Thursday, January 20, 2011

And then you complain about the leadership?

The other day in class when I was dozing in and out of sleep my friend poked me when her elbow saying “Oye! You are missing all the fun”. As I gained my senses I realized that the lecture discussion on strategic leadership in organizations had somehow transformed to leadership in Pakistan. I heard very valuable contributions from the class on different political parties, I was amazed that how keenly my fellows followed up on the political activities and embarrassed that I did not know peanut in comparison.

A student said: “Pakistan could only prosper if it has good leadership, Malaysia was on the breach of collapse too when Mahateer Muhammad came and changed it all.”

Another said: “Pakistan needs a dictator; this spoiled nation can only be straightened with a rod”

Our professor asked “Where is such leader going to come from? ‘Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me’ and as far as Pakistan is concerned it has been fooled by its leaders for as many as four times...”

Building on the argument someone from class said: “Well frankly it’s not the leadership to be blamed than, in fact it is the people casting their votes to be blamed?”

Professor: “Are they?”

*sounds of yeah.. yes.. no.. probably*

Student x: “Ma’am, we are sitting in this class where almost everyone has sufficient knowledge to support the better political party or at least identify the bad political party from the worst. Can you please ask the students to raise their hands who voted in the past election, or any one of the past election they were eligible to vote at?”

“I am not surprised to see three of hands in the air. And then you complain about the leadership, you lost that right when you did not vote”

After a silence there was one response: “I wanted to but for which party should I have voted for given the options? They have all done so much wrong for the country”

Professor: “You should have voted for the lesser evil. Not casting your voting was the worst option…. With this note the class is dismissed”

This made me think that if I claim to love my country should I not play my part by at least voting? This is one problem with Pakistanis that those who know don’t care and the ones not aware vote and suffer. Most of the educated class is better off, so why bother. I will vote for Tehreek-i-Insaaf in the next election because I think it is a better party among the given options.  

Monday, January 17, 2011

10 reasons why the zodiac signs should stay the same

  1. Even Parke Kunkle, the person who made the discovery, is not embracing the new signs.
  2. The change in the format of the newspapers horoscope section and the addition of a thirteenth sign, which is also an odd number.
  3. More work! The need for updating zodiac signs of celebrities everywhere, starting with Wikipedia.
  4. The change in compatibility, since now you are compatible with certain zodiac signs you previously were not compatible with. For a hardcore believer in astrology this means lots of changes.
  5. A change in zodiac personality traits equals to a change in zodiac personality perception, which evidently equals to not-easily-digestible.
  6. Astrologists are still debating the usefulness of the discovery and deciding on whether or not it will even have an impact.
  7. Astrology has lost its credibility, and while there have been issues with the science since its inception, this recent discovery is the final blow.
  8. Many twins are now crabs, many crabs are now lions, and many lions are now virgins and its plain weird.
  9. The thirteenth zodiac sign is hard to pronounce.
  10. What are we to do with all the gifts, mugs, photo frames, and panels having our “old” zodiac signs on them?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

All is well that ends well. What about when all is well but does not end well?

All is well that ends well. What about when all is well but does not end well? Like when you are excited, yet surprised, but excited to enroll in one elective course you pick by choice in a semester and enjoy the lectures all along, learn a lot and consequently perform decent on evaluations but end up victim of tough grading? Is that not well because it did not end well? Or is it well because it was great learning?
Let’s simplify and do a weighted-performance-matrix-thing.

Scene A
Scene B
Grade/ Your learning from worlds point of view

In Scene A you have this amazing grade which can be achieved by various ways including fair useless means i.e. route learning etc. and unfair means i.e. cheating, flattering the instructor etc. In Scene B you have learned a lot out of the course but end up with a poor grade*, thus your will be considered one grade lesser in that area by the “world”, when you are actually not. This one poor grade starts the circle which ends at lesser, than could have been, overall GPA passing through lesser semester GPA and lesser grades in later semester because of being discouraged and dishearten. In light of the ‘three-seven rule’, of which we are all (not) aware of, we will not consider the positive effects of the one higher grade(s) that we receive when some course(s) is graded leniently.
By the way this is one very strong point which supports theories on screw-you-grading-system and grades-do-not-reflect-REAL*-intellectual-ability. I wonder what charm instructor’s get in tough grading other than becoming popular or rather notorious as tough grader. With this wondering this pointless article comes to a no-apparent-end end.

* Poor grade: not literally poor, lesser than what you deserved or at least what you think you deserved.
* REAL: more commonly replaced by actual, in ACTUAL literature and ‘other’ stuff.
* three-seven rule: you will tell three people when something good happens and seven when something bad happens. [It’s actually a famous rule in business] 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Governor Punjab’s assassination: Terrorists within

Shameless or should I call the self-proclaimed-judges-of-other’s-deeds hopeless? I was amazed to see people celebrating other over the murder of governor of Punjab. Let’s review the reason for murder of the governor in the first place; HE WAS SHOT BECAUSE OF HIS CALLING THE BLASHEMY LAWS AS THE ‘KALA KANOON’. Although I completely disagree with the victim’s approach towards the blasphemy laws but I condemn the execution of the assassination; if every walking person has the right to pass and carryout the judgment I wonder why do we have the courts, judges or even laws to begin with?

The irony of the situation is that you are trying to be a supporter of a religion by doing exactly what’s disliked in the very religion. Congratulating on someone’s death? Seriously? I would quote an event as described in Sahih Al-Bukhari (Volume 2, Hadith 399): “A funeral procession once passed in front of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told the person in the coffin was Jewish and not Muslim, he said: ‘Was it not a living (soul)?’”

The Holy Quran says in Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35: "Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee was hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint". I am sure the terrorists also congratulate each other after killings and bombarding people and places what they belief are wrong. Human life is valuable and we do not have the right to be the judge. In fact we stand at the same place as any other in front of God- at least before evaluation. For what’s done is done but should not we be more concerned for our actions and doings, towards the country as per the situation, than celebrate from someone elses?