Monday, July 23, 2012

Of #VeenaMalik #AamirLiaqat and #Ramazan 2012

This time in Pakistan, Ramazan moon was sighted at the same time, which is a rare thing in itself. Although not starting to observe Ramazan or celebrating Eid on the same day doesn't hurt as a nation yet we are running desperately out of option to symbolize our nationhood. God may have mercy on us and the same national consensus be seen on next moon sighting too.

Yet the land never runs out of controversies. Veena Malik hosting a religious show during the holy month of Ramazan was the latest one. A 30 second promo of that programme which most of people must have seen, emerged on youtube and as soon as it did so, there was a hue n cry everywhere about that programme. People talked about her character, her controversy from BIG BROTHER and the famous ISI tattoo. Then her next venture, the south Indian remake of The Dirty Picture came under discussion and so on and so forth. Conservatives as well as some liberals criticized Hero TV for coming up with such a publicity stunt. I myself was taken aback by the idea. An entertainer should do what he or she knows best to do and must not indulge in everything around. There exist exceptions but that was my general feeling. I personally didn't, but few people went on to sign a petition against this and finally the news came up that the idea has been dropped. If it was just to let everyone know that Hero TV is a TV channel in Pakistan, they made their point.

Next surprising thing was the return of Amir Liaqat to Geo TV and the announcement to host a TV show during Ramazan, much like before. This was disturbing. As some of us might remember a video that surfaced few months back in which backstage video clips were compiled showing Amir Liaqat using all kinds of vulgar language and making fun of invited scholars and female callers together. This is the same guy whose masters and doctorate degrees are allegedly fake as well.

The question is: why did we not speak against his programme as we did against Veena Malik. What is the difference between two of them? To anyone if difference between what we are and what we pose ourself to be, Veena does have an edge because she is what she is and she stands by herself.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When I started writing thesis.....

Writing a doctoral thesis, or to put it right, starting to write a scientific doctoral thesis is a difficult job. This is due to several factors. You have to focus, FOCUS on one thing continuously for days, and sometimes for weeks..... Every single line in the whole stuff should be connected from front and behind with its neighbors and so on and so forth.

And to focus becomes difficult when there are so many things happening around. Well, sometimes it seems as they have started to happen only when I started writing mine. I will quote few examples.

As I started to make a plan for writing one, Roger Federer started winning his Wimbledon matches. And he went on to win the Grand Slam, making history. All of it was so exciting that even if I wasn't watching it, I wouldn't have been able to concentrate. So I watched.... live tennis....

And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....

Then, during the same time, we had seminar of our team...... seminar attended....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then Roger Federer became world No 1..... reading news....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar.... 

Then Raja Pervez Ashraf became Pakistan's prime minister....... tv shows....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then Pakistan opened supply routes for NATO....... tv shows.....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

With every news happening, all tv channels start talking about that..... tv shows.....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then Pakistan cricket team started touring Sri Lanka...... live cricket....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then it started summer and summer shopping festival..... shopping....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then I received acceptance of my poster from New Orleans and now I have to start applying for visa to go to United States to attend the meeting...... dossier preparation....

And I skyped with my family..... Salaar....

Then I had friends from Marseille..... cooking and eating.....

And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....

Then came 14 July, the national festival of France..... fireworks......

And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....

After shopping I received email that next scholarship is delayed... financial crisis....

And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....


Then I started Ramadan is coming.... fasting... no coffee.....


And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....


Then I heard Aamir Liaqat is back on Geotv.... Ramadan special.... twitterati.....


And I skyped with my family...... Salaar....


Then I heard the breaking news....... That BIGBOSS fame Veena Malik is on HERO TV for Ramadan soecial..... And I saw her promo..... And thats it...... twitterati......


How on earth can one concentrate on thesis when all this is happening around..... All of this at the same time......


And I still can't help skype with my family...... Salaar....


Please please let me concentrate.... Let me concentrate.... TLRs, P2 family..... Depression.... Neuroinflammation.... Cytokines..... IL-1 beta...... pore formation..... I can't concentrate...... Let me write my thesis..... pleeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..................