Well-deserved (OR mother of all rants)

Nothing to cheer you up, I am afraid.
I got a comment on an older post of mine, where the commentator, while praising my writing style (!!) told me that it is cute that I have mentioned just great tragedies in such ‘by the way’ manner. I do not know about the writing style I possess, but I do know that frankly, folks, how else would one deal with what is going on around us?

Doing business in Lahore is getting harder by the second, thanks to the one hour light show (without lasers sadly). Only a few days back, I realized that all of our collective wealth has been reduced by a whopping thirty percent in a matter of 90 days! (thanks to the dipping ruppee). I have been seriously contemplating generating all my income from online sources, and have been asking people for help and advice. Yours will also be welcome.

Lahore comes to a stand still after every hour. Have any of you been talking to people? Take any industry. Take your freakin’ pick. Textile? The whole night shift, gone (that’s 30 percent productivity right there). How about agriculture? With Rs 950 per Mnd for wheat, we are still cheaper than everyone else i.e. watch how our wheat gets hoarded and smuggled to neighboring countries setting the stage for the mother of all food crises. How about exports? Rice is fetching the lowest expected rate in the market, why? Because the small and medium type shellers can’t work on one hour after every hour basis, that’s why! Count in the record-and-back-breaking inflation coupled with the previously mentioned light show, put some Zardari induced toppings for flavor and some mysterious policies that no one knows about for color and you have got yourself a headache in your stomach folks. This all may be cute in some way, but it is high time we did ‘something’.

Protests are old fashioned it seems. The lawyers I know curse the lawyers movement for keeping their account books empty for over a year, yet the movement is the only protest that bore some fruit. Only to be quietly and quickly sidelined by our I-smile-at-you president and his party.

How about correcting one’s self, being in a position to stay on the right course while being given the opportunity to bribe, con or flex some political muscle? How about playing the cards right this time? How about paying those taxes? How about not bribing the buildings department’s bugger to let you keep the third story of your office plaza? Let him doze it down, it is alright, you deserve it. How about conserving your electricity rather than going ballistic on your electricity meter? Naah, it seems we as a collective society, deserve this. We deserve the Zardaris, the PPPs, the MQMs, Jamat-e-Islami’s and the Dark Knights of all flavors. I mean, look at us. More than 30 percent of our electricity is stolen every second of the passing day. Imagine even if half of those thieves had a conscious? We’d have 8 hours of load shedding in Lahore instead of the current 12 perhaps. The milk you drink is as corrupt as the magistrate taking 10 grand for a deal. The illegal scotch 90 percent of the media personal ‘syphon’ out of hotels is as haraam as the maulvi telling you that only and only your sect is the right sect. The irrigation water you steal, the monthly you pay the WAPDA lineman to keep the meter ticking deathly slow, the wink you wink to the cop to make an arrangement for you, the line you jump because you can and the hatred you display whenever given a chance, this all leads up to this. Yes, this.

Welcome to our own doing. Settle in, grab some friggin’ cold popcorns, a warm coke and a fake smile, it seems to be a long show.

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5 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on October 29th, 2008 @ 5:42 am

    What a harsh reality !!!!!!!!

  2. tperacha on October 29th, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    this power crisis is just driving everyone nuts…

  3. district of columbia free texas olden poker tournament (unregistered) on November 5th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

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    pieced isomorphisms crazy …

  4. rt2008 on November 10th, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

    Stumbled upon one of ure blogs and ended up joining the group. What i liked best was the refreshingly candid way you are writting about things we all feel so strongly about. The best part being that instead of just critisizing the govt. and our curopt leadership its also making us take a look at ourselves. Because after all the leaders are chosen from amongst the people. And yes I totally second your statements about "How about playing the cards right this time? How about paying those taxes? "
    I think one of our greatest faults can be seen from our tea time conversations on how curopt the system is. howour leaders are not worthy, and how we are so unfortunate to be living here. It has actually become fashionable to boast how you got of paying the traffic chalaan by bribing the police officer, etc so with blogs wherein we at least talk openly about what is wrong and how as a nation we can first fix ourselves, that in itself is a revolution which we have to start.
    keep up the good work …..

  5. momekh on November 10th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    @rt2008: thanks for the remarks, much appreciated. I have my personal blog at http://blog.momekh.com/ where I am trying to *ahem* let loose as well. You are more than welcome to drop in so I can learn, take solace, make corrections, and hopefully move on to a brighter, better future (*add scene of cowbay walking into the sunset*):)
    Again, God bless you and us all, thank you and good luck :)

    And haan, btw, which group did you join? If you are a stumbler, I am at http://momekh.stumbleupon.com/

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