Shit Happens Part 1

If you want to live in Pakistan or You don’t have a choice in that matter these survival tips may help you.

Bliss

TIP 1:
Avoid watching News Channels. If you are unable to avoid watching them watch the news and keep reminding your self that “As long as its not me its all ok”.

Relax

TIP 2:
Avoid eye contact with street children and in case you unconsciously do; pay them some change and think instead of begging he should be working then roll your window and forget about him.

Poverty

TIP 3:
If police stops you and asks for bribe negotiate and give it to them. Don’t forget to curse them once you are back in your car and think of ways to justify you not having the right papers, being drunk, stoned, breaking traffic rule, tinted windows e.t.c.

Bribe

TIP 4:
Steal electricity, as why should you pay as half the time there is no electricity.

Theif

TIP 5:
Be prepared to take part in Mob activity. Burn tyres on roads as they barely exist anyway and as long as its not your business, car or home burning; join in since every one is already doing it. It will help in reducing the stress.

Mob

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We are 16th most happy Nation In The World

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Wohooo we are 16th most happy nation in the world!!!! Is that really a good thing with all things considered?? We have a weak economy, we are being droned, people dying everywhere and all government systems failing… Well it says allot about us as people. I know you are thinking resilient right but you are wrong as I recently read a tweet after the blasphemy protests in Karachi where people lost their lives and in 2 days Karachi was back to normal …. The tweet said

“#Karachi this is not “RESILIENCE” its called “I DON”T GIVE A S**T IF ITS NOT ME””

This survey shows I am Happy because I am Ignorant, Stupid and Inhumane and gone immune to suffering and parade of dead bodies. All I am left with is two words “Shit happens”.

Just today there was a random target killing outside my office and one of my office mates was an eye witness…. He saw 4 guys on 2 bikes wearing helmet shoot at a car and killed a man and get away. He came in the office told everyone. We all said damn things are bad and moved on don’t know about my mate who saw a man die in front of his eyes but everyone else continued with their life …. Chilled watching Cricket semi final.

There are countless incidents where we just move on like nothing happened. Is it a good thing or a bad thing I don’t know? Moving on for me is a good thing but moving on too quickly leaves a bit of bad taste in my mouth but what do I know I am the guy who references tweets and facebook statuses.

So allot of things contributed to this rant I Just saw the latest episode of homeland which really sucked … we lost the semis then I read a friends status saying

“Terrorism , depleting economic situation , non existent healthcare and educational facilities for the masses ,sectarian violence and corruption but still PAKISTANIS are the 16th most happiest bunch of nation in the world ( out 151 countries) according to new economics foundation survey… ”

(Pakistan among top 20 happiest countries, beating India, US: Report)

That just flipped a switch, So since that is out of the way did any of you see the new big bang theory episode really good right …..

I don’t blame us as this is the only way we can live in Pakistan. You either move on or get demoralised and scared all the time…. So Ya we are Happy cause being Sad is not an option or simple answer could be we have gone completely in insane.

PAKISTANI TRUCK ART

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Pakistan, the country today is known for terrorism and extremism but it has beautiful culture and lovely people. In this post we are discussing wondorous truck and bus decoration of art of Pakistan. This extraordinary tradition has it’s routes in the days of the Raj when craftsmen made glorious horse draw carriages for the gentry. In the 1920′s the Kohistan bus company asked the local Michaelangelo, Ustad Elahi Buksh, a master craftsmen to decorate their buses to attract passengers. Buksh employed a community of artists from the Punjab town of Chiniot, who’s ancestors had worked on many great palaces and temples dating back to the Mogal Empire.

It was not long before truck owners followed suite with their own designs. Through the years the materials used have developed from wood and paint to metal, tinsel, plastic and reflective tape. Within the last few years trucks and buses have been further embellished with full lighting systems.

This art is so Pakistani, that the freight trucks which are built by Ford, General Motors, Hino Pak etc in beautiful aerodynamic shapes are first retro-fitted with very Pakistani stlye bodies and a special ‘viewing deck’ at the top of Driver’s cab. The ‘viewing deck’ is a very multipurpose extra space. It is used by ‘cleaners’ to sleep at night and also to load extra luggage when needed.
Truck Art

(Source: Damn Cool Pictures)

Port Grand Asia’s Biggest Food Street in Karachi

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Asia’s Biggest Food Street Port Grand Karachi is situated on a 19th century bridge known as Netty Jetty. This Food Street is a Billion dollar project completed by a company called New Work. Food on the street ranges from authentic Pakistan to american fast food at a reasonable price.

(Pictures Source: Port Grand Facebook Page)

Mirage The Band Pakistan Tour

Mirage
Mirage is one of the most talented new rock outfits from Pakistan, formed by Saad Hayat, Hasan Mahmud and Rehan Nazim in 2003. With their unique sound and blend, unusual compositions and inspiring lyrics, accompanied by a solid live act and featured musicians such as Anand Mahangoe, Yasir Ejaz & Masood Jogi on guitars, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar of Coke Studio fame on Bass and Kashif Asif on Drums, Mirage is all set to release their debut album in August/September 2010 [Fire Records]

Mirage will be performing, for the very first time, live in Lahore with a 15 to 20 song set featuring original numbers from their upcoming album and covers of bands such as U2, Coldplay, Junoon, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stringsi, et al.

At this concert, you will also get a chance to watch an exclusive preview of Mirage’s third music video, directed by Jalaluddin Roomi, and win some Mirage merchandise.

What to expect:
visit http://www.miragetheband.net/ and
http://www.youtube.com/user/miragetheband

Also featuring will be some of Lahore’s most sought-after live-acts/bands:

The Medical Rejects:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52665648170
Bilal Q
Mohsin A
Daniyal aka Dani
Shan
Jahanzeb A

*with more to-be-announced soon

Please RSVP on the above ‘Confirmed Guest’ List so your names can be on the list. There are no tickets.

Mirage will be performing live in Islamabad on Saturday, 31 July 2010 and in Karachi on Saturday, 07 August 2010. Venues: TBA

For further press and publicity queries and information about the bands please contact:

Mirage: contact@miragetheband.net,
+92 300 229 18 38
+92 333 438 48 75

The Medical Rejects: medical.rejects@gmail.com

Broadcast Media Partner: TBA

Online Media Partner: TBA

We promise you a night to remember so come and experience music like never before. Spread the word!!!

Karachi – City of Lights

The Karachi you dont see on TV 😦
Tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah
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Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi
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Karachi St. Patricks Cathedral
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Clifton, Karachi
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Karachi beach view from Country Club Apartments
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Jehangir Kothari Parade
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French Beach, Karachi
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Sunset at Clifton Beach
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Coast Line Karachi
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ASKARI PARK KARACHI
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Ship sailing From Karachi Port Channel
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Boat’s Workshop @ Rehri Goth, territory along Karachi
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KPT Flyover
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Another view of KPT Fountain
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Sharah-e-Faisal
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National Stadium
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City Of Lights
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Habib Bank
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PSO Building
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Mohatta Palace
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Sandspit
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Sheriton
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FTC
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Jheel Park
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Karachi Boat Club
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BC2
BC3
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BC5
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Dream World Resort
DWR
Paradise Point
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Park Towers
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Bagh-Ibn-e-Qasim Karachi
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Beach Avenue
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(Source: Golpo)