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Summer of twenty eleven.

Always hope for the unattainable, something close to perfection. Vision the cloud with the shiniest silver lining there can ever be, always see your glass half full with the yummiest mango smoothie which gives you an instant burst of delight and is the cause of many festivals and dances in the plain of Punjab. Why not hope for a drop of rain everyday and be overjoyed when your meteorology department informs you of an upcoming gush. Sigh. I think I was born in the wrong city or the wrong country perhaps, maybe I was meant for a wetter place.

Nevertheless the point is that I am an optimist, maybe not by definition nor according to my mother. Maybe its just that I hope to get what I want, that’s an optimistic outlook right ?

So when I was going through the torturous months of Apr to first week of June studying, learning,running from one tuition to the other and basically stuffing my mind and my mouth out of stress, I always envisioned the perfect summers. Believing that my summers will begin with utmost satisfaction and relief on the day of my last exam and bloom with the late nights and later afternoons. Completing my delicate bubble of hope were the uncountable outings with friends and family.

But like on many occasions, an optimist is left wondering whether too much was asked for? My summers turned out to be same old, with a few differences. Observe.

  • None of my first cousins is getting married this summer which has deprived me of so many encounters and experiences. For instance the numerous nerve-wracking visits to the tailor, the quest to beat the newcomers with our awesome [ read: lacking creativity] dances. Sigh! So many enriching experiences missed.
  • Light or Dark? The ongoing hide and seek with electricity has been consistent in its nature. With the ‘planned power cuts’  visiting twice and thrice a day, the melodious growl of the generator has become a vital part of our lives.
  • University apps. Local universities play a huge role this summer. Start by applying, then hope to clear their specialized test, if your lucky come by for an interview. Then Wait. Meanwhile dread and fret about your future. Simple right ?
  • Food. The only thing that is great about summers is that you have enough time to relish your food without worrying about being late for class. Be it the seasonal mangoes [yes, I’ve mentioned them before], indulging in the pay less-eat more deals that are bound to make you fat or the favourite chocolate ice-cream with two toppings, chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli. Yes, I had to say chocolate that many times.
So that’s basically it. I’ve also recovered from my writer’s block, hoping to connect more. Till the next post, enjoy your feasts!
 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Life as a Karachite

 

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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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