Change?

Somebody quoted Gandhi(right?) a few days ago “BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.”

Yes there are potholes in the city that engulf little children.Our city certainly lacks the colour green.The trees are,already scanty and from the few existing ones,some are being chopped miserably.Street children are sniffing glue.Our people have learnt to beg with such vehemence that it’s almost impossible to resist their pleas.We have few librararies and even fewer men who know a library’s worth.It’s sad to see the visual transgression.It’s a rich man’s world,Karachi of ours.Poorer you are,poorer you get.

Arsalaan Haleem Sahib and a few others mentioned about building a library.A KMB library.Let’s do something about it and change how we want to see this city as.Each change will merge into something grand.More grand than we can ever imagine.

38 Comments so far

  1. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    full stops should be followed by ‘a’ space..


  2. Henna (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    I’ve yet to learn that:)


  3. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    You learned that long time back, but you are not willing to change :P


  4. Henna (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    maybe:P


  5. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    so sad. one minute u talk abt being the change one wants to see, next u are not willing to change :P


  6. ash (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 2:23 am

    you are right. i quoted him but i think someone else did a few months ago too. great idea,i am in. ten books – tell me where to send them.


  7. Karachiite (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:33 am

    Chatting on the Internet has messed up good writing habits. Little trick I use: I copy and paste what I write onto Microsoft Word, spell check and edit it and then paste it back before submitting it. To make life simpler, remember: Control + A (select all), Control + X (cut), Control + C (copy) & Control + V (paste).


  8. Tamed~. (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:53 am

    I never had realized that even the authors of ‘Wren & Martin’ read KMB!


  9. Darthvader (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 7:31 am

    YESSSS!!!!!! a grandiose idea . Let’s do it man. I will personally donate my entire collection of Inspector Jamshed series by Ishtiaq Ahmed from primary school days. I have other books too but i am not done watching them yet …

    love and peace
    DV


  10. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 8:32 am

    Hahaha you people make me laugh. Most of the peole here could go out and pay 1000 Rs for buffet but can not spend on books. It is just about priority. I would never donate books for such lame asses. Those who want to read can always make opportunities to get books for free of cost. Wait till Google/Yahoo put all books digital online in next 10-20 years and Apple put all music/videos on iTune. Tomorrow is MacWorld in San Francisco and I am waiting desperately for Steve Jobs to announce so many wonderful things. Here comes Apple … Honestly can’t sleep tonight ….


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  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 10:05 am


    pay 1000 Rs for buffet but can not spend on books. It is just about priority.pay 1000 Rs for buffet but can not spend on books. It is just about priority.

    true but there are many who don’t have money but willing to read. I believe such personal library concept will not get succeeded due to some reasons and this is why I didn’t get agreed upon this.


    desperately for Steve Jobs to announce so many wonderful thin

    You mean CES? Right now both bill and jobs are at International Consumer Electronics Show[CES]. I think he already made it.
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/category?blogid=5&cat=64&o=60

    Sad and pathetic


  13. mansoor (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    Good idea. Where do u want to setup this library henna?


  14. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    Adnan , you googled it and found the last year :-) Dude why do you want to give impression that you know every thing? Who could know better than me what is there tomorrow :-) . Even I do not know a lot. Apple is THE company ….


  15. Jamash (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    It’s a wonderful idea, count me in..


  16. fAr stAr (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    a women library was under construction in Gulshan-e-Iqbal near NIPA and suddenly the (City) Government has decided that it would instead construct a controversial 350-bed hospital on the spot. whats more important, Hospital or Library?

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C10%5C14%5Cstory_14-10-2006_pg12_2


  17. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    pph, yar ap bohat hi shoday ho. apple will most definately launch its iPhone (cingular is the most likely provider) .. 3 megapixel camera etc (source cnet).. nothing big. iPod was released at the right time thats why it became such a hit.. I find mac over-rated. watch the video of gates bashing mac on the internet.


  18. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    Henna, just call me Arsalaan…there is no need to attach ‘sahab’ with my name. I am not ‘that’ old.


  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm


    Even I do not know a lot

    And then you ask me


    why do you want to give impression that you know every thing?

    Who’s demonstratnig superiority here? *grin*.


  20. Henna (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    I don’t want to be the change who uses a spacebar before a fullstop but as long as it’s proper .
    So I will .
    Let’s wait for the captain to come back and we can brainstorm about the venue:)
    If any of you guys have answers, then that is great too .


  21. Rabayl (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

    Enlighten me anyone, what is this post trying to say exactly?

    @ Karachiite:

    //Little trick I use: I copy and paste what I write onto Microsoft Word, spell check and edit it and then paste it back before submitting it. To make life simpler, remember: Control + A (select all), Control + X (cut), Control + C (copy) & Control + V (paste).//

    Haha how about you just LEARN good grammar?


  22. UZi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    Rabayl, I don’t see anything wrong (grammatically, or otherwise) in Karachiite’s post. What exactly are YOU trying to say? :-P


  23. Concerned (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    Ppl there is really no point trying to build a library if you want to do something about the city spend your free time doing charity work to build schools.

    If people dont know how to read, wht ru going to do with a library.

    I would personally recommend visiting http://www.acausonline.com , these are people like you and me, who spend their free time after work organising charitable events. All proceeds either go towards school or in helping people earn a living (e.g. they bought sewing machines for ppl).

    I am sure no one is going to take on the challenge to start collecting money for a school, so lets atleast support ppl who do. Go to their events and enjoy yourself, you will be doing a good thing.


  24. Concerned (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    This seems like a decent post why do ppl keep arguing over grammar and spelling mistakes.


  25. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

    The provincial government had allocated Rs23 million in its annual budget for the purchase of library books in bulk for the ongoing financial year. – dawn.

    that’s just a little over than the annual budget of cleaning supplies *window cleaner, rags etc* of a recent university that I went to in the States. Sweet.


  26. Sufi (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    *of a university that i went to recently :/


  27. shaDy (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    Great post, but a library in today’s world would be 100 computers with fast internet and a large archive of text documents. You could aim for that instead of getting a whole lot of people to donate books that they don’t want, because no one donates books they *actually want to read*.

    The Wikipedia is practically all the information anyone could need, on nearly every subject, but not everyone has the ability to get to it. Even if you pool in a lot of effort and get 50 computers with free access to Wikipedia, it would be quite a big achievement and a great resource for a lot of people.

    You mentioned greenery too. I think a great idea would be to get KMB readers and authors together and buy lots of good quality plant seeds and go on a seed planting field trip. If you build the free library, it’d be good because we could work to make it a green place instead of a dusty brown normal karachi type building.

    Ifs and buts.

    Great post.


  28. Sufi (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:08 am

    pph, iphone baazi lay gaya :|


  29. shaDy (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    I wonder why Sufi and Poo Poo Head like posting crap that’s completely off topic, egotistical and pointless? Sufi seems to be a grammar specialist so bent on his profession that he completely ignored Henna’s post and just saw her mistakes, with not one relative point to make, or anything contructive to add.

    The other one, this “poo poo head” is obviously some sort of telepathic type since he knows that “most” of “us” would spend rs 1000 on a buffet but not on books. He also tells us to “Wait till Google/Yahoo put all books digital online in next 10-20 years…” so we really shouldn’t work on this library, according to the wise and clever poo poo head.

    How wise and clever of you to say things like that poo poo head.

    GHADDA.


  30. ash (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 3:51 am

    great topic. i dont think grammatical errors or error corrections are a big deal but please please please will people stop saying ghadda? its gadhha !!!gadhha!!!gadhha!!!


  31. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 8:36 am

    Illusion, I was there today; what a fine time it was.

    Shady , I liked your signature name but per Ash you misspelled. I am sorry. Ash you are so rude. This is h[is/er] name, sh/e could write what ever s/he likes.

    And Thanks for the compliment. “Nice” and “Wise”. . I am flattered. Only thing is that I am much more realistic.I have been here for too long and please don’t judge my call. I still stand those who want to read would always get books no matter what. This is only about one’s priorities. If you people could collect 200 books and could run it smoothly for 3 months, I would donate 200 bucks and if not then send 50 bucks my way. You have rate of 1:4


  32. shaDy (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:18 am

    @ash: thankooo for the spellcheck :)

    @PPH: good grief, you replied! what a dheet.

    sorry but i *am* judging your “call” because it was a crappy “call” and i dont see anything relevant in any of your posts in this thread. just because you’re some purraana paapi on the KMB doesn’t mean jack to me. you’re acting like a donkey, i’ll call you out as a donkey. being a old timer doesn’t automatically make you right. i also love how you completely ignored everything i said in my post about your ridiculous statements and jumped right to the end and turned my sarcasm into something literal. allow me to start again:

    my point is that if you don’t have anything reasonable to add to a thread, don’t add anything. you don’t have to post a reply every time, just to get your 2 paisas in. you won’t get a medal at the end of it all. leave some room for the people who actually have something constructive to say.

    Some stupid things you’ve said in this thread alone:

    “Most of the peole here could go out and pay 1000 Rs for buffet but can not spend on books…” – as if you know what most people here can and can’t spend money on. Stop assuming things. You sound bitter.

    “Dude why do you want to give impression that you know every thing? Who could know better than me what is there tomorrow :-) . Even I do not know a lot….” – this one is self explanatory and self contradicting in itself and it makes you out to be a really arrogant, self righteous, deluded idiot.

    you’re acting like a gadhha, purraana paapi or not.

    stfu and stop clogging up the KMB gutters, you make Karachi look bad.

    shaDy


  33. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    I like you shady ,I really like you. You made me laugh and now I can sleep better.

    I do what I like, say me what ever you want. If you do not like me then who cares.

    Just an advice, don’t curse. Normal people don’t do that.

    I am tired, I clapped too much today. I am going to sleep. Will be back again 6 pm.


  34. AhadAustin (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Ghandi(Bapoojee)also said :
    If You are Good; All the World is Good.
    Think Global Act Local !
    Ahad


  35. Sufi (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:52 am

    I am no grammar specialist, I was just playing ok.

    Its just that I don’t have anything constructive to say about this post. I apologize.


  36. anon_again (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 7:23 am
  37. Leo (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Every creature needs to rest. Giraffes, little babies, elephants, dogs, cats, kids, koala bears, grandparents, moms, dads, and hippos in the jungle – they all sleep! Just like eating, sleep is necessary for survival. WBR LeoP


  38. Heather Flanagan (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    I think you would be interested in this video about Bernie Meyer who has traveled the world portraying Gandhi:

    http://pugettown.wordpress.com/2007/01/19/



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