Shiva Cafe

Journey to the soul

FILE2105.JPGOn the day one of the trip, we had lunch at Trek n Dine Cafe. Post that we decided to visit Bhagsu Naag Temple and water fall. We decided to walk the whole distance.

20180309_171909.jpgTo our disappointment, the waterfall had almost no water. My friends told me that it’s not the case during the monsoons. Since we were already there, we decided to walk a little more and check out Shiva Cafe.

20180309_175605.jpgWe were already very tired from the overnight journey and walking, that’s why the trek upto Shiva Cafe was exhausting. We took many stops to sit and take pictures.

20180309_175551.jpgLet me tell you the trek is worth it. The place is so unique and has very different vibes to it. It’s the kind of place I can sit for hours. A book in hand and my music is all I would need.

20180309_175458.jpgThe place has a great view…

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Poems by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poems by Syedah Maryam Iqbal
Jeopardized Butterfly
The butterfly jeopardized her soul for survival
Giving power to her wings waiting for the savior’s arrival
It looked towards the stars staring at her as a rival
She was not one of them and not even a tribal
Feeling so secluded and violated, she looked towards Nature
Her preoccupation and misery made her lose faith in its portraiture.
Her soul lost its texture and shades
Wanting no more but some aides
That could sharpen its paints and blades
But nothing is free, so there were trades
In having a rivalry with the sky and its creatures
She had to lead a prolonged life with the treachers.
The Creator’s Benevolence
The sun was eloquent in its aggression,
Flaring with full opposition,
Showing its hostility towards the earthlings,
Enforcing an affiliation order to the wind making it…

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Stubbornness within me / Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Stubbornness within me

There is certain stubbornness within me

That does not let the hope die within me.

I struggle to fight my failure as well as my pragmatic approach

But I am always dragged to some activism within me.

My falling, my failing, my losing, my ailing,

Nothing keeps enough power to impair my self within me.

My dreams push my soul to aspire for more and more,

But my reality makes me to remain within me.

My dreams are also stubborn like me,

As they always play the challenging strings within me.

Sometimes I feel that I should not be stubborn any more,

But my adversities are unable to lessen the determination within me.

* Syedah Maryam Iqbal *

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Poems by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poems by Syedah Maryam Iqbal
What we see!
On the surface, smooth waters,
Underneath a warfare, a flood, a storm.
You never know when the mood alters,
And the smoothness starts to deform.
What we see, cannot believe,
For what appears reality can deceive.
Life is so short to perceive, believe and achieve,
That we should always be prepared to heave.
O Vengeful Soul!
O Vengeful soul!
Your abusive actions and corruption
Have not made my words to tremble,
They flow with the fluency of the sea,
They fly with the speed of the wind,
They enlighten with the swiftness of the light.
O Vengeful soul!
See! Your harsh utterances,
That once cracked my passions
Have now empowered me to fight,
Deal with all the fright,
Stand for everything that is right.
O Vengeful soul!
Behold! The little innocent creation

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Oh Sea! / Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal
Oh Sea!
Oh sea, carry me to your core
Make me yours and I want no more.
I won’t be like your waves for sure
Who always love to runaway for shore
You will have nothing to deplore.
Just bestow me with the wings of water
that have no extinction to offer
that have no purity improper
That will enable me to explore
Your currents, your tides and your ocean floor
I will never leave you in tsunami, whirlpool, sea storm or more
As they are yours because you keep them all in store
I have not made this plea for you to ignore
Make me yours and I want no more.

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The Prisoner / Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal

Galaktika Poetike "ATUNIS"

Poem by Syedah Maryam Iqbal
The Prisoner
He was not killed but imprisoned,
From childhood to maturity.
His imprisonment haunted him,
As the unseen started visiting him.
He listened to voices known and unknown, living and dead,
Alarming him about the lurking dangers outside the bars.
He cried and cried,
But his cries fell on deaf ears.
Although now an adult, but still a child,
Hoping to have mercy of others,
Always frightened of coming death,
But he already met death in life,
The room was his grave all those years.
He accepted his captivity and chains.
His only blunder was his eligibility to be a king.
Maddened, maddened, maddened,
Because of his loneliness and desolation,
Filled with the thoughts of seeking vengeance,
But always inactive, only brooding,
He spent all the time being ruled.
When the odds turned in favor,
His chains were unlocked,
But his…

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The Martyr of Solway by John Everett Millais

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I visited the Walker Gallery in Liverpool yesterday and I am never disappointed by the paintings on permanent show there.  It is such a diverse collection which cannot fail to please everybody who visits, no matter what their artistic proclivity.  My Daily Art Display today features a stunning painting by John Everett Millais entitled The Martyr of the Solway which he painted in 1871.

So who was the martyr of Solway and why was she killed in such a barbaric fashion?   The “Margaret” depicted by Millais was Margaret Wilson, who was born in 1667 in Glenvernoch in Wigtownshire.  She was a young and devout Presbyterian who was a member of the Covenanters, a Scottish Presbyterian movement of the 17th century in Scotland who signed the National Covenant in 1638 to confirm their opposition to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. …

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Policy Concepts in 1000 Words: Multiple Streams Analysis

Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy

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‘Ideas’ are the beliefs we develop and use to understand and interpret the world. Some beliefs are so deeply ingrained in our psyche that we generally take them for granted. Others are more visible – our beliefs about policy problems help us argue for particular solutions. Indeed, ‘policy solution’ is closer to the intuitive meaning of ‘I have an idea’. Kingdon grapples with this dual role for (or meaning of) ‘ideas’ by considering how policy solutions are received within government or wider policy networks. His starting point is the phrase ‘an idea whose time has come’, which implies ‘an irresistible movement that sweeps over our politics and our society, pushing aside everything that might stand in its path’. He argues that such notions are misleading because they ignore the conditions that have to be satisfied – during a brief ‘window of opportunity’ – before a policy will change…

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Who is mysteriously supplying weapons to ISIS in Afghanistan?



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In a interesting turn of events, the Russian foreign ministry recently claimed that there were reports of ‘unidentified’ helicopters supplying arms to ISIS in Afghanistan, soon before the group captured a strategic part of the Tora Bora mountain complex.

It is also being reported the helicopter might belong to the Afghan army, who is allegedly supporting the ISIS-Khorasan – a group known for its anti-Pakistan attacks and activities. Yet, at this point in time, nothing can be claimed with certainty as Afghan MP Zahir Qadir is blaming the US army for the ISIS supply of weapons.

Below is the official press release of Maria Zakharova, official spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry:

We’ve taken note of new reports about unmarked helicopters ferrying the fighters of ISIS Afghan branch, as well as weapons and munitions for them, in eastern Afghanistan.

On June 14, ISIS captured a large part of…

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Large Scale Integration of Renewables in Pakistan a Possible Option

Saadia Qayyum

Energy generated by intermittent renewable sources (solar and wind) is vulnerable to large fluctuations, as their force and occurrence at a defined site cannot be controlled. Un-forecasted solar and wind power fluctuations can therefore increase spinning reserve requirements, and drive up the electricity generation costs. Further, large ramp events such as thick cloud cover can affect power system frequency stability.

In Pakistan, opponents of renewable energy frequently cite the intermittency issue to justify adding coal and RLNG plants into our energy mix instead of solar and/or wind. However, with the improvement in technology, this intermittency issue is now manageable and can no longer be used as an excuse for not increasing the share of solar and wind energy.

Given below are the various ways,  the policy makers and the system and grid operator can address the intermittency issue:

Hybrid Projects

Combining wind and solar projects in the same location can increase…

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