Summer 2018 brought a few changes around my world
A big change in the lives of Saudi women. The Saudi gals had been denied this basic right since the 70’s. There were a lot of women activists who were working day and night to get this right for all the women.
“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.”
They were allowed to drive in Saudi after almost four decades. It brought a new hope and happiness in their lives. We as expat women were happy for them as well as for ourselves. It’s been almost a decade that I have thought of taking the wheel and driving around the streets. It happened a number of times and everytime out of sheer frustration when I was trying to reach somewhere and had to wait for either the cab or the driver. It was a big moment and the days of waiting and waiting were over.
Summer 2018, brought another breath of fresh air for the land of sand, it was the opening of cinemas in the Kingdom. Cinema is an integral part of a society for shaping the cultures and traditions of a nation by being aware of the softer side of the other cultures. There were cinemas in the country three decades ago so there is a whole generation that didn’t see the face of cinema. Riyadh, the capital of the kingdom, got the glory of screening the movies. Getting a movie ticket during the first few months was like entering into a war zone and emerging out with a victory. Forget the online booking. We went to Riyadh to see “Avengers:Infinity wars”. All shows were full so we ended up watching Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom”. After spending 9 years in the kingdom and taking a lot of trips to Bahrain to watch a movie or two, it was going to be a new experience it felt strange as if something is not right.
We were going to be a part of another big change the Election 2018 in Pakistan. This election held a special place in the hearts and minds of my country men. This was about to bring a little ray of hope after four decades of darkness. The corrupt politicians have made the life of comman man really miserable. If you take a closer look at our society there are only two groups there is a ruling elite and a swarm of poverty stricken masses nothing in the middle no bourgeois. This created disparity the biggest nutrient to feed and grow the flower of corruption with an attitude make hay while the sun shines, so everyone became a benefeciary of this system and this corrupt system flourished and reached its peak. Stars only appear when it’s dark and it was about time for the stars of hope to shine brightly. Everyone was excited and I could see this as a big event bigger than any other celebration. This had never happend before, just a couple of mad people were known to go and cast their votes. This year young adults were overjoyed that they are eligibe to vote, the old were gathering all their energies to be able to vote and the little ones were playing merrily with chants and slogans of change. This was the biggest change and I was witnessing it around.
I drove and watched cinema in Saudi and then voted for the social, political and economic change in Pakistan. I hope these changing times bring positivity in the attitudes of people and betterment in their social and economic condition. Being a part of the change made me think that whatever you dont have becomes your biggest happiness. For some happiness is the necessecities of life like getting a morsel of bread and for others it’s the luxuries of life. This is how human lives and communities are divided. I hope some change can bridge this gap and bring harmony in this world.