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Mastung 2

Mastung, Balochistan: Only a few hours Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban (SST) killed 21 paramilitary soldiers in Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), they have attacked a convoy of three buses carrying Shia pilgrims from Quetta to Iran at Darinagar (Mastung, Balochistan) on Sunday 30 Dec 2012. At least 40 persons including twelve women and six children were killed and twenty five wounded in a bomb attack.

Only two days ago, Aurangzeb Farooqi Deobandi, a militant leader of Siph Sahaba Taliban in Karachi had threatened Shia Muslims of Pakistan with death and destruction. Details can be found here:

Mastung Deputy Commissioner Tufail Baloch said that one of the buses carrying 43 passengers was completely gutted, while the other one was partially damaged in a targeted attack, leaving nineteen pilgrims dead and twenty five injured.

Later bomb disposal squad said that a vehicle laden with 70/80 kilograms of explosives parked…

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Imagination is the beginning of Creation!

Imagination is the beginning of Creation!

“You imagine what you desire , you will what you Imagine, and at last , you create what you will”
~Geoge Bernard Shaw

Forbid Seeing, Hearing and Saying BAD!

Forbid Seeing, Hearing and Saying BAD!

Don’t see Bad .

Don’t Say Bad .

Don’t Hear Bad .

Dare to care!

Dare to care!

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another into the light.
~Amrit Desai

Creativity is Uniquely Simple

Creativity is Uniquely Simple



“You don’t take a photograph , you make it”
~Ansel Adams

Do Respect , Have Respect!

Do Respect , Have Respect!

A man that Disrespects a WOMAN , doesn’t deserve one!

What to Do on Christmas When You Don’t Celebrate It

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for many people, but a large number of us don’t celebrate the holiday, giving us nothing to do on December 25th. If you’re without plans this year, here’s how to make the most of your day off.

The Obvious Stuff

Chinese restaurants and movie theaters traditionally stay open on Christmas day for those of us who have nowhere else to go. In fact, my Christmas plans involve both because I enjoy them. While this guide will include ways to find other activities, you shouldn’t necessarily rule out these classic non-Christmas activities. They’re staples of the un-holiday for good reason.

Chinese Food

Finding a Chinese restaurant that’s open on Christmas doesn’t take much work. Click here to search Yelp for options near you that are open. A few phone calls (or, in my case, one) should find you some good options. If you’re in a larger city with a large cluster of Chinese restaurants (e.g. Chinatown), look in that area as well. Don’t forget to make a reservation even if it’s just dinner for you or a small party. Popular restaurants sometimes receive so much business on Christmas day that they can’t accommodate everyone. Last year, when I visited a restaurant unprepared, they laughed at me and said there was no way I was getting in. When I finally found a place, it took over an hour to get a table. Perhaps you won’t run into a problem, but it’s always better to be prepared.



For your entertainment, movies are the traditional choice. Several come out on Christmas day because theaters attract both people who celebrate the holiday and those that don’t. The Washington Times offers a list of ten great movies for Christmas if you’re looking for suggestions. Since you can buy movie tickets online, it’s easy to ensure you have a seat in advance. Just hit, or buy directly from your theater of choice in advance. Because theaters tend to be very busy on Christmas, you’ll want to show up earlier than usual—at least 30 minutes—to ensure you get a decent seat. If you can buy your ticket from a theater with reserved seats, that’s your best bet. Just purchase early or you may not have access to the best ones.

The Not-So-Obvious Stuff

Chinese restaurants and movie theaters aren’t the only establishments open on Christmas. A number of other retail chains—and even some local stores—keep limited hours for the minority who do not celebrate the holiday.


Several attractions remain open on Christmas day, especially in larger cities. As always, call ahead before making plans. Here are your options:

  • Pretend to Be a Tourist: Tourist attractions tend to stay open on Christmas, especially in larger cities. This includes places like Madame Tussaud’s and Ripley’s Believe It or Notas well as zipline and Segway tours. Find out what’s local to your area and chances are they’ll have special Christmas hours. Of course, many tourist attractions don’t have to remain open for you to enjoy them. If you go check out a monument or historical landmark, they’re around on Christmas and cost you nothing.
  • Visit a Park or Skating Rink: It may be cold outside (in some places), but if you bundle up you can enjoy a park or skating rink. Bring some friends and get a game of snow football together. Take a sled with you if your park has a big hill. When you get home, make some hot chocolate and enjoy being warm again.
  • Get a Room: If you’ve got some spare cash lying around and have nothing better to do, get a room at a hotel. Hotels can’t exactly close on Christmas and offer plenty of amenities. As always, be sure to call ahead and find out if there are any Christmas day restrictions.
  • Use Christmas as a Catch-Up Day: Is everyone out of town? Have you been neglecting chores, work, your hobbies, generally hacking your life, or even working on a few DIY projects? While getting things done may not be anyone’s first choice on their day off, Christmas or otherwise, you can spend at least part of your day knocking a few things off your to-do list and the rest of the time relaxing. That way you’ll get a break and still feel accomplished.
  • Spend Time with Friends and Family at Home: Just because you don’t celebrate Christmas, itself, doesn’t mean you can’t spend the day with family and/or friends. Play games, watch a movie, cook together, talk, or whatever else you’ll all enjoy. You don’t have to go out to have fun, so don’t rule out staying in with people you care about.

These are just a handful of options. A few local activities and attractions, such as arcades, laser tag, spas, and sports clubs stay open on Christmas day. We couldn’t possibly list them all here, but call a few places to find out if they’re open. You might be surprised.


Great Cities Demand greatness from its inhabitants

Jan Beckerman

Lights and city

“A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.” ~ Walt Whitman

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merry merry


Unfortunately I’ve only encountered bah humbugs today. (And its only 10:30!) Here are my favorite pictures that represented Christmas and the holidays this year.

Merry Christmas readers! Hope you all have a splendid holiday


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