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Thursday, 31 December 2015


The days of my childhood and my early teens, were the days of rapid technological progress. The word “rapid” seems inappropriate if I would compare the pace of those long gone days, with the hurricane of technological progress that we face today, but those were the days of initial technological progress and back then it was not about enhancements, but about inventions.

Friday, 25 December 2015

International criminal safe haven…

On the 11th of March 2015, Pakistan Rangers raided the central office of MQM in Karachi. What they recovered from that office included convicted criminals, and a huge amount of weaponry. The level of sophistication, of the recovered weaponry, for the first time made it obvious for me, why were the people in Karachi and Hyderabad afraid of MQM, and why did they pay protection money on regular basis.
A couple of years back, while in Karachi, I had witnessed how the MQM thugs enforced strikes and urgent shutdowns. On the day of the killing of Manzar Imam, hardly more than an hour after his death, standing in the balcony of my hotel room, I witnessed MQM shutdown procedure in live action.

Crime and punishment…

In March 2015, in the Eastern Indian city of Kolkata, a group of burglars ransacked a convent. There is nothing strange about the burglars breaking into other people’s property, because this is what burglars do. However, it turned out that they were not burglars, but rapists. While robbing the place, they gang raped a 75 year old nun.
These rapists elaborated a very disturbing fact. It turns out that in India rape is something like a supplementary activity. While people commit other crimes, they try to boost their adrenaline levels, by raping women. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Some lessons that we never learn…

In today’s sickening world of trendy terminologies, every second person uses the term “Global Village”, not having the least idea of what it means. This term refers to a unified, open and borderless world. 
This is an imperialist idea of global domination. If you don’t like the word imperialist you can call it a Utopian idea, because the first will never die and the latter will never become a thing of reality.

The mastery of deceit…

In the land of my origin, very often people use a number, when talking about others or their actions, and sometimes tag each other with the same number. Since early childhood, I used to hear people call each other: “Hey, you 420!” Well, with the passage of time, I started grasping the pitch of it. I developed the understanding that it was something taunting, at times, but mostly it meant something bad. So for me the number 420 was an indicator of bad.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Gas chamber.

A single day every year is dedicated as the International #Holocaust Remembrance day. The word “Holocaust” means a great destruction or devastation, caused by fire. The indiscriminate killing of people, in the gas chambers and crematories, by the #Nazi Germans, became the basis for remembering the events, which took place inside the #German concentration camps during world war II, as the Holocaust.

The numbers of people quoted by various sources, who lost their

It's all so wrong about rights

The word "rights", has become so much trendy, over the past few decades that it has become impossible to even understand if this word does carry any real sense or if it is just another great PR term.

Painless success…

All our lives, we keep on fighting against different things. We fight against despairs, failures, injustices, and most of our time is spent on fighting our fears. Have you ever noticed that new-born babies have no fears? Their fears grow as they grow. Fears are a system of checks and balances, for human beings. In the initial stages, fear is a system of restrictions, to avoid physical pain or inconvenience.
As the time passes, we come to know of emotional pain, and then, accordingly, we have a system of emotional or non-physical fears. These fears allow us to devise methods of achieving painless success. So it’s quite safe to say that fear is a stimulant, which makes your brain function, in such a way that you try to find methods, other than brute-forcing your way. 

Monday, 21 December 2015

Form and content...

A friend of mine happens to be a doctor. Furthermore, he happens to be a surgeon. His field of specialization is considered to be a difficult one. Now many a times, it happened that we would go with him to a bar or a club, where we would meet new people, and in the course of introductions, when he would tell that he was a surgeon, 99% of the times the new acquaintances would not believe it. The most common reaction was: "You don't look like a ------- surgeon". 

Absolute reality...

Einstein was a genius. Yes, he was as far as the conditions, contemporary to his times, were concerned. But, can we consider him a genius today? I don’t think so. The reason is that, when Einstein lived, the level, and volume, of information was lower than the information we have today.
In the twentieth century, especially in the beginning of the twentieth century, when Einstein lived, no one had gone into space. Space travel was a fantasy. He knew what he knew, but since then the amount of data that we have now, has increased immensely. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Civilization of barbarity....

There is a loud cry about the fight between the civilized and the non-civilized world! But, which civilization are we talking about? Isn’t it the Roman civilization, or the remnants of it? Of course it is!

A major part of our contemporary world is caught up in a dilemma. We are slaves to strong words and misinterpretations. We think that wrong is right and right is wrong. And occasionally, we rid ourselves of any responsibility saying that everybody’s right and wrong was different. But do we understand the implications of such extreme subjectivity?

I want to blame the Jews!

The notorious extremist phenomenon called ISIS has recently evolved and expanded in Western Iraq and eastern Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL)(Syria in this name is not the current state of Syria, but the broader understanding of an extended Muslim empire, otherwise named as Levant) had very successfully been making its way towards Baghdad, via lots of very holy Muslim places like Karbala. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The most expandable commodity….

Lately, the world that we all share, has become a hotbed of conflicts. All that we see and hear about, across continents, are conflicts, disputes, and grievances. Some of the conflicts are still a little short of taking-up the violent form, but most of the conflicts are in battle stage.
One of the most notable of these conflicts is the @Palestine-Israel, never-ending dispute. As in any conflict, especially the ones which enter extreme violent stage, it is hard to understand, who is right, and who is wrong. But one thing is clear, there is something not right.

Justification of evil!

On the 17th of December 2014, a lot of solidarity, with the victims of terrorism in Peshawar, Pakistan, was observed across the globe: Turkey observed a day of mourning with lowered flags, Indian parliamentarians observed a minute of silence, the Russian president, British Prime Minister, Chinese foreign minister, US president, and many other world leaders

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The colour is red...

Revolution is a very strong word, but unfortunately sometimes it is used in a very free context. This word, in itself, is a whole expression, which means demolition and reconstruction, and mind you this demolition is never partial, and the post-revolution structure is always diametrically different from the structure, which it replaces.

The yard stick…

It has been a year since the massacre of 147 innocent children and staff at Army Public School, #APS, Peshawar, Pakistan. It is a tragedy that is too hard to forget. Although, in today's time and age, when mass killings have become anything, but a rarity, the images of children's corpses, stacked on top of each other, is a view unforgettable.

Monday, 14 December 2015

The Party...

I remember the times when there were so few parties in town that one had to wait for extended periods of time, from party to party, and except for that it used to be a problem getting into a party, unless you knew a few connected people. 

Handling a menace.

Pakistan is faced with a menace popularly called religious eXtremism (represented by TTP [TEHREEK E TALIBAN PAKISTAN], JIP [JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI PAKISTAN], JUI [JAMIAT-E-ULLAMA-E-ISLAM], LASHKAR-E-JHANGVI, LASHKAR-E-TAIBA, SUNNI TEHREEK, ITTEHAD BAIN-UL-MUSLIMEEN, SIPAH-E-SAHABBAH, JAISH MOHAMMAD and a multitude of other parties and thousands of madrassas run by these parties). Although, it is the best attempt of main stream media to date this menace back a few years only, but in fact this problem has a lot longer history.

Sunday, 13 December 2015


Human beings, and especially free human beings, take pride in having the ability, capability and opportunity to choose. Choices do make a difference, but choices also limit us.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Certainly not

Since the dawn of times, we human beings have been busy, exploring and learning. The passage of time has improved our capabilities and options of learning, which means that we can learn more, faster and more comprehensively than the members of our species, who strolled the gravel pathways of our planet, a couple of hundred years ago.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The herd...

A great many number of times, when talking about old or the oldest professions, I hear people suggesting prostitution and journalism to be the winners of this antiquity award. Why these two professions? Well it's easy to understand. Those, who suggest prostitution, cement their suggestions with the fact that humans always wanted to have sex, and sex might be the first thing that humans bought or sold.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Rule of flaw...

The Mughal emperors came to India in the early 16th century and, as far as the number game is concerned, ruled successfully until the mid-19th century, but did Mughals really rule India for that long? Or did they lose the empire a lot earlier than we think?
When Babur invaded India, and finding conditions suitable for occupation, founded a permanent kingdom, India was divided into RAJDHANIs (small princely states). Babur had not been the first and by no means the last of the invaders, who ruled India.

Beyond horizons

Human history, and all aspects of human life are mostly related to search for the unknown. Humans had always gone to war to conquer unknown territories. If we look into history most of the travellers and explorers undertook the hardships of dislocation just in the anticipation of finding something new. People, all along the human timeline, were fascinated by new faces, new cultures, new music, new languages, new foods etc. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Murdered in the name of the law...

The American police has killed 1048 people on the streets of USA, till date! 254 - White, 266- Black, 169 Hispanic/Latino, 58 of unknown origin, 18 Asians/Pacific Islanders, 13 Native Americans.

Degeneration of generations...

The term “shortage of memory” became popular with the advancement of computers, because as the software grew in capacity and ability, so did its volume, and requirements of available storage space and operational memory. Those of you, who used the computers in rapid development era of 1990s, must have come across this annoying situation on many occasions. But fortunately computers are man-made machines, so the developers (the industry) rapidly worked-out measures to counter this situation.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Plagiarism at industrial scales...

There were times, when people used to respect doctors, not because they were rich individuals or professionals, but because of their innovative approach towards gaining knowledge and finding solutions. This respect pattern was visible, towards other creative and innovative persons also. Most, or nearly all, of the big names in fine arts were known to be financially weak, but their works were respected and they were respected. Figures like Confucius were never known for their material wealth, but for their originality.
All that Einstein had were new ideas, although not in the field of fine-arts, but still very artistic and mainly new. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Sweetheart of many hearts…

“Thief, thief, thief…..” a gradually increasing yell in a mix of male and female voices, woke him up and as he opened his eyes and was trying to figure-out if it was a dream or reality, the intruder alarm composed of heavily accented Afghan voices was suppressed for a split second by a crash sound, as if something had fallen down from the second or third floor height.

Land of the holy bow...

A strong earthquake shook the ground under Baluchistan’s feet on the 24th of September, 2013. The initial reports as usual placed the death toll in lower double figures, but by the next morning the numbers had risen into hundreds.
Baluchistan is a sparsely populated province, but the people living in that province are just as much the citizens of Pakistan as the people of Punjab or Sindh, but on the first day of this natural calamity the level of coverage in media was way lower than the level of reporting of some single murder event in Punjab or Sindh.