The girl with the pink hijab (Part I)

29 09 2007

Most people have a tendency to paint the world in black and white but the fact is that the world is not black and white most of the time. I have also observed that there also the tendency of dividing the world into ‘us good people’, ‘those bad people’ and ‘other indifferent people’. Sometimes one has to look closely into the ‘other indifferent people’ to realize the humanity of ‘those bad people’ and to come to terms with the fact that there are good or bad people everywhere. And this is where the girl in the pink hijab comes into light. She comes from an East Asian culture where she is a minority and looked down upon if she reveals her religion to her country folk. Its not just the ordinary folk but even the educated people in her country who think like that. This made me think why a lot of Muslims channel their frustrations to only Western countries even though there are countries where Muslims are treated worse.

Its really interesting meeting her. She likes America because here ordinary people understand why she practices certain things like hijab even if they do not agree with her. Perhaps this is one of the things that has made America great – openness to different ideas. Before leaving she said, “Brother I do not want to live two lives any more. One for my country men and one for Muslims. I just want them to understand who I am.” Amen to that. One good thing about America is that it does give you the chance to become what you want. That was the lesson that I learned from the girl with the pink hijab.





Hand Held Calculator Turns 40

28 09 2007

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Geeks of the world rejoice and celebrate – the hand held calculator is 40 years old now and it was invented by Texas Instruments, a name which is familiar to most Engineering and Computer Science students. This was another important milestone in the history of computing and some would argue us slackers but I would defend those scientists and engineers who worked in slackerization (is that a word?) of culture. Imagine how would you have survived in those engineering classes without the awesome device known as the calculator.





Dating in Ramadan

27 09 2007

Normally I do not have many dates but Ramadan is a different matter altogether. In Ramadan I have this sudden urge to have dates and even breaking my fast with a date. There are a lot of people out there who like hot dates but I am not one of them. I prefer dates who are sweet. Also there is no harm in having the same types of dates on consecutive days but I prefer to have different types of dates and from different countries. I think variety makes Ramadan exciting. As Muslims we should not discriminate amongst dates of different nationalities and so I do not discriminate between different dates and especially not in Ramadan. I say give me French dates, Pakistani dates, Chinese dates, American dates, Arab dates, Persian dates and if there are mixed dates then that is even better. In some cases the person who is arranging for the dates for iftar may not have seen the date but that is fine with me because I do not have any problem with blind dates.

So the other I was at this iftar event and then I saw one of the brothers who was taking care of the food. I approached him and asked, “Brother can you please hook me up with some dates?” He was flabbergasted at first but soon regained his composure and said, “Astagfirullah.” My reply was, “Did I say something wrong? Come on brother, there is no harm in a date, especially in Ramadan.” Now he was visibly annoyed but did not say anything, well if he did not want to give me any dates then that was his choice I can try other venues. So I headed toward the sisters section and asked one of the sisters to arrange for a date.





Jahandost

27 09 2007

So we meet here in this theater known as the blogsphere, its a place where one can be incarnated again and again until one achieves nirvana. In blogsphere one can even be incarnated in multiple avatars. Jahandost set off on a quest a long time ago looking for himself, until one day I had the realization that I have looked everywhere except myself. I wrestled with the grandest of questions without realizing that what is the use of such questions if they cannot alleviate human suffering. So I am here, distributing  the wine of love. Thus spoke the sage Rumi.

Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
Love alone is capable of revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover.
The way of our prophets is the way of Truth.
If you want to live, die in Love;
die in Love if you want to remain alive.