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Why I’m interested in cricket, once again.

This year’s world cup was different for me, I wasn’t interested. Somehow I was cynical and pessimistic from the start. I was unaware of the team which would represent us and aloof from the details of the groupings, the score boards, the qualifying rounds. With friends and family around with ‘cricket fever’ I wasn’t inclined to indulge in the excitement.I based my pessimism on the past performance of our team. With life bans, dope tests, match fixing allegations, ball tampering and in discipline exhibited by our players, I was disappointed.

I was being constantly informed that the team was performing extremely well. Then came the much talked about match, Pakistan vs Australia. I was convinced that Aussies would blow our team but to my surprise, it was our ‘boys’ who played extremely well and crushed Australia’s 34 match winning streak.

I then saw Pakistan play against the West Indies, I was hopeful yet again. The performance of the team was unbelievable, everything was in place. it seemed the  team had left no room for mistakes, with their balling, batting and fielding at par. leaving the Indies in shock. I was proud of the team even though the main battle was ahead of us. The match that excites the world, leaves adrenalin pumping and brings emotion into play like never before. It was the ‘final before the final’ India Vs Pakistan playing the Semi Finals in Mohali.

The country was excited,ready and united. With screenings all over the cities, the young and old gathered together to witness the moment. I was happy to see the country united as one.

Unfortunately the result wasn’t in our favor. Pakistan wasn’t on top of its game, with 5 lives spared to Sachin Tendulkar, misfields and dropped catches, along with a weak batting side that wasn’t able to chase a total of 260. We lost the Semi finals to India, but i wasn;t disappointed.

I somehow felt that reaching this far for a team which has seen so many ups and downs was commendable. Shahid Afridi displayed great captaincy and apologized to the nation in the end, for he knew how much it meant to the country. And so I feel that without dissecting and criticizing everything that we saw in the match, we should appreciate the team for coming this far and bringing glory back to the game and the team.

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Revolution Please; Why should the Pakistanis be asking for one?

The jasmine revolution in Tunisia stirred the silenced, paving the way for a struggle in the Arab world, where people have had enough. With some fed up because of lack of democratic representation, unemployment, oppression by their rulers, while others under a king rather than a president. What is common to all these ‘revolutions’ is the cause. Dictatorship. These dictators have been in power for decades, unable to satisfy their lust for power and wealth sowed years of resentment among the people. But why is it that some ‘sense,expect or hope for’ a similar revolution in the land of the pure?

Ripple Effect

Pakistan cannot possibly have a revolution along these lines.One cannot present a logical reason as to why toppling the government will resolve our problems. For firstly what is our motive, have we forgotten that we already have our long advocated democracy? Or is it that we seek to tackle unemployment, poverty, corruption, prejudice against minorities, unaccounted abuses against women, target killings, terrorism, extremism and many other problems all in one.

Would the Sindhis be willing to unite with the Punjabis who have a constant rift over governance or wouldn’t the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa feel that they are the ones who suffered the brunt of terrorism the most and that now uniting as Pakistanis overshadows their sacrifices. And would the Balochis even consider themselves part of the revolution for they have completely different problems that we are not even bothered about. The divisions in our society are so deep-rooted and go beyond religion, status, beliefs, culture and problems. So much so that in the end what one will stand up for, will be completely against the other.

Another distinctive factor in these revolutions is the involvement of the youth and technology. In Pakistan where even the basic necessities seem luxuries to the masses and the never-ending struggle to get ‘roti, kapra, makan’ continues, the use of technology on a widespread level, be it for any purpose seems farce.

As far as the youth is concerned, although their strength cannot be undermined for they are the ones with the will to  make things better. However a collaborative effort is unlikely owing back to the divisions. On one end is the educated Pakistani who wishes no more to catch the next flight out of the country while on the other end is the barefooted minor working ten hours a day to feed his family. Who is to answer where these two ends will meet ?

Before even thinking about transforming this country with one violent storm of revolution, we need to look into the intricacies of the issues that the every sect of the society faces, work on at the grass root level to establish a common ground to stand, to fight and to rise. For nothing can be possibly be achieved by overthrowing a ‘weak’ democracy and replacing it by another.

Asking for too much?

Asking for too much with too little ?

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Politics

 

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Harvard Model United Nations

An Unreal Experience.

It seemed impossible, every step of the way. I was selected as part of a ten member delegation which was to represent The Lyceum School and Pakistan at the Annual Harvard Model United Nations 2011. It seemed impossible then.

I had four days as my deadline to submit my passport and interestingly not only was my passport expired, I was without an NIC card too which had brought the entire process to a standstill. I still remember my numerous visits to the newly opened NADRA office which was apparently made for the business class who could get their Id cards in a week [with additional price of course] but for me, a week was too long. I went through the process which I’d always imagined to be a very interesting one with rather confusion, fret and stress. I could give you the details further, which are very amusing [my online data was transferred to Islamabad without my fingerprints and hence I went through the process again.YEAH. and did I mention Eid holidays were in two days? ] yet too many for this blog!

I held the invitation letter from Harvard University with my name on it and I just thought, ‘WOW’. Everybody would say the same thing to me, this is too big an opportunity to miss so don’t let the problems get in your way. But it was my mother who said to me that if God wants to me to go there I will get there, no matter what.

And soon after, things started falling in place. I now had my passport ready and although I was separated from my team during the visa application, I got the date before them. It was the 13th of December and a three-hour delay, I was called for my interview which went smoothly. I had been issued a five-year multiple visa.

Now all that was left was getting the money to get there. Half of the team needed sponsorships and in this day and age when businesses are barely covering their costs, asking them to sponsor students who promote the soft imagine of Pakistan on such a platform all seemed very noble but not profitable. And so fellows, this is one major roadblock. But like I said, everything was meant to be and so happened. After a number of unsuccessful meetings, no call backs, rich people being out-of-town, we finally collected enough amount to fly, travel, eat and drink in Boston.

Our flight was in transitions, from Bahrain to London and then Boston. Travelling for almost thirty-two hours was excruciating at times, tiring yet extremely fun and memorable.

However I knew nothing would go as expected and that every step of the way new surprises would be waiting. This soon became true when after a smooth flight from Bahrain to London, when we were informed that our flight was cancelled due to excessive snow. Luckily we were transferred to British Airways with just one hour’s delay but unluckily leaving us without our excessively packed luggage. This was just one day before the conference. So naturally we were freaking out.

The day of the conference arrived and still no luggage. Some were now off to shop to the most luxurious Nubury Street while the rest of us were suffocating with stress, preparing last-minute speeches and trying to calm our nerves.

So about the conference and what is model united nations ?

Model United Nations is simply a simulation of the actual United Nations which is an international body that brings together over 180 countries, giving each country a platform to express their view and their concerns over global issues. The United Nations has numerous ‘organs’ which classifies these issues into political, social  and humanitarian. The most highlighted being the Disarmament and International Security Council [DISEC], International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] and the Security Council among many others.

On similar grounds the Model United Nations has students taking on the roles of ‘delegates’ who are assigned countries and committees. Based on the country that one receives, we have to understand the dynamics o that country, understand its foreign policy objectives and then form our basis on the issue at hand. The next task is align with your allies and be diplomatic enough to convince everyone with your views and then pass a resolution, which is a formal document which states the problem and the solutions.

Harvard Model United Nations is organized by Harvard University, one of the most prestigious institutions  of the world. It gathers students from all around the world, with  3000 students from 37 countries taking part this year.  The conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston and was spread over four days, entailed around thirty hours of heated debates and discussions.

The Lyceum School was assigned ‘Kazakhstan’ and I was part of a special ‘Summit on Globalization’ in which the topics of Local Entrepreneurship and Flow of Capital, Information and resources were discussed. What an amazing experience it was, competing and working together with students my age, from all around the world.

MUNing requires thinking on your feet, being alert and attentive, negotiating , coming up with new ideas, bloc-ing, writing working papers and resolutions and coping with politics that may turn nasty any time. And with consistent hard work, perseverance, patience and dedication we managed to not just survive the conference but attain accolades too. With four out of eight team members winning awards, we had done it. We had represented Pakistan and our School on such a huge platform , reaching this far despite the many hurdles, yet never giving up.

After the conference we then went around the city of Boston, the highlight of the tour was of course, Harvard University which mesmerized us with its glory and beauty which was enhanced manifolds by the snowfall. A visit was also paid to the Harvard Book Store aka The Coop which with its magnificence and ambience, left me in awe.

The Coop

One of the many things that I was extremely excited about was yes, the Snow. For I’ve always been insanely inspired by it and had never gotten the chance to see it. And so when I reached Boston, densely covered in snow, everything seemed so soothing and mesmerizing, one of the many things on my wish list was complete.

And thus a team which started off with members without an NIC card, two passports, an expired visa and no sponsorship money was able to land in Boston even though all odds were against them. Achieving all this would have never been possible, had the team not stuck together as a family in good, bad and the worse.

There are a lot of people’s prayers and efforts that made it possible for me and the team to make it this far.Nothing would have been possible without the support of our parents, our school, our friends and family. So Thankyou everyone!

The Team

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Life as a Karachite

 

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Off to Boston!

Going for the Harvard Model United Nations which is from the 27th to the 30th of January.

Till then Girl from Karachi bids farewell !

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Whats Next?

Okay so basically I’ve been away. Away for a long time, not because I have lost my passion for my blog. But because there is just so much to do so little time and yes that’s my most recent excuse. School work is overbearing, Alevels is not easy my friends and with the growing pressure to aptly answer ‘what’s next?” which should instantly ring a bell in your mind..?..Which university are you applying to? Yes, its one dreaded question.

As much as I find the application process terrifying, waiting for acceptance or rejection is even worse. The fact that every university has its own specific tests for which people are willing to throw over 25 grand is amazing. For me, either you may assume I’m not taking everything lightly but I happen to believe that things will fall in place in the end. So I choose not spend extravagantly in this regard.

Are you in the jungle?

When I see people giving the SAT over and over [and over] again it’s quite surprising and annoying. All year round people will bug you with their flashcards of 3564 words. Among the lot is the over achiever which isn’t satisfied with a 2080 and would like to hit 2100. The other kind is the disappointed-yet-hopeful one who is ready to get into crossing the 1500 benchmark one last time! So yeah it’s a lot of effort and a lot of money too but then is it really worth it in the end?

I will be pursuing my higher education in Pakistan and often think  that is the education fulfilling and self satisfying enough.Must we always compare it with foreign education or be satisfied that we will never regret it? Or will I become the manual rather than the innovator?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Ramblings, Random

 

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Farewell twenty ten.

One whole year has passed, yet again, leaving me in shock and awe as to where the time went. Was the year on fast forward or was I too occupied to notice the days change into months. The year was in different in so many ways.  For starters I finally started blogging, something that I always knew I wanted to but didn’t jump into.

Here are some other things I learnt and experienced.

2010:A year of many ups and many downs.

It taught me how to accept defeat and then brought me close to unimaginable victories.

It took people away and then brought new people close.

It changed relationships. Some for better and some for worse.

It opened my eyes to new realities, possibilities and pathways.

It made me realize that the unthinkable is possible. That what is beyond your diameter of wishes may just come true.

It brought me closer to family.

It took me to Lahore! Experiencing the much desired winter and the mesmerizing that fog that I wished to see.

It stirred my emotions with thrills.

It made me want to work harder.

It made my parents proud of me.

Thankyou 2010 even with your highs and lows, You were special.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Life as a Karachite

 

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Say What?

Gathering thoughts, Enough Said.

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Ramblings