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Shaikh M. Ali

A critique of the movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

 12:30 a.m. – A review of the movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, hunting Obama Bin Laden (Oops)!                      http://www.google.com.pk/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/77/ZeroDarkThirty2012Poster.jpg/ ‘Waterboarding’ in the first two minutes just puts you off. A CIA thriller however, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark ‘Freakin’ thirty; despite its many wonderful qualities could be classified as just another technically proficient pile of balderdash. And it…

A tribute to Ardeshir Cowasjee!

This is what I wrote to Ayaz Amir regarding Ardeshir Cowasjee (The Master Planner – The Doer of Things!) From: Shaikh Muhammad Ali Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 6:30 AM To: ‘winlust@yahoo.com’ Subject: The Devil – The Saint (All in one) Importance: High Dear Ayaz Amir Sahib, السّلام علیکم A very dear friend of mine…

Escapade in the Margalla Hills

(Shaikh Muhammad Ali)   “I don’t believe in uncertainties. I am here & I am certain ” – Shaikh Muhammed Ali Overview: I am always intrigued / tempted to visit mountains, maybe because I am a Capricorn; the mountain goat who believes in rising to the top by taking slow and steady yet cautious steps…

Spring Fest 2010 @ HEC

It all started with a silly email which was sent on one fine morning in response to the cricket match invitation that HRD Coordination office wanted to organize. It is true that Islamabad in March is indeed gorgeous; cricket, a way of life and favorite pastime for enthusiasts, but in no way the game alone…

I have walked the pipeline track

(The details of the track built in 1930 by the British)  “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson Overview: Two senior colleagues who are avid travelers of the mountains one Dr. Syed Mahmood Raza (My…

The Legend of Loh-i-Dandi

Coordinates: 33°46’6″N   73°7’17″E (The mouth of the cave where Bari Imam spent 12 years in meditation) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.…

A day trip to Simly Dam

The last time I visited Simly Dam was probably somewhere in early August 2003. The bad news is that the place hasn’t changed much. Simly Dam is about 43 kilometers from where I live currently i.e. E-11/4, Islamabad. Yes, the biggest change that has indeed come is not in the ambiance or the route to the…

An Escape to Takht-e-Bahi (Mardan)

“Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear”?……………..Juz 17, Sura Hajj (XXII), Verse 46, Quran. I have been trying to find a reason as to why I am so fond of traveling since the time I was a…