How to Survive…

Wherever you are, whatever you do, you are always going to be YOU. Even if you change your outer identity, the ‘inner you’ is never gonna disappear. Your memories of your life are your own. No one can take them away from you.

So, instead of feeling desperate and depressed, go back into your past, dig up the happy moments of your life, with the people you love and realize how blessed you are. 

Once you move your attention from the ugly picture of life to the beautiful one, only then you will be able to SURVIVE.

– 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

A Perspective

There are some things in life which make you cry like they happened, the very moment.  You feel the same level of pain, that you felt months or even years ago. Sometimes the emotions get a lot more intense than they were on that ‘actual day’. And you feel like you can never get over it.

I have been there.

You cannot turn a painful memory into a happy one. You cannot turn a loss into a gain. But you can move your focus form the gloomy picture and take notice of the brighter side.

The pain is part of this life, but so is joy. Now it depends on us, which we choose to keep in focus.

– aak92

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Two Opposites who Fell in Love

He was a man of rock

She was a girl of love

 

He was a soul surrounded by walls

She was a soul with limitless destination

 

He was what you say a dead fish

She was what you say a lively bird

 

Everyone said

They are two opposites

With no meeting ends

 

She built a door in his walls just by being herself

He welcomed her with love, he did not know he carried

 

She was a girl of love

Who brought colors to his black and white world

He was a man of rock

Who protected her from the monsters of the dark

 

And this is how

The two opposites met

And fell in love.

– aak92

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Perfect does not come in plate. You are given something and you have to make it perfect.

That’s how it is. That’s how life works.

Create Your Own Fairy-tale

They say the world is a place without magic,

What if they are wrong?

They say there are no happy endings,

What if they are mistaken?

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You!

Yes you.

You hold the key to your very own fairy tale.

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Be kind and gentle like Snow White.

Be free-spirited and tough like Merida.

Be optimistic and graceful like Cinderella.

Be noble and strong like Mulan.

Be lovely and selfless like Belle.

Be faithful and adventurous like Pocahontas.

Be lively and clumsy like Anna.

Be elegant and brave like Elsa.

Be cute and rebellious like Ariel.

Be determined and unique like Tiana.

Be charismatic and innocent like Rapunzel.

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Be your own fairy godmother,

Be your own prince charming,

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Don’t be afraid to fall,

Just stand up and smile.

Because you hold the magic,

You hold the key to your happy ending.

I think this is the best poem I am written in a while.

It conveys a good message.

What you think?

Do comment, if you think it’s worth it and if it is not, do leave your suggestions. I will appreciate them.

Thank You.

– aak92

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This is the Time!

This is the story of your life

A book with you on the cover

A movie starring you

 

What will be the next scene you want to add?

 

You got the page and pen

Let’s live the life that you will write for you

 

Because

This is the time

The time to step out and shine

This is the time to jump

Not caring to fall

Because what you know

You might just fly.

 

There are billion words for wall of fear

But you should rather build a fist of courage

And break through

 

Because

This is the time

The time to step out and shine

– aak92

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Just say to Yourself that You are Happier than Many…

Sometimes in life you feel so blue,

But someone somewhere is not as happy as you.

Far at the border when a soldier sleeps,

Missing his loved ones he silently weeps.

Somewhere a mother painfully signs,

Because her new born baby didn’t open the eyes.

When reason to smile you may not have any,

Just say to yourself that you are happier than many.

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Reality of Human Beings

When a baby comes into this world

He seems to be happy

He tries to learn things

He seeks answers

He wants to see more

He wants to soar

 

But what can a baby do

When he is called back

Back to his creator

Nothing, nothing at all

Because that’s the reality of Human Beings

 

When a child grows up to be in his teens

He starts to see things from a different angle

It is a whole new world for him

And he wants to live it to the fullest

 

But what can a teen do

When he is called back

Back to his creator

Nothing, nothing at all

Because that’s the reality of Human Beings

 

When the boy turns into a man 

Though he had seen a lot

Yet he doesn’t want it to be over

He wants to be there for his family

He wants to see his children soar

 

But what can a man do 

When he is called back 

Back to his creator

Nothing, nothing at all

Because that’s the reality of Human Beings…

– aak92

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