Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sohrab Faqeer Passes on Friday, October 23, 2009

Sohrab Faqeer, the great Sufi singer of Sindh, Pakistan at 73 left hundreds and thousands of listeners morning on Friday, October, 23rd, 2009. We at Sindhiyat extend our heartfelt condolence to his family and friends.

His full name was Sohrab Fakir Khaskhely. He was born in 1934 in Khairpur. His father was the ;ate Hamal Fakir, was the disciple of Kush Khair Muhammad Fakir.

Sohrab Fakir is recognized as the greatest living Sindhi folk singer in his style of music, playing the yaktaro (single stringed instrument) and chappar (wooden clappers)

In a condolence statement, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah paid tribute to the deceased with respect for his traditional Sufi songs and said

It is difficult to fill the gap created by his death...Sohrab Faqeer would be remembered for his unique command over the Sufi genre of singing.

Marvi Memon, Member of Pakistan's National Assembly in her condolence tweet said:
Sohrab faqeer of sindh was one such treasure who was not taken care of n whom we lost. We mourn his death
From Peshawar, the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan Shihab Taqi Halepota in response to Marvi's tweet states:
Sindh, #Pakistan lost an other Sohrab Faqeer, a saint, sage and sufi singer. We value them once they depart. We are never in or on time.
Continue reading full article at THE NEWS.

Listen to Saiin Sohrab Faqeer on YouTube.

Cross posting from Sindhiyat

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Imran Khan explains "War on Terror" and "Pakistan Taliban" .. Extreemism, Radicalization, Terrorism

Imran khan perfectly weighs pros and cons to win the so-called war against terror. He presents a logical perspective as to why this Army offensive does not necessarily mean an end to this war on terror.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Feinding upon the weak and vulnerable ... Quickstar, Amway, Britt Worldwide Schemes ..

A few years back when I was a Graduate Student in Physics at UC Riverside, I was approach by a a North-West Indian couple with a business proposition to work with a network marketing company called Britt World Wide (BWW), that works with Quixstar, a wholesale distribution company.

They said I can try it out and cancel anytime. When I signed up under the explicit understanding that this is a trail, I was surprise to get hit with a initiation bill of $500. Upon receiving this bill I requested to opt out. But it didn't go down well with this couple.

After being super nice to me, they're whole attitude change. The name calling began, and they said I cannot back out ... there and then I new I had to get out fast.

Their representatives, or as the official term goes, Independent Business Owner (IBO) fiend on the vulnerable and weak, students are an easy target. They all have a similar marketing pitch . Claim ing you can be as rich as so and so, or so and so, citing Ray Kroc as an example. Not realizing that it takes more than what these schemes claim to make it big like Ray Kroc. An Entrepreneur is driven by vision, a vision to change the world in some form or the other. The fame and wealth in many cases are the by product.

To be a successful entrepreneur one must have a vision, coupled with a keen and burning desire to do something at any cost. It takes immense dedication to break from the status quo and mundane rate race of the world.

I will say one thing that the founders of Quixstar (or Amway) were genius'. To come up with a marketing scheme that disseminate sthere products in a manner that to much regard has sustain for generations. Don't go for the product they created, study and try and emulate the founders, Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos. Emulate there methods to success and combine that with your passions, interests and profession and see if you can develop a product(s) and unique business model(s).

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Interesting, yet surprising. Less than a year in office, amidst increased war efforts in Afghanistan, troop deployment in Pakistan and a dire economic health at home. I wonder whether the timing is appropriate ... what do you think? Sounds premature, if you ask me. Or perhaps this is just what the Obama Administration needed to help them push through the massive opposition they're confronted with atop Capitol Hill and deliver upon their campaign promises, starting with: (1) Revamping Health Care,
(2) Addressing the Energy crisis, and (3) Education issue to name a few pressing U.S. centric issues.

Though, what about Obama's foreign policy agenda? Have significant steps been taken thus far to reduce tensions across ethnic, religious, and economic boundaries?

Don't get me wrong, personally I supported President Obama, and continue to offer my support however it's disappointing to see a continuation of the DC status quo of "big talk" and "no action" on the Hill. The question is, how will the Administration leverage this to finally deliver?

Continue reading at Reuters ...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

October 15th Reception with President Obama in San Francisco

Friend -

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that President Barack Obama will visit San Francisco on Thursday, October 15th. This is the President’s first visit to the Bay Area since he took office. We are delighted to welcome President Obama back to our region and community where he received some of his early support, which played an important role in the last historic election.

That said, I'd like to invite you to a Reception with the President that will benefit Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that's aimed at mobilizing people in California and across the country to support President's legislative agenda on health care, climate, education and other top priorities.The reception will take place at 5:00 PM at Westin St. Frances Hotel in San Francisco.

If you would like to attend the reception, please sign up here,

You are also invited to attend the dinner following the reception by signing up here,

Feel free and reach out to me with any questions that you may have.Once again thank you for your support and leadership. Hope to see you at the event on October 15th.Best


AbdulRahman Rafiq
Event Co-Host
(805) 708 - 1976 (c)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Jordi La Forge VISOR comes to life ... from SciFi to SciFact ...

Recall Jordi La Forge and his VISOR, a device enabling the blind to regain a sense of sight. Ever wonder if that could become a reality? Well wonder no more, Scientists at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) have developed a pair of glasses that do just that, yes allow the blind to regain a sense of sight. Though not normal sight, it's something better than nothing.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Those Darn Muslims!

Those darn Muslims! They have over complicated life. Perfectly good countries on the verge of destruction in the name of some twisted ideology. Between the Communist Russians and the bastard Mullahs, who preach a twisted ideological view of Islam, which mind you are alien to the Prophetic ways. A whole nation was turned upside down. Afghanistan, particularly Kabul was considered the Paris of Asia. A culturally rich city, filled with music, dance, and life. Over night it was destroyed, for what? At whose expense, but the people of that land. The people were stripped of all their rights, stripped of their dignity and honor. Women and Men both made to conform to an extremely narrow interpretation of Islamic Shariah - which mind you is very much alive within Bay Area Mosques today, except it has been package very cleverly to make it appear western sounding, thus palatable to the vast majority who with folding hands will blindly listen to whats being preached from the pulpit.

The movie, Kite Runner, based upon Khaled Hosseini's novel provides a vivid snapshot of the pre Soviet/Taliban Afghanistan era, it essentially is a flip of the same coin.

The life depicted in pre Soviet Afghanistan, of a young boy Amir, or Amir Jan, as he was loving referred to as, and his friend, Hassan, which many years later he learns was actually his half brother, not just the servants boy.

Amir's early childhood reminds me a little of my own childhood. In the sense, I tended to keep to myself, was quite, didn't have many friends. Most of the time, when not at School, or with family, would spend time by myself, playing, constructing with lego, sand, clay, or playing with our Afghan (Pathan) servant boys Anwar and Ali.

This was the early 80's in Pakistan, US-USSR war was in full swing. While Pakistan, under the austere dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq, 'Marde-Momin Marde-Haq, Zia-ul-Haq, Zia-ul-Haq' were slogans I heard uttered by my mother and several of her WAF activists, was in every respect the United States instrument that pushed the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Not without the emergence of the Afghan Soldiers of God, or Mujahadeen, who later after the war became known as the Taliban.

It was later, after the Soviets where driven out that the Taliban, under the leadership of the ISI , and authority of the CIA, ruled Afghanistan until the 2nd Aghan War of the modern era.

However, this time it was a war between former allies, the Taliban/Al Qaeda on one side, and U.S/Pakistan on the other, under yet another dictator of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf. A dictator, who unlike his predecessor General Zia was packaged by his overlords in Washington to appear like a liberal, and progressive ruler.

Amir Jan spent his early life in Afghanistan, and then later in the US, specifically right here in the backyard of the Silicon Wadi, Fremont where he, with is father Agha Sahib took refuge. Agha Sahib, not to forget, and from what could be gathered from the movie and the novel, was a sort of revolutionary personality in pre-Soviet Kabul. He spoke against Communism, while at the same time attacking the "bearded,  good for nothing Mullahs".

Life in the U.S. wasn't easy, as for many people who immigrate from wore torn countries. Amir, raised in a privileged household saw and experienced, unlike many of us professionals of the Silicon Wadi immense hardship. However, with their Afghan communities support they were able to overcome the extreme hardship Again, something I can personally relate to, or rather as a witness to of my families unfortunate times here in the US - much of which can be attributed to the volatile economic situation in Pakistan. Which, in many respects can be related to the events following the Soviet Afghanistan era, the influx of drugs and Afghan refugees, and emergence of the Kalashnikov culture.

Copyright C. Abdulrahman Rafiq

Friday, April 03, 2009

Taliban Rule in Swat must end!

Acts such as the the flogging of the young woman the world witness today in Swat Valley at the hands of Taliban must end. We. the people of Pakistan will appose and stop such acts of barbarism.

Lets send a message to the world, loud and clear that Pakistanis are alive and will not, at any cost let the country fall to the barbarism that we've witnessed today in Swat. We're a progressive, peace loving nation. Have had a few road blocks, but all is not lost.

This land, it's people have tremendous drive, great potential and talent to achieve the Sun and the moon. Be it in Technology, Art, Science, Music we have it all. All we ask for is a sustaining and just system of Governance that supports and honors it's Social contract with the people of Pakistan.

Also visit Teeth Maestro's blog.

Protest events planned in both Karachi and Lahore. See Karachi Protest, Lahore Protest and Twitter LongMarch.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Evening on Media and Activisim at Goethe Institute

Invitation to an evening on

Media & Activism

07 April 2009,
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Goethe Institute

2 Brunton Rd, Civil Lines, Karachi
(Brunton Rd is the lane next to CM House near the Sheraton)

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Students, journalists, activists, artists, technologists
& media workers are especially invited. Please forward.

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An evening on Media and Activism

Do media and activism always go together. How does an activist media fill the gaps. How do the new technologies fit in this picture. What does this increased access to information mean for our complex culture and society.

In a timely note Rob van Kranenburg observes the present age of acceleration. Concerning the role of the artist in an ever more complex world full of radicalism, he dares to ask: what
does this mean for the disruptive qualities of art if disruption becomes the default?

Suzanne Hogendoorn presents her film on European activists at the G8 Summit 2007.

Awab Alvi gives us a behind-the-web look at citizens covering the Long March in March 2009 using internet & cellphones.

Faisal Qureshi will ponder the important question of what we out to to gain from the new technologies along with every other thing, in order to get somewhere.

We hope to involve journalists in the discussion. Open discussion will follow.

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Welcome by Goethe Institute
Introduction by Mauj Collective

'On the Need of Bureaucracy: slowing things down in the age of

Rob van Kranenburg

'We will block you' (documentary film)
Suzanne Hogendoorn & Mark Kulsdom


Tracking the Long March
Awab Avi

* to be announced
Faisal Qureshi

Open Discussion


Rob van Kranenburg graduated cum laude in Literary Theory at Tilburg University (Nl). He went to work with Prof Ronald Soetaert in Ghent, in the Educational Department, developing online learning modules, methods and concepts drawing on the idea of multiliteracies. In 2000 he went to Amsterdam to work as programmer on media education at the centre for culture and politics de Balie and as teacher-coordinator of the new media program in the Film and Television Studies Department at the University of Amsterdam. Feeling it was to young a field to predominantly historize it, he moved to Doors of Perception and co-programmed with John Thackara Doors 7, Flow, the design challenge of pervasive computing. In 2003 he mentored a postgraduate course in performance, theatre and the arts at APT, Arts Performance Theatrical. He has also been associated with The Virtual Platform (nl), the Waag Society (nl), Transmediale Festival (de) and Sarai (in).

Faisal Qureshi is an engineer, an entrepreneur and a well-known media personality. He is a founder chair person of Loose Ends Pakistan, a non-profit organization, host of several talk shows such as Ankahi (current) on Samaa TV, Loose Ends on Business Plus and Breakfast at Dawn on Dawn News, CEO of Kolachi Advanced Technologies, Director Blue Ice Technologies, founder chairperson of Mensa Pakistan, and a former Chairperson of P@SHA - the Pakistan Software’s Houses Association.

Suzanne Hogendoorn is an international documentary filmmaker from The Netherlands. Her documentaries are usually associated with activism and have aired on channels such as Holland Doc. She is a member of the Mauj Collective and is making a documentary on the same. She made the documentary with Mark Kulsdom

Awab Alvi is the most well-known blogger in Pakistan. He is also an activist and a practicing dentist. He has broken a number of stories to the media in the past and is an advocate of citizen journalism using the internet in particular. Awab's blog at was selected the Best South Asian Blog for 2008
by the Brass Crescent Society Jury .

The Mauj Collective is engaged in art, technology and empowerment of people. It wants to introduce larger numbers of people in Pakistan to new media art. It wants to explore ways in which the interplay and interstices of art and technology are also socially engaging and empowering.

Posting as a public service courtesy. Siliconstani has no official affiliation to Geothe Institute or any of the above mentioned panelists.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Industry Analysis: NetBooks Market outlook

AN JOSE, Calif. — The market for netbooks could explode from 35 million units this year to as many as 139 million in 2013, according to a report published today by ABI Research (Oyster Bay, NY).

The ultra small notebooks pioneered by Taiwan's AsusTek have been a strong area of growth for a PC sector otherwise slowing to a crawl in the current recession. However, a debate has raged over whether the growth will be mainly focused on x86/Windows or ARM/Linux systems and whether that growth will come at the expense of traditional and more profitable notebooks.

Netbooks are likely to serve pent-up needs for full featured mobile devices not served by today's smart phones or the PDAs of the past, said ABI researcher Kevin Burden in his report. "Today, with a better understanding for what a smart phone is, is not, and may never be, the market remains open for new device types," he said in a prepared statement.

The report, "Mobile Devices Annual Market Overview" provides shipment and revenue forecasts as well as analysis on a variety of system types including mobile handsets, ultra mobile devices, broadband-enabled consumer electronics and cellular modems. (EETime)
My Comments, posted earlier on Facebook:

NetBook Demand ~ semiconductors sales ~ virtualization & Cloud Computing applications ~ increased network traffic and demand for higher bandwidth .

Industries and companies poised to benefit in the immediate future:

- Semiconductors / PCB Fabrication houses
- PCB design and development houses
- networking equipment Manufacturers
- semiconductor manufacturers (Asia Vendors to the most part)
- ISP's offering high data bandwidth connectivity (wifi, 3G, Edge)
- server virtualization vendors
- Cloud application vendors & open source software

Cross posting from Facebook

Copyright C. Abdulrahman Rafiq

Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama -- User Feedback


In less than 9 hours President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. Many of you are already in Washington DC awaiting in anticipation for 'The Moment'.

Whether you plan on attending the Inauguration in person, or remotely from the comfort of your home or office, we'd like to hear from you. While you attend this Historic event please consider sharing your thoughts, insights, and feelings here.

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You can watch the Inauguration Webcast live at http://inaugural.
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