monday 55 – …and that’s why the beach was sold

after a hiatus of around a month, my so-called weekly feature, the monday 55 is back.

we’ve heard practically everybody who ought to know something about the matter decry the sale of the beachfront and the islands andall the arguments for and against it. i think everyone concedes its not the best idea since the persians invented the faluda in 400 bc. so this time we will be writing not about whether or not it should have been done but why the powers that be sold our land – yes the land belongs to every citizen of karachi – in the first place. so without further ado, here’s my opinion.

he walks on the beach, wondering where he’s supposed to come up with the billions he’s been asked to. they made him a minister and now the party’s campaign must be funded. at any cost.

“kickbacks, obviously. but from where?”

he feels the wet sand underneath his feet and an idea takes birth.

he smiles.

why do you think they sold it? write about it.

12 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    Xill, one thing that haven’t understand, is why you are so fond of writing the whole text in small caps, even where large caps are required.

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    55 words cannot encompass the lust for money powerful have in them. 55 words cannot encompass the lust for money powerful have in them.

  3. Rockfella (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    Xill: It would be better if you would write something thats not a mish mash mixture and would be easier to apprehend what you are trying to convey here.

    Looks like the only one understanding the above is you.

  4. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    @ arsalan: think of it as a protest against the “system”. my little rebellion. :)

    @ jamal: you’ve got a point.

    @ j d rockefeller: no, i think the other two got it too.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    arsalan: i kind of like the no caps thing, it keeps things simple :)

    j d rokerfeller: i understood it too.. the beauty of 55 words is that is creates a whole atmosphere where you take it beyond with your imagination in whatever way you choose.

    xill: lovely! missed u dude!! i’ll put up somethign when the inspiration strikes

  6. JayJay (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    Misplaced sensationalism! This space and time could have been put to a better use.

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Mansoor, on the contrary, it makes it quite hard to read the passage.

  8. Saadie (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    Good one :)

  9. Manish (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    “Why, oh why can’t people keep the beach clean? I mean, how much time or effort does it take to throw all this ‘katchra’ in the bin. It’s not as if there aren’t any bins around”.

    “Guess ‘Maale-eMuft, Dil-e-Beyrahem’. Maybe, just maybe, if they have to pay to access all this, they will start caring”.

  10. Lies (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    they sold it because of a thing called progress.

  11. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    He dreamt of a land not so far away called Dubai – let’s think big he reasoned

    Within a few days he had a flash animation & sold the concept to the government with the promise of billions, how sweet he thought – “I still know how to make a fool of the entire nation – Jiyaee …..”

  12. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    Can someone post a map or something, dont know which beach or part of it we are discussing.

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