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.
January 7th, 2018
Over time I tried to blog using one service or the other. I started blogging using Blogger.com. It was a good experience. Out of curiosity, I joined Vox.com . I liked the interface that offered a lot themes which were never available on blogger. I blogged there regularly in the beginning. Vox reminds me of the days when I move from Lahore to Karachi. One day I searched for the online services that offer blogging platforms. I tried Typepad, along a few others. For two years I stayed on Vox. One day they sent the notice that they are shutting down the service. In those days I found Posterous. But my stay at Posterous was also short lived because Twitter bought it and shut the service down. Then I was forced to to blogger. WordPress was always a little too scary for me for being so complex. But moving from one server to another was never an easy task. I always lost one thing or the other when I move from one place to another. Very few services offer import and export tools allow transfer of pictures and other media from one service to another. In 2017, I moved my webpage to a dedicated host and developed my blog in a more proper way. Hence I knew that moving all my posts and written material and accumulating it at one location was not going to be easy. I have accumulated my writings which were scattered on many different services across the internet. That was the first step. When I start reading the old writings, I come across many spelling and grammar errors which is why before publishing, I am repairing my old posts along digitizing what is written in the diaries. The easiest way would be to scan the diaries and post the images but that does not work. Scanning itself is not an easy task. Over time our digital lives leave a lot of mess and sorting that mess becomes a painful task. It is almost a year since I started sorting digital pool which in this case was primarily focused on writings that were scattered. Over time old posts shall start to show up in archives with repairs to grammar, theme, language and broken links along with diary posts that only existed on paper. This was a tedious task which demanded attention. One of the five steps of streamlining. The other four will be talked about in their own posts.