Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TRENDING IN PAKISTAN
TRENDING IN PAKISTAN
It seems that us Pakistani’s just love to follow trends. Very seldom have I come across anything original that has become and stayed as a trend. Off the top of my head the only thing that was unique and original at the time of its inception was a restaurant in Karachi that served barbecued food indoors in an air-conditioned environment that became a big hit and has stayed a hit. Yes I am talking about BBQ Tonight! Other than that we have not yet come up with anything original other than Vital Signs and Junoon that we can recall as having trended. We have plagiarized, and copied the hell out of everything in every facet of our lives.
Even in Pakistani politics everyone seems to think of it as a trend to have the next president or prime minister someone who has a lineage or like a family name to take the seat. Pause here for a moment and then just think of a question that I ask you who is truly a Bhutto (name wise) Fatima or Bilawal? I mean I’m just asking because if we are going to elect our next leader by the Last and I mean Last name then shouldn’t it be Fatima? Anyways, this is just one of the few questions that I have yet to ask of you in this blog post so get ready for some more to come.
When I was a wee lad in the 80’s I remember that the trends of the time were Michael Jackson who was being so bad and did not raise a question about being black or white but surely influenced us enough to do the moon walk at every social gathering. Also the simple fact that most kids that I knew at any of the schools or clubs were dying to get their hands on a pair of Rayban Wayfarers just so that they could follow the trend of Wham. Question to you all is was life more simpler then and why is it all so complicated now with time as the most precious commodity whereas back then friends were the top priority?
Our lack of originality and the fact that we have bitterly sold out to the west is clearly displayed by how we readily eat up all their nonsense that they feed us. This nonsense is built up of tangible products and excuses for misbehavior (drone attacks etc.) yes we lap it all up with our arms open wide we readily accept it as we all wish to live what they call the American Dream with hopes of visa’s and foreign nationality to anywhere but here. We cherish and boast about these passports and quick exit schemes from our country but in a hypocritical alternative reality live under an umbrella of patriotism that we so claim to portray. Little do we realize that the so called American Dream which seems to be trending in every yuppies subconscious in reality is a world built on lies and most of all has no foundation that will sustain a hard working human being as what everyone sees in the movies a glamorous lifestyle and get rich quick dreams. My questions to you are where does our reality begin? Is it in there here and now or do we perceive it to be in the hereafter when we all actually get our seventy two virgins each? Oddly enough I can tell you this much to help you answer this questions the fact that each of us Pakistani’s wants the seventy two virgins and wants the pearly gates, but not one of us wants to die to get them…
When we follow trends in Pakistan usually our media is the one to lead them on. Either influenced by an Indian movie or some kind of kinky fascination with the west our media obliterates any form of decency when it comes to following standards. I honestly feel that reporters when they join the job are told that bad news is good news and the second most important thing is that anything goes… For example there is no form of true investigative reporting here, everyone is selling to the highest bidder or advertisers. I somehow feel like I am standing in a slave market before the US civil war and the powers that be are trading in flesh. If you own a business then I am sure you would understand the wonderful note you get with a thirty rupee bullet inside it claiming a fortune that you would not have. My question to you is why did we let this become an uncomfortably acceptable trend?
Once again take the example of the word trending comes to mind when we look at Friar TUQ or better known as Tahir Ul Qadri. It’s irrelevant about how successful he was politically, as I would like for you to consider his contribution to the Urdu language. He introduced a word that I have not heard for the past forty years of my life but something that every news anchor loves to use which is “Dharna”! Also hats off to this chap as seems that as of late all you have to do is get a bunch of placards and have more than three people who have all the time on their hands and guess what you have a “Dharna”… Furthermore, the trend that I find ridiculous is that how politicians are looking to find a way to disown their parties and hop skip and jump ship all for the cause of personal fame. My question to you is that are you that blind to see the obvious?
The last point leads me state that we have forgotten about being Pakistani’s and are too busy following the most ridiculous trends rather than focusing on the core issues at hand, which if you break them down basically are the pillars of Islam or any given religion for that matter. No I am far from a fundo and do not state that you should start praying all the time. What I am saying is that adopt some morals and face the reality that what you do today and the people you vote in today and the decisions you make today, if you are not careful will be exactly what you will be complaining about tomorrow. Oh yes! Bitching and moaning is another Pakistani trend that I might say is quite common.
As the elections are coming I will urge you not to follow a Tsunami of trends led by lions on bicycles or rockets but make up your own mind and be original because that is what you believe in. If education for the girl-child is something that you support then voice that. If you are a socialist then stake your claim if you are pro-west then stand up and wave your red white and blue with a hint of green and white but for God’s sake don’t follow a trend that has been repeating its self every five years or so since the eighties. Be unique, be strong, if you want a piece of heaven and the seventy virgins that go along with it then be ready to die for it but most of all stay blessed.