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Media in Pakistan has taken off like a rocket to say the least in the last eight years. From conventional to creative it has come a long way from its days of infancy to incorporating new and more interactive methods of broadcasting.

Its hub is in no other place except for this city by the sea and these days “main stream media” is busy engaging people of a different and alternative variety…err yeah us…bloggers. From calling us on shows on live tv to having conversations with us on face book or twitter or other social media platforms “MSM” has suddenly adopted the “bring em on” policy and said yes to “citizen journalism” What does this mean for us as parts of alternative media? Does this mean the war for ratings will now extend to our computer screens or does it mean that the future will mean that each one of our voices digital or conventional melds in a national scream of sentiment to show the world what this countries true face is? Questions only time will answer

Among the most prominent “MSM” talk show hosts to blend “new media” and the first one to bring twitter into a main stream  show is the polished and demure Naveen Naqvi of Dawn tv. She entered this realm with hosting Breakfast at dawn and now the show has turned into a digitized hybrid between new media and mainstream media with her including not just comments on the topics via live tweeting but even going so far as to ask  questions tweeted to her by her ever increasing cyber following. Yes you got that right this is happening right now in Karachi…everyday on BAD.

Another name one must mention here is that of Faisal Qureshi, although he does not live tweet stuff into his show’s feed he has recently started broadcasting of his show “Karavan” on ustream. As we all know ustream is a free tool for live broadcasting available to us tech savvy folk for some time but to see a “MSM” host use it so efficiently is to say the least a thrill. Off course this gent is also available on twitter and face book and every time he drops a “jalaybee” online the comments wave shows anyone watching his massive following.

Considering the amount of opposition these people must face from “MSM” in breaking these barriers they seem to be doing a fantastic job. So I thought it would be relevant if we applaud them for their work and urge them on, for the future is not being scared by networks into submission but the open source environment that will take us onto wings of positivity into our destiny.

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Attention all Karachiites,

Blue bottles have taken over the coast line . They are washing up on the shore in scores with every wave, and the translucent bubbles aren’t always easy to spot.

I speak from experience – we were at the beach this Sunday and my friend got stung. Unfortunately we weren’t aware of it cuz all of Karachi’s population was sitting in the surf having a good time, frolicking, laughing, jumping about like there was no tomorrow.

The funny thing is – my friend didn’t step on it – it just happened because the wave washed it up against my friends foot… and now he was in some serious pain, and we didn’t know what to do. Thus I have decided to write a short guide on what to do when stung by a blue bottle!

  • Step one:  Stay away from the water. Do NOT dip the foot in water. Rub stung body part with sand right away.
  • Step two:  Sit patient onto chair and do NOT let them move. Walking about will cause venom to travel up leg via circulation.
  • Step three: Take stung bodypart and carefully wash with warm water, ensuring no tentacles are still stuck on.
  • Step four: Grab some ice and gently press onto the stung area. Hand the patient a bottle of water and get them to start drinking, so that if there is anyabsorption of the venom, it shall get flushed out
  • Step five: Speaking of flushing out, interestingly, peeing on the affected area is supposed to instantly make it better- try at your own risk.
  • Step six: Warning: Patient will squirm – glare at them to get cooperation. If desired cooperation is not given, hitting patient over the head with a bat is permissible.
  • Step seven: Send for some onions, smush them and rub them on affected area. Lemons are said to work as well, but I feel that would burn a lot. So go with onions, rub vigorously on wound.
  • Step eight: Give the patient some painkillers. Try panadol, disprin or Tylenol, whatever is easily available. Also try and get some anti-allergic cream. The pain killers are important, don’t skimp on those.
  • Step nine: Watch for signs that may require you to rush to the hospital, such as the upward travelling of pain, a fever, or pain that ranks more than six on a scale of 10.
  • Disclaimer: Blue bottle stings are not particularly venemous – the pain dissipates in the span of one to two hours. The thigh get particularly painful and the muscles clamp around the venom to keep it from travelling. Do NOT worry. It will get better and light activity can be resumed.


The news is always filled with such dreariness. Our lives are filled so much Indian Melodrama. Its enough to drag anyone down.

Then , 3 minutes of footage changed my life. There is a documentary called “The Pale Blue Dot” that I saw at the first Oneness Breakfast. It changed my life. It changed my perspective of how we see things.

Often, I feel we get too caught up in being part of the picture, and don’t take time to step back and observe. This 3 minute video puts everything in perspective. Click play and watch how awe-struck you feel at the end of it.