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Sunday, November 15, 2009

“Foxy Shahzadi”

A few days ago, Shahzeb shared a link on Facebook about “Foxy Shahzadi”, a 1974 Beetle, which has been decorated with truck-art and is currently being driven from Islamabad to Paris by a French Dr. Vincent Loos. Dr. Loos wishes to portray a better image of Pakistan, and believes that Pakistan is not all about terrorism. I, with many others, agree.

The Foxy Shahzadi in front of Faisal Mosque, with Dr. Loos

Here is the Beetle’s story on The Guardian, and here is the earlier coverage by Dawn. And if you would like to follow the Foxy Shahzadi’s journey (named “Art on Wheels tour”), here is its blog. (The above photograph was taken by Dawn’s Tanveer Shahzad.)

By the way, Shahzeb, get back to blogging, will ya?

25 random things about me

In other news, I have been tagged by Falsa to write down 25 random things about me.

I have done similar tags in the past, so this time I am going to repeat some of them. Here goes.

  1. I get thirsty after brushing my teeth.
  2. My favourite season is autumn.
  3. I had my first computer when I was in the 8th grade (about 13 years ago). Abbu ji had bought it for us siblings so that we could “learn computing”. It used to run Windows for Workgroups 3.11, and also had a fax modem with a bitrate of 14.4 kbit/s. I never used that modem. (Yeah, I missed out.)
  4. My first gaming console was Atari 2600 Jr., and my favourite game back then was Moon Patrol. (I now wish, though, that I had played this version, instead of this.)
  5. I can roll my tongue.
  6. While writing with a pen, I don’t like to place its cap on its butt. I either keep the cap in my other hand, or put it somewhere nearby.
  7. Responsibilities scare me.
  8. I have labelled each step of the staircase in my home as either a “right-foot-step” or a “left-foot step” (in my mind, of course), and I rarely put my left foot on a right-foot-step, and vice versa.
  9. I read Slashdot.
  10. I used to play a lot with dinky cars in my childhood.
  11. I feel uncomfortable to sleep in pitch black darkness.
  12. I am a morning bird.
  13. I love typography. Sadly, I am not as good at it as I would like to be.
  14. I like collecting title soundtracks of all those TV shows that NTM used to syndicate.
  15. I have never worn a sherwani. (When I previously mentioned it, No One told me not to worry and assured me that “[my] time will come”.)
  16. I like running. I used to run even on extremely cold mornings in good old days. I hope I’ll be able to resume it.
  17. I have been wearing spectacles since I was 11 years old.
  18. I was once addicted to Tetris.
  19. My first email address was on Hotmail. I soon switched to Net@ddress and kept using it until they cancelled their free subscriptions.
  20. I love reading dedications, prefaces, and acknowledgments in books.
  21. When I was a child, I used to have a fear of sitting in a movie theater. My parents tell me that I had developed this phobia after watching King Kong in the cinema. (They don’t remember which King Kong movie it was.)
  22. I am a fan of Tintin.
  23. I had once written a detective novel that was so pathetic that I never showed it to anyone except my siblings.
  24. I have been using the same mobile phone for the last 4 years. No, I don’t have any emotional affiliation with it.
  25. I like fog.

From Google with Love

Like everybody else from Blogistan, I have also had my share of amusing keywords and phrases that people enter in Google and then land on my blog. Here are the highlights from the past 7 days:

As I said in an old post, keep searching.


foxy shahzadi, random, search keywords

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Nov 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

LMAOOOOOOOO @ i’m bored!! and double LMAO @ beautiful COW!!!!!!! HILARIOUS!

And I was totally addicted to Tetris. And totally love reading prefaces/acknowledgment/about the author too!! They say so much about a book!


Nov 16, 2009 at 10:14 am

I think Foxy Shehzadi’s awesome.

5. I can roll my tongue too!
11. I only truly sleep in pitch darkness.

You cheated. :p


Nov 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

Mera pichla comment kahan hai? :(


Nov 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Chalo. I’ll give it again. Though it’ll lack the spontaneity the last one had.

First of all … LMAO @ beautiful cows and bored in pakistan! Hadd hogayee!

Second of all, I love reading prefaces/acknowledgements/abt the author stuff and I was addicted to Tetris too! Wish I could find it now somehow…

A desi

Nov 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm

# I love typography. Sadly, I am not as good at it as I would like to be.

agree agree agree me too!


Nov 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm

7. Me too
15. Me too
18. Me too
20. Me too
25. Me too

You’re such a copycat!


Nov 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Oops, Akismet had eaten your first comment. And yeah, Google does make our days, doesn’t it? Some fellow just visited Ulta Seedha after googling “how many people can take part in bakra qurbani”. :D

Oh yes, the Beetle Princess is awesome. I wish I could have seen it while it was in Islamabad. And no, I didn’t cheat. :P

We can always keep learning, yeah?

I am not a copycat; you are! I was born first!


Nov 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm

All I have to say is, my first thought was: you were in the 8th grade THIRTEEN years ago?! Hai Hai how geriatric.

Then I realized I was in the 8th grade in 1998 so er… well, I’m not gonna say anymore.

This post was going to depress me if it weren’t for the ‘Foxy Shahzadi’. She’s(?) awesome!! Thanks for sharing. :-) )


Nov 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm

wow, What nice ways to land on your blog

bakras and cows oh my God
you must have born on Baqra Eid or is it your unlucky stars?


Nov 18, 2009 at 12:23 am

i used to watch tin tin all the time too!! i have NO idea why i liked it so much, its so lame! :D


Nov 18, 2009 at 10:06 am

Haha, yeah, I did a double take too when I calculated that. And yep, she is awesome, the Foxy Shahzadi.

It’s my unlucky stars. Two more keywords that have recently arrived in the stats are “bull slaughter on bakra eid 2008″ and “nick names for cute girls”. Sigh.

I never watched Tintin, dude. I used to read the comics. And they are not lame! :P


Nov 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Great post!! I love the art on the car and well, i truly appreciate the french Dr’s initiative and I am sure this will make things better for the country.


Nov 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

Yes, it’s a really, really nice gesture by the French doctor. It may not be able to change much things, but it will at least let the world know that Pakistan is beautiful.


Nov 22, 2009 at 5:12 am

lol i didnt know there were tintin comics! i used to watch the cartoon, in arabic. :D


Nov 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Pics of *beautiful*cows in mandi?nd when u find yourself lying helpless in her arms u knoww u really loved a woman. Seriously? AAHHAHAAH.

I never liked foxys when I lived back in Pakistan. But since you dont get to see such things in gora-land.. I kinda started thinking they are cool :D My nani’s brother had it for more than 50 years. I think he still has it. Which I think is uber cool. ;)

Khair, this was a nice post :D


Nov 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm

And I didn’t know there were Tintin cartoons in Arabic! :D

Yeah. Seriously. *sighs* And yep, Foxies are uber cool. A friend of mine is a die hard fan of foxies. I think he and your Nani’s brother will be great friends.

Thanks for liking the post. :D


Apr 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I love reading dedications too! I always look for them first!


Apr 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

LOL at ‘nd when u find yourself lying helpless in her arms u knoww u really loved a woman’ search- I hope they weren’t left disappointed with your blogposts :p

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