Skip to main content

From Palace to Slums (2)

(Session 2)

By Sidra chishti, Waseem Sajjad
-Kemcolians Akhuwat Club 
Ramadan Ration Packs Distribution

I was so keen to join ration pack distribution. Was informed at around midnight (oops!). Couldn't join at 10 am due to my so called intrinsic theeta-pan (by friends :P) as i'm crazy to attend Dr. Somia's class in north medicine ward. Had to wait and it took about 2 hours to reach model town due to heavy rain.
Landed finally in Dr. Ismat Leghari's home where the packing of ration packs had been executed by volunteers of Akhuwat, Pakistan Youth Spring and Kemcolians Akuwat Club. People from LUMS,GIKI,FCU,GCU,UOL and my very own KEMU were there. They had packed some 50 ration packs. 1 team had gone for disbursement in Township.
I was a bit down, sleepy and really 'bhuki piyasi'.. :P hostilities's biggest tragedy of Roza without sehri.. :P Finally started the task! We packed the remaining ration packs. And seriously, all exertion was gone.. :P Work always fills glucose and may be ketone bodies in my blood. :P One ration pack contained:
20 kg flour
4 kg Ghee
2 kg Shakarganj sugar
5 kg rice
1 kg daal masoor
1 pack table salt
1 pack vermicelli
1 pack Lipton tea 195 gm
1 bottle of rooh-e-afza 1000 ml
1 pack dates, 800 gm
2 kg baisan.
3 kg cooking oil
1 kg dates
0.25 kg red chilli
Another group went to bata pur near wahga border. I wanted to join some team. A special place was made for me in the van going to taj company near baba sahbu interchange, by adjusting the ration packs. And i adjusted there quite comfortably. :P Just flour on my hands and dress but it was alright. I was happy as i wanted to go to some families (a naughty idea was that i needed to earn some prayers to pass the incoming tests..) :P
The correspondent there gave us photocopies of NIC of the identified poorer people.
AND THEN..........What i saw wasn't what i imagined! I had an idea but never so clear; i had seen misery, poverty and hunger but never in that way! There were many many many people (mostly women: widows, disabled). Poverty reflecting from each angle. I came outside but Waseem forced me in and then i got him! He was caught by his shirt, collar and sleeves. People literally begging for their share.
Hope in their eyes and hunger in their actions! Misery and begging! We started distributing. We gave a ration pack to 2 families just to give to as many people as possible. I filled the forms and required data and waseem distributed. Many of them told me that they were fasting; fasting without sehri, fasting with a glass of water, fasting with a chapati shared by 5 family members!! It was heart rending.
I gotta feel that words are not merely words. DARD, KARB, TAKLEEF!! May be i never felt that and i never knew the intensity of pain, hunger and helplessness. Ration packs came to an end. Had to refuse to many. Waseem managed to get in and we came from there. Nothing was harder than telling people to go and that they will be given ration in the next turn. Realized for the first time that when hungry, our cerebral cortex can't even think of others!
BUT... Lets have a view of the other side of the picture! It was narrated to us by Ruby Danial (Akhuwat Health Clinic) that she went for ration packs distribution in Township. A very poor family refused to take ration pack and mentioned one of their neighbors that they are even poorer!
I was thinking that Allah bless us with so much and a heart to give that we may deprive no one and refuse no one. But just then i recollected, 'PERCENTAGE MATTERS'...! The percentage of your income! A 5 rupee coin given by a poor laborer for Allah can be superior to one lac! Intention is all. Whatever you've, spare for others! Be it money, be it your time, be it your knowledge or be it any thing! Even a smile to a poor child!
And interesting is that, we got aftaar party at Dr. Ismat's home and then a dinner and a blue berry cake at Gourmett restaurant. Ibrahim munir from GIKI was the man of the day! I sometimes wonder that without sleeping how they all do untiring efforts just for others? Working like laborers, just to make others happy? Are they humans? Yes! They are the real heroes. Hats off to all the volunteers. Tou logu! Aakhrat me tou sila milay ga he i.A., dunya me b milta hy! :P
We know that on the magna scale, may be it's not going to make any difference in that intensity of poverty;but let us enlighten our souls by enabling some one, even one, to lit their stoves!
Its the beginning! But the most but the most luminous and fantastic with true spirits, of all what i'v can imagine the brightness of the incoming journey!! Good luck. Welcome to the path of selflessness and caring.. Doors of Allah's blessings are always open!!!
So much misery….
So much poverty……
So much loneliness……
So much depression……..


  1. (y) may Allah bless you people.

  2. well done sidra and waseem..

    you people did a great job :)

  3. great effort by whole team KAC, akhuwat & PYS..
    reality is more than does it look...
    keep the spirit kids


Post a Comment

Your feedback is appreciated!

Here's more you should read...

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)
Salam everyone, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. I am going to write a detailed composition regarding preparation for USMLE Step 1. I am a final year student at King Edward Medical University and I took my exam on June 10th. Final year is the year before internship/ house job in Pakistan. I just got my scores: 99/266

Let me introduce some myths surrounding USMLE Step 1 which are especially prevalent within Pakistan; I am not too sure about India because I heard their students typically appear in their final years.

 Myth number 1:Do not appear for USMLE Step 1 within your graduation

 Verdict: Baseless, illogical reasoning

Explanation: This is so prevalent in Pakistan it’s almost pathetic. One of the biggest concerns surrounding our students is that Step 1 is a huge risk to be taken before graduation. Let me put it in another way: Step1 would always remain a risk whenever it is taken, …

Australian Medical Council AMC Part 1 Guide - Experience and Tips

AMC Part 1 by Dr. Asad Khizar Malik (Rank : 77/620) Australian Medical Council  Guide - Experience and Tips
Salam people, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. Hope everyone is doing great. I'll try to write as much as I can for the people who are due to various reasons more interested in joining Australian Hospitals for post-grad training as compared to the USMLE pathway.

I am a graduate of King Edward Medical University, class of 2004-2010. I did my 6 months house job after graduation in Mayo Hospital, and after that, i gave my AMC Part 1 in November, 2010 from Brisbane. With the grace of Allah, I passed that in first attempt.


First thing in mind that comes with post grad training in Pakistani doctors minds is: Which way to go after graduation? That is a very tough decision that is …

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high..

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high.. Unsa Athar Your 40% needs to be excellent to get into KEMU or  some other good place.
(Dedicated to my teachers who not only taught me the fsc books but also many priceless lessons of life)
(Unsa Athar)
The tree that never had to fight For sun and sky and air and light, But stood out in the open rain And always got its share and rain, Never became a forest king, But lived and died a scrubby thing… Good timber does not grow with ease, The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
Getting yourself educated in the desi manner i.e. through the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is one of the top most challenges of today’s society. Matriculation seems difficult at that time, but when you enter FSc, you realize that matric was the easiest job in the world.  Those obese books of intermediate part I and part II are the worst enemies one can ever have.  People say Medical is tougher, but I find one basic difference in both. When you enter a medical college, y…


Anatomy/Histology Gallery
Read the instructions here 1st Year

Histology Slides for Professional Exams
Folder 1- Labelled Folder 2 - Labelled Folder 3 - Labelled
Histology Revision Slides Updated (2011)
by Laiba Khalid
Lower Limb Anatomy Spotting Labelled

Embryology Models Some models are labelled and others mentioned in comments

Anatomy Museum Models (unlabelled) This album covers Upper limb, Lower limb and Thorax regions of anatomy

2nd Year
HISTOLOGY Diagrams Hand-drawn CARDS 2ND YEAR MBBSThese are hand-drawn histology diagrams by Demonstrator Dr. Shaista (Dept of Anatomy, KEMU) and submitted by Anosha.NEUROLOGY/ Neuroantomy SPOTTING  (LABELLED SPECIMEN) 2ND YEAR  Each structure is labelled and a great job done by Anosha. Neuroanatomy / Brain 2nd Year Important topics by LaibaNeuroanatomy Models Labelled  Gross models labelled by Maryam Shahid Abdomen & Pelvis Anatomy Spots Labelled Excellent job by Maryam Shahid
Anatomy Learni…

USMLE Step 2 CK experience by Rizwan Khan (254)


     I recently got done with Step 2 CK exam & I want to elaborate my experience and the mistakes that I made during my prep so that any of my colleagues who are preparing for this exam might benefit from them. I wont go much in detail about how to prepare and where to prepare from since it is already highly debated on the forum and in the previous posts but would focus more on my personal experience and the bad choices which I made during the preparation phase.
SELF-ASSESSMENTS AND QBANKS Uworld 74% Kaplan Qbank 69%
Kaplan diagnostics  = 80% (70 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 1 = 71% (50 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 2 = 76%  (40 days before exam) Fred simulation for CK = 84% (39 days before exam) NBME 2 (offline) 21 mistakes (30 days before exam)
NBME 4  =    263 (13 days before exam) UWSA =  259 (2 days before exam)
Real exam = 254