Djinn

March 13th, 2018 / 05:43 PM

The subject of paranormal and Ghosts have fascinated people from across cultures. I have come across a new graphic novel. That is the reason why a lot of recent commercially successful movies and dramas are of the genre of paranormal and unexplained. Events of 1947 have divided a bigger piece of land But from my perspective I think that the border is separating people who have different beliefs about ghosts. Sadly the more closer you are towards that border the more possibility of getting contaminated from the beliefs of the opposite side exist. Just look at the people from across the border. A lot of them believe that if somebody is wrongfully murdered and their Aatma comes to take revenge.  I had this question since I was a child whose mind was Somewhat damaged because of these beliefs shown in the movies. So if an Atma comes and murders a man then the Aatma of that man will continue to do the same and eventually everybody on this planet would die. That is one way of saying how the human race will perish and frankly it is a very boring possibility which I cannot believe even if I was living on the opposite side of the border. But all the great religions of the world have talked about the extension of life beyond the moment everybody believes as death. There are many books and debate about what life is and what that actually means. Nobody from the other side has ever called back and told anybody about what and how the other side looks like. Besides it is this obscurity of truth  which takes the hold of fascination of man and pushes him to write about the subject of peculiar. almost one third of the books that I have read revolve around the topics of mystery and paranormal. Many people don’t know that there is a dedicated streaming service  for horror movies only. just like Netflix, we have the matchless service called shudder. it is no less than a blessing for somebody who likes horror and paranormal. religion is something majority of people living in Pakistan are very sentimental about. a lot of people have been killed just because their religious beliefs were different.And religion talks about the world hereafter and death which is why our writers and philosophers have polluted the stories they have created with the beliefs they follow. a Pakistani writer always brings someone from the mosque to clear A Haunted House. Who would a Christian man bring in Philippines if a house is Haunted?Just like humans are divided into groups religions and cultures, so are the ghost and all the hideous monsters who appear in our books and movies. When I heard about the graphic novel Djinn, I was a little sceptical because I was raised in a country seeing people fight over language, colour and religion and I thought that the ghost mentioned in the book would be as extremist as the people who created them. Created by Jean Dufaux, Djinn is a story of a girl, Kim who travels to Istanbul in search of answers about her grandmother’s shadowy past. She soon learns that during the declining days of the Ottoman Empire, her grandmother was a harem girl, and the favorite of the Sultan. As she finds more evidence, the mystery thickens and she finds herself dealing with crooked characters and determined paramours in bookshops, baths, and bedchambers all over the ancient city. 

The Creeps

March 12th, 2018 / 04:32 PM

 

 ڈاؤ کے دنوں میں ایک کتاب کے بارے میں پڑھا. کوئی پروفیسر صاحب ہیں جنہیں بچپن سے تصویریں بنانے کا شوق تھا لیکن کچھ وجوہات کی بنا پر زندگی نے ان کو یہ کام کرنے نہیں دیا مگر پچھلے کچھ سال سے ان کے پاس کچھ لوگ آئے جو ان پروفیسر صاحب کو مختلف فوبیا کے بارے میں بتاتے جن سے جو بچپن سے دوچار ہیں. پروفیسر صاحب نے ایک تصویر بنائی . بعد میں بہت سی ایسی تصویریں وجود میں آئیں جو ان لوگوں کے فوبیا کو بیان کرتی ہیں آئیڈیا تو بہت بے مثال تھا اس تصویریں بنانے والے پروفیسر کا ٹمبلر اکاونٹ بھی ہے جہاں پر وہ بہت عرصے سے ان تصویروں کو شائع کرتے آ رہے ہیں. پہلی بار میں نے بھی ان کو ٹمبلر پر ہی دریافت کیا. ایک روز مجھے پتہ چلا کہ انہوں نے بہت ساری اچھی تصویروں کو جمع کر کے ایک کتاب بناڈالی. بدقسمتی کہ وہ کتاب پاکستان میں میسر نہیں. تو مجھے وہ کتاب درآمد کرنی پڑی لیکن اس کے لیے چھ ہفتے لگے. صبر کرنے مشکل تھا تو میں نے آئی ٹیونز سے وہ کتاب ڈاؤنلوڈ کرلی. اس بات کو اب چار برس گزر چکے ہیں مجھے پھر سے پتہ چلا کہ پروفیسر نے اپنی کتاب کا دوسرا حصہ شائع کر دیا. میں جانتا ہوں کہ مزید چھ ہفتے انتظار میرے بس کا روگ نہیں. میں نے کچھ گھنٹے پہلے وہ کتاب ڈاؤنلوڈ کرلی اور اب وہ کتاب ختم ہونے کو ہے .لیکن آس پاس شور بہت ہے اور کسی بھی کتاب کو ختم کرنے کے لیے دوچیزیں درکار ہیں ایک خاموشی اور دوسرا وہ کتاب خود. اچھا ہے جب سے نئی جگہ نوکری شروع ہوئی ہے میں 300 کتابیں کھا چکا ہوں جن میں سے اڑتالیس 2018 کی ہیں. جس کو موقع ملے وہ یہ کتاب ضرور پڑھے. کیا پتا کوئی ایسا خوف آپ کے اندر بھی پل رہا ہوں جس سے آپ اب تک نہیں جانتے

 

Habibi by Craig Thompson

A love story that walks on the footsteps of religion and mystery. Unlike what subcontinent authors try to do to make a best seller, this is really a piece of art. A book that will haunt you for years to come. 

10/10

The story revolves around a girl and a boy named Zam whom she discovers in garbage and saves his life. 

The book is filled with Arabic calligraphy and expressions from the Arabian culture.

References from all the Abrahamic religions fill the gripping story line. 

The book shows miracles mentioned in the Bible and the Quran but the artist has not drawn the face of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, out of respect.

In the end, it’s a story you will NEVER forget.

Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishaan

A story of clash involving two generations revolving around two opposite schools of thought – a modern and progressive ones and the other being orthodox. Three brothers have very different perspective on life which affects how they raise their children. The eldest of them doesn’t believe in educating of girls hence his daughters remain uneducated although he sends his son abroad for education meanwhile the youngest brother moves to Dubai his daughters get the best of the education. Fate brings the daughters of the liberal brother back to Pakistan from Dubai but the whole family cannot digest the living of such modern, educated and bright minded girls living with them. The son of the eldest brother visits Pakistan from the US and likes the eldest daughter of the youngest brother and decides to marry her which infuriates the whole family. The girl likes him too and despite the opposition, they get married. The mother of the boy develops a grudge for her daughter-in-law which grows a lot especially when the boy leaves for the US leaving his bride among the hating family. The mother-in-law of the girl, desperate to kick the girl out of the family seeks the perfect moment and successfully secures it too. The mother in law falsely accuses her daughter in law of having sexual relations with another boy in the family. Adding to the injury, she also swears on the Holy Quran. All this fiasco makes the boy to divorce his new wife. This event affects the whole family. In the later part regrets and repents fill the family. But the damage is powerful enough. He later comes back to Pakistan and finds out the truth. But his years in the US bless him with a new family. His son also comes to Pakistan. Years later he finds that his wife who was falsely accused of infidelity had died and has a daughter from another man whom she marries later on. He gets his son married to that girl and spends his life grieving about the mistakes he committed in life.

The novel has some serious flaws. As the book is primarily targeting the Urdu reading audience of the sub-continent, especially in Muslim majority Pakistan, the novel and later the drama is depicting and satisfying the men-are-always-bad-and-so-is-the-mother-in-law emotions of the society. The novel and the drama also rely on religious elements which gives it more momentum to be successful in a biased society. The thrill in the tale especially where conspiracy exists and where mystery gets unfolded is nice. The expressions and dialogue in beautiful. But the story as a whole is one more evil step in the already degrading society. But like any other Umera Ahmed’s story, mixing religion, puppy-love, attractions with spirituality is a perfect ingredient to sell books. Drama by a profit seeking channel also keep social causes the second or even further down in priority list. The ingredient sells good but is extremely corrosive overall. Even porn is better because it has no hypocrisy.