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In the Name of God بسم الله


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Brained last won the day on October 14 2014

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  1. As of now, and despite Pakistan repatriating the Indian pilot, India continues with heavy shelling across the LOC. Little to no coverage in Pakistani media (here's a report by Dawn, but that's pretty much it). Twitter is abuzz with osint reports of Indian forces resorting to heavy artillery fire towards civilian areas. Pakistan responding in kind. Also, since this appears to have been missed: Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for 'eco-terrorism' forest bombing. High level trolling by Pakistan.
  2. Have the same problem. More than a few times pregnant stray cats made our place their maternity home. One even had the galls to settle in a regularly used closet! Needed continuous monitoring to save the kitchen, though it helped that the kitchen was out of its route to the door. Anyways, installed netted doors with self-closing hinges to stave off the issue.
  3. Pakistan was a British conspiracy, absolutely, that's why Mountbatten went out of his way to oppose partition, interfered with the demarcation process and fought tooth and nail with Jinnah till the very end. The British wanted to divide India, so they were willing to draw out complex negotiations till 1946 aiming to preserve a united India. Jinnah was a British agent, so he initially agreed to the Cabinet Mission Plan (the 16 June one) that called for a united Indian Federation, only leaving because of Congress's insolence. Oh-so-naive Nehru and Patel got duped by a scheming Jinnah. Sure. Lovely sense of history you got there. It has taken India a grand total of 4 democratic years to devolve to the state where Pakistan is today. At least we did not choose poison. It were imposed upon us. You, on the other hand, take pride in having a mass murderer as PM. What Nehru did really well was hold together the British legacy of an impartial state. What India is moving towards now, a majoritarian Hindutva state, is nothing more than a consequence of the unraveling of the colonial legacy, similar to what happened to Pakistan in the 80s. A politicized Hindu identity has risen, and it will kick and burn and code and compile the lynched bodies of minorities. I'm out.
  4. I am judging Nehru by the militant Hindu nexus that has taken power in India. Oh what a failure! Should've left it to the British really.
  5. There's a lot that I rely on to de-stress. One: by sleeping it out. A good night's sleep does wonders for me. Two: watching feel good movies. Three: listening to good happy music (or urdu nasheeds/manqabats). Four: spending good time with friends, away from worries.
  6. When read without any context, yes, the statement sounds bad. But Edhi probably said a lot more than that. You must see the space, the environment that Edhi lived in, the godawful society he was a part of and tried to help. Islam and its values are only present in name in today's world, and Pakistan is the worst possible example of what Islam represents. The caricatured, disfigured version of Islam that most in Pakistan follow is what Edhi was talking about. A version that lacks basic principles of humanity, humility, and honesty, and only prides itself on hollow worship and exclusivity. Edhi was criticized for helping Christians and Hindus and other "kafirs". He was often derided as a Agha Khani, sometimes called a Qadiani; only because his organisation doesn't ask for the victim's religion before helping him/her. Now read that statement again. That interpretation of religion which calls for refusing aid on sectarian lines, that is what Edhi worked against. When people defend religion here, they talk of the idealistic, egalitarian values that Islam recommends, the one that actually places humanity above all other petty lines, andis arguably only present in books, not the one that is practiced today.
  7. There are what 160? 170 million Muslims in India. Ridiculous to say most poor Muslims are criminals. That's blaming the victim. The point is, those who migrated found better opportunities for growth than those who stayed back.
  8. And what role have Muslims played in that progress? Muslims form the bulk of the lower crust of Indian progress. Those who stayed behind have found it hard to compete for a share of the pie. At least economically, migrating has turned out to be the better decision. One in 4 beggars in India a Muslim One-third of Indian Muslims below poverty line
  9. Pretty much everyone on the list is a liar and a cheat. Especially the PPP folk. You forgot Riaz Hussain Peerzada, the PML-N minister who recently resigned. Also, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Sughra Imam.. there are many more.
  10. Less than 6 hours on weekdays and 10 hours on weekends to make up for it.
  11. You know when you've been sapped of all motivation and desire, when you're down and out and only trudge along because societal expectations keep you from falling. I've got tons of things to do, responsibilities to fulfill, people to answer to, oh god. Life feels like a burden and I honestly don't know what to do. Please keep me in your prayers.
  12. Often I see 'I'm an introvert" being used as an excuse to not do anything and sit around watch seasons and eat fats, basically wasting away life under the pretext that he/she cannot enjoy others' company. This isn't about having a selected group of friends - it is about excusing laziness. True introverts don't do that. Anyways, just a rant.
  13. I faced the exact same dilemma when it came to choosing universities, except that the other city is 24 hours away by train. The real question is this: Would a solid base and support provided by your parents be of greater assistance in helping you grow or would you be better off learning on your own. The first step is a cost-benefits analysis. The thing to take note of is the difference in educational standards, not simply a change of environment. How different are the two options? Will going to option 2 result in a significantly better outcome? Not simply in terms of "new place/more excitement/not dull" but actual gains like better social connections, better faculty, labs, facilities etc? Have you observed the "Muslim culture" you want to become a part of? Is it really that good? Because the grass only appears greener on the other side. In my case the trade-off would not have been worth it; hostel life isn't really that great, especially if you have to work part-time. Have you visited this university? Met with students there? Are your ideas motivated by desire or evidence? How bad is the local option? And in what terms? A change in environment could help you grow as an individual; learning to be independent is really important and could all be worth it. But it'll require self-regulation and motivation on a daily basis. A lot of students I know, far from home, appear unable to take advantage of the freedom on offer. They spend their days shuttling between classes and dorm, with nothing else to do. Make sure you don't become one of them. You're the best person to answer these questions.
  14. Here's me, late to the party as always :P http://vocaroo.com/i/s0yQIl0Ssj9v
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