Saturday, April 10, 2010 F.H 9 Comments Category :

The irony of vacations in medical colleges is more than I can bear. No matter how generous or how magnanimous or how utterly, impossibly, graciously large-hearted they seem on the surface, you can always smell the rotten stench of underhandedness beneath it all. Oh sure, they tell you it’s spring, the season of love, hope and joy and since the confines of a medical university can or should or do NOT seem appropriate for any of the above three, they smilingly tell you to go take a week off and wash off all the gruel and grime of this modern, convenient euphemism for plain old donkey-work. So no worries, right? You’re a Kemcolian, the crème de la crème of the nation, (God knows one of these days those words will be spoken out loud one time too many and then someone is going to get killed…or badly beaten up) what’s it to you if you have a Head and Neck stage, a Biochemistry test, a Physio tutorial, an Embryo+Histo king-size, super-combo, lying in wait at the other side of this disgustingly deceptive rainbow? You’ve already gone half mad. Why stop now when we can help you make it a permanent arrangement? Oh and happy vacation bacho! Enjoy!

So since chicanery breeds chicanery and since Murphy’s Law holds spookily true (in academics atleast) this year too, like last year, the April vacation sprouted wings of its own and sped away, leaving behind a trail of broken promises, unfinished, too-idealistic-to-be-followed time-tables…oh and the brightest, most beautiful golden and green and periwinkle blue coloured day-dreams, lovingly wrought out in the drugged, quiescent April afternoons.

But this first week of April hasn’t been entirely wasted. Not by a long shot. Among other things, it has been great fun watching the news. (And no! Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza doing salsa together is NOT news. It’s slap-stick hogwash being spewed about by a couple of dunderheads) You know, you’re an odd Pakistani if you’re not aware of the changes April has brought to the Constitution of Pakistan. You’re an even odder Pakistani if you’re not aware of who Mian Raza Rabbani is. For myself, I just want some ethereal Pegasus to transport me to Islamabad so I can go meet him, shake him by the hand and tell him, ‘You sir, are a wonderful, wonderful man!’

If words were people and people were words, I’d like Mr. Rabbani to have ‘charismatic’. That’s how I’m programmed, you see. It’s a default setting. Words don’t make much sense to me unless I forge out a living, breathing effigy from the meaning they seemingly convey to me. And believe me, Mr. Rabbani, with his thoughtful head of silver hair, his resounding voice, his eagle-eye eyebrow raiser (which, I’m sure could quell the rowdiest toofan-e-badtameezi we normally see at KE events) and his sheer, unfettered aura of authority has just earned him the title of my ‘Hero for April 2010’ (pretentious much?) I change heroes every month. Makes for a motivationally inspired living.

So I ask you, when such momentous, fate-changing, valiant, earth-shattering decisions are being taken by such handsome, enigmatic men, who remind you of your grandfathers, who’s got the time/ energy/ lack of taste for such unromantic vapidities as the functional components of the twelve cranial nerves?

But we all know that symbolic changes like replacing older names of provinces with er… awkward sounding newer ones don’t mean much unless what’s been written on paper is put into action. I don’t understand political jargon. I don’t even know the difference between a federation and a confederation. For me, the return of power to the people after 30 years simply means lesser hours of loadshedding so I don’t have to strain my already exophthalmosed eyes under the flickering UPS light. It means lesser strikes on Mall Road so I can reach home early and go to sleep…errr to wake up with a refreshed mind so I can study, yeah? It means people like our maid’s son, who lost their jobs in the recent thread industry fiasco would be compensated.

And for once discarding all bitter cynicism, let’s admit that perhaps in this world atleast there are no happy endings. There'd always be loopholes and eye-sores to tackle. So while we’re here, let’s make do with these ‘delicious ambiguities’ as Gilder Racher puts it in a fit of absolute, facile optimism. Let’s really believe for once that a positive change can and will come to this great land of ours… for if Robert Langdon can be allowed to hope after Dan’s Brown’s most recent fiasco, surely if the message of hope can still be borne as an epilogue to that disaster of a book, we aren’t all that gone to the dogs, right?



  1. creative n impeccable yet again, like u almost always r. truely, relief to the people doesnt come by jst transfering powers from one man to another, it does come from reducing water n electricity vows of the people, giving jobs to them, controlling price hikes (rather than going on increasing them as "ordered" by IMF or world bank) n improving the law n order situation. but in the end, v can just pray n hope for better things to happen.

  2. hmmm yup dude we're getting used2 the unopened grenades set up 2 meet our way after the hols... n by 'used2' i mean not caring!!

    ok so...my only concern with our new constitution is that there's no longer an obligation 4 parties 2hv elections within them ... its going 2 promote dynastic politics and not democratic- which means the last bit of a politicion's surname will continue 2 matter.
    -symbolic changes like replacing older names of provinces with er… awkward sounding newer ones..- love this sentence!
    For the record, khyber paktoonkhwa doesnt make any sense!!!
    but ok ok im not complaining, hallelujah as u say! :D

  3. Marvelous post!
    Well, all these ordeals of load shedding, strikes, traffic jam etc. etc. are the problems of our society's middle class. The elite of our society don’t give a damn to these problems because they aren't facing any of them. Changing a district's name, an airport name, a highway name and a province name can’t resolve the problems. At this time we are in utmost need of a leader who can unite all of us bcz ANP's aims are just following the policies and footsteps of bacha khan. But present situation should be more appropriately called 'Kehat -Ul-Rijal'.

  4. Thankyou so much you guys for your comments!
    @ Fiza: yeah that clause is a damper but dekha jye to all major political parties bank upon dynastic politics. The masses too are apparently very fond of offering sympathies for dead leaders and contributing to a vote-bank fuled by 'star-power'. Ofcourse legitimising it all by actually passing a legislation on the matter is a different matter. But I think there's a silver lining in this too and you know what that is? SHEIKH RASHEED DOESN'T HAVE CHILDREN...YAYYYYYYY!!!:D

  5. Dr. Maryam HameedApril 12, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    A very lengthy account of ermmm....lets say another episode of serial named " pakistani politics ". We the cream of nation, as u say it, can only talk about it over it and in the end can decide unanimously that all politicions r corrupt and there is a silver linning or there isnt n etc etc etc....well did anyone of u ever think that as the cream of the nation , is that the only thing we can do?if this(extremely well-whipped )cream can only mumble, grunt,write it off their chest n then sleep restlessly in their beds to wakeup again the next day with the same grudges aginst society then honestly...do we deserve to be called the cream of the nation???? just wondering...in the end i'll just throw a question for u"highly respectable" ones out there..would it be a different world if the brightest minds which go in medical and engineering universities(top merits in pakistan) had chosen beaurocracy and politics as their fields?? just asking:)
    And well done! I'm very proud of you, did I tell you that?:)

  6. hehehe good point faiza!!! :D
    Maryam Hameed does have a point... if ur a kid with brains the last thing u think of being is a politicion... which is ironical since they're the 1s having the most fun ;p but I do think discussing these matters is better than choosing not2 talk abt them. Frankly, so many ppl of our age think it beneath them 2worry abt petty stuff like the constitution, or our water problem, or how we could solve our terrorism issue... so I think its cool -2 at least discuss!
    hmmm cant help agreeing 2the fact tht if any 1s 2 blame 4 the mammoth sized problems we hv, its not our elite or our political reps, its us- the ppl who know, see, understand whts wrong yet choose 2 ignore. For eg How many ppl with degrees care2 go n vote??

  7. Great Post!!! :D

  8. welcm Faiza.
    for Sh. Rasheed, everone knows da reason(s). haha
    Dr. Maryam, indeed, u r rite. but u c v dont hav schools offering political sciences as a subjct anywhere in pakistan(xpct in fact da o n a levels, which everyone cant afford to go 4). so da mindset never sees dat possibilty. but even than i agree, coz i myslf nevr thot of it, even thogh i love politics n had all offers at hand whn it was my time to decide.

  9. @faiza...love the heavy dose of vocabulary with the serious talk...
    and yeah its good to see that doctors are also aware of the political happenings in the country...