Waiting for Godot

August 24, 2007 at 5:48 pm (20th century, act, book, characters, french, german production, moon, paintings, play, samuel beckett, settings, tragicomedy)

Waiting for Godot is one of the best play by Samuel Beckett i have ever read. Voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century ” Waiting for Godot is Beckett’s own translation of En attendant Godot, subtitled (in English only) “a tragicomedy in two acts”. The original French text was written “between 9th October 1948 and 29th January1949 … after Molloy and Malone Meurt but before L’Innommable.

History: It was Beckett’s escape from the increasingly despotic interiority of the fictional trilogy; in Beckett’s own phrasing, ‘I began to write Godot as a relaxation, to get away from the awful prose I was writing at the time. It was inspired, according to Beckett himself, by a painting by Caspar David Friedrich. Ruby Cohn recalls seeing the painting,Man and Woman Observing the Moon of 1824, along with Beckett who “announced unequivocally, ‘This was the source of Waiting for Godot, you know. “He may well have confused two paintings. For, at other times, he drew the attention of friends to Two Men Contemplating the Moon from 1819, in which two men dressed in cloaks and viewed from the rear are looking at a full moon framed by the black branches of a large, leafless tree.” In either case both paintings are similar enough that what he attested to could apply equally to either.

Setting : There is only one scene throughout both acts. Two men are waiting on a country road by a skeletal tree. The script calls for Estragon to sit on a low mound but in practice – as in Beckett’s own 1975 German production – this is usually a stone. In the first act the tree is bare. In the second, although the script specifies it is the next day, a few leaves have appeared. The minimal description calls to mind “the idea of the ‘lieu vague’, a location which should not be particularized”

Characters:

Vladimir & Estragon

Pozzo & Lucky

The Boys

Godot

Synopsis:

Act I & Act II

i say its a must read.


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Universities in Pakistan.

August 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm (Academic, debates, hundred, knowledge, mosques, pakistan, Public lectures, scholars, university)

Pakistan has almost a hundred universities now. Not one of them is world class. Truth be told, not even one of them is a real university, if by a university one means a community of scholars engaged in free inquiry and the creation of knowledge.

Take for example the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, reputed to be Pakistan`s best. Academic activities common in good universities around the world are noticeably absent. Seminars and colloquial, where faculty present for peer review the results of their on-going research, are few and far between. Public lectures, debates, or discussions of contemporary scientific, cultural, or political issues are almost non-existent.

The teaching at QAU is no better. Rote learning is common, students are not encouraged to ask questions in class, and courses are rarely completed by the end of the semester. This university has three mosques but no bookstore. It is becoming more like a madressah in other ways too.

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traffic in karachi

August 21, 2007 at 3:46 pm (karachi, load-shedding, minister, performance, reasons, roads, traffic, traffic police, VVIPs)

Numbing traffic jams in Karachi have become routine. Though Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim doesn’t want Supreme Court to interfere in such matters, People are looking hopefully at the respectable judges. Supreme Court’s sou motor notice of traffic hell in Karachi reflects that how much the situation has aggravated.

After the devils of street crimes and load-shedding, Karachi has received yet another gift of hours long traffic jams throughout the Megapolis. Its the sheer incompetency and poor performance of traffic police, which is hapless in this regard. There are so many reasons for this stuck-up dense crowd of traffic, main ones are the absence of traffic police, congested roads, out of order traffic signals, arrangements for VVIPs that hold up traffic, and the still-in-construction roads.

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my incoming sms

August 18, 2007 at 12:22 pm (consolado, discoteca, dj, egypt, friends, independence day, jokes, marry, moive, numbers, party, people, phone, portugal, progressive house, quote of the day, smart)

person name #1

same to u….i m sorry i have got a new phone, who’s this?

hahahah sorry… not much u tell…..what u up to?

next person name #2

hey u wana frendship with me?

y u so mean 2 me… no harm in a date.

person #3

if you are married please ignore this message….for everyone else…

“happy independence day”

person #2

hey hey cum on msg me i mean no harm.

i hope ur enjoying ur nite of freedom.

person name #4 some one special.

get up sugar muffin! Get ready4 work love muwaaah i love u jani.

next person name #5

come to market.

next person name # dj 6

kashif, what da hecks going on? did u tell her that i said that i & she are engaged?

last night i was spinning & i found a sms from her telling me she wanted to ask me something, when i asked her what this thing was, she told me this i was surprised actually. this totally non sense & now she’s telling how i dare treating her like a bitch.i don’t even remember when we talked.we just chat.

I’m not in my city kashif, i have no computer around, just in ma room in the hotel.call me if its ok for u. hugs

next person name # 7

hey kashi, the pass is for 2500, whenever u want it give us a call we’ll meet up.

person name # 8

quote of the day: “Virginity is not dignity, it is lack of opportunity.”

A sarda: ” i saw my wife going to a movie with a strange man.” Friend: “did u follow them inside?” “no yaar,” replied sardarji , “I had already SEEN the movie!!

person name # 9

ek music channel start karne me kitna budget chaheye hoga?

person name #10

Party at the beach for progressive house lovers! 2k per couple.

person # dj 6

hey dude how r ? just woke up hehe, came last night to Egypt after a gig last thu. in the north coast. so sorry to hear about the flood thing as i really dint know 😦 . hope things are better now bro.about my the dates for aug here is my schedule so far: 2, 9, 16/8 club summer moon, Egypt. 3/8 Lebanon. 23-25 discoteca consolado ,Portugal. let me know about ur plans my friends as i really miss u all 🙂 . say hi to all bro plz hugs.

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9/11 Coincidences part 8

August 17, 2007 at 4:38 pm (9/11, coincidences, part 8, politics, truth)

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be a loser this summer…..!!!!

August 16, 2007 at 4:58 pm (caffeine, calories, cucumbers, diet, food, funny, humor, ice tea, people, power, protein, purple grapes, salads, smart, veggetables, watermelon)

1. Cucumbers: Cucumbers are loaded with water and incredibly low in calories. One whole cucumber provides only 45 calories.

2. Frozen red/purple grapes: At only 80 calories per cup, frozen grapes are the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

3. Summer salads: For a low-calorie, filling entrée; pile your plate with unlimited veggies and lean protein and toss with low-fat salad dressing.

4. Iced skim café latte: Caffeine perks you up… and skim milk supplies low-calorie protein (which helps stabilize your blood sugar and revs your metabolism).

5. Grilled veggies: Load your grill with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and asparagus. For an easy, low-cal prep: Spray your veggies with nonstick cooking oil and lightly toss with kosher salt and your preferred seasonings.

6. Air-popped popcorn: The perfect guilt-free munch food at only 30 calories and 2 grams of fiber per popped cup.

7. Nonfat flavored yogurt: Creamy combo of cabs and protein that keeps you full for hours.

8. Unsweetened iced tea: Calorie-free and full of phytonutrients. For a shot of natural sweetness, slice in fresh fruit and refrigerate overnight.

9. Watermelon: Loaded with water, this Vitamin C-rich summer fruit provides only 80 calories per cup (or large wedge).

10. Gazpacho: Fill up your growling stomach with a refreshing chilled bowl of tomato-based soup. One cup is typically between 50 and 100 calories.

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my visual DNA test.

August 13, 2007 at 2:28 pm (DNA, gesture, humor, ideas, jokes, people, science, smart, truth)

MOOD : wild cat …..hahahah LOls

FUN : worker bee…..i don’t think so

HABITS : high time roller……..trance on

LOVE : part time lover…..now thats what i m talking about 😉

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im bawled for six months….

August 10, 2007 at 4:21 pm (bawled, commercials, humor, ignored, people, phone, ruining, smart, trimmer, truth, washroom, women)

well last night…i came back from work…quite tired…very hungry …quickly had my food, satisfying day( i thought so) it wasn’t, something was bothering me. While i was watching t.v and suddenly it struck…for a moment i wasn’t sure if it was really the thing that is bothering me, anyways i ignored it for a moment….but the thought was repeating up in my head again and again completely ruining the movie i was watching. I quickly pause the movie and started scratching my head and wondering how would i look once i m bawled, will i still be as attractive as i m, will any women fall for me, except me bawled for six months, will my colleagues ask me out for lunch anymore…will i be offered any commercials again..so many things running and playing need for speed in my head.

anyways i got up and agreed to do what my heart wants me to do…ignoring every aspect of my life, I start searching for my hair trimmer( haven’t used it for awhile, don’t know where i kept it.) After a search of 10 minuets i found the trimmer. Charged the machine for half an hour. whats next,

i went in( where els ) the washroom, looked at my hair one last time.

to be continued.

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Sagittarius is what i am

August 9, 2007 at 3:49 pm (emotion, fortune, sagittarius, stars)

Things seem to be going quite well for you in many respects, dear Sagittarius. Your thinking is clear, your emotions are under control, and the puzzle pieces are fitting into place. This is your time to take advantage of these pockets of good fortune and turn them into huge treasure chests. One little spark is all it takes to light a forest fire. You have the power within you to make anything happen. Especially now!

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Romantic Ideas

August 7, 2007 at 4:36 pm (beach, dates, gesture, ideas, love, romance, roses, smart, sunsets)

well here are a few romantic ideas i remember

*Make a little loving gesture every day for one full year.

*Walk on the beach in the moonlight.

*Put a note in a romance novel saying, “The story is great but our own love story is the best”

*Get every movie starring your lovers favorite actor.

*Make love to him/her every night until he/she asks you to stop.

*Give him/her twelve dozen roses on all their special days.

*Listen to a romantic audio tape, fix a cup of hot flavored tea, and light two candles.

*Write a list of 50 or more things you like or love about your sweethear

*Unplug the TV set. Put a note on the screen saying, “Turn Me on Instead”.

*Look straight into the eyes of your love and PAY ATTENTION to what they tell you! Tell your mate something about you that no one else knows.

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