An Evening With Dr Shershah Syed

11708jkmb.jpg “When Dr Shershah Syed is not in his doctor’s gown or sitting with friends or off on a marathon or cycling, or even writing short stories, he’s busy taking the government to task and speaking his mind on the high level of maternal mortality, writes Zofeen T. Ebrahim ” The Review – Dawn.

Dr Shershah Syed is a savior, a man who has dedicated his life to helping the underprivileged and oppressed women of the society, providing them health care and educating them to lead a healthy life and raise children in a healthy environment. But his work simply doesn’t end here his concerns include human rights, women’s health and social issues, child development and health issues and children’s rights and the rights of the animal as well.

Dr Shershah Syed has dedicated his whole life to help and feel for every single creature which feels and has a heart. But another dimension of his activism is expressed in his writings, short stories which are based on his observations of real life characters. His stories have the soul of an activist who wants to change every single wrong in the world, an activist who loathes to put blame on others and takes the responsibility upon himself to do the right.

Today, at a local café, “The Second Floor“, the bold savior, shared a few of his stories with the Karachiiets in an informal gathering which included eminent writers, doctors, journalists, social workers, human right activists and a some of the common people of the city. The evening concluded with a brief question and answer session with the audience and someone asked why non of the stories of Dr Shershah included any solutions to the social issues.

The question was a bit odd, I mean what more can be expected from a man who has dedicated his whole life to social work, and do we really need to tell the people how to put things right but yes in a society where we are accustomed to put the blame on others and have almost no time to think how we ourselves are contributing to the society and nether are we thought such things at school or at universities the question does stand valid. 

Dr Shershah in a living example of how one can bring about a positive change to the society single-handedly, we all must take lessons from him and feel our responsibility to contribute positively, no matter how little but collectively we can surely make a big difference.

13 Comments so far

  1. zeeshan on July 11th, 2008 @ 4:03 am

    Is it just me or does he look a lot like Gandhi? :|

  2. Shamsi (shamsi) on July 11th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    true, 1st glance he seems to be Gandhi !

    However in this global village and biased media nothing is Possible for mass change single-handedly, but yes we can work around ourselves and try to bring change,.

    It is about changing mass attitudes which shall be managed as collective effort, at continous pace and sustainability.

  3. karachite on July 14th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    looks like this blog is dead now

  4. khitomiss on July 17th, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

    yeah you are right, nothing news since 11 july, Is Karachi sleeping or bloggers?

  5. khitomiss on July 17th, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

    sorry news = new

  6. obiwankenobe on July 17th, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    I guess people like Teeth Maestro and MB had political agenda and they wrote every day against Mush and his government for democratic government. Now it is obvious that new govt. has failed them and US is threatening to bomb Pakistan (so far Mush had US in control to what ever extent but no long), Taliban is threatening NWFP govt to resign in 5 days(what a joke/pity) and there is no govt writ any where. People like MB and Teeth owe us apology to bring this disaster(Zaradari/Sharif bros) to Pakistan. By the way way Karachi stock market is down 30% in last 3 months and the day when US drop its first bomb publicly then we would see biggest drop in history. If readers here still can’t see how MB and Teeth used this platform to create chaos all last year then nothing would open their eyes :-(. Just look at archive and posts of MB and TM and see what they were writing all that time and now all of a sudden they have disappeared … may be they would come up with excuse they are busy in their lives or were out of city/country etc but we all know the truth. MB is such a tool that he may come up with the post that MQM asked him not to post here, you never know him and his dirty games.

  7. zeeshan on July 18th, 2008 @ 4:39 am

    I totally second you obiwankenobe. I completely agree with every little thing that you have said in your post. WELL DONE!

    I guess Teeth and Dogtor are also the same person.

    There were much better authors here specially MANSOOR but he can’t be seen now. Pretty much like Pakistan, I guess this blog is also going DOWN.

  8. faylasuf on July 18th, 2008 @ 10:01 am

    blog is not going down, its already down, what else do we need to register this fact?

    no new entry since 11th july, and only two or three ppl are concerned, i d say why not add an entry on the deat of kmb??

    any idea if we hav ne other ‘betr’ blogs for the city around?

  9. obiwankenobe on July 18th, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    It’s a bad situation out here. The people are overwhelmed by the price hikes. The gas prices have gone 50% up in last 6 months, KSE is 36% down in last 2-3 months, every thing is so expensive that people are just working extra hard to make both ends meet and it’s not sarcasm honestly. We can’t expect bloggers to write about fun any more because there is no fun out here any more as it costs too much. Whose salary has gone 30% up in last 6 months ? First only poor people were suffering and now middle class and by the end of the year (when Obama is elected), it will catch upper middle class. It’s no win situation for any one. Only people who are actively blogging these days are those who are living outside of Pakistan and discussing whether some one is alive or dead These expats have many reasons to be happy. Dollar is up 15% in last 6 months against Pak. Rs, property prices are declining(actually good for middle class) and they are planning to buy "more" :-(. It’s frustrating out here. No more blogging please.

  10. Teeth Maestro (kar_teeth) on July 18th, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    OBI – I must agree with you – I must admit I was out of the country only to arrive last night – whatever your comments may be – im back to blogging – and yes your comment did serve as a wake up call

  11. faylasuf on July 19th, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    whts the point of bloggin when every thing apears grn?

    talk bout the tuff situation, talk bout the difficulties

    ppl need to wake up

    p.s. welcome back TM

  12. Shamsi (shamsi) on July 20th, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    Enemy at the Gates (Eastern & Northern borders)

    Situation is detriorating fast and Leaders are trying to keep LID on the social, economical issues else the threats at the borders.

    Un-stable Pakistan is serving great interest of Middle EAST GCC and Unstable economy is serving INDIAN interest to SEEK (almost given) status of most favored nation for IMPORTS via land routes as Feasible workable saving for foreign exchange paid in trems of FREIGHT charges.

    Collective efforts are needed to Stand-up and send a wake-up call among social networks.

  13. Tazeen (tazeen) on July 25th, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

    so people here talking about death of KMB rather than Dr sahab, thats a bit sad because he is one the truly wonderful people

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