Flooding in Pakistan 2014 – How You Can Help

It is a very strange feeling, knowing that there is a group of people out there, waiting for you to take action. If you do not take action, they may sleep hungry tonight. If you do not take action, their 3 year old daughter may not get the medical treatment that can cure her.

Is that group really dependent on me – on li’l ol’ me – to take action? No. God will provide through someone else if not me. But I would have failed at some level if I do not take action.

A very dear, old, trusted friend has been delivering food items every year – to either flood victims or during Ramzaan, to the less fortunate. If you have been a long-time reader of LifeETC, you already know that we have collected and distributed funds before. I distinctly remember a gentleman from Karachi donating 100,000 rupees. I was (and am) humbled that we reached our target of 400,000 rupees last time pretty quickly, Alhumdulillah.

It is Time

It is time, unfortunately, for such fund-raising again. I want to collect a total of 500,000 rupees for the flood victims of Pakistan, and I hope that you will join me in taking action.

If you’re outside Pakistan, you can still donate (our target of 500,000 rupees is roughly equal to 5,000 dollars). With that money, we can deliver basic sustenance to a larger group inshAllah.

It is a matter of responsibility. I want to play my part inshAllah. And I want to make it easier for my friends to play their part too.

Get your friends involved, ask your family members, collect the money and donate! We can do this, we can God willing help the victims.

To donate, please click here to contact me.


Types of donations we are accepting right now:

Collecting funds is the easiest, but of course, these funds are utilized to purchase relief items.

We are right now focused on providing basic tents (for protection against dengue and malaria virus) and food items (for a tentative list of food items, click here). But there is also a need for clothing and bedding. If you are in Lahore, I can pick these donations up from your location.


  • Funds are utilized in totality for purchase of relief items – no “admin expenses” of course, each and every paisa and penny is spent on relief items.
  • Our relief efforts are not affiliated with any political party and we try to stay away from the local politician trying to make a quick impression on his/her constituency. Having said that, our efforts are to provide for the flood victims, and if there is a politician in the way, we can not allow that to stop us. Essentially, we do not care who gets the pat on the back.
  • Lastly, this is not about donating to me; if you have an Army relief camp (or any other trusted organization) near your location, donate there if you want to. I just hope and pray that all of us play our part, God willing.

Acknowledgments and Your Invisible Team

I am re-re-re-reading The Lean Startup as I am preparing a workshop on business growth. I noticed the Acknowledgments section which I had of course seen before, but haven’t read read it. Then I took out my pen and listed the people Eric Ries acknowledges.


About 5 institutions are mentioned and another three groups are thanked and Continue reading Acknowledgments and Your Invisible Team

Some Thoughts (and one Rule) on Giving Advice

Why is it that others think they can tell you how to live your life? Or how to run your business? Or how to really break your fast during Ramzaan? Or how the way I’m combing my hair is not the best way to go about it!?


It can – and does – get irritating, no? Continue reading Some Thoughts (and one Rule) on Giving Advice

Reader Question: How to Get More Out of Life

I got the following email from a reader of this blog:

Assalam-o-Alaikum Momekh,

I am female and I am from Pakistan and working as SSE (senior software engineer) in one of the software houses of Pakistan. I am working since 7 years. These days I am really struggling to find out the things that really make me happy. I have lots of interests which just comes for few days and then I can’t pursue them due to the busy job life. I can’t put my those interest into the self employed thinge. I got to know you from facebook when one of the person in my friend’s list liked your recent sketch. I have gone through your page and blog to get a bird’s eye view. Your work really clicked me and I am very much impressed and inspired. It just hit me hard like this was what I was looking to do in life.

Now after reading this mail I am being pushed (by my heart) to write this email to you. I have never talked to anyone like this before ever in my life….or you can say that no one really interested in what I really wanted to do. I really want to know how I can start using my experience of IT into self employement and also the hobbies that I have. I really want to do something different …something bigger in my life but right now I don’t know what. I really feel there is some kind of fire in me which can lead me to do something big.
I have many hobbies. I make beaded jewellery, I like to design dresses, I like baking and cake decoration, I like knitting. I like to learn new things as far as creative. What should I do to bring all these things into self employment.
I would I really looking forward to get a reply from you.
Thanks for giving me a chance to speak up like this.

Regards & best wishes for your mission

First off, I DO want to come off as someone who is interested in listening to your dreams and ambitions in life.

Listen, I am here today because I was helped along and I am the first to admit that I couldn’t have done it alone. “Self-made” is one of the most misleading phrases ever invented in the English vernacular. I need help, guidance, advice and sometimes a (gentle) kick in the back to get me going. So I really appreciate the honesty that is obvious in this email.

Continue reading Reader Question: How to Get More Out of Life

It is time to meet

We are organising the second annual LifeETC meetup. This is a short reminder to register early.

The event is expected to take place in Feb, 2013. In Lahore. More details and signup is available at http://blog.momekh.com/meetup/signup/

LifeETC Momekh Meetup


Last year the seats went out fast, and I had to move the event to a larger hall. People from 5 different cities showed up and it was an awesome mix.

Yes, the seats are limited. IF you are really serious about attending & meeting up with other like-minded independent entrepreneurs and adventurers, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up and book your seat for the event by clicking the link here. All important updates regarding this event will be sent out to the people who sign up at this link. So if you are interested and will be in Lahore around mid Fed, sign up now please.
  2. Keep you calendar open for mid Feb 2013.
  3. Stay awesome

(Note: step 3 is optional but highly recommended)

Everyone is invited. You can bring friends along (but everyone needs to register separately and this time around, there is a small ticket price – see the Sign up page for more details.)

If you are coming from outside the country (which automatically makes you more awesome of course), you can contact me – I may be able to help you make arrangements etc. But you do need to register first.

There are other details that will be of interest to you if you want to come. Updates regarding the Meetup will be more directed towards those who sign up. Click to read more and/or sign up.

Thank you for being part of the LifeETC Community.

And now, I go back to training and writing and recording and organising and stuff.

Do you want to volunteer? If you want to volunteer in helping me organise this event, please do contact me. The selected volunteers will meet once a week (possibly face-to-face but an online hangout also possible) to plan this better, their input will be more valued and they will be paid in cupcakes (if I get them baked in time, otherwise, they’d be working for free :) ).