A open letter to the old me, with advice from the new me

Sana Gilani 02:53 PM | 14 Jan, 2017
A open letter to the old me, with advice from the new me
The writer wishes to stay anonymous.

Dearest Old me,

I write to you today wanting to impart all that I know or have become today. I look at you and I think there were more than a few things I should have done differently.

Of course time is the best teacher and you learn as you go along but some things and some situations could have been avoided and I wish I could re-do those.

This is precisely why, here I am older, wiser and still trying hard to figure out life but progressing positively as I go along.


I don’t blame anybody for who I was or how I turned out. I should have been more open to change and adapted myself as I went along.

Blaming people for what you have gone through is never the solution. At that point in time you feel you can blame the situation or somebody and accuse them and it will justify what you feel and what happened. Truth is, it won’t.

What I didn’t understand back then was that it was all in the hands of an entity far greater and superior than the human mind can comprehend. You can only try your best and then leave it in the hands of God Himself. The human has no control over situations and what happens, it’s a thing called fate that I understood but didn’t believe in back then. Fate is what you can’t change. You can pray it all goes your way but you can’t control it. You can however control your reaction and that is what it all boils down to. How you reacted or what you did. Losing your cool will never help and won’t get you anywhere.


Surround yourself with people that make you a better person.

Don’t base your friendships on who was popular in school or who you had the coolest groups. Know that it will all disappear as time goes on, only true friendship will stay and you will come to cherish it when times get tough.

Friends, who are there for you, reliable friends, are who matter. We become our surroundings and who we surround ourselves with. Company you keep now matters a lot. The impressionable age I was in was coupled with friends who were two or three paces ahead of me in all matters of life. They kept their equilibrium of studies and fun whereas I lost it and only focused on fun. Yet again, it’s not their fault, they maintained it, I didn’t, my loss.

I suffered too and learnt the hard way and I wish I didn’t.


Last but not the least, don’t care about what people say or think, just do the right thing.

You don’t owe people explanations and you don’t bow down to their expectations. You can never please them, never ever.

The amount of time you will waste on these people and wanting them to care will bring you nothing in the end.


I could go on forever but the list and the letter will go on as I learn more lessons, because life doesn’t come with a handbook, just try to make sense of it as you go along.

All the best.



Me, here and now

Sana Gilani
Sana Gilani

Aspiring writer, singer, and everything in between. She can be reached at


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430


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