Thursday, December 30, 2004

Look what you've done - Jet

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to prove

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Give me back my point of view
'Cause I just can't think for youI can hardly hear you say
What should I do, well you choose

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Sui Generis at 5:26 PM


Wednesday, December 29, 2004

I really wish I could do more than just pray. If I were as rich as Jackie Chan (who donated 65000) or Li-something (the guy who donated 3.5 million) I would have been in a position to donate. But when I look at myself I see a poor, absolutely broke kid whose montly allowance is so meager that it won't even feed her for a day to begin with. Also a kid who blew away all the money she had to buy presents this time of the year and is now left to brag about the dime she has been eyeing underneath the kitchen table.

What frustrates me even more is the stingyness of Americans. The congress would sanction an 86 billion dollar bills to kill people in Iraq and a mere 35 million for the tsunami where they would inturn save thosands of lives? Sad indeed.

Sui Generis at 5:11 PM


Tsunami: the staggering death toll

poor than woman who lost everything in the tsunami Posted by Hello

It's absolutely heartbreaking to see the distruction that has been caused by the tsunami earthquake. I can't even fathom what it would feel like to be one of the millions who have lost their loved ones in this catastrophe. One day you are happily walking the course of life with your newborn, husband, loved ones. And the next day you are crying your heart out wishing you were dead too after seeing your little baby hauled by a dumptruck, dead. There is no dignity in such a death. And I feel sorry and pray for those who have died in such way.

This event would just be a jolt for many to stop, ponder and finally learn something from the incident, learn to appreciate and be grateful for life. But yet you'd still find many who would be completely oblivious and willing to not even give a damn. And soon CNN, BBC and other news networks will look for other horrendous, mindboggling stories to place it on their front cover. And people would move on and forget about this event like they did with the thousands of other catastophes. Except maybe for those who have lost everything in this catastophe and who will remember this disaster everyday, for the rest of their lives.

Sui Generis at 3:26 PM


Friday, December 24, 2004

Life is fulla surprises..

..and this xmas break I think we already had way too many.

My first surprise was recieving the presents from Ireland. A silver charm bracelet and Westlife Cd and posters!! Couldn't have asked for anything better. I love all me Irish buddies!! They are the best friends someone can ever have. Even though I'm thousands of miles away, they still remember me at every occasion. ohilovethemilovethemilovethem!

My brother had a surprise of a lifetime when we all literally drenched him with confetti as he entered through the door to his surprise birthday party. It seriously took a whole 3 days to plan. Calling up his lil itsy bitsy fwends, buying candy for goodybags, buying decorations and then figuring out where to put them and finally getting the wonderful DragonballZ cake, can be really tedious. In the midst of all this I forgot to get him a present. When I did remember, it was only half an hour till the guests arrived. Thanks to my supramom not super but SUPRA, she saved me by rushing to gamestop (the place where teenage boys literally LIVE) and bought him MY favourite Return of the King (which I ended playing more than my bro). The party was a success. The kids had no intention of leaving and had to be dragged back to their houses. I also showed-off my guitar skills to the tweeeny kids by playing the traditional happy birthday and pretty woman for my mom. Some kids had never seen the guitar played live before and were gaping at me. So I did them a favor, and played Beethoven's fur elise. It's like the weirdest thing ever. You don't see many guitarists playing beethoven, and I happen to be the suigeneris one.

Mom got bunny a keyboard. I had a surprise of a lifetime when I found out that my dad is a hidden virtuoso, when he showed off his piano-skills on the keyboard. I was amazed, awe-struck and ready to drop dead. And then my dad started singing in the most gorgeous voices I've ever heard. And then I did drop dead. 16 years of my life the guy didn't bother to tell me that he was a child prodigy once. He wrote and composed his own songs which he played in major parties and festivals. He once won first prize for singing a Naat on the radio. And many prizes the years he remained in high school. And then he got into medical college and had to say goodbye to his life and didn't sing or perform ever since. Music is in my genes babay! Now, being the daughter of an ex-prodigy it's my duty to write, tab and record all his songs. All I gotta do now is convince him not to wait another 20 years to sing again.

Sui Generis at 4:22 PM


Saturday, December 18, 2004

Somewhere only we know..

Yes it's true. I am in love. With this song..

Somewhere Only We Know

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we goSomewhere only we know?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin
So if you have a minute why don't we go

Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go
So why don't we go
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we goSomewhere only we know?

It's a beautiful song. Playing in my brain continously like a stereo without the stop button. And I don't mind it a bit.

Sui Generis at 2:28 PM


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Merry be those who don't Marry

Mom has been chasing me around the house with a spatula lately, "YOU LEARN TO COOK THAT BIRYANI YOUNG LADY OR I'LL MAKE YOU ANYWAY!" then she walks off to the kitchen with her spine and spatula ramrod straight, like a soldier. I knew she meant businness.

Then she mumbles from the kitchen "Every girl knows how to cook, and you are the ROLE MODEL for so many younger kids in the family, what will they think of you when they find out that you can't even cook BIRYANI! What is your husband and his family going to think of you when you get married hunh?!" I knew it would come down to the whole marriage scenario again. 100 million times a day the word "marriage" is spoken in our house. "He is getting married.. she will get married.. when you get married.. on your marriage.. mother in law.. dulhan.. dulha " this is all what my granny's vocabulary is limited to. And why wouldn't it? She got not only 7 of her kids happily married, but she also got all her brother's kids, all her sister's kids, all her friend's kids, and all her neighbour's kids married to. That's more than 500 happy couples right there. Now since I'm her eldest and most loved grand kid, she can't stop dreaming about the day I get married. All I wish for is that she lives to see than day (inshallah).

Every time Bunny (my little bro) asks my mom when she goes shopping, "Mom what are you gonna bring me?" Mom replies cheerfully; "Dulhan, I'll get you a choteee see dulhan." Bunny has even stopped blushing now because of the frequent occurrence of this scenario. As a child mom made me learn Urdu, when I'd say what's the point of learning that? She'd say; Oh wouldn't you want to know how to write to your mother-in-law when you get married? Replying back to your mom/granda/aunt about the topic of marriage is probably the biggest mistake of your life. Coz you get the perpetual lecture about the "values and cherished traditions of marriage" which makes you wanna rip all the hair of your head and tattoo the word "ICONOCLAST4EVA" on it.

You know I think some day I'll make a movie of my own called "My Big Fat OBEESE Pakistani Wedding," if you've seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you know exactly what I am talking about. If Greeks really are like what they were portrayed in the movie.. then we have a WHOLE lot in common. "Greeks marry greeks, to make more eating breeding Greeks," my favourite quote in the movie. You just have to replace 'Greek' with Pakistani and tadaa.. you got a quote that applies to all Pakistanis.

I better go and show some interest in cooking biryani now, otherwise mom'll start lecturing again about how I have to marry some SONOFAmother someday and how if stranded on an island without any fast or junk food one day, I hopefully won't let us starve to death. Or if I have kids, how I should be able to feed them so they don't turn into those bony malnourished kids like those in Africa.

Grrr.. all I know is I ain't hookin' up with no sonofamother for another 8 to 10 years atleast.

Sui Generis at 6:15 AM


Friday, December 03, 2004

A Scientificuliolous Day

I had a very scientific day yesterday. It started off with a whole day of a genetic update conference (details explained below) and a whole night of astronomy which was spent analyzing the constellations Leo, Capricornious, Orion, Andromeda, Pegasus, Gemini, Taurus, Draco and the Dippers through my little telescope which wouldn't stop wobbling around. I only got 3.5 hours of sleep. And those of you who know me understand how sleep is one of my biggest priority. And thus I slept peacefully today like a deaf cow. ZzzZzz.. *slaps myself back*

The genetic update conference today was absolutely superb! Our AP Biology was looking forward to it all year. And it was worth waiting for. The main topics were cloning, embryonic/adult steam cells, and ofcourse tissue/organ regeneration. I was fascinated by the idea of growing a bladder invitro (in a beaker!) by the use of biodegradable material and then successfully transplanting it to a human with urinary problems. The idea of using cornea cells from one good eye to grow a cornea invitro again for the other eye with cataract. The idea of genetically engineering the genetic-diseased skin into "good skin" and doing a whole body skin transplant to this little girl who got another shot at life. Also the idea of growing a human ear on the back of a mouse to use it for a deaf patient is just amazing YET gross. Check out the picture;

I was blown away when I heard about Prometea- the horse who gave birth to her own identical twin (they implanted her own neucleus with the 46 chromosomes to her oocyte after removing its nucleus, and voila watch that baby grow!)

What fascinated me even more was the new concept of stem cells and what they are capable of. Embryonic stem cells are continously renewing, they are unespecialized and can turn themselves into a specialized cell (bone-marrow cell, brain cell etc). The recent update shows that 25 days ago the researchers were able to produce a full-functioning, neurotransmitter from an emnryonic stem cell. And how the production of healthy dopamine producing neurotransmitters can treat patients with Parkinsons disease. 20 days ago a research article was published showing how researchers used stem cells to give vision to blind chickens and mice. Imagine one day the blind people would be able to see again! All the old people with Parkinsons won't have to suffer anymore! Diabetic patients won't have to inject insulin for ever! And one day everybody will abandon their wheelchairs.. the ultimate dream of scientists/reasearchers/doctors/commonpeople.

Stem cells are capable of so much, but we don't know how to handle them and not let them turn into tumors like they usually do e.g. teratoma. Plus the who ethics deal comes into play here, since embryonic stem cell research = destroying thousands of human embryos, most people think is it really worth it? Most folks don't think so. And luckily, science has discovered a new way to deal without this issue and use a different issue altogather: DeDefferentiation - reversing the process of deferentiation (turning an embryonic cell to an especialized cell) which means that you can take any especialized cell in your body (eg brain cell) and turn it back into an embryonic cell only to redeferentiate (or regrow) back to a healthy brain cell again! This theory is very new and scientists are still at work on it to discover more. I wish I could become one of those scientists. The scientists that can proudly boast that we spend out lifetimes to discover ways in which you can get out of your wheelcheer.

Sounds Fascinating? I think so.

Sui Generis at 8:01 PM


About moi

I am loud and obnoxious around those who know me. My friends call me "dangerously" positive as I am usually not able to see the "negative" side of things. Ever. I like to laugh and live life to the fullest and don't understand people who can't. I have lived all over the world. My Pakistani background, my American accent, my Irish hospitality and my Iranian appetite all blend pretty well to shape who I am. I cant help but notice that how similar I am to everybody else, yet how absolutely SuiGeneris.

The Say of the Day

Make Chai, Not War.

In My Ipod..

Lifehouse, Red Hot chilli Peppers, Coldplay, Greenday, Snow Patrol, Sting, Maroon5, Keane, Athlete, Weezer, Yellowcard, Enya, Jet, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Killers, Good Charlotte, Bjork, Linkin Park, Counting Crows, Muse, Incubus, Duran Duran, The Verves, Bryan Adams, All-American Rejects, Strings, Fuzon, Vital Signs, Arash (so many more to add.. )

Currently Reading/Read..

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
Karography - Kamila Shamsie
A Confederacy of Dunces - John K. Toole
Damien - Herman Hesse Madame Bovary - Gustav Flaubert

Fav Authors

Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, Dan Brown, H.L.Mencken, Dickens, Jane Austen, Bronte, J.K. Rowling

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