Some random thoughts, sometimes bizarre, sometimes dark, sometimes just incomprehensible!

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

I'm an incorrigible optimist, yet a pessimist. I'm a realist, yet an idealist. I'm a dreamer, yet very practical. I'm very liberal, yet very religious. I'm an open person, yet don't share much with anyone. I love people, yet am solitary by nature. I'm too giving, yet too demanding. I'm quite broad-minded, yet very stubborn. I'm as good a listener as bad a talker.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Interview Me!

This is a chain interviewing game for blogs. Here are its rules:
  1. Leave me a comment saying “interview me.” The first five commenters will be the participants.
  2. I will respond by asking you five questions.
  3. You will update your blog/site with the answers to the questions.
  4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
  5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. (Write your own questions or borrow some.)

Zack has asked me the following questions.

Which brother do you like better, me or him? Just kidding! How do you like Karachi? Compared to other places you have lived like Islamabad, Wah Cantt, Tripoli, Rawalpindi and Lahore?

Well, let me 1st reply to the first question ;-)
When I was younger I liked you better as I was closer to you. Then Fowzi grew up and proved to be not just a bro but a very good friend. While with you, it was more you talking and sharing things with me; with him, I could tell him anything and relied on him to take me out. Now, I like both of you eqaully :-D

I like Karachi well enough. However, compared with other places I've lived in, I still like Tripoli the best. Nothing comes close to the Mediterranean coast :-) Then Islamabad - that's home to me. Wah Cantt, strangely, I don't miss though I've spent a major portion of my life (10 years) there. Rawalpindi is not to my taste. Lahore is great for fun trips. Coming back to Karachi again, I've yet to make a bond with the city but I don't dislike it either. Actually I haven't given it much thought. But one thing is for sure, if my team weren't this good and if I didn't love my work, it'd surely have been difficult for me living here coz the city is basically dry and uncooperative (generally speaking, no offence intended).

How does living by yourself feel?

Again, haven't given much thought. But it's pretty ok. Time flies by during the day. It's always the nights that haunt me :-)

Name one quality or action of Musharraf that you think will be good for Pakistan.

Hmm! Been thinking for 5 years. Will let you know when I find one ;-)

What are your thoughts on women leading prayers?

I leave it up to people's own discretion to decide in such petty matters what to do. As for myself, I'd rather pray alone and in seclusion than in a gathering.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing Pakistani women?

They don't believe in themselves. They think, behave and act weak and hence let others take advantage of them; or they focus their energies on manipulating others to get things done their way instead of putting in effort toward some real change and progress.

Another big problem of a lot of women is that they have too much time on their hands. Hence, they either indulge in negative activities (meddlesome behavior) or lose self-esteem and feel depressed.


Blogger Hypocrisy Thy Name said...

By chance I have the same views as my beloved daughter in reply to (1) Place you like (2) Women leading prayers (3)Quality or action of Musharraf (4) Women leading prayer (5) Biggest problem facing Pakistani women.

However, (4) & (5) are problems of only the urban women. Another of their problems is to be known as intellectuals in all respects, especially in dress.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Marroo said...

I'm at work & waiting for 5:30, its strange but right now i have nothing to do... so was surfing net .. was not aware that you have been blogging all this time.

I dont wanna comment on any of your answers because this is how you feel but if somebody asks me which place I like the most,I would definitly say Pakistan even though there are so many things I dont like about this country & its people but guess what I am part of it!

Hey! dont forget to interview me! :)

5:19 PM  
Blogger Munira said...

Marroo! I agree with you about Pakistan. I feel the same way. Though if someone asked me 10-15 years ago, I'd have a different attitude ;)

Ok! Here are the questions for you:
1. Do you enjoy married life more or single one? ;)
2. What do you like best about your work?
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
4. What's the one thing you want to do most in your life?
5. How does living in Islamabad feel now after 2 years?

8:13 PM  
Blogger Marroo said...

I have posted my responses to your questions on my blog.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Ambrin said...

First of all thanks for listening to Zack for all those years. I don't know how it happened but now he is the best listener and listening is the quality very few of us possess.

Secondly I disagree, if I may, with your opinion about biggest problem faced by women in Pakistan. In my opinion the biggest problem is that they are being treated as women not as respectful human beings. I also think being manipulative does not have much to do with free time on one's hand. You should see men (a lot of men) at work being very busy and still manipulative and creepy to prove that others are worse than them.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Program on the emergence of civilization.

"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
And disfavor.

They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

The roots of racism are not of this earth.

Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

AIDS in Africa.

Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

Terrestrial management/positioning:

4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - The seamless transition between Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar may be a clue alluding to a partnership.
6. Mafia - the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."

This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.
An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; homage, tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.

I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.

They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

I offer an example of historical proportions:::

People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

The coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jewsus Christ.
I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
The Jew leaders decided to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of the elite's methodology.
Jews were ostracised for a reason.

Jewsus Christ is a religious figure of evil. The seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
And now they do it to disfavored people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."

Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

The advent of the modern Christmas was a brilliant move. It creates a vested interest among those who would prefer the Church of Evil be destroyed::::
As goes the Catholic Church so goes the majority of annual retail sales.
The similarity between the names "Santa" and "Satan" is no coincidence.

I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack "god"'s most favored people will pay dearly one day.

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