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IBA’s Right Hand Man – Yonus Bhai

July 10, 2011

Note: This was originally written for the IBA newsletter in spring 2006, based off an interview Sarim and I did. For the most part this isn’t too meaningful, but his recommendations for improving IBA are quite insightful in retrospect, and it’s interesting that he repeatedly urged for the need for not only cosmetic but also structural change. His plea for foreign exposure eventually materialized after several years (by 2009, three years after this interview, IBA students were regularly participating in international conferences such as Model UN). This post is mostly relevant for the relatively small group of students from IBA, Main Campus. The interview was taken in Urdu and flavored with some imaginative expletives, a Yonus hallmark. Fortunately or unfortunately, I don’t remember the exact phrases anymore.

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I Have An Option – the Leaders Debate

June 6, 2011

Note: This is part of a political reporting assignment for a very interesting summer course I took this year at Ryerson: Power, Media and Politics. We were assigned the task of watching the legendary 1984 Canadian federal election leader’s debate, and reporting on it using the vehicle of our choice – newspaper or magazine article, blog post, radio or television report, or even audio/video podcast. Very interesting assignment, and it was a great course – highly recommended for anyone who’s out there and curious about how media, technology and politics influence each other and intersect (hint: it’s highly complicated and amazingly powerful).

Yes, I do. I have the option of breaking free from editorial diktat. I have that which numerous writers and journalists around Canada do not – financial freedom. Since I’m not relying on the good graces of a publisher for my income, and instead rely on you, my wonderful readers – I can break from the monotonous ‘knockout blow’ coverage usually afforded to leadership debates in elections.

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All to play for in Wembley

May 13, 2011


“You see Barça on TV and they have fantastic players. They’ve got 3 of the best in the world playing in their team.” RIO FERDINAND
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Photography: Bending fork, bent mind.

April 11, 2011

New photo uploaded on deviantART: Bending fork,bent mind

As the weather is changing, here`s one of my personal favorites from fall 2010: a new couple is dumbfounded by the mysterious bending fork at a magic show at Yonge/Dundas in Toronto.




Pakistan vs India: Is the hype justified?

March 27, 2011

Is it possible to overstate the importance of an India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal? Yes, I think so.

As Yuvraj and Raina took India home against Australia on Thursday, Ravi Shastri, voice trembling, noted that if India won it, they would set up ‘the mother of all games‘. Not for the first time, he was merely stating the obvious. But was the cliche still true?* Everyone certainly swallowed it whole, including yours truly, and the hype has been unrelenting ever since the mere possibility of this game emerged when Pakistan beat Australia. I called up a friend in Pakistan yesterday,someone I haven’t talked to in months,and practically the first thing she said was ‘So who do you think will win?’ This, by the way, is someone who has never before expressed any interest in sport whatsoever, except for appreciating the legs of some footballers.

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March 8, 2011

A selection of the best on Akmal today, from Twitter.

Shoaib to Akmal: Bhai ball ko paison ki gatthi samajh – @gkhamba

IDEA! #fakmal should be made to train with balls which have an explosive inside them. either he gets better or HE DIES! win-win for everyone – @mediagag

Come on, Pakistan. Injure Fakmal. RT @TheSunCricket BREAKING NEWS: Stuart Broad is out of the rest of England’s World Cup campaign. – @sanakazmi

What do #Fakmal and Michael Jackson have in common? They both wear gloves for no apparent reason! – @cpyala

Akmal should just go sleep with a bunch of dirty hookers. I mean…not like he’s going to catch anything… – @obakhtar

Karta raha tamaam match dropped catchoun ka hissab // match kay baad Shoaib nay jootay be hissab lagayae #Fakmal – @DrRashidAli

Allah karay terri papoo ass par shehad kee makhi kat jaye #Fakmal. – @hafsa_khawaja

#Fakmal comes in. He drops his bat five times on the way to the crease. – @ZaltzCricket

Likely. Considering his dressing-room rape by Lala. RT @cpyala #Fakmal walking into bat injured. #ThingstoLookForwardTo – @KarachiVagabond

The best ever Int’l Women’s day celebrated by Pakistanis today thanks to #Fakmal, some earth shattering maa behan swearing we witnessed. – @Am1rA2h3R

Happy Birthday Taylor. Love, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Akhtar. #CWC2011″ #fakmal – @HumaImtiaz

#fakmal zala-lat ki bulandiyoon par – @najamsikander

Mar Razzaq mar , pehle Kiwi ko mar phir dressing par #fakmal ko mar #PakCricket – @schawlaf

So to recap, #Fakmal, ordered by US handler Raymond Davis, took a bribe from the Indo-Jewish illuminati to throw the match. – @mlotia

Three things:

1) Spare a thought for poor Fawwaz Akmal,whose Twitter handle is – you guessed it – Fakmal.
2) Pakistan lost, but poor bowling and poorer top-order batting are as much to blame as dropped catches. You don’t lose a 50 over game by 110 runs in two deliveries. Better deal with these issues sooner rather than later.
3) This thread isn’t meant to vilify one player, it’s meant to marvel at the verbal dexterity he inspires!

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May,maybe not.

March 7, 2011

-written for both the insolent perpetrators and vengeful victims of Yorba Linda

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