Today is not a holiday. 4th January does not fall in the list of days where we make the birth or death of a hero an excuse to lay in bed till late afternoon and spend the rest of the day idling around. However, it is the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at just a few aspects of his life. Don’t worry; I am not going to tell you about his works in Physics or Mathematics, since I neither have the expertise to explain them nor the courage to try. I just intend to remind myself and anyone who cares to know that Sir Isaac Newton is widely considered the greatest scientist that ever lived. He was only the second scientist ever to be knighted and holds the second place in “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Michael Hart, behind Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and ahead of Jesus Christ. What most people might not know is that
1. He was born prematurely and was extremely weak as an infant.
2. His father died three months before his birth. His mother remarried and he had an extremely disturbed childhood. He hated his stepfather and despised his mother for marrying him.
3. He spent most of his childhood with his maternal grandmother.
4. He was forcibly removed from school when he was 16 and his mother tried to compel him to become a farmer.
5. He suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.
The point of all this? No excuses! If you can’t achieve greatness because of what you got, try to achieve it in spite of what you got.


2011 was funny ….. or sad, depending on the way you look at things. But let’s not go into the past. What’s done is done. The good news is that making 2012 an improvement on the previous year should not be that big a problem. Let’s see what we are hoping for in 2012.
1. PhDs who are more deserving than Engineer Rehman Malik.
2. An airline where flights are delayed by less than 12 hours.
3. A railway service in which trains move.
4. A hockey team that finishes above the bottom two in an international tournament.
5. An actress with better sense than Veena Malik and better linguistic skills than Meera.
6. A TV show better than the Sahir Lodhi Show.
7. A scholar with more character than Dr. Amir Liaqat Hussain.
8. A government that does at least one thing without commission or bribes.
9. Loadshedding of less than 12 hours throughout the country.
10. A revolutionary who promises something less disastrous than a Tsunami.
11. Cricketers who do not bowl no-balls on purpose.
12. Ambassadors and a President who do not ask foreign governments for help against their own army.
13. Movies that make some sense.
14. Political talk shows where fights and abuse takes up less than half the time.
Get the point? Now, how hard could this be? So, we are surely on our way up, since there might not be any space left below us.