Perception vs Reality

There are three dimensions to who we are.
Who we think we are
Who we try to be.
Who we actually are.

Now adding

What others think we are.

Flower Power

I am quite a fan of gajras and they are not quite readily available in Islamabad.In Karachi there are kids selling them at traffic signals.I kind of miss that.Anyways went to Karachi last week for my cousin’s Nikah and obviously went to buy gajras.

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Gajras

Business thrives during wedding sesson.

Breakfast Shows

I have my classes in the noon and a habit of getting up early in the morning.So I find myself watching all the morning shows…well what the heck someone has to watch them.

There is an intense rivalry between The Nadia Khan Show & Good Morning Pakistan each host firing indirect comments on each other.

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But its a sure treat for the viewers as each show tries to outdo the other in inviting celebrities as guests.Today Shoaib Malik was on Nadia Khan show and the cliche ‘Dont judge a book by its cover’ sure fits on this guy.Anyway I kind of like Nadia’s quick wit,spontaneity and the way she connects with people but somehow I feel that she has lost ‘the touch’ after her comback from maternity leave.Its not all that fun anymore,despite the intense efforts to jazz it all up with new segments and a classy animated title.

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Meanwhile Shaista is trying really hard to retain the viewership that she managed to clinch while Nadia was away.The wedding week was superb.Absolutely amazing however a difficuult feat to follow up on.

Overall there is a degree of cheapness prevalent in the shows in the quest to make the show entertaining sometimes guest n most times the host manage to say naughty things ever so innocently.Oh well freedom of expression!

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The rest of the shows are just getting by.Actually Farah of Atv is a rather decent and mature lady but of course they dont have the kind of resources that private channels have at their disposal.But Ayesha Sana of ptv is not a good compere and the Tvone hostess has such an annoying voice!Ghazal is soft-spoken n all but still the show is boring.

uond-ic8h5eBut these breakfast shows sure have made mornings brighter for women throughout the country n pardesis abroad.N hosts claim that even men watch the repeat broadcast of the shows…what is the world coming to?! 😛

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SOme are real pros but Watch out for the info thats provided by the some of the experts on these shows.For everybody who is anybody seems to come on the show to offer their ‘expert opinion’.

Power

“The world is governed by very different personage from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes”
– Benjamin Dislaeli

The Beauty of Paradox

 

 

Contradiction

 

Contradictions are good!

Everything becomes meaningful because of the presence of its opposites.

If there was no ugliness we could never admire beauty. Without hunger no value for food. Wealth is important because we don’t want impoverishment. The presence of grief in our lives lets us appreciate the happiness and good times. War leads us to struggle for peace. Confinement makes us cherish & uphold freedom of expression & movement. Pains, suffering help us realize that its absence is such bliss. Crimes committed against humanity make us recognize the worth of the compassionate amongst us. Because the darkness of ignorance prevails we lay great emphasis on the light that knowledge brings.Life is precious to us because each minute we evade death.

A dilemma!

Ok so iam going to apologise in advance for offending anybody’s sensitivities & what the heck so far dis is an anonymous blog for all i am concerned so lets be brutally honest!

So heres the problem.Celibacy.In our society physical relationships are taboo. guys dont get married until they can support a family,which means usually the age of around 25-30 & girls until they get a rishta or complete their education..Now up till then they are expected to remain chaste.
Given the state of things that are today wid media is this not a recipe for disaster.There is frustration and what not.

But is there a solution?Unless parents can afford to support their son’s family while he still studies dere is no way out for surely i am not advocating fornication!

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Sir Edmund Hillay the first man to climb mount Everest said that

There are physical mountains & Psychological mountains but before you conquer the physical you have to conquer the psychological ones.

NATO Summit

Not going into the politics of it but the pomp & cermony of it all is so mesmerizing.World leaders meeting ,walking together accross the bridge from france to germany.Quite a visual treat.This is better then award ceremonies!

Reality Check

The glories of our blood & state
Are shadows not substantial things
There is no armour against fate
Sceptre & crown will tumble down
And in the dust be equal made
The poor crooked scythe & spade

CAnt remember the poet but this has been in my mind since I read it in college.

Walking on a Tight rope

There is such a fine line between being self-aware and self-centered.You just never know when you cross the threshold of having confidence in your abilities to being over-confident and arrogant.ayhah9eca7kzzvxca39upjxcalshsfdcamdw3ddcabs6nu6car2b17lcaastwl9cayi92xhcaw0xsqxca5vcq7vca36i134ca6hpkrfcawnkg4dcaktz0fhcaqg9ku5cafyfwd9cavnf3bdcaw3d0ltcal5u8z3

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