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ریت پر سفر، دادا اور دلدادہ ،انشے سیریل ، چوبیسواں انشا Ahmed Shamim, a journey of love. Grandpa & me. Urdu/Hindi Pod cast serial. Episode 24

Narration by: Shariq Ali
December 6, 2015
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Ahmed Shamim (1927-1982) was a freedom fighter, a lover and an Urdu poet. This story is about his love and his well known poem “A moment of lost journey” (Rait Per Sufer Ka Lamha)

This Inshay serial (Urdu/Hindi flash fiction pod cast) takes you through the adventures of a teenage boy and the wisdom of his Grandpa. Mamdu is only fifteen with an original mind bubbling with all sorts of questions to explore life and reality . He is blessed with the company of his grandpa who replies and discusses everything in an enlightened but comprehensible manner. Fictional creativity blends with thought provoking facts from science, philosophy, art, history and almost everything in life. Setting is a summer vacation home in a scenic valley of Phoolbun and a nearby modern city of Nairangabad. Day to day adventures of a fifteen year old and a retired but full of life 71 year old scholar runs side by side.
Listen, read, reflect and enjoy!

ریت پر سفر، دادا اور دلدادہ ،انشے سیریل ، چوبیسواں انشا ،  شارق علی

آتشدان میں لگی آگ کی حدّت نے  کمرہ بہت آرام دہ بنا دیا تھا. دادا جی،  میں اور یانی آپا سمارٹ ٹی وی پرباری باری اپنی پسند کی ویڈیو دیکھتے اور تبصرے سے محظوظ ہوتے. یا نی آپا کی با ری پر نیرہ نور کی گا ئی ہوئی احمد شمیم کی نظم کا خوبصورت بول کبھی ہم خوبصورت تھے ختم ہوا تو میں نے کہا. اس نظم میں مجھے بچپن تو صاف دکھائی دیتا ہے لیکن ریت پر سفر کہیں بھی نہیں. پھر اس کا عنوان ریت پر سفر کا لمحہ کیوں ہے؟ دادا جی بولے . شاعر کی کہانی معلوم ہو تو نظم سمجھنا آسان ہو جاتا ہے. تو پھر سنا یے؟  دادا جی بولے. تقسیم ہوئی تو احمد شمیم  سری نگر کا ہونہار طالب علم اور کشمیر تحریک آزادی کا رکن تھا. انڈین سیکورٹی فورسز کے بار بار تشدد نے اسے اپنی ماں اور خاندان چھوڑ کر پاکستان آنے پر مجبور کیا. پہلے آزاد کشمیر ریڈیو میں فری لانس صحافی اور پھر انفارمیشن ڈیپارٹمنٹ میں سرکاری ملازمت کرتے کرتے ڈائریکٹر. اس کی نظمیں بچھڑی ہوئی ماں، کشمیری بچپن اور آزادی کا خواب کبھی نہ بھول سکیں. یانی آپا نے آتشدان ذرا دھیما کر دیا اور بولیں. ١٩٥٠ میں قرآن پڑھانے والی بزرگ خاتون جنھیں وہ ماں جی کہتا تھا، کے یہاں پینگ گیسٹ کے طور پر رہتے ہوے اس نے کم گو اور اکثر سوچ میں گم رہنے والی مونیرا کو دیکھا. بات کرنے کی جسارت بے گھر کر سکتی تھی . وہ خاموش رہا. مونیرا بچھڑ گئی. اور وہ ترقی پسند تحریک کا رکن بن کر حکومتی تشدد کا نشانہ بنا. ١٩٦١ میں اتیفاقاً مونیرا اسے دوبارہ ملی. محبّت نے بے سروسامانی اور اختلافات کے طوفان کو شکست دے دی. مونیرا ان دنوں کی یاد میں احمد شمیم کے خطوط پر مبنی کتاب” ہوا نامہ بر ہو” میں لکھتی ہے مال روڈ پر لوگوں کا ہجوم تھا. ہم ایک دوسرے کا ہاتھ تھامے اپنی نی دنیا تخلیق کر رہے تھے. سا ری دنیا اور سا رے  دکھوں سے بے نیاز. یوں محسوس ہو رہا تھا جیسے ہم صدیوں سے ایک ساتھ چل رہے ہوں، ہم امر ہوں، ہر روپ میں ان مٹ. ہم ہی کائنات ہوں. وہ کہ رہے تھے تم میرا خواب ہو، ایک ایسی لڑکی جو دکھ اٹھانے کی بہت استعداد رکھتی ہے” تقسیم نے اسے ایک اور زخم دیا. ١٩٦٣ میں اس کی ماں رخصت ہوئیں تو وہ مٹی  دینے سری نگر نہ جا سکا. وہ سوچتا تھا مضبوط پاکستان کشمیر کی آزادی کی ضمانت ہو گا. ١٩٧١ نے یہ یقین بھی چکنا چور کر دیا. سقوط ڈھاکہ کی رات اسے دل کا پہلا دورہ پڑا. ساری قربانیاں رائیگاں دکھائی دیں. ١٩٨٢ میں وہ آخری ریڈیو انٹرویو میں کہتا ہے ریت پر سفر کرنے والے پیچھے آنیوالوں کے لئے کوئی ورثہ نہیں چھوڑتے. تیز ہوائیں قدموں کے نشان تک مٹا دیتی ہیں. بےسود سفر اور گم کردہ منزل. اس کی نظم ریت پر سفر کا لمحہ. کھوئے ہوے بچپن، بچھڑی ہوئی ماں، بکھرے خواب، درون ذات کی ویرانی اور  اس کے سفر کی رائیگانی  کا نوحہ ہے. ١٩٨٢ ہی میں دل کا دوسرا دورہ جان لیوا ثابت ہوا………..جاری ہے

A dream in the midst of an earthquake – The story of Interburns

Narration by: Shariq Ali
June 15, 2011
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In October 2005, a devastating earthquake struck the Northwest Frontier region and Kashmir in Pakistan. The worst of its kind for 500 years. The casualty figures were eventually assessed as 140,000 injured with approximately 80,000 deaths.

During this tragic time, I worked as a volunteer Medical Coordinator in the effected area for few weeks immediately after the earthquake.

Once the acute phase was over, one major problem quite obvious was the need for help from plastic surgical expertise in dealing with these severe crushing injuries causing extensive soft tissue damage that had occurred because of this massive earthquake.

British Association of Plastic Surgeons and IDEALS, UK decided to help the victims in collaborate with Pakistani Plastic Surgeons . Being a British trained Plastic Surgeon and  a close affiliate of IDEALS,  Professor John Beavis, the Chairman of IDEALS , asked me to coordinate this effort. I accepted this request as an honour.

After a lot of logistic effort, the official team of plastic surgeons finally came to Pakistan in December 2005 and undertook the delayed work on many of the plastic surgical problems that still existed as a result of the crushing injuries.

This was my first encounter with Dr Tom Potokar, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon from Morriston Hospital, Swansea. We immediately realized that we had a lot in common. After spending few days together during that time of extreme distress and tragedy, we had many chances to have long conversations. We mutually discovered our passion and common dream to reduce the global burden of burn related suffering. It was the beginning of a life long friendship!

In the background of this dark tragedy of massive earthquake, we found the shiny focus of a common purpose for the rest of our lives.

In summer 2006, When I was heading the largest Burns Centre of the country, IDEALS supported me to visit Swansea, the largest Burns Centre of UK and I had an opportunity to work with Tom and his team in Swansea and to further refine the idea of working together in future.

Even before meeting me in Abbotabad, Dr Tom Potokar was already working closely with Dr Shobha Chamania of Choithram Burns Unit of Indore, India. from the platform of European Club of Paediatric Burns (ECPB) on various aspects of Burn care in the developing world.

After my introduction with Dr Shobha Chamania by Tom and after our regular communications through emails on various issues around burn care, we three decided to launch our own organization to make a difference and to contribute in the area of global burn care. Finally we three, as Co Founders of Interburns, agreed to develop the philosophy, domain of activities and the course of actions for our global organization. This was the birth of INTERBURNS (International Network for Training, Education and Research in Burns). We three soon met in person in Brazil and then in India to further our friendship and cause.

More than 90% of burn injuries occur in the developing world and approximately 70% of these are in children. Lack of staff, training, and facilities, and the overwhelming workload, all hinder the provision of optimal care.

In order to improve the existing situation, Interburns is making various efforts. One of them is Essential Burn Care Course (EBC)

The course was inaugurated in Burns Centre of Dow University of Health Sciences in June 2007.

Today Interburns is a global organization having affiliations in 16 countries of the world and have trained 1189 Burn Specialists and burn care professionals through its Essential Burns Care Courses and Regional retreats in Asia and Africa and this global network is expanding from strength to strength.

The tragic situation of global burn care demands our immediate attention and Interburns is doing whatever it can to improve the situation because we believe that  tomorrow is too late!

In order to appreciate the Interburns work and its impact through Essential Burn Care Course, please click below to watch a brief video that outlines the effectiveness of its work horse, the EBC Course and Train the Trainers Course in Nepal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX_hu8Nt4Tg

A shift in a spiritual paradigm!

Narration by: Shariq Ali
June 1, 2011
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Drupka Monks

The terrain is tough and the weather is extremely harsh. The temperature is below freezing for most of the year. The population is not huge but scattered over a large, extremely difficult area of small multiple valleys surrounded by the largest mountains of the Himalayan range bordering Nepal, China, Tibet, India and Northern Pakistan. People live in small villages of a few hundred people living together for centuries, sharing ancient traditions that provide them with survival skills.

N+SA+with+nunsEven in this social isolation, people have their spiritual needs. This is mainly fulfilled by the travelling monks and nuns who pass through the villages while on pilgrimage to the ancient Buddhists Monasteries in the remotest of the places in the Himalayan range. Whenever the villagers come across these monks and nuns, they feed them, look after their worldly comfort and in return ask them for their Asheerbaad and spiritual blessings. These monks and nuns have left the worldly affairs to get a better Karma. Although they give their spiritual blessings to these villagers, they do not want to get involved in the physical aspect of existence and are on the journey of spiritual reincarnation.

J+Dressing+with+a+smileFor villagers, the use of open fire is essential for their survival. The fire helps them to cook and to keep them alive in the face of freezing weather. Clothing is warm but mostly loose and flowing. Houses are made up of wood and dried natural grass and shrubs. The risk of fire and burn injuries is therefore extremely high. Burn care or any other organised medical help is unimaginable. But the burn related suffering and pain is real, as real and resistant as the surrounding mountains of Himalayan range.

Shariq & MonksIs there anything one can do to minimise pain and avoid burn related suffering in this scenario? These monks and nuns have their spiritual training schools in the foothills of Himalayas. Drupka Mountain is one such Buddhist Monastery where three hundred female nuns get spiritual education and training from their spiritual masters. If these young and committed female nuns are trained in fire safety, burn prevention, first aid and basic treatment then they can impart this knowledge to those hundreds of villagers that come to meet the nuns for Asheerbaad and spiritual blessing as nuns travel for their twice yearly five hundred miles pilgrimage in the midst of the Himalayan range. Burn related suffering can be minimised by means of spreading awareness and knowledge through these monks and nuns. But this will mean a shift of a spiritual paradigm from the position of non-involvement in the worldly affairs to the active intervention in the physical world to minimise suffering. On a recent trip to the Drupka Mountain Monastery Interburns attempted to convince these nuns and their spiritual leaders to follow Interburns philosophy of achieving spiritual uplift by being involved in the act of goodness in this world and to minimise suffering by eliminating ignorance and injustice of the present world to achieve a better Karma in future. This effort and partnership will continue. Socrates once said that knowledge is goodness and negligence is evil. Interburns attempted the Socratic methodology to increase awareness and impart knowledge to achieve a spiritual paradigm shift in Nepal.

 

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