The ABCD-BBCD Factor

ABCD.jpgI have come across many expat Pakistanis (Some of who have never even been to Pakistan) who consider Islamabad a dead city. Some say the ability to adjust to Islamabad also depends if you had a life abroad. If you lived in a boring subdivision and stayed at home all day, Islamabad will be amazing. If you had any social life abroad, rest assured you’ll hate Islamabad. There’s absolutely nothing to do but take long drives. Some are disgusted with lack of night life and party scene, others dislike it for lack of good public transport system. However, one thing everyone seems to like is the peaceful green environment.

Having being an expat myself for quite a while, when I hear such wish wash it really hurts my feelings, and surprises me a lot. By and large now I have realized that in most cases, once a Paki is always a Paki, and some things never change even if Pakis are born and bred in farangee land. All they can do is complain and try to pose something they are not with their myopic perspective. If you look at foreigners, the ones who do not even belong to Pakistan, they always manage to find a way to enjoy life in the “lifeless” capital. They form communities, arrange private parties, try to mix with the local community despite warnings by their governments, and participate in group activities. Our paki expats however, are content in brooding over parathas, and tikkas while complaining about the lack of “activity” and “nightlife” or opportunities in the Capital. They treat their own homeland as something of a third grade place which is not worth living, especially for those who recently got married and moved to the country’s Capital. I can understand the problem with the poor who have to wait in long queues for public transport, but with all the Dollars and Pounds in your banks, what seems to be the big deal?

The question is, who is the problem here : The Paki expat, or Islamabad.?

11 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:50 am

    Well, as you mentioned, with all the money in the bank, there are a thousand other cities these people could move out to. Why stick to Islamabad?

    The word wish wash is very appropriate here. This is utterly childish to get everything in one package. As a personal experience, I would say I fell a little claustophobic when I entered Manhattan. But then it settled in for the while I was there.

    Every city has its flavour and it’s distinctness, its better to play the game rather than whine about it and do nothing.


  2. Haroon (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

    The city sucks man! It’s dead in every sort of way.Stiff collared bureucrats and Begums.The newly “Ghus-bhaithiyay” Khakis and their broods,Pot smoking neo-liberals and their Party and night life with under-age girls.Every time i had to travel from Lahore to Islamabad i literally used to drag myself and return like a bullet back so that the “Peaceful” environment doesn’t travel to my head and i also become part of the living dead.You people don’t even have an iota of how to enjoy life coz you are confused yourself trying to be hip-hop/modern and religious at the same time.Lahore has some kick-ass party scene to offer just round the corner unlike here where you have to look behind the bushes or haunted houses wether something is happening or not.


  3. WK (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    Hey Old Man, “Phil”,

    Old saying, ” where you eat, sleep, DO NOT S**T THERE”,

    So do your job earn your money and get lost from our dead city other wise one of the soul will kick your skinny a**.

    End of conv..


  4. anon (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    My footnote
    “our beloved city”, “get lost”
    Why this holier than thou attitude.Islamabad is like Shylock in Merchaant of Venice.Seriously business no fun without bucks.I HATE THIS LOUSEY CITY!!!!!!


  5. Khanabadosh (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    Well all this is in the mind. Mind can make heaven out of hell and vice versa. Some persons minds are confined to party scenes.
    I would say that there are more things in the earth and the heaven than are dreamt of in your philosophy.


  6. Phil (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    LOL, Oh please learn to respect the elderly :/ :) atleast that you could learn from your experience abroad. Bring something good here… not your whiney, wishy washy teenage attitude to Pakistan.

    You are welcome to live in Somalia, or Timbuktu, its your choice, and you cant live with that, its you who is to blame not the city.

    Being only 40 years old, this city is better than any other in Pakistan :) Plus, dont end conversation where you might get a whoop of thee arse ;)

    Good day and LOL…

    p.s. Why didnt I read this before so the fun could’ve begun earlier!

    ABCDLPC…!!! ;)


  7. WK (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    “Grand PAA Mr. Phill”,

    Happy Holidays and X-Mas to you. : ),

    Now Chill…

    Peace OKay..


  8. Phil (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    Forgiven…!


  9. WK (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Aha,
    So Mr. Phil what are your plans for the Christmas Day ?? Have you try to catch turkey yet ? or may be some christmas cake or brunch,
    man I just finished my full plate of Turkey with some wheat bread/broccoli/mashed patotoes/Roast Ribs, eeeem ends with apple pie/pumpkin pie.

    Now I am feeling like “Just do it ” Nike he he he…

    Say la ve


  10. Phil (unregistered) on December 25th, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

    Why such a turn around in behaviour? Are you afraid of something, or are you being cynical… I wont judge you, you tell me :)

    No, I am an atheist. Happy?


  11. WK (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Just do not want to hurt any one’s feelings,
    do not have a time to fight with my elders,
    not afraid of you or anyone, just afraid of myself (a person live inside me).

    My behaviour always remain constent, unless some one disrespect my Country/City.

    TC



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