Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rafia's Stories: I wonder why...

Rafia wanted and planned to watch a Pakistani drama and was pretty enthusiastic about it but she ended up watching 'The King of Queens.' Why did this happen? I wonder why...

Rafia was feeling considerably ecstatic after coming home from her evening class. The thought of being consumed by dramas portraying her Pakistani culture to the fullest was proving to be overpowering for her. Upon hurried completion of her chores, Rafia ran towards her ever-so-comfy couch and turned on her TV.

Rafia's Stories: Introduction

Hello dear friends and fellow bloggers,

I am proud to announce that Ms. Rafia will be joining 'Fixing Imdaad-istan' in order to provide an interesting and a spiced up view pertaining to different topics in relation to Pakistan. Rafia's experiences will be posted in the form of stories and images.

The link to her collection of stories is placed on the right panel by which interested readers can go to her posts directly.

A message from Rafia:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Inaudible Cries of Desperation

An asserted failing country which happens to catch a plethora of media attention even by a mere domestic conflict – unworthy of public disclosure – has acquired nothing but loads of negative comments and none of its commendable news are ever acknowledged, let alone aired. People speculating closely into this excessively condemned country fail to notice the destitute silence Pakistan has adopted and the minute extent to which it comments other nations. 

Pakistan seems to be a lonesome child, deprived of his mother’s love – who happens to be residing in the fruitful world of her own – and fostering emotions of destitution, causing him to relinquish any productive desires; thus creating a black hole for him to delve into the darkness of his unending misery. For Pakistan, the word mother would be synonymous with the term President and the miseries would turn out to be the horrific incidents occurring recently; which never seem to loosen their sturdy grip but leave scars, marking the everlasting agony. 

A nation, heavily criticized and claimed to be literally boiling up on the world’s map, innocently lacks the fundamental tools which are needed to establish the basis of a successful community. Despite its countless attempts of trying its luck at acquiring prosperity, Pakistan unreasonably ends up being brutally defeated, mainly due to the stoic governmental attitude and inadequate provision of basic human rights.


An effective solution which can efficaciously steer Pakistani nation on the road to eventual success pertains to the idea of bringing about changes; changes which need to be made by the nation as a whole and not just by a single individual. Government’s active role in adequately improving Pakistan’s erroneous situation is indeed a prominent point but due to serious absence of public’s say in governmental affairs and decisions, nothing or very little can be done at the moment. Thus, ardently concentrating on the changes which can be made relatively quickly and by the people, seems to be a worth a try.

A Question of Faith

The occurrence of natural disasters in Japan led to a softening of the absurdly sentimental habitats of this world. There are some who heartily presented their condolences to the Japanese where as there are also others who pondered on whether this suffering was unfair. While I understand the timely need and apparent reasoning for these concerns, I cannot help but comment on some of the issues raised recently. 


The main question asked pertains to the justification of such suffering which destroyed homes of numerous ‘innocent’ people. While contemplating on this matter of non-deserving punishment bestowed upon the blameless nation, one tends to forget the designation of one’s own self and the Supreme Being in question – which also causes one to neglect the fact that He is the biggest judge of all. Countless number of times I have heard people verbally assault the extremists, who intend to punish the wrong-doers, because they have no right to judge and thus the need of an omnipotent being is brought into the picture. Such acts are condemned and inquiries are raised because the judgment portrayed in this scenario is negative. The notion of individuals who are victims to the suffering being innocent is a form of positive judgment, which is seen in the very situation discussed. People automatically overlook this kind of judgment because it is positive and widely accepted; no one would condemn nor go against it. But one may question the validity of this judgment on the basis of flaws which the humans possess; the flaws which prevent living beings from reaching the heights and complexities of the Big Man’s master plan. And so I pose this question to the judges made of flesh and bones: Are you not doing what you strictly condemn? That is, are you not judging others by claiming them to be innocent and non-deserving of any suffering when you yourself condemn the fanatics for judging others and thus punishing them?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

An Enthusiastic Greeting

My greetings to all the fellow bloggers and friends who had the chance to have a look at my blog and also to the ones who posted. I heartily apologize for my disappearance from this blog; I was extremely busy while trying to cater to the tasks brought about on me by my education. I will definitely start posting more articles now.

Hope all of you are doing well.

R Zaib

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Drought Stricken Country, Flooded

Recurrently being mentioned in the media for dreadful incidents in the past week, Pakistan is a country victimized by yet another deathly mishap which peculiarly happens to be a natural disaster. This year’s monsoon rains caused a calamitous flood to occur in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan – now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – and left infinite number of families homeless and destitute. Over 3 million people have been reported to be affected and about 1.3 million acres of crops are said to be destroyed, according to the Punjab Relief and Crisis Management.

Recent weeks have turned out to be grievously disastrous for the residents of Pakistan as they faced a plethora of horrific accidents, which lead to numerous deaths and repeated occurrence of the country’s name in the news. The nation had not fully recovered from the loss of their acquaintances or relatives due to a lethal plane crash in Islamabad, when another tragedy – pertaining to the assassination of a prominent political party’s member – evoked and intensified various acts of violence. Deleterious floods proved out to be another vicious blow to the poverty-stricken part of the nation – which happens to be the majority – residing near the flood-prone areas due to their inability to afford a safer habitat. Furthermore, to the nation’s additional dismay, Pakistani President Zardari opted to harbor a stoic attitude towards his indigent nation while delightfully cruising on foreign lands.

Friday, August 6, 2010


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There was a congenial time long ago when people – specifically the elders of eastern communities – heartily believed that their revered lifestyles and established practices would be relived and continued throughout the subsequent generations, by their own off-springs. Unfortunately, such a belief lasted only for quite a bit and later came the era of some absurd fashions which foolishly happened to be asinine mixes of both the west and the east. And now, I take you on a journey which – after much introspective thoughts – I have earnestly named Goodbye to the Eastern Traditions.

Before completely diving into the details, I would like to sincerely point out that the usage of the term “eastern” refers to both the countries – India and Pakistan – which are considered extremely wealthy in terms of renowned traditions. Most of Pakistan’s traditions are a variation of Indian traditions since both the countries were one unit in the olden days.