Kya Sab English Hain?

So a video of Sarfaraz Ahmed has been going viral for the past two days where the poor guy can be seen right before a press conference, extremely nervous on seeing that all the reporters are native English speakers. It made me sad. I mean this was a time when he should have been rejoicing Pakistan’s victory, he should have been proud of himself for leading the team to semi finals just the way a captain he should. But here he was, all nervous as he would now be scrutinised for his proficiency in English rather than his skills as a cricketer.

And, man, was he right? He was unfortunately. People have been making fun of him and joking about how ‘paindu’ he is or how uneducated he is. First of all, let me clarify he is a highly educated individual. He has a bachelors degree in Engineering in Electronics. On top of that he memorised the Holy Quran and became a hafiz merely at the age of 10. This makes him more educated than most of the people commenting on the video. As for being paindu, he is far from it. He does not belong to a pind at all. He was born in Karachi and has always lived there so he can’t be categorised as a paindu.

Now coming to mindset of all the people pointing fingers at him. Please stop it. It only shows that we are still mentally slaves to the gora saab. His mother tongue is urdu and is very fluent and eloquent in it. Would you have called him a paindu if he was a Chinese and was struggling to speak English or perhaps a French or a German? No, I’m sure of that. Because they are proud of their mother tongue and they concentrate on building their nation and their athletes rather than trying to find faults in their conversational English fluency.

Next time when you see someone speaking in English with an accent or struggling with vocabulary, don’t judge them or mock them. English is not their first language and they are not claiming to be proficient in English anyway in the first place.

Finally, I have two suggestions for all pakistani cricketers:

  1. Please ask for an interpreter for your press conferences and post match presentations. No one will make fun if you when you will speak impeccably in your own language. You can then concentrate on talking about what you want to talk about rather than concentrating on how to form sentences.
  2. Please start learning conversational English. It will help you in lot more ways than you think. But the reason to learn must not be that people have been mocking you.

As for all of you, please let them enjoy the fruit of their labour.

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Chokers?

With last night’s defeat, Pakistan have departed from yet another world cup after losing yet another semi final.

In the last few years, Pakistan has amazingly always been able to make it to the semi final….only not to be one of the finalists. I have concluded that we are now the new chokers, after South Africa. Talent and skill does not matter any more, the Pakistani team, just like the rest of Pakistani nation, does not have the confidence to win in situations where it really matters. Its been long since Pakistan won a BIG match. We know they are talented. Just a few days back they won against tams like South Africa and Australia comprehensively. Its like winning against India in a World Cup: not about skill or talent, but about mental toughness. We have never been able to win against India in a world cup, not in one day, not in T20. We did not win wen Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad batted for Pakistan, we did not win wen Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were bowling for Pakistan, we did not win wen Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwer were opening for Pakistan…we just never won and I think we cannot win against India in a World Cup. It is a mental block and we need to find a way to tackle that somehow.

I think the team needs a psychiatrist more than anything else. They need to know how to be confident enough to win big matches without being over confident.

And I dont hate Shahid Afridi, I have always loved him as a player, always respected him. But its not his time anymore i guess. I am not even doubting his commitment. I just think that his career should end now….like all good things, this must also end. He can do well with his Kurta line. He also has a great career ahead of him as a cricket expert if he can brush up his English. But he needs to understand that he should now when there are still people who love him, respect him and wish him well.

Source: Facebook

Afridi is still a Hero

Source: Churaofication from a contact on facebook

Well, now that I am completely over wednesday’s loss, I have started to see things more clearly 🙂 I said that before as well, even wen I was really mad at the team, I cant help it but just love the perfect ‘X’ that Afridi makes with his body but there’s definitely more to it than just the X-factor. He represents Pakistan in the best possible manner: he’s aggressive, emotional, passionate, vocal and very unpredictable. He has great leadership qualities and I seriously think he should be retianed as the captain of Pakistan one-day side till the next world cup . Once Younis and Misbah are kicked out from the team, he can easily bring the young, inexperienced team do a great job under his captaincy. He can bring stability to the young side which unfortunately has to wait till 5 days before a series starts to even know who the captain is. I hope, Afridi, alongwith Waqar Younis would be retained and would be allowed to do their job till the next world cup…something which seems very very unlikely in Pakistan. But I wish, really wish, that for once the PCB would do something in the name of stability.

The Bastards!

No, I am not calling the Pakistani players bastards….I am disappointed and heartbroken but I am done with my wailing and have comforted myself that there can only be one winner, that winner can win by merit or can be gifted that victory but at the end of the day, the winner takes all and yes, I want to be an Indian right now…but, wait, I am supporting Sri Lanka on Saturday because I know they can avenge Indians just like they did in 1996. Oh God, stop me now, I dont want this post to become something I dont want it to become. And yea, I cant help it but I still like the perfect ‘X’ that Afridi makes with his body after every wkt.

So, I shal talk about something else: Dogs! I dont know why I seem to attract them! I mean, why do dogs come and brush their head on my body wen I dont even look at them. Cant you see I am a hijabi woman…who does not hate dogs if they are just being cute and staying away but definitely hates it wen they rub themselves all over my clothes and I have to come back home, feeling disgusted, needing to change before I can even read my namaz! And no, it aint funny, especially on a day wen I am already feeling blue!

Ae dil mere chal re

Pakistan has already won more matches in this worldcup than the last two world cups combined, if that wasnt enough, Pakistan has actually beaten Australia to be at the top of the group which featured both Sri Lanka and Australia, has qualifid for the quarter final and will be up against West Indies. Now west Indies is the team which definitely came out to be the better of the two wen the two teams met in the last world cup, but if Pakistan wins, it will be through to the semis, again first time after the ’99 world cup but this time it will be up against Australia or India…God, thats already too much to handle for weak hearted like me! Although its just the matter of holding the nerves for three more matches but is Team Pakistan really mentally strong enough? Obviously, I wouldnt have been thinking like this if I was an Australian but I am really proud of the fact that even though Team Pakistan had been through all sorts of problems from wicket keepers absconding to the best seamers in the world being banned for match fixing, it was actually able to bring all the odds together.

So for now I have my fingers crossed and enjoying moments like this:

Afridi....still going Boom Boom...but this time round with the ball

And yea, I am still lovin it, although realistically speaking, I dont think Pakistan is winning the World Cup…but a little wishful thinking doesnt hurt 🙂

While Navjot Sidhu Goes Out To Buy a New Turban Everyday

The only two things that I seem to be doing lately are following the worldcup and well, the scary earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in japan. although the former’s been providing some good entertainement, england being the team keeping the group matches alive, the latter is scary and depressing to say the least.

I remember, as a little kid, thinking of Japan as the country that made Sony televisions: the TV that I just hated….it was so good that we didnt get a new one for the longest time! It still is the country that believes in perfection and is definitely the most well-prepared when it comes to dealing with earthquakes but the magnitude of devastation this particular earthquake has brought has shocked the whole world. I am sure you have been watching videos of the quake/tsunami on TV and the Internet but the following is the scariest that I have seen so far. I have never even seen something like this in Hollywood flicks!

True, the wrath of nature cannot be compared to anything else…no one, not even the best stand a chance when competing with nature. May Allah help those who are actually going through this all. I cannot even imagine how they must be feeling right now. My heart goes out to the Japanese. They are a strong nation. If they can rebuild after the WWII, I am sure they’l be able to do an even better job this time. I know there aint much that we can do, but we can surely kneel in front of the Almighty to ask for fast recovery of Japan.

Inertia, Cricket and Kareena Kapoor!

Over the past few months, although I have not published a single post on the blog, it does not mean I did not want to vent out about anything or that I didnt compose blog posts in my mind. I wanted to talk about various things from how the flood victims have been forgotten to how my heart bleeds knowing that we would have been one of the hosts of the Crcket World Cup starting a few weeks back, from new year resolutions to the usually weird topics that I like to blog. I still get amazed when I see Mah’s blog and how she still manages to update it ever so regularly. But I guess even though I do want to blog, I just dont seem to bring myself down to it. I wouldnt call it the writer’s block cuz I am not a writer…just lack of interest would suffice I guess.

So, if you have been following the cricket worldcup keenly like I am, I am sure you know that ICC has decided to have only the top 10 teams for the next world cup to avoid making the groups round painfully long. Now wtf is that supposed to mean? I cant believe this! True, the group round is kinda dragging now and although we all know who the top 8 teams would be qualifying for the quarter finals but hey, after seeing the dazzling performance by the Irish (and well the Candaians nearly took the game away from Pakistan too), you really think these smaller teams dont deserve a chance? C’mon, Sri Lanka played two world cups without being part of the ‘elite’ test playing club but they ended up being the world champions in 1996 and nearly made it in 2007! 

Personally, I loved the format of the 2007 worldcup: 16 teams, 4 groups with two teams qualifying for the super eight from each group. The smaller teams got a chance to play in the World Cup and showcase their talent and the group round was not boringly long. But I guess the smaller teams just showcased their talnt in a manner no body even thought of: Pakistan and India got knocked out by smaller teams, which meant the two most cricket crazy nations were not following the world cup at all after the first round, which in fact meant lesser money! So, it basically meant ICC had to bend the rules to ensure that the two most widely watched, followed and loved teams (with the most fanatic fans) at least reached the quarter finals. How bizarre! Each team got three chances to prove themselves…now wat can anyone do if India and Pakistan were not able to prove themselves good enough to be in the super eight! Anyone who watched the match between New Zealand and Pakistan two days back would know wat I mean here! 😛

Oh Lord, help cricket! IPL has already taken away the commercial charisma from the 50 over matches…i would be really sad if the ICC does something horrible to the worldcup which is pretty much the only tournament that I now follow!

I guess I can go on and on, whining about this. I better change the topic now.

And yes, finally watched Golmaal 3 and well, wat can i say about it. Its funny to say the least, it has some vulgar jokes but it sure aint as vulgar as usually the movies are these days. You can watch it with pretty much anyone in your family and thats the good thing about it. And man, kareena kapoor aint size zero in the movie….so all the girls who stopped eating after watching Tashan….please start eating again before you become anorexic…Kareena seems to be a healthy UK size 12 and she seems to be glowing even with the minimal make up she has used in the movie.

PS: I just found out it was supposedly women’s day a few days back. So I guess, i’d just say ‘Happy Women’s Day’ altho I dont know wat difference this day makes in any woman’s life! And did I tell you guys that the news of a 23 year old becoming the world’s youngest grandma is making me feel….well, really old 😛