Bachpan Ka December- A Review
Dec05

Bachpan Ka December- A Review

I have come to a conclusion. While English novels give a broader view into life, and (I must confess) make you an attractive nerd, the impact of lessons in Urdu novels is more deeply felt. Its like if your mom gave you a lifelong advice in English, it wouldn’t be as effective as in Urdu. Sarcasms are sharper and humor is more ridiculous. Hence everything that needs to be felt is more penetrating and decent in our native dialect. Sticking to the theme of this Blog of promoting what belongs to Pakistan, I decided to review a novel that I began reading in a hospital lounge with utter disinterest but by the time I finished it, a pile of unattended tasks awaited me. Never misconstrue seemingly odd books in a doctor’s waiting lounge. I must have read around 5 pages but they had me grasped so strongly that on my way back after the appointment, I stopped by a book store and bought it. Bachpan Ka December by Hashim Nadeem sets the story in Quetta where Decembers were thought to be very beautiful once upon a time, with conifers covered in snow and moonlight peaking through the clear frosted ice. The impersonal aspect of the book covers late 70’s through a little boys point of view and then late 80’s through a mature man’s. Its about Ebad, a kid who belongs to a mediocre background, his best friend “Raja” who was always thought to be a bad influence to him (we all have that one best friend who our parents don’t approve of) and “Wajjo” a crush bound to stay a crush forever. The writer’s choice of words is so illustrative that (if I was a painter) I could have painted down every page and If a drama is made on it, there would have been less input at recreating scenes from the book. The word-sketch is so definite and clear. Unlike most romantic novels, this one is pretty humorous. I was amazed to see how the speaker connected so well with his childhood memories and remembered every meticulous detail of his perception. There are immature sarcasms which make you laugh spontaneously over Addi’s innocence. The book talks about parental control, family politics and nosy neighbors. It then slowly evolves to the point where Addi wants to cling purposely to these irritating things, but finally its time for him to grow up and go to a cadet college. That’s where the second phase of his life starts. He shares with readers the reminiscence of this crucial chapter of his life. From the discouraging behavior of seniors to that one...

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Pakistan – Your Time is Here
Nov14

Pakistan – Your Time is Here

The time has arrived, the days of tribulations are over, and the darkest part of night is outweighed by the glory of the rising sun; better late than never, because we have suffered enough. The land of pure; the land our forefathers had to fight for & give away countless sacrifices in doing so , was over run ( for 68 years) by ignorance, injustice, intolerance & hatred. But, the past has left us, for now time has come not only to change ourselves, but to change the world we live in. ‘Change’; an enormous word as it seem but viewing the complexity of present national scenario, there is yet another dimension to all this prospective problem, the change in attitude of our approach and our tactics to view a problem all have resulted into some what, a phenomenon that if given importance will nullify the basic complications existing in our society & the chain of reactions that will spring up after such multi-dimensional methodology will further develop our capabilities as a nation.  In my view, when history turns into your favor, notions form on a level that once was certainly not thought of, when people wake up from long lasted virtual drowsiness & an unavoidable change lies in front of us than at that point there come some responsibilities on our part. We as a nation must decide the kind of transformation we want, we have to give direction to this silent movement, we have to decide; if we want this movement to yield something, if we want to have a greater impact of all this in our lives, in our cities, in our country as a whole then, we must not relate this change with anything negative and in my view, any sort of change is not the sole effort of any single person. We have seen in past, behind every successful nation, there are years and years of struggle and hardships, no doubt, big and fabulous names glow in the book of history, but those names are remembered because of their efforts and a league of men that struggled with them, but weren’t reminisced. What we have to do is to wipe away the individual centered approach and look in a broader perspective giving due status to all those who deserved. This approach of ours, will not only open new and previously unexplored horizons for us but it’s result would in a long term, have an everlasting effect on us as a society. Allama Iqbal’s dream, Quaid’s hard work, and countless sacrifices must be kept in mind. It’s time; not for a steady walk but to...

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Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary
Nov09

Allama Iqbal; a poet, a visionary

We take a start from the “lab pay ati hay dua ban k tammna mere” and then move towards the massive poetry coined by him, we will undoubtedly find the great ideas and philosophies implanted in the chains of the words in the form of his everlasting poetry presented by him long ago. He is not only the national poet of Pakistan rather he is the poet of East. Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the poet of East, a great visionary thinker and a great philosopher was born on 9, November 1877 in the city of Sialkot. After receiving an early education from his hometown he moved abroad in order to quench his thirst for knowledge. While studying law in England, he became the member of London branch of ALL-INDIA MUSLIM LEAGUE. In this way he entered politics and got a chance to achieve his goals. His contribution in the field of poetry is very vast. Though Iqbal contributed a lot in literature but apart from those, his role in  the formation of this country is exceptional . His greatest achievement was to create the ideology of Pakistan that later on became the very basis of independence of Pakistan. His poetry contains endless messages and his work in the field of literature is of supreme importance still. The most prominent feature of his work was that he always emphasized on the importance of religion. Islam to him was very much important and because of this he had an urge for a separate homeland in which Muslims could practice their religion freely. He had a great vision and he perceived future critically. He was very much aware of the sufferings of Indian Muslims and finally he used his pen like a sword in order to pierce the darkness that was embedded in the hearts and the minds. His words were influential to such an extent that ultimately they brought a fruitful result in the form of an independent state. The themes of his poetry were of great importance and still they are regarded as a great source of inspiration. His concept of “Self” (khudi) is based on the concept of self-realization which integrates all the known facts of the universe into single unity, and this single unity is the concept of God. His concept of self-realization is not merely based on Divine power, rather he highlighted that in order for us to seek the truth of our existence; proper training, experiences and education plays a vital role.   His philosophies promoted the social norms and values and in order to progress social interaction is very much important. He once said: “Individual exists by...

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The Tragedy that is You and I
Nov03

The Tragedy that is You and I

Often when we meet people for the very first time, especially in school, we tend to inquire about a person’s background. Name, occupation, father’s occupation and in some cases, one’s relationship status (cheesy right?). One trend in Pakistan or perhaps the entire Muslim world is asking about someone’s faith. Actually if I rephrase that, we blatantly ask about the particular sect the person belongs to. In most cases even that is fine except when the person in question belongs to a sect different than that of the “interviewer.” Both parties maintain their cool for a while, exchange a few glances and then slowly move away and that was their last civilized conversation ever. Sectarian differences lie in almost every religion. Since it is the month of Muharram, I’d like to bring your attention towards two particular Muslim sects. You guessed that right-Shias and Sunnis. Both of them are in such deep conflict that it is a US and THEM situation between both parties. Both remain adamant on THEIR beliefs and practices. Both believe in one God and the last Prophet (P.B.U.H.). Both pray five times a day. Both observe a fast in Ramadan. Both perform Hajj (the holy pilgrimage). Both pay Zakat (charity). Both grieve on 9th and 10th Muharram. Then why? Why are they not at peace with each other? Why are they so different? Why are these differences irreconcilable? The US and Them situation is that US Shias/Sunnis are right and THEM Sunnis/Shias are not. Both parties have forgotten that there is a WE as well. WE MUSLIMS. WE the people of the faith, which was brought to us by Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H.), are united under one banner, under the word of ALLAH, the Quran. WE are all part of the Ummah. WE are one unit, one faith, one brotherhood. Then why is there so much disunity amongst us? Yes the way we practice our religion is different but why can’t we learn to accept those differences and cooperate as a brotherhood should. Why are we so discontented with each other? Why is it that every year at the time of Muharram, reports of Sunni-Shia conflicts flood the news channels? Why is their bloodshed on the days we mourn bloodshed? “A perfect Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands his fellow brothers and sisters are safe.” -Sahih Muslim “Believers are like the different parts of a building, each one supporting the other.” -Agreed Upon The conflict between Sunnis and Shias goes way back and every generation has suffered from it. Sectarian intolerance is so dangerous that no one is safe from it. People have failed...

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VIP Culture in Pakistan
Oct19

VIP Culture in Pakistan

A very important person (VIP) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to his or her status or importance. Examples include celebrities, heads of state/heads of government andother politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, wealthy individuals, or any other notable person who receives special treatment for any reason. They enjoy special protocols and many more perks of a luxurious life and that too by government, not by themselves. VIP culture in Pakistan has been a matter of concern for common people. Most of us have experienced the matter first hand at different occasions and places. A very common aspect of the VIP culture is the road blocks mostly in the capital cities like Islamabad and Lahore. Whenever a VIP has to travel via road, the security reaches the spot well ahead and traffic police stops the normal traffic well before that specific person is to pass and it is again on route after such time that they get away safely. The wait for such a long time is very torturous for many people who might have some important stuff to do themselves. The protocol of this type is given mostly to the ministers and other political leaders. The major reason for all the protocol is their safety as the authorities reveal. That may not be the only reason if we analyze some other portions of the world and some past incidents. If we sneak into our country’s history, we find some examples of such cases. There was a baby born in rickshaw as the mother was on the way to hospital for delivery in Multan as the protocol of for0mer Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani stopped the traffic. It is hard to imagine the pain that woman bore during that period without the proper facilities. Failure of the special protocol provided to VIPS is not something impossible. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a victim of the failure of the system. Some say that it was an inside job but whatever the case may be, that was an indication that there can be such an incident in the presence of all the security that is arranged. Even the first PM Shaheed Liaqat Ali Khan was also assassinated and the protocol proved to be of no use to his life. Some historians also relate the death of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah to the failure of the protocol. On the other side, when we investigate for similar protocol in many developed countries, we don’t find one at such scale. Their leaders are found walking side by side the common people and...

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