So tell me, who are you to be ashamed of being Pakistani?

•December 13, 2010 • 1 Comment

We are the nation that has been to hell and back. We have seen earthquakes, floods, suicide bombings, drone attacks, corrupt leaders, financial disasters, oppression- everything.

And we are still standing strong.

 

Without even  a hint of fear.

 

We are smiling.

 

We have hope.

 

We are beaten and bruised, but not broken- never broken.

 

If there is anything we have, its strength.

 

We have been at it for some 60 years and we’ll go on for another 60 without giving up.

 

So, why wouldn’t you be want to be one of us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures, except the first, were taken by Fahad Bhatti, a freelance photographer, who spent 6 days under (Shoot at Sight) curfew in Mingora, Swat during the military operation to weed out the talibans, so to speak.

The girl in the third picture, like most of the people from the region, became one of the internally displaced persons who were placed in camps all around the country. The old man refused to leave his place in the Swat Valley for the much safer camps because “I was born here and I will die here”, the young man, on the other hand, like some more of his generation stayed back to take care of their houses until their loved ones returned.

The first picture is from a cover of the Pakistani Newsweek and shows a little boy standing on a bridge in pouring rain and with flood water gushing all around him.

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Community Networking Meme…

•December 12, 2010 • 9 Comments

Okay, so my post is a little off time-wise because of the time difference and all, but here goes…

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?

I should probably go with someone epic and meaningful like Jinnah…but the cast of Supernatural would be so much more fun…and so much hotter- no disrespect to the father of my nation though. Love the dude!

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

The complete and utter randomness of my posts? I suppose they are what make my blog MY blog. But I seriously don’t know. Never really thought about it. I blog because I want to…never thought I could have strengths or weaknesses in the matter!

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

Hi, I’m thatchickperson. I’m a 21 year old undergrad student trying to get through the college we all call shit hole (lovingly, of course). I rarely blog about something other than school, mainly because it consumes my life wholly and completely. But I still want to keep studying until I can and is as many far away places as I can manage! The part of my blog which is not concerned with college is increasingly becoming concerned with Pakistan, I don’t know why!

Also, I have a naked pink oscar man!

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

thatothernameformyblog – because I’m feeling incredibly uncreative at the moment and because it has a certain ring to it, don’t you agree?!

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

Being able to vent without actually having to interact with people face to face. So much harder that way!

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

Spend all the money I have…no point in saving it anymore if I’m dying, no!? Which means that I’d also probably roam around in some ridiculously expensive but gorgeous designer pumps!

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

HIV/AIDS- simply because it effects so many people…12 million people worldwide, that’s not a small number. If I could do something to help decrease that number, why not?

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

Vampire shows…but you can’t blame me…they’re everywhere!

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

Since my favorite TV shows and books keeps changing, I’m going to go with Titanic, because frankly, that’s the best movie ever made…followed closely by Beauty and the Beast!

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?

Wet mud- takes me back to monsoon season which always comes around my birthday (or used to come around, damn global warming). Reminds me of home and childhood and all my birthdays spent playing in the rain, especially the ones in which I ended up playing in my garden around the left-over flags from independence day! Barely any of my friends came to my birthdays, partly because it was always in the middle of summer vacations and partly because I don’t think I was all that popular- but meh…had fun anyway!

Un-funny things that can only amuse Pakistanis… (1)

•December 4, 2010 • 2 Comments

(in the middle of a serious hour long debate about the government and political system of Pakistan and why it is so unstable and why democracy has failed time and again and whether it is truly the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” and what being an Islamic republic actually means…)

Professor: So, tell me…who is currently running the government of Pakistan?

Random Boy: The 3 As.

Professor: Huh?

Random Boy: Allah, Army and America.

*insert wild giggling by entire class*

In honor of Harry Potter… (3)

•November 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

In honor of Harry Potter… (2)

•November 28, 2010 • 2 Comments

Can’t afford sugar? Let them eat Zeera Plus.

•November 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

“Na yeh mera Pakistan hai, na yeh tera Pakistan hai, yeh uss ka Pakistan hai jo sadar-e-Pakistan hai.”

(This is not my Pakistan, this is not your Pakistan, this Pakistan is his Pakistan who is the President of Pakistan.)

It’s a scary day when the masses of the country come on T.V. and talk about the justice in the socialist system or about the Russian revolution and say it is up to the common man to bring about a change. It makes me wonder how truly desperate the people must be, how completely at the end of their wits.

And then I see representatives of the government say “if they can’t afford sugar, then they shouldn’t buy it”. It all falls into place then. Why should the people believe in them if they can’t be arsed to help the people? There is so much despondency in the people, its amazing. How utterly miserable must people be and how much longer can we keep going on with this? How much longer can we push them until they say ‘screw this shit’ and bring out the guillotines French style?

I don’t watch a lot of political shows and I try to stay away from most Pakistani news channels because, sensationalism aside, they tend to depress me. It’s one thing for me to read about the escalating suicide rates in the U.S. and one thing altogether to hear about the woman who poisoned her children and then shot herself because she couldn’t afford food. It hits too close to home. God knows I’m half way elitist and want to keep my eyes and ears closed to such things. I would much rather spend my time shopping (window wise, at least) and roaming around, doing all sorts of fancy frivolous things like dressing up and going to expensive restaurants and discussing the miserable condition this country is in and how we should just move to the U.S. where the pastures are so much greener. And then shift the conversation to that new HSY collection which I must absolutely have.

Unfortunately, I don’t live in the Gossip Girl universe

Point being. I’m relatively uninformed about the going-ons about the government and the economy and the what-not, but despite my ignorance, I can see what’s happening. I see the frustration and the anger. So why can’t the government? How hard is it to see that the shit has hit the fan and it’s time to do some clean-up?

No, seriously. How hard?

Community Networking Meme

•November 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

Creating a post every day, every other day or even once a week can be a daunting task. We are being pulled in many directions by friends and family, work, stress, fatigue, school, children, writer’s block, fear and the list goes on. Everyone who blogs has their own network of people who have visited and sometimes commented. That is your network, your personal blogging community.

Most times a blogger’s personal community of visitors and commentary stick to their own network. That means they do not interact with the personal community of other bloggers. In other words the people who visit your blog will not visit my blog just because you do. People coming to your blog will not necessarily visit the sites on your blogroll. So, everyone has their separate little network.

I’m not trying to change that, it’s just a fact of life that there are cliques even in the blogging community. What I was thinking though, is a community blog post. Before you click out of this post thinking I’m crazy, here me out… I just learned that there is a name to what I am proposing. It’s called a meme, (pronounced ‘meem)’. A meme is contagious content that spreads quickly throughout the Internet and gets the attention of many web users especially on social networks like Facebook. As a matter of fact, a meme spread through Facebook last year. Females were posting the color of the bra and panties and none of us males had any idea what the colors meant. Some of us guys are still without an idea!

I want with your help, to create “meme-like” content passed on from one blogger to another blogger. The difference is I want this planned ahead of time so that as many bloggers who want to participate, can do so; all of us on the same day and time. The numbers could be in the thousands if everyone on your blogroll takes part, and everyone on their blogroll, and so on and so on.

Suppose I asked five bloggers to participate in a community post where we all came together to answer a questionnaire. You have ten bloggers that regularly visit your blog and you ask them to participate as well. They in turn ask their friends and visitors and so on and so on.

What we would need is a group of questions, a set day to post the comment and a cumulative list of all the blogs that are willing to participate. Everyone schedules the post for that day and time and there is a potential for hundreds if not thousands of new visitors for every blog on the list. New visitors, new readers and potentially new friends. I have chosen December 12th as the date because it is far enough away for all who want to participate, to do so and it gives you the ability to get your answers finished.

If you think this is worthwhile or just a fun idea, just repost this onto your blog as soon as possible in it’s entirety. Email everyone you know who has a blog and might also be interested in this. Ask each person who is a firm commitment to add their name and blog’s name to the master list. Everyone will need to include the list in it’s entirety to their post so everyone will have the same list on their site and everyone has an equal chance at exposure.

Rules of Participation

You must agree to the Community Network MeMe date which is December 12, 2010 at 12:01.
You must agree that on December 12th you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses (my site, Morning Erection, not included). Replace my site with your site.
You must answer each of the ten questions and with more than a simple yes or no response.
You must post the entire Master Meme Blog List of blogs participating regardless of how long the list may grow to be below your answered questions. (Please continuously update the list).
You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme”.
You must promote the Community Network Meme at least once on Facebook or some other form of social media, even if it is just your own blog to get even more bloggers to participate. Provide the link back to your original post so they can post this in its entirety, just like we did.
If you would like to participate and write the post in your language and not English, feel free to translate it or you could post both translations.
Make sure to either vote for or like the post appropriately.

Questions

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?