Thursday, May 28

Misc

Articles that do not fit into any other category.

OSCILLATING BETWEEN FEAR AND HOPE
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OSCILLATING BETWEEN FEAR AND HOPE

For the last few weeks, I have been quite busy watching and reading the news about the Coronavirus. As a result, my lawn and plants in the garden were neglected. So one sunny day, as the weather was enjoyable, I decided to spend some time in the garden. Mithu saw me outside and decided to join me. Mithu is a parrot. Below is the transcript of the chat between myself and Mithu. Mithu: How are you doing? It looks like you have not been looking after these plants. Me: I am a bit stressed these days. To catch a breath of fresh air, I came out. Mithu: Stressed? You do know that it is not good for your health. What is the source of your stress? Me: Coronavirus, due to fear of Coronavirus I have locked myself in, just like the government instructed. I am terrified of meeting my friends an...
WE ARE ALL SAMIRI NOW
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WE ARE ALL SAMIRI NOW

The Coronavirus, the pandemic, the lockdowns, when you think about it, it could not have been any other way. It has become clear now that humanity has taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. With our insatiable appetite for materialism, unrestrained self-indulgence and worship of mammon, we had set ourselves and the planet on a self-destructive path. Yes, the scientists were right; they kept ringing the alarm bells. We refused to listen to the cries of the oppressed. We carried on living in our hedonistic ways. We disobeyed the laws of nature. The laws of nature demand balance in life. Materialism, sadly, has no limits. So nature decided it is time for a reset. It is in our interest that we change ourselves, our behaviours. We must learn from the lessons nature is teaching us. ...
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Recently, a dear friend of mine, Professor Ghulam Qadir Azad, asked me if I would write an article on a book by Khawaja Tariq Mahmood. The book comprises a collection of couplets by Mirza Asadullah ‘Ghalib’ (December 1797 – 15 February 1869) and Allama Muhammad ‘Iqbal’ (9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938). Initially, I was hesitant, as poetry is not my area of interest. However, due to my great respect for the professor, I reluctantly accepted the challenge. The book gave me an opportunity to understand the message of the two great poets of the subcontinent as it provides rhymed English translation of their selected Ghazals (couplets). After reading certain parts of the book, I began to wonder what do great minds crave the most. The answer came; they desire to generate creative change. The...