Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wake UP!!!

Pakistan is my Homeland, where lies my identity my personality, a place which defines me to the fullest.

I always have this patriotic approach towards my country and this is the reason why the recent terrible incident in Peshawar left me devastated and in complete shock. I felt the pain of all those who had passed away and the suffering of those who had just bodies to bury, to me came the thought that today in history (which has been black in the past “annexation of east Pakistan”) Pakistan has lost 148 of its innovators, leaders, and businessmen in short lost its future.

But how does this imply to me, a person residing in Karachi?? Which is miles away from Peshawar! Does this affect me in any way? Yes my humanity demands justice and to grieve for these poor souls who were massacred, demands me to go to the nearest social network and make my statement, demands me to make my DP (display picture) black and then what! Does it end there?

Yes, sadly for most of us it does, as we start to digest this incident as just another act of terror in a country plagued with such a menace. In short we have become a failed society where such things are given a normalized outlook.

It was SAD to see that business yesterday were full and running, offices were observing silences but were operating full-on, lawns did not want to miss on business thus they were running and me being the biggest hypocrite of them all indulged in my own life as usual.

We have become traditional Pakistani’s who like playing the blame game (is ki topi us par) WAKE UP PEOPLE! Because soon it’s going to be you and me next! Its high time now to open our eyes and see.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Pancake Tuesday – Not like your Ordinary Tuesday

In my childhood there came a Tuesday once in a year when I was always presented with a delightful treat of pancake’s prepared by my grandmother.
Though I never knew why pancakes were made but just the inclusion of something different always sparked me up.

So why Pancakes? On a Tuesday!!!

It was after many years (when I was receiving confirmation) that I came to know that the Tuesday following Ash Wednesday is known as  Pancake Tuesday or Shrovetide  Tuesday, but sadly people have lost the true resemblance and meaning of this day.

The expression “shrove” which is the future tense of the word shrive which actually means to “confess” so then what has pancakes to do with confession??

Well traditionally people used the day before the start of Lent i-e is Ash Wednesday to use up all the rich food such as eggs, milk, sugar etc.

This was in context with the teachings of the Church which invited the faithful to adhere to plainer foods during this season,  also there were many people who taken this day as a point to self-examine their lives and to seek spiritual growth, asking God to help them attain this feat.

The Dichotomy in Society – We all Suffer from it 

Today’s society comes really to tell us that Lent, fasting, indulgence are all things which limit us (keep us away from the true happiness of life) this dichotomy is well presented in the painting of Pieter Bruegel named The Fight between Carnival and Lent.

It portrays in truth the society and the stance of the church its traditions and how it always seeks to open its arms towards all humanity.

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