Monday, January 15, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 15 of 2018

There are many people waiting for work, notes or other material that is pending for months. There are others who have genuine issues with the state which need addressing, some have been pending for years. If only I can develop the right daily routine. Much of what an individual can achieve or not is down to his or her conduct or lack of it. A half of one month has already elapsed into the new year.

Nothing can be as precious as time. I have no more to waste.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 14 of 2018

Conducted a 'pilot' tour of my next public activity. This time the strategy is slightly different and planned a few weeks in advance.

A regular daily timed routine is usually described as the most efficient way to make one most productive over the long run. Apparently the brain grooves into habits and I will discuss this topic further in due course. I should add that whatever I will write here, will usually revolve around how I interact with others who live in my society, which is almost hermetically sealed from the rest of the world. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 13 of 2018

Despite waking after 2pm today, I have begun to develop a groove which ensured that I remained productive until retiring right now at just before a quarter past 11pm. As we motor along this journey from 'subject to citizen' whilst trying to maximise our output in public interest with each passing 24 hours, the raison d'etre of this journey should become increasingly apparent.

Whilst the initial target of blogging daily in 2018 was to ensure at least a sentence or two is published each day (without fail - and I have failed on 3 of 13 occasions so far). Gradually, my next target is to ensure major experiences/events of the previous 24 hours are fully logged each evening. These will include income and expenditure too.

If a citizen who claims to be devoted to public interest can transparently record their daily activity, it will greatly enhance the possibility of developing a sound basis for state (re)formation, in the context of AJK in particular and J & K in general. I should reiterate at this stage that whatever sounds or reads as cryptic requires perseverence on the reader's part and patience on the writer's part. After all, there are many hundreds of thousands of words to write; in order to explain my existence here. It needs to be done literally bit by bit.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 12 of 2018

Getting close to the end of the first fortnight of 2018. In fact, almost 12 days have elapsed already with 9 daily entries to show for it. As some have only been as much as a sentence, it would be extremely difficult for the reader to imagine this blog playing its part as a centrifuge for change in AJK.

I've learned a lot of things that I couldn't possibly have learned if I had spent the last 13 years in some other part of the world. My thinking has evolved differently, my attitude has mutated and certain attributes that I never thought I was capable of possessing, have been acquired. Patience and learning to be on the right side of nature are 2 distinct virtues that come immediately to mind.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 8 of 2018

An even less productive day than yesterday. Work and duties - both on a public and personal level - are piling up. This is one of the leanest spells that I can remember. The winter in AJK can tempt one to hibernate but the responsibilities at hand give little room for seeking excuses.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 7 of 2018

Today was yet another generally un-accounted for day. That is, from a public output perspective. However, as I constantly aspire to the bright side of everything, today has proved a tad more efficient than yesterday. For example, I have begun to write these words today before the last quarter of an hour of the day.

Despite using the word 'I' so often, I do wish I can shed it as soon as possible. Converting it to a constant, workable and transparent 'we' has been the challenge ever since I began reading the (auto)biographies of prominent public political figures of this territory e.g. Sheikh Abdullah, Choudhary Ghulam Abbas, Sardar Ibrahim et al. I also vividly remember - some years ago - being admonished by a prominent ethnic Kashmiri jurist - living in the diaspora - who strongly advised me to convert my explanations of public activity in AJK from 'I' to 'we'. I'm still working on it and hope to succeed soon though some of the burden does lie on my constituency viz. the citizens of AJK (at home and abroad). More on that in due course.

Fearing criticism of grandeur, I would reluctantly describe my work as that of an aspiring public intellectual. Certainly, that's the impression I'm developing from watching the following video:

Dr. Naomi Wolf: “What is a Public Intellectual?” Workshop   

The least one can safely say is that, one of the most generous things to do is to share knowledge.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 6 of 2018

Not much improvement to write about. However, the fact that I've written something publicly for 4 of the past 6 days is a lot more than I've written for many weeks at a time in the past, should embolden me somewhat. The struggle continues.....

Friday, January 5, 2018

Daily Diary (DD) - Day 5 of 2018

So I missed out on writing - not even as much as a sentence - in the past couple of days. With less than 9 minutes to go to the end of the 5th day of 2018, I am still nowhere near the 'organised daily framework' that I've been aspiring to achieve for the past so many years. With so much data gathered since 2005 on this region and its surroundings, the lack of analytical tools is the least of my concerns at the moment. There are far more pressing issues at hand.

I will get there though, sooner rather than later. What may appear cryptic at the moment, will gradually unravel. The battle must now be fought in the public sphere, in its entirety.