Chandi Technology launched on 14th August
While Pakistan’s Punjab was witnessing the launch of the “Azadi March” on the 14th of August, Karachi’s Expo Center was witness to a rare spectacle. At one of its ends Gul Bahao’s 20′ x 24′ Chandi Ghar with its stunning looks was shining brilliantly in the sun, while thousands of middle class Karachites were “marching
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Since the last few days Nargis latif CEO of Gul Bahao trust has been delivering lectures to hundreds of students on the invitation of some of the premier educational institutions of the metropolis viz NED university, Urdu Arts University and Beacon House Gulshan campus.
Taking up her favorite subject of research, Nargis lamented that most students consider their studies as boring and holidays a release from “prison”. She said that she has worked closely for years with hundreds of youth, using the knowledge she obtained right from school, college upto university. According to her the youth she worked with were mostly illiterate or semi illiterate but who had knowledge of certain crafts like tailoring and house building. She said nothing could equal the joy she felt whenever a discovery was made. Nargis said that at the end of 18 years solid work and an input of 8 crore rupees, the result has been amazing – more than 5 discoveries which are slowly making a world impact. She said her organization’s work has been acknowledged by diverse organizations like the Clinton Foundation, Courier international(French newspaper) personnel from the German embassy, World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO etc.
At both the Universities the CEO of Gul Bahao revealed the organizations impending movement called “Rozgar la mehdood” or Employment unlimited for all kinds of youth especially the highly educated youth of the city. Nargis said that in the initial stages her organization plans to give paid internships to students in the summer months. Giving an example of the usefulness of the Chandi Ghar, the most famous of Gul Bahaos innovations she said that in the highly populated metropolis of Karachi it can be put up instantly and dismantled quickly which makes it extremely useful in areas where land is highly costly. She said the Chandi Ghar (a mobile home) can be compared with the mobile phone which has changed the face of the 21st century.
With the help of multimedia Nargis Latif explained each and every innovation of Gul Bahao and said they were backed by strong scientific principles. In all the three institutions the response was positive. While more than 600 students from NED, sat glued to their seats for more than an hour, 800 students of Beacon House came in batches to hear Nargis Latif in the school hall. In both the institutions she was bombarded with questions and resounding applause.
Urdu Arts University was the last institution where Nargis latif revealed her passion for Islam. Exhorting the students to read the scriptures in their own languages, she said this is precisely the reason why Islam is spreading like wild fire in the West. “Islam is the fastest growing religion in America” has been claimed by Hillary Clinton, she reminded the audience. According to Nargis it has been several years since Gul Bahao started its “God is great” (Allah o Akber) movement. Authentic translations of the holy Quran are regularly disseminated in 3 languages viz Urdu, English and Sindhi, in large bold letters through the medium of exhibitions and cards. She said that the Quran, the Hadith and the Seerat un nabi make highly interesting reading besides being useful in worldly matters like health, business management etc. She praised the role of the current Urdu newspapers and electronic media of India and Pakistan for bringing Islam to the non-Arabs.
While Pakistan’s Punjab was witnessing the launch of the “Azadi March” on the 14th of August, Karachi’s Expo Center was witness to a rare spectacle. At one of its ends Gul Bahao’s 20′ x 24′ Chandi Ghar with its stunning looks was shining brilliantly in the sun, while thousands of middle class Karachites were “marching up and down” to view the international exhibition organised by the Association of Builders and Developers ABAD at the Expo Center. Inside the Chandi Ghar, the workers of Gul Bahao including the organisation’s CEO were alternately holding up photographs and pointing to the items lying inside the prefabricated structure.
Amidst the sound and fury of the hundreds of people who kept coming in and out of the Chandi Ghar, the workers took pains to explain what the Chandi Technology is all about. Calling it “Karachi’s gift to the World” they compared it with the mobile telephone. The workers were telling the visitors “Just as the mobile phone has changed the lives of people (the world over)with its multifaceted tasks, so too the Chandi block is inter convertible into a water reservoir, a two story house and furniture. “You can see all this yourselves”, they said, pointing to the light weight blocks in the roof of the Chandi Ghar and then to the tinseled sofas which consisted of exactly the same kind of blocks as in the ceiling. Again they pointed to photographs of swimming pools consisting of exactly the same kind of blocks as in the walls. Other large sized pictures showed Chandi Ghars built in Thar, on the Super highway, Mansehra, right in the middle of Karachi, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal etc. It was claimed that 150 structures including large sized halls have been built all over the country.
While the visitors kept visiting the Chandi Ghar all day, strong winds were blowing. It even rained for a short time, yet the Chandi Ghar remained unaffected by it all. The steady stream of visitors kept encouraging the dedicated workers of Gul Bahao by enlisting their names for helping to promote the new technology as buyers and as participants of Gul Bahaos Rozgar La Mehdood (Opportunities unlimited) wherein the organisation plans to to train educated youth in its innovations.As night approached, the Chandi Ghar under the influence of the artificial lights began to take on a fairy tale look, drawing crowds of visitors, including a delegation of senior members of the Association of Builders and Developers. The delegation assured the Gul Bahao team of their full support.