Sharing some real Life happenings / experiences …….. 6 (My Presentation skills….)


Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field in the current world. Whether you are a student, administrator or executive, you may very well be asked to make a presentation at PowerPoint and then present it physically.

I never new much about the PowerPoint presentation unless and until i went to the university for degree in Public Administration. It was the first semester and my subject teacher Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon informed in the initial lectures that we have to give presentation once in a week on assigned topics in a group of 3 to 4 students. He personally made those groups through a balloting and ordered that each group could consist of at least one girl and put me in with two girls (hehehe…). The reason of making groups and including one girl in each by the teacher was that;

  1. many male students were shy and they never wanted to be mixed or communicate/work with girls (these guys came from different parts of the interior Punjab province and were not immune to female working environment but others were extremely excitedhehehehe)
  2. teacher was preparing students for the future practical work which we had to face in the market after graduating from university and doing a job with any company

I was made part of a group having two girls, out of which, one was extremely rude in behavior and the other was decent. The girl with rude behavior misbehaved not only with me but with other girl upon irrational reason and i never become her partner for any assignment or presentation till the final year since that day.

My group was third in number (had to present in third week) and the Topic assigned to us was “Political, Financial/Economic & Administrative Situation from 1977 to 1988 in Pakistan” . We divided the topic in three parts (to cover our own parts) and i was given Political era of General Zia (1977 to 1988). I started preparing the topic and went to Library quite several times during the week before presentation day and studied several books. I prepared total 7 slides on the topic. There were three types of students found in the library, one who want to sleep or relax especially under the cool AC in summer days, 2nd was who wanted to talk or date to their favorite girls  under the umbrella  of completing assignments and third were those one or two students like me coming there due to compulsion of completing the study assignments….hehehehehe

I was quite frightened before the presentation time because it was a first time ever that i was presenting something on PowerPoint and coming to front dice after several years since graduating from high school where i won the prize in the debates competition. Adressing the Seminar_wordpress copyThe other reason was that before our group’s presentation, previous weeks two groups had faced a hot criticism and questioning from students on their presentation/topic and no appreciation was given neither by the students nor by the teacher.

The day came and i was the last to present my part of topic after two girls. I valiantly presented my part and answered each and every question of the students and teacher. I still remember, Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon (teacher) said in his remarks at the end of my presentation when he was informing that either we did good or bad in the performance;

“Azfar! a very well prepared topic and PowerPoint slides by you and more especially you tackled the questions brilliantly and answered the questions with rational reasoning”   

In the next minute, they all (teacher and class fellows) were clapping. After coming out of the class room, each of my class fellows congratulated me and for the next few hours, my presentation skills was the only topic being discussed all around and it was a hot topic of that day.

Since that day, i was renowned of my presentation skills and all other students were eager to make me part of their group.  Even that group girl with rude behavior always had tried and approached to make me part of her presentation group in other courses but i refrain and apologized.

I remember the presentation i gave in the last semester in the class of Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore (Marketing Strategy), he awarded me highest marks of 18 out of 20 and my group taken top position among others. I remember Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore said a word for my presentation performance:

“Brilliant” 

“Encouragement is important aspect which is only provided by others. Many people feel terrified when asked to present or talk to Public, but these initial fears can be reduced by good preparation which will also lay the groundwork for making an effective presentation and appreciation by the others”

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Debatable Lines – 35 (Luckiest Human Being on Earth)


Who is the luckiest human being on earth???….

There are numerous answer to this question. But following is the answer i consider as the best one;

Luckiest human being on this planet earth is the one who has got…..;

  1. Good health

  2. Free from all worries 

If  you think that wealthy person has all these above mentioned traits then you are wrong because if those wealthy human beings got enormous amount of money in the banks or have assets like land / properties, gold etc but they are surely worried about how to keep them secure and increase them all the time…so he / she is not a luckiest human….

from,

Azfar

(You may agree or not)

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Sharing some real Life happenings / experiences …. 5 (Driving my car for the first time….)


When i completed my graduation studies and was awaiting for the final result, my father decided that i should take car driving classes under a instructor from any reputable firm. I initially took one week vehicle driving classes and it was extended for one more week after the consultation of my father with the company to have a strong solid grip over driving in the rushy areas of the city. The car i drove during the classes had a double control system with the instructor. After completing the car driving classes, i never drove my own or any other car for one whole year. May be, my father was not much convinced with the learning as well as reluctant to take risk (every parent is too careful) and never given permission to drove the car.

One day, when i woke up at about 6:15 am in the morning and witnessed my father had a paralysis attack when he was walking towards another room but was unaware of the problem he suffered (due to unconsciousness after a sleep). He had a surgery of prostate at the local hospital on the same day which was cancelled later due to the issue. Right side of his body was not working and had a problem with speaking ability. He asked me during the movement “Why you woke up so early” and i replied that i am planning to go for a morning walk. I suddenly went to my Mom’s room and informed her about the problem and paralysis attack. She immediately called family doctor and upon his advice we decided that till the  arrival of the doctor, we could not tell him about the issue and show that a minor problem has effected his one hand. My father went back to sleep and was not properly aware / conscious of the issue he was facing nor we informed him.

The doctor checked my father and informed that he has suffered a problem due to blockage by a clot in the brain. We were undecided that either we could take him to the emergency in the hospital or await till he woke up. Till that time, my families doctor and another relative consulted with his colleagues and decided that my father could be taken directly to a specialist named Dr. Javed Akram (of Medicine) had a private hospital at Jail road, Lahore instead of any government hospital (where immediate attention was impossible due to lack of facilities and extreme rush). Dr. Javaid Akram was working at the rank of Professor at King Edward Medical College  & Mayo Hospital Lahore (Asia’s largest hospital) at that time as he was an employee of the government. I took my father to his private hospital at about 4:30 pm and it was the first time that i drove my families car after taking driving classes and passing of a whole year.

The doctor arrived at 6:30 pm and checked my father by using different medical instruments and admitted him in the ICU for immediate medication. After several tests and a City Scan, he informed about the blood clots in the brain. I along with my mother awaited outside the ICU. At about 11:45 pm (after 4 hours of the initial checkup and continuous medication), Dr. Javiad Akram informed us that my father has recovered 98% of the attack and only his face will require some days with physical therapy to get back to the original position. We thanked Allah Almighty (God) for his blessings and the doctor for the services.

It was really a miracle that my father was fine and recovered from the paralysis with in 24 hours from the time of the start of the attack. My father was happy that i drove the car to the hospital on that day as he was sitting along side with me. During the 9 days till the time he was released from the hospital, i drove my car on daily basis brought food items / medicines or fulfilling other requirements.

The gained knowledge at any time of life always help in overcoming issue

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Illegal fees taken up by the Security Guards of Liberty Market Lahore


Pakistan is a country of historic and cultural importance. Lahore, the heart of this throbbing culture and history, was referred by Max Robinson as the “Pearl of the Punjab” in his article “Rebranding Lahore”.

Liberty Market is one of the most popular & oldest markets in Lahore, Pakistan located on besides Main Boulevard Gulberg. The liberty market is an all time favorite place for shopping lovers. Foreigners love to visit this market having more then 500 shops of all kinds for women, men and kids after Anarkali Bazar. In Liberty Market you can buy everything for men, women and kids including quality of jewelry, fabrics, electronics and much more.

 

 

Government has appointed about 8 to 10 guards to provide security to the incoming visitors on monthly salary.

Many people used to make several Mini stalls in the evenings and sell their products & food items in the walking area as well as in-front of regular shops which is considered as illegal by the government but allowed by the Market Association. The security guards appointed by the Government responsible to restore peace and help the incoming tourist always take bribe/illegal fees from the mini stall holders on daily basis and product sellers amounting from Rs.300/- to Rs.1,000/- depending upon the size of stall and person.

Just consider that if 300 mini stalls and 300 walking sellers (include beggars) used to display and sit in the area then the amount of bribe/illegal fees taken by these guards on daily basis is in millions per month apart from getting their salaries. (Suppose Rs. 400/day/stall is charged from 300 mini stall holders then amount goes to Rs.120,000/- equal to $1016 @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollarsand – Rs.200/day/walking seller is charged from 300 walking sellers [including beggars] then amount goes to Rs.60,000/day equivalent to $509  @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollars) it becomes Rs.120,000 + Rs.60,000 = Rs. 1,80,000/day and considering for a month Rs.180,000 x 30 = Rs. 54,00,000 equal to $45,762/month @Rs.118 per $1 US Dollars).

No government official has taken any notice of such illegal fees by the security guards of Liberty Market from the daily mini stall holders and walking sellers. There is a rumor that  these security guards share a handy money out of the total illegal income with a mafia includes local Police Officials, Government Officials (Officials of City District Govt.) and leaders of Liberty Market Association.

 

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Debatable Lines – 34 (No end of human desires)


Aristotle once said that “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human”

The human desires has no end and he/she has turned it to a unlimited greediness. The desire of having more & more has destroyed the peaceful mind & living.

Suppose if;

  • some one has a normal car but he/she is trying to get the luxury one
  • some one has 500 yards house but he/she is looking forward to get one with 1000 yards
  • you got an ordinary watch but a desire to have Rolex or of highest quality
  • if your are getting $5000/month as salary and happily living the life but then desire to reach $10,000/month either by changing the job or getting promotion in the same one
  • you got 1 kg gold in your box but desire to reach to a 100 kg
  • if you have 1 million dollars in account but desire to convert it to Trillion 
  • etc etc

In order to get the desire, we negate / usurps the rights of others even wont afraid in killing others psychologically or physically… Still we are known as HUMAN BEINGS

(You may agree or not)

By Azfar

 

 

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Debatable Lines – 33


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