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Rare Steve Jobs Quotes from Walter Issacson Biography

17 Jan

Recently, I finished up reading Jobs biography by Issacson and thought to share some of his highly motivating quotes on vision and passion about his company, his products and life in general.steve_2

About Apple:

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. We believe that its technology married with the humanities that yield us the result that makes our heart sing.”

On his Product Strategy:

“My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. Everything else was secondary. Sure, it was great to make a profit, because that was what allowed to make great products. But the products, not the profits, were the motivation.”

On Marketing Research:

“Give the customers what they want. But that’s not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they are going to want before they do.People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

On Globalization:

“…for young people, this whole world is the same now…we are just one world now.”

On Bob Dylan during his young days:

We’d (him and Steve Woz) buy brochures of Dylan lyrics and stay up late interpreting them. Dylan’s words struck chord of creative thinking.”

On his Yatra to India:

“For me it was serious search. I’d been turned on to the idea of enlightenment and trying to figure out who I was and how I fit into things.”

On IPod’s Success:

“The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter.  The Zune (Microsoft’s answer to ITunes) was crappy because the people at Microsoft don’t really love music or art the way we do.

We won because we personally love music. We made iPods for ourselves, and when you are doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you are not going to cheese out.

If you don’t love something, you are not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, and challenge the status quo as much.”

To Stanford students on being diagnosed with Cancer:

“Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Because almost everything-all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

To Rupert Murdoch of Fox News:

“You are blowing it with Fox News, the axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you have cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you are not careful.”

To his employees about accusing Google of copying I phone:

“We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake. They want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.”

On banning Porn apps on iPhones and iPads:

“We believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folk who want porn can buy an Android.”

Upon leaving Apple to his executive team:

“Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hand. But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed. It’s tragic. I hope I have left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple.”

Steve on leaving behind Apple Legacy:

“I hate it when people call themselves entrepreneurs when what they are really trying to do is launch a start up and then sell or go public, so they c can in and move on. They are unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company which is the hardest work in the business.”

On Life and Death:

“For most of my life, I have felt that there must be more to our existence than meets the eye. I like to think that something survives after you die. It’s strange to think that you accumulate all this experience and may be a little wisdom and it’s just goes away. So I really want to believe that something survives, that maybe your consciousness endures.”


Its True, Trash Tv Sells

5 Feb

I entered the world of Television in Pakistan; I aimed on Informing and educating people by using this powerful medium of expression. I took immense pride in my field but those were good times and the comfort bubble got bursted.

Not so long ago, I realized that everyone on TV is like a salesman, trying to hard sell his product and sometimes the salesmen goes to any extreme to make his living out of the product he is selling.
When you go to a market to buy a product, every salesman tries to get your attention and aims on convincing you that his product is the best (even if that product can kill you) that is exactly how our television Industry works

Every television journalist, anchor, cameramen, editor, director, producer is out there to get your attention (and Yes, they don’t care if you like them or hate them. The agenda is “ To get Attention”) and some of them will go to any extreme without realizing the after math.

Lets take a recent Example, The Maya Khan Show when she was out there to bust poor couple in public parks, we all hated her for it, but admit it she got attention. She had the perfect recipe for good TV or trash TV. Aunties and mommies brigade running after couples in public parks, morally policing them, checking their note books and so on. The more drama the more the attention. It’s a Hit.
If we all think that Most of the television producers analyze the aftermath of any telecast than we all need to wake up because unfortunately thats not how it is anymore. The only aim is to Sell Sell and Sell!!!

I have prepared a list of what Hard Sells on TV your most welcome to add on.

Religion specially Moral Policing In our Country sells like Sex and Violence
(Example Mullah Maya and Aamir Liaquat

Showing poverty in any form is the emotional Pornography of Pakistan Television ( Example Shabbir Tou Dhekhaye Ga)

Depicting Reality as Re enactment, dosent matter how exaggerated it is (Example: Meri Kahani Meri Zabani). Sooner or later we will have a channel which will just show re enactments.

Exploitation of Women sells in all forms whether its poor innocent woman at the mercy of rich Husband and Mother in Law ( Eg Humsafar) or poor innocent women in farms or seeking jobs gets raped by landlords or directors. Rape Is Extremely Good TV even in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Horror Shows all over Pakistan Television are Big Hits no matter how fake and staged they may look like. ( WKH, Pur Sarath and so on)

Outdoor one sided shows purely based on VOX POPS of people bashing government of being corrupt. According to these shows government is responsible for each and everything going wrong in this country.

The Morning Shows. Gaudy Clothes, Loud make up tagged with all the emotional drama and staging of people to get married shows. Every morning show’s favourite topic is SHAADI SHAADI and SHAADI.

Late night Political shows. Our very own senior Journalists cum Nostrdamus wannabes to whom Pakistan is coming to an end the next day ( Example Aaj Rath Kamran Khan Kay Sath, Kal Tak,Jasmine, Meher Bhukhari and the never ending list)

From: The Grave. To: My Nation

15 Jul

I am a Pathan

My family lives in Swat, I came to Karachi looking for work without knowing anyone in this big city, I started my struggle 6 months ago. Back in Swat I have a family, a pretty wife and four children. I want to send my children to school but really can’t afford it.

Economy in Swat is bad; there is no work due to which I came to Karachi. They say it’s a big city and everybody gets something or the other to their Naseeb. Well I came here to try my Naseeb too.

After a lot of struggle my life was finally settling down. I learnt how to drive rickshaw from my friend whom I share a small jhuggi with. He helped me out renting a rickshaw and since two months dropping people from one place to another became my daily routine.

This month for the first time I had saved some money for my family in swat. I told my wife that soon bad days would be over and eventually I would return back to her and start a small chai ka dhabba in swat.

I was going back to my Jhuggi after dropping my customers to a nearby location when They came on to my rickshaw and forcefully stopped it.

They looked at me with fierce anger in their eye and I thought what could I have possibly done. They started beating me up and throwing fuel at my rickshaw. I screamed for help but no one came and in no time my rickshaw was set on fire

I tried to get out but they would beat me even after setting me on fire with my rickshaw , I was so much in pain that I  eventually gave up.

They fled when I had no strength left in me, They fled when I stopped screaming for help. The fled when I had nothing left in me. I just wanted to ask why they did this to me.

After they left some people came and put a blanket on me but it was too late. Ambulance came and put me in grave with lots of other dead bodies.

On TV channels today they say 20 people died and I was one of them.

I was a number . Can you please tell that to my wife.

 I am a Mahajir

Its been 8 months since my graduation but this big city has no jobs. Everyday, I get up and drop dozens of resumes to various places but I don’t get any callbacks.

My dad passed away a year ago, I have 3 sisters after me. My mother keeps on saying that my sisters are my responsibility.

Getting a well-paid job is next to impossible in this big city but I had to begin so I started for looking small paid jobs and today was my lucky day. They are opening a franchise and  wanted well speaking waiters, I thought lets get started from somewhere.

I was going home at night thinking what will I tell my mom about the job. I thought I would just let her know that I have found work without mentioning my work place because she has huge expectations from me.

It was an unusual night, too silent for the big city I wanted to catch a rickshaw but then my pocket dint allow me so I decided to walk when I heard gunshots. There were crazy gunshots all around me and I had no place to hide. I tried to run as fast as I can and hid near tree when I felt something at my back, as I touched my back I felt my hands getting wet. It was blood, I was shot.

I was caught in between a crazy crossfire and as I hid behind the tree I could still hear gun shot all around me. There was no one to help and nowhere to run. I sat there and waited for the insanity to end help but it never did.

I bled out to death.

After hours the police came and took my body away. My body is kept with 10 more bodies and the TV at the police station is reporting I died with along with 20 people in the city.

I am a number, can you please tell that to my mother


Letter to Men in Starch Uniform

13 Jul

Dear Saviors of the Nation,

Early morning of every 23rd March I would switch on television just to see YOU parade and fly in the sky. As YOU came down in parachute with the green flags, I would tell myself I wish I was a boy with a little more height, I would do the same thing in a heartbeat.

I would spend rest of the day watching Junaid Jamshed and Shoaib Mansoor  work on Pakistan Television. “Kasam us waqt ki” and “Buhut Unchi” were my two favorite songs which glorified YOUR image as a Hot, Sexy Tarzan  who would love his jungle no matter what.

And who can forget, Alpha Bravo and Charlie, my love for YOU  was at its height when I saw Gulsher dying in Bosnia and Kashif losing his legs fighting in Siachen. I cried and felt very proud of YOU.

I was a proud Pakistani  the day you tested your nuclear technology and I felt relieved when Musharraf took over the government in a military coup.

I thought Pakistan is going to change for good.

Change Happened… Indeed it did and we became more miserable than we were before.

As You gained control, people around you lost control, I never realized that someone hated YOU so much that they would be ready to butcher YOU and show your corps in public. Why do people hate YOU? What have YOU done??

After all you have won a war in 1965

In 1971 The Break Up of Pakistan wasn’t YOUR fault right? The Bengalis were unfaithful to YOU that’s why YOU punished them and they revolted against YOU.

YOU had to create Taliban to fight the soviets otherwise they could have attacked us too. The Kalashnikov culture was a byproduct, its not YOUR fault right?

YOU made us Hate India because India hates YOU too. Why would we love India when they hate YOU.

YOUR nuclear capabilities are just against India because India has it against YOU too. Who gives a damn about what the world says that a nuclear power state  is enabled to have electricity in its country and how many children die every year because all the taxes used up by YOU to build your nuclear arsenal.

You did not know OBL was in Abbotabad near PMA because you were so busy fighting the War on Terror on west and 65 year old war on east. YOU dont have developed Radars which can track mountainous regions since there are no mountains on the east right?

YOU  kill and beat journalists because they give out sensitive information about Pakistan’s security which is paramount for YOU.You never come on TV to be accountable after all what do journalists know about national security. Let the stupid journalists question the stupid politicians. They are made for each other.

You Own Free Plots in Defence because You Spend all your life Serving in Army and staying away from your beloved, of course you need a reward for that.That’s not corruption right?

I don’t understand whats your fault when you have always been there for the nation, why do people hate you.

They say Junaid Jamshed and Shoaib Mansoor’s songs were to brainwash me and men like Gulsher and Kashif don’t exist, whoever exist thinks I am  bloody Civilian

Am I a Bloody Civilian???

The way I saw “BOL”

25 Jun

Do you know what happens when much created hype fails to deliver… Well Shoaib Mansoor’s “BOL” is a perfect example. For next couple of weeks or may be months you would see unlimited headline coverage and promos of “BOL” with subtitles and voice overs saying…” ITS RUNNING SUCCESSFULLY ALL OVER”…but I will have my serious doubts in long run.

I am not a film Critic neither a Film Maker but as a viewer, I have some serious fundamental issues associated with the screenplay of “BOL”

The handle of the movie deals with a basic issue Pakistan faces and that is how in the name of religion and culture or simply in the name of ” Beta Chaiye” population growth gets so called logical grounds. In my opinion its a topic well picked, however i disagree with some of the followings;

Firstly, why do we label that women in chaddar, nikab or hijab cannot be empowered. The movie potrays that; in the begining and towards the end. Why does a woman have to let go of her chaddar and get into “Defence Style Jhubbas” to look all empowered???

There are three more issues addressed in the movie, the treatment of eunuch, the shia sunni conflict and the role of prostitute in our society. However, all these three issues did not seem to have any connection with each other. They felt as if they were in three separate boxes.

Last but not the least, the thing which surprised me the most came towards the end of the movie when a journalist trys to save life of a girl by trying to wake the president up in the middle of the night saying ” Mera dil Kheta hai kay woh Mausum hai”. 

I am not a hardcore journalist yet, but I am sure my journalist friends would agree with me when I say that a journalist’s job is to make claims based on research and concrete evidence rather than what her DIL says. This was surprising dialogue considering the Pakistan’s biggest News Network funded the movie.

Recently, when I covered “Film Ki Kahani” in “Paisa Kahani”, I learnt that film industry in any country exist on two major school of thoughts. First being that every film has to have a mass appeal for it to be Successful, on the other hand some believed that for an industry to be successful, one need to have all kinds of movies which necessarily might not cater to the masses.

Now my question to you is which category does movies like “KHUDA KAY LIYE” and “BOL” falls in? Are these movies made for audiences in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad or they are made keeping the entire Pakistan in mind even though the film maker tries to address issues appealing the masses.

According to Express News Senior Entertainment Journalist Tahir Serwar Mir “Khuda Kay Liye” got funding worth Rs 11 Crore and at Box Office it made only Rs.5 Crore.Thats a huge loss by any standards but we still know that “Khuda Kay Liye” was a huge success. We will have to wait and watch “BOL” as another case study without believing on promos and headlines says for next fews weeks or may be months.

My point is not to criticize the movies made in Pakistan, all I am trying to say is that in order to make Pakistan Film Industry successful, the movie makers have to derive a plan in which they see returns on their investments made, only than Pakistan Film Industry can truly stand on its own.


Looking Forward For Your Thoughts

A for America n Arranged Marriages

7 Jun

“Do you have a boyfriend in Pakistan”..asked Joel, the director of ABC 10News. I replied by saying “No, I am single as I took a sip of non alcoholic margarita joel ordered for me.

We were having dinner at a mexican restaurant with Joel’s family and  his two friends, Mike and Robin. Over the past few weeks I had been affiliated with ABC 10news and Joel took me over to his house to show what a suburban American life is like.

” I had a client from Pakistan who had an arranged marriage, how does that work in Pakistan…what happens if it dosent work”? Robin asked me who is in real estate business in San diego.

Even though I could never find the idea of arrange marriage comfortable, there was something in me which felt like defending it, so I replied by saying that its not bad as a lot of people think it is, its just like two friends getting their other two friends hooked up, in our case parents try to do it. If it doesnt work IT DOESNT WORK!! simple as that!!

“Did your parents try that”, she asked

“Yea” I replied

“And you said No”…hmmm, she acknowledged

“I remember you trying to hook up our daughter once Robin”,said Mike to his wife. “Parents try to do that all the time here too” added Sarah, Joel”s wife.

Sarah further added by saying that once somebody told her that in America marriage is like…”whats in it for me” but thats not the case in countries like India and Pakistan. Its more like whats in it for the family, “Me” is less important than the “Family”

“Well, would you be fine with an arrange marriage Madiha”, asked robin again. I think for Robin I was the case study through which she wanted to understand how things work in Pakistan.

I replied by saying that I wouldn’t shy away from the idea of arrange marriage if I find the right guy, after all thats how it works in Pakistan.

“But you would prefer a Love Marriage, right?” Joel asked quickly and I couldnt be frank enough, so I said “Ideally yes!!..I would like to know the person I am marrying”

After that for next 15 minutes we just talked about how love marriages work in Pakistan while Joel’s kids were busy playing games on cell phone.

“So, when does a girl introduces the guy to her parents and vice versa” Mike asked me. I said that mostly whenever they are sure they are going to marry each other, an official proposal is sent to the girls parents by guy’s family.

Mike looked at me with surprise and said ” Ahhh I met my daughter’s boyfriend I am not sure if they will ever marry”.

” Well mostly there is no concept of casual dating in Pakistan, if we are seeing someone we do have something running back of our mind that we will end up marrying that person”…but dosent happen like that all the time”…I added.

“So what do you guys talk about during dating…Marriage?” asked robin surprisingly. I couldn’t control so I laughed and said “NO” …. hehehe!!!

Funny America!!!