The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Just to let everybody know upfront that most of my articles are about forging a working partnership with humans’ best friend – the dog.

My Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir: Embracing diversity, outward bound, supporting causes.

My life revolves around my family, siblings, nieces, and nephews, respecting all groups of people, reading non-fiction adventure books and articles, being outward bound (hiking, horseback riding, dogjoring, canoeing, kayaking, etc.), wildlife conservation, nature photography, listening to blues based hard rock music (yes, I am a soft head banger), and writing.

I am a civil engineer by education, regulatory compliance executive by profession, and an environmentalist and nature lover by choice. I admit, I am not an activist and a tree hugger in the strictest sense of the phrases. For example, I support eradication of invasive species that cause damage to local flora and fauna. I support several conservation organizations financially, because I believe we have a duty to animals.

At my previous American employer, Wells Fargo, I was affectionately nicknamed ‘Clark Kent’ of ‘Superman’ fame by my boss for 8 years and a mentor for last 17 years (Carol Espie) for obvious reasons. I have continued writing with that nom de plume.

I graduated from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering in New York city with an individual major in financial, managerial and legal issues in construction. This major took me into Master of Science program in Real Estate Development at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. I started my professional career in real estate development, but had an immense dislike for it after seeing how the developers systematically destroy our environment. However, on a positive note, this educational combination led to the specialization in regulatory compliance.

I started writing for Columbia’s Engineering Newsletter, which was called ‘Pulse’ and I have been writing ever since then, mostly for organizational newsletters and magazines. I also completed Executive Management Program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

I hail from Pakistan where I was a country boy at heart till the age of 18, growing up close to wilderness and with many farm animals. I never came to terms with city dwellers and city life. I am mostly living out of my country of origin since 1990s.

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