Author Archives: Samreen M Khan

July 20

Off The Wall – Careem and Rishta Aunty

Careem Pakistan, on early Wednesday morning, sent notifications and emails to its users stating “Your Rishta has arrived”. A two-day campaign by Careem is to hook up all those seeking to find partners in the most “desi” of ways. It offers to find the right person the “halal” way. I am laughing my head off at […]

July 18

When An Introvert Breaks A Routine

Its’ the middle of the week and  an introvert who is dead set on routine, just returned after watching the premiere screening of the movie “Baby Driver” with brother in the cinema today. Please note: the plan was made yesterday. Y.E.S.T.E.R.D.A.Y. meaning my mind raced in million directions as  to how in the world will I […]

July 14

The Qatar Blockade: A Reflection

To all my friends and relatives: thank you for all your love, care, prayers and concerns.  We are all well, safe and enjoying food like always in Qatar. There are no empty shelves in the grocery stores and everything is on routine. We have food and lots of it!   To everyone who is wondering […]

June 27

Unfolding the Brexit

“UK votes to leave EU” – the glaring headline that graced my Facebook news feed on Friday 24 June 2016. The Brexit has happened and chaos follows the financial markets worldwide. The shocking result stunned the political establishments worldwide. Hysteria took over as the shock reverberated through the financial markets across the global economy. According to […]

June 24

#weekendcoffeeshare: Life Rekindled

  If I were having a coffee, I would tell you the chaos I had faced, both at once, in both my professional and personal life in the last year and that this Ramadan is different. Both worlds collided. I couldn’t breathe, yet, I kept on working and moving along the flow. The pressure was […]

November 07

“Imagine. Create. Learn” – WISE 2014

The stage was set on 4th Nov 2014 in Doha, Qatar for the biggest, renowned names and audience to come together under one roof  to debate and discuss the biggest issue of the present time – education. The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) 2014 theme “Imagine, Create and Learn: Creativity at the Heart of […]

May 18

Rejections and a Cup of Tea

“Sorry, she has wheatish complexion, not white” “She is too educated “ “She is over-qualified” “Oh, it’s just that she is working which means she is independent. “ “She is over-weight” In case the reader is lost, the above statements are the reasons for me being rejected for a marriage proposal. A culture where weight and […]

April 09

The Work- Life Balance: An Illusion

In life, we all make certain assumptions and believe them.  If we work more, we will have more time for life. If we work harder and earn more, we will be able to fulfill all our desires and wishes. If we do this, we can have that etc. Well, time for reality check. All these […]

A Little Girl from Dhobighat - By Sukanto Debnath Flickr October 15

Unwanted Girls

“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ”  (Jane Austen) The title of this post is neither surprising nor new. It is a repetitive old story, only, that in modern time, it has […]

October 12

‘Malala’ – The Face of Global Youth

The past few days have been disturbing. News channels are filled with the news of 14-year old girl Malala’s shooting by Pakistan Taliban. Her crime: she took the stand for her and the girls’ fundamental right: education.  Her picture remains in my eyes and mind, making me realize how lucky I am that I had education and […]

July 27

The ‘Commitment’ Obsession

  The news of Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with the married director is on every entertainment and news website, to an extent, that I am nauseating now. I am irritated and my mind is now racing towards a billion direction from relationships to love to many other issues. Therefore, I was forced to write […]