Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Chewing Qatt and Internet over Browsing have risen alarmingly in Hyderabad (India)


Parents are the only investors, students are the only gainers, Teachers are the only givers, Universities/Colleges are the only hosts and, of course, Country is the only shelters for the students come from the edges of the world.

Many parents see as a double standard advantage while sending their children abroad for higher education. Firstly, it is a chance to help them educate and value their personality. Secondly, it is a chance to help them escape from the environmental and social factors that effect the upcoming generations, such as, chewing Qatt and Smoking, which plays a key role in the distractive side of the Somali and East-African peoples as a whole, as they spend most of their times on sitting, chatting and chewing Qatt to gather in the Teahouses and other Somali traditional Qatt pubs (Marfash), instead of doing and spending much of their times on the other necessary issues for both themselves and people.

I am going to highlight here neither the problem of the Qatt to humans nor how its price became more dearer, as we are all familiar with the merits and demerits it has in terms of (health, finance, and family etc) and how its problems were long conundrum, but what am going to tell is that, Qatt (the so called Somali mind soother) is on board 3 to 4 times a week the India bound flights from East-Africa, specifically, Ethiopia and Kenya and then, takes the driver’s seat moving students from their common fashion into the long standing hallucinations that are far beyond explanations. It is usual, that Qatt torchs behind chewers wherever they go in the world and its consumption proportionally increase with their number, and like that, Qatt is currently reached the highest ever in Hyderabad, Bombay, Pune and several other cities. Some may irritate or feel insecure about this article by asking themselves such weak questions. What forced Mr. Khadar to write about Qatt? What does it to him? Does he pay the students for buying Qatt? Does he imports? Does he? Does he? Does he?.............................? This is not the matter, but any problem could not be solved before being fully addressed and remember that,” you can not solve your problems until you know what they are”.

We have started this article with the fact that, parents are the only investors in the education of their children abroad and of course did the needful all the way receiving them back as experts, innovators, leaders, connoisseurs, etc. They are willing to have something from you in exchange for what they have done for you. They are all willing you take the hot seat (responsibility) by your self and let them relax and get relief. Now, on the contrary, ask yourselves these fruitful questions if you have a healthy moral value. Do your parents deserve to get something from you? Do your lecturers/instructors deserve not to attend their classes? Do your colleges deserve not to pay their fees? Does the country deserve not to live in peace within.........? Answers are for you.

Internet over Browsing

Internet technology was first came India in the mid 1990s. The first Indian city to have installed this technology was Mumbai “state capital city of Maharashtra”. This city is also known as the Business Hub/Commercial Hub of the country. Most of the people (say more than 90%) had no sufficient idea about this technology, which was why only few people mostly in business and government jobs used it. At the end of the millennium internet consumption has exponentially increased and became famous across the other cities and states in the country. To day, internet facilities had also been fetched into the rural areas in an attempt to enable them educate and be equipped with the latest global technical know how.

Internet is technically said to be “the world’s under information highway/gateway” as it has made the entire globe as a small village where people could meet and interact with each other. However, the Somali students generally consume this technology by reaching out their nearest and dearest at home and the other world. It is the most reliable communications in use to day, the cost of which is pocket friendly. Internet technology bears a number of advantages and disadvantages. It has advantages as you can refer and learn many things from it, either education or the other relevant information around the world etc. Internet also has numerous communication and business facilities, such as E-commerce/dematerialized business, sending ordinary mails electronically, text chatting, voice chatting/phone chatting etc. Notwithstanding, one of the most demanding of the internet is that of chatting, specially “PALTALK”. If we linguistically describe this word, we see that it is a combination of two different words: PAL+TALK. When these words are combined together, they form a single word “PALTALK”, this is known as combined form grammatically. PAL is an English word (old use/fashioned), meaning “a friend” and TALK is a verb, which means “to say something/speak). Now, once these two words are pronounced in the combined form the only thing that would come into our minds is the narrow chatting window provided through the world’s netted computers.

What I really appreciate is that, to day many Somali teenagers are interacting with one an other through the internet by sharing their thoughts, ideas, and of course, building families through a fruitful dating and love. Paltalk has many rooms to join: Some people join in the Religious/Islamic breaching chambers. Many join in fun making rooms. Many join in the political discussion rooms etc. On the contrary, the students’ access to this facility has invited a negative and ever lasting problem, as they became chatting freak. We know that the Somali community are scattered around the world and like wise, their browsing times are different due to their geographical locations, which is why everyone comes online his/her convenience. In Hyderabad, the problems related to internet browsing have risen among the Somali students alarmingly. All internet caves located in the student dominated areas in the city are filled with them, chatting with their families and friends around the world. Iga cassee, Tuur, Gacanta soo taago, Mac mac, soo qabso, luuqa soo gal etc. are the common Somali phrases spoken in paltalk. Talking the PALTALK related issues are somewhat considered to be more irritating than that of Qatt and make also many people feel insecure to see or hear about it. Even personally, I met a grim opposition from some of my friends who are paltalkers, but finally requested not to highlight the touchy parts of it, which I don not even know what those parts are. If you ask paltalkers about the fact they usually go on line and remain vigilant throughout whole the night, none of them would give you a concurrent response, one of only few responses you could draw is “we use it as a time pass”. If you put this on an analytical platform “is it a time pass while they could not wake up early for their classes and colleges”! All you can get from them are funny stories like the old fairy-tales and make you laugh a lot and leave.
All in all, the internet problems clearly appear in the students’ living standard and needs an urgent hand to help them alleviate this deeply touching addiction besides chewing Qatt and smoking cigarettes.

Khadar Abdi Hanan

Posted on Somaliweyn, Hormoodnews and others on 06-06-07

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