Saturday, December 7, 2013
9th KIBF is a the five-days book fair which started form Dec 5, and will continue until the December 9 at the Karachi Expo Center (Hall No: 1,2, and 3). It's organized by the Pakistan Publishers & Booksellers Association in collaboration with the National Book Foundation.(Dawn.com)
All the leading local publishers, along with publishers from Turkey, Iran, UAE, India, Singapore and Malaysia, are there.
I went there with my colleagues to get some books for our school's library around 11:30 am with a mind set that there wouldn't be so much crowd. But no, it was full. Every stall was chock full. So many schools kids in their school uniforms were there with their teachers. Families, individuals ....so many people.
I couldn't take pics because I don't have camera (yet). This one is send to me by my friend. When she will send me more pics, I will upload.
Books I bought for myself are:
1. Chambers Idioms, edited by E.M. Kirkpatrick, and C.M Schwarz.
2. No Turning Back by Susan Lewis.
3. Winning a wife by Anne Wilkinson.
4. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
5. Triveni (poetry) by Gulzar.
6.Hikmat-e-Saadi, Bostan by Muhammad Ali Chiragh.
Nothing makes me as happy as buying books. And nothing satisfies me as reading them as soon as possible.
There are also so many food stalls at first floor ( of course ). We had 2 small pizza (chicken fajita), Biryani, Singaporean rice, fried chicken with roti, Pepsi and coffee.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
When ever there is some political/ sectarian or any kinda unrest in Karachi, there is always a confusion about school being opened next day or not. Normal people get alarmed. They see stuff on T.V which gives them clear picture that the school will be off tomorrow in this current situation. Then there will be a call for strike from the political/ religious parties. News alert about schools-will-be-closed-tomorrow get cracking. People find these news confirmed and get relaxed. Then after few hours pvt school association will announce all school will remain open according to scheduled.
It is true we Karachi go through a lot because of these unrest, esp school kids. These strikes are unnecessary. We can't closed schools, collages and wasted a whole day, however it is not that easy. Despite the confirmation schools are open, strength is very slim. Parents avoid sending their kids out. Mostly teachers go for the sake of their pay.
These pvt school association should also keep in mind that teachers are not their servants, they are employees and their safety is also their responsibility. So many comes from far away areas by public transports, anything could happen. Another thing whenever something like this happens, public transports are first to be scooted out from the roads. Anything could happen just in few minutes in Karachi and next minutes it seems like nothing happened.
People who are criticizing the Mipsterz (Muslim Hipsters) video, titled “Somewhere in America,"(which has been removed now, clean version is out LOL) have some points. When you will mix religion and nationality this will happened.
The reason for criticizing is actually very simple: at on hand Muslim says hijab is compulsory, your beauty is only for your husband, you are pearl, without scarf you are like an unwrapped chocolate bar on which any filthy fly can hover, be modest, because modesty is your beauty, hijab is not only a scarf with conceal your self, some even go to extreme that they hide their face and eyes, wear gloves, and so on, and now this video where Muslim women are taking selfies, riding skateboards, hanging out, talking, laughing , in some very fashionable urban unique style of clothing in New York city, telling the world " we do whatever we wanna do" or "Hijabis can have fun too." 'We are American Muslims. ' ' We are American Muslim Hipster.'
So yeah it is big fat contradiction and shock for many.
First stick out like a sore thumb, then defend yourself with song like twerk Miley, twrek.
Weather one like it or not, there is a big debate on us v/s them. (I hope you get it, what I am trying to get at) This is a big question. They felt this need to tell they are like normal (which they are) but they have this feeling they are not. That is why this video came out. That is why Mipters Facebook page says" Wait, they hate us cuz we're Muslims? I thought they hated us cuz we were hipsters!?"
The aim of this organization is to prove the Americans that Muslim are also cool (like they are not)
I know somewhere in America, some people go through identify crisis. They go through a lot that they need song like : Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk Twerk, Miley, Miley, twerk...................to prove themselves they are also normal peeps, which is quite sad.
( Mind it, somewhere in America, people also criticized Milly so harshly for twerkin')
Saturday, November 9, 2013
We live in a society with people around us. So many good and bad things happen almost every day. And this is from the very first day the world came into being, and it will be like that till the end. There will always be a war between good and bad. Heroes are those who act on, speak up about wrong doing.
" See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" types of philosophy/school of thoughts encourage to be a bystander and let the evil be done.
" When you see an evil, change it with your hands ( do something); and if not able to do so, then change it with your tongue (speak about it); and if still not able to do so, then do it with your heart ( by hating it and feeling that it is wrong)."
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Yesterday, a US drone strike killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Hakimullah Mehsud, was quite a big breaking news. Once again our local media got something to talk about. Almost every one started over reacting, and called this strike as a " attack on the peace process." To make nation happy, government lodged drone protest with US ambassador. Imran demanded to stop NATO supplies. Opposition parties putting pressure on government to review relations with US.
Media is totally misinformed, misguided, or Pakistan government is playing game, otherwise there talk shows wouldn't be that childlike. It is very crystal clear( at least to me)that these attacks could be stopped the next day, if Pakistan wants it to be stopped.
First off all, it is totally a diplomatic issue, which has been turned into a national issue. Second thing, rack your brain for 5 minutes, how can any one enter in your country without your permission and do drone attacks?
No one can. (If can, let me know. Perhaps, I am wrong.)
If they do it, it will be an attack, and this means a war. What they are trying to say is that America is attacking Pakistan, and Pakistan is trying to talk her in to stop these attacks.
Sorry, it is not making any sense to me. How can America attacks us, and we wouldn't be declaring it a war?
In the end, I would like to add -Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy's quote:
"Pakistan has many more drones than America . These are mullah-trained and mass-produced in madrassas and militant training camps. Their handlers are in Waziristan, not in Nevada . Like their aerial counterparts, they do not ask why they must kill. However, their targets lie among their own people, not in some distant country. Collateral damage does not matter."