2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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Jeddah’s Serafi mall at the apex of voyeurism

Serafi mall 2

No, I do not have a grudge with the owner of this mall. Neither do I have a latent motive behind exposing the ridiculousness of the place. The outpour ahead is just an aftermath of a long resistance within that breathed last lately. The resilience died out having seen a humiliating transgression of indecency, voluptuousness & immorality at the so called Mega Mall. The urge to express had never been so compelling before & hence I start the devour on my thoughts one after the other.

The saying “All that glitters is not gold” perfectly substantiates the scenario. Though the structure stands vivid to the observer with it’s vigorous display of attractive glow, it has become a cause of anguish to some like me. I have been going to this mall for over an year now & the dejection is yet to witness a point of culmination.  There is a perfect dissimilarity between the exterior & interior of the building, with regards to the environs. The lavishly adorned mall, with all the essential facilities that have it beckoned as a five star hangout place, in fact hosts some very characterless humans. I am appalled to see young boys & girls portraying such a villainous conduct that my conscience shivers me to the core. Calling the inner atmosphere a mere ‘shameless’ one would belittle the actuality therein. As in most cases, it is not just the male of species that deserve a slander, but the women clad scantily in black, inevitably deserves an equal share of blame here. Usually, males sans family are not allowed to enter the mall on weekend when an influx of visitors is expected. This measure of the mall authorities helps but little to prevent possible chances of harassment, because the security guard on duty is seldom honest. Even I have been stopped several times at the entrance, but got through after making the security personnel understand that I have a genuine reason for the visit, which hardly is of ten minutes. Having been stopped at the gate last week, I started with the routine explanation to the reason of my visit. Meanwhile, an elderly lady, with a walking stick in her hand, came & stood beside cautiously listening to my reasoning. She later interrupted our conversation & told the guard “Go tell the owners to stop those miscreants first, who are spreading filth inside & then concentrate on others”. I very well comprehend what had made her say so to him, for I myself observe the prevailing ignominy.

I see the mingling of both the sexes to an incomprehensible extent. Throwing contact numbers, passing disgraceful comments, stares flying all around, etc. are just a common sight. I often see members of Hai’a ( Committee for the Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice) taking rounds at different floors, but those lovers of immodesty pay no heed to their advice. The authorities even tried to influence the perception of the younger lot by broadcasting live telecast of the Holy Haramain, Makkah & Madinah, on the TV screens inside the mall. But, the scene hasn’t even tilted towards betterment, rather has deteriorated over time due to the profanity of those voyeurs.

I wonder how the parents of these young fellows let them slip out of their hands & reach such a point of insanity. The longer I ponder, the further do I puzzle myself. I wish our young generation understands the risk they are at, being in such a crucial phase of their life. May He guide us all!

The growing trend of tuition….

Education no doubt is a fundamental requirement to achieve success in life. However, it also is a fact that it is not the only factor that plays a part making a distinction between a literate and an uneducated being. As it would come to a common perception, schools are the best place to acquire knowledge. But, parents these days seem to trust these institutions only to a certain degree. Flocks of the student brigade march down to a teacher nearby  or even far off, in order to attend what is known as tuition. I feel that it has become a matter of prestige for a few guardians, who think it would be something disgraceful if they chose not to send their child for private teaching classes. They take pride and boast about the number of hours their ward attends such sessions.

I seldom try to gauge the benefits derived by this practice. Is it so essential to have a primary school student to go for tuition in order to ensure that he understands the complexity of those subjects, which would have hardly molded in their true form till this juncture? I certainly do not think so. When the school life has just begun, or is at the nascent stage, there absolutely is no need to hold private tuition sessions for the younger ones. In fact, it will act as an exertion on the child’s mind to maintain the pride of his/her parents after some good six hours of school. What is taught at school is enough for him to grasp those simple concepts that persuade parents to think otherwise. If someone becomes dependent on tuition at a primitive stage in his academics, he/she will always count on it for their success. And this perspective once cemented, has rare chances to be washed off.

When I oppose private tuition classes at primary level, it doesn’t mean that I do the same for a students complete educational life. As any other process, education also becomes intricate with the passage of time. Some areas at a later stage demand special attention, mostly when things are not understood well at school. Several factors like influence of fellow students, fear of the teacher & hesitancy to raise a question, act as a hindrance to clearing ones doubts. In only these circumstances can a student adhere to this trend, when he/she reaches the secondary level of studies.

I feel that parents should realize that it is not the case that their child can’t learn at school. It is their thinking that doesn’t let them do so. Rather they should encourage children to unearth their talent and teach them to be self dependent in most if not all walks of life, when they start experiencing it.