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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Time just flied and knocked on my doorstep.

*Drumrolls*

... here is the newz!!

My blog turns ONE year old today. Yaay!! One year passed so fast and today I am celebrating my bloggy's 1st budday ever.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOGGY DEAR!!

Blogging has brought a great level of happiness and creative satisfaction in my life. Every day brought a new post; a new experience.. some philoshopical, some nostalgic, some emotional, some hate stuff and some were just ramblings. I was going through my archives and some posts were so damn bad that I thought how can I write this.. were I nuts?! I felt like hiding my face under the pillow.

Its a great joyous day for me because its my bloggy's first birthday and it will not come again so I celebrated it with giving myself a treat of pizza.. for some special days its not that bad to gain some calories =P

Now a round of thanks which to some special people. First and Foremost to Hira, who introduced me to the world of blogging. Thanks to all my bloggy friends and readers who have jhelofied(tolerated) me, always appreciated my efforts, discussed their opinions, pointed me where I lack and have proved to be great net pals. A sincere thanks to Ms. Saulat and Ms. Shehla for giving me confidence that I can also WRITE. Last but not the least, thanks to blogger for giving me free and partially stupid haloscan for giving me temp comments space. Biggest thanks to God for giving me this talent and opportunity.

So on this birthday, I will be observing Retrospection for three days in which I will post links to my favorite posts every day. I will be great pleasure ot test your patience ;)

Okay so now its your turn to give me present. First promise me that you will do so. Don't get scared I only want you to click button on this page as many times and as many days as you can. All the fund collected from your clicks will goto Pakistan's Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Task. Honestly it will be the bestest gift for me on my bloggy b'day and for victims of this massive catastrophe on new year.

Keep tuned in and pray for my and my blog's success =)

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Best of 2005 in my life

Every year brings some new scenes in your life's movie.. some of them are fortunatley joyous, fulfilling and exciting; some are funny/embarrasing, depressing or sad. As 2005 is approaching its end, so I just thought that I should get introspective retrospectively and acknowledge the wonderful things that this year gave to me as happiness comes from simple pleasures.

Without any order, Best 50 things of 2005 in my life are:

  1. I got A grade in self-improvement course and was among top 40 students in Karachi.
  2. I finally made my mind about what to do on studies and career front.
  3. Raheel Jr. came to karachi and we had a fun time together.
  4. I saw a wonderful movie BLACK.
  5. Visited Kara Film Festival which was really rocking.
  6. I made alot of sweet bloggy friends.. thanks a million for your love and support.
  7. I ate yummy subway burger for the first time.
  8. I passed three CAT papers.. great results mashallah se!
  9. I taught for a whole year.
  10. Some of students really made my day by those lovely honest comments.
  11. Lost 20 pounds.
  12. I got a new hairstyle plus glasses.. which means a complete makeover.
  13. Took writing seriously.
  14. I shot some beautiful creative pictures this year.
  15. I wore color Black for the first time.
  16. I got opportunities to make small differences in people's life.
  17. Did a lot social work.
  18. Read some great thought-provoking books.
  19. I studied accounting and management for the first time.
  20. I enjoyed a big share of compliments this year.
  21. Spend great moments with family and friends.
  22. Thought about alot of important things in life.. this year was really thought provoking.
  23. Learnt to be thankful.
  24. Fought against problems with optimism.
  25. Made a chocolate cake :)
  26. Learnt countless new things.
  27. Exercised self control to maintain balance in life.
  28. Had a rocking birthday!!
  29. My first year of blogging.
  30. Won a presentation competition.. it was unexpected.
  31. Internal Satisfaction
  32. Great addition ot my wardrobe.
  33. Room makeover.. yeehaaa!!
  34. Got great teachers to learn from.. its a rare blessing, I tell ya!
  35. Creative Satisfaction
  36. My first insane celebrity crush =P
  37. Sinus came into my life as a blessing because it helped me to get back on the tracks, I was really messed up before.
  38. Learnt the skill of judging people.
  39. Love and encouragement from Parents.
  40. Fulfillment of many wishes.
  41. Guidance
  42. Reunions with old friends.
  43. Peace of Mind
  44. Self-improvement in many areas.
  45. Food, Cloth and Shelter.. usually we take this blessing for granted.
  46. Learnt to enjoy simple pleasures of life.
  47. Plans and hopes for future.
  48. Happy, fun, laughter and fulfilling moments backed by unknown reasons.
  49. One more year to live.
  50. God's love, care and support followed by countless blessings.

I am really thankful to God for such a great year. I feel so much blessed and I know I can't even pay HIM back or thank HIM to the fullest. I also want to thank my parents, family, friends, teacher, students and everyone else for making this year so special for me by their own special and unique ways.

I hope new year bring alot of happiness, prosperity and satisfaction in our lives, and we improve and progress by leaps and bounds. Next year should bring us one step or even more closer to achieve our purpose of life(Amen)

Good Luck and Have a great year ahead!!

*Party hard and then work harder*


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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Rewind 2005

As the year's end approaches I looked at Aisha's entry.. thought it would be a good idea for a meme! I would LOVE to read *your* meme's on this topic. Please let me know if you do it!

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Studied accounting and management, made a chocolate cake and taught for a whole year.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Yes, I lost about 20 pounds. This year I will work more hard towards studies and creative satisfaction.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
my cousin had a beautiful daughter.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
lemme think, not really!!

5. What countries did you visit?
Ask me which cities I've visited and answer will be hyderabad =P

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
sorry.. its personal!! Btw I am very much content.

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
13th August(My B'Day), 8th October(Earthquake), 4th and 10th Decemeber(Kara Film Festival), 31st December(My blog's 1st B'Day)and one incident which is still a dilemma

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I lost weight and got healthy. I got A grade in my self-improvement graduation course and was among top 40 students in Karachi. I made little difference in lives of some of my students and blog readers.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't believe in failures because they are mere moments that shape up as opportunities that are important for one's self development. I didn't stand up for my rights. I also didn't give enough time to my religion, it could have been better. Self-Discipline needed more attention for sure.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Sinus, sore throat, tonsils, blurness in eyesight, multiple cramps in leg(after every month or so =P) and an injury to both shoulders.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Tickets for Kara Film Festival.. an experience worth remembering.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mom's who always encouraged me like always, through this year's thick and thin moments. Ms. Saulat who discovered and helped me in shaping up my flair for writing.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
A, A, S, S.. these four stupid sick minded people, but I have forgiven them already.

14.Where did most of your money go?
In medicine, studies and entertainment.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Achievements that I discussed, Kara Film Festival, Movie: Black and My results

16. What songs will always remind you of 2005?
Woh Lamhe(Atif), Na Re Na(Ali Azmat), Deedar de(Sunidhi Chauhan), Right Here Right Now(AB jr), Rich Girl(Gwen Stefani) and She will be Loved(Maroon 5)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? for some this happier, for some sadder but in whole happier for sure.
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? no change as such

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing(not as in blogging), reading, studying, praying and photography.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Saying myself that you are ill, you are misunderstood by AASS group and you can't do this or that!

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
By posting personality tests related to christmas on my blog.. I've already done that.

21. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Yes, a celebrity crush.. *blushes*

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Indian Idol, Mere Paas Paas and BBB

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
AASS group

25. What was the best book you read?
1.Second Treasury of Kahlil Gibran, 2.Siddharta and 3.The Alchemist

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
September by Earth, Fire and Wind

27. What did you want and get?
Countless blessings from God. I can't even mention them, neither can I thank him. I got a room and personal makeover. But yes again getting A grade was very fulfilling and going to Kara was a great experience.

28. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to do a course in film making and wanted a state of the art digital and video camera, maybe its not the right time. I hope it comes in my lap pretty soon.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
BLACK

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 19. For reading B'Day post is here.. those pics are so embarrassing. *hides his face under the pillow*

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I studied art and film making. Someday very soon I will!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Classy Semi-formal yet comfortable.

33. What kept you sane?
Praying and being optimistic.. and ofcourse God's and Mom's love.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Mona Bhatt and Kajol because of their overall charming personalities. Sania Saeed because of her acting skills/thought process and Mehreen Jabbar because of her awesome directorial creativity.

36. Who did you miss?
AKHSS!! everything about it.. campus, friends, teachers. Inshort missed university life.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Ms. Saulat(great teacher), Mr. Abbas Hussain(a genious, his 2 day workshop was great), Blogging friends(didn't met them personally but all of them are very sweet), Shery(not new but friendship got better) and Mehreen Jabbar(not in person but over the net).

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
Don't trust someone blindly and be thankful always.

39. What political issue irked you the most?
Anything related to damn Bushy.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. "Aitebaar bhi aa hi jaye ga, chalo toh sahi raasta koi mil hi jaye ga"(its all about optimism and building trust)

I hope year 2006 will be a very joyous and fulfilling for all of us. I hope all of our wishes come true. I have heard that 2006 adds upto 8 which is not lucky and may bring more natural calamities, so just pray that everything goes well.(Amen)

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"Resolutions"

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet chinchilla

2) Eat more cheetos

3) Travel to Italy

4) Study finger painting

5) Get in shape with bowling

These are fun but in reality I plan to work more hard for studies, creative satisfaction and other important tasks.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Give it a try!!

These are some interesting articles, have a look!!

How rich is rich?
I believe this so much!

Fat Fido's New Year Resolution
Pets trying to lose that fat, thatz phunny!!

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Monday, December 26, 2005

I can't understand all this!!

First of all, sorry to my foreign readers because some of the text in this piece is in urdu but I hope you will get the point.

PEMRA has gone mad yet again. They banned all Indian Channles except MTV, [V] and ZOOM.. inhi ko pata nahi kyun chor diya, inko toh sab se pehle ban karna chahiye =P. So at this moment, when the whole world is watching Indian Idol 2, I am just staring the blank walls of my house. Okay let me clearify this, I am not a big fan of indian programming. IMHO, most of the indian daily soaps are totally senseless, disgusting and ridiculous. The only thing that I will miss is Indian Idol 2 and BBB(OMG!! the characters are so adorable and phunny!!). Actually these were the only two programmes that I used to watch on TV, and some paki telefilms on the weekends. What those PEMRA people expect from us? Should we watch sick Filmazia or KTN or maybe some pashtu channel? Ironically local channel GeoTV is nowadays telecasting the old serials of Sony, and most of local channels are telecasting serials which has an indian soap queen so I guess, banning is entirely a senseless action. PEMRA should be renamed as Dramaybaaz because it suits perfectly to their job description - kabhi Indian channels band karwate hain toh kabhi paki radio stations.

I watched a documentary on PTV(Phatta huwa television) which showed how Indian films used to abuse Pakistan in their movies. But the most disappointing thing was that when the new films like Main Hoon Naa dealt with the theme of Indo-Pak friendship, they took it also as a superficial act. Okay so they meant to say, saima ko dekho, rani ko nahi.

Jab ban karna hi hai toh sab kuch karo, english channels kyun chor diye woh bhi kardete!! Stupid jerks. All this war is between goverments, and the awaam is getting phansofied in it.

*I am angry :@*

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas form COMET =)

You Are Comet

A total daredevil, you're the reindeer with an edge!

Why You're Naughty: You almost gave Santa a heart attack when you took him sky diving

Why You're Nice: You always make sure the sleigh is going warp speed

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What Crappy Christmas Gift Are You?

You Are a Losing Lottery Ticket!

Full of hope and promise.
But in the end, a cheap letdown.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Now this is funny!! =P

Your Christmas Stocking Will Be Filled With Coal

You haven't been *that* naughty this year
Santa is just screwing with you

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

S-E-V-E-N

One more tag by Asma in this taggy season!

Seven Things I want to do in my life:
1) I want to fulfill my purpose on earth and make God happy.
2) I want to make my parents proud.
3) I want to study film making and make a short film.
4) I want to publish my own book and have my own photography exibit.
5) Wanna be a RJ!!
6) Learn and improve myself continuously.
7) Wanna be successful in whateva I do.

Seven Things I can do:
1) I can watch five non-stop sick pu movies for Rs.50000 or come to Shaadi Online for $50000. Do you waant to do marry with me?! lolz!!
2) I can worry for even slighest problem and then come out of it optimisticly.
3) I can think about zillions of things simultaneously.
4) I can izzatify(insult) someone very innocently and sarcastically.
5) I can eat, talk and watch shahrukh khan movies, mehreen jabbar and sania saeed plays for hours and hours.
6) I can write well, people have said this to me but honestly I think I am overrated.
7) I can smile and dance in public for free, only if none is watching =P. Btw I am not that bad.

Seven Things I can't do:
1) I can't live without my parents, music and oxygen.
2) Be Conventional
3) Can't sing.. I want to do that and I have tried many times but always failed. Goddess can you please help me! And can't stop laughing once I start =P
4) Decide.. just ask Anonymuis.
5) Share worries, problems and secrets.
6) False praise anyone, I am very straight forward, simply ignore double standards!!
7) Watch QTV, Aalim online, Filmazia and stupid paki ads.

Seven Things I say the most:
1) Stupid
2) Naa
3) *-wala (replace * with any word, e.g: yeh kitna boring-wala kaam hai)
4) Sahi hai
5) Set, lash, anth and uff
6) Lame
7) excuse me!
YAAR tops up the list which was/is not even there in the list =P

Seven Things that attract me to the opposite sex:
1) innocence
2) personality
3) intelligence
4) haircut
5) elegance in everything, specially clothes.
6) confidence
7) unconvential-ethical opinions

Seven Celebrity Crushes:
Mona Bhatt, Kajol, Mona Singh, Nadia Jameel.. okay enuff said! (no angelina jolie, mallika sherawat or kashish for me =P) 4 + |-3| = 7 .. are u happiee now?!

Seven People I Tag:
1) GreenHead
2) Hira
3) Goddess
4) Kat
5) Anonymuis
6) Aamanna
7) Sidrat and everyone who is not tagged by Asma.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wicked Observations

Today was a fun day. Sometimes you feel like being quiet(thats impossible for me) and observe others. I can manage to do that without being in silent mode too, yours truly is a genious, I tell ya!! =P Here are the observations that came across my way today:
  • Agar nijaat chahiye toh accounts toh banane hi pareinge lekin sirf in exams.(If you wanna let your soul rest in peace then you gotta make some accounts but only in examination) =P
  • The above statement concludes that Pappu pass hogaya(I passed my examination) =) Thank you my dear God for helping me out.
  • The advantage of giving Computer Based Examination is that its quick and less painful for your brain and above all you get your result soon after you give your examination.
  • Some boys also wear lip gloss. I saw one such item today before my exam. Should I call him boy is still the unanswered question?
  • Subway has the best, most yummiest sandwiches in the world. Reason: Fresh and Quality ingrediants. 6" bread satiates your appetite and taste completely.
  • Mazaar-e-Quaid is the most beautiful place in Karachi. Its so serene, just sit there, breathe some fresh air and just flow with your thoughts.
  • The job of translator isn't that easy. I have to tell mom in every 15 seconds that what Raheel Jr. is saying because his english is way too good for my mom to understand and my mom's urdu is way too bad for anyone to understand =P. But again its fun and brings alot of comical situations in the course of the day.

PS: Subway walo ko bolo hafta ghar per de kar jaye.. lolz!!

PSS: Success is relative. More the success, more the relatives.

PSSS:Will like to have a rahat ki neend(sleep).

Adios Samigos


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Monday, December 19, 2005

Tale about Raheel^2

Okay so Raheel Junior is here in Karachi. Don't assume anything way to early =P, he is my little desi-american cousin and we both share same six letter name - one name doubles the cuteness. He is a fun kid; he loves cheese, garfield, video games, tv and above all talking, pretty similar tastes as mine. He calls me 'his future but without the glasses', lolz isn't that adorable =). I ate way too much today, so if somebody has cursed me after reading/hearing my 20lbs. weight loss news then please take it back.. hey I am just kidding, don't take it seriously but if you have really cursed me then I am damn serious. Shorts mein bole toh(Briefly), I had a fun-filled day and less studies. OMG!! this reminds me that I have a paper on wednesday so keep praying exponentially, this time its urgent and really necessary!! Buyyeeee!

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That is what I call FUN!!

Just got free from watching a telefilm "Chauraha"(Intersection) on GeoTV. The same film was also featured in Kara. I found it thought-provoking, and its always nice to see a sensible film. The story and script lacked on some major areas. Most of the songs were unneccessory but the location and the camerawork was damn brilliant. The film narrated a story set in era of 1980's, about five friends who daily meet at night at an intersection to discuss the criminal activities in which they indulged throughout the day. It talked about how crimes, corruption and socio-political disputes evolve and how the new generation gets involved in it. Under the layers, different social issues were also discussed.

GeoTV shows telefilms every sunday at 10:30 PM PKT. Its a great step in order to promote pakistani talent. Our media industry is booming, but the fact that we can't deny is that the talent doesn't get recongnized so easily. You gotta need contacts or else you're no where and that is so wrong! In addition to it, there aren't much institutes where you can learn about filmmaking and theatre arts in Karachi or even in Pakistan as whole.

Yours truly is a complete movie buff, but he has a exam on wednesday so like always I need your exponential prayers. So keep praying and in the meantime tusi chill kero!!

Cya

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

How to lose weight?

Let me tell ya that if you are looking for a miracle in this post, you will be highly disappointed. There is no shortcut of losing weight. First of all, let me clearify this myth that vibrators or gels do wonders in weight loss, they just don't. On the contrary, they can be extremely dangerous for skin and organs. All of this either requires hardwork and will power to set out your priorities right. Nothing comes easy in life!!

Start with a plain soup diet for a week and then follow my point guide. These are some points which will help you in losing weight soon and then maintaining it too. One more thing, its a continuous daily routine process.. its a lifestyle basically.
  • Drink a glass of warm water before breakfast. (I don't do it but it helps for sure)
  • Cut down your intake of oil. One tbspoon of oil contains more than 160 calories. Only use vegetable oil such as oil of corn, sunflower, olive or canola. Avoid Butter!! This also means avoiding junk food, all of them have hydrogenated oil which doesn't convert into energy that easily and gets stored in your body.
  • This is hard but you've to do it for sure. SAY NO TO CHIPS AND BISCUITS. Also avoid snacks which have hydrogenated vegetable oil. If you want something as a snack or dessert, try apples, citrus fruits or carrots. These keep you full and help you in losing weight, specially apples.
  • Eat more whole grain foods like chapatis and limited amount of rice(this means rice not more than twice in a week). Avoid bread, tandoors and naans. More Vegetables, lentils and some Chicken, all these are good for you. Avoid Mutton and Beef. You can surely enjoy potatoes no harm in it until and unless they are in small propotions and not fried.
  • This is very important. Drink a glass of water before eating your meal. DONOT DRINK A SINGLE DROP OF WATER AFTER THE MEAL FOR 20-30 MINS because it hinders your digestion process.
  • Eat all three meals but in small propotions, again eat fruits in between as snacks. Don't hurry, enjoy your meal. If apples, cabbage or any food helps in losing weight, it doesn't mean you can eat bowls and bowls of it. Take a light dinner so it can digest easily and fat doesn't store in your body.
  • Reward yourself with a oily snack/chocolate or sweet dessert once in a week. Donot cross this limit.
  • Exercise if you can and be active.

Summary: Avoid(it means tata bye cya) to anything which has oil. Chicken, Eggs and milk will provide you good amount fat so no need of eating things which are filled with oil. Every extra 500 calories that you eat will increase your weight by one pound - equivalent to 3.5 tb.spoons of oil. Eat well, don't lessen your intake by leaps and bounds but make good chices.

You will get temptations but believe me if you set your priorities right then it wont get over you. Health and eating to live than living to eat is more important. If you follow this correctly, you will see the results and you will start enjoying it, today I like apples more than samosas/burgers. I am trying this from three months and by now I have already lost 20 pounds. My waist is now 4" down. *Grins*


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Friday, December 16, 2005

Prejudice

Every human has a weakness of some sort, sometimes by option and sometimes by luck. If a person has weakness by luck; if s/he is skinny, fat, short, black or disabled for that matter, society does treat him brutally. Collectively, we all think that okay if he is different, he deserves an abnormal behaviour. Maybe I and You don't believe in such prejudice but it previals and we can't deny this fact.

Ironically, in this age of technology and competence, the first preference is always given to the looks and then comes the brain; nOne care about inner beauty of a person. When I was fat and short guy with pre-mature gray hair growth, I wasn't given the same important, forget about important say consideration.. that guy is intelligent but hey he is fat and short, its better to ignore him. Now when I am getting tall and slim with a new hair cut, people have start noticing me but according to me, seriously its not all about getting praises on my looks, its about the respect and exceptance. Oprah, once invited an old lady in her show to thank her because she was the first and only woman raher person in Oprah's childhood who said that she is beautiful.. and it made a great change in Oprah's life.

I am not complaining, I am content and thankful but what about others who can't make such change.. will they ever get what they deserve. I know they will but at mass level, not too sure. I know many of you will still be thinking that its not a big problem, just see the positive things in your life but believe me but when this unconstructive critisicm hits you again and again every day, it no longer remains an easy job to do. Sadly, we all are the ones who make the society. The way society treats its people belonging to lower class or those who are different in any respect, depicts how mature the society is!

Menu for tomorrow: how to lose weight?

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

yes we all are happy :)

Good news.. Pakistan won today's match against England. Here is the Inzi's winning speech:

"First of all Thanks to Allah, Thanks to the boys; the boys is played very well. Karachi appreciate, the team is playing good, they appreciate. (and now the killer line) I is the happy captain!!"

..and the crowd cheered madly.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Kara Film Festival - 10th Dec 2005

I reached the venue 15 mins late because of the heavy traffic but didn't miss much. So here is the review of my second visit at Kara.

Documentary: Ragpickers: Scavengers of a Different Graveyard by PRITI CHANDRIANI
The documentry was well executed. It was informative, opinionated and interesting. Both the emotional and comical moments delivered made it a show rocker. The documentry narrates stories of different ragpickers working in India, what they feel about the world which only gives them rubbish? The thing which was most inspiring about this film that people have alot of dignity in doing this work, despite the fact that mostly they are considered as beggar by ingnorant public. All these people want to indepedent, they don't want to work for others and spend whole day in finding the trash. It is us who see them as beggar but the fact is that they are like toothbrushes for society who remove the trash in the morning. Mafia all exist there, from building guards to cops and everyone in between want there illegal share as bribes. The price payers are always these innocent Ragpickers. 80% of these workers are females because most of them have no support from their free or alcoholic husbands so they alone raise their big families which have approx. more than 4 children in one household, both the main members were mostly found illiterate. The most dangerous thing is that they donot wear any protective gear so they hurt themselves and catch many diseases and some die very young. Organizations like Stree Mukhti Sangathan(Women Empowerment Federation) is trying their level best to give them their well-deserved identity, educate these women, make them independent, teach them effective stills so that they can earn more money and feel more dignified. One question from the audience highlighted the fact that they feel dignity about their work but still don't want their children to come into same line but everyone has right to look forward to better choices, so their children won't have to bear such hardships in future so these people are trying to educate their children. Did you ever know that there are two type of wastes.. dry and wet?! At least I didn't knew this fact before watching this documentary. Rating: ****1/2

SHORTS:-(In descending order on the basis of the cinematic experience)
Fragile --> this was the show stopper.. a short film nominated for 2 academy awards directed by Sikander Goldau. It was very well-conceived, well-executed, nicely shot, great storyboard, great music, infact everything was nice about this film. It was on spititual concept. Everyone liked the feel of movie but unfortunately many didn't get the point because sorry to say we people aren't thought to think and reflect broad mindedly.
Dangerous Animal --> another well executed short --> talks about how dangerous are nuclear bombs.. very hilarious!!
Little Dog Turpie --> a very creative concept and animation, revolves around a loyal dog who was betrayed by his owner but then for his brave attmept to save her owner's wife was praised and owner was then betrayed by his wife. It also won an award for best animated short.
Jam Session --> animated, concept: you're never too old to enjoy simple pleasures of life like dance-n-music. For the first time I discovered that animated shorts can also be fun.
King of fools --> my lips are sealed, no comments!! But the interesting thing was indirect sarcasm thrown over some celebrities who have indulged themselves in luxuries, cars, drugs and then have suffered alot, in some cases their life were ruined.
Only love can break your heart --> animated potrayng interesting outlook over relationships, sacrifices and ego clashes.
Boys Don't Cry --> a boy is recording a cd for her mom, telling her how much he loves her despite of the fact that he himself was not her biological son.. very touching but sound wasn't clear :(
Die Wand --> nice graphics and concept, otherwise nothing special. It was just about few visuals that lasted for I guess 30 sec or maybe less than that.
Scraper --> beautifully shot, narrates a story which deals which technological advancements and challenges faced.
37oC --> very complex, boring at times, concept: none of your possessions will ever remain yours.

I usually like shorts over which you think and then learn several different things from it. The most depressing part was most people didn't even had any concept of what shorts are all about. They were neither thinking or reflecting about films, either they were mourning or else they were laughing.. thatz it! And it made me angry too but I am good at faking smiles.

Short World Premiers:-

Khamoshi:-
Cast: Sania Saeed, Faisal Qureshi and Salem Mairaj
Directed By: Imran Patel
Produced By: Atiqa Odho
This had to be great. It was a story about a young married couple down on its luck moves to a noisy neighbourhood, and the constant sound creates a barrier between the two, driving them to isolation from one another. Scenes spoke for themselves and performances were superb, sizzling. mindblowing. The only painful part was the constant noise of machines which left me half deaf but it was a crucial of requirement of the story. Rating:****3/4

Shahrukh Khan Ki Maut:-
Cast: Tabraiz Shah, Rashid Farooqi, Saleem Mairaj, Aqeel Ahmed And Saife Hasan.
Directed By: Mohammed Ehtashamuddin
Produced By: Natasha D'souza and Arjumand Raheem
The concept was good but the execution was very bad. Performances by some actors was great. The star of the movie was the kid who had the dream to become SRK.. potrayed by Tabraiz. and also Saleem Mairaj who did a fantastic job. Something was severely missing.. yes the Balance. The styling department should've considered the fact that a poor car mechanic cannot afford to wear classy shoes. Child Labour and Effect of Media were nicely highlighted.. everything else was just okay. An okay film with overrated response just because it was emotional and catering to masses!! Rating ***1/2



These movies were fun. Q/A sessions were also arranged this time but the only regreat is that Sania Saeed wasn't there and her fan and AirConditioner i.e. yours truly couldn't meet her and ask some important questions about her acting, education and personality. She is the best paki actress ever.

PS: Grammar and spelling mistakes should be ignored because I am in no mood to proof-read this biggy post. And did I tell you that ambience and arrangements made at the venue were great and refreshing.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

weirdo day

I was supposed to write about Kara Part II today but as I had a bad, naa name it a strange day so I thought it is more important to note it. Kara Post will be coming tomorrow.

I took bus to my college, to my amazement bus was filled with some drunk/'high' people. With all this annoyance, I finally reached college. I was told that the class was cancelled because our teacher was ill.. okay so I was really angry, I took an 1 hour journey to reach college with couple of stinky people and now I am being told that I have to go home without gaining anything, that can any person damn angry but still I tried to keep a smiling face, sometimes you gotta fake it. Then I went to Mr. AR, the student affairs counsellor and he was unable to guide me about a simple registration process of ACCA.. ufff!! Btw it's not that simple =p

Now when I fetched a bus to get back home, I found that those seat cushion were at an angle of 120 or something similar, my butt still hurts seriously!! After bearing all this nonsense, I tried to put my hands on camera. And those stupid battery cells aren't working. If you're thinking that I am exaggerating then believe me its not even half of the whole story. Now according to me, one should sleep after such ____ day. Good bye and wish me sweet dreams =)

Ciao

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Sab se Karara!

5th Kara Film Festival 2005 was held from 1st Dec 2005 to 11th Dec 2005 in Karachi. As I am very fond of movies especially shorts, I attended the day screenings at PIIA on 4th and 10th. The film festival was accompanied by an art exhibition which was very creative, I must say. There were some disappointments from the side of management but overall the films and the festival rocked. As this post or review whatever you wanna say it, is quite long so I will be discussing it in two parts.

Part 1 – 4TH December 2004

Documentary: Peace One Day by Jeremy Gilley
PEACE ONE DAY is the story of one man’s attempts to persuade the global community via the United Nations to officially sanction a global ceasefire day; a day of non-violence; a day of Peace. This documentary charts the remarkable 6-year journey of the filmmaker as he meets heads of state, Nobel Peace Laureates, aid agencies, freedom fighters, media moguls, the innocent victims of war and, eventually, everyone who was anyone at the UN. An individual genuinely can make a difference: The UN International Day of Peace is now fixed in the calendar on 21st September annually. The real challenge has now begun - to get the world to unite on a day fast approaching.

What a global ceasefire day can do? Some may ask a question like what will be use of only one day when no one would fight? First of all, every journey starts with a single step, a single change. It is not only about peace for one day. There are a lot of advantages under the layers of this one mission of peace. This peace will enable UNO and NGOs to transfer aids and goods to places where it’s tough to reach these destinations because of war circumstances. Secondly, many children can be immunized on this day. The list of advantages continues, you just have to think about it.

This documentary or journey of a single person proves that if everyone will try to make a difference in his/her own power then collectively a huge change can be created, after all God has given humans a lot of power in their hands. One interesting fact, on 11th September on first world peace day, when President of United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan rang the bell of peace, the WTC was attacked. Still this person didn’t lose hope and continued with his mission. So what would you do on next 21st September?

For more info: http://www.peaceonday.org/

Short Film: HOME by Faisal Rehman
The story was interesting, treatment was pathetic but a unique climax always works. I hated the background score filled with cheap Indian songs but Uzma Gilani’s performance was breath taking. The director was not available for Q/A session - as his presence was promised - which is ethically incorrect. You can watch this movie on 15TH Dec 2005 at 8:00 PM PST time on Hum TV.

Short Film: Ohhh.. by Sarmad Khoosat
Ohhh.. a telefilm part of ‘Tamaasha Ghar’ Series was also screened. It was a great fun to watch, very inspiring. And the background score was like a bar of Bounty.. yummy sufi music. It talked about an old person who aspired to become actor when he was young and now he got a chance to act in a movie. When he reached the sets, he came to know that he only had to perform one scene which had a word Ohhh. He put a lot of hard work for that scene because he understood the fact that every word possess a great meaning in it, if communicated and interpreted effectively. Some people also celebrate their failures that is how Kara described this film which is also correct. The film talks about aspirations and hard work that a person should honestly do in order to achieve those dreams. The film was appreciated by every single person. Director was there but the poor management didn’t even care to call him for Q/A session for which he specially came from lahore. All that he got was a hand full of applause and then he had to leave with a long face. An insult for sure to director of such callibre.


Talk by Subhash Ghai was cancelled because he had to leave for India a day before.

The films were good but the volunteers stinked at 4th.


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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Taggy Thingy

I went to Kara Film Festival today. It was great entertaining and informative experience. It just rocked. Details Tomorrow!!

For now, GreenHead has tagged me so here I go with this evil biggie tag.

P . E . R . S . O . N . A . L . S .
-Name/initials: Raheel/RTL
-Birthday: 13th August, 1986
-Siblings: none
-Height: 5’ 8’’

F. A . S . H . I . O . N . S . T . U . F . F .
-Where is your favorite place to shop: Dolmen-Tariq Road

.S . P . E . C . I . F . I . C . S .
-What are you most scared of?: Losing loved ones.
-What would you change about yourself?: There are many things. I won't share it sorry!!

F . A . V . O . R . I . T . E . S .
-Color: Blue, Silver, Purple, Red and Orange.
-Food: Pizza, Cakes, Donuts, Biryani, Nihari, Chicken Karahi, Seekh Kabab, Chicken Munchurian, Dhokhras, Ice Creams.. I am a complete foodie but now I have controlled!!
-Subjects in school: English, Computers, Management and anything related to philosophy.
-Hobbies: Check my profile!!
-Have you Ever Smoked?: Nopes, won't do it ever!
-Bungee jumped?: Naa, I am scared of height.
-Been in love?: Everyone does.. it doesn't have to be that type love.
-Ever made yourself cry to get out of trouble?: Not really!!
-Cried when someone died?: Yes – very natural.

C . U . R . R . E . N . T .
-Music: none
-Desktop picture: Island surronding by teal coloured sea
-Book you're reading: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

A . R . E . Y . O . U .
-Insecure: Kind of but then I also know that Allah is always with me =)
-Moody: A little
-Hard working: When the work is of my interest and worthy.
-Organized: No
-Shy: Sometimes I have to act like that!
-Difficult: If I think you are intolerable
-Messy: No way.
-Obsessed: I don't think so.

R . A . N . D . O . M .
-In the morning I am: I want more sleep.
-I dream about: good things :)

F . I . N . A . L . Q . U . E . S . T . I . O . N . S .
-What was the last film you saw at the movies? "Shahrukh Khan ki Maut" at Kara Film Festival
-What did you have for breakfast this morning?: Roti with Spicy/Pickled Carrots
-Could you live without your computer?: You must be kidding!!
-Gold or Silver: Depends on the accessories
-Would you color your hair?: Yes.. Blue streaks. Btw nowadays everybody wants me dye my hair.

T.A.G.G.I.N.G.
Everyone who will comment this tag!

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Jigar wich thand paye gayi.. me bole toh happy!!

I entered the examination centre with trembling legs and sweated hands. I was hell lotta scared. I hadn't studied that well this time. I didn't even revise the topics that I considered the most difficult. Authorities told me to enter the examination hall as soon as possible because they were closing the doors so I rushed in, took things out of my bag and ran towards the examination hall. The invigilators were co-operative, but failed to give proper attention to every candidate because everyone in the hall was calling them. Btw I hate filling those candidate details sheet, coloring the empty dots.. yaar khuda ka khauff karo, I am not a first grader anymore.

When I saw the paper for the first time, I took a rahat ki saans(sigh of relief). Paper was easy, went well except two small parts(I wrote them with my own correct understanding and wrong heading =P). I guess, all this 'gud-gud' got possible only because my dear God was with me. Infact, I know HE is always with me, HE loves me very much =) I just hope and pray that I pass this paper.(Amen) Allah mian I also love you so much and you know it very well =).

So the moral of the story is my exam went well and keep praying!! And the credit goes to that special one who is sitting above in all HIS glory, my dear God.

Your time for praying starts now.. lines will be open till 20th of Feb. I hope you get the point :)

cya tomorrow.. with my experiences at Kara Film Festival

tab tak chill kero!!

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Your prayers is all I need.

First and Foremost my heartiest thanks to all those who wished me good luck.

Its 8th day of December and as promised here I am, shivering in cold.. scared, shouting, screaming and not-to-forget laughing because I have my exam tomorrow and I don't have any idea what to do. I have only covered 3/4 of syllabus by now and revision is due too. If you are wondering, why the hell am I laughing at such urgency then lemme tell ya that when I am at the peak of my stress level I don't cry but instead laugh and I seriously don't know why and waise bhi hookays? Yes you can say that I am little mad.. aisa hi hoon main. The point is I have to study alot then have to give an exam and write nice posts about Kara Film Festival and dozen of other things. I guess for all this, I also need a favor from all of you. Yours prayers raised to exponential powers are highly required.

Keep Praying!! and I hope I will come back with a good news. Btw 9th Dec is the day of judgement.. Result will be announced on 20th Feb which usually comes out with unexpected passing rates.. usually only 30% students pass this in Pakistan. I want to pass this CAT T5 at any cost to get into ACCA.

Take Care, Ciao.

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