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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 buy a goat”. It was an amusing account of how the life of a simple… Read more »

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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 lived from the make believe world of fantasy land. As a child I used to… Read more »

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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 such as these that each desire takes a lifetime. I have had many a desire,… Read more »

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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, I am pushing the upper limit of this period of my life and just about… Read more »

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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 local name that we can discover…….I have determined to name this noble peak ……….Mt. Everest”… Read more »

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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. But that’s not his only achievement.He had first thought of climbing the summit when he… Read more »

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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. His bear was trained to recognize the wives by their tag numbers and would bring… Read more »