January 25th, 2018 / 09:15 AM / Karachi

تشنگی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

مے کشی بے سبب نہی  ہوتی

 

محتسب خود بھی اس کا قائل ہے

زندگی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

 

دوستی بھی کبھی رہی ہوگی

دشمنی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

 

گھر جلا ہے یا دل جلا ہے کوئی

روشنی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی 

 

دخل ہوتا ہے کچھ نظر کو بھی

دلکشی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

 

کسی طوفان کی آمد آمد ہے

خامشی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

 

کیا کسی کے ہو منتظر محسن

بے کلی بے سبب نہیں ہوتی

بچہ

January 25th, 2018 / 03:22 AM / Karachi
میں نے اس کا بچہ دیکھا. اس کا چہرہ اس کی ماں سے بہت ملتا ہے. جب تک وہ میری زندگی میں تھی میں یہی سوچتا تھا کہ اگر کبھی ہم دونوں کی زندگی ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ گزری تو چہرہ کس سے ملے گا مجھے اب میرے سوال کا جواب مل گیا ایک بار پھر سے مجھے اللہ نے یہ دکھا دیا ہے .کہ ضروری نہیں جو ہم چاہتے ہوں ہمارے لیے وہی خوشی کا باعث ہو.ایک بار پھر سے میں یہ کہنے پر مجبور ہوں کہ جو بھی ہوا اچھا ہوا
 

Progress?

January 24th, 2018 / 07:12 AM / Karachi

Dad always says when you get a news, make sure it is true. The question arises how would one ever find out the truth from the heap of information. That is the reason why I avoid the television and even the newspapers which look like a staged drama and an orchestra perhaps. The whole country has seen the outcome of the murder of an innocent girl Zainab. The authorities have claimed to arresting of a man who is the alleged rapist and the murderer of the innocent child. But the question arises how would you tell the authenticity of him being the real murderer especially when the news comes from a society which follows a crippled system? A lot of people don’t question the information that reaches their minds which is why people unworthy of power have already found themselves in the corridors of power and ruling the country for many decades. Asking question is a human right but in a crippled democracy like Pakistan asking questions can get you killed. I am sure a lot of people would not even bother to question whether our Agencies and departments have worked efficiently and had made sure that the person they have arrested is the real culprit. Everyone seems too eager to hang that person. But there is one question nobody has even bothered to touch and that question is “Why did he do such a heinous act in the first place?” I am sure that a few questions can save people from a lot of troubles in the future but this also requires a mind trained to ask questions even if the questions are being asked to the person running the country. We have failed at so many stages, at so many places, at so many levels that we can also add to the list that we have also failed as a country and as a nation our minds are already bound to think like we are trained to think and never question more than we are habitual to ask. As I type this it is the early hours of the day and I have a job to attend. I will be keeping an eye on how things roll out and I hope and pray that our departments and agencies don’t kill a man beyond the bounds of law while he is still behind the bars and the whole Nation still awaits justice.

Lessons Of Faith

I heard the news of a student who shot the principal of the college yesterday. When asked why he did that at the time of the arrest he answered the policeman that the principal had committed blasphemy. This word has so many repercussions and implications. This word has already altered the lives of so many people. We have opted new means of transport and communications. But when it comes to proving someone of the alleged blasphemy we still stick to the century old rules of proving or disproving the innocence and guilt of man. The mullahs on one side and the hardliners on the other side have happily shifted to mobile phones Facebook email and other new advancements but they don’t want to opt the newer and scientific methods of forensics law and logic. This is the reason why blasphemy still remains one of the most heated and debated topics in a polar country like Pakistan. For a moment let’s assume that what the student is saying is true and the teacher really committed blasphemy then the question arises who has given the right to the students to murder? And if the student is not right, how can it still be proven that the principal did nothing wrong and the motive in this case is something else. It is very easy for one person to blame someone else of something as serious as blasphemy. In the recent years we have seen this word being manipulated and used by people for personal and political reasons. Out of many evils that prevailed one that has hurt a lot of people is the use and misuse of the topic of blasphemy. Shockingly on the very same day we have seen a CCTV video from Hyderabad going viral in which a student is beating a teacher. Hence in our case under discussion the possibility cannot be ruled out that the teacher was murdered because of personal reasons. In recent times we saw the capital city being taken Hostage by a group of religious fanatics the leader of whom keeps preaching violence. If we are so efficient to introduce a law of blasphemy to uphold the superiority of God why can we not introduce a law to check on those who preach it and incite violence. It is just an observation that comes after reading a news and has nothing as a grudge against anyone person group religion or ideology. One should have a clear head and clear heart at least one one thinks he is in a progressive democracy. Sadly this isn’t a democracy and nobody has a clear heart or a clear head.

January 23, 2018 / 05:18 AM / Karachi

Dreams

Where do our dreams go? This question has always fascinated my mind. I’ve always felt after we wake up, dreams still live on. This is part positive and part scary. A few moments ago my sleep broke because of a nightmare. I woke up all sweaty and rushed to the door which was the only source of light. I stepped outside in the hall and went to the kitchen to get myself a glass of water. I drank the water sitting on a chair in the living room and to cool my head from all the scary thoughts I turned on the TV and stayed there until I was feeling normal again. Then I went to the room and slept. Before sleeping I turned on the voice recorder and recorded what I saw. This tiny little gadget has helped me record many of my dreams which otherwise I would have forgotten. There have been good dreams and bad dreams scary dreams and sleazy dreams. But the question that bothers me is what happens to the dreams after we wake up. Where do the good and the bad characters go after we wake up in the world we think is not a dream. Waking up from a nightmare moments ago I would still stay concerned about the  scary old lady I just saw. Or was it really scary old lady or just someone else wearing that mask. How can we be so sure about the world we live in to be very real and not just a dream. What happens to me when I am a character in someone else’s dream? Now that is a question I should be worried about.

January 22nd, 2018 / 5:00 / Karachi

Sunday

January 21st, 2018 / 07:20 AM / Karachi
An aunty is no more. That is how bad a Sunday can be. Women carved so many beliefs in and about life. The good ones too and the bad ones as well. She was one of the positive influence. May her soul find peace. Amen.

Equilibrium

January 20th, 2018 / 08:35 AM / Karachi
I was sitting in the waiting area of the hospital. There were many people there. Evening had set in. Suddenly we heard a scream. All of the people started looking at the direction it came from. Three women were sitting next to two women sitting on a bench and were crying. People who were looking at them a few seconds ago resumed what they were doing. After a few minutes I stood up and headed outside. The path passed through a ward where I saw some people cutting a cake and celebrating. I stood there for a few seconds. It summed up a version of life I believe in. The same worst day or perhaps the last day of someone can very well be the first or the best day of life for someone else. The universe keeps balancing itself keeping the element of happiness and sorrow in a relation of equilibrium. Remember that every time you get happiness, someone somewhere gets deprived of the same amount of happiness.

اینٹیں

January 18th, 2018 / 07:26 AM / Karachi
کچھ دن پہلے گھر آتے ہوئے راستے میں میں نے ایک دیوار دیکھی جس کی ہر اینٹ الگ الگ سائز کی تھی لیکن پھر بھی دیوار قائم تھی مجھے یہ ڈر لگا کہ کہیں گر نہ جائے اگلے دن پھر وہیں سے گزرا دیوار اپنی جگہ پر قائم تھی اسے دیکھ کر اپنے معاشرے کے لوگ یاد آگئے سب ایک جیسے نہیں پھر بھی معاشرہ قائم ہے اور اتنی مضبوطی سے قائم ہے کہ اس کے بنائے ہوئے اصولوں کے لیے لوگ خدا کو بھی چھوٹا سمجھتے ہیں یہ دیوار اتنی . جلدی نہیں گرے گی لیکن اس کی اینٹیں گرنے لگی ہیں

Evil Veil

January 17th, 2018 / 09:06 AM / Karachi
The veil and evil have the same alphabets. The evil wears a veil and I have seen veiled evils. Veil hides the evil done and so many wear a veil only to be evil. The only difference between the veil and evil is the gender. The veil has a masculine abstract to it while evil comes in both genders. I happen to come across the female side of it enough to feel at times it has only one gender, which will be a bias and evil of me.