Weirdo Me: Tagged by Absar

The Rules are:

~ Link to the Blogger who tagged you.

~ In your blog, post The Rules and…

~ Six quirky but unspectacular factoids about yourself

~ Tag six other bloggers by linking to them

~ Go to each person’s blog, and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.

~ Let me know you’ve done this tagged post too!

Here it goes Absar
1. I often get confused between ‘ultey haath per’ and ‘seedhey haath per’ wen someone tells me directions over fone
2. I am ambidextrous. Although I can write better with my right hand, I can otherwise use both my hands equally well.
3. I am real bad almost vegetarian. I dont like meat much but I very happily enjoy chicken once in a while. Wen it comes to cooking, I am better with the meat dishes. My fondness for eggs and dairy products makes me a bad vegetarian too.
4. Music helps me function properly (I know, I need to get over this addiction)
5. I tend to get bored very easily and always need something to keep myself busy (thats a typical gemini trait i think)
6. I support the ‘Made in Pakistan’ tag as much as I can. (Is this unspectacular? :/ ) I am making it a point to read books by Pakistani writers, listening to Pakistani music, watching Pakistani TV channels and buying stuff by Pakistani designers.

And now its your turn: Anas, kurri, farooq and purple

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How i came to love the veil?

POLITICIANS AND JOURNALISTS just love to write about the oppression of women in Islam … without even talking to the females beneath the veil.

They simply have no idea how Muslim women are protected and respected within the Islamic framework which was built more than 1400 years ago.

Yet, by writing about cultural issues like child brides, female circumcision, honor killings and forced marriages they wrongly believe they are coming from a point of knowledge.

And I am sick of Saudi Arabia being cited ……….( for more you can click here)

the above article is authored by Yvonne Ridley whose brief introduction is as follows

British-born, award-winning journalist Yvonne Ridley is well known in the Muslim world for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. She endeared herself to the Muslim community in Britain when she reverted to Islam 30 months after making international headlines when she was captured by the Taleban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan. She was a senior reporter of the Sunday Express at the time, having spent nearly 10 years in Fleet Street working for several prestige titles including The Sunday Times, The Observer, Daily Mirror and Independent

Phew….being filthy rich is difficult!

Saadat and Mahwash both have tagged me and this one’s tough. I mean maintaining one would be more than enough for me…eight’s way too much. This has definitely made me think very differently as I dont really think that if I had the chance of having 8 homes, I would have wanted all of them to be in one single country. But as per the rules, all of them had to be in Pakistan. 

The McCains own 13 cars, eight homes and have access to a corporate jet. If you were as insanely rich as them, where would your eight homes be and why?

The only rule is: The homes must be within the borders of the country you live in, so as to utterly emulate the McCains.

When you’re done, tag 8 people, so that they may join in the self-indulgence, forgetting about the crappy property market and the equivalent of The End of Pompeii on Wall-Street.

So here it goes… 

Shehr-e-Quaid: Karachi, Ofcourse! For me Karachi is literally the whole of Pakistan 😛 Its the city which is home to people as varied as Edhi, Nazia Hassan, Pervez Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz. Its cosmopolitan, resilient, drives the country’s economy and above all it is the city by the sea.

Lahore: The only city in Pakistan that can come close to Karachi, ofcourse minus the sea. But obviously, Karachi is wayyyy better 😛 I like the old city more than the new one: laid back and relaxed. Its very sad that the city is rapidly losing its cultural identity and if I could, I would love to have a house which would emulate the 11th Century Houses of the Walled City of Lahore.

Islamabad: A natural choice I guess. I wouldnt mind going to Pir Sohawa over the weekends for meditation.

Multan: A weird choice? Well, It was visited by Alexander the Great in the 5th century and conquered by Mohammad bin Qasim just two centuries later. It is thevcity of heat, saints and dust, the oldest living city in Pakistan which I would love to explore.

Bhurban: Need a reason? Its a small town and is usually not as crowded as Murree. Just a few kilometers away from Islamabad and its literally heaven on Earth. Would love to have a luxury apartment there 🙂

Gwadar: The only city other than Karachi which can boast to have a port. For me, the idea of living in a city by the sea would suffice. 

Mirpur: Not Mirpur Khas in interior Sindh, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir. It would be like living in the UK 😉 I have never been to Mirpur myself but Ive heard they actually deal in pounds rather than in rupees!

Balakot: Completely devastated by the Earthquake in 2005, but its getting back on its feet now….without much help from the government. I would love to have a house in the ‘new’ Balakot which is not on the earthquake belt.

I am tagging Anas, Absar, purple, safiullah and kurri. Mitali, i am tagging you too, it should get you back to blogging 🙂

I have a dream

Martin Luther King Jr’s dream became a reality nearly half a century later as America chose a Black Man for the White House. Ofcourse Obama’s victory was not solely because of his origin, the Bush admisitration’s policies (and Sarah Palin 😉 ) definitely had a role to play but credit must be given to this guy.

One thing that I have failed to understand so far is how Obama would be affecting us. The only thing that I have been able to figure out is that he would be pronouncing Pakistan the way it should be…rather than Paekistaen 😛

Harmless flirtation

…or sexual harassment?

Ofcourse there is a very fine line between the two and its usually quite common that the line is crossed. Obviously, it also depends a lot on the personal perspective: harmless flirtation for one might be sexual harassment for the other. I was just reading an article by Anjum Niaz in this week’s sunday magazine and I just dont know what to say. I mean I just dont agree that all men are MCPs (Male Chauvinist Pigs). There are definitely men out there who genuinely respect women. And even if most men are MCPs, its the women who are responsible. It is after all the moms, the aunts and the grandmoms who instill in their minds that they are somehow superior. So, why blame men only? In addition to that, what about the women who would go to any extent just for the slightest edge that they can get over others.

Khair, I dont know why, this article just reminded me of Sherry Rehman and a video that was being forwarded to literally everyone a zillion times a while back. Although the video was supposed to be highlighting that Sherry Rehman smokes (seriously I have no issues with her being a smoker, its her personal choice), what I found amusing was the ‘background score’ 😉

Zardari jokes

Just as we have the pathan jokes, sardar ji jokes and blonde jokes, we now also have zardari jokes…and the best thing is that we dont have to make them up, they are all true.

1) Im sure all of you have already received an email forwarding with an attachment of a photcopy of a comment by the President on the comment book at Quaid’s Mazar which says, “May Gaad give us the street to save Pakistan”. Soon after this, the two pages with the President’s comments were actually removed from the comment book and the comment was rewritten on a fresh page correcting the two misspelled words. Just when we thought it had ended, major newspapers published the original comment page with the new fabricated comment and the funniest had to happen after that. It was turned into a huge issue and the columnists who had written about this whole thing were criticised as the “presidential spokesman has taken strong exception to a malicious campaign initiated by some anti-democratic elements to tarnish the image of President Asif Ali Zardari.”

2) Nando’s has used the recent most stunt by our president for their marketing in a way that Im afraid they might actually get into trouble.

3) The very intelligent President also thinks that Kashmiris are terrorists and our 60 year old struggle was just a mistake. Wah ji wah. This must have made the armed forces really happy and they must have decided to support him and give him complete protection in a jail just like they gave protection to Nawaz Sharif less than a decade ago. If you do remember, he promised for a khushkhabri about the Kashmir issue a while back. I suppose, this was the precisely the khushkhabri he was talking about.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography

“The Prophet Muhammad is a hero for all mankind. In his lifetime he established a new religion, Islam; a new state, the first united Arabia; and a new literary language, the classical Arabic of the Qur’an, believed to be the word of God revealed to Muhammad by he Archangel Gabriel. A generation after his death he would be acknowledged as the founder of a world empire and a new civilisation.”

This is what the back cover of The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography by Barnaby Rogerson read and I immediately knew I wanted to read this book. Ofcourse, a lot of people raise their eyebrows when they find out that I like reading about Islam and Islamic History in books written by non-muslim writers and I am also often criticised for not reading proper text but if I am reading these books, does it mean I am not referring to the holy scripture or books written by some of the most authentic muslim writers? Definitely, no.

So, anyway, back to the topic. Rogerson, as I have stated above, is a non-muslim and is by no means a religious scholar. He is a story teller and as he says in the preface, he has written this book for the love of the Prophet (SAW), with utmost respect. He moves on to say that he would like to remain a non-muslim but he “was on the side of a good story.” He adds that “The life of the Prophet Muhammad is a story of overpowering pathos and beauty. It is history, tragedy and enlightenment compressed into one tale.” [This would remind you of the Prophet’s (SAW) uncle Abu Talib, who despite loving his nephew and protecting him in every sense was never able to enter Islam because of his stubbornness] Rogerson has written the book with a lot of affection and never while reading the book you would feel its been written by a non-muslim.

I bought this book nearly 4 years back and have already read it thrice. Its a small hardly 250 pages book and thats where the problem lies. Rogerson has tried to cover almost all aspects of the Prophet’s (SAW) life, which means you either need to have some real good knowledge about certain incidents or refer to the lenghty bibliography to truly understand the context. In addition to this, there might be a few incidents talked about in the book which are a little different from what we believe in.

If you havent read any biography of this great man, this one should be a great starting point. If you have already read plenty, this would only intrigue you to know further.