Desi in DC

May 4, 2011

Pakistan, the International Community and OBL’s death

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 4:44 pm

we first heard the news while at a friend’s place. our first reaction :1) relief, our 2nd reaction concern for people back home.

It becomes extremely frustrating when the entire world and their family decides to believe every single thing that fox or cnn or for that matter every tom, dick and harry may say without even spending one minute to think what the news may actually mean and what are the implications and consequences.

The US meda, the Indian media and for that matter many of the politicians in both the countries have had a field day wanting to raise questions about the role of Pakistan in this whole scenario. After two days of nonstop BS on TV one only wants to say two words…….

As a student of International Relations and a follower of politics, I had no doubt that the Pakistan had played a positive role that helped lead the US to OBL, however since we seem to be the first target of most suicide bombs these days it made sense for the government to play dumb, since the first targets would be Pakistani civilians, military and government posts.. For a country that has been through so much, and seen so much violence in the past few years, its citizens are tired of all the violence and would love to go back to a life where their 7 year old will not hear a loud noise and say o it’s a bomb in a matter of fact tone. We would love to see this entire mess cleared up, unfortunately this is just one of the many more arrests/ killings that would need to take place before that happens.

It was finally in the Dawn today that the Foreign Sec made a statement hinting about the role of Pakistan. The Head of the Military has also come out saying Don’t doubt the role of Pakistan.. The government had to wait to see the immediate reaction on the domestic front before addressing some of the concerns on the international front.

Governments are not run where every single piece of information is available to the public, even though the media may wish it was so. Even in the US classified documents are released after 25 years and even then with some censoring.

In the end I think what it all boils down to is a request to people to
A) Not believe everything you hear
B) take the time to analyze what is being said
C) understand the repercussions and long term consequences.

Enough of the venting.. more later..

September 5, 2010

Pakistan Floods & the US media

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 10:44 am

As most of you are aware by now, or I hope you would be more than 17 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan, including another 800,000 recently displaced in the last couple of days in Sindh (CNN). It has been heartening to see the response in Pakistan where people, especially the youth, have risen up to the occasion and are working to help raise funds, run relief drives, volunteer as much as they possibly can as the country goes through its worst possible crisis. Overseas also the expat Pakistanis as well as the students studying abroad are trying to create as much awareness and raise whatever funds they possibly can.

On the international front however, things have been mixed though most times bordering on frustrating. While there have been a lot of heartwarming stories such as a little school in a small town in Switzerland has had a donation box placed in the school to help the flood victims in Pakistan, emails sent out to friends and family to raise awareness have come back with people willingly donating what they can to help the flood victims, the US government sending helicopters to help with relief efforts etc, however on the media front it makes one ready to pull their hair out.

Being in the US, I won’t comment on other international media, only on what I see. On CNN there were front page articles on the US drone attack in Pakistan and on the terrorist attack in the country, but only once I had navigated through 4 different pages did i find the following link about the UN’s appeal for even more assistance. Wall street journal may not bother to cover the floods but they won’t hesitate to put a news article about corruption.

Let’s be honest we already know Pakistan has problems, we’re not denying that, but the media constantly promoting that negative image is preventing the 8.5 million children affected by the floods from getting clean water or from receiving vaccinations so that they may survive their encounter with cholera, which is becoming a more and more likely event. The media’s reaction has been like covering the NY times bomber 24 hours while giving only 5 minutes of coverage to Katrina a day.

As for the people out there who are unwilling to donate because of the perceptions created by the media, I assure you, we both know there are enough international organizations out there such as UNICEF UNHCR, OXFAM, Save The Children, Red Cross, WFP etc etc where you can donate money and know that it goes to the people who need it, rather than being used inappropriately.

As for those who question where the Muslim world is, they have already pledged or donated in cash and kind up to $1 billion so if is what was holding you back please go ahead and do your bit. For as the UN Sec Gen has stated this tragedy is worse than Haiti and the Indonesian Tsunami combined. Even if you believe enough funds have been donated, the fact remains that they are still insufficient. The tragedy is so large that every individual donation is needed and will be used towards helping the flood victims.

July 24, 2010

Master Classes

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 12:25 am


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Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 12:23 am

Just trying to help a friend spread the word about these corp finance courses. I have heard good reviews about them, thought some of you may find them useful.

– the links are not working on this post, read the next one, those have been fixed.

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March 29, 2010

The Oprah Factor

Filed under: Starting a career,Uncategorized,US — dcdesi @ 1:08 am
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Earlier in the week I had watched Julie and Julia, a movie about a 29-30 year old new york woman who starts blogging about her love for cooking and her attempt to make every single recipe from Julia Child’s “French cooking for the servantless Americans” cook book. By the end of the experiment the woman had numerous followers on the internet and had received a book and movie contract.

Interestingly today I was watching CNBC and they were analyzing the Oprah factor to see what impact it could have on people. One woman decided to follow Oprah’s advice and live like Oprah. She bought, read and did what Oprah recommended. All in all she wants to live like the way Oprah suggests one should live for a period of a year. What do you know, after three months she too has a book contract.

Interesting chain of events for all you writers out there….Hmm who should I follow;)

March 25, 2010

Comments- Why is there so much hatred in them

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 2:51 am

I was reading an article on the dawn blog ” Confessions of a Hijabi” , I then moved to read the comments section. Yesterday I was reading an article on cnn about the new health care reforms and then the comments that followed the article.

After going through both of these experiences and numerous other similar ones, I have just one statement.. what is wrong with people and why is there sooo much hatred. Its like no one has patience anymore and people are always ready to pick a fight. if you read the comments section be it on you tube or on Dawn someone is forever fighting..

off to catch some zz but thought i should write this interesting observation.

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 2:40 am

So been spending the last few days trying to figure out how to take the blog back from facebook. But i guess whats done is done. The blog stays there.
If anyone knows how to remove it from one’s profile. Pls let me know.


February 9, 2010

Student Health Center???

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 2:48 am

Hubbys sick again. Decided to take him into the SHC at noon (student Health Center) and we were told there were no walk ins and that they were out of appointments for the day. No wonder UVA’s had student casualties with attitude like that from the SHC.

Then again the SHC is not unique in this attitude. THe state of the health system leaves much to be desired. In most cases then not, everytime I have needed a doc in an emergency, I’ve had to wait a few days. My reaction has been ” u want to kill the person before u agree to treat em”. Moral of the story – dont get sick in the US, B if you cant help it then plan on getting sick. First make an appointment for a few in advance and then fall sick 5 days later so that you can visit the doc within two days of falling sick.

over and out.

Snow Snow go away

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 2:39 am

and we’re in for another snow storm. another 8-10inches expected. DC is going to get walloped once more. Interestingly, the three yrs that we were in DC, it never snowed more then a few inches, and the first winter that we are not in DC, they get 3 storms with 20 + snow fall.

Good timing is all I can say.

February 5, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Filed under: Uncategorized — dcdesi @ 9:38 pm

Its Friday afternoon, we already have 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. The speed at which the snow is coming down has increased. Below are some pictures including some to be used as a comparison after tomorrow:)

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