Friday, May 26, 2017

Tabsira#3: Yeh Raha Dil is falling flat as a pancake

I am upset that I had to write a Tabsira on Yeh Raha Dil because I seriously thought that the drama won’t get to that point of promoting such wrong morals.

Yeh Raha Dil airs on Hum TV (Monday at 8:00 PM). The main protagonist is Hayat (Yumna Zaidi) her mother has passed away and she is living all alone in a bungalow at Tariq Road Karachi. What I just said is bizarre enough but wait, there is more. So, Hayat trusts her friend Salman (Daniyal Afzal) & his wife Ragni (Hira Hussain) so much that she literally went to Nepal on a vacation they booked for her. There she met Zaki (Ahmed Ali), the likable rich boy who is dating Nida (Anam Ahmed) back home. And since these two are the main lead, destiny took some twists and turns and somehow, they became friends. Hayat’s friend Salman sold her house to some broker and went to an unknown place along with his equally mischievous wife. Let’s pause here for a while. Okay first things first, no-matter how brave or gutsy of a girl you are, living alone in a bungalow at Tariq Road is utter lunacy. Every Karachite is quite evident of the fact that the city still has a high crime rate where burglars do a thorough Reiki of the area first and then set their trap. Won’t they know by now that there is a young girl of age 26-27 living all alone having no family alive of her own residing with herself. It is quite unbelievable that she hasn’t been looted yet. Secondly, how can you be so dumb to trust your friend this much? I do give it a benefit of doubt though because yes, foolishness exists and unfortunately, in a wide number.

Story prolongs further. Hayat and Zaki are back to Pakistan where they got to know that Hayat’s house is sold to Zaki’s father (Arjumand Hussain) and Hayat’s father (Imran Peerzada) who abandoned her during childhood is Nida’s dad as well. Thus, making Hayat and Nida the conventional duo of unmatched step siblings. Now Zaki who has been dating Nida since long, fought his parents to marry her and even disliked Hayat for being a reason for their near break-up due to her silliness. But he is now…Ladies and Gentlemen….in love with Hayat. How do you fall in and out of love so randomly? Nida has sensed it obviously and is now making evil plans to create differences. And Nida is the vamp here because she is going against her sweet sibling who had such a terrible childhood. WTF I mean! That guy is freaking two timing in a way. If you see your man flirting or having feelings for any other girl, irrespective of your relationship with her, wouldn’t you act the same? Also, Nida’s character is the mediocre snobby rich model who is unable to have an adult conversation. We already are a nation of generating stereotypes and busy in reinforcing them time after time. Earlier in the drama, Zaki’s father was shown having a discussion with his wife regarding his son’s inconsistency to maintain relationships. He goes through a phase and thinks that love has arrived. Later, he loses his interest and moves ahead. I mean, Kudos to Nida for putting up with such a guy. The right way would have been that somebody should have counselled her to leave that mercurial brat and find some sensible man.

And then again, since Nida grew up being Daddy’s Princess, it would technically make her pompous or uppity. Bull Shit! She is shown an independent career-oriented young model trying to balance her relationship along with her work. What is so wrong with that? We live in a society where men are intimidated by strong, opinionated women. Rishta Aunties are often seen advising such ladies to either leave their jobs or practice being more ‘dependent’ type since it makes them look more appealing. Don’t you think a man being intimated have got anything to do with the women being too strong? It’s more about the guy being too weak. An insecure man has the capacity to drag you down quicker than a crack head would. Hayat being the gullible kind of girl is what caught Zaki’s eyes maybe and yes, match made in heaven. Sad is that Zaki’s father, who himself was worried about his son being temperamental, is encouraging his son to ditch Nida and marry Hayat. No-one would want a self-confident bahu right? Unfortunate to see that even after years of disastrous incidents, women still are taught to be naïve.

The storyline has become quite predictable now. It is hinting towards Hayat’s colleague developing a love interest towards her. Currently he is shown on an ego trip but like all the stale plots, this puffed-up dude would melt down and fall for her. But that doesn’t matter because in the end, it seems highly probable that Hayat would realize how much she loves her sister’s long-term boyfriend and will get married to him. Nevertheless, ratings ahead:

Storyline: 2/5
Acting: 4/5
Dialogues: 3.5/5
Direction: 4/5
OST: 2/5

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bachi Chahiye?

Courtesy: MangoBaaz

The picture above is taken from an article few days back regarding dating tips for guys on how-not-to-remain-single in 2017. This blogpost is not about that article so in case you are here in hopes of me critically analyzing it (as if I don’t want too), this is not your day. This blog is about the term ‘Bachi’

For all my non-desi readers,
Bachi (Ba-a-chi): Small girl
Chahiye (Cha-he-ye): Want
Literally translating into, do you want a small girl?

Yes, the translation sounds very wrong in many ways. Before you term us a pedophilic nation, I would like to inform you that ‘Bachi’ is a term which we use for our girlfriends or girls we want as our girlfriends; Just like you use the word ‘Baby’ which literally means a toddler or little girl/boy.

Question is that have you ever pondered on the fact that using the same terminology for a little girl and a grown-up woman could actually mess up our brain?

Not all men are thirsty perverts trying to gawk on the feminine gender. It’s just that men genuinely don’t realize the implications of these terminologies. Most guys believe that relating us to an innocent child is flattering which is rightly the case for most women. Many of us behave in a girlish manner in desire of being applauded by their significant other. But it is leaving some disastrous impacts on the minds of many young men and society in general. A very common example is of child beauty pageants were young girls are turned into porcelain dolls to impress the judges. They are dressed up as grown women with heavy makeup and provocative clothing.

We all hear news about little girls as young as 2 or 3 years old being raped and assaulted. Many of the accused are not even pedophiles. They just do it because their preference of a victim is a female, despite of her age. I don’t know by his point how many of you are agreeing to what I am saying and to be honest, I don’t have any scientific theory or successful experiment to support my argument. All what I am talking about came from general observation. It’s almost impossible to argue that women are not sexualized and objectified in their day to day encounters. Referring an adult woman with a word that strictly describes an underage girl is not only an extension of the problem but it also perpetuates it.

It’s a farfetched example, but I think the way people have begun using the word ‘Bitch’ so commonly is no different. We don’t think about a female dog while calling someone ‘Bitch’ but that in reality is the dictionary definition of the word. As a capable, driven, learned women, we are well-aware that such derogatory terms are nothing but rude and unnecessary.

I may get hate from females for voicing against terms they find cute and sweet but come on ladies, even in English language alone there are approximately 1,025,109 words. As educated young people there is absolutely no reason we can’t find alternatives words to describe how we feel about someone.

Thank you to all the ones reading. Glad we had this talk.

This post is written as part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 for the letter ‘B’ 

The challenge gave me an excuse to revive my beloved blogosphere again. I will be writing on a different theme as per the alphabet. All the ones reading are warmly welcome to comment, connect and enjoy this ride with me.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Alpha Male, or Are you?

Living in a Brown society, we believe that being born with a male genital organ automatically makes you Supreme Authority a.k.a The Alpha Male. According to our dictionaries (Nanis’ and Dadis’),

1.        The Alpha is a male obviously
2.        He has a strong masculine energy even if he looks like a feeble maggot in reality
3.        He is not afraid to hold his ground even if it destroys the household
4.        Very famous for killing dreams

So, for all the Desis' reading, what is exactly an Alpha Male? Le me explain:

'As per the animal kingdom, the most brute and courageous gets the title of the Alpha but in a man’s world, an Alpha is more than just that. He is a man who wants to lead a life to its fullest, achieving all that he hopes for and be a part of other’s achievements too.'

Still it’s hard to decipher, isn’t it? Specially for the ladies who often mistake a sweet swagger for an Alpha.

Not to worry! Here is a list of the five dead-certain signs that he is not an Alpha. Guys, kindly take note too and straighten your shenanigans.

1. Using slangs is not portraying you as dominant. A man who needs to support his statement with a derogatory remark is not man enough to be honest.

2. Naggers, complainers, don’t we all hate them, right? We often stereotype women for making a fuss out of small things, but when a male does that, ah be warned. Sure it’s okay to blurt a bunch of complaints out occasionally but repeating that cycle is not good. Instead, focus on dealing with it.

3. Bullying is not acceptable at all. Degrading someone who is weak is a clear sign of being a loser. You only take on a real fight when it’s necessary

4. Yes, men gossip too! but they call it networking instead. This isn't a question of backwards thinking that Oh why can’t men gossip? This is about fundamental characteristics associated with being a man who prefer addressing the issue rather than tearing others down with crass talk.

5. Being authoritative doesn’t make you always right. Accepting your faults makes it much easier to rectify the problem.

This post is written as part of the #AtoZChallenge 2017 for the letter ‘A’ 

The challenge gave me an excuse to revive my beloved blogosphere again. I will be writing on a different theme as per the alphabet. All the ones reading are warmly welcome to comment, connect and enjoy this ride with me.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tabsira#2: Sanam...the same old humdrum

I don’t watch much drama serials so I am not the right person to make comparisons here. Honestly, I was looking forward to this one. The OST is just like mellow marshmallows to my ears but what compelled me to write is the mediocre and hypocritical clichés that are consistently part of high budgeted and sadly high grossing dramas.

Summary: The elites are mad-headed crazy shits who just like to spend money and act bizarre while the shalwar kameez clad simple girl-next-door is an angel on earth.

If I just end this post right now it won’t be wrong because the summary above is sufficient.

The story revolves around the dapper looking Harib (Osman Khalid Butt) with no family except his cuckoo wife Ayla (Hareem Farooq). The couple were enjoying their honeymoon period when Ayla accused her husband of having an affair with seedhi sadhi neighbor Aan (Maya Ali). In reality, Harib and Aan are nothing except friendly neighbors  but Ayla being the patient she is doesn't agree to it, leaves the home…fast forward…Harib receives the divorce papers. Now Ayla is out of his life and his mind, as he claims. Aired on every Monday at 8:00 pm, episode 9 has been done up till date and new characters are introduced as well.

My first and foremost point is that why mostly the people born with a silver spoon are portrayed as such devilish lunatics? Majorly they are making illogical decisions and continue making the same expecting the result to be better. They derive pleasure from lording over other people who cannot do anything about it and who are less powerful than them. Then there is this particular emphasis on clothing as well because the Rich Defence-born girl has to be shown wearing western attire throughout as if she has never ever worn anything eastern. Only in feudal based drama they show feudal women in their local clothing.

And now enters the simple and sweet girl. She has to be in shalwar kameez (add dupatta for extra sharafat effect) plus she be all immaculate, chaste and faultless. More like a porcelain doll.

Have you guys ever in your life seen such forged and fabricated human beings? I understand that dramas are not supposed to be all real but they do have the power to create their own reality. Due to their enhanced role, they are molding our brains in an unrealistic phenomenon. It’s basically a vicious system that is eating us from inside out. Categorizing people in boxes is the worst that could be done.

The portrayal of Ayla is of a frenzied rich who feels free to use her foul mouth to abuse any and every one. She views the rest of the world as subservient to her every wish and subject to torment. On observing the drama closely, one can see that Harib on incidents have given viewers tads and bits of Ayla’s disturbed past. He even said he married her in hopes that she may come out of her mental illness. So basically the girl is a patient. Her non compos mentis is solely because she may have suffered from distrust and similar issues in the past. Such people are way more possessive then the others and at times can act pretty irrational due to their fear of losing their loved one. So far I have not witnessed that anyone has tried to attend to her as a patient. Even her husband who knew about her condition is terming her ludicrous and skeptical. I mean Wow!

Now Ayla blamed husband of cheating on her with Aan. Aan’s mother (Hina Khawaja Bayat) furiously rushed to Harib’s house complaining about his mad wife’s accusations because of which a prosperous rishta ran away. The seemingly helpless husband cried out his sad tale and Mummy Ji was grief stricken like head over heels. She and Harib made efforts to eliminate the misconception but all failed. For me, things turn quite awkward when Mummy Ji and her daughter Aan tried to take extra care of Harib. They are sending him food and even eating together. Her daughter, who apparently and yes off course mistakenly is the reason of a visibly broken marriage is consistently at Harib’s house bringing delicious food and providing her thoughtful advice. In an episode, Ayla even saw them together and she obviously believed that all in her head is true after all. Why the heck would you be this much friendly with a person having such a wife? And now when your daughter is so apparently accused, why is she even at the guy’s house so much? This doesn’t add up at all. I am not suspicious of their intentions and yes they are doing that as a good deed but no bruh it ain’t helpin.

Many married couples experience that their relationship change over time. I believe that the initial years of marriage are very vital that actually build the base of how your relationship is going to progress over the years. The first years of marriage are the riskiest for divorce and affairs as well because both partners are very involved in each other. Any interruption from outside can shake their initial powerful attachment. My point here is that only if Aan and her mom could have just maintained their distance and let the couple resolve the matter themselves would have led towards better results. The guy is obviously deprived of love and attention so all this loved showered upon him can actually turn him against his wife. He would see her as a psycho who is falsely charging him and poor innocent soul Aan. It is in-fact shown in an episode that Harib’s shouts on Ayla over her bad behavior with Aan’s mother. Also, he is persistently thinking about how fanatic his wife is.

Yes it’s too early to pass on a judgement but I see the drama going downhill with its same old typical concept. I would really appreciate if they prove me wrong.  Plus, I am proudly terming myself a self-proclaimed analyst from now on so here goes the rating:

Storyline: 2/5
Acting: 4/5
Dialogues: 3/5
Direction: 4/5
OST: 4.5/5

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

When all is lost...there is still HOPE

It's natural to bubble over with ideas and thoughts but capturing those on paper does not always come as easily. I am glad that I have found just the right person who got a good grasp of her conception and interpreted it beautifully in the form of a novel. The young Eisha Ahmed wrote her first publication at the feeble age of 13 years. The 186 pages has been published by WheelMan Press (UK) in April 2013. This blooming young girl believe that:

“Age poses no barrier if one nurtures his talent”

The first thing that captivated me about the book is its title ‘Life Goes On’ This sentence holds an important meaning in my life as incidents and situations have taken me towards unknown paths. Being in those moments, I realized that moving on is the only way. Presenting here her very interview because promoting our talent zaroori hai Sir!

1. Tell the readers a bit about yourself.
I am an eighteen year-old who is known by few for a small literary contribution, ‘Life Goes On’ which was published in 2013. Currently, I am a student of A Levels at The City School. Being a regular teen, my quite predictable list of hobbies include reading and writing.

2. What is “Life goes on” all about? How do you think it can be inspiring or productive to the readers?
Narrowing down the central thought of the book, it leads it to a single four lettered word — HOPE.  It is a roller-coaster of emotions with amalgamation of joy and gloom springing throughout the novel. The book can be an inspiration for people who seep in a realization that life and hope run parallel. If you lose hope, you lose life.

3. What was your hardest scene to write?
In order to do justification with the words, every scene becomes hardest. Each one has to be better than the last, so no such particular scene.

4. Is it a book or a person who inspired you to write? Where do you get your ideas from?
To be accurate enough, it was not a book or any person who inspired me to ink my thoughts and get myself my own book. Life gave me a thought and I aimed to achieve it. It was roughly in summer vacations of my seventh grade that I had ample time and decided to do something different.  No hole of doubt lies in a fact that life is the best teacher. Ideas automatically cloud my brain if I recall my observations.

 5. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I research about the facts during drafting, as in research about particular places in cities where novel’s setting exists.

6. Do you tend to base your characters on more of a fiction or inspired by real life people?
You will find my characters the shadows of every other being, we day to day come in contact with. They are more real.

7. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
My first book not only changed the process of my writing, but it taught me how to actually write. To be honest, my first book is the pivot of my motivation. Every person encounters a starting line where he is crouching down to the level of a knee and waiting for a get set go command! So I was waiting too for that very moment.

8. Were there any difficulties during the whole procedure of writing and publishing it?
Not difficulties as such but one needs patience as his companion the whole time! It is a journey you ship into, so editing, cover finalization and all the others steps steal time — a lot of time indeed. Social media network, indubitably is the best way to market your books especially for newbie writers.

9. Are you affected by other people’s appraisals or critique of your work?
Yes, I am moved and Alhamdulillah always in a positive sense. I am more like a person who will drill your head unless you give critique about my work. Appraises are exceedingly vital but nothing can replace the critique one receive for the written piece.  There is always a room for improvement, even in a close-to- perfect work. I really get overwhelmed and appreciate if someone tosses critiques. As far as appraises are concerned, they just push me more into contributing something worth reading.

10. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Can your fans expect your next book coming out soon?
Well, I have two unpublished books in a pipeline. One is a novel and the other is a short story collection. Things will hopefully fall in place after I get done with my A-levels. Just dug in studies, but I am working to get things in print soon.

11. Literature is still not at the epitome as it should be in Pakistan, do you think taking writing up as a career is wise decision?
Great question! I deem that any field or any sort of work will bear out to be the best career option only if you have enough passion for it. Market is made by us people only.  You need to prove yourself whether it be in Pakistan or any other place even where literature word is not a familiar term. 

12. Do you see any improvements in the near future in Pakistan when it comes to literature? What are the necessary steps that should be taken to promote it?
Time is the best healer, so yes time will surely heal our market which is just wounded by unawareness. Promotions increase the existence of more literary sectors especially for English fiction.

13. What advice do you have for aspiring writers in Pakistan?
For aspiring writers, I want to convey that don’t let current status of our market to de-motivate you or allow your passions to be thrown down in dumps.  Polish your capabilities and skills to such an extent that even the most over-rated choice exist as the only best option.

For all those interested:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tabsira #1: The Not-So-Funny Modi rant

Image Courtesy: Ali Gul Pir

The recent Indo-Pak cold war and those surgical strike fiasco has affected the artist community as well. With the extremist Indian parties threatening and throwing our actors and singers off their country, Pakistani artists here are doing their bit to respond in their own capacity.
One such recent attempt is from Wadery Ka beta fame Ali Gul Pir. Man needs no introduction so let’s just get to the talkies.
On October 9th, he released his new track “Modi Teri” hitting Social Media with a bang. By the time I am writing this post, it has hit 130,000+ and more than a 1000 share.

Tell you what, I am a fan of Pir for his intellect and tongue-in-cheek lyrics but this one was a sheer disappoint. He announced a few days back about releasing a song on Modi and it did created a lot of buzz but the end result, not good. Unlike his previous tracks, this one is more about body shamming and abusive language. Not that he has never used minor cuss words before, but that was done in more of a subtle intelligent way so that the words were best suited as per the song requirement.

This is just a personal thing but I was madly enraged upon hearing the words, “Teri Maa Ki” I just can’t stand abusive language being associated with Women tbh. That is why maybe I am severely pissed at the song. I didn’t understood the need of using such derogatory terms. It seemed highly unnecessary as if someone added those to the lyrics at very last minute to spice things up or to catch the attention of the masses quickly.

Pir’s acute description of Modi refraining from participating in SAARC, hating on Fawad and cutting off our water supply deserves an applause. Singer has the dynamism to spawn a generation yet all he was doing was throwing witless jabs.

Its video was released on 22nd Oct and it was nothing of a surprise. It shows Modi being brainless, stuck awkward postures looking plain stupid. Yes Modi is the most nonsensical Prime Minister on this planet but this is how we respond? By showing him in funny situations. A laughter can be generated by highbrow puns too? Doesn’t need to portray mediocrity.

I had a discussion among my circle on this song as well and most of the responses I got were:
One. Calling me a dummy because Duh! This song is out very first artistic response to the Indian Government and me criticizing it is ludicrous.  
Two. We should not always make those type of ‘Responsive Songs’ where they portray us winning a war against them.

Going through the comments, I found some people being critical of the song and Pir’s response to that was and I quote,

“I give blunt responses. Did the same with waderas and taroos, doing the same with Modi. If you do not call out evil or identify a problem, then you are part of it. I m speaking of rap battles instead of wars, nobody dies if we battle it with art and music.”

Sometimes I think this song is just a case of bad portrayal of one’s intention. I mean definitely the artist wants a no war situation but what came out in the song is more of an incitement. Now I guess we would be getting a response through an Indian song maybe and it could be using same sort of spiteful language against the women of our nation. Hence, it could go on and on.

And yes the music of this song was good. Ali Gul Pir has worked previously with the likes of Adil Omer, Talal Qureshi and yes this time  SomeWhatSuper’s unique sonic abilities did brings out its own loud musical structure.

All this just reminds me of a quote by the favorite. Ellen DeGeneres,

“Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else's expense. And I find that that's just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else's feelings”

All in all, I don’t hate the song nor the idea, it’s just the terminology and the irrelevant portrayal that is not appealing. It is actually sad that we as people have become so immune to using slanderous terms that now it is found funny and particularly when it’s done against women, it nothing to be ashamed off.

Oh and yes, I can see many people calling me an Exaggerating *B….* after going through post. Well then, I am okay because I understand that this is what people usually say when a woman 'dares' to speak her mind. Toddles. 

Introducing *Drum Roll* 'Tabsira'

Hello Dearies,

I have this habit, *ahem correction*, really Bad habit of procrastinating. I guess I do that in my dreams too. Point being, so your girl here was procrastinating that a day would come where she would write reviews on mass media, pop culture, and engrossing books and crappy TV shows and the remaining blah. And the day has arrived *pats my own back* 

Introducing, TABSIRA…the blog space where you would find candid and outright reviews about all that is present on this planet. Yes…all that 

P.S. I would give a candy to one small fluffy kid on every Comment and Share on my Tabiras. Yes, you read it right. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daastan of Team Technocrats

Spirit animals beautifully drawn by Romessa Ahmad

My Dad was my first storyteller. I am told by my parents that I was never tired of listening to stories. One story after another, Dad use to make a new one just to bring a smile on my face. Being born a night owl, my favorite past time was to not let my parents sleep. Still they are kind enough to say that I was a nice baby *grins*

Seeing my interest develop, my parents bought me books and I am so thankful to them for introducing reading into my life. I remember writing stories and Essays and never let anyone read them. My very own small cupboard aka mini library used to be my safe heaven. Later in life, I wrote and submitted my work to publications. I can never describe the joy I felt when someone considered appreciating or critiquing my work....I was happy that they found time to read me. 
One thing led to another and then I got my first online magazine published named Identity Magazine. It was a joint venture of me and two best buddies. It was a thrill you know to have our very own magazine on the internet. Crazy it was back then. We were a team of three managing the Editing, Proof-reading, Content, Page making, Marketing etc. with no whatsoever help. Stuck in such a state can help you push your limits and achieve greatness. The mag ran for a year and mind you, we were students at that time managing our assignments and grades along with the mag.  But then life happened, everybody went their separate ways.  I had my home to look after too and my job took a toll over me. Every now and then I use to look at a magazine and would think I would write for it but the day never came. Such a bookworm like me was left with no time to read a book. The pain is excruciating tbh.

A month back I saw a Facebook post of Daastan offering their first ever Literary Fellowship. This was it!! My very own chance to Write again. *Insert halo music* My mom went crazy though when I told her of this. An already tough schedule and then this. I was so close to being grounded (for the non-desi people out there, us desis are eligible to get grounded at any age) For all those unaware, Daastan is an award winning First Self-publishing Platform and literary forum working to revamp writing industry in Pakistan. If you have a manuscript, do hit them up.

Coming back to the topic, a whole bunch of talent participated in the Fellowship. It literally hit me by surprise that I got selected. Still thankful to the jury for giving me this opportunity despite of my persevering schedule. The Fellowship has kick started and I am having the time of my life. Surrounded by such supportive and proficient writers and poets is just euphoric. We are further divided into teams and the one I belong to is among the coolest. Go Technocrats!!! Starting from our Captain Sidra Amin, to MahnoorNaseer, Samee Ghazaal and Romessa Ahmad, all are bundled with flair. Through their words, they have the ability to see through the human experience and express it in a way like no other. This dream team has inspiring stories to tell with powerful writing that jolts and challenges. Even break through prejudices and assumptions.

I seriously am going through an emotional roller-coaster right now and just too busy with my job but still I prepared myself and picked up this challenge. And I feel great!! Every time I read you guys or we are giving a prompt to write, submissions to do, despite of all my chaotic schedule…the words soothe me. I am not seeing myself finishing this Fellowship with too many submission but I love reading you all. I thank you all for inspiring me to be a better writer. I mean I am an ordinary one compared to you guys who have this magical way with words at such tender age. Literary Friends for Life!! Muah <3

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Would you wake up to a new Zodiac sign?

My colleague today excitedly informed me that she is no more a Sagittarius because she now is something she can’t even pronounce properly, Yes folks! She believed she is an ‘Ophiuchus’ pronounced in plain English as oh-FEW-kuss. Although I really hate the indecisive trait of my zodiac, I still love being the sweet and sour Twin Gemini *sniff* *sniff*.

I was busy doing an important task but the cruel Ohhpeehiuu… damn I should just copy paste it here.  So as I was saying the cruel Ophiuchus (thank you copy paste) got me thinking…made me sad actually.

I missed all the time of belonging to a schizophrenic zodiac, being more like a paranoid Aquarius tbh. How I so enthusiastically would start a task consistently flitting from one thought to another idea and coming up with nothing at the end. Oh my lovely Ex-Planet of childhood and youth!! I miss you Mercury *weeps*. Gosh!  I so solemnly believed that incase of a nuclear war, only cockroaches and Gemini would find a way to survive because things around us never stay dull…. Yes, the very picture of a girl on the chair screaming her head off seeing a small, frail, easily exterminated cockroach counts in ‘Never a dull moment’  And that girl btw is not me.

Point being, all the above said was all going on inside my brain but what came out of my mouth was “Lets Google it!” So I did (colleague is not a fan of googling)

Story is that NASA posted an article about astrology informing that there are originally 13 signs in the zodiac. I searched much and got to know that Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology. It has to do with the stars because it's not a sign, it's a constellation. But there are sites claiming it’s a legit 13th zodiac sign. Interesting thing is that Ophiuchus was discovered in 2011 but then in 2016 some weirdo decided to make a news out of it and posted it on the Facebook and the FB maniacs without any prior research spread this news like wildfire.

The whole mythology associated to it is cool though. Ophiuchus is identified with the healer Asclepius, the son of Apollo, who was able to bring the dead back to life. Realizing his power, Hades convinced Zeus to kill Asclepius with a lightning bolt and then he was placed into the stars as a constellation after his death.

Zeus I think is the dumbest God of all. If I had to create a theory of my own, I would say that maybe Anti-Christ is about to be born and all the current signs are not too cool for him and he was like “I need something to suit my swag” hence came Ophiuchus, The Serpent Holder. Plus, the picture associated with it shows a muscular man holding a snake. It is said that Ant-Christ would get the attention of the world so he must be good looking too to make the task easier.

I am having weird ideas. I better stop eating this chocolate….I feel drugged!! So point being, if the Ophiuchus thing is true then I am a Taurus. But as per my research it’s all crap so I get to be the same intelligently stupid twin: D

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lets count the people Hamza Ali Abbasi got killed....

I know this post is a bit delayed but it was hard to publish it. I have been warned by many that I know to not put this up because I could then by termed as a infidel too. We live in a judgmental country where blasphemy is probably one of the easiest thing one could be blamed for. Yeah so here goes,

Once an inciting program by self-proclaimed religious scholar Dr. Aamir Liaquat got 3 Ahmedis killed. No notice was sent to the program and Dr. Liaquat is still successfully running his TV show which is more of an entertainment then a religious program. I was unhappy to see that even the maulana hazraat on his show didn’t said a word against his infuriating speech.

After years of wait we finally saw a program which actually embodies the spirit of Ramadan. I remember tweeting about being excited that Hamza Ali Abbasi is going to host a show and most reactions I got were not very positive. Sad state is that we as a nation have actually made a portrait of a man with a beard having studied in madrassa to deem fit for a religious cleric. Hamza on the other hand came as somebody who we can relate too. The topics discussed on his show starting from the Women’s Protection Bill till rights of minorities were something that we have all discussed in our homes, with friends and particularly on social media. My point here is that how many people got killed by Hamza’s TV show? How many houses were burnt of religious minorities and how many of them got harassed?

Actually I was so glad to see that many of the Ahmediya community has come to social media and declared their faith. They have shown their angst and concern with their words that what it’s like to hide your faith and live under this shadow of fear in Islamic republic of Pakistan. Islam, which provided a safe haven for everyone in the Prophet’s time. It’s a well-known fact that after conquering Mecca he didn’t killed a single infidel. After defeating the cruel pagan Gods and breaking the idols inside Kaaba prophet said,

 "I do the same thing as my brother Joseph did. There is no sin upon you today. May Allah (SWT) forgive you; He is the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful."

The people he was addressing to were the ones who have tormented him for years and have brutally killed people of his family as well. We are the Ummah of such a benevolent Prophet and yet we are afraid of dialogue? What Hamza Ali Abbasi was focusing on is to promote the environment of inter-faith dialogue to promote harmony. And for that he got a death threat on air from Maulana Kokab Noorani. The host of that show is one of various look-a-like and sound-a-like eggs laid by Aamir Liaquat.

We all have the right to disagree but we don't have a right to disgrace anyone. I literally read and saw people, most of them who term themselves religious and well-behaved used such heinous words for the host that I literally was amazed. Disagreement in this country is to defame. If you don't like anyone...fine...just start talking crap about his/her personality, character assassinate them and bring up every little possible wrong they ever did. Just don't consider presenting a valid argument or discussion because that's for the sane. Hazrat Ali (R.A) said,

"When you hear someone speak, don't look at who is saying it. Instead look at what is being said"

A argument that arise was that according to the constitution of Pakistan, Ahmedis are considered Non-Muslim. Alright then. My question is that can't the constitution of Pakistan be amended? Is it Book of God? It’s a human made constitution which can have its flaws. A law can be added or removed anytime.

In Kashmir on 23 May 1944, Quaid-e-Azam was asked his opinion on Ahmediya community not being allowed to join the Muslim Conference because they are considered as non-Muslims. Mr. Jinnah replied,

“'Who am I to declare a person as non-Muslim who calls himself a Muslim?"

~From the book Tahrik Huriyyat Kashmir (History of Independence Movements in Kashmir), volume 2, 1936 - 1945, page 291

This nation is built by people of faith regardless of what God they believed in. It wasn’t just about Ahmediya community. The host wanted to discuss the rights of minorities as a whole that even if Ahmedis are considered Non-Muslims, don’t they have any rights?

Currently I have read that the channel has apologized to PEMRA for having the guts to discuss something that Islam endorse….Peace. On a side note, the program itself refrained from following the trend of "distributing" gifts and making people act like maniacs on live television. Guess that doesn't work right?

Can't we just sit and sort our differences out rather then slitting each other throats and terming another fiqh or faith as kafir?

It's high time to be honest. If not now....then when I can't say.....