28 December, 2016
Well, its been 2 years since I am living in Australia now. By calendar, its 2 years but for my heart its many many more years. People in Pakistan think that life abroad is very easy, comfortable, lots of happiness and not heaven but heaven alike. It is just a baseless expectation. But, people are not be blamed for this misconception since their source of information about overseas are their relatives who live here and portray a false image of their lives. I remember when I was in Quetta, people who returned form Australia to visit relatives were seemed so happy and they were just telling the fairy tales about the place they live. For example, they talked about beautiful natural sceneries, big shopping malls, clean and wide roads, pure and tasty food and their big houses and big cars. That are the luxuries a common Pakistani dreams for. But, the expectation, the false image of "painted" western life is far different from the reality.
The reality, is the people who painted this image of Australian life back home forgot to tell you about the realities of overseas life. They forgot to tell you that life in Australia is not a hot cake. First reality you
have to face is the absence of your social circle. Imagine you just came to Australia you know no body
, no friends, no network of acquittances. Its like re-planting a tree. You have lived a successful life in your own country but here you are nobody. Your language is different from them. Your mindset, your culture and religion everything differs. You fail to connect with the society and it leads to a deadly end, a horrible sense of loneliness and being stuck. You may find temporary relieve by visiting the shopping centres, beaches, restaurants and every other beautiful place but when you are back you fall in to the same cycle of loneliness. Second reality is the life style. Here people are very career oriented. Money has more value than anything else. Relationships, friendships, family time all has some price. People are busy, if they are talking to you, you should take it as a favour. If you prefer money as well then this life style can suit you but if you are a family oriented person than you have to struggle really hard in order to find the warmth of real relationships. Third reality, you have to face is the process of making money. People in Pakistan think that earning money here is very easy and jobs just come and go. Its not that simple. Here, you have to work really hard to find some job and to let the ends meet. Without the support of family circle, in a stranger's country, people do heavy duty jobs like painting, tiling, lifting weights. People work on Eid days as well. Here in Australia, you can't get the taste of festivals as it was in Pakistan. If you celebrate Eid, its Eid. If not, its just another normal day.
I believe just like our bodies, our souls need nourishment as well, a need to reconnect with our roots. Living abroad often snatches this chance of reconnection. Therefore, it is essential to respect and value our roots, our country, relatives, friends and family since not every one has this chance of meeting them here in Australia.
16 December, 2016
Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal is a Quetta based educational, welfare, cultural and social organisation. It has been operating for 50 years now. Undoubtedly, this is one of the oldest welfare organisation of the Hazara nation. But, in recent days it is surrounded by many controversies and the reason behind this situation is Tanzeem's old members themselves.
With out diving in to details, when I first heard of this hustle and bustle and knew about the problem makers. My believe on loyalty, commitment, honesty, professionalism and dedication shattered to a great extent. I thought that the people who went on to make another parallel "Tanzeem" are those who were once die heart "Tanzeemis". They have spent 20, 30 years of their lives associated and working with that organisation.
I questioned myself repeatedly, that how can they do this to their very own organisation?. If they had any type of reservations and concerns they could have dealt with it remaining in the organisation or leaving it, without defaming the organisation they have worked for, so many years. Tanzeem is not the name of one person. It is the name of a vision, a cause which has educated thousands of Balochistani students, Hazaras specially.
I think that in our nation, it is becoming a culture to defame the organisation you resigned or are fired from. Ultimately, this is not a decent culture. It has to change since this type of "self-centred" revolts can create mess and mess only.
Seeing the faces so familiar, those faces who rose to fame due to Tanzeem are defaming it now. They want to tear down Tanzeem who supported and guided them in many ways, from the days when they were literally nothing, nothing.
Analysing the Tanzeem's situation, I conclude, humans are the most unpredictable, unreliable creature ever. But, it does not mean that good humans do not exist. There are good people as well. Trying to keep up things, clearing the mess and aiming for betterment.
01 September, 2016
Museums play important part in representing a nation's culture, heritage and history. It is the place where you can trace back to the past of a specific group of people. Hazara nation is well known for their unique facial features and for some years for their brutal killing in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I belong to Hazara nation as well. We are the people who are famous for their hard working nature, clean houses and survival traits. Here in Australia, recently a Hazara girl Miss. Kubra Ali joined Australian Army. She is termed as "the only one of her kind". But, I know in Australia there are many more Kubra Alis on the way.
On the other hand, Quetta has been the home of Hazaras for quite long time. Hazaras were in Pakistan, especially in Quetta even before creation of Pakistan. So, they possess very rich and proud history in Pakistan. We have officers in Pakistan's arm forces and civil institutions. We have international level athletes and players representing the country for decades. Last but not the least, Pakistan's army chief at the time of 1965 Indo-Pak war was a Hazara as well. He is none other than General Musa Khan. Having this deep and rich culture and history in Pakistan, no one thought of preserving, nourishing and passing it on to the new generation. The Hazara's new generation have got lots of things to be proud of and a museum is a best way to let them know about their prestigious history and contributions to the Pakistan and the World generally.
Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal Quetta Pakistan is one of the largest organisation of Hazara people. Since the day of its creation it is constantly working for the betterment of Hazara nation. Weather it is music, arts, technology, education, sports or history, this organisation has always contributed to the social and cognitive development of its people. I consider it a privilege to have worked in Tanzeem. I will write something about my time in Tanzeem some day in the future. In the mean time, I am glad to let you know that this organisation did it again by building a Hazara National Museum. It is becoming popular among masses. Prominent personalities are visiting it and donating what they have as a token of contribution to the Hazaragi history. I am not aware of the details yet but seeing its photos on Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal facebook page. I can say it seems really impressive, I would love to visit it and recommend it to every Hazara.
In the post I am attaching some of its photos. The photo credit goes to organisation's official facebook page.
To conclude, I pay my tributes to the Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal for taking this historical initiative of preserving Hazara nation's culture and history. It is a wonderful and valuable gift for the current and generations to come. Thank you Tanzeem.
|Photo Credit: Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal. The beautiful Hazaragi Museum|
|Photo Credit: Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal- People taking keen interest in the museum|
|Photo Credit: Tanzeem Nasle Nau Hazara Mughal- The history preserver|
17 August, 2016
As we are currently living in Perth and our house is located at 15 minutes drive from Perth's international airport. It means that when a plane lands or takes off I can hear it clearly. Thus, this sound of aeroplane's landing and taking off just reminds me of my country at least three times a day. When I hear this sound or see an aeroplane over my house while sitting in the backyard or drying cloths on the clothesline, amazing and strange thoughts cross my mind. I wonder that may be there is someone in these planes who is travelling to Quetta. I guess that may be someone who has left their home as well to live in here. Sometimes, it feels so magical that how a plane can take you to another corner of the world where you were born and lived half of your life.
Being living in overseas for people like us who are from third world countries seems like a dream or another world. When I feel alone I wish the aeroplane to "Please lift me up and take me to Quetta".
For me the sound and sight of these aeroplanes are the "poetic" connections I feel between the world I have left behind and the world I am currently living in. I surely cherish the beauty of this connection and the aeroplanes no doubt.
|Aeroplane- I see and hear everyday.|
|The world left behind- Quetta at night|
|My World Today- The Beautiful Perth|
16 August, 2016
Business and trust are inter-dependent on each other. If you want to do business you have to trust your clients and your clients have to trust you. Trust deficit in working relationship can create numerous problems. Here, I want to share one of the experiences I had with my newly established business. I recently decided to start my own website designing company. With little planning and lots of passion and confidence I initiated this idea in to a project. Setup its social media accounts including a facebook page, named it the " High Tech Web Design". I was short of funds to establish its official website and to be honest I was not in a rush as well. I was just "checking the waters", the market and then I received my first project from someone my family knew. It was a simple website. We met and discussed how the new website of the "family client" should look like? I followed all the paper work. After days of working when the website is completed, I handed over the product. It was the payment time, I was not expecting much but a fair price of my time. But, here comes the drama. The client not only made changes to the website himself and to be honest, ruined the whole project but also showed resistance in paying me. I was not surprised because women have good intuition. Anyways he ended up not paying my company but also with a list of senseless criticism. This incident is a lesson for me. As an owner of my new business, I trusted my client who was also a family acquaintance. I handed over the website's administrative password without asking for payment first. I trusted my company's client. But, on the other end there was a trust deficit.
Penning down my ideas about trust and business is very clear. I still think and believe that "High Tech web design" should continue to trust its clients. We are committed to provide best ever web design services at very affordable prices. In contrast, we have realised that we need to take accurate professional practices to avoid frauds. The more a company and client depends on and trusts each other the more good products they can create.