Basant is supposed to be festive.
I think this was the first basant in my life which did not see me fly a kite. Partly because I was too lazy for that, and partly because 11 people died in two days anyways, so people were out and about playing their part, so I did not feel needed. And to top it all off, I don’t even have the required rhetoric that basant should be banned or anything like that, hence, no cool reason to “give up” basant! Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Wired Blog – of all the places – doing a blog post of Basant in Lahore, complete with pictures and everything.
And as luck would have it, looseENDS, the mildly popular community show on BusinessPLUS held its second Lahore get-together over at SukhChain Wellness club (some name, no?), right on the day of Basant. Nothing wrong with that, and as I have always enjoyed the show and relate to what they say, I showed up and did not regret it one bit. The hosts of the show itself were there, together with a bunch of 15 to 17 odd number of young and not-so-young.
The people behind LooseENDS are trying to branch out from their TV show, which I find to be quite good in itself, and in that effort have registered a society LooseENDS Pakistan (a basic website has been put up by them). So far, they have done everything right. Got a good show, got a good following that actually shows up on meetings and inspite of what Mr Faisal Quereshi says, try to do something more than just talk :-).

Personally, I just like the “My Community, My Responsibility” t-shirts – and that’s damn right.

2 Comments so far

  1. Cola_Nation (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    PTV used to be the trend setter for youth shows but they are more focused on children’s programs these days.I also found PTV shows being too formal and traditional.The good thing about LooseEnds is its informal table talk discussion style.Although sometimes the hosts become too cynical as if they are not part of this society but aliens from space, despite that the overall standard of discussions and topics chosen are good.I would like to see more expatriate Pakistani professionals and students relating their cultural and living experiences and how we can improve ourselves learning from it.

  2. Momekh (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    I agree, yes.
    Especially where you mention the part where we are to improve ourselves by learning from people with varied experiences! Thankyou friend for such a thought out comment. Peace!

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