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Deconstruct | 25 Bleeding Intolerance

innocuous pop culture critic | 15 Snubs and Surprises of Emmys ‘11

Cover Story | 11 End of the World


CONT The Team The creative minds behind the scenes Words from the Throne By Fiza, Noor & Sanniah

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Rearview Mirror — September 2011 By Noor Fatima Iftikhar Top 5 This month’s top 5 iE posts

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Cover Story - End of The World By Ahmed Zafar

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Snubs & Surprises of Emmys ‘11

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Viewpoint - Kachee Goliyan

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Creative Photography

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By Sanniah J Minhaas

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Deconstruct - Bleeding Intolerance

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Editor’s Pick - Rantalicious

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Dear Readers, Let all those questions that you didn’t dare ask out loud and all those tangles of thoughts and halftruths your Grade3rd BFF parroted to you (after having heard them from her octogenarian grandmother) be answered in this issue of Ideas as we focus on “The End”!

By Fiza Ali, Noor Fatima Iftikhar and Sanniah J. Minhas If you haven’t ever thought about the finite nature of your universe-, take a moment now and think. How would it feel to know that your days are numbered? That life, as you know it, will finish with unquestionable finality and all that you see around you will disintegrate into mere dust and ashes?

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Whew - morbid isn’t it? But don’t worry; we’re not here to tell you to pack up and seek forgiveness for past sins. Rather, as the end of the year approaches, we prepare ourselves to bid adieu to a successful 2011 and welcome the seemingly controversial year of 2012. 2012 has a significant impact on our theme this month (that and the fact that our chief editor has an uncanny obsession with morbid :P) This we can blame on Hollywood with the popular cinematic release ‘2012’ that depicted the end of the world being caused by chaotic natural disasters, and the stupendous number of fans that take the movie as animated Gospel. And their

constant preaching of how one should prepare himself for the Armageddon that would come alongside the winter solstice in the year 2012. But ah! How fickle is man? There is no end to the speculation associated with the end of the world- from the ancient Mayans foretelling the end of everything once their long count-calendar ends, to Nostradamus’ musings, to NASA’s predictions of a tremendous solar flare, to the eminent collision of Earth with a certain Planet X and biologists pinpointing disaster arising from the extinction of bees. Who is right and who is wrong and who decides? We probably don’t want to live long enough to find out. But for those of you who do not hold any interest in the end of the world, we have more... So read on to step into an array of thoughts, words and works that we have put together in this month’s ideas1.07.


REARVIEW MIRROR - SEPTEMBER 2011 By Noor Fatima Iftikhar

Nothing like cold, harsh realities hitting one flat in the face just after Eid festivities - the month of September bought with it epidemic, unrest and little joy. The curse of dengue spread like wildfire throughout Punjab, its epicenter none other than the proverbial heart of the nation - Lahore. Amidst the ensuing mass-panic and slow response, more than 125 victims lost their lives, with thousands still embroiled in an intense battle with the illness. Furthermore, acute load-shedding is also exacerbating the situation, hampering the treatment of the patients. While Karachi experienced relative peace with regards to target killing, Quetta and Peshawar were rocked hard with suicide blasts. The situation of the floods in Sindh worsened, as aid - foreign and local - trickles in slowly. On a broader scale, the country faced a rare political consensus when an All-Party's Conference was called in to discuss Pakistan's current stance in her relations with the US. On the international front, the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray still rides the air-waves, when evidence of a "cover-up" by the disgraced doctor surfaced came to light, further fueling speculation of foul-play in the pop star's untimely death. Yet on the bright side, Pakistan performed well enough to whitewash Zimbabwe in all 3 cricket formats - all on their own turf. Summing up the events of the past month, it seems as if Billy Joe Armstrong was not too off the mark when he crooned "Wake me up when September ends..."

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A Collage of Memories

Posts of the month In no particular order To view a full post, click on it’s title

English Ain’t My Tongue So, here are the dealings. Why are that when the English peoples learn our lingo, they can twisted it and spoke it in the ways they liked and it is will be all the good. But we on the another foot, when we are the spoken their language, people expect it to be the perfected. If any mistake, put your whole palm on your mouth and goes “Haaw! English bhi nai aati!!”. But nobody ever goed liked that when the English do hadee-paslee of the our language. Then we all smiled and looked pride that they are tried to spoke our lingo, no matter how badly we are the just smile. Somehow the whole react is the changes when we is the ones who was made mistaken. Why no equal treating?! Told?! By Momi Qazi

Stored in the deepest shelf of my heart, memories of my childhood are the treasures that I have been walking around with way too long. Today, when I pulled out the treasure I struck by the liveliness of my memories, a sense of my childhood. I am not a seasoned writer and may not be able to do justice to those gems. But I am cutting and pasting the memories of my life like an amateur artist trying to work on a collage. Freedom, innocence, play, fights, competitions, losing and winning, make- belief battles, we had everything in our childhood. What a golden period it was... By Nusrat Osama

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There’s Something About Eid There are two occasions that I anticipate all year round. My birthday and Eid. It’ll sound pretty corny to your ears, but when I was a wee lass, my sole purpose of gracing our relatives doorsteps was Coke. I was addicted to it like a dipsomaniac is to alcohol. I remember sitting on a relative’s sofa, impatiently waiting to hear the sound of ice cubes clinking against the glassware. My saving grace used to be my mother’s glare, without which I probably would’ve rushed across the room to the relative’s kitchen to retrieve that glass of coke myself... By Amna Sultan

I was about to take my first ever flight and a connecting one at that. From Pakistan to America via Dubai. It was a big jump since I had only travelled till Thandiayani in Pakistan. Thank God I was accompanied by 12 of my NASA Refraction school friends. For our destinaWelcome to the U.S tion was the NASA Space Center in Houston. I was filled with anxiety and excitement that knew no bounds, simply because I couldn’t wait for the moment when I would be outside the Houston Airport in Texas. By Mariam Saeed Khan By Hafsa Omar With the onset of Pakistan’s engagement in the War on Terror, the country nosedived in its entirety; politically, socially and economically. Not only was this unfortunate plunge a harbinger of possibly, the worst of times for it but heralded the introduction of a gamut of negative stereotypes in relation to Pakistan and its citizens… Despite a tumultous 64-year old journey and contrary to the popular belief of bigoted and bitter curs that Pakistan is ‘ a land virtually barren of achievements’ - it has had its fair share of achievements, pride and glory in every field.

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End of the World as we know it... Written by Ahmed Zafar Iqbal. The author is a sophomore studying accounting and finance at LUMS.

So who hasn’t thought about how the world will end? We all have different views, perceptions and theories about it: some of them religious, some based on historical interpretations and some of them based on scientific evidence- who is right and who is wrong? Before we can come to any conclusion it is important to explore all perceptions and theories.


Throughout history there have been people who believed that they knew exactly when the world was going to end. As wacky as this might sound, countless people believe or would like to believe that the world is or were going to end in their lifetimes. Many popular psychologists attribute this phenomenon to the probability that people living in any era throughout history nearly always thought that life just could not get any-worse, or the ‘human condition’ could not get any worse. I just think it is due to the fact that many people throughout history have felt that humanity has run out of ideas, of avenues to progress through, or to become more advanced as a whole: throughout history, however, this has been proven wrong as humanity has always been able to achieve milestones in development, science, knowledge and technology. Whether it be Harold Camping, who popularly interpreted the Bible to come to the conclusion that the world was going to end on the 21st of May, 2011; or the failed Republican Candidate Televangelist Pat Robertson who guaranteed that the judgment of the world was going to come at the end of the year 1982; or even the whole Y2K Bug craze that gripped the world near the end of the last millennium, where millions upon millions of people thought that without computers running companies there was going to be a disaster of apocalyptic proportions- history is ripe with such theories, their alleged consequences and of course evident failures.


One of my personal favorite theories was the theory that the Large Hadron Collider was going to create a black-hole on Earth large enough for it to swallow the planet. Now this theory personally leaves a lot to the imagination- even though the Large Hadron Collider at CERN was going to create a tiny black-hole for just a few billionth’s of a second; the brilliant scientists over there were actually re-creating conditions that are proposed to have created the universe (according to the Big Bang theory); and with the black-hole having zero mass and infinite gravity it doesn’t take much mathematics to really envision what could happen (but with the re-starting of the LHC in February this theory was, fortunately for us humans, debunked). Today perhaps the most popular theory which surrounds the socalled dooms-day phenomenon is the 2012 phenomenon. It is the belief that events of cataclysmic proportions will and are set to occur on the 21st of December 2012. The belief/theory was sparked by the enigmatic calendar of the Mayan civilization, which mysteriously ends on that said date. The Mayan Civilization has been looked upon with intrigue and fascination ever since their archaeological marvels and remains were found in what is today Mexico and northern Central America.


No one to this day knows exactly what became of the civilization, with some theories going as far as to say that the civilization were themselves aliens from What popularizes the 2012 phenomenon are the happenings of today: the wars being fought, the earthquakes and tsunamis, mysterious epidemics all around the world (remember the SARS virus, bird-flu, swine-flu and now the dengue strain?) along with happenings the likes of which never have been witnessed through-out history (9/11 and Obama becoming President of the United States). These along with certain astrotheological beliefs that the year 2012 is going to mark a new era or a ‘cycle’ when it comes to the position of the Earth and the solar system in relation to the cosmos have really added a lot to the human populace’s imagination when it comes to contemplating the end of times. Nobody really knows how the world is going to end in the end of 2012, although popular theories involve asteroids and planets smashing into Earth (not a pretty thought) and/or alien invasions or a possible fatal solar flare from our very own star The Sun. There is no formal conclusion to the end of the world as we know it. Rather than be obsessed with how the ‘end’ will be, personally I believe that it’s more important to focus on the present and make it more livable and keep out of disasters way as much as we can. I wanted to end this with a funny end-of-the-world quote, something sarcastic by Mark Twain, maybe; but I’m going to end it with this: In the end its not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln


EMMYs ‘11: SNUBS Matt LeBlanc & Courtney Cox for ‘Friends’ The fact that Cox, who played obsessive-compulsive perfectionist Monica Geller on one of televisions most beloved sitcoms for a decade has never won an acting award is bewildering. It’s absolutely bizarre. Don’t even get me started on the fact that Leblanc never won an award for ‘Joey’, I mean he played an exact 180 of himself on television and made everyone in the world fall in love with the bumbling actor. True snubs indeed.

Chandra Wilson – ‘Greys Anatomy’ Mock Grey’s Anatomy if you will, but one thing has been consistently excellent on the fledgling series for the last seven years: Chandra Wilson’s performance as Dr. Miranda Bailey. After four straight nominations and a season closing arc that played to the rafters, you would think a fifth nomination would have come easily for the Grey’s star. Nope!

Adam Baldwin – ‘Chuck’ I may be venturing in to fan-boy territory here but who cares, Baldwin’s portrayal of Colonel Casey, the tough as nails soldier with a comedic heart of gold is one of the best parts of this action-thriller TV show. And for him to be snubbed even after repeated fan campaigns is atrocious. So much for equality in Hollywood.

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Julie Bowen & Ty Burrell - ‘Modern Family’ Words cannot describe how happy I was when I heard that these two stars won Emmys this year. They are just so consistently excellent as their characters that I though they would be snubbed to placate some other older nominee. Thank god that didn’t happen, Score one for team Dunphy!

Michael C. Hall —‘Dexter’ Anyone who watches ‘Dexter’ knows how bloody (pun intended) fantastic its lead actor is. Hall, actually makes you feel sympathy for character, a serial killer with a conscience. So when he won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, I bet I wasn’t the only one saying ‘Well, it’s about time!’ Oh and have I mentioned he was battling cancer while filming the fourth season (his best btw), ah-ma-zing.

Steve Carell – ‘The Office” Carell has more than proven that he deserved at least one Emmy for his portrayal of Michael Scott. In this, his final season of “The Office,” he was passed over for Jim Parsons, who won for the second consecutive year, leaving Carell Emmy-less for the sixth year in a row. Emmy-less — that’s so not what she said.

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The innocuous pop culture critic


VIEWPOINT

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Interviewed by

Sanniah J. Minhaas

Kachee

Ideas Evolved (iE): So here we go. We’ve been there, done that, but we are still very curious. How did it all start?

First of all, the KG team is a two guy thing. Ramish is the creative brains behind it and Nofal handles the business aspects. Since we’re both marketers at heart, marketing and brand building is given most weightage at KG. It all started when we met at college, since we live nearby and our college is a good 45 minute drive, we started motorpooling. It’s in those 40 minute commute that KG was born. To kill the time, we’d laugh at pointless things and crack lame jokes. We eventually thought of putting it in a comic format; after 3 years of thinking and procrastinating, Kachee Goliyan was developed.

Goliyan

iE: Comics. Comics. Comics - an almost unheard-of art in Pakistan. Why comics? We didn’t really contemplate on comic or no comic. It just came to us and we started. Moreover, we wanted to initiate a comic culture in Pakistan. Since its an unheard-of art, that motivated us more to do it. Every country has some comic characters to relate to. We grew up reading varieties from Tintin to Batman. We felt we missed a Pakistani comic character. That’s where JC and Sufi come in. We want to establish them as proper desi comic characters so the people can relate to them.


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iE: So who are J.C and Sufi? And what does J.C stand for? Are these people based on any real-life characters? JC and Sufi are the protagonists in the comics. They are just everyday normal guys with very different perspectives. They see the world in their own weirdly humorous way. They have their own take at any given issue and are often shown getting stuck in tricky situations. Our fans interpret our comics in different ways; for some, we are showing social issues and also a lighter side of them and for others, we are just making them smile at something which is really good humor. Good humor which has no political undertones or anything like that. In fact, a lot of people have also said we are re-defining humor for the Pakistani masses who have had enough of the social turmoil we live in. To let iE in on a secret, we work really hard at making our comics interpretable by our fans in many ways. As for JC, nobody except the creators know what does JC stand for. And yes these characters are based on real life people. They are actually our own alter-egos and anybody who knows us can very easily guess that JC is actually Ramish and Sufi is Nofal.

iE: The humor you use is slapstick and your language is a little, well, let’s say ‘unethical’ at times. How does your audience respond to that? We wouldn’t say it’s unethical but yes it does tend to go off a little. But that’s how we want it to be. We really don’t use profanities every now and then but when we see certain language would give a certain weight to a comic, we use it. That is our style. It’s not that the profanities we use are really out of this world or very ear-smacking dirty, they’re normally the F-word. And believe it or not, it is part of our mainstream language. If we want to give people something they can relate too, we would have to give them something that is relatable. The profanities are a part of our lives, so why not? The audience understands it, and they take it easily. A few times we’ve had one or two fans complaining about it, but they weren’t really offended by it. Once we did mellow down our language a little bit because our fans were complaining a lot but at the end of the day, even our fans know we aren’t meant for below 18’s. These are comics for grown-ups.


iE: Rather than just creative artists, you are entrepreneurs for us. Do you cater to your audience or do you still consider this as your own creative space? We like to call ourselves entrepreneurs too, because that’s what we are. Since we’re entrepreneurs, we do cater to our audience, because that’s why we are here. But at the end of the day, it is our creative space and whatever we do for our audience would be aligned to how much flex our own spaces gives us. iE: The massive fan following you have is more than just impressive. How does having 8000 Facebook likes change your life?

“Something we saw on TV mixed up with some something we read in our Urdu book back in 6th standard, garnished with some gossip we heard about somebody with a little touch of our own pieces of minds and t’daa, a KG comic is ready to be served”

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It has made us feel that if you honestly try to do something new in Pakistan, people would support you. All the love our fans, or “Pankhaa” as they’re liked to be called, give us motivates us to do it. In fact it is the only motivation we have. The fact that we got the 8000 number only in four months impresses us too. Most of our phankay are our good friends now. It feels good that so much people appreciate the effort you put in.

iE: We are fascinated by the source of your inspiration. Is this all due to uncanny observational skills or is there a deeper hidden agenda behind each comic? Ahaha. The deeper hidden agenda sounds so much like that conspiracy theory stuff. It is all due to uncanny observational skills. What goes around in everyday life is our biggest source of inspiration. It’s just like putting 2 + 2 together. Something we saw on TV mixed up with some something we read in our Urdu book back in 6th standard garnished with some gossip we heard about somebody with a little touch of our own piece of minds and t’daa, a KG comic is ready to be served. It sounds very easy but believe me, it’s not.


iE: It is obvious that you’ve created a niche for your work. How would you describe the people who come under this niche?

come meet and support us at those cafes and other places. This kind of event would be a first in Pakistan and it would generate a lot of publicity.

It’s a compliment that you guys observe we’ve created a niche and being marketers that’s a huge thing for us. J

We’re also planning Pakistan’s first ComCon, that is Comic Convention. That’s still in the planning stages, let’s see where it goes.

The people whom we cater to are your everyday run down people, at the day’s end they really need some good humor to keep them balanced. Since we don’t do anything on politics, religion and bollywood; people find our humor closest to what quintessential humor should be like. They don’t want any rocket science humor, they need something to smile or laugh on. Something good, which intellectually stimulates them at a certain level too. We would say the people who support and follow us are a bunch of smart people, who understand the slapstick. iE: What’s next for ‘Kachee Goliyan’? Do you have any big plans for the future? Ah, again, being entrepreneurs we just couldn’t stop ourselves from developing a whole 3 year plan. We are actually even working on fine tuning our strategy too. As for the question, KG is planning a comic marathon on October 16th. The marathon would be a virtual event of 12 hours having 12 comics uploaded every hour. This marathon would start at 12 noon and on every hour strike; a new comic would be uploaded. This event would not be limited to Facebook only. Our dedicated people would also do a live commentary on Twitter while the bloggers would write blogs about it. There would hopefully be a blog on Express Tribune about the marathon too. To top it all up, the virtual event would also be connected to the real world. The KG team would upload every comic from a different pre-determined location so the fans can

iE: Final words. There are so many others out there who need a platform for their ideas. Would you like to give any words of advice to your fans and followers? Kachee Goliyan’s philosophy revolves around giving platform to artists and initiating a comic scene. We encourage people to come to our page and draw us some fan-art. We’d put it up. It is quite a good platform for somebody who wants to test run his skills. We have a fan who drew brilliant comics. The other pankhay on KG loved her fan-art. It gave her encouragement enough to take this thing seriously and she’s planning on setting up her own page. Then again, there is a friend of ours who draws our celebration art on every 1000 fan mark. He is brilliant at what he does and people are absolutely crazy about him on the KG page.

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DECONSTRUCT

BLEEDING INTOLERANCE By Farhan Ahmed

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Till a few weeks ago, Pakistan seemed a divided country on the verge of collapse. Allegations regarding conspiracies to dismember Pakistan were rampant; it seemed this country was done for, with political temperatures rising and differences growing ever bigger. Suddenly all that has changed. All mainstream political parties and their leaders were seen joining heads at a single platform, the All Parties Conference. They agreed on a unanimous resolution, yes a unanimous one. Pakistani politics doesn’t boast much of such instances. But for once, we saw our politicians united in their ranks. The equation had changed, but why? The answer is plain and simple: AMERICA Yes our age old ally has once again rushed to our help, uniting us in its own face. American pressure on Pakistan to take action against the Taliban and specifically the ‘Haqqani’ network sent the anti-American sentiments in Pakistan soaring. The conservatives began clamoring for a more hawkish stance, the liberals incensed at the complete disregard for their contribution to the war against terror and extremism. The question which begs asking is: what is the ‘Haqqani network’ which Mike Mullen now so notoriously (at least in Pakistan) proclaimed as the ‘veritable arm of the ISI’.

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BACKGROUND

The Haqqani network is believed to be led by the sixty year old and ailing former mujahedeen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani. He created his reputation as a fierce warrior and an effective marshal of his forces during the anti-Soviet campaign of the 1980s. Even though his background in politics and militancy goes as far back as the 1970s (he was exiled during Sardar Daud’s government in the 1970s), but his effective strength grew leaps and bounds with ISI and American support in the 80s. He built a large fighting force under him becoming the first mujahedeen commander to gain control of an urban base from the communist government of Najibullah (this was the city of Khost in 1991). He was made a minister in Burhan-uddin Rabbani’s government but he defected to the Taliban in 1995. They have their power base in North Waziristan, and they run many madrassahs and training camps in the area. Because of the ailing health of the leader, the organization is currently run by his son Siraj-uddin Haqqani (the bearded man whose picture you see above every article based on the Haqqani network in all major newpaper websites).

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AMERICA WANTS THEM GONE; PAKISTAN DOESN’T Americans are increasingly intolerant to this group of insurgents who they now see as the primary source of terrorism in Afghanistan especially its restive eastern provinces. They believe most of the attacks in Eastern Afghanistan since 2008 were carried out by insurgents linked to this network. Recently attacks of grave significance have been linked to this network which has further incensed the Americans who have fiercely argued for the Pakistanis going into North Waziristan to flush them out and make sure their safe-havens in the area are destroyed. The Americans allege that these safe-havens allow these militants to carry out their activities and then cross-over so they cannot be apprehended. Thus they have applied ever-increasing pressure on the Pakistan military to carry out an operation in North Waziristan against these militants. The Pakistani military seems reluctant after the damages and losses it incurred during the operations in Swat and South Waziristan. More important is the other dimension to this reluctance. The Americans allege that the ISI has continued to support the Haqqani network and looks upon them as allies, which it doesn’t want to destroy. This view is in line with Pakistan’s doctrine of ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan. The doctrine of strategic depth was developed by the ISI as a policy in Afghanistan to ensure a Pakistan-friendly government in Kabul. This was to ensure a secure western front in the event of an attack by India from the west. Pakistan supported the Taliban with this strategy in mind. After 9/11 however, all this changed and what came to power in Kabul was anything but Pakistan-friendly. The Northern Alliance which was traditionally anti-Pakistan took power and this presented a dilemma to Pakistan. Also in the last decade, India’s economic and political influence in Afghanistan has risen dramatically.


And now that the Americans have decided to leave by 2014, most regional policy-makers and thinkers are assessing what the situation could be in post-American Afghanistan. This means that Pakistan needs allies in Afghanistan to look after its interest in any Afghan settlement that occurs. Thus America believes the Haqqani network is Pakistan’s chosen ally and the ISI’s front man in Afghanistan for the execution of the strategic depth doctrine. This was what prompted Mike Mullen’s statement which called this network a part of the ISI. The question which many in Pakistan are asking is: why now?

WHY NOW? The Pakistanis see this as a classic example of scapegoating. When America came rushing to invade Afghanistan, it did so stressing lofty ideals of democracy and ‘infinite justice’ for Afghanistan. However not only has it failed to give democracy and justice to Afghanistan, it has failed to provide security and to prevent state collapse. Corruption is on the rise, with leading government figures engaged in what can be called ‘hyper-corruption’. Attacks such as the most recent one on the American embassy in Kabul are frequent and the America’s favourite bashing-boy Osama Bin Laden is no longer around so he can’t be blamed. But the elections are close, and the race is tight so someone needs to be blamed. The Pakistanis believe this is where their country and the ISI come in. For the lack of any alternative, the Americans have started blaming Pakistan for everything that is wrong with Afghanistan. Is that the crux of the matter? I certainly think so.

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1. Scream out on paper It’s the perfect way to channelize all that anger and frustration at the world. In fact, while you are at it, you might actually come to terms with how you sound to others when you get into one of your whining moments. (Yes, the said situation happened with me when my literature instructor told us to write a page of a diary and I ended up talking about my sleep deprivation.. AND sounding like a miserable, desperate girl grudgingly dealing with insomnia while reading the said page to my class) OR better yet, instead of just putting your rant into words, think happy thoughts. We are talking “Patronus conjuring” thoughts here; and then you can write about that. Come to think of it, this world could do with some optimism. No? You could even try get your work published online or in printed magazines, plenty of growing platforms out there. (Refer to the last page of this e-magazine too =P)

2. Get your creativity rolling Rolling is the word here. There must be SOME kind of talent hidden among the most unobtrusive cores of your “awesome” personality, some flair for singing or playing a musical instrument or sketching or graphic designing or event planning or.. You get the picture. Don’t let your talent hide itself in the confines of your mind, let it break through, see some light. Hone it, show it off. Every free minute in which you find yourself spending plain ol’ complaining, can be better spent elsewhere. There is another problem with us earthlings, I just remembered. We are super talkers, but wretched listeners. So that means, you don’t want to be a talker, because everyone else is a reluctant (maybe even judgmental, and worse, bored) listener; catch my drift? So yes, you should look for a better course of action.

3. Do Some Social Work You hate pollution? Use less CFCs, minimize use of fuel-consuming vehicles. You hate beggars, try getting one or two of them jobs. You think the level of education in the country is despicable; see if YOU can create a difference in the life of a single illiterate child with the dream of being able to read. You think there is something wrong with people’s attitudes, fix YOUR attitude (annoying others less IS social work) The health sector of Pakistan is terrible, isn’t it? Work with some NGO and give out a few hours in helping out the sick. Too bored with your life? Visit the children in SOS and make their day by taking gifts along. All this stuff might even make you roll your eyes but you CAN try. Who knows, it might be your destiny to change the course of a few lives.

4. Quit complaining and get a life! Enough said This one is the hardest to pull off but definitely worth a try =P

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The 7th issue of the monthly e-Mag: Ideas1.07