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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Picture fun - Art

I was lying on my bed last night, contemplating what I'm going to do in the exams to follow, when I thought of doing something more constructive with my time. I thought of taking pictures in the dark, of my eyes wide open, in negative mode. The following were the results obtained:

I call this one... The Ring

And this one... No Fear

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Anomalies of the English Language - Humor

The English Language

Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

Let's face it
English is a stupid language.
There is no egg in the eggplant
No ham in the hamburger
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England
French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that
Quicksand takes you down slowly
Boxing rings are square
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing.
If the plural of tooth is teeth
Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth
If the teacher taught,
Why didn't the preacher praught.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables
What the heck does a humanitarian eat!?
Why do people recite at a play
Yet play at a recital?
Park on driveways and
Drive on parkways

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
Of a language where a house can burn up as
It burns down
And in which you fill in a form
By filling it out
And a bell is only heard once it goes!

English was invented by people, not computers
And it reflects the creativity of the human race
(Which of course isn't a race at all)

That is why
When the stars are out they are visible
But when the lights are out they are invisible
And why it is that when I wind up my watch
It starts
But when I wind up this observation,
It ends.


Friday, May 13, 2005

Insensitivity of the West - Perspective

Flag burning in protest to the alleged
desecration of the Koran by Military
officers in Afghanistan

The recent dishonoring of the Holy Qur'an (Koran) by American interrogation officers in Afghanistan has caused worldwide furore amongst the Muslims. Already, dozens of people have been killed in riots in Afghanistan. Peaceful, yet powerful protests are being held in several other Muslim countries. What the west does not understand is that such provaocative techniques are considered extremely despicable by all Muslims. Islam preaches love, peace, and tolerance, and when muslims are treated otherwise, it infuriates them. Unfortunately, the ignorance of the west has already cost many wars and many more lives and yet, they do not cease to manifest their stupidity by continuing to be indifferent to the feelings of the Muslims and their religion; a religion that boasts the second largest number of followers in the world.

In his first term, Mr. Bush, being the chief ambassador of the so called war on terror, (read: War on Islam) idiotically proclaimed a new 'crusade' which led to a huge outcry from the Islamic world once again. Unless the west, America in particular, starts to educate itself on what tolerance is about, and be respectful to religions in general, the continued violent response from the Muslim world will not cease. Abusing Iraqi prisoners, using contentious words such as the "New Crusade", desecrating the Noble Koran, are all acts that have scarred the hearts and minds of many Muslims around the globe, and winning them back will be a monumental task.

Cricket Meri Jaan - Sports, Multimedia

Cricket Meri Jaan: The Ultimate
in Pakistani Cricket Videos!

Hey Folks, if you're a cricket fan, then you have to watch these immaculate videos, aptly titled: "Cricket Meri Jaan", or "Criket is My Life". They're clips of Pakistani cricket players in action mostly, with some excellent background music. Click on the image to be redirected to the official webpage of Cricket Meri Jaan, or simply follow the link below:

Cricket Meri Jaan

Paradise on Earth - Nature

Many years ago, I visited one of Pakistan's most breathtaking places called Jheel Saif-ul-Muluk. The word "Jheel" in urdu (The official language of Pakistan) translates to 'lake'. I can hardly remember my trip to the place, but the following series of stunning images brought back some vague memories from the past. I just thought I'd share them with everyone since its magnificence can only be captured by the eye. Enjoy!

A view of the lake with two enormous mountains and some cotton-like clouds hovering about in the background

This is my favourite of all. Again, Lake Saif-ul-Muluk with its emerald-green look

Lake Saif-ul-Muluk during summer

Another view of the beautiful lake

The lake from a different location

This image is so distinctly surreal, it seems as though it has been extracted from some fantasy world

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Sheikh Zayed Cup: 2nd ODI - Sports

Malik scored a stylish half century to help
his team reach a respectable total of 290
Image Courtesy: AFP Getty Images

Hey folks, for those of you who were unable to follow the 2nd ODI being played between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, here's a brief review of what happened yesterday:

A powerful Pakistani side notched up an easy win against a handicapped Sri Lankan side in today’s 2nd ODI being held at the lovely Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Sri Lankan greats; Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas and Upal Chandana were unable to join the side due to prior commitment with their respective English county teams. Pakistan were playing with the same team that beat India in last month’s tour, with the only two changes being the addition of Moin Khan at the expense of Rana Naved and Arshad Khan in place of Mohammad Sami.

Earlier, Pakistan started off slowly with Afridi falling away on 17 leaving Pakistan at 29 for 1. From there on, Butt and Malik steadied the innings, playing some sensible strokes and most importantly making sure they didn’t lose their wickets too soon. However, as the momentum was slowly picking up, Butt played a delivery from Malinga into the safe hands of Dilshan and Pakistan were left at 87 for the loss of two. Youhana stroked a quick 28 off 27 before being caught by Vandort off Dilshan’s bowling. Younis Khan then stepped in and played an excellent knock, scoring 71 off only 69 balls, with just 3 fours and a six in his entire innings. Inzamam too, chipped in with 30 off 31 balls while the rest of the tail ended cheaply but not before they were able to register a daunting score of 290. Moin Khan was run out when he was on a score of nil while Akmal was bowled out for just one.

The Sri Lankan response was hardly one they would have desired, with captain Marvan Atapattu being deceived by a late reverse swing from Rao Ifthikar and edging it straight in to the hands of the keeper. They had hardly recovered from the initial blow, when Vandort was bowled out to a sensational delivery by Rao once again; the ball swung into the left hander who was completely dumbfounded as the ball sneaked through between his bat and his body. From that point on, wickets tumbled one after another, with the only resistance coming from Jayawardene who stayed at the crease and played some fantastic shots. He scored 69 off 77 balls while his assistant Ramyakumara played responsibly to reach his half century off 81 balls. Jayawardene had begun to show signs of weariness and frustrations as the boundaries had dried up due to some very tight bowling by Malik and Afridi. He finally came down the track and tried to smash one out of the ground at long on, but only managed to play a simple catch into the hands of Butt. The Sri Lankan tail was dismissed quickly and without much opposition.

Pakistan now face Indian tomorrow in the 3rd and final ODI match of the Sheikh Zayed Cup being played at the state of the art Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. India lost their first match to the Sri Lankan masters by 97 runs.