Thursday, May 21, 2009

Random Stuff

A friend directed me to this awesome website recently, where you share with the world how f***ed up your life really is and people agree with you and/or tell you that you deserved it.  Listed below are some random stories:

Today, I thought it would be funny to fart in my roommates mouth while he was asleep. I walked over to him and pulled my pyjamas down and let loose. To my surprise it was a very wet one and I accidently took a dump on his face, he woke up and beat me until I was bleeding. FML
Today, I was walking when a man pointed a camera at me, so I decided to be bitchy about it and say "Did I say you could take a picture?" and he replied with, "No, but can you get the fuck out of the way so I can take one of my wife and kids." I turn around, and they were right behind me. FML
Today, as I was watching a DVD, I noticed a spider crawling on my crotch area. So, I panicked and smashed the spider, smashing my nuts in the process. FML
Today, I woke up and realized how stupid my name MSA Khan is. FML

These aren’t the best ones, there are just so many, it’s really hard to pick your favorites.  And the last one is made up but it’s still pretty funny.  Sorry, MSA Khan.

Speaking of funny stuff, Five Rupees have a post about how PPP supports nepotism within their ranks.  The post is really serious and there is nothing new in that.  The comments section is where it gets interesting and when people start comparing MQM and PPP:

The MQM is also an incredibly decentralized party, in its day-to-day operations. It's sort of run like a large firm that way, as opposed to the PPP, which is run like a large farm.

People familiar with Pakistani political scene can easily make out what it means.  Yawar further goes on to post random funny facts about Altaf Hussain in the comments section of the same post.  Some of them are listed below:

The saddest moment for a child is not when he learns Santa Claus isn't real, it's when he learns Altaf Hussain is.
Altaf Hussain once visited The Virgin Islands, they are now known as The Islands.
Altaf Hussain was created in a secret Pakistani laboratory, and was supposed to be raised as a caged experiment. Nobody knows what happened next, but there are now no scientists in Pakistan.
Altaf Hussain doesn't sleep. He waits.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Altaf Hussain has allowed to live.
Altaf Hussain is the only one who can "try this at home".

It makes you wonder, doesn’t it. 

Speaking of that, I am also wondering what in the blue hell Kash Hussain was thinking designing stuff like this for Pakistani males.  I don’t know who Kash Hussain is, I only stumbled upon his work because I stalk this fashion photographer on flickr, but assuming he is a dress designer, I totally agree with the first comment on the photo “without doubt the most ridiculous piece of clothing ever seen on a human being”.  Where (in Pakistan) and why (in all their sanity) on earth he thinks someone is gonna wear this is beyond me.

Speaking of Pakistan, Google has put up the digital maps for all major Pakistani cities online, which is accessible on GPS enabled cell phones using the Google maps mobile application.  These maps were created by us Paksitanis using Google’s mapmaker tool and Karachi is mapped to the little tid-bits.  It’s an awesome must try thing for people that have advance cell phones.

Tada.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gwadar Trip

I had gone to Gwadar with friends back in January 2009. It was an awesome trip and we had tons of fun.  I didn’t blog on it then and it’s old story now.  But someone on facebook asked me about it yesterday.  He wanted to plan a similar trip for himself and I (and my friend FS) ended up writing him a detailed reply.

Thought I would share those on my blog for the ones who are also planning a similar trip to Gwadar from Karachi.

Travel is around 10 hours one side. Cost was PKR 18000 for the round trip in a 12 seater Hiace. There are some bad patches in the way and only diesel is available and that too is very scarce. I'd recommend hiring a diesel ride instead of taking your cars.

Accommodation was at the Naval officers' mess, with nominal cost (around PKR 3000 for food/breakfast/stay/everything). Try to book that naval mess if you have some connections in the Army/Navy. It's the best deal you can get there. Other options are not-so-good-and-inexpensive manjhi hotels and a ted-more-expensive PC Gwadar, which, by the way is a must see place there.

Itinerary should be like:

1) Hub (Nothing of note here)
2) Gadani (Great beach, but skip this for this trip)
3) Sonmiani (Nothing to see)
4) Winder (The last major town for a long way, stock up on food and fuel here).
5) MCH starts (120~150 KM)
6) Hingol National Park
6a) Mud volcano (have to go off road for about 2 hours)
6b) Bridge over Hingol, also nearby (0.5-1 hour) is a Hindu temple
6c) Kund Malir Beach (best beach on the way, definitely stop here)
6d) Buzi Pass ( a long pass that takes you up the mountains and then down to the beach. Great view, do stop along the way)
7) Ormara (250 Km from Karachi). Reasonably good beach. Can stay or camp here if you have time and\or connections in the Navy.
8) Pasni (~350-400 km). Approximately mid point. No petrol pump in between Ormara and Pasni. Another Naval base.
9) Gwadar (650 Km): Explore the town, the beach and definitely go to PC, if you are not staying there. Few islands nearby, we didn't go there, so can't tell much.

Some things to note are that we were 8 people and the total cost came close to around PKR 24000. But then, we had to spend very little on food/accommodation.

We left Karachi around 9 on a Saturday morning and got there around 7 in the evening. You guys should try to leave earlier (around Fajr, if you can) and get there in sunlight and catch both the sunset and the sunrise there. We left Gwadar around noon the next day and got to Karachi around 10 at night.

Gwadar itself does not offer much, other than the Pearl Continental and the beach. But there are plenty of other beaches on the way. It's actually the Makran Coastal Highway that is worth seeing so plan your stops on the highway accordingly.

Plan for the worst on the highway. Keep extra food/medical kit/fuel with you guys. There is not a lot of traffic/help available there if anything goes wrong.

Some Pictures that I took on the way:

Getting UpEarly Morning FlightThe Moon And The Sea
Through The DesertThe Lone Rider

Have fun.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Some Days Are Just Bad

Bad enough to deserve a dedicated blogpost .

Arsenal lost Champion League's semifinal against ManU in a dreadful display of soccer from their side late at night.  Arsenal were no match to ManU.  Heck, Arsenal are not a match to ManU, probably the best soccer club in the world, on most days.  But I, along with most other non ManU supporters I know, hate the club because of the holier-than-thou attitude of its fans.  Or maybe, that breed is only present in Pakistan. 

Anyways, the night was ruined. 

I then got a headache/fever when I got up that wasted the first half of my day as well.

When I finally dragged myself to office, I got my car bumper detached by an eager motorcyclist on my way who then claimed it was my mistake as he had told me (from underneath his helmet) to stop and let him go the wrong way first. 

If that wasn't enough, I got into an insane argument 2 minutes later when an upcoming car waalay uncle refused to let me pass first and wanted me to back off 50 yards so that he didn't have to back off 5.  He pointed at his beard and asked "kitni umer hai aapki?" [how old are you?].  I might look young but I have been driving since the age of 14.  Still, I didn’t know what that warranted.  Someone please tell me how to tackle that. 

And then when I finally made it to the office, I found out that some important meetings had got postponed and our internet connection there had been suspended because of a misunderstanding between the installation and the billing departments of the ISP, which resulted in more wasted time.

And then there is no tennis on Wednesdays and that didn’t help either.

Some days are just bad.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Test

Test post from mobile.

Consistently Inconsistent

The Pakistanis have done it again. 

After failing to chase a mere 198 from being 95-0 in the third game against the Aussies, they successfully overcame 250 after being 56-3 in the last one.  Only two games late, though.

The demoralizing loss in the third game was the crucial one in my opinion (also in Alam’s, who also happened to be our coach when we won the cup 17 years ago).  It dented the morale of the team and anybody remotely keen on following Pakistani Cricket.

The problem with being someone that cheers the Pakistani Cricket team (me being guilty of the charge) is that they don’t even let you go off the hook.  Just when you think that time has come to let go the passion, they come up with some great win out of nowhere and then you get hooked again only to be disappointed even further later.  Another trick of theirs is to entice you into following by playing good cricket at the start (of the series/match/whatever) and it is only when they self-destruct afterwards that you know it has all been a scam.  You know, consistently inconsistent!

It was a good cricket series for us, nevertheless.  We got international exposure of some value after a long time and nobody expected us to beat the Aussies anyway, right?  I hope that they learned something from the series.  I also hope to see our team back in action on the international arena more regularly now. 

Looking forward to the T20 world cup as well.