“Karachi, thy name is Charity”!

April 17, 2019

Blog Harmony in Helping Hands

Karachiites have a fantastic appetite for philanthropy; and many times, it’s not advertised – these are the true “unsung heroes” of the day!

HARMONY IN HELPING HANDS is an informal group started by Rashna Gazder and which includes her piano pupils and guest performers.

Having a large group of budding & talented pianists, she realised she could use their talent alongwith her own in encouraging genuine causes in Pakistan.

As a group, they not only raise funds with concerts but also visit institutions regularly during and after the fundraiser.  As a teacher, she was keen to instill the desire of “giving back” – to give love and care to the less fortunate – in her students.

Rashna’s husband Percy and two sons – Dr. Darayus & Dr. Noshirwan – work very hard behind the scenes in supporting her rehearsals and donation drives, in spite of their own busy work & college schedules.

In all these recitals, Darayus complements each music performance with a befitting & individual video display.  In fact, it was Darayus who quoted “…true charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense”… now that’s true charity!

Even the guest performers – the likes of Azad Iqbal, Terence Joseph and Janelle Dias, to name but just a few – give their unflinching time and energies for each practice session, which starts months in advance of the final recital.

Not to leave out her piano pupils, who put in all the extra work, time and energies in spite of their own school classes, schedules and exams!

Harmony in Helping Hands has helped LRBT Eye Hospitals, Chitral Children’s Education Fund, Indus Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward, ABSA (The School And College For The Deaf) and The Parsi General Hospital.

Harmony in Helping Hands … truly, THY Name is Charity!

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Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

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Profit doesn't grow on Trees

April 11, 2019

Business and family groups are defined by their philosophy and values under which they operate.

We have 4 core philosophies under which our family operate, one of which I’ll take up here –

We are in the business for profit BUT AT THE SAME TIME, we have a responsibility towards our employees & society.  It is our moral obligation to assist our employees where necessary.

Somehow, here, “profit” is a dirty word.  Why?

If we don’t make a profit, how can we plough our resources back into employee welfare & engagement and social uplift & charity!?

If we don’t make a profit, how can we support our own team members’ genuine issues and society’s charitable endeavors!?

We have a “womb to tomb” philosophy – that doesn’t mean we force “you to work till you drop”.  What it means is that for our Associate & Supervisory cadre, generally, we let them work till THEY want to retire.

Pakistan doesn’t have any safety net for retired people. What do old people do?  Where can they turn?  No government since inception has ever provided or supported them.  It is upto us to look after them – whether by extended employment or pension or medical or education.

But how can we do this if there is no PROFIT!

 

“BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!”

(Title catchphrase from the original television show & film series “Star Trek”)

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April 1, 2019

What’s worse than having a hangover but isn’t an hangover ?  A 27 hour travel to Vancouver and then add 4 hours for the return journey.  I wish it had been a hangover instead!

We traveled from Karachi to Doha- so that’s 3 hours; with a 3 hour wait in Doha.  We then had a 15½ hour journey to Los Angeles.  That was followed by a 3 hour wait.  Finally, another 3 hour journey to Vancouver… 27 HOURS!

Returning was exactly the same- except we had to add 2 more hours for the wait in Los Angeles; and 2 more hours for the wait in Doha… 31 HOURS!

Being in Economy didn’t really help either!

I just read an article that the Spaceship X type of programs will eventually result in an half hour journey between Dubai & London – can’t wait for that to happen!

Till then, I wish star Trek’s transporter was actually there- we could simply be across the world with a simple “beam me up… Scotty”!

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(Images courtesy- http://walter-russell.com/beam-me-up-scotty/ & https://seekingalpha.com/article/4134953-beam-scotty)