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Falling In Love With Mr. Maybe

Once upon a time, I fell in love with a good man, he was smart, ambitious, polite, handsome and charming. It was hard not to fall head over heels for him, I will call him Mr. Maybe. During that time, I tried convincing myself that he was doing all he could do to love me and was trying to give it his all, but I knew I was lying to myself because I always felt something was missing, like he could do more or give more but something was just impeding him from doing so. For the longest time I made excuses for him, until I just decided that I am done with Mr. Maybe and all his maybes.

Let me tell you exactly what it feels like to fall in love with Mr. Maybe:

“Maybe” he is down for dinner this weekend, depending on whether or not he will be done with all his other priorities.
“Maybe” he is free at 10 PM to call you and chat for a bit.
“Maybe” he is attending your friend’s wedding, or your cousin’s birthday or your job promotion celebration.
“Maybe” he is listening to you when you are talkin…

A Practitioner's Guidelines for Career in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Are you a recent graduate hoping to start a career in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)?  A professional who wants to make a career switch to M&E? Or a M&E practitioner who wishes to take your career to the next level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you! Read on.

I will describe a few things that you should be doing to achieve your goal of being a “M&E Rockstar”.

1. Subscribe to online platforms:

An essential resource is ‘My M&E.’ This is an interactive Web 2.0 platform that shares knowledge on country-led M&E systems worldwide. Additionally, ‘My M&E’ has a virtual library, maintains a roster of evaluators, has a listing of training programmes offered by different institutions, gives an overview of M&E job vacancies, has webinars and an e-learning programme. “My M&E” is the ultimate ‘one stop shop of M&E”.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go sign up already!

 Additionally, you should be a subscriber to Bette…

Natural Beauty of Pakistan vs. Switzerland

Switzerland is famous all over the world for its natural beauty along with Swiss Banks, Swiss Watches and Swiss Knives. Pakistan is not less beautiful than Switzerland in terms of natural beauty and picturesque valleys. Here are some pictorial glimpses showing a comparative analysis of Pakistan vs Switzerland.
1. Satpara Lake, Skardu 2. Naltar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
3. Azad Kashmir, The Heaven on Earth
4. Banjosa Lake, Azad Kashmir 5. Deosai Plains, Skardu
6. Ibex, the National Animal of Pakistan7. Saif-ul-Mulk Lake, Kaghan Valley
8. The beautiful colors of Hunza
9. Muzaffarabad, A Mini Paradise
10. Sharda Village, Muzaffarabad
11. Shangrila Resorts, Kachura Lake in Skardu
12. Terrifying Bridge in Passu Gojal, Gilgit Baltistan

Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat: Where the Legends of Killer Mountain Live

Fairy Meadows is the bouquet of alpine flowers set before the towering translucent tomb of Killer Mountain, called Nanga Parbat in Sanskrit.  The mountain provides the views that make Fairy Meadows such an alluring destination, but Fairy Meadows are where the legends of Nanga Parbat are kept alive, told by generations of villagers who witnessed the legions of climbers that never descended its icy walls.

Its welcoming rug on its northern face is the Raikot glacier, strewn with dark echoing crevasses, plagued by constant avalanches, and guarded with 15 meter ice spears exuding the ancient silent character of terracotta warriors.  Over one in five people who attempt to climb Nanga Parbat never descend.  Even the famous Reinhold Messner, who was the first to climb all the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) had to be nursed back to life after losing his brother and seven toes on the mountain.

Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world, standing at 8,125 meters (…

Hunza: Pakistan’s Valley of Bliss

Pakistan’s ‘real Shangri-La’ is a world free from militancy, poverty, gender inequality, pollution and a lacklustre education system.

Visitors to the stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snowcapped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the Earth – or, maybe, at the centre of it.

Either way, they often don’t feel as if they are in Pakistan, a country that struggles with poverty, pollution, militancy and a lacklustre education system, especially for women.

Once a hardscrabble Himalayan town where residents barely had enough to eat, Karimabad, in the Hunza Valley, is now one of Pakistan’s most idyllic spots – an oasis of tolerance, security, gender equality and good schools. That standard of living can be traced to residents’ moderate interpretation of Islam, the mighty Karakorum Highway (KKH) as well as considerable support from one of the world’s largest charities-The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Many parents in the valley say that if the…