By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Confucius (born around 551 B.C.) was a Chinese thinker and philosopher.


Lines From Alchemist

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked, when they had made camp that day.

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

“But my heart is agitated,” the boy said. “It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it’s become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I’m thinking about her.”

“Well, that’s good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say.”

“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

“That makes sense. Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”

“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”

“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart.

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” his heart said. “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them—the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out indeed, to be threatening place.

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

From “The Alchemist”

Why We Shout?

A master asked his disciples:
‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’

the disciples thought for a while, and one of them said
‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’
‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’
The disciples gave him some other answers but none satisfied the master.

Finally he explained:
‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other through that great distance.’

Then the master asked:
‘What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is very small…’
And he finally said:
‘When they love each other even more, what happens?
‘They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love.
‘Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’


[Website Review]

[Website Review]

PHANDAR.COM is a beautiful addition to the list of websites catering information about Gilgit – Baltistan and Chitral. It is compiled and managed by a young team of highly talented students, mostly belonging to different parts of Ghizar District.

The first thing we noticed about the website was its catchy slogan, “We will tell you how to fish”! Phandar is famous for its Trout fishes, so, literal speaking, we have no reason to doubt veracity of the cute claim!

The main page features feeds from different news sources, giving the website a global outlook.

The website offers a comprehensive photo gallery showcasing stunning images from all parts of Gilgit – Baltistan and some parts of Chitral. A lively discussion forum, currently having 78 registered members, is also part of the web portal.

Another important feature of PHANDAR.COM might be the under-development Virtual Tourist Guide, which attempts to provide a comprehensive on-line resource for tourists.

PAMIR TIMES recommends http://WWW.PHANDAR.COM to its readers as an alternate source for more information about the Gilgit – Baltistan and Chitral region.


New Challenges Keep Us Alive!

New Challenges Keep Us Alive!

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish.

But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades.

So to feed the Japanese population,

Fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.

However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price . So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.

After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving.

They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference.

Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish .

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what

Would you recommend?

Scroll down for answer :


Here is How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh:

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks.

But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull,

So we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving?

Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and lively. Some times blessings come in disguise!

Photoshop Tips and Tricks

Action Automation
Who doesn’t love automation. Automation is every where from industry to human body.Now lets see how action automation helps and makes the task easy.
Action Automation which is called in photoshop as batch automation is needed when we need to apply the same action i.e resizing, apply some text,apply single or multi tasks, to multi images.
How to Do it?

1.Open an image in photoshop
2.Go to the palette window and choose action and if it is not there then follow these steps
2a.From the top bar goto window and select action
2b.There are two sub windows in this platelet, history and action. Select action
3.At the bottom of the of the action palette there are small icons (hover the mouse over the icon to see its name), click on the third icon from right ;Create new set; and give it a name.
4. Click on the next icon, which is create new action. Give it a name and click Record

5.Now do the task which you want to apply for this and all the other images. You can do as many actions on the images as you want.
6. When you are done click stop from the action palette.
7. Go to File.
8. Go to Automate, a pop up window will open.
9. From the top selet the action which you want to apply for batch. If you have only one then it will be selected by default but be sure to select the appropriate if you have more than one. Other wise you will end up doing some unwanted task.
10. Select the source folder where the images are located.
11. Select the destination folder
12. Select some name format for the images.
13. Select either of ‘log for error’ or ‘stop for error’. I will recommend the later; stop for error so that the action will be stopped when it encounters some error.
14. Click ‘OK’ to start the action
15. Within a few moments you will see some cumbersome actions applied to hundred of images. That’s the beauty of Photoshop action automation.

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Will the new facebook group application effect blogging??

Facebook has recently launched the new group application. It has many cool features like photo, videos,links and post sharing and which are the common features of facebook.
The features which distinguish it are the instant comment posting, the group chat and documents.
The instant comment posting is a very cool feature and we would love if it is applied to all wall commenting too. These are all the entertaining parts of this application but the actual potential lies in the document.
This is very useful for both the group and for individuals. I started many groups from the very first day. Some of them are very large and active groups and then the other day I started a group and kept it private to myself and I keep writing my daily routines and whatever came to my mind as a document in that group.
With time I realized that this feature has got all those potentials which we have in blogging like embedding photos and videos in the documents. The level of user friendliness is much higher in the group than in blog. For example it took me almost two to three weeks to be familiar with all the features in word press and i got to know all the good features in the facebook group from the very first day.
So now I am wondering whether this new feature of facebook will have some negative impact on blogging. I think it will have because
1.Facebook is the fast growing and the largest social network and people do share their blog contents in their facebook walls.Now if all the blogging features are provided there then why would one go for the blogs like worpress.
2.The facebook group is very easy and user friendly to create and use.
3.Besides that it has also got some other cool features like instant commenting and group chat
4.If someone needs his/her contents to be public then he doesn’t need to wait for others to come and visit like in blog. Now the control is on the authors hand, the more he has facebook friends the more he can add members to his/her group(this doesn’t need even their approval!!) and so the contents get publicized. This is a complete reverse engineering thought.isn’t it?
So I am thinking that this new feature will have some negative impact on blogging world.Lets wait and see with time.

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Eid ul Adha Mubarakh

On the occasion of Eid ul Adha I convey my heartiest happy Eid greetings to all my readers. May this eid bring happiness,peace and love in your lives.
The essence of Eid is to show our loyalty to Allah Almighty and to help those who need it the most. So please don’t forget those living out there on the road. The minimum you can do is to visit any shelter on the road side and give happy eid to them and let them know that we care for them.
May Allah give us all the courage to look beyond our own need and realize the pain of others and help them out.

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