You know what, people may think I am a bloody nobody and Apa Firdous is well, Apa Firdous, but she and I have a lot more in common than anyone would ever guess. For starters, neither Apa Firdous, nor I have a Wikipedia page. I mean even bloody Fawad Alam has a Wikipedia entry but not us! What kind of world are we living in?
|Apa Firdous in all her ministerial glory|
Secondly, we both have crashed weddings of cricketers. She flew all the way to India to
crash attend the wedding of Shoaib Malik while I begged a friend – who was a genuine guest – to take me to Waseem Akram’s wedding. Even though I was a little girl back then, I was not too delighted when my sister called me a wedding crasher and I kept mum about it till the day Apa Firdous gloriously committed the same act. Being Apa Firdous, she did it loudly and she did it in style; gold crowns and family planning kits included. Thanks to Apa Firdous, I too mustered enough courage to come out and say, “yes I have been a wedding crasher once and I am not ashamed of it.”
|Apa Firdous with that aforementioned gold crown.|
Both Apa and I admire diverse linguistic expressions. I have chosen to be a writer to articulate my linguistic aptitude whereas Apa’s legendary linguistic proficiency is immortalized in this video where she insults a fellow parliamentarian in choice words – yes, swearing and name calling is an acceptable linguistic expression and there is no one who rips it like Apa Firdous.
Now Apa Firdous has a spanking new job and guess who is rubbing her hands with glee, good ol’ moi. I have earned my living through the business of information/communication all my life and I am so happy that Apa Firdous has joined our ranks by accepting the portfolio of Minister of Information. Personally, it has just brought me one step closer to Apa Firdaus. There may have been more articulate ministers in the past who were a lot more adept at handling media and information but Apa as the official spokesperson is so going to rock the ministry. Official briefings would now be in a different league altogether; fun times ahead.