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Friday, December 26, 2008

The Most Memorable Experience of 2008 - US Magazine, The News International


Memoir

I won't forget!

most memorable experiences of 2008…

I won't cheat!

I was taking my Mathematics B paper during matriculation exam this year in April. I got 75/75 marks in Mathematics A. During my Maths B paper, the inspector came out of nowhere and took away my paper claiming that I was showing my paper to the boy sitting next to me. I was extremely terrified for I was purely innocent. I begged him to return my paper, but in vain. He finally gave me the paper of some other boy and whispered: "Solve few questions for him, you'll get your paper within ten minutes!" It was my first ever cathartic experience of horrification. Holding him by his collar, I shouted at the top of my voice: "Give me my paper back or by God I'll take you to the court!" He summoned the examiner to have my paper cancelled! I couldn't believe it was happening to me! Later on, the consequence was really unexpected. I used all my efforts to unveil the truth, and eventually the chairman fired him from his job. Still, I didn't gain my 40 marks back!

To make things worse, even my parents were suspicious that maybe it was really my fault! You know what's more unfortunate? One night before, my best friend had departed. And you know what's most unfortunate? All this happened on my birthday - 30th April 2008!

--Hamza Asad

Friday, October 31, 2008

All night Long! - US Magazine, The News International


My Contribution to Momal mushtaq and Salman Latif's cover!!


All night Long!


What comes to your mind when you think of it?
"The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Halloween is Cartoon Network. I watch 'Courage the Cowardly Dog'. It thrills me! You can have a grossly ghoulish time with Cartoon Network's Halloween transmission," laughed Hamza Asad.


What would you like to wear to a Halloween costume party?

Hamza answered, "Jeans without shirt and a big tattoo on my shoulder to show that I'm the very devil personified. Sounds cool, right? No, no, no, neither do I've the Greek-gods'-looks nor am I a muscular bloke like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm so weak physically that if someone sees me without a shirt, he would indeed be horrified, especially on the Halloween night! (winks)"


And the jokes...





Halloween has its handful of jokes, which are circulated through text messages on or around the event. We sent our friends such incomplete jokes. The response we received was quite humorous.

Joke: Why didn't the skeleton go to school?

The answer was: "Because his heart wasn't in it."

Hamza: "Because he had no body to go with!!"

Joke: When do ghosts have to stop scaring people?

Answer: When they lose their haunting licenses!

Hamza: "When they lose their haunting licenses!"



Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Youth Gang - The Youth Magaznie, September 2008





"THE YOUTH GANG!!"











By: Hamza Asad






Deluded you... come join our world

Let's make a solemn pledge

In immortal's rank, let's leave our name

Before comes, D for Death!

Who we are and what we are...

We show this to the world

We stand on what we say, O yeah...

We're blessed, God-gifted souls!

Who stands again, around the ground,

We have victory, within our hands...

Born Cynosures, of mother's milk

We are the shades of YOUTH GANG!

Deluded you... come join our world

Let's end the worse, Hey dude be bold!

If villains come, we'll show them hell

Just chill my friend... let's rock and roll!

If evil rules and all is down,

We'll let our throats be cut, but sound

Will keep on whispering, from our lips

Our Pakistan... Our Pakistan!

Deluded you, Come join our world

Let's have relief, from crooked land

You'll feel the change, enthusiasm...

Is all to hail thy YOUTH GANG!

(Cyrus-92onwards)


http://www.theyouth.com.pk/gang.html

Mangoes - The Twist Of Summer, The Youth Magazine, September 2008


Mangoes-The twist of summer!!!

By: Hamza Asad















“Ufff… Ye garmi marwaaegi!”, “Oh no... I hate summer. I hate it like anything. My God, when will the sign of winters appear?” Every exhausted person has the same excuse! I mean, I don’t find a single person having a fine approach about this season. Have you ever seen somebody saying “Yaar, I hate winter, I just love summer. When will it come? I am impatient for the summer to arrive!” He would be indeed a crazy person according to you. So if you think I am crazy! Think again because I am the craziest entertainer for you this summer. My exhausted friends, let me take you for a drive to the land of mango-lovers and let me give you a fine treat of mangoes there because I am sure after having this treat you are just going to go higher than ever to say “Hello… I love summers because I love mangoes".




Every body seems to be lethargic with the approaching summer season. After all day's work/study, everyone feels tired when returning back home around afternoon. It’s very true that in summer the hot and yellow sun eats you away and when you come home, you are just angry for no reason. But every problem has a solution. Same stands true for this 'summer anger'. Instead of getting angry on someone younger than you, open your fridge, take out the juicy, green and yellow mangoes and eat them as much as you can. I am sure after having the mangoes you will definitely regain your energy and would be equally recreated. In fact, when I come from my school, I just scream and shout “Mamaaa …. Cut a mango for me!!!” and she does it. Many people like to have cold drinks and other gaseous juices in summer season when they are exhausted but I always prefer mangoes because it really overpowers me when I am dead tired and equally angry in the hot summer!


ETYMOLOGY AND DESCRIPTION:


The word mango is derived either from the language Kodagu, Mange, the Malayalam, Manga, or the Tamil, Mangai. It was loaned into Portuguese when they settled in western India in the early 16th century, From Portuguese, it passed on to English. Mango is a tropical fruit of the mango tree. Mangoes belong to the genus Mangifera consisting of about 35 species of tropical fruiting trees. Native to India, the mango trees have been cultivated in many tropical regions of the world. Having special significance in the culture of South Asia, mango is considered to be the national fruit of Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Philippines. Especially in Pakistan, as we have an ideal climate, mangoes are grown here in a large quantity but the only problem here is that they are expensive.

Mango tree reaches 35-40 meters in height. Its leaves are evergreen. When its leaves are young they are orange-pink, rapidly changing to a dark glossy red and then dark green as they mature with the passage of time. Its flowers are small and white with almost five petals. After the flowers finish, the fruit takes from three to six months to ripen.

FAN FOLLOWING:

Of those great personalities whom we don’t get tired praising, some are very fond of mangoes as well. “Hazaaro khaawishien aisi kay har khwaahish pe dam niklae”. I hope you know whom I am talking about. Yes, it’s our very own Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib, the biggest lover of mangoes. Who could love mangoes more than him? There are a lot of examples that relate to his love for mangoes and prove that he was extremely fond of mangoes.

One day Ghalib told his slave to press his legs as he was tired. The slave put a condition in front of him that he would only do it if he gives him a penny after pressing his legs. Ghalib agreed. After pressing his legs, the slave asked for his penny. Ghalib gave him a mango. The slave did not agree to take the mango. Ghalib ate the mango himself saying “Tum nae meray paau dabaa diye, mae ne tumhaara rupiaa daba diya”.

On another occasion, one of Ghalib’s friends came to his house. Ghalib was eating mangoes. His friend asked what is so special in mangoes that you like it so much? Ghalib replied in his refreshing style, 'Bas, Aam(mango) hon aur aam (in abundance) hon'.

Allama Iqbal, the poet of East too was very fond of mangoes. He praised langra (a variety of the fruit) in one of his verse when he received a parcel of mangoes from Akbar Allahbadi.


PART OF DIFFERENT CULTURES:

When the moral and status of the Muslims was on the top in sub-continent, various mughal Emperors used to order their servants to bring a large number of juicy mangoes for them and thus it made mangoes call “The fruit of kings”. The Mughal emperor Akbar was also very fond of mangoes. He would eat so many mangoes at a single sitting. This really proves that mangoes got distinction over other fruits from the very beginning.

Mangoes hold significance in Buddhism and Hinduism in a highly acclaimed style. Especially Hindus have a very cavalier approach about mangoes. The leaves of mango tree are ritually used for floral decorations at Hindu marriages and religious ceremonies. They believe that mango is a sign of love and beauty. As you know that music is a part of their religion, many of the classical Hindi songs based on rainy season (Barsaat) and romance definitely mention the mango tree! In fact, there is a large number of barsaat songs sung by famous Indian singers giving reference to mangoes due to which their songs gained popularity. The Buddhists too consider the mango tree sacred. Buddha used to retire and pray under the shade of mango-like trees around him. Mangoes from very beginning gave birth to various festivals and traditions. One of these festivals was Naurauz in which people would eat and throw mangoes over each other in a hyper excited manner, in olden days.

In Pakistan, mangoes are presented to guests as a gesture of hospitality and are sent and received as a gift. In short, it is an aggressive source of recreation and formality here. This makes mango the part of Pakistani culture too!

VARIETIES AND ITS NUTRIENT PROPERTIES:


In Pakistan, different varieties of mangoes are produced. However, the most popular among them are Chaunsa, Langra, and Dasehri. The Chaunsa is considered as the best variety of mangoes in Pakistan. Langra is a green coloured sweet mango mostly used in the making of mango shakes, ice creams and fruit chats. Other varieties of mangoes found in our country include Sindhri, Neelum, Alfanso and Safeda etc. Mangoes are used to prepare mango jams and pickles as well.

Mango is rich in dietary fiber and carbohydrates. They contain essential nutrients like copper and potassium, minerals, sugar, iron and vitamins as well. It has vitamin A, B, C and K including some of the amino acids at a good level. Moreover, mangoes help in clotting of blood and keep your mind fresh all the time!

I agree “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and “Lassi jaisi koi nahi” but when it comes to coolness, no fruit or juice can be compared with mangoes as they play a fine role in thrilling your minds during summer. In fact, my brother and I compete with each other while the eating process that whoever finishes the mangoes first would be considered the winner. So if you want to become cool, just swimming in the summer would not do it for you. You need to become a mango-lover and I am sure you will no more be exhausted but a tension free person flowing in the twist of summer. Happy mango season!

The writer is a student of 10 th standard and a resident of Peshawar.

http://www.theyouth.com.pk/mangos.html

Friday, September 19, 2008

My First Fast - US Magazine, The News International




My Contribution to Iqra Asad's Cover


cover story


"My First Fast!!"













The Decision

1) Why did you keep your first proper fast? (e.g. Own wish, parents' wish, it became farz on you.) How old were you then? What were your feelings regarding keeping a proper fast for the first time in your life?

I was only ten years of age when I fasted for the first (and for the coming few years, last) time. When I was in the fourth standard, there was a beautiful teacher in our school who used to travel by our school bus. I would give her some jasmine flowers every morning. My class fellows used to get jealous of me because I used to sit on the seat next to her! Oh God, how lovely those days were, and how lovely she was! Her bewitching smiles and fascinating looks still remain my most cherished memories. Wooooh!!

One day, I was eating a sandwich in front of her and offered it to her. That cute slap, which she gave me, still dejects me! It was the month of Ramazan. That was the last day I sat with any female teacher in a school bus. Anyway, on that very day, I asked my parents that how and why people fast. What was the reason for doing it? They told me about this holy month in detail and the very next day I was fasting for the first time! (Hey…Only to impress that female teacher, lol ;))"


Doing it


2) Was it as easy as you thought it would be? Any incident you would like to share for this answer? More than halfway through the fast, did your feelings change from what they were at the beginning?

"In those days, a movie named 'Chocolate' was released that had a lovely soundtrack. I listened to it the whole day and my mom would come to my room, turn off the main switch of the stereo system and pull my left ear whenever she heard the music. Then I would try reading Harry Potter, but I discovered that when the stomach is empty, even the most interesting novel slips through your mind without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind! Therefore, I had to give up fasting as a bad job!"


What you give…


3) Did you cheat or think of cheating? (Be honest!)

Hamza: "Sooooo many times!!! Even today my parents have their suspicions about whether I eat anything or not when they are asleep in the afternoon!"


…and what you get


4) What did you get out of that first fast for the following fasts you kept? (Experience, etc?)

Hamza: "I think fasting raises one's conscience. In the beginning, I had a very cavalier approach towards fasting. But last year, I fasted for 25 days. I didn't listen to songs and I was punctual while praying as well."


Something special for something special


4) Different families have their own ways of appreciating their child's first fast. What did your family do? (E.g. Verbal appreciation and support, monetary reward, a party to celebrate it). How did you like what they did?

Hamza: "Every year in Ramzan when I come to the dining table, my not-so-very-naughty-brother 'Kukoo' says, 'Oh, Hamza nay bhi roza rakha hai? Outrageous!'"

Hamza Asad, Peshawar!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friendship Day - US Magazine, The News International


Friendship Day!!

What? No, no... Just tell me, why are you looking like this? Are you jealous of my best friend, Blacky? I remember taking him out for a walk that morning when I observed a quote written at the back of a car, "The more I know people, the more I love my dog!" Blacky is my only best friend. He sleeps in my room, he's obedient, he's intelligent and he loves me like anything! It was probably two years back when he was a baby and my brother gifted him to me on my birthday.


In the beginning, I used to hate him. But one day I realised how much I loved him when Blacky's nose started to bleed due to some reason and I started crying! I love you, Blacky. Happy Friendship Day!

Hamza Asad.


My Buddies, Blacky and Dexter!!
video

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My contribution for F.D. Sheikh's article on Independence Day!



INDEPENDENCE DAY!






What does Independence Day connote to you in Actual?

Independence Day means a lot to me. I’m the smallest member of my family. You must have heard that the youngest member of a family bears with a lot of disgrace, problems and retaliation and he has all most all the responsibilities on his shoulders. Similarly, if we talk on an unprecedented case; it’s now our responsibility to show our enthusiasm and love for our country. Because our forefathers have done their job, the government is trying its best. But the destiny is still in our hands!

How does Independence Day Influence a countrymen “Psychologically”?

I have a very realistic approach towards the Independence Day. As far as other people are concerned, (specially the youth) I would like to refer to the fact
"THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST; BUT UNFORTUNATELY, WE LOOK FOR WISDOM TO THE WEST!"

You are a writer, I'm a writer, the third one might also be a writer, but every youngster of our country does not act on their conscience! We_ writers try our level best to keep the standard of our country high but still there are people who being Pakistani citizens, speak for the indignity of their own country. Despite this, I believe, there is a big space for Pakistan in the heart of every citizen. The Independence Day is not merely a day of Independence but a state of mind that overpowers you and makes you realize how much you love your country!

Do you believe in/go side by side with our typical style of marking Independence Day (by crooning songs, raising flags, affirming ostensible promises to ourselves/homeland etc) or does it seem merely a “hollow shell” for limited period of time to you?

Of course, I believe in typical style of marking Independence Day (I won’t say typical because it’s the part of our culture) but if you really want to know the answer of this question, I would promptly say “I want Junoon band back on Independence Day” I think their songs especially the Sufi rock epic songs like “Khudi Ko Kar Buland Itna” and “Pakistan Kabhi na bhulo” can still play a great role in raising the enthusiasm among the youth!

How do you mark this special day and how should it be marked?

Pakistan is an under-developed country and for the limited period, she is facing some big problems like load shedding, political disorder etc. That’s why it would not be affirmative to say (for this limited period) how it should be marked. But as I said “The destiny is in our hands” we can still overcome these problems and repair our country!

I would end by sharing a lovely poem of mine with the Pakistani Youth on this 62nd Independence Day!

(ENTHUSIASM)

Enthusiasm…
Along with stress
For hopeless friends
Would lead to success
Enthusiasm…
Find in your hearts…
Search in your souls
Before you confess
Solely you are,
Blink of a star…
God is to you,
The nearest!
From your reach
He is not far
Anonymous he is
But clearest!
Spring is not…
Far behind
The world isn’t yours…
The world is mine…
One will not agree…
Without hard work
Try your best…
And you will shine…
God will on you…
Bless your wills
Iqbal is witness
Of this line!
Work! Work! Work!
And only Work…
Quaid for you;
Had spoken fine
Enthusiasm…
Is waiting for you…
Get up my friends.
It’s looking for you…
Its time to show…

How deep you go…
Enthusiasm…
Will be leading for you…

(Cyrus-92onwards)



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Peshawar - My City… - The Youth Magazine, May 2008



Peshawar- My City

By Hamza Asad!














All hail thy own Peshawar. You might have heard that “Old is Gold”. No other city is quite older than Peshawar. It is one of the most peaceful cities of Pakistan. Being the capital of N.W.F.P, it is above doubts that this city has historic importance in all aspects. If only Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi have wonderful places to visit, Peshawar is also full of euphoria and is no less than that! Peshawar being one of the oldest cities of Pakistan is an attraction personified. This is the land of pathans who are the most dignified people and their versatility lies in hospitality! According to Ghani khan “Pashtun is not merely a race but, in fact, a state of mind; there is a Pashtun lying inside every man, who at times wakes up and overpowers him". The ever living statement of the great English bard Shakespeare “To be or not to be? That is the question” highlights every target but in this case I must say… Yes! Peshawar really is an exciting historical place for visit. As far as modernism is concerned, no one can deny that it is an under developing city of Pakistan. But still there are many places here at Peshawar which is enough to capture the minds of tourists and visitors.


1) BAALA HISAAR FORT:

Baala Hisaar fort is the most attractive place in Peshawar. It is really an eye-opener for the visitors. Baala Hisaar fort stands at the North western edge of the city. Its original structure was raised in 1519 AD during the reign of Mughal Emperor Babar. Some rocking concerts of famous Pakistani singers are also held in this fort. The army uses this fort that is why it is usually closed to the public but visitors can obtain permits to visit it!


2) NAMAK MANDI:

Available almost everywhere, but the real flavor of these barbequed Tikkas of sheep and lambs lie in the restaurants of Namak Mandi! It is situated in the city besides Shoba bazaar. This place has gained popularity amongst both locals and visitors. This place has its own importance. People from far away places come at night to have their toothsome barbeque in the restaurants of Namak Mandi. So if you come to Peshawar and you don’t visit Namak Mandi, You are missing an opportunity because without visiting this place, your trip to Peshawar would be half left! That’s why it’s a must visiting place because Namak Mandi has the charismatic power to make the visitors and tourists fall in love at a first sight with this city after tasting its barbeque when the saliva in their mouths starts flowing naturally…


3) ISLAMIYA COLLEGE:

Islamiya College is said to be the biggest cynosure of the city-Peshawar. This is the most beautiful place for visiting. It’s an unprecedented case but Yes! This is not only a college for the most brilliant students but also a very nice place for visiting. Visitors are given the permission to walk in the big grounds of this college and to see it from inside during special occasions like 23rd March or 14th of August etc. This college was established in 1913. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during his historical visit to Peshawar gave 1/3rd of his property to Islamiya college. This is another feather in the cap for this college. The beauty of this college lies in its lightening. One finds it extremely attractive from the roadside when its lights are on. The visitors specially the students are thrilled with enthusiasm when they visit Islamiya College! So, do visit this college if you ever come to Peshawar as I mentioned before “This College is the biggest cynosure of our city.”


3) THE KHYBER PASS:

The Khyber Pass is the mountain pass that links Pakistan and Afghanistan. Through out the history, it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia. The bab-e-khyber has great historical importance. Many revolutionary periods have passed, but the Khyber Pass still exists and remains the same as it was. The Indo-Aryans also migrated to India via the Khyber Pass. Many battles have taken place here. Moreover, it has kissed the footsteps of Alexander the Great who crossed into south Asia in 326BC through this route in an attempt to conquer the Indus Valley. The great Pushto Poet Ameer Hamza Khan Shinwari said that “If someone wants to experience greatness in this life, so for him it is must to visit The Khyber Pass once in his lifetime.” Then what are you waiting for? Gain the experience blessed on the city of Peshawar which reflects the gravity towards its historic importance!


5) EAT OUTS AND SHOPPING PLACES:

There are many nice eat out places here in Peshawar like Pizza hut, KFC, Ballana, Spring rose, Greens hut and CafĂ© D’ Milano but no one can take the position of Chief Burger as it stands on the top of eat out places in Peshawar. It is located in the Fawad Plaza. In the beginning a person used to sell small burgers on the road side. People would come from different corners of the city to have those burgers as it was the best source of recreation in olden times. Then he opened a small shop known as Chief Burger to sell his burgers and now his fast food restaurant has become so much popular among all the other eat out places that one cannot paint it with the same brush anymore!

The shopping places mostly include Sadar and Kissa khwani bazaar where every kind of stuff is available. But the young crowd prefers places like City Towers; Chain one, Jan’s arcade and Dean’s trade centre where every kind of stuff and clothes for modern generation is present. But these are the best places for shopping and entertainment. Eat out places are also present in these places so the visitors can enjoy their time with filled tummies!

Difficult it is to digest the truth but it is fact that Peshawar is one of the under developing cities of Pakistan. Therefore, it does not have such exciting places which Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi have. But the twist which lies in the city of Peshawar does not belong to any other city of Pakistan because



“PEKHAWAR KHO PEKHAWAR DAY KANAA!!!”

The writer is a student of tenth standard and a resident of Peshawar.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Brutal Love - The Youth Magazine, April 2008


The dreamer of love,

In the time I was

I used to look here and there

In search of my dream, my love

And one day when it appeared,

It blossomed, me and my desires

In such a lovely way,


“As if a sinner is forgiven for his sins
As if some voices have echoed to adore
As if the love had entered in my soul”


But this time when I awoke,

From the dreams of love,

I looked here and there again!

In search of my dream, my love

But it did not revive …

And dejected me and my desires

In such a brutal way,


“As if a lover from the venom took a sip
As if one sees a man of virtues being drunk
As if the sailor of a boat has sunk“

(Cyrus-92 onwards)