Category Archives: Potpourri

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

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

Wives – The More The Marryier

There is this story about an Arab Sheikh who had tens of wives. He had built a very comfortable 5-star Harem for housing his loving wives. He also had a pet bear, not a grizzly just a plain black one. … Continue reading