It was just like another day when I was enjoying watching “Liar Liar” on HBO. I switched the channel to PTV and started watching the “NEWS” on PTV. It was like a wave of soothing cool breeze, that everything was so calm and peaceful in the country, that nothing can go wrong. This was about to change in a few seconds. I was about to be blasted out of the calm state I was in.
I have World Call television cable in my home. The series of news channels on my cable network start with PTV, Dawn, Geo and so on. I was in the state of such happiness through watching PTV that when I flipped to the next channel and reality came punching at my face at the speed of light. NO, we weren’t safe, NO, we weren’t all partying and in the state of peace, NO, it was all chaos, NO, the fuel prices have been increased by a level that no one could predict. We were all DOOMED. In Pakistan the news are like that. They like to exaggerate things like price hikes, politicians, and God knows what things to a level that is just enough to put any one in a state of frenzy.
By saying this I agree to the fact that I just panicked. Yes I panicked to a level where I just thought I HAVE to do something to save us. I didn’t take anything into account and went JAZBAATI (emotional). I started to think how to something that would pass as a protest. I thought hard and came to decision that I would polish shoes at Teen Talwar. I will show everyone that I care for my country and in that order I will do something that would be on a personal level. I went to my facebook account and wrote a status of what I was gonna do and how.
During the time I was standing at Teen Talwaar, I seriously felt that people wanted to do something aswell. I got appreciated, I was abused by two to three people for standing there and wasting my talents and that nothing will happen. But don’t you think by saying that they also want to do something ?? That they are so sick of it that they have lost hope. Well I was standing there and made sure that they see tinge of hope in our people. I stood there for what my fellow Pakistanis who think about everything that is going around them. They wanted change. They were sick of all the things going around them. One thing I noticed which was common among all of them was being scared. Yes SCARED. Scared of what will others think, scared of what to do? Scared of how to do it, scared of so many other things that they just ignore the fact that they want to do something but couldn’t because of the consequences.
I was supposed to stand at the place from 10 AM to 5 PM, but the heat took the better out of me. I felt nauseated and couldn’t take it any longer than 1:30. Still I managed to do something against all odds. I did something that really made me think in a calm way as to how to go forward with something like this. I will be doing it again for sure, but this time I will be better prepared. I will come up with something that will be different and will make people think why a person like me who has been gifted by God with almost everything (MASHALLAH), would protest. I am going to come up with something that I like to do from my own set of skills. I would do something that I like. I would make sure that fellow youth would also get inspired by it and do something about it.
I will be doing this again for sure. Weather or not I will polish shoes is a different matter, but I will think of something. I will give them food for their thought. I am not saying that I am going to become something which would move millions of people. But even if I am able to move even one person through my efforts it will be something that will surely satisfy my need to do something. It will surely make me a proud Pakistani who can proudly say that I am doing work, I am studying and I am still able to change Pakistan through my efforts without making excuses.