Just for the Thrills of it

Doing something just for the thrills of it, can be fun. Right?

But,

If you think, it makes the wrong, right, then you need to rethink what you are doing.

Take this incident for an example: A bunch of goofballs had a dare to act upon. They were to play the role of robbers. They made it in to a house, cornered the family and asked them to put all their valuables out front. It was all just for the show, but only the goofballs knew. Everything was going smooth…or so it seemed. 

Long story short, somebody called the police, things got out of hand, two people got shot.

Fun? I think not! 

I am in favor of enjoying life, trying new things to feel alive but hurting others on the way doesn’t make any of it worthwhile. 

Give it a thought.

-aak92

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You Call this Entertainment Hour?

I was thinking to write on this topic for a long time, and finally I made time and mind :). You probably know what entertainment is, still let’s go over it one more time.

For different people, the definition of entertainment may vary, but mostly it is defined as a form of activity which:

  • provides us with pleasure and delight.
  • relaxes us.
  • becomes a source of amusement and fun for us.
  • makes us happy.

And to have all that, we engage ourselves in activities like:

  • Sports/Games.
  • Sitting back and reading.
  • Cooking/Baking.
  • Crafting.
  • Storytelling.
  • Painting/Sketching.
  • Attending some sort of a party/festival/ceremony etc.
  • Watching something like: movies, cartoons, shows, dramas etc.
  • Listening to music, while relaxing on a sofa/bed.
  • Enjoying with pets.
  • Hanging out with one’s friends/family/cousins.

I think I covered most of the bases, but if I missed anything, do forgive me. 😉

I assume, all these things are already known to you and you probably might be thinking, why I am stating the obvious. So, here goes:

Today, I want to talk about a particular entertainment; the media entertainment, dramas to be more specific. First of all, let’s talk about some of the old Pakistani dramas/tv. series. Have you seen:

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  • Ankahi               
  • Tanhaiyan
  • Sunheray Din
  • Dhoop Kinarey
  • Zaib-un-Nisa
  • Ainak Wala Jin
  • Dhuwan
  • Alpha Bravo Charlie
  • Des Pardes
  • Rosy
  • Inspector Khoji

These are some of the old dramas that I like a lot. Why? Well, because of their light and interesting story-lines, their witty and simple dialogues, their family-oriented settings and their level of simplicity and decency. Such serials were free of evil plotting, and even if there were some, they were quite minor; they always felt like they were part of the story NOT the whole story.

If you haven’t watched these, I will suggest that you do. You will definitely enjoy them. These dramas and some other old serials like these, they actually serve their purpose i.e. entertaining and relaxing us. I am not saying that they are all happy-happy dramas. Some of them do have several emotional scenes in them, but those scenes actually help you to connect to the story, to the characters.

Let’s do a little comparison of old and new dramas, side by side.

OLD DRAMAS

NEW DRAMAS

There is a balance found in old serials, a balance in the stories, in the dialogues, as well as in the get ups. They were more genuine and less dramatic. I am sorry to say, but in most of the new serials there is hardly ever any balance found. They mostly revolve around romantic love and hate, evil mindedness and exaggerated poor souls.
In old dramas, there was a level of simplicity and decency. In most of the new ones, we can’t find much of a decency level.
The old ones were simple and entertaining. They actually helped you to relax. The new ones kind of get to your head, in a bad way.
The old dramas were mostly family-oriented, something you can enjoy with your whole family.

You can’t really watch the new ones with your family (males and kids, all) without encountering some embarrassed moments.

The old dramas were a source of good vibes for us. Some of the new ones, kind of creep me out. While the others having too much of evilness, just disgust me.
In old dramas, you can see boundaries. There were some topics, some things that were kept in the shadows, that never made it to the screen (probably that’s why they were much easier to watch with families). While in new ones, they say they are spreading awareness, so they are open about pretty much everything. (which can be good or bad, depending on what they are making public.)

It might seem like I am campaigning against modern dramas, but that is not entirely true. I just miss the old days, when things were simple.

Still, there are some modern dramas that prove to be quite good and follow a decent and worthy pattern. They have all those qualities of a good plot, dialogues and setting. As well as they prove to be quite entertaining and inspiring without being a burden to our minds. Dramas like:

  • Pyaray Afzal        newdramas
  • Zindagi Gulzar Hai
  • Shehr-e-Zaat
  • Bela Pur ki Daiyan (new drama, horror and mystery, so far its catchy)
  • Akhari Station (new drama, about women struggle, inspiring)

Until now, it was mostly about my point of view. Now I will share some of the views of other people, concerning this topic. I asked them the following questions:

  • How would you define entertainment?
  • How will you compare old and new dramas in the light of your personal opinion?
  • Are you happy with where the modern media entertainment is headed? If not, then why?

Here are their views:

Mussarat Ahmed

Entertainment should be something that makes you relaxed, happy, light and shouldn’t be something that gets to your head.

Old dramas were really entertaining, simple and quite reality based. Nowadays, dramas are mostly dramas ;).

The modern media has its positive as well as negative impact on people. If you talk about dramas then I must say that a few recent dramas are really on great topics that our society should be aware of. 

This is so much inculcated in our society but people are afraid to talk about it. And by showing such dramas might help them realize that the things that they go through might be their own fault. They might have helped in some way for such things to happen or if it was a society’s fault then how to handle it or how to stop it, take the drama: Dar se Jate Hai Sillah, for an example. It is showing exactly what happens in our society. I have seen so many girls who go through such terrible things that are so wrong, but our society tries to hide the wrong doings. They say things like keep quite, forget about it and all that stupidity. These dramas may be able to convey a good message to our illiterate people.

 At the same time, these dramas are also creating some false impressions on people. I guess media has its pros and cons. It is spreading awareness and at the same time spreading too much of awareness, that is not needed.

Saleha Rehan

Entertainment would be, for me, something that spreads good vibes and which I can view with my family without any embarrassment.

I liked the old dramas better as they were light and entertaining instead of showing the evil type of people in almost every drama. Also, most of the time, they were family oriented and I loved it.

I am not quite happy with the modern media. They are modernizing the social scene way too much. Also, most of the time, the modern dramas overdo things, there is too much of make up, in fact too much of everything.

Maryum Hamayun

Entertainment is anything that one finds interesting.

Although I don’t watch Pakistani dramas, with respect to advertisements and drama promos, I’d say that not only do we need to come up with more interesting topics, because 95% of our dramas are love stories, we also need to do something to curb the excessive vulgarity shown nowadays.

They all got a point, and the right ones as well. I second them on many levels. What do you think?

We all crave for entertainment, it is kind of a necessity, I just wish we can have the good kind, the kind that puts your soul to peace instead of creating a chaos.

Got long, huh? Let’s end this, with a quote, by Michael Jackson:

Entertainment is about taking people away from the regular order of things when there is some chaos and pain and stress.
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– aak92

Pick a Prop and Strike a Pose!

Props on stick are in fashion these days. Good for me! I get to try new ideas and people get to pose with their props. 😉

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I loved making these. Though I did not get to keep much of them but still, when people accepted them with open hands, I was super excited 🙂 . I made face masks, dialogue balloons, mustaches, glasses, pirate hats, monster mouth and Dracula teeth (my favorite).

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Hope you liked the post. Do let me know, what you think. Good day.

Montessori Training-Projects

In this post, I am going to share some of the projects with you that me and my fellows had the experience to make, in our Montessori training. The time to decide ‘what to make’ was kind of hard. We had to choose something different, something that has not been done before, something ‘zara hut ke‘… I don’t think so, we quite reached up to all that, but  we tried our hardest and we gave our best. The rest we left to Allah.

With all the tough routine, exams, quizzes, assignments, practicals, 4 art folders  (did I miss something…) ah yes, cultural files. :), no doubt, it was tough, but we learned numerous things. We not only learned about how to teach and groom children but also how to groom ourselves. Montessori training is not just for children but for you too. Time consuming plus mind consuming 😉 but  worth it.

Back to projects. Submitting these projects was not the end, we were to give presentation (no big deal with that), but we were to give it to an empty class, full of nothing but projects. And we had to pretend that we were giving the presentation to a bunch of children (asking questions, getting answers) all on our own. Of course our teacher was there, marking us, while we were making a fool of ourselves. 😉

You must be waiting for the projects, so here it goes:

Lets start with my project. ‘3 DIMENSIONAL SHAPES’. I enjoyed a lot, working on this project. Making and finding the 3 dimensional shapes, around the house was quite a fun game for me. 😉

Here is a visual view of all the projects, starting with mine:

3 Dimensional Shapes

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Small Theater

(Puppet Window with On Stick Puppets)

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Water Cycle

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Recycling

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Media Print vs. Electronic Media

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Life Cycle of Butterfly

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Life Cycle of a Frog

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On the Land

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I am going to end this post with my personal favorite project. ‘THE WESTEND BAKERS’. I tried to capture it from all angles. Now this is what you can say a ‘zara hut ke’ kind of project. Look at the detailing, the small cute things, aren’t they adorable?

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Have a look from other angles:

Hope you like the post and that it gave you ideas to make some of your own. Just remember to make the presentation interesting and catchy so that the children not only learn things but also enjoy it to the fullest. This way you will have your full satisfaction too.

Wish you the best. Good day.

Box Organizers

“Don’t agonize. Organize.”

Isn’t it good to find your stuff right where you left them? I think it is. Keeping things organized really assists you and not just in keeping your place clean but it also saves you from stress and fear of loosing your belongings, and overall it improves your lifestyle.

I made some box organizers to keep my belongings in order and in place, so, when I need them I can find them without much hustle and bustle.

Here is one I made for jewellery.

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Well, the box with drawers was already handy, I just covered it up with some sheets and used some glitter on top and then just filed it up. 🙂

For ring drawer, I used tissues and rolled them up in order to fix the rings in between them.

 

For other drawers, I similarly, covered the base and filled them up. 🙂

 

The next one is the ‘box in box’ organizer.

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I personally love this one. It really helps me to keep my stationary and crafting stuff right where I can find them. See? 🙂

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Lastly, we have…………………….this:

 

A very own box for handmade cards. 🙂

A good system shortens the road to your goal similarly a clean room and organized stuff can save time and shorten your path to ‘your goal’.

Have a good day and get organized. 🙂

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Order for Two

Its been quite a time, since I uploaded anything about, in the crafting corner. So, here it is: not long after I decided to make card making official, I got my first orders! 2 orders! Yeah!!

One was for a little baby turning ‘2’. She also happens to be my niece, cousin’s angel :). The order was from her grandmother and she said something like acha sa koi ho. I was so nervous, I mean there were billions of ideas to work with but what if…. This what if kills us at so many places 😉

So anyway, I finally completed the card and handed it over to the ‘grandmother’. Everyone liked it. Thank You, God! Here is an image of it.

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From outside it was like this but this is not all. It got a surprise inside.

Ta-da!!

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A pop up of flowers bouquet. I followed a tutorial on youtube. It turned out, pretty close. 🙂

Next up, is the card of Congratulations on promotion.

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It also got a surprise inside.

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Same idea but it is for two different families, so I guess, it will be a surprise after all.

🙂 Enough for now.

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Best Friends…Forever?

“Claire, come on.”

Hailey had already reached the sea and was shouting to Claire to hurry up. Finally, Claire caught up with her and said, “Hey, you have always been a faster runner than me then why don’t you slow down a little when you are with me?”

Hailey laughed and said, “I want to be ahead of you so I can look out for you. The danger is ahead not behind. And you got my back. How would you have my back otherwise?”

“Yeah, but next time try to walk beside me and be with me.”

“Okay Claire, as you wish. Happy? Now let’s get in the water.”

And they had a good time. Claire and Hailey had known each other since they were eight years old and now they were sixteen. Since the first day they met, they knew that they were perfect for each other and they became best friends. Not a thing or a person was ever able to break them.

On their way home, Claire found a tree. She picked a hard rock with a pointed tip, with it she wrote their names on the tree and made a heart around them. Hailey was also watching this, she took the rock from her and wrote “BFF” under their names. Then she said, “I don’t know about you but you are going to be my best friend forever!” Claire gave her a big hug and then they raced back to their homes.

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Next day, they were coming back from school, in their bus. Everyone was singing and making a lot of noise. Hailey was dancing along with the singing while Claire was enjoying all this from her seat. Suddenly, the bus driver applied the brakes; Hailey almost fell over but Claire grabbed her. Fear was pretty apparent on both of their faces. Before they had their chance to laugh it off, their bus crashed into another oncoming bus. And then everything went black.

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The next day, Claire woke up in a hospital. The whole scene of the ‘bus accident’ flashed before her eyes and the first thought was that of Hailey. She got up with a start and looked everywhere. No Hailey. As she tried to get up, a nurse came in and told her to lie down but she resisted. All she was able to think about was, Hailey. She asked the nurse about her too. But she didn’t reply. Claire started yelling and then her mother entered. She tried to calm her down but Claire just wanted to know about Hailey. Why was no one answering her?

Finally, her mother looked at her and that look told her everything. Hailey was gone and there was nothing Claire could do to get her back. She fell into unconsciousness. For days, she remained in that condition. On sixth day after the incident, she finally regained her consciousness.

Claire was discharged and allowed to go home as she was better now. The only thing she was lacking was to get over Hailey’s death. She went into a trance, no matter how much anyone talked or tried to make her laugh, she kept her silence. Her family gave her time to accept the bitter truth, but they were also worried about her condition. One day when she was able to walk around, she went out for a walk. As she was walking, she came across that tree where she had written their names, and Hailey had added ‘BFF’.

She touched the letters and said, “What about your forever, Hailey?”

A tear dropped from her eye and rolled down her face. Then she turned back and went home, ran straight to her room, where she cried her eyes out.

Days went by and Claire was getting better, physically. She was a cheerful person, but now, she was more like a sad soul, who hardly ever smiled.

*****

One night, she was getting ready to sleep. Two months had passed since Hailey’s death. As Claire was getting into bed she heard a voice. She couldn’t believe her ears, because the voice resembled Hailey’s. She listened again carefully and there it was again. She jumped out of bed and was about to switch on the light when the voice came again and it was calling Claire. Without turning on the light, Claire turned around and saw Hailey, in the ray of her bed-light. For a second, she just stared at her, then she uttered, “Are you real?”

“Just listen to me clearly.”

“B…but….”

“I am here to tell you that you got to get a grip on your life. You need to move on, Claire.”

“But I lost my best friend.” Tears started welling up in her eyes.

“I understand. The pain of losing someone dear to your heart is a terrible thing and the pain never really goes away…But you are among the living, not the dead. If you continue living like that, then what about your dear parents and others who care for you.”

“But what about my pain?”

“Nothing can erase that pain but you just have to be strong, dear. You have to be strong for your parents. You need to return back to life. Just look at it this way,  wouldn’t it hurt your loved ones that you are destroying your life.”

Wiping her tears, Claire muttered, “What you want?”

“I want you to be happy. I am not asking you to forget me. Just want you to be happy and always remember I will always be in your heart. After all we are best friends forever.” And with this Hailey smiled and disappeared.

Claire woke up with a start. It was all a dream. A very vivid dream. She thought back on Hailey’s words and they made sense.

“Oh God! What I have put my family through? I need to get my life back on track, for them, for myself…, for Hailey.”

As she placed her head on the pillow, and tried to sleep, Claire made a promise to herself and to Hailey that from tomorrow, she is going to turn her life, for better.

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PLEASE NOTE:

Life is full of ups and downs, lows and highs, smiles and tears, pain and gain, and the list can go on. But this is life. You cannot be happy for eternity, without any bumps, here and there. The trick to having a control on life is that, you need to function as normal with both happiness and sadness in your life. You need to accept some things as they are.

There are some things like the death of someone dear, that can break you. And it is quite tough to get over something like this. And in most cases, one never does. But they master the trick of having a little control over their emotions. One has to learn that trick to move on with life for their loved ones who are still alive, and even for the ones who are gone (they would never want you to just throw your lives away).

 

 

 

 

Why to Fear???

Have you ever seen that bird?

Who flew from his nest,

And got shot to dead.

 

Have you ever seen those fishes?

Who swam for the sea,

And got served for the dinner.

 

Have you ever seen that dog?

Who crossed the road,

And got run over by the car.

 

Have you ever seen that bug?

Who was enjoying the sunlight,

When it got crushed by the shoe.

 

But have you ever noticed that,

 

All those birds &

All those fishes,

All those animals &

All those insects,

 

Never fear all those disasters &

               all those mishaps,

               all those bad lucks &

               all these deaths,

 

Because they know life is all about this and that.

 

If you ever sit back,

You will lose it all.

 

So, leave the fear behind,

And see what life has to give.

 

Feel the freedom,

Feel the fun,

 

Soar above,

Or walk on ground.

 

With heads up high ,

And fear left,

Far behind.

– aak92

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