Sunday, May 31, 2009

A blogger in a car kills an old man on a bike

Yes, the headlines speak for themselves.. I can just imagine that headline in the poor print of Greater Kashmir.. Then, the blogger would have been jailed or whatever.. Blame it all to the poor blogger now. Oh, I am sorry.. Let me start from the roots..

The blogger whose name is Qazi Mamoon was driving a Silver Maruti Suzuki. The time was about 8.30 in the night. Total darkness. Driving carefully, he had managed to reach the place near Abdullah Bridge popularised by the presence of a really expensive eating place known as Hat Trick. He was moving on the road which is just along the banks of River Jehlum. It was a familiar place for him, much dreaded one though. The Presentation Convent School will soon pass from the left side. But this time he had other things to worry about. His was the only car in his lane. His eyes strained against those harsh headlights, so many bright cars approaching in the other direction. He couldnt see anything. He kept on trying to flash his headlights so as to make the people in other cars aware of his temporary blindness. Absolutely no car in front of him but so many in the opposite lane. He is moving at 50 kmph. Moving as straight as he can, he couldnt even see the sidewalks. A car comes blazing towards him. He tries to move left. Saved. The sidewalk was still a little bit to the left, he thought. Suddenly he sees something. About 5 metres in front of his car. Slightly towards the left side. His car moves closer. He applies brakes strongly. Thats a MotorBike.. Parked. An old man with a white beard on it facing left and talking to someone. No Brake Lights, No lights at all.. The blogger hesitates. He looks at the next approaching car at his right. The stupid old man with the no-lights-bike to the left. Brakes cant stop the car in time. Well, to make this novel sized story short.. The blogger, utilising his driving skills and experience somehow managed to slip in between the two, the side view mirror of the two cars hit.. Was a close shave.. His mother sitting right next to him nearly screamed out in fright. Luckily no one was hurt.. It was reported that the old man wasnt wearing a helmet and was so stupid, stupid so as to stop in the middle of nowhere with no warning lights and no helmet... The blogger would have hit him, and he would flied right into the dreaded Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School for Girls, Raj Bagh. Bye Bye Uncle..

Sigh... Thats a nice story indeed.. So if you see an accident and start blaming small boys who are yet to turn 20, and blaming that they caused the accident.. Think rationally.. Would a small boy have better eyesight in that darkness or Mr Bye-bye-Uncle..

Alec Smart said: Ah.. Bye-Bye-Uncle must be waiting for the girls...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday | 24th May 2009- SPS Museum Srinagar

Yesterday, I went to the SPS Museum. SPS stands for Sri Pratap Singh.. The building is actually a palace of Maharaja Ranbir Singh who had constructed it in 1872. Then his son Maharaha Pratap Singh made it as a museum in 1898.. (The dates are just figments of my memory).. I would recommend a visit to the musuem for anyone who lives in Kashmir, make sure that you ask someone there to show you around and inform you about the things there...


Skeleton of a Wooly Mammoth- I really didnt imagine that our museum will have those bones..

Really Ancient Coins- 500 BC till date

5th Century Statues- Statues of Shivism and Buddhism

Textiles- Great works of Kashmiri Craft- Masterpieces- Map of Srinagar on a Shawl which was completed in about 35 years

Arms- Weaponry used by the early kings of Kashmir.. Old guns Old Cannons-

Its quite astonishing to see that Kashmir has such a history-filled with Hinduism and Buddhism.. Islam is Kashmir, as such, is quite in its infancy. The museum did have some engravings from the Mughal Period, and remains of the beautiful handworked glazed tiles taken from Madin Sahab, Srinagar- but as a whole, the museum gave out waves of Hinduism.. Thus, any tourist to Kashmir, might love to pay a visit to our beloved SPS museum..

Alec Smart said: There is a new building under construction for the statues.. The roads for the humans are still antique..

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Omar Abdullah and NC

NC wins. Thats supposed to be good isn't it? Besides, as a really really uninformed citizen knowing nothing of politics, I rather think that Omar Abdullah is doing a good job. (He is a Burn Hallian tada...) Let me show you what he wrote on his blog on 18th April 2008...

I''m sitting and watching the inaugural T20 match of the Indian Premier League as I type and it''s difficult not to be dazzled by the spectacle, the lights, the music. Fortunately for the game the action on the field has been much better than the opening ceremony laid on by Vijay Mallaya which is no mean feat since the self confessed King of good times knows how to lay on a party.

For a while I was wondering if this was an opening ceremony for the Olympics or Asian Games with acrobats, flag bearers (who entered hanging from wires attached to the flood-lights) and an oath ceremony. The world of cricket has seen nothing like this and the purists are probably appalled by the cheer leaders not to mention Shahrukh Khan's team in their GOLD helmets and pads.

How much influence this will have on the game of cricket - only time will tell. One thing is for sure cricket in India will never be the same and I guess that can be said for the rest of the cricketing world as well. I'd be interested to see if this new TV friendly format is able to spread beyond the traditional cricket playing nations.

Spare a thought for Zee's Subhash Chandra. Every one has been very quick to credit BCCI and Lalit Modi for this revolution. Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't IPL a panic reaction to Chandra's break away ICL. It was only BCCI's financial and political muscle that squeezed ICL and reduced it to a pariah status surviving on cricketers either retired or never likely to play for their country. Chandra, after all the money spent, must be left wondering what might have been if only.................

Ok!! Looks great... But Lets have a look at one of the comments..

suhaildar Says:
Monday, April 21, 2008

omar, is this blog abou ipl n blackberry? try to write some realistic issues on ur for how long more are the politician of kashmir gona fool kashmiris...take some leafs from rahul gandhis book... it will certainly help ur political career.

I would love to tell him even though our beloved CM is the CM, that does not mean that he shouldnt enjoy. Thats the problem with us common Kashmiris.. We think that our duties end after we vote..Blah Blah... I am going now..

Alec Smart Said.. Looks like the match has started... Even bloggers need to enjoy..

Ps... Ok I Admit.. This wasnt a good post...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Heres another good reply to Hindus

As they say, "If you cant beat them then join them".. Hindus are also very active in pointing out the "so called" mistakes..

Here is something I found on the web.. Its supposed to mean that Hinduism and all its forms are wrong.. Its just an example that Allah knows best and we humans are just fools.. For those hindus who deny Islam based on those "So Called" errors, I would like that you deny Hinduis, if you find all these things down here to be true.. Even One of Them.. My challenge..


In Mahabharata, particularly in the Bhagavad Gita, and other Hindu scriptures, we find that Krishna is depicted having only two hands. But, at one place in the Gita, we see a mistake mentioning four hands!

Gita 11:46 “…Appear with that very form with four hands!


Actually, Sanjaya is watching all the happenings including the show of Viswa Roopa that is shown to Arjuna. And, previously, as it is reported in the Maha Bharata, some of the enemies of Arjuna have seen this form before many others. But, strangely enough to read, it is mentioned as :

Gita 11:47 “ Out of grace, O Arjuna, this supreme, radiant, cosmic, infinite, primeval form – which (form) of mine has not been seen before by anyone other than you, has been shown to you by me through the power of my own yoga. ”

“Arjuna, by my favour, you have seen this loftiest form by my yoga revealed! … that none except yourself has ever seen


As we already know, Sanjaya is narrating the whole process to the emperor Dhritarashtra, the father of Arjuna’s enemies. Normally, if ‘A’ is speaking to ‘B’ and A wants to say that B’s brother is coming, he would say, “Mr. B! your brother is coming.” Or, “B! your brother is coming.” But, he would not say, “B’s brother is coming.”

Let us see the same thing in the Gita. It is mentioned in Gita 1:19-20, “the blowing of these different couch shells became uproarious. Vibrating both in the sky and in the earth, it shattered the hearts of the sons of Dhritarashtra… O King, after looking at the sons of Dhritarashtra drawn in military array, Arjuna then spoke to Krishna these words.”

As we all know today that the sun, moon and stars are all inanimate objects and cannot have wife and children like the human beings. But, in the olden days, the Hindu brothers did not know this fact and they used to hold the belief that these are all gods only. Further, they used to believe that they had marital relationship and parental relationship with human beings. Anyway, we are going to see it in detail under the heading, “Hindu Gods”. Here, we are going to have a look at the sample, which proves beyond doubt that even the Bhagavad Gita is not immune from this belief!

It is mentioned in Gita 4:1, “I have given this infinite knowledge to Sun, he taught it to his son Manu (one of the ancestors of the mankind) and he taught it to his son Ikshwaka (one of famous saints)”

It is surprising to see that the Gita attributes sonship of a human to a star that is ‘the sun’.

Some scholars of Hinduism hold that the Gita doesn’t say that Manu was a son of the sun. But, they all admit that the Gita mentions the sun having taught a particular knowledge to Manu. Even this is hard to defend against scientific criticism.



A reminder again! Please double check the verses.. If you find them true.. Then I win..

Heres a good reply to some people..

Its so amusing to see Christians challenge the "So called" errors in the Quran.. Based on these, begins their hatred against Islam. Well Mr. Christians.. Muslims believe in Jesus.. Muslims believe in the Bible, the original one.. Not the edited which is being used nowadays.. (The New Testament maybe.. I am just a blogger, not a religious scholar.. So Please correct me if you know the truth)..

Here is something I found on the web.. Its not supposed to mean that Christianity is wrong.. Its just an example that Allah knows best and we humans are just fools.. For those Christians who deny Islam based on those "So Called" errors, I would like that you deny Christianity too if you find all these things down here to be true.. Even One of Them.. My challenge..


2 Kings 8:26 says "Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign..." 2 Chronicles 22:2 says "Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign..."
2 Samuel 6:23 says "Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death" 2 Samuel 21:8 says "But the king took...the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul"
2 Samuel 8:3-4 says "David smote also Hadadezer...and took from hundred horsemen..." 1 Chronicles 18:3-4 says "David smote Hadarezer...and took from thousand horsemen..."
1 Kings 4:26 says "And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots..." 2 Chronicles 9:25 says "And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots..."
2 Kings 25:8 says "And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month...Nebuzaradan...came...unto Jerusalem" Jeremiah 52:12 says " the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month...came Nebuzaradan...into Jerusalem"
1 Samuel 31:4-6 says "...Saul took a sword and fell upon it. And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead and...died with him. So Saul died..." 2 Samuel 21:12 says "...the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa."
Gen 2:17 says "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thou eastest thereof thou shalt surely die [note: it doesn't say 'spiritual' death] Gen 5:5 says "And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."
Matt 1:16 says, "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus..." Luke 3:23 says "And Jesus...the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli"
James 1:13 says "..for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man." Gen 22:1 says "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham..."
Gen 6:20 says "Of fowls after their kind and of cattle [etc.]...two of every sort shall come unto thee..." Gen 7:2,3 says "Of every clean beast thou shall take to thee by sevens...Of fowls also of the air by sevens..."
Luke23:46: "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost." John 19:30 "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
Gen 32:30 states "...for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." John 1:18 states, "No man hath seen God at any time..."

Factual Errors:

1 Kings 7:23 "He made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about." Circumference = Pi() x Diameter, which means the line would have to have been over 31 cubits. In order for this to be rounding, it would have had to overstate the amount to ensure that the line did "compass it round about."
Lev 11:20-21: "All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you." Fowl do not go upon all four.
Lev 11:6: "And the hare, because he cheweth the cud..." Hare do not chew the cud.
Deut 14:7: " " the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof." For the hare this is wrong on both counts: Hare don’t chew the cud and they do divide the "hoof."
Jonah 1:17 says, "...Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights" Matt 12:40 says "...Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly..." whales and fish are not related
Matt 13:31-32: " "the kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed which…is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown is the greatest among herbs and becometh a tree." There are 2 significant errors here: first, there are many smaller seeds, like the orchid seed; and second, mustard plants don't grow into trees.
Matt 4:8: " Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them." Unless the world is flat, altitude simply will not help you see all the kingdoms of the earth.


A reminder again! Please double check the verses.. If you find them true.. Then I win..

Friday, May 8, 2009

Tooba | 8th May

On this day in 1991, my sister left this world.. Remembering her alwayz....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hartal | Day One

Dear Online-Bad-Idea-Personal-Diary,

At about 12.17 pm (which means the second day of Hartal has already started), I finally get time to write about the first day of the Hartal..

Woke up awfully late.. 1 O clock is just not normal in Kashmir.. It would have been great waking up at 1 O clock on a Sunday in Malaysia.. But no no... Not here.. I forgot to boil the milk.. I didnt have my morning tea with 'lawaas'.. Life is difficult.. But all that raining has stopped (finally).. Watched some more of FRIENDS episodes...

The best thing is I cant see any pictures on Facebook or Orkut.. There is this thihng going on in my mind that my 1 gb "FREE" broadband allowed limit will easily exceed... So I just disabled the "Show Pictures" option on my Firefox.. Bye Bye pretty pictures..

It so nice to know that Kashmir has so much of talent.. Recently I met added up these two great guys on Facebook.. One, Ubaid Mushtaq, writes for Rising Kashmir, Gk etc etc and is a student of IUST.. The other one, Owais Lone, studies computer engineering in Pune and looks quite promising with all those websites he has put up and the hard work that he is doing.. I am thinking that in near future I might publish some interviews or something of the talent we have in Kashmir.,.,

I have applied for a vodaphone SIM.. Oh! That was 4 days before.. The guy told me that they will send the SIM card to your home.. Well, 10 already.. I havent left my home yet.. I dont have a number... I just have the internet.. and that more than enough for me.. and my crazy thoughts..

Facebook Update :
Qazi Mamoon.. has calculated that three out of four Facebook contacts make up 75% of his friends list..
219 Friends..

Alec Smart Said, "Vodafone... Airtel.. Bsnl... Aircel.. Reliance... Hey.. Get a Tata Indicom for me.."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Looks Like The Short Sem has Started..

I am really bored of the boring boring blogging on Kashmir.. Its the same thing since I have started blogging.. Now, I will make Times Of Kashmir a personaly diary too.. And thats what it actually started from.. I didnt blog about roads, and elections and freedom fighting.. But I did use to put in sum humour! Good Old Days!

Lets move to IIUM!
Did chat with Mr. Atif Javed Fazili today.. He said that his classes had started.. He is taking Dynamics and CAD if i remember properly... Good for him! Told me a secret.. shhhh

Well, the weather is bad here in Srinagar.. And just now Aizaz cam online and told me he is in Srinagar too.. I cant wait for the happy and fun filled days ahead..

Munib had come today... Took away my hard-disk and a lot of FRIENDS episodes and bits of FAMILY GUY.. 3 days Strike... Well, he wont be bored... Neither would I be... I got my keyboard too.. I will end up playing 'Fur elise' again... and I am getting better now..

As for me... Its 11.27 into the night.. so about 2 in Malaysia.. Am really bored... All i see nowadays is ROSS, CHANDLER, PHOEBE, MONICA and my fav.. JOEY! "How yaa doing"!!

I thought of scanning all the hard copy photographs and taking the soft copies with me when i go... But problem number 1... This guy has a scanner and I obviously cannot take it from him.. (or even beg it)..

Facebook Update:

Rain Rain Go away! Little Qazi wants to go to Lal Chowk!
216 Friends

Saw my economics prize paper of 2.5 marks.. The clever devil had managed to slide itself between some important papers.. Now my dads so happy that his son got a 2.5 out of 10 in class... He is happy coz i told him the rest got zero..

Alec Smart Said, "2.5 marks.. Why did u forget the day when you got 1.5 in C programming??"