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.

Be Kind, Show Compassion!

By Gulrukh Tausif A few days ago, I was buying grocery from a rather posh departmental store in Islamabad. I was near the cash counter waiting to pay for my shopping. A young boy, dressed in worn out clothes quietly went to the counter and put a crumpled 20 rupee note on it. “Ice cream”…

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We Are Pakistan!

By Gulrukh Tausif Recently, I was in a conversation with a friend of mine who is settled in US. Our conversation turned to education and she was full of criticism for Pakistan’s education system, its curriculum and teachers. Though I listened to her diatribe patiently, I could not help feel sad about her prejudice. Both…

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Love is In the Air….Or Not?

By Gulrukh Tausif I am sure this is going to be a highly unpopular blog especially among the younger people but the fun and beauty of writing blogs is that I can put across my ideas and opinions with complete freedom and others are equally free to agree or disagree with my perspective. As soon…

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Get Things Done

By Gulrukh Tausif Where does the whole day go? Almost every night, I seem to ask myself this question even after being up for almost 15-16 hours and doing something or the other nonstop all day long. Most of the time, I feel that 24 hours in a day are just not enough to pack…

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Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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Can We Mind Our Own Business Please!

By Gulrukh Tausif “Married for three years? Why don’t you have children yet?” “You are still single? Why didn’t you marry?” “What’s your husband’s salary? “Are you happy with your husband? What time does he get home?” “What grades did your children get?” Sometimes I feel that we have no concept of what it means to…

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When children tell lies

By Gulrukh Tausif  “Tell a lie once and all your truths become questionable” – Ivan Junius Recently I was with a group of moms and our conversation turned to how easily children tell lies nowadays. One mother who is also a teacher, told us some shocking tales of lies that her students tell in class including…

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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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