At your midlife, if you are coming right from your home without any work experience and relevant education, it is real hard to get a job in Pakistan. These days, employers want to give jobs and on-hand training to youngsters, who are comparatively quick learners and fast performers, who can work for longer terms, and, who don’t mind to work for lesser salaries. In the scenario, if a middle-aged woman wants to pursue a job out of her ambition or life crisis, she should not take it so easy. She has to take some smart steps first.
Many Pakistanis don’t know they are going to Celebrate 14th August today. They are too busy mourning over their endless problems that come along poverty. Middle class and above are celebrating the day with heavy hearts, grieving quietly over the non-access of full time electricity, water and gas. Some are questioning what is there to celebrate for on the Independence Day when we don’t have hopes for a New Pakistan (with political stability and economic prosperity) in the near future? Some poor stall-owners take full benefit of the occasion through selling decorative items, flags, accessories and dresses matching the themes of 14th August.
At this point, youngsters decide to celebrate the day in the typical ‘must and man-mauji’ style. Clad in the Independence Day kits, they don’t hesitate to switch on music on loudest volumes, no matter how disturbing it is for others. Dancing on the market floors and on the crossroads of big roads they look like trouble makers. Their fierce biking and one-wheeling, two-wheeling on rickshaws and sitting youngsters in the open windows of their vehicles terrorize all the traffic on the road. Over speeding and zig zag movements of motor cycles has been another scary show and veryone anticipates an accident any time. Everybody wonders if they care at all for their lives and the lives of their parents who have given themselves away to raise them. Hooting and yelling boys and their shrill voiced mouth organs pollute the entire environment, eliminating all the concepts of ‘Celebrations’. I question again and again if they really don’t know they have converted a pround moment into a chaos that will paint the picture of an ‘uncivilized and illiterate Pakistan’ in the international media, and if they really care how much their talented lives (not deaths) are needed by their families and their country?
I have been watching the same scenes for several decades. I wonder why there is no positive change. Is it just lack of education? Yes, a part of me agrees. But most of the times they are college students or older. Looks like an educated lot from middle class. So, there must be some other reasons, too.
The other reason is our youth has never been educated on how to entertain themsevles peacefully and gracefully. I always feel we don’t offer much positive entertainment opportunities to our youth. All the sports clubs are for the rich. If some amusement parks cater middle and lower class as well, they don’t offer quality services. If there is some technological fun, it is again for the well-to-do folks. Overall, opportunities are either limited or inaccessible. Thus, our youngsters never get groomed in how to entertain them at all and how to behave while having fun. So, they take out their bikes on festivals and lose their minds.
Now, if we want to change the traditions of 14th- August in Pakistan, we will have to open up many entertainment places where our youth can satisfy their fun urges creatively, fully and easily, without the class discrimination. There, they should follow some set rules to play and enjoy in a civilized manner. Once they learn it, they will behave on 14th August as well.
Furthermore, taking Independence Day as a symbol of success, our governments, NGOs and colleges should arrange for special events, where our youngsters organize talent shows and share their success stories. At a time of entrepreneurial boom, Pakistani young folks may take the occasion of 14th August to launch their business projects and announce their personal and professional achievements of a year. We may think of several ideas to engage our youngsters positively so that they don’t come one the roads like an ignorant and wild mob.
In fact, we should plan our Independence Day in two ways simultaneously. On one hand, 14th August should be a source of transferring history of Pakistan from older generation to the other generation, and on the other hand, it should be presenting an ongoing struggle towards individual and national success.
It was the end of semester and my hopes were rising. I was very sure of my methodical teaching and on hand training of students. So, I was expecting better work assignments from my undergraduates. But when their work went through my hands, I was shocked. They were not able to even think straight, let alone evaluating the things. I gave them margins for their grammar at this earlier stage, but was unable to ignore their composition of ideas and their writing technique. I was wondering why the irregular and un-systemized thinking patterns didn’t change despite dramatic changes in Pakistani society. I had no answers except that educational quality hadn’t improved at our government schools. Continue reading
Q 1. Your introduction? (Family, education and professional journey)
I come from middle class village based family while my father had served two of government departments namely Pakistan Army and then Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan. Originally, I am from a small village of Kohat district, but since my father was working in Islamabad, we moved to Islamabad back in 80s. I received my early schooling till college education from there. So, technically, it makes me the citizen of Islamabad.
I concluded my graduation in commerce from Punjab University affiliated college in Islamabad. I remained among the genius and intelligent students in my entire academic career and enjoyed this ‘repute’ among my fellow students and was well regarded by my teachers. I won Best Debater Awards at intermediate and graduation levels of my college life. Continue reading
Hey Youngster! I envy you because you know you have minds and you believe you have rights to use your minds. You know you can think. You are confident about your opinions, no matter how unconventional your ideas are. You don’t hesitate to question even the most popular or oldest traditions, norms and values of society. You are adamant to reform all of them according to your rationale and perspective. You like innovative solutions to all the issues because your thinking is boundless. This is the difference between your generation and my generation. Continue reading