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A lame attempt to update

Saturday, November 20, 2004

So let’s see.

Ramadan is over. Eid is gone. Holidays are still on. No, the university walas are not so generous to award us with a whole week for Eid holidays. It’s just that we, the whole class, had decided to stretch our holidays to one whole week, after persuading our respective teachers that ‘make up classes’ will be arranged. And don’t worry, no matter how much we try, we will HAVE to arrange those make up classes since our teachers know how to make our class work.

It’s really true. Ja-e-ustaad khali ast. A teacher’s place is always vacant. (Excuse my very literal translation. I am on holidays.)

So let’s see again. Ramadan is over. Eid is gone. Holidays are still on. The work load is same as ever (read: huge), thanks to my procrastinating self. I had so planned to do this and that and blah blah blah, and I haven’t done anything. Just being me, you see. That’s the problem when I am me. I end up being too much me, and then try to get rid of me. After doing that, I again run after me so that I could be me again.

Yeah, right. As if I know who the real me is.

In other news, I haven’t eaten an apple for two days. Can you believe that?

So let’s see once again. I have nothing to write, so I am going to talk about the universal conversation starter: weather.

The weather in Islamabad is weird nowadays. You get up in the morning shivering due to cold, put a sweater or a shawl on, and then eat your breakfast while enjoying the chill. Then the clock ticks ahead, and it starts to get hot. You put that sweater or shawl off yourself and wonder why you were feeling cold in the morning. Then comes the evening and you have to search for your sweater or shawl again. As long as you are inside your home, it’s fine. But once you have to step out, you have to make a very important decision: what to wear? You can’t put your warm clothes on, since it will be hot gradually. You can’t wear your lighter clothes since it is cold once the sun sets, and you might be out at that time. So all that you can do is to pray that winter arrives in this city at its fullest.




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Nov 20, 2004 at 12:38 pm

Ah Islamabad, lovely, lovely Islamabad… and that chilling weather, tell me about it. It’s the same in Mirpur, as you might know, except there are no gas heaters, so it is worse.

I remember when I had first gone back after ten years in UAE, I used to wake up every time I turned over in the bed. The other side used to be that cold – under the double quilt!!!

Fear not, bro, Islamabad being Islamabad, pretty soon you will be asking for the sun to stay out just a li’l while longer!

chij bachee

Nov 20, 2004 at 3:05 pm

I am not that obssessed with eating apples I guess but I do have a childhood association with them. Outside Blogistan my internet name is ‘Apple Sidrariya’. I have no idea why or how or who made it up but I have been known by this name for long.

The weather in Lahore is ditto. Weird! inside the house its fairly cooler. But I just spent an hour shopping and it was hot! I wondered ‘Gosh this is november 20th and winter still isn’t here!’
So all that I can do is to pray that winter arrives in this city at its fullest too. (Ameen)


Nov 21, 2004 at 1:01 am

Eid Holidays: ah!!! Holy days.

Virtuous Lady

Nov 21, 2004 at 1:48 pm

Poor you. Grab an apple, quick!
Isloo’s weather is pretty much like Karachi’s. I’m feeling really cold right now even though it’s really hot outside.


Nov 21, 2004 at 7:01 pm

Knicq: The only thing I can tell you right now about Islamabad’s chill is that it’s still to arrive fully. And once it does, I’ll love it! I also love lighting gas heaters up with a little bang. Wooh. And the bed thing happens quite frequently to outsiders who are not used to such cold: very helpful in waking one up at Fajr.

Chij: Apple Sidrariya. Hmm. By the way, I’d like to hear about your childhood association with apples. And about Lahore’s winter: it gets foggy there, right? I think fogs are super cool (maybe the reason is that I have had the chance of walking through fog a few times only, and maybe because of the mysterious nature of fogs. Or maybe its just me who finds fogs mysterious *shrugs*)

Imran: Sigh. See you tomorrow morning!

Virtuous Lady: Fear not. I have eaten four apples since noon today :D And Karachi’s the same too? Looks like winter needs to come at its fullest in the whole Pakistan. Well, maybe not in the northern areas.


Nov 22, 2004 at 5:11 am

Fog eh? You like fog, you should come here to the UAE. Granted it is not exactly smog, like it is in Lahore, when you can’t see 5 feet ahead of you.

But, once we were driving back from Abu-Dhabi to Dubai, and guess what do we go into – a tunnel of fog. You could see the road all the way, but right above you there was a sky of fog… you could reach into it if you tried standing atop a humvy. But as far as you could see, you saw the road with this cloud of fog hanging over it.

How mysterious is that now? Only saw it once though.


Nov 22, 2004 at 6:43 pm

Fog is beautiful. I’d move to Lahore just to have fog.


Nov 23, 2004 at 3:54 am

I just miss Isloo’s weather actually not of isloo’s but Giki’s weather :( sigh those days, there is no November Rain anymore and I HATE THAT.

VL: no khi’s weather cant be compared to isb’s one


Nov 24, 2004 at 5:06 am

Oh, I love this chill! Man, sometimes I miss having snow like we did in Chicago, but the cool Islamabad winter is like having a really long fall, which is cool too. :)


Nov 24, 2004 at 7:11 am

weather??lol! u shud check out d weather here in syd-its supposed 2 b spring,now i wudnt know,coz its my first ever spring…but thesedays here its like 2 days of summer, then 5 days of winter…lol!& i can just never make d right choice when it comes 2 clothes-d day i put on my warm clothes, dat day becomes warm,& if i go out in just a tshirt, then i get d chills…same wid d rain-wont rain when i have d umbrella on me,d day i leave it at home,dat day it pours…oh, did i mention how windy it gets here?its like having gale-force winds-SO different from d weathers of uae or malaysia…a frend said its worse in melbourne-there apparently, u can have all 4 seasons in 1 day-lol!-ok,thoda zyada ho gaya…lol!
as for procrastinating-i think its my middle name-have an exam 2moro,& i have yet 2 start studyin for it…atleast u had ur hols on eid-here d undergrads had final exams on d 2nd day of eid-poor them.
& oh,theres no fog here…not in d city.but d hail here is funny-its not like d chunks of ice dat i’d experienced (ouch) in india, here its like someone’s spilled alot of rice on d roads…on closer examination, u realise dat its hail (ole).
ok,i guess dat shud b enuf for now, ab thodi padhai kar loon…lol!


Nov 24, 2004 at 10:41 am

so finally an update…..hhhuumm yeh i remember those gud old dayz….well its really cold here compare to islamabad’s weather… damn cold but ppl still manage to wear jarjaats…..and shorts….really weirdoo…..hai na….

halwa fan

Nov 24, 2004 at 1:32 pm

You didn’t fry them with hacked nuts, almonds, with sugar and lemon ? :(
When it’s gets too cold don’t forget to nuzzle your cover ;)


Nov 24, 2004 at 6:42 pm

Knicq: That wasn’t mysterious, but awesome! I’ll be searching for this fog tunnel if I ever come to UAE in winter.

Saba: Mysteries are always beautiful :)

Saad: November rains! Quite an inspiration they are. Last time I was in Karachi (December 2002) it had rained so huge that a street light had crashed down, right in front of us. And we were at the beach at that time, so you can imagine the fun we had.

Abez: Lucky you, you can miss the snow. I have never had the chance of enjoying snow, so can’t miss it. (The fact that Murree is just a little up north from where I live, and still I haven’t seen snow, adds just more frustration to it.) And yeah, fall and winter are so intermixed here in Islamabad, which is cool!

Moiz: Great, bro! Looks like you are having a great spring! :D The hail looks cool though. Aur shabash, achay bachay dil laga kar parrhtay hein, all the best for your exam.

Zenia: I don’t know, people might be on crack or something. I remember once I went to the market at night with two of my buddies. It was beginng of winter and we were wearing t-shirts and every other person we could see in the market was wearing a sweater. Some were even wearing leather jackets. We decided to return as soon as possible, or else risk being labelled pagals by other people.

Halwa Fan: Hahahaha! That’s a hell of a creative nick you’ve got for yourself! Liked that! And yeah, I couldn’t fry the apples with hacked nuts, almonds, sugar and lemon, because of some, er, technical difficulties. Will talk to you about it :) *nuzzles into his shawl*


Nov 26, 2004 at 1:15 am

I am an apple connossieur. I can live on them. :)


Nov 26, 2004 at 11:50 am

I love the cool Isloo falls and winters. I love getting to wear woolies and big comfy sweaters and sweatshirts and jeans, but you’re right about the problem of knowing how to dress. It’s the opposite of what I’m used to where the outside is cold and the house is centrally heated and warm. Here the outside is solar heated and warm in the day, but by December the houses are cold and the little tiny heaters don’t really touch the cold. So you dress warmly for inside the house and lightly for daytime outings. Weird, huh?


Nov 26, 2004 at 3:03 pm

It is COLD in Hyderabad…u want our winter..? PLEASE take it.. I’ll pay you to take it from us.. :D

Apples?..umm..mmm.. umm..Aplles.. Four Applesin a day? kuch kum nahi khayey saadat?


Nov 26, 2004 at 3:41 pm

& u know wots more frustrating??d fact dat d weather seems just gorgeous at d time when u just cannot afford 2 go out an enjoy it…just when its high time dat i studied,when i’ve wasted lot of time & need 2 make up forit,d weather becomes SO gud dat i end up pinning to go out an make d most of it instead of staying at uni staring at d texts…but am glad dat d exams r finally over…


Nov 27, 2004 at 4:38 am

Saadat bro,
Its winter now here, as per the calender. Pack a few T-Shirts and shorts, and come over. We can go find those fog tunnels with Jalali Baba, who loves to live on the edge anyway…

Last time around he had switched off the headlights of Saab Ki Gaadi in ghup darkness of the Fujairah mountains, and only laughed at my loony screams…

If the tunnels ain’t mysterious, being in one of them with Baba sure is….


Nov 27, 2004 at 4:41 am

Saadat: yea that was awesome but uskay baad never had rain in winter :(


Nov 28, 2004 at 7:58 am

Owl: Great! Me too :)

Carol Auntie: Yep. Weird but cool.

Aysh: Exactly how much will you pay, ma’am? Aur 4 apples waqai kam hein, mein tou na-janay kitnay kha jaya karta hon aik din mein!

Moiz: Haha. You reminded me of one rainy day when we asked our teacher that we don’t want to study and enjoy the rain. He replied, “You don’t want to study because the weather is good. And you don’t want to study when the weather is bad too. I wonder, when do you study then?”

Knicq: Looks like Jalali Baba and I have a lot in common. And poor you, you don’t enjoy the luxury of wearing a sweater or coat in the winter?

Saad: Sigh. No place is all fun, you see.

The Usual Suspect

Nov 29, 2004 at 12:06 am

since everyone’s talking about the weather in their part of the world, I’ve decided i’m NOT going to talk about the weather in london cuz it’s always crap anyway :)

Baapu I eat a saib everyday.. U know what they say about saibs and doctors right!


Dec 1, 2004 at 12:53 pm

bari Eid bi ane wali hai…..aab tu update kar dooo app…………. :)

Asma Mirza

Dec 2, 2004 at 2:04 am

Assalamo alaykum w.w.!

Belated Eid mubarak :) I agree with the weather thing … i also rise up shivering… opening the tap for 5 minutes to have hot water … afterwards when i return from uni … i switch on my room fan atlaest for 5-10 minutes to start feeling some chilling effect after hot sun … rain lasted just for two days :( Hope it won’t rain in the mid of dec…we have a wedding at our home!

Waisay , i think only islamabadis can judge ” THE ” beautiful weather of Islamabad … it’s s o beautiful after rains :) :P unlike lahore n Karachi :P

Wassalam n’ Allah Hafiz


Dec 3, 2004 at 12:37 am

doa afeemi sarak per chal rahay hain.
unmain say aik kunwain main gir jata hay
pehla poochta hay>>”kahan ho dost?”
kunwain say awaz aati hay>>”yahan houn”.
pehla afeemi kehta hay “acha dost,jahan raho ,khush raho”!!!!! :D


Sep 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm

‘Make up Classes’ + Islamabad. Oh man, we’re from the same uni, lol!

I don’t go to a makeup class, like EVER. Just add a little here and there because i’m the CR. Or, i tell the teachers to take 15 minutes more after a class every time and i’ll adjust them in the total. Ah, Uni life was goood. Its been so long I’m almost (yes, almoooost) starting to miss it.


Sep 6, 2008 at 9:57 am

I hope for your sake that you are not from my university! They drive people MAD! Look at me for an example.

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