Friday, October 28, 2016

Millennials aur Mela!

Disclaimer: I am practicing freedom of speech and I hope the principle may not be departed in interest, violation or instigation of its holy preservations. 
Brief: Word millennials is referred to those born in 80s and 90s

The current government has done a favour to the millennials by a series of actions ever since it came into power. The politics of 90s that gave this profession a bad name, is back! PTI has been acting like it always does and PMLN has shown its draconian colours.
Thanks to General sahib for letting this madness prevail, or else the ruckus by the two would have already brought on a martial law on us, in case of previous tenures.
And the mass media here in this country, as always, is cashing in, with state sponsored advertisement at one end and implication of colluding with the enemy directives on the other end. The news channels have pretty much fallen on their own feet in reporting the 'reality'. And well, the paper news is not any better either. Here is a short Ted talk by a creative thinker, who illustrates how they (media) determine the version of truth for masses and the classes of reporting that are used:

The current crack down to avoid lockdown is not something that could not be foresighted. The fact that last night officials confused section 144 with curfew, has led to inordinate force launched on political workers and instigating a sense of haste and unease. Aur yeh to sirf trailer tha!
I don’t like to revise the claims and blames against PMLN but its not rocket science to see the past and understand the basic nature of decision making at its helm. The 90s government was marred with abuse of power, unconstitutional rule, miscarriage of justice, encroachment on freedom of press, corruptions at high ends, commission and kickbacks in large projects, lies propagated by public offices, anointing plots and special posts, implication with anti-nationals, exploiting of religion, giving air to sectarianism and hatred, devising economic policies leading to default, criminalizing politicians, politicking crime, excessive undue taxation, tax evasion, loan defaulting, excessive life style with palace-like residence, subversion of independent institution like judiciary and press, confused cultural and social policies, and autocrat provincial governance.  So, folks here we go again! or here we are!?!
Another problem is the perception of who is right or who is wrong.
Well the government should have a look at Gali-e-Dastoor and try judging its action. This is the constitution lane recently inaugurated in Parliament symbolizing : ‘important yet most neglected aspects of Pakistan’s history!’. Look at the fountain courtyard that symbolizes the country’s people it’s driving force! And both parties should look at its black patches(symbolizing martial law)  and take a moment to feel the fiascos of past!
So, what do millennials think of all this, in Pakistan?
As millennials in this country, we have seen the dictatorship of Musharraf and the democracy of Zardari and Sharifs. Our generation has not stood up against the military regimes but learned to stand against plutocracy-cum-democracy of autocratic regime. I am not sure if that is the right direction we have taken but it is the de facto we are destined, apparently. What-more, is the comparison of the two, are misleading to the understanding of our ancestors. The modernization and globalization have influenced us more than anything else, to our clerics' dismay.
We are ensorcelled by the definition of infatuation and right to choose marital partners. Our delectation is less associated with our education and more with finding joys in life. We idolize celebrities more and do less critical thinking, to the fancy of this oligarchy. We embrace that corruption is bearable if it suits you and objectionable if it does not favour you! We live in contradictions to the limit that we have become insensitive and indifferent to any injustice if it happens for the second time. This should raise alarm bells for the think-tank, for if the democracy is derailed in any circumstance, millennials might not be on-board to save it! Rather more occupied over their next lunch date!
To the fellow millennials I will admit that personally I hold no moral authority nor I wish to preach, but would request some leverage to remind us that being master of one trade is not worth it in today's world, be jack of most trades and master of few! Pragmatism ftw! Indeed we have been dealt like sheep by our ancestors but don't consider yourselves ready for being butchered! Think! Think! and Think! For what is happening out there is nothing new to the game, but our decipherment of the current scenario is integral for the future generations. We might not be able to apprehend the lance bearers of imbecility but we certainly can avert their progress.
In the view of the recent political tensions, it may not be wrong to say that unfortunately the curtains have fallen on Kashmir.
So how do you perceive these issues, as millennials? Please leave your feedback.
P.s. I will end on verse that I dedicate to fellow millennials for a song of a singer from across the border. Do reflect on it!
Dekho na saja yaha pe mela dil ka
Jin ko zaroori hai ke ho dil ka sauda

Friday, October 21, 2016

Country aur Chai-wala!

We all have listen to the Grimm tale where a princess kisses the frog and turns him into a prince....
Well folks, the social media publicizes 'rags to riches moments' of ordinary people with ordinary lives, and turn them into extraordinary by their own definition of choosing, to play the role of God.
We are getting crazy with this recent Chai-wala aka Hot-tea!

This country needs to find some direction. Initially there was Qandeel Balouch, then Momina Mustehsan and now Arshad Khan. Are they going to be raised to the top, to be sacrificed by some satanic ritual?
The question is that will he be able to handle this new earned fame?
The fact that he is given a modelling contract over a chai-wala past puts in a comparison in the equation. Does this imply that its 'better' to be a model then a hard working tea maker? If yes, then this is a clear case of looking down on other chai-walas and demeaning their profession.
The fact that his 'green' eyes are attractive for the masses, is nothing but an extension of the complexion complex.It is a dangerous precedent for a gold standard per se, and what more but a depiction of a deep rooted eye colour complex held for ages in our society, leading to a much stronger suppression of self expression and building peer pressure to wear lens to go green for the sake of acceptance in a materialistic society.
The social media has proven once again, its mindless mental, where the sheep are led by a wolf-shepherd. A downright insult on the years of education. Education that should have led to a merited judgement and in itself served as a promotion of skilled people as real glamour.
Alas! apparently we are becoming a nation of trolls with nothing substantial to add to social media.
The problem lies with the growing materialism in our society, where we are insecure about our very existence not to just say appearance or pay-checks. The professions are merited on money. This leads to a chain of constant dissatisfaction and ultimately, depression. In a country where 34% of the population is already suffering from depression this is a dangerous trend to follow.
Being a university student I wanted to hear opinions from the bright and eager minds of tomorrow and this is what they had to say:

"Stop creating hype about chai wala, this is simply madness" - Faiqa, Undergrad

"Tumhay momina nahi milni, humain chaiwala nahi milna"' - Nabeeha, Undergrad

"People are wasting their time."- Ali, Undergrad

"Real issues like Kashmir are getting ignored, a chai-wala is getting hype" - Haroon, Undergrad

"Highly disappointed. Social media so badly flooded with this chai wala story! Is this where our country is going man? Since when beauty became talent? Grow up Pakistan!" - Gul e Maryam, Mphil Student

"Media needs an issue for publicity, this is something working in mutual benefit, though not in much sincerity, more like a 15 minutes to fame thingy" - Kamran, PhD scholar

"Poor man is attractive, why are we surprise? We have a multitude of issues in this country which need consideration then someone's green eyes and handsome features" - Junaid, PhD Scholar

In my view, every human being is beautiful but having said that there is no doubt that this current hype is going to go places and much further. Its better to use it to the positive and substantial benefit of the masses, and not to aggravate the prevalent pathos. Time will tell if its, trend or trash!
We should not be vectors of propounding materialistic trends and I am not referring to the class of logical version of materialists by Democritus here! Though, instead of being impertinent, one can always learn from his preference of discovering cause of nature over kingdom of Persia.
P.s. Here at Quaid i Azam University we have our own Bus-wala and Mochi-wala!! Increasing pride in our men or objectifying our men, all in the eyes of the beholder after all! nonetheless deriving glory out of triviality is never a good idea!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Classified aur Chill karo!

I am a soul. I have heart. It beats. I am a human. I breathe.
Sitting down under the light on this night, I purge myself off the feel that I get all quite too often.
I am a willfully alone man who has grown accustom to his loneliness.
I am a human and so I believe I am prone to adaptation. At times that adaptation can be against the nature of mankind as well.
These attenuated colloquies have made a culpable persona dependent on complaisance, proving ineffective. Classified into this diabolical person in the eye of my close friends, I too feel like a battledore and shuttlecock in medium of rich stupid. But I restrain myself off this ignis-fatuus, though one may be indocible still one feels like being cowed to such seduction. Indeed at the end of the day there is some element of dolorifuge.
My age is not just a number. Even if it sounds like a cliché, its true. My age is a combination of sad expectations and brutal but just, strikes by the reality. As a result, my age is a soul-engrave-badge of endurance towards letting down of almost everything that I ever kept dear to myself.
I don’t see a point in life, love, money, marriage, children, charm, fame or fortune.
There is this energy in me, that just makes me wonder, if its sacred? May be being up at this time of night, I am forced to exert myself to exertion. May be, the option of going into a sleep is just too comfortable that it irritates me to experience such pleasure.
Surely, I am depressed. Par chill karo yar, some day the forsaken diseases will come and consume me.
May be with no attachments, I am free to be selfishly miserable of all that goes away due to my voluntary inaction. May be this is the adaptation, tailor-made for me. That’s how wisdom numbs the soul off any contagious passion. May be this feeling is the new happiness.
To my friends I am dog in the manger, preaching graveled ode of the forlorn. I see the expression on their faces as if they smell some feigned hawker.
Coddling of their old theories of love and hate is nothing but a lifelong ague, like a legal appanage distributed at birth. Woo the world as if you are some luster on the ceiling. Preceding events will find such insecure in surfeit onto nuisance of necromancy.
So, edict the castrated while they can. But I choose to enforce my will till the very end of the last exhaled breath that spills the soul out of me. I shall not care for what I hold dear to myself, they are nothing but the scars on my face. They mark, not the age but the pains I can experience at a time.
So, while I leave you with this post, there is a change we shall embrace together, our indifference. The abundant shall rule but the oppressed will remain united. Welcome to my life.

Muzaffarabad aur manzar!

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