Author Archives: Naveed Gilani

Women!? What Would I do Without You?

By NAVEED GILANI We have all heard the phase; ‘behind every successful man there is a woman’. I don’t know how many of you from my gender agree with this but if I was to google that exact phrase I … Continue reading


By NAVEED GILANI Haven’t we all heard stories form our dads or grandpas of how hard it was for them when they were growing up and how easy it was for us “modern” kids with all the conveniences in the … Continue reading

My Quest For Happiness

By NAVEED GILANI Aristotle in his treatise on a perfect life uses the term eudemonia (of course, a Greek word) as the ultimate end for which we do all that we do. This term loosely means ‘happiness’. It’s more accurate … Continue reading

Par Amour de Vélos

By NAVEED GILANI “Gham nadaari boz bekhar” was the Persian title of one of Patras Bukhari’s Urdu masterpieces. In the days of Patras, Persian had great influence on Urdu literature. The title simply means; “if you don’t have any worries … Continue reading

All I Have To Do Is Dream

By NAVEED GILANI “All our dreams come true – if we have the courage to pursue them”  – Walt Disney Walt Disney’s dream was to bring happiness to the children of the world no matter how many continents away they … Continue reading

Paying Respects to the Mighty K2

By NAVEED GILANI On 21st July 2016 I set out to tick another one off my elusive bucket list. “Hazaaron khwahishein aisi kay har khwahish pe dum nikle, bahut nikle mere armaan magar phir bhi kam nikle” (a thousand desires … Continue reading

My Bald Spot Revisited

By NAVEED GILANI Many years ago I had written a small piece called ‘my bald spot’ after my youngest, Danny, discovered a bald spot on my head. That was the beginning of my entry into the proverbial ‘middle age’. Now, … Continue reading

My Trek to Everest Base Camp

By NAVEED GILANI “I was taught by my respected chief and predecessor Col. George Everest, to assign to every geographical object its true local or national appellation…but here is a mountain, most probably the highest in the world, without any … Continue reading

Ballad of a Soldier

By NAVEED GILANI My beloved father, a Topchi (Gunner) by training, served proudly and honorably for 29 years in the military. First four years in the Royal British Indian Army and the later twenty five in the Pakistan Army. Retiring … Continue reading

From Snows of Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak

By NAVEED GILANI Yuichiro Miura, at age 80, is the oldest man to have summited the Mount Everest.That too, for the third time!It was in May 2013. I read the news with much admiration and a whole lot of envy. … Continue reading