Archive for March, 2014

Vices that I love!

March 29, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

Be modest about your virtues and take pride in your vices, because consciousness of the former makes you vulnerable while mindfulness of latter gives you strength.


Chess, Poker or Blackjack?

March 25, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

Some of us see life as a game of chess, carefully thinking through each move and believing that we are the masters of our own destinies. The smart ones though are playing poker – a bit of luck, a bit of lies and knowing when to fold. Yet smarter are the ones, who are playing Blackjack, playing with the odds, while counting cards. But the smartest are those, who realize soon enough that whatever it is, its just a game. They make the most of it, before its is over!

The Timeless Art

March 23, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

That night I learned an invaluable lesson, sitting in a cosy restaurant, looking out the window and gazing at the moving traffic on the streets of Belfast. Language is not the only mean of communication. Its rather the most primitive. Only rarely do the words gel together in a perfect order to create a beautiful combination. Then there are colours and brush strokes, which sometimes blend together and cast their spell on the blank canvass. And also there are melodies, mesmerising us at times, as if we have been cast in stone since centuries. But the masterpieces are not to be found in books, paintings or symphonies. They are created through brush of time with colours of passion on the timeless canvass of our mind to create a true masterpiece. Dust of time then covers this precious treasure and its brightness fades away. Sometimes though, when we are talking a walk in the corridors of past, we take a close look, cherish the art in the hope of reliving that very moment and try to preserve it as a prized possession.

Cat’s Wisdom

March 22, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

I asked the cat: “How come I get one life and you somehow have nine? You must be playing it very safe after all.” With a confident smile, the cat said: “It’s not about playing safe. I have never been afraid of climbing heights and taking risky jumps. But what’s kept me going is the faith that whatever I’ll do, I’ll somehow always land on my feet!”

Nature doesn’t warn!

March 17, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

Sometimes I feel that its a bit cruel on nature’s part not to give us any warning – any sign whatsoever that its all about to end. Only if it would, we’d have the chance to say our goodbyes, to get to know our friends’ parting wishes, to have a closure to our relationships, to have a heart-to-heart with our near and dear ones, one last time. But then I think nature is all wise and benevolent. How can it be so cruel? May be by not giving us this chance, it wants us to never lose touch with our loved ones, never to give closures so as to make our relationships immortal, to make sure that we always know our friends’ wishes whether they are parting or not and to make us have a heart-to-heart, every once in a while, no matter how far we are physically. May be nature wants us to always stay in touch, with people we care for.

Strength is not essentially arrogance!

March 16, 2014

By Hasaan Khawar

Walking up the trail, I tripped off a small rock, protruding from one of the steps, which have been created through footsteps of thousands of visitors hiking through these mountainous paths over the years. Probably these steps even preceded the Islamabad history and marked the ways of travellers from small villages across the mountains, hundreds of years ago. This little shock brought a brief pause to my journey and I sat down to catch my breath. The rock was still lying there and seems to tell me a story. After a few moments of getting acquainted and initial hesitation of meeting a stranger, the stone overcame its shyness. Looking into my eyes, it said, ‘nature made me strong enough to endure the footsteps of hikers everyday, but see where it has put me to rest, under people’s shoes to support their journey. This is where I meant to be. Carry on with your voyage, my friend, but always remember my parting words. Humility does not mean pliability and strength is not essentially arrogance!”