed Hanif, Sobia Ahmad Kaker, Omar Shahid Hamid, and Kamran Asdar Ali talking about the battle for Karachi and its resilience despite political conflicts; and ‘Tweeting for Social Change: How Social Media is Influencing the Political Scene’ in which Huma Yusuf,  Umber Khairi, and Umair Javed discussed the impact of social media on Pakistan’s political scene.

The highlight of the festival was the ‘Satrangi Mushaira’, which was an open mic session for Pakistan’s regional language poets to recite their latest offerings. Another session ‘In Their Own Words: Writers and Poets from Pakistan’, moderated by Muneeza Shamsie, featured poetry and prose readings by writers of Pakistani origin including Imtiaz Dharker, Aamer Hussein, and Zaffar Kunial. In ‘Partition Stories’ Nimra Bucha, Vayu Naidu, Shayma Saiyid, Amrit Kaur Lohia, and Sarah Ansari presented a medley of readings, film clips, recitals, dance and poetry about the Partition of India.

The evening came to a close by a kathak dance performance by Shayma Saiyid and a music concert by Khumariyaan, a Peshawar-based music band known for their fusion brand of Pashtun folk music. <!–

Sponsorship support to the KLF London was provided by Bestway, Arts Council England, Third World Quarterly magazine, Salt n Pepper restaurant, High Commission of Pakistan in London, South Asia Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, and The Pakistan Society.