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Posted on October 6, 2006
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Guest Post by Naveed Siraj

Anwar Maqsood belongs to a Pakistani family that has made huge contribution to civil society. Either through social activism or conscious efforts through Television, Anwar Maqsood has articulated and defined the ethos of modern pakistaniat. So what better place to express my admiration for his latest work than

Anwar Maqsood is hugely popular these days thanks to “Loose Talk�, a comedy show on ARY. Indeed this is the facet of his personality for which he has earned fame. That of a leading writer of comedy shows & television presenter. But he is a far better writer of serious prose than he gets credit for.

One often hears people describing how their lives were impacted or shaped by a piece of literature; a verse or a play. For me, it was a PTV long play by Mr. Maqsood called Daur-E-Junoon aired in 1986.

Mr. Maqsood’s siblings Fatima Surraiya Bajiya and Zehra Nigah are blessed with God-gifted genius especially the latter whose poems are replete with social and political content. Faiz sahib, it is said, insisted that Zehra Nigah recited her poems in taranum whenever he visited her home in London in the late 70’s. What can be a greater compliment?

What drove me to muster my courage to write to is a video by the Pakistani band The Strings. The track is called “Beirut� lyrics are credited to Anwar Maqsood.

Bilal Maqsood, (lead guitar/back-up vocals), Anwar Maqsood’s son lives upto the family tradition of creative output of highest order. Lead vocals are played by Faisal Kapadia and he does a magnificent job by rendering “Beirut� in a heart-moving fashion.

The track heralds the coming of age of Pakistani pop music and all credit goes to The Strings for highlighting the plight of Lebanese people.

Naveed Siraj blogs about a variety of subjects, but especially sufi poetry and music at Rambling On.

New at Kauffman; Foundation launches three new programs for entrepreneurs, and one for kids.(Focus: Small Business)(Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation)

Crain’s Chicago Business April 11, 2005 | Henricks, Mark Byline: MARK HENRICKS With nearly $1.8 billion in assets, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is one of the country’s biggest private sources of support and assistance for entrepreneurs. Last year the Kansas City, Mo., foundation launched a number of new programs and initiatives to advise and enable small business owners.

`Tween’ entrepreneurs The Walt Disney Co. and Kauffman teamed in an exhibit at Disney World’s Epcot Center to teach 9-to-12-year-old “tweens” about entrepreneurship. The Opportunity City exhibit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., continued a Disney-Kauffman collaboration that in 2003 produced “Hot Shot Business,” an online business-simulation game for kids (www. go to site hot shot business

Opportunity City consists of nine interactive kiosks where kids play games that require players to quickly make simulated business decisions. Forty-one percent of tweens say they’d like to own a business, according to Kauffman.

Organizing angels Individual investors are harder for capital-hungry firms to find and less likely to offer useful advice and assistance than when those so-called angels are organized into groups. That, at least, is the idea behind a 2004 Kauffman initiative to encourage private investors to band together. A free 158-page guide, published in October and downloadable from the Kauffman Web site at, helps angels decide whether a group would help them achieve their investing goals.

The guide was produced by the Angel Capital Assn., a Kauffman-initiated national organization of angel investor groups and clubs. Kauffman estimates that angel groups have grown from about 10 in 1996 to more than 200 today. The Angel Capital Assn., founded in January 2004, has signed up 83 member groups representing several hundred individual investors.

Helping minority business owners Chicago was not on the list of five cities where Kauffman and its partners announced a pilot program to encourage minority entrepreneurship. But Chicago may make the cut in 2006, when the initial roster of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City and Jacksonville, Fla., expands to 15 cities. The Urban Entrepreneurship Partnership aims to develop one-stop centers to provide minority business owners and would-be entrepreneurs training, counseling, financing and access to government procurement opportunities.

The National Urban League, the Business Roundtable and President George W. Bush’s National Economic Council are Kauffman’s primary partners. One of the partnership’s goals is to create joint ventures between private-equity funds and minority entrepreneurs with access to $100 million in debt and equity financing through the Urban League. Kauffman is providing technical assistance to the centers and supplying a grant to develop a coaching model. website hot shot business

Small business regulation An initiative launched in September with the Rand Corp. will look at how regulations and laws affect small firms. The Kauffman-Rand Center will, for instance, examine how various government organizations’ definitions of women-owned and minority enterprises vary among themselves and change over time, and how that affects the small businesses whose access to government contracts and other resources is controlled by the definitions.

The initiative is part of a larger effort to improve the measurement of small business and related activities and could shine a welcome light on small business, given that most business research targets large companies.


Kids must work together to make decisions during “Family Business Rally,” one of several entrepreneurship games in Opportunity City at Disney’s Epcot Center.

Henricks, Mark

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  1. basit says:
    August 27th, 2007 7:48 am

    Few of the most beautiful and serious plays I saw on pakistani tv were writtern by him.I think his most significant work has been introducing political satire to Pakistan television in times when criticising the ruling elites was considered an unforgivable sin.

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