Yes we have a lot of mettle but we use it quite frequently on feats of thick-wittedness.
Its the era when people are either dazed or venomous or both.
The fact that we, as a people are industrious and achievers is not overstated. We don’t lack in intelligence or capabilities. But there is some link missing somewhere.
The brain drain over the last 2 decades has not helped the country. Most students, selfishly and perhaps rightly, flee the country to other parts of the world. (They face difficulties in both regions. Perhaps they are racially discriminated outside but at least they aren’t killed in common places.
At least there are laws that can help one get justice… real justice. You dont get mugged at every nook and corner. You can carry your cell phone and Ipod and no dwell in trepidation of it being stolen the very next minute.)
The few brains that are left, sense the need and urgency. However there are very few mediums left for them to convey this message.
The schools and universities that have mushroomed all over the urban areas, although opening doors to the masses, provide no quality education (getting marks and grades is not the same thing as getting education and learning).
Books are a man’s best friend. And facebook has replaced it. Reading a book is the most tedious of entertaintment. It asks the reader to indulge and get involved. It demands your time and thought. And if its a race between time versus information, ‘the tv box’ wins.
Since the Musharraf era, we have also seen a boom of television media. This has been in my opinion one of the best and only real sources of information transaction. But a criticism to note is that when the masses are not properly educated, what the media feeds is what the masses ingest. They lack the capability to digest it.
The links of the machine have been looted, or rusted or broken. Will there by any new strong links? Will the journey make that decision or will we make that decision before the start of the journey?
I read this joke last night ….
*Lots of groaning laughter*
See what you make of it.
Pakistanis in Heaven and Hell 🙂
The angel Gabriel came to the Lord and said ‘I have to talk to you. We have some Pakistanis up here in heaven and they are causing problems. They’re swinging on the pearly gates, my horn is missing, they are wearing Dolce and Gabana saris instead of their white robes, they are riding Mercedes and BMW’s instead of the chariots, and they’re selling their halos to people for discount prices. They refuse to keep the stairway to Heaven clear, since they keep crouching down midway eating samosas and drinking chai. Some of them are even walking around with just one wing!’
The Lord said, ‘Pakistanis are Pakistanis. Heaven is home to all my children. If you want to know about real problems, give Satan a call, in Hell.
Satan answered the phone, ‘Hello? Hold on a minute.’ Satan returned to the phone, ‘OK I’m back. What can I do for you?’ Gabriel replied, ‘I just wanted to know what kind of problems you’re having down there.’ Satan says, ‘Hold on again. I need to check on something.’ After about 5 minutes Satan returns to the phone and said, ‘I’m back. Now what was the question?’ Gabriel said, ‘What kind of problems are you having down there?’ Satan says, ‘Man I don’t believe this…….Hold on.’ This time Satan was gone at least 15 minutes. He returned and said, ‘I’m sorry Gabriel, I can’t talk right now.
These Pakistanis have put out the fire and are trying to install air conditioning! !