(Literally & figuratively, this is not meant to be a “dry” subject for a blog 😊)
October 31, 2019
Consumption of alcohol = fall into a stupor; Consumption of drugs = fall to your death!
I was told that one of the
largest smuggling & illegal consumption of alcohol is in this region
of the world … and it’s very believable!
We see this consumption around us–
it’s a fact of life. Why can’t the
government and rulers over the last four decades see … accept … and monetize
Our laws allow minority, permit-holders
to purchase locally produced alcohol and it is taxed, which is fine. However, far far more smuggled foreign
alcohol is illegally sold and consumed (and not by minorities) – with no
monetary benefit accruing to the government.
If our Governments stop policing so-called “moral values & virtues”
of its citizens,
the economic benefit to the Country is humungous!
“There is a qualitative factor too- one of perception … that we
are a progressive nation, a good place to live and work…” (https://cber.uark.edu/johnsonretailalcohol.pdf);
and that the Country respects
each person’s right to practice his/her religion as they individually choose (their
“sins” are between them and God).
The government taxes local alcohol production; so why is importing
– and taxing – foreign alcohol “haram”? “Interest”
on loans is considered “haram” – then why is it still paid on World Bank, IFC
and other multilateral loans. Let’s be
pragmatic and collect revenues- not hypocritical and suffer socially,
economically and morally.
By allowing sale of higher-cost, imported alcohol with lower-cost,
local production – one covers all social sectors of the population as per their
(p.s.- as is apparent, I’m not covering the negatives of alcohol consumption 😊)
“Mix Breed”, based on a Parsi family who have to face “intermarriage” issues, is a light portrayal of the real-world issues our Community is facing. With double meanings and inflections, the cast (90% of whom learnt Gujrati “on the job”!) entertained the Gujrati speaking communities of Karachi.
The Script was written by Mrs Huzan Wadia, who has successfully
acted & directed it in Mumbai; and selflessly extended the script on a
gratis basis to Natalia Karanjia in Karachi, this play being the latter’s directorial
debut. Yay to Natalia!
This is what Karachi, and Pakistan, lacks- ENTERTAINMENT. We have food & drink and …………
hmmmmm. Play and theatre is picking up
in Pakistan but to a very restricted market.
The mainstream citizens do not get to enjoy theatre on a regular basis-
whether drama, comedy, musical. Our cast
explained to me the ‘power’ of theatre – they get their rush when the crowd
reacts with them- it’s a powerful, intoxicating feeling; there are no second
chances for a mistake; and when you make a mistake, you have to think on your
feet and keep going.
In the 2000 decade our media was opened – creating a new source of
employment – for budding theatre artists, actors, directors, writers, film
makers, etc. It’s a growth market but we
have to create more facilities for this talent to be nurtured, taught, portrayed
– AND WITH IT allowing us citizens to enjoy these productions and enriching our
lives. Kudos to the NAPAs, Arts Councils
and other such facilities – but we need more!
(The naatak was sponsored by the 109 year-old Young Mazdyasnian Zoroastrian Association (YMZA) and the Karachi Parsi Anjuman- however it is not meant to be any endorsement or official or unofficial stance of the Anjuman, the YMZA or any individual thereof)
I was invited to Avari Towers to partake in their newly launched Hi-Tea last week and I’ve been meaning to write about it since then.
Avari Towers is now offering Hi-Tea in their Asia Live restaurant between 04:00 pm and 06:30 pm Monday to Saturday. Avari Towers used to host Hi-Tea way back in the day and I’m glad that they are offering it again.
So, coming to ambiance; Ambiance of Asia Live is pleasing. It’s a fine dining restaurant and meets all expectations. It’s the kind of place where you can go for date night as well take someone for a fancy treat or invite guests.
Food offered at Avari Towers Hi-Tea ranged from their delicious salads that I’m a big fan of to snacks like samosas and pakoras. Various kinds of sandwiches, channa chaat, dahi baray, daleem, fish fingers, pig in the blanket, Alfred penne pasta, vegetable chowmein…