Kya Sab English Hain?

So a video of Sarfaraz Ahmed has been going viral for the past two days where the poor guy can be seen right before a press conference, extremely nervous on seeing that all the reporters are native English speakers. It made me sad. I mean this was a time when he should have been rejoicing Pakistan’s victory, he should have been proud of himself for leading the team to semi finals just the way a captain he should. But here he was, all nervous as he would now be scrutinised for his proficiency in English rather than his skills as a cricketer.

And, man, was he right? He was unfortunately. People have been making fun of him and joking about how ‘paindu’ he is or how uneducated he is. First of all, let me clarify he is a highly educated individual. He has a bachelors degree in Engineering in Electronics. On top of that he memorised the Holy Quran and became a hafiz merely at the age of 10. This makes him more educated than most of the people commenting on the video. As for being paindu, he is far from it. He does not belong to a pind at all. He was born in Karachi and has always lived there so he can’t be categorised as a paindu.

Now coming to mindset of all the people pointing fingers at him. Please stop it. It only shows that we are still mentally slaves to the gora saab. His mother tongue is urdu and is very fluent and eloquent in it. Would you have called him a paindu if he was a Chinese and was struggling to speak English or perhaps a French or a German? No, I’m sure of that. Because they are proud of their mother tongue and they concentrate on building their nation and their athletes rather than trying to find faults in their conversational English fluency.

Next time when you see someone speaking in English with an accent or struggling with vocabulary, don’t judge them or mock them. English is not their first language and they are not claiming to be proficient in English anyway in the first place.

Finally, I have two suggestions for all pakistani cricketers:

  1. Please ask for an interpreter for your press conferences and post match presentations. No one will make fun if you when you will speak impeccably in your own language. You can then concentrate on talking about what you want to talk about rather than concentrating on how to form sentences.
  2. Please start learning conversational English. It will help you in lot more ways than you think. But the reason to learn must not be that people have been mocking you.

As for all of you, please let them enjoy the fruit of their labour.

Yakeen ka safar (review) Episode 1

Post edited by Warda moeed Siddiqui

 

Written by: Farhat ishtiaq

Directed by: Shahzad Kashmiri

Cast:

Sajal Ali, Ahad Reza mir, Shaz Khan, Hira Salman

I have been waiting for a while for this serial. The main reason being that I have read the novel ‘woh yakeen ka naya safar’ several years ago and fell in love with the romance between Dr asfand and Dr zubia. I recently read it again only because it was getting difficult for me to wait for it to start. However it’s going to be difficult but I will try my best not to compare the serial with the novel because Farhat ishtiaq herself announced on her fan page that although the serial is based in the novel, the serial will be a lot more detailed.

The first episode showed three girls from three completely different backgrounds.

  1. Noori is an educated girl in a village called Rab Nawaz Village. She is a school teacher is considered very ambitious due to the Conservative environment in the village. She is abducted and like a lot of men in pakistan, her father blames her for this. He is embarrassed and does not want to go the police because he thinks that he will become the laughing stock for everyone for letting his daughter pursue her dreams.
  2. The second one is zubia (Sajal Ali) who lives in karachi. Her father (Ehteshamuddin) is a very conservative patriarch. Her mother (fazeela qazi) has recently passed away and zubia is devastated. Her father is unable to understand the gravity of the situation as he never valued his wife ever in her life and is only doing rituals sans any emotions. Zubia’s Khala, Mahjabeen (Huma nawab) tries consoling her and also tells her brother and bhabi to take extra care of zubia as she was very close to her deceased mother. Her father, on the other hand, although considers himself very religious but he lets no chance go by where he can other people’s feelings.
  3. Finally is the beautiful Gaiti (Hira Salman) who is getting married to Daniyal (Shaz Khan) after a six year long engagement period. Daniyal was in England during this time, studying to become a lawyer. Daniyal is Gaiti’s cousin and it seems her younger sister  is also engaged to Daniyal’s younger brother Asfand who is pursuing his mbbs currently. This track was the only relief during this high intensity episode.

Over all, I quite enjoyed the first episode. Every one looks good for their roles. Sajal Ali and Hira salman look beautiful. But as far as the performance goes, Sajal Ali was definitely the best. When the serial was announced and I found out the Sajal Ali will be playing the role of Dr zubia, I wasn’t completely convinced but her performance in the first episode was beyond awesome and I’m glad she was chosen for this role.

Did any of watch the first episode?

Jannat key Pattey (overview /review)

It wasn’t until 2012 that my mom gave me a copy of Peer e Kamil that I started taking urdu novels seriously. I have read peer e Kamil twice and both times I got emotionally charged. After that, I read several novels, many of them by umera Ahmed herself but nothing came even close. Peer e Kamil was just extra ordinary and incomparable to anything else that I was reading. I realized that most authors were using Islam to attract the readers and were unable to really incorporate it into the novel. Then someone recommended  nimra Ahmed to me. I read a lot of her work and I figured she was merely a teenager or just barely out of her teens when she wrote them so a lot of them were quite immaturity in terms of story line but I could see that she wrote with brilliance with lots of details.

Then I decided to read Jannat key Pattey. something that I wasn’t too keen on as it too had Islam at its core. I was pleasantly surprised.

MAJOR SPOLIER ALERT

Haya belongs to a rich business family. she is pretty and takes special care of how she looks. her make up and clothes are always on point and she gets lots of attention from everyone every where she goes. while boys can’t get their eyes off her, all the girls are jealous of her. she herself has never taken advantage of her looks in any way and is a ‘good’ girl.

She was betrothed to her cousin (phuppo ka beta), Jehan Sikander (yes another very handsome sikander but a little irritating unlike salar sikander) when she was 1 and he was only 8. Haya has always known about it and is very sincere to her husband but every one else thinks that as the Nikah was done when they were only children, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. her parents have started looking for a rishta for her and they also have Waleed, haya’s dad’s business partner’s son, in their mind. however, Haya is not thrilled and tells him about his Nikah. Waleed tries to take ‘advantage’ of Haya and a Khwaja sira, Dolly saves her. Haya is petrified but still doesn’t want to befriend Dolly.

One of her videos, taken secretly by a mobile phone, gets leaked and she contacts cyber crime cell for help. Major Ahmed from cyber crime cell contacts her and helps her in removing the video.

Haya has recently received a scholarship from a Turkish University and she is very keen on going as she thinks it will be her only opportunity to meet Jehan, get to know him and also finally decide how their relationship should proceed. At the same time, she starts receiving bouquets of white roses from a secret admirer who seems to know pretty much everything about her.

She travels to Turkey with Khadija/Dj and the two become very good friends. she continues to receive bouquets from her secret admirer in Turkey too. however now he has told her his name, ARP or Abdul Rehman Pasha who is an underworld Don. Haya gets scared for her safety but doesn’t know who to confide in.

She meets Jehan too but is severely disappointed because she felt that Jehan hardly knows about her. she goes back to her dorm thinking that continuing the relationship with Jehan would be useless  however she runs into Jehan the next day on underground train and he helps her in such a way that she decides to give him another chance.

Over the course of time, she gets closer to Islam and starts understanding underlying meanings of various commandments. some horrible incidents bring her close to hijab and as it is her own decision rather than something imposed on her, she does everything she can to protect and honor it in the best possible manner.

Meanwhile, she visits Pakistan and receives a puzzle box from Dolly. on opening the box, she finds out how and why certain things happened in her life for the past few months. she also finds a lot about Dolly, major Ahmed, Abdul Rehman Pasha and also about Jehan through this puzzle box. the truth about Jehan makes her respect him a lot and ultimately they do fall in love too.

Overall, the way the novel has been written is quite good. as the story is mainly told from haya’s perspective, we find more about her personality than any other character and how she views things in general. the portion which tells jehan’s story is a little too verbose and I ended up skipping some portions and not losing anything. I would have liked Jehan to be a little more expressive than he was because that was something that I loved about salar sikander and found it lacking in Jehan Sikander but over all I liked him more than Haya. I quite liked that they both had a life of their own and shadi was not the ultimate aim of their lives. of course I loved how nimra Ahmed tried to explain some of the verses in the Quran and of course visiting Turkey has become one of the things in my bucket list.

So, have you read Jannat key Pattey?  if so, who was your favorite character?