Our media will not tell us about the situation in Pakistan

Here is what our media will not tell us about the situation in Pakistan.

In the flurry of war/no-war, what many forget is that wars now are fought not just by men wearing boots carrying guns, or airforce/naval engagement, but even more so by economic means and weapons.

The current status of the Indo-Pak engagement needs to be seen from that point of view.

The fake Indian currency (FICN) business is almost totally wiped out.

The meat laundries have been check-mated.

The Pak Rupee is at an all-time low and sinking further.

Right now, in Pakistan there’s a shortage of all forms of foreign & domestic transport.

The airspace closure over Pakistan impacts not just international East-West traffic, which routes via UAE options, but more so Pakistan’s own domestic and international air travel, pax & cargo that comes to a halt as also the income from flights over Pak Airspace.

Domestic movements by train are severely impaired because Pakistan Railways, what’s left of it, depends almost totally on diesel for locomotives.

Road transport is much costlier and the Afghan trade which subsidised a lot of their livelihoods, has moved to via Iran or over Central Asia.

Another point to note is that Karachi is the only effective seaport for Pakistan, and oil imports, especially aviation fuel and clean products, have come to a grinding halt as ships and shipping companies stay away, with huge insurance mark-ups.

Port of Karachi is almost blocked. Tankers are not reaching with oil.

Gwadar Port, Pakistan

Fuel for their air force is down to 4 days.

Karachi Port Trust – Shipping Business

People are upset and trade is almost halted. Prices have shot up. Pressure from their own people on their own government is huge. Pakistani airports & seaports are shut whilst not a single Indian airport or seaport is even impacted.

Instead of #SayNoToWar, this is the time for India to keep rattling sabres.

Pakistan is totally SHUT DOWN.

It’s economy is FROZEN.

This then is the time to continue applying economic & diplomatic pressure backed up by not just IAF, but also Indian Navy, whose presence in the Arabian Sea is formidable, to say the least, and whose ports on both coasts as well as Andamans are simply not affected.

So it is up to the Pakistani people to appeal to their own elected representatives as well as their military to stop these terrorist movements from Pakistani soil.

Or, as Bhutto famously said, be prepared to eat grass.

What if India imposed a Naval blockade on Pakistan?


Urdu Point: Sindh CM Urges Federal Govt To Call CCI Meeting Over Gas Crisis


Pakistan Today: PM says hike in hajj prices due to ‘pending loans’


Samaa Tv: Gas supply to Islamabad, Punjab CNG stations suspended for an indefinite period


The Express Trubune: https://tribune.com.pk/story/1921042/2-lpg-price-increased-rs95-per-cylinder/


Dawn: Passengers turn to train after closure of airspace


Behind the red alert: There’s more to the airspace lockdown in Pakistan than meets the eye

The Times of India: China cancels all flights to Pakistan

The Nation: Pakistan urges Iran to reissue transit permits for exports


Dawn: Fiscal balance in disarray

Dawn: PAKISTAN should be a welfare state. With millions of people straddling the poverty line, there is no other way forward. Those who believe the market will offer a solution are driven by ideology, blind fundamentalists in the same category as religious fundamentalists.


The Express Tribune: Rupee

#‎Banksy‬ about ‪#Advertising‬

Manish Kapoor

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

~ Banksy

From Love to Bingo

A 1 Minute Love Story Told in Images

Advertising Agency: AlmapBBDO, Sao Paulo, Brazil
General Creative Directors: Marcello Serpa, Luiz Sanches
Creative Directors: André Kassu, Marcos Medeiros, Renato Simões
Art Director: Marcos Kotlhar
Copywriter: Sophie Schoenburg
Producer: Paranoid BR
Executive producer: Egisto Betti
Direction: Marcos Kotlhar / Cisma
Animation: Split Filmes, Marcos Kotlhar
Rtvc: Vera Jacinto, Gabriel Dagostini, Diego Villas Bôas
Soundtrack / Voice-Over Artist: Kito Siqueira
Editor / Assembler: Jonas Brandão
Finishing Editor: Split Filmes
Service: Cristina Chacon, Marina Leal
Media: Paulo Camossa Jr
Approval: Renata Simões

#AdventureNme: What is adventure for you? (2)

Adventure and risk-taking are the main essence of my life. I believe in what Andre Gide said, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” This quote has been inspiration for me and allows me to take risks and clinch adventure. Right from roundabout route of my every day work schedule to hit the beach and tackle the sport of cricket, plan a road trip with buddies, or jump on a last minute flight to a destination unknown, there are endless possibilities of adventure waiting for me to be tackled. I never wait around for adventure to come to me. I take it as life is about discovery of joys by putting yourself out of the comfort zone to bring about things that you wouldn’t in general anticipate yourself to achieve, for me in easy words this defines adventure. In my point of view, without adventures our life would be just like an empty book. Sometimes I imagine a trip in the Amazonia jungles or travel into space or to just get into a travel mode without a map or walk with blind fold on. However, it is not essentially something hazardous. It could be something simple as well, like fighting with pillows with my nephew, for example. But the feeling itself is hard to be explained. It is like everyday food for our spirit.

My adventure was to enter college. It was with hard work and devotion that I thrived. This achievement was the conclusion of my academic life. My determination and ambitions brought me at the college building few years ago. I passed my exams and it was time for deserved rest. It was then when I realised that success comes with hard work and a little bit of talent. I have achieved this by myself. It was my dream and I never turned back on it. I never lost my way towards fulfilling my dream. I am super thrilled by risky financial ventures which are capable of making or breaking them. I dabble in the Stock Market, in Shares which can shoot up or zoom down without even the experts being able to forecast it. As I dream of turning into an entrepreneur, which means growing rich fast and I am ready to take the extreme risks involved in this. However I feel this adventure is only for the brave like me as I strongly believe in the age old proverb of ‘NO RISK, NO GAIN’.

To be adventurous does not mean only to be courageous physically all the time; it can be brave from heart. It means also not to forget what you have fought for and always to have fun with what you do. And most of all you must consider that it is not always obvious what the challenge you will face is or whether the consequence will alter your life or not.

Check out the full video here:

“This post is a part of #AdventureNme activity at adventuren.com.”

#AdventureNme: What is adventure for you?

If anything gets me an instant adrenaline rush it is definitely the word ‘adventure’. An idea of getting high something never tried before is flawlessly unparalleled to almost everything in this world. I guess it is a very obvious desire for me to be adventure hungry. But when it comes to defining it, it turns difficult. The possibilities of dreaming to do the undone, walking out of that little cosy cove of mine (in general terms the comfort zone), where impossible excites me and the challenges wait to be tackled. It’s a chance to think up of that which creates a bubble of probable self-assurance in me to carry out a task that is pretty new or extraordinary. The fun in engaging in exploring the newness, the unusualness, and the awesomeness of an adventure makes me want to never grow older. But every phase or stage of time holds different fundamentals of adventure.  If you haven’t tasted the panic, the excitement, the ambitious burn up, the roaring keenness, the willingness to get damaged or risk it, then you haven’t known adventure for real. It’s simply the thoughts, the wishes, and the desires that enhances up the self-esteem and drugs me to feel highly stimulated. Well I am not talking about bungee jumping or climbing Mt. Everest or even fighting a bull, or going on a safari ride.

The word adventure itself has been the driving force to get me up stable in situations where I feel low. It has a charm of its own that makes me want to say “I can totally do this!” (I suggest you should try) It is a process of self-discovery into unknown wild spaces that you did not figure out about yourself until yet. To relate it to every stage in your life you come across to be difficult, helps into breaking down the internal barriers which we usually call anxiety, insecurity or depression. After every new idea of experimenting with me and things that I can do slowly eliminates the blockades one by one, until one day none will be left and I look forward to that. That relieves the way I can project those things to be actually done that seemed unfeasible once, the hope to try it keeps jumping inside my wide awake like a little child who just got a toy to play with. I take my life as an adventure, where I break out of the repetitiveness of my regular continuation and give buoyancy to myself to do the unlike! I never know, I might just make it take place.

Check out the full video here:

“This post is a part of #AdventureNme activity at adventuren.com.”

चित्त जागृति

This blog, NaughtAuthentic turned one on 15 January 2016. On the ocassion of it's first anniversary I have brought, for you, the very first of my verse written in Hindi during my teenage. Hope you will like it.

अनुपम रस के अन्त गति, तुम मेरे सुखात्मा
इस सुन्दर जग की महान कृति, तुम मेरे परमात्मा।

जब तुम न मिलो मेरे जीवन में, इस जीवन का अन्त निकट हो
तुमसे मिलकर ऐसा लगता, दूर सभी कष्ट-विकट हों

मेरे जीवन की सुन्दर छवि, तुम ही मेरी आत्मा
इस सुन्दर जग की महान कृति, तुम मेरे परमात्मा।

जब ढूँढ रहा था मैं तुझको, अम्बर के चादर के नीचे
तुम सोते थे मेरे मन में, अपनी सुन्दर आँखें मींचें

मेरे जीवन की प्राण-सुधा, तुम मेरी जीवात्मा
इस सुन्दर जग की महान कृति, तुम मेरे परमात्मा।

9 अगस्त 1989

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