A few thoughts on Jashn-e-Faiz

Getting any major event done in the city of Karachi nowadays is a big deal, but to be able to get an event done without the banner of MQM, is a feat of a different dimension altogether.

Overall, getting so many people together in the name of Literature is a big deal and on that ground the event was a total success. But I am sure, that much has been written about this since yesterday. I am here to share that I felt yesterday on a personal level.

So the concert begins, but let us all remember people, that this is all happening in the name of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, so a bit of respect is in order. But sadly, it was not to be found.

At the Concert, held under the banner of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Chanting of all sorts, disrespectful in nature mostly was the norm of the day, and it has to be said that mostly it was happening from the people I thought would least do it. Most of them were people I go to University with, so therefore it was sad on so many levels for me.

Later in the night, some people decided that it is just okay to take off your shoes hold it in your hands and then wave them around.. the idea sickened me to my core, and a lot of screaming and angry protest had to bring them down.

Is it just that so many years of being confined to no entertainment has made us lose our sense of how to behave in these places? Or do we really think that this is all okay?

Food for thought !

A modern day love story!

Did anyone see that movie Love ajj kal? Well consider this post a sequel to that movie. This is not my story, but was shared with my

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by a friend, and happens to be the love story of his brother.. well a pretty unsuccessful love story!

And this is how it goes….

They met online, and talks between them come closer and closer, until love had taken over both of them. The distance melted away, and they started to make their visits frequent….He lived in Karachi, She was in Islamabad!

The love affair lasted for around 8 years. I am not too big on the details.. but I guess that like every relationship, they must have had their ups and down!

But alas! This was not to be! The girl was diagnosed with cancer! And is now counting her final days! The guy at this point decided that he wanted to marry her!

But the girl refused! Probably not wanting to tie the guy down!

Now till this point the story is great!

Here is the modern, insensitive twist!

The guy is getting married in this September to some other girl! He has not met her, but was chosen for him by his family! Continue reading

Retelling the tale of my Friend!

A friend of mine retold an interesting set of events that happened to him just the other day. I have decided – and let him know – that I would be retelling this story. Therefore people, here is what happened to him the other day.

Yesterday that is on 7th April 2011, my friend was taking pictures of a park near his house, which is in the area of Garden. His bike was parked outside, and this photography session was in line with his thesis topic.

As per the current trend, the park has been hijacked by a certain political party – let’s just call them the Sathi group – and within seconds, they were behind my friend, and had pinned a gun to this back, and their main concern was simply, “to which party did he belong to”.

From there he was taken to the Union Council of that area that apparently falls under 167 or something – and taken in a room, which was lined with weapons. My friend was able to get out of this mess by using his cunningness, and the contacts and help of some friends. Still they refused to return his memory card, even after they broke it, reason being that they wanted to make sure that he didn’t take any wrong pictures. Continue reading

Maid and Us – an evolving relationship!

Never before did i think that it is possible to have a maid as a status symbol! But apparently it is!

We have never been the family that stresses too much about the maid and keep looking and following it stressing till the last spot of dust has been removed; we have never been the family that keeps firing one maid after the other until they find the one that fulfills treats their own house like their first born!

This is how it has worked for us. The maid comes in on the first day; she is taken through the duties that she is suppose to do! Her time is usually fixed according to our whims, which is usually at 9, when we are all fast asleep and she does her work without getting in our faces and leaves… anything that needs to be complained about her lack of care for our house is transmitted to her the next morning!

We had the same maid for over 10 years and when she left, it was like we had been completely abandoned… we were lost for so long, we didn’t trust anyone else to take care of our house for a  long time, there were a few rebounds but they just didn’t work! Continue reading

Been wanting to write for long….

..but some how I just could not make myself sit down and write it all down. It could be the keyboard’s fault ( I love this new one) or the fact that not indulging myself in music at full volumes every few weeks make me go weird, or it could simply be that I just didn’t know how to verbalize my thoughts about the topic which I have wanted to write for a while. But whatever the reason be, here I am! And I am typing away!

Karachi is becoming a very unpredictable city. it is losing all that I cherished about it slowly. before you could out till the early hours of the morning and not have a worry in your head. the city was so alive. I remember we never used to worry about going to the market, because we knew that it would be open till at least 1 or so. But now things are changing so drastically.

Karachi in flames.. again and again and again!

 

If it’s not the rains, then it would be some son of a bitch dying, some random shoot out which makes no sense to you, a prediction that something will happen, but something or the other is always there to terrorize the Karachities and make sure that they make their way home as soon as possible. this fear has simply taken away the spirit of the city.

A few days back for some research I was in Ranchore line, and talking to people and trying to get a few survey, that all of a sudden gun shots were fired, the shops shutters closed down, and the person I was interviewing – a woman – started questioning me in the most weirdest manner that who am I ? Why am I here ? What was the purpose of my visit?It was the same day that 6 people had been killed at SherShah Market for no reason at all! Just a random shoot out. Another day in the city’s history! Nothing unusual anymore in Karachi! Continue reading

The sad story of us!

Two three days back, 5 Pathans were killed around our areas, which didn’t only cost for most of the businesses to close down early, but also for the Pathans to rush out of the area to places where they can be safe and not be targeted like a dangerous animal out on the loose.

A day or two later, I was downstairs getting some errands done, when a gentleman, with a darhi comes in and starts talking about the latest state of the nation with the shopkeeper. He comments about the recent target killing as well, saying how truly sad it was.

It was at that point that I started thinking and which even the shopkeeper voiced out in his own words, that there is no way that you can expect a change in this country.. in a country where its own citizens can’t feel safe, and where a particular state is being branded for who should live in it, then how can you expect the change to come. The gentleman that came in that shop might be against the targeted killing of Pathans, but what would be his viewpoint about the killing of Ahmadi’s or Shia’s is what I would really like to know!

Some one once said to me that religion was an important invention (yes I did say invention) because it made the society follow the path of righteousness even in the absence of law, but can we truly claim that to be true today. In a society where most would argue that it is okay to kill the person who we consider to be infidel, how is it that one can even take asylum in the arguments of religion?

So I guess this is our sad story.. we can’t expect religion to bring the best out of us, and as a society there is no chance that we can correct the errors of our way, so I conclude that there is absolutely no hope for us.. you can disagree though!

40 things to do this Summer – Dissected!

So last week, Express Tribune published a list of things that one should do this summer.. the list was amusing to say the very least.. and sure to push you a bit more towards finally claiming bankruptcy! So here is the list.. dissected as I see it fit!

Summer Fun..

1. Read The Gospel According to Coco Chanel for musings from the grand dame of fashion.... Actually this one isn’t such a bad idea.. I mean the original book might cause me a dent .. but still.. I really do want to read this one!

2. Trail a hem: Long skirts a la maxi style are all the rage this summer according to NYT’s ‘Style Section..Done.. since I own some of them..

3. Bag it: Get yourself on the wish list for the latest bag from Mulberry, the Alexa (695 pounds). It has a 9,000 customer wait list online and is due in July. ..Ya this one is going to be causing me a major dent …. Who every suggested this should have remembered the fact that this is a time of ECONOMIC RECESSION!

4. Go indoor skiing at the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Because let’s face it, you can…..Another major dent .. we are on number 4 and already I have a 5 figure dent!

5. Learn an instrument….Ok this one I can do.. Only if i commit to stop being a couch potato! 6. If in Abu Dhabi be sure to catch a performance of Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance between June 23- 25. Tickets will sell out quickly so go online to book in advance Abu Dhabi? No i will not be in Abu Dhabi.. Just because the SAIf inTC2 crowd can manage to go their in the movie with their GF’s doesnt mean you put it in the TO-DO-LIST for the masses..

7. Watch Sex and the City 2 even though you know it’ll be rubbish and you’ll hate it. Make it a girlie party complete with non-alcoholic ‘tinis of some kind. And pray that this really is the end of Carrie and all on the Big (pun intended) screen….I plan to watch it 🙂 Continue reading