Gulrukh Tausif

An avid reader and a compulsive writer. Being a mother of four children gives me plenty of hair raising, funny, serious, joyful, heart-warming and emotional stories to share.

Throw Away Clutter

By Gulrukh Tausif  Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris If we take a good hard look around our homes and cupboards, we will probably find a gazillion things we no longer need. There are probably children’s clothes, toys, shoes and books taking up space,…

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To Bee or Not To Bee, That Is The Question

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I had the privilege of attending a major spelling bee contest that is conducted by a famous English Media group every year. Thousands of students from hundreds of schools all across Pakistan take part in this competition. The regional rounds are held in different cities and then a national round takes…

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The Headlines We Make

Every morning I like to pursue world news while having my breakfast. I either read the newspaper or just scroll through headlines on my smartphone while sipping my hot mug of tea. But recently this activity has started making me feel depressed. Whether you read about Kashmir or Palestine, Yemen or Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan,…

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E-Learning: Solution To Our Educational Woes

“Get out of tranquility and step in the practical life. Dedicate your faculties to seek improvement in every field to make the condition of people. It is only then we can be strong enough to counter threats to our nation and defeat our enemies.” Quaid-e Azam If we start discussing the problems that we face…

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The Unholy Holy Men

By: Gulrukh Tausif For the past few weeks, a guru from across the border has been making headlines for getting a 20 year prison sentence for crimes against his female followers. One has to applaud the judiciary that gave the infamous “guru of bling” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh such a lengthy sentence as his followers…

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The Quest for STEM Education in Pakistan

“Everybody here is working together, loaning each other batteries, tools, helping each other fix programming issues to lift each other up,” Participant, First Global Challenge 2017. Imagine a world that is not divided by politics, hatred and war…. a world where every nation helps its neighbors, and a world where we realize that our common…

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Decline of Sports in Pakistan Badly Affects Our Youth

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently I came across a blog written by an Australian cricket journalist Dennis Freedman. In the blog he said, “We all saw the large crowd outside of Sarfraz Ahmed’s home when he returned victorious with the Champions Trophy. If roles were reversed and that was Steve Smith, the only thing outside his…

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Birthday Celebrations in School

By Gulrukh Tausif One event that excites children to no end is their birthday. It is a special day for them and the images of cakes, candles, gifts and confetti are enough to keep them awake all night. Birthday for a child is a big occasion which they want to celebrate with their friends and…

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 The Big Fat Pakistani Weddings

  By: Gulrukh Tausif “Bungalow, new car, kayee tolay sona, diamond ki angoothian, imported watches, Dubai kay return tickets……” People who know me or read my blogs must know that I am not a great fan of game shows. I feel that some game shows urge the participants to indulge in games where they are…

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A Society In Throes of Consumerism

By: Gulrukh Tausif When it comes to shopping, one of the best things I have read is an advice by Warren Buffet. The American business magnate, investor and one of the richest men in the world says: “If you keep on buying things you don’t need, soon will come a time when you will have…

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The Phubbing Phenomenon

By Gulrukh Tausif Smartphone technology has revolutionized the way we live our lives today. It has enabled us to stay connected with the world 24/7, send and receive messages, texts and emails from around the globe in matter of seconds, watch videos, read books, browse online stores, order food and get information and whatnot. But…

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Death of Gentle Manners

By Gulrukh Tausif “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, death of gentle manners.” – Robert A Heinlein in “Time Enough For Love.” Visiting a big shopping mall can be an exhilarating experience or a nightmare depending upon the time of…

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The Art of Listening

By: Gulrukh Tausif We seem to live in an era where everyone wants to be heard but few are willing to listen. All through the day, we meet many people and hear them talk but how much do we actually listen to them? Listening is much more than just using the ears to hear what…

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When Chicken Pox Comes To Roost

By Gulrukh Tausif “Mom, is it normal to have spots on the stomach like these ones?” When my 15 year old son asked me this question almost two weeks ago, bashfully lifting his shirt, I must admit my heart went a little pitter-patter. I had heard about a spike in chickenpox cases especially in Faisalabad…

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Changing Traditions of Ramadan

By: Gulrukh Tausif When I was a student, a joke used to circulate prior to every school exam that was held to torment us. A father asks his son how his preparations for the upcoming examination were going on. The son replies, “Very well father. I have bought a new set of uniform, two pens,…

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Summer Camps: Changing Trends

By:Gulrukh Tausif In 2010, I wrote an article about summer camps for a magazine. I discussed various activities most summer camps provided for children back then and various reasons why parents opted to enroll their children in summer camps. In 2017, I wrote another article on summer camps and boy, have the trends changed in…

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The Bright Side Of Load Shedding

By Gulrukh Tausif Last Sunday, after a hectic lunch I decided to have an afternoon siesta. It was Mother’s Day after all and mothers are entitled to some rest and recreation too, right? But as soon as I entered my room, the air conditioner switched off abruptly as if mocking my intentions. Howls of protest…

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The Three Gates of Wisdom

By: Gulrukh Tausif “If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind?” These wise words have been accredited to almost every sage ranging from Buddha to Greek philosopher Socrates to Sufi mystic Rumi to Hindu guru Sathya Sain Baba and even to Hazrat Ali (ra) But irrespective…

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Shattered Illusions

By: Gulrukh Tausif We often talk about the negative impact of social media, Hollywood/Bollywood movies or video games on our children but we forget that children are exposed to a lot of violence many times a day through television, newspapers and the Internet. It has become quite a norm for news channels to air detailed…

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The True Test of Our Inner Strength

By Gulrukh Tausif There is a very famous Chinese saying: “Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.” Whether we want to be more organized, more punctual, have a cleaner home, whether we want to learn a new skill, get rid of bad habits, save more money or get in shape, we need resolution…

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OMG! I Sound Just Like My Mom

By Gulrukh Tausif There are a few dire warnings, threats and statements which desi mothers are prone to make, and these are handed down generations like precious heirlooms. When I was growing up, I would roll my eyes, grind my teeth, or swear to myself that I would never say such things to my children…

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