Sideways didn’t turn out to be as good as it was purported to be. I rate it 6/10.

Sideways is a movie about two friends who go on a wine-tasting trip before one of them is getting married.

The movie starts out a little boring, picks up a bit later but didn’t get very interesting over its length. The whole wine-tasting thing was interesting but I am ignorant about it and it just seemed a bit of a thin reed to build the movie around.

Overall, I would rate this movie 6 out of 10.

Chaudhry Muhammad Asum

My father-in-law, Chaudhry Muhammad Asum, passed away today around 5:30pm at his home in Wah Cantt, Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace.

My father-in-law, Chaudhry Muhammad Asum, passed away today around 5:30pm at his home in Wah Cantt, Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace.

He was born in 1936 in Gurdaspur, India and moved to Pakistan in 1947 after partition. He lost his parents as a child. He was a self-made man who never shied away from doing all his own work. Even on the day of his death, Eid day, he slaughtered and prepared the meat of two goats himself. He was chopping meat when he had a heart attack and breathed his last on the way to the hospital.

I will never forget that whenever we talked he asked us two things without fail. One was if we needed anything and the other was when we were returning from the United States. He used to say that he had married his daughter within the same town and somehow she had ended up so far away.

He was a kind father and grandfather. He was very attached to his two grandsons who lived with him. He played with them all day and took them out on walks. Even Michelle went out for a walk with him one day when we were there.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter (Amber) and four grandchildren.

بکرا عید مبارک

آپ سب کوحج اور عید مبارک۔

آپ سب کو عید مبارک ہو۔ جی مجھے معلوم ہے کہ اس عید کا نام عید الاضحی یا بقر عید ہے مگر کیا کریں پاکستان میں تو یہ بکرا عید ہی ہے۔ خیر ہمارا اس عید پر بکرے سے رشتہ ٹوٹ گیا ہے۔ پچھلے کئی سال سے ہم خود قربانی کرنے کی بجائے ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کو قربانی کے پیسے بھیج دیتے ہیں۔ لہذا اس عید پر بکرے کے گوشت کی بجائے سوٹزرلینڈ کی چاکلیٹ پر گزارہ کرنا پڑے گا۔

Haj and Eid felicitations, everyone. In Pakistan, we call this Eid the “goat Eid” since goats and cows are slaughtered on this religious festival. However, we send a donation to Edhi Foundation instead. Without the slaughter meat, we’ll have to survive on Swiss chocolate this Eid day.

Back in Atlanta

I am back home, but very tired right now. Regular blogging to resume soon.

I am back home, but very tired right now as I have been up since 6am Zurich time (UTC+1). So an accounting of my trip will have to wait for later.

Flying Home

It is time to head back home. Our flight is tonight. We have a 1 day stay in Zurich on the way.

It’s time to head back home tonight. We will be stopping over in Zurich for a day on the way. My blogging about Pakistan will have to wait until I am relaxing at home in Atlanta in a couple of days.

نیا سال مبارک

نیا سال مبارک۔ یہ وقت ہے کہ سوچیں کہ گزرا سال کیسا رہا۔

آپ سب کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔ امید ہے 2006 آپ کے لئے اچھا ثابت ہو گا۔

Happy new year, everyone. Hope you will have a great year.

This is a time to take stock of 2005. I started 2005 with a new year resolution to reduce my weight and improve my fitness. Let’s see how I fared:

Measure In Jan 2005 Target In Dec 2005
Weight 168 lbs (76.2 kg) 165 lbs (74.8 kg) 158 lbs (71.7 kg)
Body Fat 20.5% 15% 17%
Rest Heart Rate 51 45 48
Waist 35.5 in (90.2 cm) 32 in (81.3 cm) 33 in (83.8)

I am now completely comfortable with my weight and would not mind if it increased a couple of pounds. My rest heart rate has won praise from my doctor. However, I still need to shed about 4-5 lbs of body fat.