Saturday, July 28, 2012


I like simple people, with simplistic routines.

Those who take great pleasure everyday dunking at teatime, or the evening, with having no focus on anything, but only some light focus on not to let the biscuit soak to break in the cup.
Those who routinely walk to the bus stand, thinking nothing, just breathing in the morning wind, and nothing.
Those who walk silently in the park with no or least thoughts in their minds.
The aunties or grannies who keep knitting for weeks to get a small sweater done.
Those who have a habit of walking while holding the other one's hand.
Those who don't cry a lot, or laugh a lot, but yet truly enjoy their every day routine.
The guards who give a regular and honest smile, whenever you enter.
Those who clean the same part of the street everyday, with the same interest.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Another of Rumi's Ramadhan poems...

Last year, we had a conversation that brought us to a few interesting poems by Rumi on the topic of Ramadhan.
One of them, for which translation was not available anywhere, was translated by one of the persons in the conversations, and it is time for it to be blogged:

اين دهــان بستي دهــاني باز شـــد 
تا خـورنده‌ي لــقمـه هاي راز شـــد 

You closed this mouth, another mouth opened
To allow you to feed on the morsels of the secrets

لــب فـروبــند از طـعـام و از شـــــــراب 
ســـوي خوان آسـمــاني كن شـــتاب 

Seal your lips to food and to drink
Hasten towards the heavenly table

گـر تــو اين انبان ز نـان خــالي كـــني 
پـر زگـــوهــــر هـــاي اجــــلالي كـــني 

If you empty this sack of bread
You may fill it with glorious jewels

طــفل جـان از شـير شــيطان بــاز كن 
بــــعـــد از آنـــش بـا مـــلك انـــباز كــن 

Refrain the infant from Satan's milk
Then join the company of the King

چند خوردي چرب و شيرين از طـعــام 
امـــتحـــان كــن چـــند روزي با صــيام 

How often you enjoyed the rich and sweet meals
Now test a few days of fasting

چــند شــب ها خواب را گشتي اسير 
يــك شـــبي بــيدار شــو دولـــت بـگير 

How many nights you have been the prisoner of sleep
Stay awake one night and acquire the riches

- مثنوي معنوي - رومي

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Don't save what is already lost

I never blog on political issues (hint: journalists are also part of it, hence I don't comment on them either). But an article today compels me to write something, or rather, shred and comment on the write-up.

Before I begin, I should clarify that I don't watch TV, neither do I have any interest in the journalists and/or the media, as they are mostly orchestrated or are biased.

So, Mubasher Lucman, he is still around.

A few weeks back, someone leaked offline videos during an interview of Malik Riaz conducted by Mubasher and Meher Bokhari on Duniya TV. During these offline breaks, the videos shows how the interview was orchestrated and was staged. This caused Mubasher Lucman to step down, and leave the channel. Since then, this is probably the second attempt to regain his lost confidence in the eyes of the public (first being a YouTube video reply he did few days back).

Being a ostrich doesn't help

Mubasher Lucman hasn't seen that video/footage himself.

What happened in the infamous Malik Riaz interview is now common knowledge and I guess millions have seen the video and commented on it. Millions may have seen it but I have not. That’s right. For the last two weeks or so, I have not seen the television nor read any newspapers out of serious depression.

Hain?! Are you serious? Mr. Lucman - you place serious question to the politicians, you put them to test, you even grill them on interviews, and here you are acting as a 16 year old girl being bullied in a high school? I know men can be sensitive, and depression is OK in a lot of scenarios, but no, when accusations are made on an honest man - he faces them aggressively and refutes them with confidence - you are a journalist and good with words, I believe you can even do better than a normal man in that context.

There is no "story"

Sadly all those so called sensible journalists that teach us ethics of journalism on television never even once asked for my point of view, or my side of the story. So much for impartiality and fairness.

Look, a point of view is taken when there is something to clarify - there is no "story", the simple thing to understand is that the video is clearly showing that the interview was staged. OK, I should also clarify what 'staging' means: When you discuss with the interviewee what you will ask and what he will respond, that interview becomes staged. Especially when you know the interview is a Live interview where there is no editing, and that's the point of Live interviews - to surprise the interviewee with questions and to get his feedback LIVE, no editing, no cut-copy-paste-trim.

Grow Up

They tell me each setback makes you a better man. I am not sure if one wants to be a great man at this cost?

I was reminded of the high school motivational lectures given by teachers to the youth. I can tell you many more such quotes, "Many destruction are renovations" (Rumi), etc. You are a grown up man, and please remember than at your age there is a high probability of turning back to the "default settings". But even considering you out of this probability, the setback-causes-to-become-a-better-man happens when the 'man' accepts and admits his mistakes and owns them and then learns from it and gradually wins the confidence. You are not doing that. You are trying to save what is already lost, the trust, and that's the typical approach we have already seen with Aamir Liaquat, Maya Khan, and recently Salman Butt, the cricketer, is also following the same approach: Not accepting their mistakes and not washing them up. Two words: Grow Up.

Assange, remember him?

Moreover, another thing that baffles me was the barrage of articles and comments praising a thief who stole the footage to upload it on YouTube. I respect the great cause but how in the world can anyone justify theft for any reason whatsoever. So much for our broadsheet ethics. Sadly, I still belong to the school of thought which does not allow me to condone robbers and thieves.

Very sad. I sense the same strategy and stance the U.S. and others have on the case of Julian Assange. They say the same exact words: Assange is a theif, and he has stolen the property of U.S. military and the cables he 'leaked' should not be leaked to public as they were their 'property'. You know what these people are called who leak such stuff?: "Whistle-blowers", they risk their lives to do such moves, and the media make hefty amounts out of such acts. Journalism means to inform the citizenry with the truth - and it was done by leaking your videos. Rethink, please. And yes; Grow Up.

Don't deviate

Quotes were edited to give false impressions; a harmless phone call was made to appear as dictation by the federal government whilst a detailed text message by someone in the opposition was forgotten as a child’s remark, for that suited them.

That was not the point. Lets not complicate, shall we? The whole point, to reiterate, is that you were discussing what to ask and how the interviewee would respond - this is called "staged interview" - and that is what is wrong. Simple, please try to understand this, and you will understand this when you watch the video yourself which you say you have not watched yet. Please don't complicate and play with words, grow up.

What goes around, comes around

A harmless joke on the day comes back to haunt me as some took it very seriously.

What goes around, comes around. Yes. And, please remember that your profession calls you to be serious and objective, not to kid around. Please stop joking and be serious, grow up.


On the fateful day, nothing went right for me. A small car accident, a ticket on the motorway, losing some neck ties and then boardroom arguments that turned unpleasant and so much more.

Rant. No one's interested. If you are trying to gain sympathies, then you're not being a pro at it here either. No one gives sympathies for irrelevant things, immature people do that. Be mature, grow up.

Note: I don't want to do any character assassination, this is just an analysis. If someone thinks I am wrong, kindly correct me, I wholeheartedly accept corrections of my analysis.