Archive for June 25th, 2008


Summarily Summer

Sheeesh!! Finally a relatively happy post.

After an age, it seems I have time on my hands! By the grace of God, I have dragged myself to through the end of the semester at both universities and survived…. if you don’t count the sunburn, rash, tan and ear infection that I seem to have caught on the way.

Things are looking up or at least I’m trying to look at them that way. Finding a rainbow in bright, glaring sunlight is hard but hey, give credit for at least trying.

In other news, over-smart people like myself tend to make such brilliant boo-boos that you have to wonder how they got the label anyway…  For example, me being me, for safe keeping have put my passport in such a secure hiding place that despite turning the ENTIRE and I do mean entire house and its contents on their heads, I have been unable to find it.  For the last 2 weeks have been running around trying to get an FIR registered.  Once that was done and I finally managed to cross boundaries to enter the hallowed grounds of the office of Machine Readable Passports, imagine my shock at finding out that the I.D. card available online for verification by the wonderful people at NADRA is one that I got cancelled nearly 3 years ago.

After persuading the gentleman at the passport office to accept my form, I took myself off to the NADRA regional office where I was overcome by the utter brilliance of Pakistan’s bureaucratic machinery.  Obviously, it was kind of insane of me to expect that they would accept that it was their error.  Rather than listening to me repeatedly telling them that I got a new computerized NIC issued in 2005 after getting the previous one cancelled, all the person concerned would say is that I need to get my CNIC reprocessed.  After the 3rd time, the record went off, I lost my marbles, waved my CNIC under his nose and asked him

“How in God’s name his esteemed father had issued this NIC without cancelling the first????” *cringing*  (The statement in Urdu has quite a different impact!!!)

Anyhow, for the moment, have just sufficed at posting my complaint at NADRA’s online portal.  After all, surely it is NADRA’s responsibility to ensure that once a person has gone through the entire torturous process of updating their details or getting a new CNIC issued, that the same is updated on their database.

What say you?  Anybody know anybody at NADRA who might help me sort this out?

On a personal front, I remember writing a post once about the importance of words where I quoted from a Nora Roberts Book:

“…I once loved a maid and would have offered her everything I had. But I forgot to offer her my heart first and last. Forgot to give her the words.”

“Words are important to everyone. When they are not said, they leave holes.”

Deep, dark holes where doubts and failures breed….

He turned over an elegant hand, and mounded in it was the blinding brilliance of diamonds and sapphires, the aching gleam of creamy pearls.

“Would you take them as they’re offered from the man who knows he holds your heart, or would you rather the words?”

She said the first thing that came into her head, because it seemed the only thing.

“What are the words?”

And he sighed, long and deep, his proud shoulders slumping, his eyes going soft and sad.

“So it’s true then, they matter so much. And these… Are nothing but pride.”

– Jewels of the Sun – Nora Roberts –

What do you do, when someone gives you the words you need to heal hurts of a lifetime; words that make you smile; spoken such that they leave you with a tear in your eye and you find your hand reaching out to touch…


For no fault of theirs, you find your smile fading, your eyes empty and your hand dropping midway…

What do you do when you are unwilling/unable to give the words back to them?

June 2008