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.

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