My Life

My life,as a silent spectator.
Watching far,from the open arena.

Scared to play.
Scared to win.
Scared to lose.

To what point and purpose?
I ask myself,
Are these people fighting.

To what point and purpose?
I ask myself,
Am I watching.

For how long have I stood?
Silent and Still.

Will I stay like this forever?
Will they keep fighting forever?
Will this conflict never end?
Will we ever live happily together?

Who can answer these questions?

Who can?
Who will?

I ask myself,

Who will?

quotes : part one

Loving is misery for women always. I shall never forgive God for making me a woman and dearly am I beginning to pay for the honour of owning a pretty face.

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd.


Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure.

 

Why should a man’s mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body?

Thomas Hardy

 

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

Thomas Hardy

 

Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.

Thomas Hardy

 

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.

Emily Dickinson

 

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies…. It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.

Albert Einstein

 

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.

Jane Austen

 

Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.

Leonardo da Vinci

 

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

Oscar Wilde

 

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.

Oscar Wilde

 

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde

 

The hottest place in the hell lies for those who in times of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

Dante

 

I could’ve burned all the jews, but I left some so that you could see why I wanted them to burn.

Hitler

 

Anwer Maqsood quote: Hamaray mazaq sar par se guzar jaye tau log toofaan khara kar dete hain, a toofan sar peh s guzar jaye tau mzaq kartay rehtay hain.

 

A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.

(V for Vendetta)

 

“The chief beauty about time

is that you cannot waste it in advance.

The next year, the next day, the next hour

are lying ready for you,

as perfect, as unspoiled,

as if you had never wasted or misapplied

a single moment in all your life.

You can turn over a new leaf every hour

if you choose.”

Arnold Bennett

 

Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.

Madame de Rieux

 

One does evil enough when one does nothing good.

German Proverb

 

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

Japanese Proverb

 

Through ideals that never last, Too opportunities all but past.. Life goes on, an endless abyss, and one keeps up his old wish… So don’t plan for someone’s destruction, plan for seeking your own salvation.

(unknown)

 

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

(unknown)

Movie reviews

I’m a movie freak. Every year in my post-semester holidays i just take out lists of movies and waste my eyes upon them. So i thought about writing reviews about them. here are a few i watched recently, now some movies may be a year old but still i don’t get much time during my semester to watch them.

Letters to Juliet

To describe this movie in one word would be – drag. I saw its trailer and it seemed like a good watch but it was a complete drag. Though the trailer completely spills the marble on the story and its very predictable story as well but even then one just sits and waits to watch something good happen or some sort of substance to unfold and in that waiting the movie ends. so its not a good watch, not even for die-hard romantics cuz there is not an ounce of romanticism in it so in short- a complete waste of time !

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Overall i would say fantastic Mr. Fox was a good watch. Though in the beginning you have to wait for a story to unfold but with a little time your patience is rewarded in a considerable way. Though i haven’t read the novel but in the film the character of Mrs. Fox lacked substance but in the end she also redeems her character a little. The animation was really good; especially the heists were shot extremely well. And George Clooney was super in his voice-acting of fantastic Mr. Fox. Overall it was a nice film to watch.

500 days of summer

This movie is officially one of the most awesome films i have ever watched. It was an indie film so maybe a lot of people missed watching i but it is a super awesome film from every point of view. The characters were amazing. It might not be an overstatement to say that it was somewhat a perfect film though some people might get confused cuz of its nonlinear narrative structure, but it is a definite recommendation, everyone should definitely watch it!

Ethnocentrism

In the past months, a lot has been going downhill in our country. There is despair and disappointment everywhere and with each passing day the condition seems to be getting worse. But despite all of that we still haven’t been able to recognize our problems, still we are playing the blame game, still we are closing our eyes in vain hope that when we open them the problems would all be gone and it is just a bad dream. The reality is far from this. But whosoever points out these facts is termed as a ‘non-pakistani’ or unpatriotic. Just like with the Jews’ reaction to the Holocaust, if questions are raised on the partition there are outcries and severe criticism that follows.

Whatever happened in the partition of 1947, the violence that ensued on both sides, cannot be justified in any manner whatsoever. It was wrong on all accounts, whether the Muslims were targeted or the Hindus and Sikhs as a reaction. But we as Pakistanis are made to believe that it was 100% Hindus’ fault, not even the Sikhs who were actually involved in the killings and massacres. We as Pakistanis and most importantly as Muslims are taught to believe that we are a superior nation because we carved out a nation by our own blood and toil on the ideology of ‘la illaha illa allah’. So this makes us superior as compared to any other nation especially to India and the Hindus. And anyone not believing in this notion is termed as being unpatriotic. This is what is called ethnocentrism, a belief that our country or nation is more superior to others. It is good to be patriotic but blind patriotism follows with a lack of seeing the problems and hence solving them because we are not a perfect nation but we can strive to reach greatness.

I get on this debate a lot with my friends especially around 14th August or 23rd March because i am not a ‘proud pakistani’ and i don’t blindly follow the beliefs mentioned above. And i myself say it out loud, that yes i am not a proud Pakistani!

I am not proud of the lynching incident that happened in Sialkot and the numerous unnamed incidents that happen every single day in our society but go unheard of. Yes I am not proud of a parasitic government that is sucking every penny and the blood of the common person while sitting on the corpse of a former leader. Yes I am not proud of a history of corrupt politicians and army regimes that just messed up our entire country and brought no greater good to us. Yes I am not proud of the clerics and religious bigots who use religion for their own vested interests. Yes I am not proud of the dogmatic thinking of our people whether they are illiterate or educated. Yes I am not proud of a state of failures and mistakes and nor am i proud of the people because we can blame as much as we want on the government but as people we also don’t work honestly whenever we can.

So yes I am not proud of this supposedly great nation, because it is not a great nation yet but has immense capability to become one. Its youth are highly educated and informed and aware. The media is free which gives the common people information in its original form, whether it is good or bad as it happens. But as long as we sit comfortably in our houses and put on our tinted glasses and harp that we are perfect in every sense and nothing is wrong despite the fact that the world around us is drowning, literally we cannot channelize our potential to actually become one of the greatest nations of the world, as our Quaid said so.