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Za[Blac]k-mailed into giving

Blackmail is a very profitable venture to get your hands on something which isn’t really yours. As for our community, let’s just say we Pakistanis have got it fine-tuned to an art. Not just blackmail, every kind of deviously schemin’ trick in the book, or even ones that are not in the book; we know them.

Maybe this is one of the reasons why an average Pakistani must think thrice before parting with its money. The sad thing is, whenever we do part with it for the benefit of others, it’s for a lost cause. My target this time; Professional Beggary!

It’s a thriving business in Pakistan and especially in a cosmopolitan city like Karachi, this profession has struck gold. At almost every other traffic signal, you’re surrounded by a horde of ‘in-needs’ employing various techniques to get you to give something in their direction. They use efficiently memorized stories, verses, songs and ballads to move your supposed heart of stone and get you to have pity on them. Then you think what will become of these poor creatures in this mad bad world and thinking of it as saintly behaviour, you give them something. When you do give something, you are showered with praise. When you DON’T, Oh you should hear’em talking!

Let’s talk about the situation specifically in Ramzan. Twenty times a day, different people come at your house and all of them are in dire need of financial aid. Father, mother, son … some one is always dying and naturally, the poor ones must come on the streets and beg for help (sarcasm). After every Namaz in the Masjid, someone would get up and describe his need to the meditating public. A long line of beggars would litter the entrance to the masjid, depicting sorrow and misery in the hope of earning some cash. Come Ramzan, and suddenly it’s a free license to be out on the streets, spread your hands … and start begging!

I give an impression of myself as a cold-hearted toad that was found under a stone, I know … but let me explain why I dislike this practice so much. It’s not rocket science to understand who is faking distress and who is not. People in need generally don’t go around begging publicly for help, day after day, month after month. They don’t appear in a sacred month like mice from their bills, knocking unashamedly at each door, hunting opportunities to earn like businessmen hunt clients. This is where the blackmail comes in. The problem is; we as a nation are so religiously confused about our responsibilities that we might just about believe anyone. The trump card that professional beggars hold is the ease at which our confused ideologies can be bent or changed. The Muslim part of our community becomes so religiously motivated in Ramzan (not a bad thing); we happily start spending money on fake ‘in-needs’, leaving it to God to credit us for our generosity. Zakat is such a burden that we get it off our chests under the smallest of religious blackmailing. We spend in the name of Zakat, Khairaat, Sadqaat … but it is none of it, if you understand the true essence of its purpose! This kind of giving is for a lost cause. We help people that aren’t interested in helping themselves. Beggary is as much a profession for them as accounting/ engineering / medicine is to us. The non-Muslim community is not free from this plague either. They are emotionally blackmailed by questioning their sense of ethics and human empathy.

I am not against Zakat. I am not against social welfare. All I am saying is, there are a precious few resources to cater to a lot of people in our country. Let’s not waste our sympathies and generosity on people who don’t deserve it. All one needs to do is a little scouring to find people who really need help. Hard to believe, but there are people who still find peace in making an honest living, but lack the resources that could help them go on with their lives.

Providing food would only attract more spread-out hands. Showing them how to be in a position to buy their own food will help our community far more. We must adopt ways to TEACH, not to FEED. Tell me, why would someone in real need cringe and walk away when I offer someone a job instead of money when they beg? It’s the most well known secret that a whole Mafia operates this network of beggars and their earnings per day are quite astounding; it is a well established business. It’s infuriating and quite a revelation to see the preferred mode of aid is always cash. Rarely do they appreciate food, and NEVER a job offer! Most of them are shameless people who’d swear upon anything to prove their honesty, expose their infants to the cruel Karachi sun without clothes on just to portray a more miserable picture. What is worse is they subject their innocent children who are too young to even understand what they do, to this cruel way of life. Most of these children become drug addicts at a cringe-inducing young age. It’s time we start doing a little hard work to help those who really deserve it. I say Hard Work cuz who really deserve charity are NOT on the streets. These beggars; their lives would start and end with the same business, and they will keep on polluting the society with dishonesty, deceit and the general lethargic attitude that has currently gripped the nation.

The beggary business only thrives because of gullible minds that are easy to trick, easy to religiously blackmail. A way out may be to increase social welfare work and direct it towards those who are more focused on self-respect rather than self-pity; who want to stand, not carried through life. People who just need someone to put them in a position where self-sustainability can be achieved. These are the people that could contribute to society and our country as well. They are more likely to be productive for our nation; they may go ahead to form true drivers of change … because hell yes, we need them!

And yes, let’s not be Zakat[Black]-mailed into giving!


Unbelievable revelations about Food – what kills and what doesn’t !! FUNNY AS HELL ! :D

I received a mail on my Inbox sometime back. Here it is what it had to say. Some of it actually made sense !

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise.
Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster.
Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn.
And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient
mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken.
Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).
And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? 

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine,
that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more
of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one.
If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! ….. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.
In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger.
You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans ! Another vegetable!!!
It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle? 

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention 
of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, 
but rather to skid in sideways – 
Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – 
body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and 
screaming ‘WOO HOO, What a Ride‘ 

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health.
It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine

and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English
is apparently what kills you. 


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