Monday, March 30, 2009

Invaluable

Guest post by AVS:
India has seen a lot of success in the recent times. Pakistan, on the other hand, has seen some of the worst crises in its history. The younger generation in Pakistan, is becoming increasingly pessimistic, comparing Pakistan to the US, UK and India, citing the economic and social growth they have experienced. I just wanted to show the Pakistani people just one face of the true worth of their invaluable country. I repeat, INVALUABLE. It's a pity that we only realize the worth when we look at stories like this.
Ehsan Jafri was an Indian Member of Parliament in the 6th Lok Sabha, representing the Indian National Congress Party. Jafri was burnt to death in his own home by Hindu rioters during the Gujarat riots of 2002. One of the rioters involved, Madan Chawal recalled (Tehelka):
Paanch-chheh jan pakad liye the, phir usko jaise pakad ke khada rakha phir logon mein se kisi ne talwar maari… haath kaate… haath kaat ke phir pair kaate… phir na sab kaat dala… phir tukde kar ke phir lakda jo lagaye thhe, lakde uspe rakh ke phir jala daala… zinda jala daala…
"Five or six people held him, then someone struck him with a sword… chopped off his hand, then his legs… then everything else… after cutting him to pieces, they put him on the wood they’d piled and set it on fire… burnt him alive…"
You might want to read this story. Devastating and extremely scary. Thank god for Pakistan. Learn to respect your country, it's the most valuable gift by Allah to us.
And btw, Narendar Modi is the frontrunner for the BJP's nomination as the next PM of India. Best of luck to all the minorities there.
Pakistan Zindabad.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grrrrrrrr!

These RBS guys are amazing.  And I don’t mean the good kind. 

I have their credit card. I didn’t use that this whole month and even then they sent me a bill for 50 paisas (0.5 rupees, 0.007 dollars).  When I called them to inquire, they told me to pay up via a one rupee cheque or else I’d bear a fine for 500 rupees or so.  I mean seriously, WTF?

Now I have to write them a check, fill up their stupid form, find their drop box and drop it there (not to mention take pics of the whole thingy), which was precisely the stuff that I was trying to avoid this month when I refrained from using their card.

And all this to pay up half a rupee that I didn’t even use in the first place. I mean like, grrrrrrrr!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Fight

A fellow blogger and an ex-classmate from college has chalked out an agenda to fight terrorism and improve the image that we and our country have developed over time. 

Let’s Have A Fight

Terrorists have pushed us to the wall, some wonders what future has in store. And there are so many things in life that one could just curse these terrorists for ruining plans of a bigger and better life. But now I wonder for how long we can turn a blind eye to this all and keep on focusing on our own future, are we all waiting for the death of a close family member so that we can wake up and do something about it. Or even then , all we would do is to run away to some foreign land.
So when after twenty years, if my niece would ask me that how come Taliban got hold of Pakistan then all I would be saying will be ,

Sweetie, I was so coward that I didn't do anything to fight them. I didn't even thought about you and stayed busy with my own life and when I felt that they are too close to my throat then I ran away to this foreign land.

And no, I am never going to say this to her. Because I have had enough. I have decided to start my fight.
Terrorists are having fun, I mean quite some fun. They are killing us while sitting right in our home. They are killing us right,left and center, and all we are doing is to listen to those moronic newscasters.
To the likes of that b****** Sufi and all other so-called Jihadies, and our all other enemies, I would like to say just one thing

My forefathers gave their lives to get this piece of land, and I am running nowhere just because of your fear. I'll stay here because its my land and you are the intruder. I'll take every possible measure to make sure that my own kids stay here and life turns out to be much more beautiful for them. You are not going to get this country that easy.

So what's the fight plan ? Stay tune for that.

And then she has chalked out a plan on how to carry on with this fight.

The Fight Is On

The fight is on and I'll do everything to play my role. No I am not aiming to become a suicide attacker, I am sure situation doesn't call for such desperate measures and I am quite certain that I have many beautiful things in life to look forward to. So here's my strategy, if you like it you are most welcome to adopt it , if you don't then don't bother to point it to me.
1. Be the hope
In all my years of managing projects I figured out that it all comes down to how you can keep your juniors motivated and hopeful, can you crack a joke at 2 a.m. with a critical situation at hand ? In short can you give people a hope that everything will eventually turn out to be quite good ? At many times, this is the difference between a success and failure.
For many days, I wondered when the hope will come? How will we come out of this mess and where exactly is our savior? I waited and waited but nothing happened. And then I figured out that all I have is an incapable president, an equally incapable prime minister, an opposition leader full of vengeance and then there are likes of Shahid Masood, Jasmine Manzoor - who are always so keen to give you an instant dose of frustration. And irrespective of how many ROZ packages Uncle Sam gives us, he is NOT our savior.
Before going forward and fighting with the terrorists, we need to make sure that our people have a hope and they are motivated to undertake this fight. The tired and frustrated minds of our nation cannot generate this hope on their own, so we need to become an example for them. We need to tell them that we expect good things and not only do we expect, we are taking measures to make good things happen for us. They say that Noor Jehan's motivational songs played quite a role in 1965's war, something similar needs to be done to wake up the nation from its deep sleep.
In this regard the first thing that I am looking forward to is to have an event in Karachi, where we all gather to explicitly tell the terrorists that what happened in Lahore is not going to dampen our hopes, the Pakistani spirit is too strong to get punctured by this. You'll hear more about it.
There is a lot more to say on this subject and a separate post will address this topic.
2. Show some attitude
Thanks to our stupid leaders, we are fighting a war on behalf of USA who keeps reciting 'do more' and 'do more' till all of you are dead. And then we are busy telling the world that 'yeah hum nahin' (That's not us,) which means that though some people are planting bombs and having suicide attacks but I swear to God, please believe me, I didn't do it. I am totally innocent, I swear I am.
I can assure you that all you'll hear in return will be 'mmmm...okay...then do more.' It's time to show the right attitude, I am not planting bombs, nor I have been accused of training suicide bombers, so that's pretty much clear. My country is actually a victim of terrorism, so please for God sake, everyone gotta hold that apologetic tone right there. Don't give people an excuse to pressurize you. They all should know that even though terrorists are making our lives hell but we are still quite successful in having a normal life, we probably deserve a noble prize for peace efforts or something like that.
3. Boycott
If somebody who lives in Pakistan and thinks that Pakistan is a failed state, then he deserves a boycott. He should get out of this country because we have no time to waste on such thankless and hopeless souls. Boycott them in every manner, outcast them. Our energy should be focused on those who are ready to accept the truth and that is that Pakistan has as strong a chance of surviving as its citizens will try to strive for. I am not even thinking to waste my breath on such souls.
4. Pakistan is my brand and I am the brand ambassador
Hussain Haqqani might be a favorite of USA and it would be hard to replace him. But in our own life, we all are an ambassador of Pakistan, be good to foreigners, show them your good side. We have to show them that we are sophisticated, we are bright, we are smart, our kids make A level records, our girls win NASA competitions, Microsoft takes a bag full of our graduates and they would hardly find anybody as good as us. That we all are ourselves tired of extremism, that most of our men are not polygamist, that our women do not spend their lives in a four wall. That just like any other country, we have both good and bad elements in our society. If you are telling them that you are equally tired of Pakistan and that you have no hope for Pakistan then let me suggest that you are playing quite a role for the terrorists. In that case, you are certainly a disgrace to the whole nation, don't bother to show us your ugly face, get a nationality of some other nation and leave Pakistan's green card alone - you don't deserve it.
5. I am a Journalist too and I report positive things because rest of the media just skates over them
If I start believing our media then it seems that the only things that happen here are raps, honor killings, bombings, attacks, rallies, long marches and every other evil thing which you can think of. But being a citizen of Pakistan gives me an advantage of having a first-hand experience of life @ Pakistan and for a fact I know that there are too many positive things around us. Karachi city's mayor was selected as the second best mayor of world (and we never bothered to know that who is the first,) Karachi's bridges and roads are of international level, every morning thousands of girls leave their homes for studies and jobs and their families are usually quite supportive of them. We just had a two week long successful Film festival. Do you ever see such news in our media ?
We have to come out and report this other and a more major side of Pakistan and not just on our blogs but on international forums such as newsvine. How the world perceive you is actually much more important than what exactly are you. And I will do everything to work on this image building part.
6. Behold that religious extremism right there
If you believe that the bare ankle of a woman can become the reason behind a country's downfall
then don't bother to have a conversation with me telling that I should cover my head or I should sit at my home. Chances are that I will try to break your head with anything which will be in my range.
Tomorrow, I could be an atheist, a Jewish or a Christian or even a Hindu and nobody has anything to do with that. If somebody has any other thoughts then we need to boycott them, we have to take every possible measure to make it clear that our religion is our private matter.
But in order to fight them, a correct knowledge of religion is necessary. These factors thrive on ignorance. And no stone should remain unturned in this regard.
7. Stay Alert
Politicians sucks and so does politics but now is no time to ignore them. Read every news in the newspaper, hear every news on the T.V., in order to fight the enemy, you need to be aware of their moves.
I had to cut down on my technical books in order to bring in time for a detail read of DAWN but that's the call of the time.
So, That's the plan.
I'll focus on Pakistan's image building but off course without any traces of being apologetic about it. I have figured out that I need to become a hope for others and motivate other people to become a hope in themselves. I have to show an attitude which will tell the terrorists that no matter what you'll do , I am a warrior who wont fall down that easily. And my fight will be all about mind games.

Since I have been too lazy to move my own ass and come with with something original like this, I just thought I would share hers, very good ideas indeed.  I am all up for her plan and have already started executing it.  I urge the readers to also ponder upon these.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

We are sorry …

Today is going down as a very sad day in the history of Pakistan.  Sri Lanka, one of the very few nations that was willing to show solidarity with us and to visit us in tough times like these has been targeted in broad daylight right at the busiest square of the second largest city in Pakistan.

I am speechless.  Not because the future of Cricket in Pakistan looks gloomier right now than it ever did but because it is so shameful for us as a nation to have failed miserably at protecting our own guests, I can’t even write it in words. 

We are sorry Sri Lankans to have lost the trust you had shown in us and our officials when you agreed to tour us and bring some good to our country.  I guess the Aussies were right after all.

We are sorry Sri Lankans for not fulfilling our promise regarding providing you state-level security.  We have other better usage for our police force and they have been busy in curtailing political rivalries.

We are sorry that our security officials still claim they provided “fool-proof” security and this could have happened anywhere.  These idiots should be taken to task for this.  If they do not have the self-respect to resign, which I am sure they don’t, they should be sacked immediately.

We are sorry that none of our top government officials has apologized to the Sri Lankan nation formally yet.  They are very quick when it comes to saying bullshit and making a joke out of themselves and the nation.

We are proud of our soldiers who lost their lives but saved their guests.  I wish they could also save the honor of the nation.

The pathetic blame game has started already.  I think it’s time we stop shifting responsibility.  No matter who was behind all this, it was our own security lapse that let this happen. 12 unmasked gunmen in broad daylight waiting for the motorcade, firing at it openly, killing half a dozen policemen and injuring as many high-profile guests on the busiest square that could exist in Lahore and then fleeing away unharmed.  And then they say that it could happen anywhere.  I mean, WTF? 

We need to first find people within our ranks who are responsible for this and bring them to justice before looking for a foreign hand. 

We are sorry Sri Lankans.  We are just sorry.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wedding Bells

Two of my very close friends got married recently.

I partially agree with Razz here.  I don’t feel old yet but it does feel weird when the people you went to school with get married.

I had a good time at their wedding.  One busy like hell weekend, running errands, driving around providing pick and drop services, more errands, more driving, photos, camera and a whole lot of other stuff.  I was their official unofficial (read unpaid) photographer so I took like lots of pictures.  Some came out to be very good.   I am yet to upload those somewhere.

Wedding

Marriage is a difficult proposition.  Some people change completely after it, others only a lot.  Another very good friend of mine got married around 6 weeks back and I haven’t heard from him, let alone met him or anything, since then at all.  The only proof that I have of him being alive is that his cell phone works as in calls and messages don’t go undelivered.  They never get replied back, that’s another thing but they do get delivered. 

I guess things just change when people get married and it’s not fair for you to expect your friends to stay the way they used to be.  Unlike you, they can’t treat life as a joke anymore.  Their priorities change, their family gains importance, their friends lose it.  The room and the stuff, that one always took for granted as theirs and theirs only is not theirs anymore and they can’t take friends to their den whenever they want.  Did you get it, Man?  You can’t take friends to your den whenever you want now.

Anyways, these two friends of mine look so good and so happy together MashaAllah, it kinda makes me rethink about this.

Oh well.  We shall see.