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Training your Dragon 2 and destiny stupidity


If you have not watched it yet,… well what are you waiting for, click it and watch it. Most interesting dragon and it’s rider is back (apologies to Khaleesi ).

But here the things damp me out, mother? that is dragon rescuer? His father is a leader of warrior clan, his mother is someone who has connection with the dragons?Why cannot we grow up from this destiny stupidity. He was son of the leader but he was self made, he did it himself, he was not born with it.

Lets grow up from the Lion king and Superman mentality. One does not need a family of heroes to be hero and his life does not need to be written before his birth for him to become wonderful.  It’s new age, new era, … we don’t need destinies! we need man and women with dreams! we need stories of people who make them real without born in royalty.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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These Birds Walk; will take you land of sweat truth

These Birds Walk; will take you land of sweat truth

After watching “These Birds Walk” I realized nothing till now has made me remember my country.

Filmmaker captured parts of my country as they are. The streets were similar to ones I have spent my childhood, bazars had same crowd, “chips” floor were of same color I have seen in so many houses (I could feel the cold touch when you step on them bare foot). And kids fighting, how many of those I have had with my brother, cousins, …. when you are wrestling with all the energy and in the sudden all the anger is gone. “meri chapal kahan hea” (where is my sandal) such small things that started punching match. “Chor deah warna Muka marun ga” I must have said it. And Masar (black lentils) and rice in an aluminum plate .
Many times in film I felt I could smell dust of roads and sweat of people sitting with no electricity in humid summer night; while sitting in air-conditioned theater in Gainesville.

These Birds Walk

Such wonderful movie about great work being done by Edhi. Interestingly gives extremely short time to Edhi and just makes you feel how that work is impacting people of Pakistan. It shows how high people regard him in Pakistan, one of rarest human beings which people feel is like them; might be that’s what greatness is. I wish this film could put him in the light he deserves

Documentary does not try to show in good colors or bad, it shows us how we are people in dirty clothes, dirty city, but innocent, loving, caring humans, it shows us what we are. and we are beautiful, lens captures it much better than million dollar PR campaign

 

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stop treating Malala as pinata


[Let me clarify here, I don’t have any insider information nor I have long pattern recognizing machine working on some historical data to predict she is puppet of any western country. I am not resident of Swat but I am Pakistani and have spent long many years in Pakistan. So I don’t know the “inner story”  and I will not give any credence to such things. My view is based on what is just infront of me and it changes.}

It has been experience of being stuck between two fighting spouses, they are fighting about something but don’t know what. One is arguing about what happened on Monday party other is shouting about burned toasts in the morning breakfast.

Malala is great, Malala is enemy puppet, Malala deserves all the praise, Malala was never shot ,……  this shouting match has to stop, instead everyday it is on increase. Each day we see Malala being honored by one or other organization, being interviewed by one reputable newspapers or other TV program, and on other side we see more voices from sideline jumping in the ring.

To pro Malala supporters, supporting a person shot due to her ideas and service is something everyone should do. One should stand by that person, if that person is an innocent child one should be ashamed of society where children could be targeted. The question one should ask is are we supporting Malala or are we supporting our desires that could take in shape of Malala? Are we condemning anyone criticizing Malala’s nomination for Nobel peace prize because we feel this huge sympathy wave for her can push committee to give Pakistani citizen second one or we seriously believe she deserves peace prize?  or (which I hope is false) we believe with her we can sell the image of Pakistan that can justify certain non-democratic practices?

Frankly she does not deserve what we are doing with her. She could be great leader in few years, she could be great representative. She is eloquent, she is determined, she has charm and she knows what she wants. In her age that is more than one can ask for.

She has been given a second life, a second chance. There are many shiny steps in her way, why is this hurry of giving everything to her in a single year, without giving her opportunity to earn it. She can go miles ahead of where we are pushing her.

She does not need Nobel prize today. All the honors that have been bestowed on her are more representative of other’s desire than her doing. They are exposing her to the elements she should not be exposed to.

Why a BBC journalist be so clueless to let her make statement “you want to go outside, you must go with a man – if even your five-year-old brother goes with you it’s fine, but you must have someone else, a girl cannot go outside all alone.” and let it be representative of large and diverse country. When I heard this sentence, it appeared to me childish until I remembered it was spoken by a child. A child that, from her sentence could be assumed, has not experienced world outside the realms of male in her household. That appears to have not been to any other city of her country or met people from other parts of her country to know so little of it. (I am not saying women in my country are free and they can go out 1 am in the night alone or huge chunks of their lives are lived under the gaze of male family members)

Assed Baig is right when he calls this situation White Savior complex, although I don’t agree with his arguments. Shazia Ramzan, Kainat Riaz and  Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi are victims of war but they unfortunately are bystanders, they were not attacked because of their views, Malala Yousafzi was.

She is a teenager, a special one but still a teenager. She deserves to say erroneous things and take back. She should be given time, where she form her views, understand the world more deeply and more independently. Why should she have to declare infront of the world she still non-western girl?

To anti Malala, seriously most of you are behaving like kids in the school. I can understand the frustration, it looks like universe has decided to honor someone from among us and reason has been given that she has been our savior; only that many among us don’t agree with that. It is same frustration that one feels, when some foreigner makes tall claims about Benazir Bhutto, making her to be some human right champion. It’s frustration when people among are given projection to be our representative without our consent. But it’s not her mistake.

You are saying she is being used? you say there are other people who deserve it? we can discuss it, but again it’s not her mistake. Who among you (yes all the grown men and women) can say I don’t deserve it when given such honors? And Nobel prize? who among us has enough courage to say “No I have not done enough” when you have been shot for your cause  (few years back a very eloquent person who has never been part of anything consequential just said, he was humbled but still accepted the award).

And is it really bad that she gets Nobel Prize? people less deserving than her have gotten Nobel prize for peace. I might not believe she deserves Nobel prize, but I will be happy if she wins (people with bloodied hands have got that prize) she atleast is only accused of not doing enough.

To be very frank, this hue and cry on every Nobel Prize is getting old now, if we are really pissed that West picks less deserving people for the Nobel Prize and reason is some conspiracy, then for god sake start something good yourself. Start some prize where you can pick people on merit.

Back to Ms. Malala.

In the end, I believe she is destined to bigger things, but she needs to go through much more to get there. Being shot for your views and still stand on your ground is a big sacrifice; however it’s much more painful to live and serve. This is not a single act and it’s beginning not end.

 

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These Birds Walk; looks like something good filmed about Pakistan


I am big fan of Abdul Sattar Edhi, he exhibits all the marks of a great man, yes no angel but great man with many flaws. But he with all his flaws has done something great, which people like me aspire but just spend time sitting on our laptops and burping sodas.

Scene from These Birds Walk

This movie is not about him, this is about street kids and and they have been captured beautifully. You have to see the trailer, to realize moments that have been picked, baby being given bath, kids running through corridors, mother putting powder on child’s face, all innocent small things, which are part of us and which are most difficult to capture.

I hope the documentary is as good as the trailer makes it look.

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in movie, Uncategorized

 

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Hobbit; Please don’t make it cartoonish


Hobbit’s new trailer has been released and it looks to have more elements, there more locations, more characters and more creatures. So hopefully this will remove dullness that encompassed the first Hobbit movie. The thing I was hoping they will be able to get better at in this movie is making it less cartoonish.

Unfortunately many scenes from the trailer shout fake. The 3D graphics are heavily part of the movie but they have been used in such a manner that film instead of looking like a real people movie using the 3D graphics it looks like 3D animation trying to give feel of real movie. My hunch is the graphics are sharp and clear, that’s what makes them look unreal. The rusty feeling, where not every edge is sharp not every corner has proper lighting; is not there.

Don’t take it wrong way, it still looks like an exciting movie to watch, but I will watch it with this disappointment that will raise his head again and again when it will watch a wonderful scene but instead of actors it will look like plastic dolls and instead of some good sets and mountains it will see heavy graphics of to be mountains.

It will be exciting movie, just looks like it might not be great one.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in movie, Uncategorized

 

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Breaking Bad’s Mr. White was at peace in the end; should I care?


After the last episode of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan said that main character was at peace in the end, I realized how disillusioned the whole concept of the story is. Although through out the story we have only seen Walter White behaving like villain only when it was necessary, we have been given reason atleast of his action. Listening to that reason we pat our bad feelings for the character down, that’s how the life is we tell ourselves. Good people have to do bad things only when pushed to extremes, to protect themselves, to protect their family, etc … 

Well his hands are clean, he is not the one hustling on the streets, he is not the one fighting for the corners where the small packets of his products are sold. We are comfortably blinded to customers of his pure product, what effect it must be having on them. They and their families, indirect casualties, don’t appear in front of us, so they play no measure while we are evaluating Walter White. 

Saying he is flawed character is giving him quite a leeway. Unlike Sopranos where we clearly knew the main character is also villain here the line is fuzzy. Where no one is going to be saying he was good guy, it will be far difficult to find anyone saying he is a bad guy. We will be discussing what a genius master mind he was, even till the end he kept on weaving the threads; instead of how evil he was. Even I had lot much sympathy for the character till the end that should not have been there. 

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Want to protest against attacks on minorities; then meet them


[With about 80 people dead in the attack on Church and resent earthquake (in which it is feared deaths to reach 1000) both indicate how ineffective our govt. has been in protecting and serving it’s citizens. A deafening silence for the earthquake victims on social level shows how much we have just accepted that our govt. cannot do anything for us.]

[note: a friend pointed out that what I wrote feels like I am saying only minorities are being targeted. No they are not the only ones, there have been consistent attacks on masajids, bazars and security forces. Ones who are attacking minorities are attacking all Pakistanis (Daata Darbar attack is not so distant event). However it does not mean our society does not need more open communication among religious groups living in it.  We all might not be spilling hate about them, but we do get criminally silent whenever someone is killed in the name of blasphemy. Putting a friend’s face to group might reduce our biases. ]

Let me start by saying I don’t believe in protesting against terrorists. No I don’t believe that holding banners and marching while shouting slogans on the Mall road (Lahore) is going to deter terrorists from attacking another mall or church or school or masjid; brutally and cowardly killing innocent people. So all those questions about shame of being Muslim and protesting against terrorist just indicate how naive are we.

I am not talking about not protesting against government, we can protest against lack of security, unequipped and poorly armed police and poorly functioning security net that should have predicted such event.  We can protest against all this but against terrorists such protests loose their meaning. Why? because they are cancer. One does not protest against cancer that plagues ones body. One takes action against it, medical procedures aside, one changes his/her life style, throws away tobacco, adds more greens in diet, starts running a bit. One takes stock of everything he/she has been doing till now and changes it.

If we are  really serious in fighting this menace, if we really want to remove cancer from our bodies we should change what we have been doing till now. We have been living in monolithic society in a non monolithic population. We have been ignoring all that is different to us, like they don’t exist. Lets change that, lets allow us to get familiar with who live among us.

Lets go to Church on weekend with our families,  invite members of Hindu community to our masajids, learn basics of Sikh religion, let scholars of different religions come and give lectures in our universities. Let them explain what they believe in and let us tell them what we stand for. Lets have a picnic where our kids can play together.  Lets make it difficult for this cancer to spread to our next generation.

Let our kids know people with other faith are not some strangers but part of our society; it’s OK to be different, it alright to believe in something other than what you believe in. But most importantly let us teach them what other beliefs are. Lets burst the bubble we have been living and accept there is more than just what we have been told. And we do that by listening to people of different faith, let them tell what their religion is not what our imagination has cooked up. 

All the goals of removing hate from our books are great, but they will not be solved by some govt. they will be solved when majority of us will have one friend who is not from our religion. When our friends will not shy in telling they are Ahmedi or Shia or Christian or Sunni or atheist or agnostic, that will makes us question all the hate we have unconsciously living with.

If we want to protest, lets protest by action and do something that will last long. Lets take a first step and meet each other, lets make one friend this week who is not in agreement with our belief system.

 

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