DAYS – THE WAY TO CELEBRATE

Hello all,

 

Every sensible and independent nation loves to celebrate its national days in a respectable and glorious way. These are a remembrance of one historic event that influenced that nation’s history. Normally, a public holiday is announced on a specific day and many people love to involve in festivity. Everyone has one’s own way to celebrate it; some try to spend their day as it deserves, many try to complete their pending house related jobs, few are struggling with their unfinished periods of sleep and several spending the day with newspaper and remote in their hands and keep yawning.

 

It is obviously a sense of holiday all the day long but we should be positive and contribute some of our time in accordance with the day. Life is too busy now, so we have very less chance to interact with each other or show our patriotism as it should be. It is not necessary to go and participate in the huge rally at the national level or expect some other to come forward to provoke you to participate in a meeting.  We should start it form our home, society or vicinity. It affects a lot; people need some regular examples and follow. A good gesture of being positive and consistent depicts its impact on others.

In many areas, generally, people have their different reservations due to community believing, political associations or mental approaches to avoid such gatherings. But the sense of the national days is to be together for one cause and we should act alike. We have many days to show our personal fondness and few for nationalism. It is easy to advise but difficult to act also. I always tried to educate my children the importance of these days. I often used to ask related questions or try to arrange few settings to communicate about the meanings of the day.

Everyone has one’s own mind setup but we should adopt new things. Keep sharing one’s views is a good idea and to learn from others is also best for a change.

 

Best regards.
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THE SPRING – NOW AND THEN

Hello all,

This season of spring is provoking me to describe the beautiful memories of Lahore festivals that I had participated in and enjoyed throughout the year or especially in spring. There were Horse and Cattle Show, Fire Work Show, National Industrial Exhibition, Music Concert, Basant, Art and culture exhibition etc. My city Lahore, took lead to introduce “Food Street” that is still a place to spend some time with loving ones for the refreshment of mind and tummy. But the atmosphere is not there anymore. Everyone has a threat of terrorism in their conscious. Even government level functions are now being arranged within the walls under top security measures. The fear leads our children to spend most of their time at home on the internet. Internet activities are not bad but these are only activating our brain, eyes, and fingers. Our body and soul is not meant to be lazy. The human body needs some positive and enjoyable activity besides routine exercise.

We still have some events like Spring Flower Show, Birds Show, recent Pakistan Super League match etc, but unfortunately, we are missing the festivity due to fear of terrorism. Actually, I was not in a mood to discuss this situation but it is now so deeply indulged in our daily life. I want to share the sense of festivity that I enjoyed a time ago. First of all, the live music and music concerts were my favorite most. I personally like to listen to it at Al-Hamra Open Theatre where I enjoyed both Sufi and Pop music. Especially, legendary Abida Parveen and Surayya Khanum are unforgettable.

It was a food for the soul to listen to them. Cinema is always a luxury, but cinema culture was also at the peak in Pakistan in 80’s and 90’s. I was keen to watch my favorite movie according to my budget and there were three categories. Anyone can come and enjoy movie or air-conditioner. I myself witnessed many people sleeping during the movie and if they were asked why the answer was “we came here to sleep 3 hours in the cool environment”. Now a day, cinemas are providing many facilities as compared to old cinemas but they are also charging higher. A common person has to think many times before planning to go to multiplexes.

Then, the second but most participating occasion for me was Industrial Exhibition. Small Industries items were my most bought items for my home. During it, I always enjoyed the rush of different people around, happy, fearless and enjoying the environment. Food stalls were also a big fascination for all of Lahoris. At that time, Fortress Stadium was not much captured with posh and expensive food chains. One could enjoy the available means. As far as Horse and Cattle were concerned, it was for promoting the dairy farming and at that time, I had less interest in it but various and colorful floats and Tattoo Show(Fire-works) were excellent to watch.

I also visited many arts-related exhibitions, although, I had less awareness of art at my young age, it was difficult to differentiate the category they had.
They were same to me. Once, my friend in N.C.A (National College of Arts) invited our entire group to see their art exhibition. We all friends were very excited but that was all about abstract art.  Whenever we asked any painter what this is all about, the answer was the same,” it is our inner feelings”. We laughed and asked why it is inside you and not us. Well, it was fun and those boys were immature, now they must be at their best and so as we can now at least understand a bit about their art.
“Basant” was always a day, the most memorable and enjoyable for all of Pakistanis. I wrote a little on it before. Flower exhibition is also another favorite of all my family. I am thankful to officials that it is still being exhibited regularly in March throughout the country, in big cities. Different types of flowers and their arrangements always attracted my whole family a lot. I am also fond of gardening so there are always many things for me to learn and enjoy.
I am hopeful for a revival of all such festivals and much more because time has changed and so that these should be modernized according to recent requirements. A need of the hour is to bring some opportunity for enjoyment and to provide the safe and calm environment for people to come and have fun. I also want to thank our Pak Army for their concrete steps and arrangements to stop criminal and terrorist activities.
Our children are our tomorrow and we must take care of them. We have a responsibility to provide them a safer environment for their minds and bodies along with an environment for entertainment and fun.

 

Best regard.

INTOLERANCE

Hello all,
We are impatient for centuries or having it in our instinct but now intolerance has also complicated our behaviors.  We as a human should take some positive criticism to promote our personality but the situation is quite different. We even do not want to see such person around us who is against our views. Such behavior of “I am perfect” is like living in fool’s paradise. Nobody is perfect; we all have some flaws in our personalities. Each one of us is different from other, our perspective is unlike an approach to some subject may vary every time. We should listen to others with patience, whether the opponent is true or not. Generally, It gives us the experience to understand others personalities and views they have about us.

Intolerance is becoming a general behavior globally; internationally it can be illustrated very easily. Recently polling results are being criticized in developed and powerful countries. Presidents/Prime Ministers of democratic countries are not ready to listen to anything against their decisions. Judiciary’s judgments and rulings have become a joke for everyone. If the judgment is according to one’s mind; it will be appreciated otherwise will be declared as a grudge. In Pakistan, a higher level of decision is awaited by government and opposition as well. Whoever will be disappointed will start to criticize it. Newly a powerful republic also demonstrated the same attitude. Moreover, poor Hillary is still being ragged in many statements even after her defeat.

Moreover, such approach can be seen in our in neighbor and so-called democratic countries also. Many people have been killed just for having different views. Rumors are around that actors were victims and being killed for being aggressive or expressive. Some old age people have been hanged in another country for being opponent of the government. Innocent minorities of many countries either they are Muslim or Non-Muslim, often pay a lot. Racism is at its peak, majorities have always tried to hurt minorities’ feelings and tried to silence them by force due to the fact that they have a different perspective or traditions. There are many examples that cannot be quoted here because they need a lot of time and are controversial, but we are aware of them.

In routine life, I personally, witnessed intolerance in society. As a driver we are always is in hurry, not giving way to anyone, crossing the limits of speed, breaking the signals and overtaking is a routine. People used to fight each other without any solid reason. Mostly on busy roads, there are many examples such as public crossings the roads without crossing signs. If they have been hit by some vehicle, they are ready to fight without accepting their fault. Generally, a motorcyclist is abusing to car rider and the car driver is saying harsh words for cyclist or rickshaw. Most of them are wrong but nobody wants to accept it. Our news channels showed many time such clips of intolerance when traffic sergeant is being rude toward old age people or women. Although they are supposed to warn the public and implementation of the law they took the law into their hands and punish many people on their own. The public is not away from it they have also done many offensive actions.

Political parties are the worse example of being intolerant. If they are in opposition, they are equipped to oppose each and every decision of ruling party. Their party workers are a step ahead and they are ready to come out on roads for the protest without knowing the facts. On the other hand, ruling parties are not ready to accept any reasonable suggestion from the opposition. Neighbors are annoyed with each other, parents are blaming teachers while the teacher has some other problems to say. Fresh graduates are angry with the system and everyone is upset.

According to me, I am really unable to give an advice to some country or politicians because they already have plans and strategies in their mind.  They are very calculative to manipulate others as well as their public. My concern is the common person. Being intolerant is just because the life has changed into a speedy one. We do not have time to sit and judge the situation. We are unable to evaluate the pro and cons of any circumstances. People having some powers do not care about any happening because they think they will manage any situation. It is also a negative treatment. On the other hand, whenever we look or listen to something, we try to act immediately without understanding the condition. If we give it a while, it will be sorted out effectively.  If we try to think about rights or wrongs then all will be in right direction.

We also hesitate to accept our faults and often not ready to say sorry. There is no need to pause to say sorry for your mistakes. This acceptance will prove you a right person instead to evaluate you. We must look at the positive side of everything; it will introduce us to the brighter side of people nature we live with. We are social animals and we should tolerate each other. We are now more informative as compare to our previous generation. So we should behave as a sensible citizen and no one can manipulate us. When we acquire such behavior, it will bring an environment to form “A government of the people, by the people and for the people”.

Hoping for a positive change and all the very best for all.

 

Best regards.

HAPPINESS- SPREAD THE COLORS ARROUND

Hello all,

Happiness and enjoyment never come from the outer source, it is within us. If we are light in mood, we are happy and if we are heavy, then it is sadness. Sometimes we are between both moods and that is seriousness. All moods carry with them, their different feelings and everyone loves to live within one’s comfort zone but happiness is a step ahead. It brings a way to flourish in our life. It introduces us to the brighter side of our life. It affects everybody in a different way; one can enjoy it while watching a movie with a handful of the popcorn box, other playing a game, another feel satisfaction in reading books. Many people love to wander around, some watch TV, many in gossips. Few like relaxing in a separate place with a cup of coffee or drink in their hand while some else would turn the music on, hit the woofers, pick the pace up, themselves and force others to dance along too. Everybody has his own perspective towards life.

 

The versatility of life is being different from each other, so we plan to choose separate ways to feel it. There are some examples, where we enjoy in pulling someone’s leg, taunting without any reason on friends and annoying others just for nothing. Shouting, bitching, back-biting and bullying is also some favorite activities of many people to feel happy. These are sorts of one-sided happiness and a source of sadness and boredom to others. A number of people love to smell flowers but many love to pick them and separate their petals. Several people like to sit in a neat and calm atmosphere of a restaurant but others love to shout and throw the trash all around. My friends, how can we enjoy when all our companions are sad or being irritated because of us? The surroundings and loving ones also matter and it doubles the enjoyment when others are also happy. Try to feel it, I bet, it will work.
We should live happily and make others comfortable with our presence. Try not to spoil other’s moods with negativity as happiness is rare. It comes from inside and stays if we give it a smooth and gentle treatment. It does sound heavy if I advise you to make others happy but it is not that much of a hard task. Feel free to experience this and the after-effects in the shape of satisfaction of heart. A true soul will obviously take pleasure in it.
It’s a conclusion: Live happy, love people and nature and make effort to spread this message. Do not wait for the return, try to change the society and work for your inner satisfaction!

 

Best regards.

NOBLENESS IN POLITICS

Hello all,
Politics was once an interest of intellectuals, having a big reputation and many people played a leading role in it. That was the time when politicians achieved milestone decisions and repute themselves with name and honor. They also got recognized by rulers for being noble and consistent. It was an understanding that elite class having money from generation would participate in politics and other classes were far away from this interest. These great politicians not only tried a lot to set their nations free from occupied powers but also provided a platform to them with their concrete decisions.
Being a Pakistani, how can I forget the great names like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Liaqat Ali Khan, Johar brothers, Fatima Jinnah, Begum Raana Liaqat, Sardar Abdul Rab Nishtar who took part in politics for a noble cause.  Worldwide personalities like Abraham Lincoln, Mao Zhe Tung, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are also role model for politics students.
Unfortunately, with the passage of time, some bad elements included in politics and made it a platform to humiliate others. It has now become an international trend for opposing parties to fight ruthlessly in parliament sessions. People even throw chairs at each other now.  Personal life is no doubt important to judge someone to represent the public but we are now getting too personal. Even families are not being spared and they have been exploited just to get one’s target.
In Pakistan, the tradition to point someone’s female relatives is one of the very old dirty tricks. People normally provoked each other by relating some shameful allegation on their women like sisters, wives etc. This has been a successful attack to let someone down and to destroy one’s reputation. At a high level, it all started when Fatima Jinnah was disgraced just to defeat her. Many other powerful women like Begum Nusrat Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Mariam Nawaz etc. were also successors to her and not spared. The reason was their popularity in public.
The situation is worsening in Pakistan; personal grudge is leading our politicians to spoil other’s personal relations. Nobody is left, although, politicians are always equipped with their weapons and counter-allegation to protect themselves it is really disgusting to abuse someone’s sister. Recently, it happened with two of our renowned politicians and one of them used abusive language for opponent’s sisters. Afterward, the situation got complicated when the culprit apologized for his statement and then again denied in T.V. talk shows. He pleads that “the opponent tried to harm me and showed me a fist”. It is not only one incident; there are so many.
According to me and every sensible citizen, that fight was among two people within parliament corridor and it should have been sorted out within them. Whoever is guilty, it does not matter because usually there must be some cause behind this all. The point is that fighting and abusive language does not suit anybody more than ever, to public figures.  A harsh or abusive language against anyone’s family is a very shameful act and it disgraces the personalities. Especially, in South Asia where it is highly despised to hear anyone talk loosely about one’s female family members. And there are countless instances of these acts concluding into bloodstained rivalries over generations. We should learn from our descendants for being polite and noble. We can make someone realize by showing grace in our character and forgive others for their mistakes.
Etiquette has always been an important factor to make one’s repute. Especially, in this era when the world is like a global village, a little mistake can tarnish one’s image forever. And when a public figure acts this way, it projects a very dirty image of his entire nation globally.

 

Just hoping for a change in impatient behaviors not just in Pakistan but globally……
Best regards.

 

FESTIVITY OF BASANT

Hello all,
 
 
Festivals are meant to give pleasure to people. They are not the only source of enjoyment but also make a positive image of a nation. They also promote culture, food, and traditions of the natives. In modern days, festivals have also become a source of business promotion either it is on a town level or at an International exhibition.

I opened my eye to Lahore city where “Basant” was one of the most popular festivals of the spring season. “Basant” is a festival which has been celebrated in the Sub Continent, especially Punjab for long. It was celebrated to welcome the lively spring which brings back life to nature. This time, when the blowing breeze blooms with the fragrance of flowers, there are colors spread everywhere on the ground. Young hearts would warm up and want to color the sky as well.

The festivity came with the tradition to invite relatives and friends over and to prepare delicious foods all day long. In 90’s, it changed into a day and night festival. Almost all the rooftops were flooded with lights and sound of music. Bar-B-Q was prepared and served all the night. After some time, women started to take part and made it more glamorous. Girls with yellow and orange theme in their dresses could be seen singing, hooting and encouraging their teams. This attracted multinational companies and they took it at a level higher. I just can say that it was the most amusing and much-awaited festival for not only Lahoris but people from all over Pakistan and from abroad, loved to come and enjoy it.

When I grew up, it was a game mostly for men and youngsters. They would prepare themselves a month before and collect the best threads and kites. There were masters and gurus having tips for materials and tact for the game. People would have even cut their fingers due to threads but who cares. It was not only a day but it prolonged even after four to five months until it started raining in August.

Well, there are some pros and cons of everything. Unfortunately, some new money destroyed the actual festival and used prohibited and restricted thread that took the lives of many innocent people. This game which once used to be the inauguration of the color and beauty of spring became a bloody sport. The sportsman spirit vanished and fear of being defeated prevailed. Motorcyclists became the main victims and paid with their lives. People protested against this destruction and finally, Government banned this most amusing festival. In Pakistan, where people are already fighting against terrorism, another opportunity to celebrate had vanished.

According to me, some positive measures should be taken for the revival of “Basant”. Action should be taken against culprits instead of banning the festival. First of all, some areas shall be allocated in different parts of the city for a celebration like parks or vast fields out of the city. Secondly, proper code and conducts and strict compliance from the public is necessary. This will obviously let our people enjoy this game safe and sound.  It is simple. Once, we were not even used to with car seat belts but the strictness and compliance of government machinery brought us to the stage when most of us are now habitual to it.
I am also looking forward to your suggestions for a safer and pleasurable “Basant”.

 

Best regards.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY; ITS VALUE AND IMPORTANCE ACCORDING TO ME…

Hello all,

8th March, the “Women’s Day”, a day to remember the continuous struggle of this gender for their rights. The world is celebrating the day to salute and admit the worth they have. This day is being celebrated since 1914 on 8th March. We must not only celebrate the day as a formality but we need to admit the importance of them in every field of life. They are kind as a mother, guide as a teacher, friend as a sister, partner as a housewife and dedicated as a co-worker and so on. They ruled, played, served, conquered, entertain and succeeded in all the ways of life but never been appreciated as they deserved. It took them a long time for winning recognition. Give this attitude an end and state a new way of equality and appreciation.
Being a father of two loving girls and a naughty boy, I feel proud and blessed. I always tried to provide the equal share of life to my daughters but when we talk about the system, this equality is rare. Girls do not have the equal opportunities. First, I want to discuss the education system where the number of schools and colleges are less than the requirement. On the other hand, education is getting expensive. Then what about the most number of girls having not much means of income. These are the girls who will contribute as a future mother and up bring the next generation. The government, of course, is doing many projects for girl’s education but still, it is out of the reach of a poor girl to fulfill her dreams. Then how can this problem be resolved? Education is major and basic need of time and we should come forward with new ideas to solve this social problem. It is mostly recommended and a good idea is to contribute individually to you and help the needy. As well as, doing charity and supporting the already existing programs for women empowerment and awareness.
Secondly, according to me, transportation is also a major problem for women. We can observe a limited space in public transports and people have also not accepted women as a driver of a car or a scooty. The scooty riders are always targeted and bullied by the students and youngsters. Nowadays, in such rush scooty is a blessing for women to reach their school, college or workplace. We still assume women as lesser and careless as the driver. Many jokes are around in social media for fun at women drivers. Well, it is a humiliating behavior to portray their small mistakes as a crime. I think, sometimes, they have been shaky due to overall behaviors. If we trust them and buck them up, they will show a good result. I personally witnessed many women drivers who are even more expert than men.

When we talking about women, how can we forget those who have been exploited by our society? In the name of honor, they have been slaughtered and made Vanni. In the name of so-called love, they are being revenged by throwing acid on their faces, leaving them into utter agony, anguish and despair for life. Only one in a million of these victims receives rehabilitation to survive and manage the way somehow. Many are still struggling all alone in absence of dowry and there is no end to the sufferings of the women, especially in the third world.
I conclude as we should not only celebrate this as a day but make it a milestone of revolution. I suggest that we need to incorporate respect and appreciation for every woman in our children. So that in the future we can have a safer and progressive world for our mothers, daughters, wives, and sisters, who are equally valuable to keep the equilibrium of this world.
Hoping for a change.
 Best regards.