Monthly Archives: January 2012

Memogate or the Grand Delusions of Mansoor Ijaz

Delusions of grandeur – a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are. (Source) Much has been said and written about this hackneyed non-issue in the Pakistani and international media but mostly in speculative and sensationalist way. My purpose here is to basically lay bare…

Orchids: From Seed to Community Pot

It takes from six months to one year for a seed capsule to mature. It is not uncommon for a seed capsule to contain 10,000 to 100,000 seeds. Some seed capsules may contain as many as 3,000,000 seeds. Orchid seeds are very transparent and very small, tiny specs, at times barely visible to the human…

Cattleya Divisions and Backbulbs

Since I started my collection, I have also been, when possible, dividing my plants. By now I have quite a nice collection of divisions and backbulbs. I have added this information as a subpage under my “My Collection” page but thought to post it as a blog entry as well. If all goes well, I…

Notes About My Trusted Ebay Orchid Sellers

Since I do not have access to an established orchid nursery or orchid store where I live, I have mostly relied on Ebay sellers to build my collection. You will be surprised to know that Ebay has a large number of orchid sellers, some of whom are avid orchid growers and/ or own and operate…

US-Pakistan Need Better Stories

“Those who tell the stories rule society.” (Plato) “But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” (Kahlil Gibran) Last week I traveled…

My C. warscewiczii Quest

Of all the classic Cattleya species that I had set out to collect and grow, the quest for C. warscewizii turned out be the most interesting and also the most fortuitous. At first I could not find even a single plant on Ebay, and for one plant listed a few months ago the bids quickly…