Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Senior Software Engineer (Java) required in Karachi

Vacancy for a “Senior Software Engineer ” in the Technology Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Senior Software Engineer

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 0900 – 1800 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

  • Consistently write, translate, and code software programs and applications according to specifications.
  • Ensures that code meets specifications. Writes code that is easily maintainable. Is able to debug own code for preliminary testing. Must practice standard software development methodologies and standards.
  • Enhance, modify, and repair existing code.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and maintenance of technology-based business solutions.
  • Code, test, and implement configuration changes to software applications to meet both functional and technical requirements.
  • Will be involved in the full software development life-cycle in coordination with other engineers, QA, and designers and should be confident and adept in articulating ideas in a clear, well thought out manner.
  • Generate innovative ideas and support new ideas or approaches that enhance service

· Ensure that all architectural/coding guidelines are followed.

  • Assist Application Developers, analysts, and designers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of program requirements and specifications.
  • Individual will also provide guidance to and review the work of other team members as well as investigate ways to potentially improve existing code and implement improvements.
  • Participating in requirements debriefing and finalizing requirements
  • Participate in root-cause analysis, communicate options for resolution and provide recommendations to customer-facing technology problems

Educational & Experience Requirement

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information technology or equivalent experience
  • Must have at least 3-6 years hands-on coding experience.
  • Strong development experience. Work experience in frameworks like STRUTS, SPRING, Hibernate, Toplink etc. would be a plus.

Required Behavioral Traits

  • Dependable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Team Player, Detail Oriented.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in time sensitive environments
  • Motivated self-starter with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized and result oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced business environment with adoptability to change.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed are required for completion of every project.
  • Must be a team player and should have skills to coordinate with cross cultural teams.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform well under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines and follow up and follow through project schedules.
  • Promote positive tone and high standards of quality within the group or department, and serves as a model to other team members
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly to get the job done.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Must be willing to take additional responsibilities.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Friday, January 6th, 2012 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Web Developer required in Karachi

Vacancy for a “Web Developer ” in the Marketing Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Web Developer

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 1800 – 0300 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop cross browser, standards compliant, high performance websites using modern web development tools and techniques.
  • Maintain existing web sites by modifying content and creating new features and pages.
  • Interact with SEO team to create search engine friendly content and links.
  • Interact with offshore Portal Managers and Business Development Managers to complete web maintenance activities.  
  • Create and Modify wordpress themes according to specified style guide.
  • Keeping track of daily activities on project management software. 

Educational & Experience Requirement

  • At least 4+ years of experience in similar capacity
  • Strong knowledge on HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery experience considered.
  • Experience in rich “Web 2.0” centric technologies (i.e. - weblogs, wikis, social networking, RSS feeds, and API’s).
  • Ability to create and translate Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files (image assets) into usable HTML scripts/templates.
  • Familiarity with AJAX and some server-side technology.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in a Team environment.
  • Should have good knowledge of web-based training.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Highly organized and motivated.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and be knowledgeable in the use of the Microsoft Office suite or some other office productivity software.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria, and can work in evening shift and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Friday, January 6th, 2012 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Eating Out–360Training Quarterly Entertainment Q4 at Super Salateen, Dalmia Road opp. Shan a Mughlia :)

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Senior Manager Operations required in Karachi

Vacancy for a “Senior Manager Operations” in the General Administration Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Senior Manager Operations

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 1200 – 2100 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

Manage and Oversee/Support all internal departments

1. Directly Manage

    • Human Resource
    • Corporate governance
    • Facilities management
    • Office administration

2. Develop & Modify Business Processes

    • Strategic Planning- Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects process and other changes for continuous improvement.
    • Quarterly Goals Management- Ensure entire organization follows the rhythm of establishing SMART quarterly goals that are posted on their cubicles and are tied to the strategic plan and company objectives.
    • Execution- Evaluate and implement the existing execution methodology by embracing and enforcing a rhythm in meaningful, well-run, well-managed, meetings to ensure intra department and intra office communication, priority alignment and accountability
    • KPI- assessment of all existing Key Performance indicators.  Recommend modifications and communicate regularly with internal departments on observations of patterns.
    • Quarterly All Hands meetings – Ensure these are coordinated with Austin and manage the local meetings to communicate the big picture, ensuring employees understand the vision, mission and the organization.  Ensure employee recognition is part of meetings.
    • Culture Building- Build a high performance culture by ensuring a strong communication process, clarity in quarterly goals, meetings to be helped with clear and concise agendas, forecast risks, proactive communication with respect to any change in policy, utilize solid performance improvement plans and reward and recognition programs to demonstrate consequences, provide boundaries of required performance and recognize excellence.
    • Process Reengineering- Examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures to decrease cost and increase efficiency.

3. Corporate Governance

    • Knowledge and understanding of commercial operating principles, practices, and procedures within area of business specialty within Pakistan.
    • Recommend and participate in the development corporate by laws, legal, tax and bank policies and procedures to ensure the company is in compliance with local laws.
    • Represent 360 to various institutional divisions as well as externally to the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and individuals, prospective vendors, and/or a range of constituencies within the community at large.

4. Financial/Business Analysis Techniques

    • Understand and coordinate capital and operating expenditures and fiscal systems.
    • Make decisions about local purchasing within approved authority.
    • Direct involvement in negotiation and management of local contractual arrangements.
    • Analyze and understand financial data presented in local financial reports, statements and/or projections.
    • Develop direct budgets and manage local annual budget process for the organization and perform regular cost and productivity analysis.

Educational & Experience Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA preferred
  • Must have 8 – 10 years of experience preferably in the IT industry, with at least 5 years experience in similar capacity.
  • Experience managing executive level relationships with the ability to influence at all levels
  • Experience in business development, channel sales, account management, and/or related area within the technology and/or software industries
  • Experience with the entire partner lifecycle: recruitment to close; ramp up; handholding and relationship management; enabling and influencing partner marketing and sales; driving metrics

Required Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

    • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences and distinguish between and understand the needs of various stakeholders including customers, field teams and channel partners
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and the ability to foster / maintain relationships internally and externally; strong credibility and follow-thru
    • Independent thinker, self-starting, self-managing, execution-oriented leadership; ability to manage a broad set of responsibilities with minimal support
    • A "Do-er" - with a strong personality who can make things happen
    • Ability to thrive and drive decision-making in extremely fast paced and dynamic environment where change is a constant; ability to optimize plans and execution on the fly
    • Ability to understand and communicate on a mix of unique industry expertise and closing sales
    • Strong negotiating skill and experience closing various contracts
    • A proven track record in achieving results working cross-functionally and cross-organizationally.
    • Some travel is required

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Monday, January 2nd, 2011 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Principle Software Engineer (WebSphere Commerce Server) required in Karachi

Vacancy for a “Principle Software Engineer - Storefront” in the Technology Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Principle Software Engineer (SF)

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 0900 – 1800 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

  • Consistently write, translate, and code software programs and applications according to specifications.
  • Ensures that code meets specifications. Writes code that is easily maintainable. Is able to debug own code for preliminary testing. Must practice standard software development methodologies and standards.
  • Enhance, modify, and repair existing code.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and maintenance of technology-based business solutions.
  • Code, test, and implement configuration changes to software applications to meet both functional and technical requirements.
  • Will be involved in the full software development life-cycle in coordination with other engineers, QA, and designers and should be confident and adept in articulating ideas in a clear, well thought out manner.
  • Generate innovative ideas and support new ideas or approaches that enhance service

· Ensure that all architectural/coding guidelines are followed.

  • Assist Application Developers, analysts, and designers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of program requirements and specifications.
  • Individual will also provide guidance to and review the work of other team members as well as investigate ways to potentially improve existing code and implement improvements.
  • Participating in requirements debriefing and finalizing requirements
  • Participate in root-cause analysis, communicate options for resolution and provide recommendations to customer-facing technology problems
  • Assist in providing ballpark estimates for prioritization
  • Providing LOE and WBS after system design is complete

Educational & Experience Requirement

  • Must have at least 6-10 years hands-on coding experience.
  • Experience in web application development using J2EE technologies such as EJB, JSP, Struts, Servlets, JDBC, Java and Websphere Commerce Servers 5.5/5.6, Websphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD) and Websphere Application Server (WAS)..
  • Experience in Websphere Application Developer and WCS including installation and configuration (Websphere 5.0/5.1 and later versions)
  • Experience in installing, configuring and administrating Web servers such as IBM HTTP server, Apache and IIS would be a plus

Required Behavioral Traits

  • Dependable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Team Player, Detail Oriented.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in time sensitive environments
  • Motivated self-starter with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized and result oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced business environment with adoptability to change.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed are required for completion of every project.
  • Must be a team player and should have skills to coordinate with cross cultural teams.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform well under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines and follow up and follow through project schedules.
  • Promote positive tone and high standards of quality within the group or department, and serves as a model to other team members
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly to get the job done.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Must be willing to take additional responsibilities.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Friday, January 6th, 2012 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Distinguished SQA Engineer required in Karachi

Vacancy for a “Distinguished SQA Engineer” in the Technology Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Distinguished SQA Engineer

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 0900 – 1800 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

· Generate test cases per requirements, functional specifications, and test case templates.

· Test applications across multiple Operating Systems and browsers for GUI, functional, and scenario defects.

· Record and update defects, and verify defect fixes, using the JIRA defect tracking tool.

· Any other testing/ planning task given by the SQA Project Manager.

· Perform hands-on testing according to the testing plan provided by the SQA Project Manager.

· Have complete functional knowledge of current project assigned.

· Advise and help SQA team in matters related to testing.

· Adhere to SQA Methodology document during the testing cycles.

· Review requirements and functional specifications to provide testability and implementation advice.

· Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise QA Team members, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

· Make recommendations, accept direction, monitor and motivate SQA Team to excellence.

· Provide suggestions for improvement of QA efficiency.

· Identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.

· Develop test cases for new improvements.

· Calculate testing effort LOE for improvements.

· Lead the automation of the testing of the application.

· Attend all appropriate design meetings with SQA DEs to give (recommend quality improvements, testability issues) and receive/disseminate (inform QA Team and QA Manager) test and project information.

· Participate in requirements de-briefing and requirements gathering and formation of the SRS.

· Ensure the User Interface provided is complete and consistent with the application.

· Keep components updated in JIRA according to new improvements.

· Keeping track of all test cases for their application.

Interface with other department DEs to identify and resolve issues and conflicts

Educational & Experience Requirement

  • Must have at over 10 years’ of hands-on Software Testing and Quality Assurance experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree (BS/BCS/BE) from accredited college-level institution in the software field
  • MS/ MCS in software field (preferred)
  • QA Certification (preferred)

Required Skill Set

  • Individual who naturally looks for flaws, and is driven to suggest improvements.
  • Have an understanding of automated testing, load testing & stress testing.
  • Should be familiar with SQL.

Required Behavioral Traits

  • Dependable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Team Player, Detail Oriented.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in time sensitive environments
  • Motivated self-starter with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized and result oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced business environment with adoptability to change.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed are required for completion of every project.
  • Must be a team player and should have skills to coordinate with cross cultural teams.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform well under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines and follow up and follow through project schedules.
  • Promote positive tone and high standards of quality within the group or department, and serves as a model to other team members
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly to get the job done.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Must be willing to take additional responsibilities.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Friday, December 30th, 2011 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Hanging Out–Deep Sea Fishing off Kemari @ Saka 1 and Saka 2

Date – 25 December 2011
Departure Point – Kemari Port
Departure Time – 8:00 am
Wind Speed – 5 to 7 knots
Water Clarity – 0 to 2 foot
Waves – Ripple and Calm
Fishing Points – Saka 1 and Saka 2
Fishing Type – Bottom
Fish/Catch Type – Phuggia, Bream or Khapartaan, Rock Cod or Damba, Catfish or Khagga, Eel or Bam
Arrival Time – 8:30 pm

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Pakistan Blog Awards and Imran Khan’s Surprise Visit

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hanging Out–Deep Sea Fishing at Saka1 and Hara Makaan off Kemari Port, Karachi

We did it at last Open-mouthed smile

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Alhamdolilah! we catch almost 60 kg – 70 kg of Fish. It’s one of the best fishing trip I ever had (out of 6 or 7 fishing tours in total).

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Special thanks to our Trip Organizer, Asim Siddiqui, who is fishing (as a hobby) for the last 18 years or so. He has all the necessary equipment, Garmin GPS locator, Sonar Fish Finder, Professional Fishing Rods, Tackles, Lures, etc. He guided us to the best fishing spots i.e. Saka1 and Hara Makaan using his Garmin GPS locator which contains all the “Numbers” (Fish colonies or concentration points) that he and others have found for the last 10 years or more using Sonar Fish Finder or practical experiences.

He also educate us with the terminologies, techniques and technicalities of fishing. And for the first time I get to know that all these years I was doing the Bottom Fishing or Legering. In this tour  we did the same although we had plan to experience Trolling as well, but we missed the ideal time i.e. before Sun Rise to do exactly that.

We were around 16 people or so and we left Kemari Port, Karachi at around 8:30 am. We travelled almost an hour and a half to reach Saka1 point. We did fishing for approximately 7 hours at Saka1 and another point called Hara Makaan. Its been an amazing experience, specially for us, because in all of the trips that we did so far, we weren’t able to catch much, but this one turns out to be Jack Pot!

Roughly we form 3 groups, our group of 7 people caught almost 18 kg of fish. Fish types include [ Name > English / Urdu ] Grouper / Ghissar, ?/ Khisi, ?/ Khapartaan, ?/ Dandiya. The biggest fish we caught was just above a Kg and majority of them were around half a kg.

Another first for us in this tour was that, we learned how to prepare fishing wires with reels, different weight sizes, different tackle types and their different arrangements based on different bite types Smile. Soooo much to learn!

During our trip we also heard large explosion sounds of Pak Navy War Exercise/Game in close proximity. We also spotted a Pak Navy Destroyer and a Frigate, others were too far but some of them can be seen as small spots.

All in all this trip was a great learning and entertaining experience for us and we enjoyed it a lot.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer required in 360Training Karachi

Vacancy for a “Senior SQA Engineer” in the Technology Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Senior SQA Software Engineer

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 0900 – 1800 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

· Generate test cases per requirements, functional specifications, and test case templates.

· Get testing requirements from the SQA Distinguished Engineer

· Test applications across multiple Operating Systems and browsers for GUI, functional, and scenario defects.

· Record and update defects, and verify defect fixes, using the JIRA defect tracking tool.

· Any other testing/ planning task given by the SQA Distinguished Engineer or SQA Project Manager.

· Perform hands-on testing according to the testing plan provided by the SQA Project Manager.

· Have complete functional knowledge of current project assigned.

· Advise and help SQA Distinguished Engineer in matters related to testing.

· Adhere to SQA Methodology document during the testing cycles.

· Review requirements and functional specifications to provide testability and implementation advice.

· Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise QA Team members, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work.

· Make recommendations, accept direction, monitor and motivate SQA Team to excellence.

· Provide suggestions for improvement of QA efficiency.

· Identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.

· Assist in development of test cases for new improvements.

· Assist in calculation of testing effort LOE for improvements.

· Assist in the automation of the testing of the application.

Educational Requirement

  • A bachelor’s degree (BS/BCS/BE) from accredited college-level institution in the software field
  • MS/ MCS in software field (preferred)
  • QA Certification (preferred)

Experience Requirement

  • Must have at least 3-6 years’ hands-on Software Testing and Quality Assurance experience.

Required Skill Set

  • Individual who naturally looks for flaws, and is driven to suggest improvements.
  • Have an understanding of automated testing, load testing & stress testing.
  • Should be familiar with SQL.

Required Behavioral Traits

  • Dependable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Team Player, Detail Oriented.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in time sensitive environments
  • Motivated self-starter with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized and result oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced business environment with adoptability to change.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed are required for completion of every project.
  • Must be a team player and should have skills to coordinate with cross cultural teams.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform well under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines and follow up and follow through project schedules.
  • Promote positive tone and high standards of quality within the group or department, and serves as a model to other team members
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly to get the job done.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Must be willing to take additional responsibilities.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Monday, December 26th, 2011 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Principle Software Engineer Java required in 360Training Karachi

Vacancy for a “Principle Software Engineer” in the Technology Department/Karachi

Vacant position: Principle Software Engineer

Location: Karachi, Pakistan

Timings: 0900 – 1800 PST

No of Position: 01

Key Responsibilities

  • Consistently write, translate, and code software programs and applications according to specifications.
  • Ensures that code meets specifications. Writes code that is easily maintainable. Is able to debug own code for preliminary testing. Must practice standard software development methodologies and standards.
  • Enhance, modify, and repair existing code.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and maintenance of technology-based business solutions.
  • Code, test, and implement configuration changes to software applications to meet both functional and technical requirements.
  • Will be involved in the full software development life-cycle in coordination with other engineers, QA, and designers and should be confident and adept in articulating ideas in a clear, well thought out manner.
  • Generate innovative ideas and support new ideas or approaches that enhance service

· Ensure that all architectural/coding guidelines are followed.

  • Assist Application Developers, analysts, and designers in conceptualizing and development of new software programs and applications.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of program requirements and specifications.
  • Individual will also provide guidance to and review the work of other team members as well as investigate ways to potentially improve existing code and implement improvements.
  • Participating in requirements debriefing and finalizing requirements
  • Participate in root-cause analysis, communicate options for resolution and provide recommendations to customer-facing technology problems
  • Assist in providing ballpark estimates for prioritization
  • Providing LOE and WBS after system design is complete

Educational Requirement

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information technology or equivalent experience.

Experience Requirement

  • Must have at least 6-10 years hands-on coding experience.

Required Skill Set

  • Strong development experience. Work experience in frameworks like STRUTS, SPRING, Hibernate, Toplink etc. would be a plus.

Required Behavioral Traits

  • Dependable, Enthusiastic, Motivated, Team Player, Detail Oriented.
  • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in time sensitive environments
  • Motivated self-starter with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be highly organized and result oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced business environment with adoptability to change.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed are required for completion of every project.
  • Must be a team player and should have skills to coordinate with cross cultural teams.
  • Must have excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to stay calm and perform well under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to meet critical deadlines and follow up and follow through project schedules.
  • Promote positive tone and high standards of quality within the group or department, and serves as a model to other team members
  • Ability to learn new tools quickly to get the job done.
  • Good Communication Skills.
  • Must be willing to take additional responsibilities.

Individual is required on urgent basis, candidates fulfilling the above requirement criteria and can join immediately are encouraged to apply.

Note: This is a full time permanent position. Interested candidates should send their application/resumes to sm.humayun@360training.com by Friday, December 23rd, 2011 and ensure the vacancy applied for is mentioned in the subject line.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hanging Out–Trip to Nagarparkar, Sindh

Saturday, 03 December 2011

05:00 AM – Departure from Karachi
06:20 AM – Fajir Prayers at Sunway Lagoon Mosque. See slideshow for complete pictures of the tour.
06:20 AM – Fajir Prayers at Sunway Lagoon Mosque
07:30 AM – Breakfast at Badin
07:30 AM – Breakfast at Badin
. Experience local breakfast dish called “Daal Khaagar”. See slideshow for complete pictures of the tour.

03:00 PM – Arrival at Nagarparkar
03:50 PM – Visit Jain Temple
04:15 PM – City View from Top of nearby Granite Mountain

04:45 PM – Back to our Rest House
04:50 PM – Asar Prayers
05:00 PM – Start cooking Chicken Karhai Gosht. See slideshow for complete pictures of the tour.
Chicken Karhai Gosht cooked by ourselves
. If you can not compromise on Quality and Taste of food than you have to either hire a cook for your stay or you have to cook it yourself. We bought the chicken from Karachi and marinated it in Shan’s Chicken Karhai Gosht Masala along with lots of curd. When we reached Nagarparkar the chicken was marinated for almost 18 hours and cooking it was as easy as heating the oil and dumping all the chicken and curry and leave it in mild flame for almost an hour. It was very tasty comparatively with what was available at local hotels/dhaabas, so much so that a local homeopathic doctor said that you won’t be able to find a dish in whole of Nagarparkar that’s as tasty as this one Smile
05:45 PM – Maghrib Prayers
06:00 PM – Tea
07:00 PM – Dinner
09:00 PM – Isha Prayers
09:30 PM – Went to sleep – Yes! at 9:30 Surprised smile

Sunday, 04 December 2011

04:00 AM – Woke up
04:15 AM – Breakfast
05:30 AM – Fajir Prayers
05:45 AM – Leave Rest House
06:30 AM – Ranpur Dam

08:00 AM – Choorio Village near Indo-Pak Border

10:30 AM – Kasbo Village

11:15 AM – Trekking on Karoonjhar Mountains
11:50 AM – Arrival at Saldaro Temple

12:00 PM – Departure from Saldaro Temple
12:50 PM – Arrival at Rest House
01:30 PM – Departure from Nagarparkar
02:05 PM – Arrival at Bhodesar Mosque

02:15 PM – Departure from Bhodesar Mosque
05:05 PM – Arrival at Khanqah Imdadia Ashrafia, Naukot – Asar Prayers. See slideshow for complete pictures of the tour.
Asar Prayers at Khanqah Imdadia Ashrafia, Naukot
05:20 PM – Departure from Khanqah Imdadia Ashrafia, Naukot
12:15 AM – Arrival at Karachi

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Hanging Out–Trip to Rani Kot, Sann, Sindh

Deewar e Sindh or Great Wall of Sindh is a beauty to watch and trek along. Unlike what we expected, proper roads lead you to the very entrance of the Rani Kot Fort. However, because of under-construction bridges, the two internal forts Meeri Fort and Shergarh Fort are accessible only via 4x4. We tried to move further inside to reach Meeri Fort but Cultus didn’t make it. Civic and Alto can go through but Cultus can’t. Nevertheless, inshaAllah we will try next time with a 4x4.

Please carry along enough drinking water and snack/food with you because the nearest shop is almost 30kms away on Indus Highway.

We also tried Palla Fish at Al Manzar Hotel on our way back. Over all fish taste was good, but the spices/recipe used by Al Manzar, wasn’t an experience to remember.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Al Sajjad Restaurant, Beach View Road, Do Darya, Phase 8, DHA

Phone Number – 021 32005036

Mobile / Cell Numbers – 0332 2001222 & 0333 2228111 & 0301 8290958

Email Address – sajjaddayo@hotmail.com

Hanging Out: Trip to Hyderabad and Muhammad Rehan Rana’s Valima

Special thanks to Muhammad Rehan Rana, that he invited us in his Valima Ceremony and provided us the chance to plan a short trip to Hyderabad.

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Bombay Bakery, Hyderabad

Asli Haji Rabri Wala, Shahi Bazar, Hyderabad

Sindh Museum, Hyderabad

Sindhi Handicrafts, Hyderabad

Kotri Barrage and Al Manzar Restuarant, Jamshoro Bypass, Hyderabad

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Momo - The Cute Persian Cat :)

Momo - The Cute Persian Cat

Eating Out: Grill House, Near Naheed Super Market Chowrangi

Grill House is a new outlet opened a couple of months ago. Besides very good Quality, their entrees are good on Quantity as well. I have yet to find an eatery that offers BIGGER burgers than them. Imagine, someone like “me” get contented with a single burger! and some of my friends broke in the middle Smile

Grill House offer a variety of Appetizers, Soups, Sizzling Steaks, Burgers, Pasta, Margaritas. A variety of flavorful drinks, Frozen Deserts and Coffee.

GRILL HOUSE
#5, Ground Floor, Iqbal Arcade
Main Shaheed-e-Millat Road
Karachi, Pakistan.
Tel: (92-21) 3-438-2055, 3-438-2056

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hanging Out: Port Grand, Karachi

Port Grand turns out to be a very good addition to Karachi’s Attractions. Very well managed, beautifully crafted;

Open to families only and offers a variety of food and snack outlets. Play Area for children. Elegantly planned path ways, greenery, sitting areas.

Entry Fee is PKR 300/- per person
Old age greater than 65 years have FREE entry
Children below than 12 years have FREE entry
Out of PKR 300/- Entry Fee. You will receive Redeemable Coupons worth PKR 200/- which you can utilize within Port Grand to either buy Food, Drinks or Rides.

Cleanliness and Security Staff were vigilant and active.

For further details please visit Port Grand Website.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

FREE Education Support Program for Intelligent and Underprivileged Students

IMPORTANT - Currently ATF has started this project in Karachi only. Hopefully inshaAllah, they'll expand in future to other cities. A separate notice will be issued once the project is launched in other cities.

Assalam o Alaikum,

My friends at Aid The Fate have started a new program to support educational expenses of intelligent and underprivileged students who are unable to continue their education on financial grounds. Aid The Fate have gathered like minded people and donors and have kick start the project.

If you know such boys/girls directly or indirectly, who are intelligent but unable to continue their education than this is a great opportunity for them. Please help them connect with Aid The Fate and reap the benefits of collective good here and in hereafter.

See how their efforts paid off!

Connect with Aid The Fate via +923212593079 & +923219200740

Also, please donate them for this and other projects, whose details are available on their website. InshaAllah together we CAN change the FATE of our people… for good!

Wassalam,
~SMH

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Eid ul Azha and Distribution of Meat to Poor Families

One of my friend has geared up for this Eid ul Azha, to distribute collected meat from us to extremely poor families living in Surjani Town, Sector 7-B. He has also done some relief work in the same area in the past and know local coordinators who are honest and want to help to bring relief to the people of the area.

All you have to do, is to drop meat packets to his residence and he will then distribute them to the needy families. If any one of you wish to accompany him to look over or help in distribution work by him/her self than that will be much appreciated.

Call him on his cell +92.300.2338271 (Zeeshan Ahmed) to coordinate for further details and/or address.

Eid ul Azha 2011/1432 Hijri Mubarak to all of you!

Eating Out: 2011-11-04 @ Hardees, Near Hyderi, Karachi

Beef Burgers are far more delicious than Chicken Burger. Unfortunately this time Beef Burgers were not on the Menu, so we had to opt for Chicken Burgers.

Classic French Fries are better than the Rings. And taste, crispiness and softness of Classic French Fries are superior to equivalents available at KFC or McDonalds.

Hand-made creamy Shakes were as good as that of McDonalds.

Also, get a chance to try complementary Chicken Tenders. A very good addition to their menu.

I personally believe McDonalds have insulted some thing as delicious and delicate as Burgers. And before Hardees, I prefer Mr. Burger over McDonalds. But now! Hardees have taken the taste and quality at a different level far more better than its competitors in Karachi, Pakistan.

Had a chat with the acting manager @ Hardees and they have plans to open 10 new branches in Karachi. A new branch near Kublai Khan will be opened shortly.

Overall, Hardees has an edge on taste and if not better than equal quality in comparison to its competitors.

~SMH

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Helping Hand Required – Loan for a respectable family in trouble

Assalam o Alaikum,

I’ve come to know about a respectable family who are in big financial trouble these days. They had a good business earlier, but due to financial losses, their business is reduced and what remaining is generating very limited monthly income. Out of that, they are paying the Interest/Riba based monthly payments against the loan which they took to increase their business, while the original loan amount remains the same. The family now understand their mistake and is keen to get rid of the interest/riba based loan as soon as possible. Total loan amount is around 4 lacs and they have collected almost 2.75 lacs, they need an interest/riba free loan of 1.25 lacs now. They’ll have to pay a payment of PKR 16,000 every month while the load amount remains as it is.

Can each of us pool some funds so that burden will not be on one or few people and yet we be able to help the family quickly, before the start of the next month?

It’s an URGENT call, and I am sorry about that, but still I thought to give it a try, if we be able to collect and pay the amount of 1.25lac to the family, they will not have to pay for the month of November.

As for the return, family has promised to pay PKR 5,000 per month to me and we’ll then return this amount back to whoever we’ll agree on together. I have no issues to be the last one to get the payment back.

IMPORTANT – Family is eligible for Zakat/Khairat donations

Please connect with me via my cell/email/facebook/twitter to extend helping hand.

Thank you and Jazakumullahu Khair!

~SMH

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some more pictures of Karachi Startup Weekend @ IBA Karachi University

Second Day - Me and my team with one of our mentors, Mr. Azhar Rizvi.



Second Day - Tea Break




Third Day - The Final Presentation


All About Karachi Startup Weekend @ IBA, Karachi University

Day 1:

I’ve posted two separate posts one about the Idea that I pitched on day one and the other about all of the 21 pitches.

It all started with this :)



Board which contains names of all Pitches and Votes against each one of them:



Final 12 Pitchers which were short listed to form teams and work on their Ideas:



As per the rules of the event, I was able to form a Team during Networking phase and thus got a chance to be the 13th team in the line up.

Day 2:

We were given dedicated rooms with all necessary equipment to work on our Ideas for 54 hours in 2.5 days.

Me and my team with one of our mentors, Mr. Zahir Ali Syed.





Going to Auditorium to attend one of the Guest Speaker Sessions:



I was explaining my Idea to one of the judges, Naveed Qazi, VP Engineering, Folio3, sitting next to me and during that, one of the Guest Speaker started his speech:



Having tea and snacks with my team during the Tea Break:



Day 3:

We have to present our idea with proposal plan and prototype in a 5 minute presentation.
Introduction of Judges and Prizes to be offered to the winners:



My Final Presentation of the idea "Unified" (we renamed it from SPAM after getting an advice from one of our mentor that SPAM has negative connotation)



Winners:

1st – Social Guru
2nd – Islamopedia
3rd – (Tie between 2 teams) Namaz-Qibla Direction & Teen Tappar

I am sorry I was not able to record the 1st Winner Prize because my mobile battery was exhausted by that time. I can only wish if Karachi Startup Weekend guys upload it some where and I can link it, because I know, 1st position holder team was the highlight of this event.



OFFICIAL VIDEO of Karachi Startup Weekend held at IBA, Karachi Univeristy - Courtesy Khizer Iqbal.




Concluding Remarks:

I never thought a single event would change the way I see my professional life. It was so damn eye opening that my direction is almost changed to 180 degrees. Living a 9-to-9 professional life is no more the way I'll pursue. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is definitely the way to go forward!

A thanks of appreciation, to all those brilliant and hardworking people who make it possible, our facilitators, organizers and our mentors. You help us experience the spirit of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Thank you!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pitching my Idea, “SPAM” @ Karachi Startup Weekend in IBA, Karachi University

I pitched my idea “SPAM – Software Project Artifacts Management” System on 21st of October 2011 @ Karachi Startup Weekend in IBA, Karachi University. My idea did not make it to the final list of 12 short listed ideas Sad smile. However, I was successful in forming a Team during the Networking Phase and will be working with the Team in next 2 days to come up with a comprehensive Proposal Plan for the VCs and Judges Smile