Reason Why I Have ‘Trust’ Issues- Nauman Ali Khan

The recent hurdle of events has pushed 2 different incidents to the surface. One had been discussed earlier in the blog while the second one is being discussed today. This is not going to be ‘how people reacted’ to the entire ‘Ustaad’ NAK event but what I personally experienced through it, as a person.

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Ustaad Nauman Ali Khan- CEO and Lead instructor Bayyinah

The incident didn’t come out to be a shock to me. Not that I was expecting something similar from a religious celebrity (would consider him one, based on his fan following) but because I hardly tend to trust anyone. There’s no hard and fast rule, as to WHY I end up doing that. But, let’s just say I have had enough of a share to make it a general practice. More common belief could be that I don’t trust myself of being able to behave in a fixed manner and thus, I don’t commit to a single opinion about the rest.

 

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Bayyinah.tv one of the more means of his religious speeches

To get to know of a ‘religious’ celebrity practicing ‘girl-hoping’ might not be something new and it definitely wasn’t unexpected. His bayans (a couple that I heard while aimlessly refreshing my social feed), his way of expressing religion was more of like a story-teller narrating a fairytale rather than trying to explain why and how certain things work in Islam. Religion for me is a path to be followed and not a story to be memorized and getting entertained by. Nonetheless, new age, new ways!

 

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This whole scenario keeps on building the ‘I have trust issues’ case study. This also happens when you get to meet a lot of people and tend to know a lot of weird things about them. Most often you can confront them and the rest you have enough ‘red-handed’ proofs to accept without question. It’s a small, small world and people actually talk so chances are people really know a lot about what you’re hiding. This might be a controversy, someone trying to fabricate this all. But why would anyone use this particular medium of women, affairs, or money? Why couldn’t it be something else? I’m no one to give my 2¢s on it but that one should never rely on anyone to the extent that one should take them to be spiritually correct, all the time. Humans are but animals molded and shaped out of elements with the power to make mistakes and learn from them. As part of this world, be able to know the lies that can be fabricated in the finest of gold sheets.

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P.S: I have nothing to do with NAK incident nor do I have the energy to make it a topic of debate. This incident just brought light to something that I personally go through, every day.

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Mahira Khan just experienced a ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ Moment

The ever famous meme claims that infinite dreams of desi-children have been crushed under the hammer of ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay (what will people say). Lesser do parents know, whatever your child ends up doing, you can never save them from the unconditional trolling and attention of the haters. Be it phopho, phopho ki beti/beta, their EX, or a close friend.

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But what exactly is this ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ phenomenon? It is a normal social practice that moves within the lower to upper middle-classs households of the South Asian society where parents let down their children from living a healthy and free life with the aim to do something and achieve a place in life where they feel comfortable about themselves and attain a sense of pride. But what happens in reality, is that the parents pressurize their kids not to move forward any further in their desire to pursue their dreams since it is not according to the ‘prescribed’ model of the society. Let’s quickly evaluate a very recent incident with the perspective of ‘Loug Kia Khayengay Phenomenon’ and see how well we can understand it. Famous drama and film actress Mahira Khan who shot to fame with her drama Humsafar, even won hearts across border with thousands of Indians all over her performance in Raees. Nonetheless, Mahira had been our Queen since years now, actresses, her fans, male colleagues all go over, praising her for who she is and how she appears so flawlessly on-screen. Her recent paparazzi incident has bombarded the internet overnight, showing Mahira having a smoke break with famous Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor. Why not quickly list down the ‘haw haye’ factors in the image attached below:
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a) Wearing a short skirt
b) Backless and deep neck
c) She is freaking smoking! (that just broke the ‘haw-haye’ scale on the internet)

Debating over the double standard mentality of the society twitteratis, and social media nazis threw hate all around, which included hate of all degree.

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Majority of the hate spewed online is indescribable and is better not be shared to further add dirt to one’s hands. This is what ‘Loug Kia Kaheyngay’ looks like. These snippets define how the society, the ‘LOUG’ surrounding the families make sure that you don’t end up living a life that pleases you! This phenomenon lets you, me and every other person down each time we stand up to something for ourselves.

Mahira Khan is at a place where the hate does affect her, but at this degree where she is, she had personally shattered all the ropes that tie her down. She undoubtedly received never-ending support from the fans, friends from the fraternity, and wellwishers from India that stood up to the misogynist and double-standard society putting down women from doing what they feel like doing. The fact being that majority of the hate received came directly by women who hated her for bringing shame upon herself. For doing what? A smoke? Should they be getting the hate, as well?

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Chai Station With a Zing! Foodicted Food Review

I’m a hardcore chai-holic. I might not gulp 12 cups a day, but when I take my chai I know exactly how I want it. Strong, with very minimum sugar and the beautiful aroma of cardamom. Apart from the picturesque description of my lover, I have had plenty of rough experiences (and still do) of going through chai-trauma. Offices, 5-star restaurants, chai walas, even family get-togethers, not everyone knows how to slay a sexy cup of chai!

As Karachiites we have been to almost all the latest Chai-Stations and the trend has picked up a lot. But I recently dropped by at one and my experience has been amazing. I went to Foodicted with my family, which is located at Khayaban e Nishat opp to Burger King and it’s placed at quite a peaceful roadside corner.

Foodicted isn’t just offering the conventional chai paratha, the menu has a lot to offer, the only reason why I ended up ordering more than I expected!

As first timers here’s what we planned and tried out, their Hooter Wings, verdict:

Crispy, Saucy, Finger licking. The sauce had the perfect balance of both sweet and tangy. The minute burnt aroma of the wings added richness to the flavor.

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Hooter Wings with a basket full of Fries

Chicken Reshmi Kebab, verdict:

Tender and Flavourful. The Kebabs were cooked well with the perfect blend of spices. Something that I wasn’t expecting of a road-side eatery.

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Chicken Reshmi Kebab and Chicken Green Boti

For the first time, Foodicted is offering Open Faced Parathas that appear like Pizzas. I tried the Tandoori Grilled (comes in 2 sizes) and it was worth it! The photograph does the rest of the talking, with a good amount of topping. Size Large worth Rs. 450 is a good deal for 2 people who want to munch while they spend their time gossiping

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Open Face Paratha in Tandoori Grill. That’s a Large!

Also added on Chicken Green Boti, Chatni Roll, and Elaichi Chai to the order. All this ended up with a cheque for around 2400Pkr and we were a total of 5 people!

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Chai as dark as my soul!

If you’re fond of having a good baithak over chai and food with friends, out in the evening the place is highly recommended for the food and definitely the location!

Coke Studio stuck between the Love & Hate Brigade

What’s music to you? For me, it’s something that I feed on when I’m happy, sad, excited or just bored. My music often defines what and how I think and take my decisions. It’s actually quite a lot for me and definitely for many. Coke Studio had been the biggest hope since a decade that brought back classics the younger generation never knew existed, revamped the entire South Asian music scene with some of the biggest fans resting in India.
Surprising enough, with a mega opening act the 10th season seems to have gotten stuck on an island surrounded by the super energetic waves of both positive and negative criticism. There’s more of a battle taking place across social media with KOLs, music enthusiasts and people who simply cannot resist the power of Coke Studio taking their opinions to another level!

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Why is that there’s so much disparity for this season? Starting off from the tales of Nepotism towards selecting singers that weren’t found too apt for the covers and, aahh…yes! Covers, ‘why does CS10 believe in opting for covers rather than producing originals’. There are too many tales to tally and I on the other hand just have a very basic opinion to not let the music die from the Pakistani industry once again. We have taken almost a decade to pick ourselves back again where the singles are making waves across. There’s always the good, the bad and even the ugliest (hear Sayoone) but there’s always a beauty to the difference of opinion that helps music aficionados to work harder and produce, richer!
All I’m afraid of is the time when Bilal and Faisal take off from CokeStudio with a broken heart like Rohail Hayatt 4 years ago. He said that he wasn’t but it was evident, he lost hope from the people for whom he created wonders for 6 whole years. Creations like ‘Alif Allah, Aik Alif, Bibi Sanam, Yaar Dadi, KirKir, Pyaar Naal, Aj Latha Naeeo, Jal Pari, Laila O Laila, Ishq Kinara where these are just a few that came from that 6-year long journey. For the hate, he received even from the Gems of the industry.

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Pakistan, criticise where it’s meant to be, say it out loud, but say it sanely. Your opinions make the judgment of many who rely on foreign opinions to try things out. Maybe you did take away the chance of someone actually enjoying a song that you didn’t like.

 

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You might know your music the way you hear it but you might not know the struggle behind its creation. You might say what sounds right to you, but you may be different than what the producers thought about their production!

Let music survive in Pakistan with your constructive criticism.

Transformers 5: The Last Knight, isn’t the Last!

I have been a Transformers loyalist ever since the first movie of the series was released in 2007. I still secretly have a wish that someday I’d end up in a car that’d be my Bumble Bee. Alas, not all dreams and wishes come true (not exactly the stupid ones). With the release of Transformers 5: The Last Knight, I knew that a trip to the cinema was inevitable. Glad to have an amazing family who loved Transformers, as I do. With gazillion phases of pre-planning we ended up watching the movie this Saturday and what we saw is a combination of a magnificent execution of visual effects with a lack of sensible content.

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In all honesty that goes with most of the sci-fi movies but a lot do try to connect the dots well. However, with movie brands like Transformers that clearly depict their humans, as actual humans and then have them fall from a height of more than 100 meters without crack opening their heads or damaging their ribs, I mean which brand of cereal had they been munching on?

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Hollywood’s game in terms of creating breathtaking visual scenery has no bounds indeed. But there has to be a connection! Keeping facts straight, our planet Earth can very easily get off of the gravitational belt in case it gets hit by a meteor(I’d say medium-sized). But what were they even thinking when Cybertron actually invaded Earth and dragged through the Pyramids or even China,  without even going through the hellfire of our atmospheric pressure.

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For the final conflict, I cannot come out of the spell of HOW they could ‘transform’ a purely mechanical led sci-fi plot to a Merlin melodrama? HOW! When Transformers had the ability to keep it going without the help of spells, wizards and witchcraft, why did they believe it would’ve been a great idea to infuse it with a magical world of Alice! Spells cast on the mighty Optimus Prime, having all powers invested in the utterly sexy- PhD historian, Ms. Vivian Wembley who by the way, was the direct descendant of Merlin some, 1600 years later. It didn’t have to be something magical, it was already too magical for us to believe.

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The overall cinematic experience was grand, with the newest entries Mercedes GT R- Drift the French Autobot (Hot Rod) assigned to kidnap Vivian and the custom-built Ford Mustang that was witnessed in the form of a Decepticon. You walk in expecting crazy transformations and you end up enjoying all that, in 3D. Transformers 5, ends up with a spoiler leading towards the sequel and it’s more than obvious that the Goddess Quintessa found her way back to Earth and that the Last Knight wasn’t really the last.

My rating for Transformers 5: The Last Knight falls not more than 2.5