In 1947, a few weeks after Pakistan’s independence, a group of politicians, army generals, journalists, intellectuals and milkmen (highly revered as fortune tellers in the local culture) met for a long series of meetings on what to do with this newly born country.
Seeing that Pakistan had dozens of ethnicities, who spoke scores of languages, each of which had hundreds of dialects and thousands of curses, it was decided that the country should celebrate its “diversity” from there on in. Unfortunately email facilities in the 1940s weren’t quite what they are now, and so somewhere between a garbled accent and a missed keystroke, the press release for this conference announced that Pakistan had decided to revel in its “adversity”.
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Aapka bohot shukriya (Thank you very much). It seems that our blog is crossing ethnical, cultural and national boundries, and really uniting people around the world with the universal language of humor. We can go as far as saying that our blog is making the world a more united and happier place. No, no need to thank us for this. You’re welcome.
Pakistani's have so much spirit, to be so witty and enjoy the small things in times of adversity, Mashallah. My parents are from Karachi and the last time I was there was about 11 years ago. I know this blog is meant to be light hearted but it's made me so emotional. Love and prayers to Pakistan.
Pandemonium In The House: Tax on beauty parlours ruffles some feathers
KARACHI : All hell broke loose when the tax imposed on beauty parlours came up for discussion. A war of words started between PPP MPA Sharmila Faruqui and PML-F’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi when the former lashed out at those critical of the tax. “Only those who frequent the beauty parlours will be affected while 60 per cent of the population living in the rural areas will not be burdened by this.”
This irked Abbasi, who has been very vocal against the proposed tax. “You should tell the house from where you have just come,” she said while referring to Faruqui’s appearance.
This created a pandemonium in the house as many members from the treasury and the opposition stood up to argue the matter.
As someone who has a mother who was born in Karachi, and has been to Pakistan quite a few times, I would have to say this is pretty damn accurate. I've seen crazy stuff when I was there, some things that if I told most of my friends here in California, they would either die laughing or be very sad about. There's a lot of funny things, but I also saw a lot of disturbingly sad sides of life there, many things that make me fortunate to live where I do. Anyway, I'd just like to say this is awesome.
It’s true. Pakistanis love to laugh and make others laugh (either intentionally or unintentionally, haha!). If peace is restored in the country, we would be one of the happiest nations in the world.
We have to remove the evils of the society ourselves. Just pitying the country’s situation while sitting thousands of miles away isn’t going to help, is it? ;)