Lucky Draw at TIP

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I had not walked a significant distance from the campus when almost all my friends came running towards me with a list of students in their hands. It wasn’t just any list like the list of students scoring high GPA or anything, it was a list of the students who had gotten suspended. It really struck me as a surprise because school had just started for me and I really did not want to miss the first days of my seniority. It isn’t like anybody cares or they did back then, everybody came up to me and regarded me as one of the luckiest people who had gotten suspended…suspended for Ragging juniors. Those holidays did not have any effect on my classes or whatso-ever but all I’ve been wanting to know since then is the reliability of their sources for suspending the students that they did. Seems more like they had a lucky draw and the luckiest pupils of TIP were to be given the honours of suspension for a week or so.

I am not posting this article to prove my innocence or whatever but I just want to let everybody know that I did not sit back home because I was guilty of my acts or something but it was only because I respected THEIR decision. Some of my friends whos names were there in the so-called ‘List of Lucky Students’ had not even done anything… and when you have not really interacted properly with any freshmen then how is it that your name is being highlighted amongst more than 400 students in the university to fall into the list of ‘What has already been mentioned above’? Had there been any veracity in the decision that was taken, then I believe 16 was not the right number for that list. I completely fail to understand how it was that they reached that decision. But as they say in urdu “khair hai… sab chalta hai”, I`m going to go on with this as well.

Who am I to question the Big Boss’s decisions when everybody else failed to do that? Oh, and the funniest part of this whole incident was the name of one of my friends was handwritten on a digitally printed list.

The Rotaract Club of TIP

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. The program is part of a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world. It is what we call ‘A Global Network of Community Volunteers’.”

Inside TIP, it is not something too peculiar from the rest of the world (Regardless of the Environment at TIP). Infact it is a part of the same Rotary-sponsored service club with different leaders. We have Ali Reza Merchant as the President of the club, Mariyam B. Ahmed as the V.P alongwith several other members assigned different positions in the club. Radically we all work as small teams inside the club (such as publishing, finance, event management etc. etc.) with myself as a part of the writing/publishing program!

The substratum of this club is to help the needy in any ways possible (yes ofcourse we’re just students so we cannot just go off the hook and help them… but we could ask others to help them if we cannot provide them wit’ normal solutions). Right now we’re on to collect some books for a school where every ‘Rotarian’ is supposed to get atleast 5 books or else, he/she might have to part the club or would be forced to do so. We would be arranging many fund-raising events in the near future which includes dance parties, concerts, festivals and all.

The deal is not about collecting funds and partying all night long, it is about building your character… developing self-respect…serving your community and promoting goodwill…gain an understanding of the needs, problems & oppurtunities within your community and worldwide….and creating a moral instinct within one’s self.

How many times have we ever sat down and given a thought to all the blessings God has bestowed upon us, and how many times have we actually sat down to thank the Omnipotent rather than asking for more and more? It’s not just money, but social, psychological and physical problems a person faces in his/her daily life. It’s about helping other people and getting help if anyone ever needs it even if its a member of the club. The whole team is a de facto family, we start working on things within ourselves first and that is what we’re doing these days (trying to teach our fellow students how to use coffee cups).

If anyone is interested in joining the club or wants to be a rotarian/rotaract… look around and you`ll see someone to guide you!

Cajoling The Need for a Mosque

I presume the name of the article is pretty succinct and easy for anyone to understand (no that wasn’t sarcasm).

I do not know if someone already has talked on this issue or not, but the feeling inside is so obstinate that I have to let it flow. I believe that a ‘Masjid’ is a very important and a very holy place for every muslim, so why do we have to go to the cafeteria to offer our friday prayers?

I was told by someone that this is a very good place to make your point and to reach out to the Bosses out there… so here I am.

Correct me if I`m wrong, but I’ve heard that friday prayers are supposed to be offered in a Masjid where regular prayers are offered.. so would anyone tell me that if anyone ever bothers to go to the cafeteria to offer any of the daily prayers?

I’ve heard people talking about getting new machinery in the labs and getting some good stuff for the university, but I’ve never heard anyone talking about the delayed construction of the Masjid.

Secondly, okay… everyone goes to offer their friday prayers in the cafeteria (hostel) but then again, what about the sound system?…

I might sound like a very immature whining kid, but comeon!… think about it… the guys standing in the last 3-4 rows can’t even hear the Maulana Sahab reciting.

I’ve seen the pillars of the new Masjid firmly engulfed by the earth but it’s been 5 years that this new campus has been envisioned.

What do you all say about this?…

Author: Anonymous

Update:

For more on need for a mosque, read “Need for a Mosque” by Mazhar Moosani and “Things we need” by Adil Marvi, published earlier at Quack! Online. The comments are especially interesting.

Addiction: Does it exist or is it a state of the mind?

To smoke and drink, or not to do so, is not the question here. The question in fact, is the very nature of these indulgences. Why do we adhere to them so religiously? That is because they are forms of pleasure that we think we can�t do without. Nicotine is a relaxant of some sort and we seem to rely on it. Not knowing why, we think we are hooked to them. I’d like to concentrate more towards smoking because that is what most teenagers are into these days.

I have a lot of friends that smoke and drink, and all of them seem to believe that they are hooked onto it. Yet, I find it hard to believe since not only have I read, but seen, examples of people quitting smoking and drinking after being indulged in it for more than a decade.

This leads me to think about the origin of addiction itself. Once reading a psychologist’s journal, I came across one psychiatrist observing the following:

Insomniacs are, in most cases, people who have convinced themselves (subconsciously) that they do not need sleep, thus, suffer from the lack of it.

So, it is, in my view that addiction is a state of mind. I don�t think it is prudent to include pages and pages of medical data, but I suppose everybody agrees that the pang and urge to have nicotine and alcohol is 75% based on psychological factors than that of physical. Only in cases of more severe drugs like heroin, could I agree that it is indeed an addiction of physical nature. Nevertheless, I�d like to indicate that smoking and drinking are only choices we take to live by. Beyond that, they are nothing more than indulgences.

As I mentioned earlier, people who seem to have smoked for more than a decade, seem to leave these immoderations almost immediately. This leads us to notice that such are examples that point towards the verity that addiction does not exist. Furthermore, it would seem implausible to think that they are addicts; they seem to have overcome their subconscious decisions. Their acumen takes control over their desire.

I would like to conclude that addiction is perhaps an illusion we pull on ourselves. And it is not only to the smoking class that I point this article at, but also towards those who feel, or rather fear that they are addicted to a particular object or activity.