Thursday, 18 July 2013

Demise of the Catholic Board of Education




Over the years the catholic board of education has played an integral part in the education of children in Karachi, many people have considered the catholic schools to be up to the mark and having a standard which helps enrich their children with proper educational means.

I have also studied from a catholic board based school and have been blessed to receive good education.  Having matriculated back in 2005 I went on to get my intermediate degree from the then newly denationalized St. Patrick’s College.

Though the catholic schools were once the pinnacle of the society but with time their status has deteriorated, in fact their entire ideology has changed.

Mediocre Level of Education
Our schools are offering courses to students which are not up to date. It’s a problem which needs to be tackled; besides extra-curricular courses should also be included not just for the sake of it but to help in the proper development of the children.
Personally I think the Sindh Board based text books are an archive which encourage route learning and phenomena which many students suffer from in schools. The CB needs to implement steps to eradicate such means of studying and implement more interactive methods of education.

Stone- Age Era Teaching

We need to step out of the stone-age era, as technology advances schools as well need to acquire the latest teaching systems.
No more scary science and computer labs please, besides modern teaching systems such as projectors, slides etc should be used by teachers. I am not counting out the traditional means of teaching but a balance has to be sought to boost the morale and motivate the children.

Get Back to No-Profit

This is one issue which has scared the catholic board based schools. It has become a den for money makers, cheaters and the corrupt.
These schools were initiated as no-profit but looking at the way things are being managed well it does not seem no-profit anymore. I know that many of you are going to be raising a finger against me on this but we need to look back and stand where are roots are.

Qualified Teachers

Teachers are not up to the mark, neither are they qualified not professional in nature, for them the school job is just a way to get started and whenever a good opportunity calls off they go.
We need to focus in getting professionals into the school that specialize in the subjects they teach and also are qualified to offer education to the children.
Besides we also need to have proper and fit PT instructors, sports coaches etc. At the moment many of the schools are filled with parachi’s.
 

Friday, 12 July 2013

Golden Era of Indian Cricket



I encountered a remarkable ICC Champions Trophy Final (though due to rain, play was downsized to 20 overs per innings) which was played against the host team England and India.

The Indian team who emerged victorious at the end of the day put up a classical display and this time around it was their underrated bowling which gave them the breakthrough.
While 1.241 billion people rejoiced over this triumph I was back on my couch shouting curses towards the Indian team who yet gain triumphed in a major cricketing tournament.

Being a Pakistani fan (who I thought would at least reach the finals this year) I was really sad when they did not manage to clear the group stages nonetheless, i think to be fair it was a well-deserved feat by the Indians to become champions.

All credit for the performance of the Indian team goes to their skipper Dhoni, who according to me is a freaking genius, a captain who leads from the front, trusts the capability of the players and at the end of the day does his job well both by keeping wickets and with the bat.

Besides him India has the strongest batting line-up in the world at the moment, even their lower order batsmen who are mainly bowlers have proper batting temperament (Ashwin went on to deny Australia a win in the test series by batting through two sessions).

Well I am not a die-hard Indian Team fan but looking at this young and talented Indian side there is only thought which crosses my mind that at the moment they are the best one-day and T-Twenty team in the world.
 
Well guys, what do you think about this? Please share your views and reviews and also state your arguments in the comment box below.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Pepper Water - A Savour for Soup Lovers




I guess many of you are fans of chicken soup and chicken Yakni Soup but have you heard of an Indian dish called Pepper Water?

If no then it’s something you ought to try as the dish is spicy yet full of surprises, something which can get your taste buds zooming and is quite easy to make.
I was introduced to this dish by my aunt (who according to me is one of the best cooks) though this is not her original recipe but is close enough to her original one.



Ingredients:


You would require the following ingredients to get started with the pepper water soup:
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin seed 
  • 2 dry red chilies (break them into halves)
  • 6-7 curry pata’s (leaves)
  • ½ tsp mustard seed
  • Garlic cloves finely minced 6-7 
  • 2 cups of water 
  • 1 ½ can diced tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing 
Method:



  1. Take the oil and heat it in a pan, add the cumin and mustard seed.
  2. When they stop spluttering add the garlic, dry red chilies, pepper, curry pata (fry them until the garlic turns pale and golden in color).
  3. Add the tomato water, add salt according to taste then. 
  4. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes after which turn off the fire.
  5. Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and serve hot adding little amount of boiled rice in it.