Mar 24, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Facebook is mean

Facebook is mean, yes, I mean it. Every other day, I get an email saying something like this: 2 per cent of my friends think I am smart and 90 per cent think I am the best potential mother. I mean what the &(*$%)^$#@!?

Honestly, if I were taking it critically, I would have fought with all my friends (I think I am damn smart and do take my smartness and smart ass attitude very seriously) by now.

100 percent of my friends (actually its just three who have voted for me) think that I am most likely to win in a fight but none think I have a better profile picture!

An overwhelming 100 percent think I am more confident and well-mannered (thank you all 11 of you) but only 2.5 percent think I am hot.

This is the last email I got from Facebook.

Social News for March 24, 2008

Here is what your friends think about…

… your strengths:

best companion on a desert island

… your weaknesses:

person with the best profile picture

Like I said, facebook is mean.

Mar 20, 2008 - religion    No Comments

Religious high or just plain high?

Being high on substance can also affect in religious high. If Israeli researchers are to be believed, Moses achieved Nirvana and Ten Commandments while he was high on psychedelic report. Read this:

What the heck, let me paste the entire article.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

“As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics,” Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon,” he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to “see music.”

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil‘s Amazon forest in 1991. “I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,” Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.

Mar 20, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Five years on …

Five years on, Iraq is nothing but debris, death and devastation, no infrastructure, child soldiers fighting the sectarian fight and crippling poverty.

Photo courtesy: Guardian Unlimited

Mar 19, 2008 - Society    No Comments

The Don Connection

Related to my previous post, there is some interesting information.

Though largely unreported in local media, Indian Don Dawood Ibrahim is said to be responsible for initiation of large scale industrial manufacturing and sale of gutka in Karachi.

According to various reports printed in almost all Indian news papers (NDTV, Indian Express and Times of India to name a few), two Indian gutka barons who control a huge part of US$ 1 billion gutka sale across the globe, approached Dawood Ibrahim to settle some dispute. During mediation, Dawood asked them share their gutka manufacturing know how. They arranged for machinery to be exportrd from Surat and Mumbai to Karachi via Dubai.

According to Indian Police, 15 gutka making machines are sent to Pakistan. And according to Mumbai tabloid mid day, Dawood Ibrahim rakes in a cool Rs 150 crore a year selling gutka in Karachi. According to Times of India, two Scotland yard officers traveled to New Delhi in May 2007 to probe on the gutka case.

According to investigators in India, Dawood has started using an ingredient called krishnamess, manufactured in Switzerland, which is used to enhance the taste of gutka. It is sold at Rs 30,000 per kg. According to the media reports, Dawood is also planning to open a plant in Dubai.

Mar 19, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Ridiculously sensational

Derek Zoolander once said, “There is more to life than being really ridiculously good looking” – or is there? (Those who don’t know who Derek Zoolander is, need to get acquainted with him pronto, he is the most ridiculously good looking man with a killer pout).

The Jang group should be ashamed to call it a news item. This is pure sensationalism and they should be ashamed. And this is giving too much importance to a 19 years old kid. It makes me wonder if there is more to journalism in Pakistan than being ridiculously sensational and moronic.

Mar 19, 2008 - Society    No Comments

The next hip thing

In one of my previous posts, ‘Honest to blog’, I said that I was not particularly fond of the film Juno. I got an email saying that I just wanted to be hip and cool and stand out. According to that email, “Liking Juno is passé, people like it initially but those who want to sound ‘really cool’ don’t like it anymore. In fact the newest hip thing is to hate Juno because everyone likes it and makes it soooo common.”

First of all, I did not ‘hate’ Juno. I only mildly disliked it. For one thing, I used to be a smart ass kid but that was a long time back. Now I am a smart ass adult and don’t want to be around smart ass teenagers who think sun shines out of their own asses and have no regard for smart ass adults, hence the mild dislike.

Nothing more, nothing less, just the mild dislike.

Mar 18, 2008 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Cyber death

Somebody I know (in the cyberspace) recently committed an online suicide from one of the social networking websites. She was there with a fake profile and I am sure will resurrect with another fake one, but it got me thinking: is it possible to complete erase your online identity?

Deleting your blog, friendster, hi5 and orkut accounts is one thing, but if you use your real name in other online discussions, or have some material published; is it possible to erase all reference to you in cyber space and be web dead? What if whatever you have written gets quoted by others and stays on record there? Is it impossible to be web dead once you have been alive in cyber world? Is it possible to delete every reference to yourself online – simply disappear from the Web and restart your digital reputation afresh? Can one do that?

Mar 17, 2008 - published work, Society    3 Comments

Kiss of Death

My story published in the current issue of Herald.

Mar 13, 2008 - Society    4 Comments

Some user friendly fur and leather in Holyland

So they are going to the holy land together. For Mr. Sharif, it is also the land of sugar daddies; in plural.

According to The News, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif have planned to undertake a joint visit to Saudi Arabia after the formation of the new government, to seek the Saudi oil facility in view of the economic crunch that could hit the country. And I thought they were going to bow down to the almighty for giving them another go at loot and plunder. After all, a man who stole 11 billion dollars from poor Pakistanis – rememberr the frozen foreign currency accounts after the Pokhran nuclear tests – and another few millions in yellow cab and ittefaq foundries scandal, and another man with the dubious title of Mr. 10% should be thanking their stars at the unprecedented stupidity of the country’s electorate which has given them a third chance.

Sadly, they are going for more prosaic reasons; seeking some petro-dollars. According to The News, “the kingdom, as it has demonstrated more than once, reserves a special love for Nawaz Sharif and is likely to favourably attend to his call for financial assistance in the shape of oil supply on deferred payments.”

This paragraph had me in splits.

Only a Jang group publication could have so beautifully put the love the kingdom has for our formerly bald leader. Needless to say, this has invoked all kind of images in my mind which has Mr. Sharif bent over, a few robe clad Arab princes and some user friendly fur and leather.

whip…. crack !!!!!

Mar 10, 2008 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

Will he, won’t he?

Mr. Sharif dithered for days before finally succumbing to request by Mr.Zardari to participate in February 18th election. His opinions and decisions sea-sawed after every meeting with the likes of Imran Khan, Qazi of JI and Mr. Zardari and this pattern will continue. Even after elections, he claimed, at least once everyday, that his party members will not ministries because that will mean taking oath from President Musharraf who, in Mr. Sharif’s opinion, is an undemocratic president. Last evening, he agreed to become part of the government and said that though it is extremely unpalatable for him and his party, members of PML-N will take up select ministries and will take oath from the president.

He has also pledged to release Dr. A.Q. Khan as soon as he can but will not be able to do that as Pakistani government is under agreement with IAEA to keep Mr. Khan under house arrest, so Mr. Sharif will have to go back on his word on this matter as well. And that would be just the beginning. He will go back on a lot of things and the general amnesia and short term memory loss that has engulfed the whole nation, most people will not even be bothered to remember what their formerly bald leader has pledged.