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Arrival (2016) – The movie

Arrival (2016) – The film you shouldn’t miss. Rating – 5 stars. Premise. Alien first contact. How will we talk to them when they land? Three word review. Must watch, brilliant.  I have always had a weakness for good science fiction. When I heard about

The brand new APICTA documentary is here.

The Team Pakistan APICTA documentary. I promise this is my last APICTA post. No more. Everything else at work has been on hold since mid-November and this whole APICTA focus needs to shift to the other 99% of my life and work – so cross

Team Pakistan shines at APICTA 2016 in Taipei.

TeamPakistan at APICTA 2016 As the sun sets slowly behind the clouds in Taipei, Usama Noman, the founder of Botsify, an APICTA 2016 alum smiles and says softly, ‘Sometimes it is important to win; sometimes it is better to fail and learn a great deal

The best gift

The best gift ever. Tomorrow evening at about 10:30 pm 28 teams will board their respective flights to Taipei, Taiwan from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. A mix of young and old, startups that are barely breaking even and billion dollar banks, first timers and seasoned

The evil deed is done.

The evil deed is done. If you had asked me last year, it was the farthest thing possible in my mind in November.  Even in July this year in peak form after training for four months I didn’t think I was ready to run the

Insurance portfolio optimization challenge solution.

The Life Insurance Company Portfolio Optimization Challenge solution. There are a number of changes that we need to make to our existing model before we can build the solution for life insurance portfolio optimization challenge.  As mentioned earlier the insurance portfolio challenge comes with additional

Portfolio Management with Excel Solver

Portfolio Management with Excel Solver Despite my best efforts to not write another text book, the impossible has happened again. We have some how managed to put together two hundred odd pages on using Excel Solver to address portfolio optimization problems in the investment management world.

Destination Khaplu

Destination Khaplu After a day’s rest we are all set to head to Khaplu – the other Serena property in the region at a slightly higher elevation of 8,500 feet. Post breakfast we laze around a bit, check out and then pack ourselves in the

Destination Shigar

Destination Shigar Just a quick heads up. I have been shooting landscapes for a few years now. Thanks to my friend Jehan, I got hooked on to DSLRs a few years ago. As you may have gathered, I also travel a bit and have been

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