THE SPRING – NOW AND THEN

Hello all,

This season of spring is provoking me to describe the beautiful memories of Lahore festivals that I had participated in and enjoyed throughout the year or especially in spring. There were Horse and Cattle Show, Fire Work Show, National Industrial Exhibition, Music Concert, Basant, Art and culture exhibition etc. My city Lahore, took lead to introduce “Food Street” that is still a place to spend some time with loving ones for the refreshment of mind and tummy. But the atmosphere is not there anymore. Everyone has a threat of terrorism in their conscious. Even government level functions are now being arranged within the walls under top security measures. The fear leads our children to spend most of their time at home on the internet. Internet activities are not bad but these are only activating our brain, eyes, and fingers. Our body and soul is not meant to be lazy. The human body needs some positive and enjoyable activity besides routine exercise.

We still have some events like Spring Flower Show, Birds Show, recent Pakistan Super League match etc, but unfortunately, we are missing the festivity due to fear of terrorism. Actually, I was not in a mood to discuss this situation but it is now so deeply indulged in our daily life. I want to share the sense of festivity that I enjoyed a time ago. First of all, the live music and music concerts were my favorite most. I personally like to listen to it at Al-Hamra Open Theatre where I enjoyed both Sufi and Pop music. Especially, legendary Abida Parveen and Surayya Khanum are unforgettable.

It was a food for the soul to listen to them. Cinema is always a luxury, but cinema culture was also at the peak in Pakistan in 80’s and 90’s. I was keen to watch my favorite movie according to my budget and there were three categories. Anyone can come and enjoy movie or air-conditioner. I myself witnessed many people sleeping during the movie and if they were asked why the answer was “we came here to sleep 3 hours in the cool environment”. Now a day, cinemas are providing many facilities as compared to old cinemas but they are also charging higher. A common person has to think many times before planning to go to multiplexes.

Then, the second but most participating occasion for me was Industrial Exhibition. Small Industries items were my most bought items for my home. During it, I always enjoyed the rush of different people around, happy, fearless and enjoying the environment. Food stalls were also a big fascination for all of Lahoris. At that time, Fortress Stadium was not much captured with posh and expensive food chains. One could enjoy the available means. As far as Horse and Cattle were concerned, it was for promoting the dairy farming and at that time, I had less interest in it but various and colorful floats and Tattoo Show(Fire-works) were excellent to watch.

I also visited many arts-related exhibitions, although, I had less awareness of art at my young age, it was difficult to differentiate the category they had.
They were same to me. Once, my friend in N.C.A (National College of Arts) invited our entire group to see their art exhibition. We all friends were very excited but that was all about abstract art.  Whenever we asked any painter what this is all about, the answer was the same,” it is our inner feelings”. We laughed and asked why it is inside you and not us. Well, it was fun and those boys were immature, now they must be at their best and so as we can now at least understand a bit about their art.
“Basant” was always a day, the most memorable and enjoyable for all of Pakistanis. I wrote a little on it before. Flower exhibition is also another favorite of all my family. I am thankful to officials that it is still being exhibited regularly in March throughout the country, in big cities. Different types of flowers and their arrangements always attracted my whole family a lot. I am also fond of gardening so there are always many things for me to learn and enjoy.
I am hopeful for a revival of all such festivals and much more because time has changed and so that these should be modernized according to recent requirements. A need of the hour is to bring some opportunity for enjoyment and to provide the safe and calm environment for people to come and have fun. I also want to thank our Pak Army for their concrete steps and arrangements to stop criminal and terrorist activities.
Our children are our tomorrow and we must take care of them. We have a responsibility to provide them a safer environment for their minds and bodies along with an environment for entertainment and fun.

 

Best regard.
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HAPPINESS- SPREAD THE COLORS ARROUND

Hello all,

Happiness and enjoyment never come from the outer source, it is within us. If we are light in mood, we are happy and if we are heavy, then it is sadness. Sometimes we are between both moods and that is seriousness. All moods carry with them, their different feelings and everyone loves to live within one’s comfort zone but happiness is a step ahead. It brings a way to flourish in our life. It introduces us to the brighter side of our life. It affects everybody in a different way; one can enjoy it while watching a movie with a handful of the popcorn box, other playing a game, another feel satisfaction in reading books. Many people love to wander around, some watch TV, many in gossips. Few like relaxing in a separate place with a cup of coffee or drink in their hand while some else would turn the music on, hit the woofers, pick the pace up, themselves and force others to dance along too. Everybody has his own perspective towards life.

 

The versatility of life is being different from each other, so we plan to choose separate ways to feel it. There are some examples, where we enjoy in pulling someone’s leg, taunting without any reason on friends and annoying others just for nothing. Shouting, bitching, back-biting and bullying is also some favorite activities of many people to feel happy. These are sorts of one-sided happiness and a source of sadness and boredom to others. A number of people love to smell flowers but many love to pick them and separate their petals. Several people like to sit in a neat and calm atmosphere of a restaurant but others love to shout and throw the trash all around. My friends, how can we enjoy when all our companions are sad or being irritated because of us? The surroundings and loving ones also matter and it doubles the enjoyment when others are also happy. Try to feel it, I bet, it will work.
We should live happily and make others comfortable with our presence. Try not to spoil other’s moods with negativity as happiness is rare. It comes from inside and stays if we give it a smooth and gentle treatment. It does sound heavy if I advise you to make others happy but it is not that much of a hard task. Feel free to experience this and the after-effects in the shape of satisfaction of heart. A true soul will obviously take pleasure in it.
It’s a conclusion: Live happy, love people and nature and make effort to spread this message. Do not wait for the return, try to change the society and work for your inner satisfaction!

 

Best regards.