Sunday, 19 June 2011

colors of PAKISTAN.... taste of Eden

colors of PAKISTAN.... taste of Eden.... world's best cherries are produced in Skardu, in the northern areas of Pakistan. This particular species is known as Prunus rufa and the unique taste and freshness is not produced anywhere else in the world

colors of PAKISTAN....taste of Eden

colors of PAKISTAN....taste of Eden.....a two-hour flight from Islamabad the capital will take you to Skardu, which is undoubtedly the most picturesque part of northern areas of Pakistan. The best time to visit is from mid-March to mid-April when there is blossom and spring season. During this time you and enjoy the tranquility of blossom of apricot and cherry gardens with the snow covered mountains.

colors of PAKISTAN....rising sun, high hopes

colors of PAKISTAN....rising sun, high hopes

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Journey of ten thousand miles...Kamran on bike


Name Kamran Ali


Place of Birth Layyah, Pakistan




Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do - Mark Twain

Not many people really have the courage to fulfill their dreams, for which they can be rightly proud of in the future, but Kamran Ali is one such enthusiastic Pakistani who knows how to make his dreams come true. It is people like him that keep on producing extra ordinary in wake of situations that people do not agree to be very conducive in Pakistan. Kamran is a computer programmer by profession, an artist by own imagination and an adventurist by nature. Born and raised in Layyah Pakistan, Kamran holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science and now lives in Rostock, Germany where he is employed in a software firm. 
MAYA's naming ceremony
Bicycle touring is Kamran’s one of the biggest passions. He has been following his passion since he was 13, when he was taken along by friend to a nearby town riding 52 kms in a day. This tour had an exhilarating effect on Kamran. In the next years, he made solo trips to several cities in Pakistan, beating the heat of summer, with mercury exceeding 45 C°, travelling super-ultra light without any prior training or preparation, and with almost all borrowed gear including the bicycle. His toughest adventure so far has been in Pakistan was in 2002 when he paddled about 400 Kilometers from Multan to Lahore in less than two days. This tour was a bit special for Kamran because few days ago he had quit the teaching job he loved to regain the lost freedom and adventure.
Germany to Pakistan

His motivation of the dream journey came while he was on a PIA flight from Islamabad to Frankfurt, several thousand feet above in the air; Kamran stared out from this window seat and didn’t blink an eye. He was struck by the vastness and the magnificent beauty of nature’s landscape that stretched beneath the plane. Mesmerized by what he saw, thoughts struck his mind like thunderbolts. How it would feel to be on these places? What the local people would be like? The languages they spoke? The culture? The streets and climate? The food and the music, and everything? Sadly, he couldn’t get answer to any of those questions from the plane window. A strong wish arose from the deep of his heart and he closed his eyes. He had secretly promised to himself that one day he will return and visit all these places on a bicycle and find out the answers of these questions himself.
Goodbye Rostock, Goodbye Germany

And 2nd June 2011 was the day for the fulfillment of his promise to himself when he set course on his solo bike tour from Rostock, Germany to Layyah, Pakistan and called his dream Kamran on Bike. A journey measuring ten thousand plus kilometers stretching through 11 countries and spanning up to 4 months. For this he carried out extensive preparation, training, research and co-ordination. Finalizing the routes, contacting embassies for visas and official correspondence, getting his gear ready, visiting doctors for vaccination, and training for the ride for more than a year. It was in Jan 2011, that he bike for the tour got its name MAYA, in a ceremony held at StarterCafe Rostock. And then came the day, 2nd June when this enthusiastic and passionate Pakistani was waved off by friends. During the tour he will be crossing the plains and mountains and rivers of Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Iran before he enters  Pakistan in about 3 to 4 months from now. We will be following the his tour here at the blog.



Departure from Germany(click here)

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Saturday, 28 May 2011

forgotten identity


forgotten identity....original photocopy of the 1st ever identity card issued in pakistan to the Ex Prime Minister ZA Bhutto
ID card nmber : 101-28-000001

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sadpara....conqueror of the Mount Everest


Name                           Hassan Sadpara
Age                              48 years
Place of Birth              Sadpara Village, Skardu, Baltistan


Irrespective of what all is going around in the country, when everyone around the world atleast have a rough idea that things are not really going good for the nation. We, the Pakistanis, keep producing stuff which anyone least expects out of us. Such was the spirit and such was the enthusiam to achieve the extra ordinary, that the resolve of the 48 year old were never dented by the situation in the country or his own financial problems.

The mighty Everest has hardly been friendly to the climbers who attempt to defeat it. But it did respect the untiring commitment of Hassan Sadpara and let him go over — without the Oxygen Kit— a feat first achieved by the Italian climber Rienhold Messner and his Austrian partner Peter Haebler in 1978. Hassan Sadpara hoisted the green flag on the summit of Everest early in the morning around 6:00 A.M on May 11, 2011. He is the 2nd Pakistani after Nazir Sabir to achieve the rare feat of conquering the highest peak of the world. Hassan Sadpara belongs to a low-paid family of Sadpara who could not fulfill his dream earlier in 2007 due to financial constraints but it did not prevent him to take up the task to be on top of the world, literally.  Hassan has successfully avoided the dangerous Khambo Galacier which is considered the most dangerous active glacier at the face of Everest to punch back the human creepers on its back. He, before proudly planting the national flag on the peak of Everest in Nepal, had successfully reached the tops of five of the world’s 8000 plus peaks which include K2 ( Godwin Austin - 8611), Nanga Parbat(the Killer Mountain - 8125), Broad Peak (8048), Gasherbrum I (8068) and Gasherbrum II (8035) in Pakistan.


The achievement by the little-known Sadpara villager  the extent of the mountaineering talent that lies within Pakistan. With very few international climbers visiting the country, which house some of the world’s highest peaks in the northern areas – is considered the heaven for mountaineers all over the world.



Amazing Pakistanis

COMING SOON!!
An introduction to some amazing people of PAKISTAN, who have stood out the ordinary and made a difference.... keep visiting to know the heroic Pakistanis.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

colors of PAKISTAN....super highway

colors of PAKISTAN.... super highway. This is sukkur by-pass. Most of the trade goods from the financial hub, Karachi, are transported to other parts of the country through this highway

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Friday, 6 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Oasis in the desert

colors of PAKISTAN..... this snapshot was taken by me on 18 sept, 2010, while driving back from karachi. A small hut in the foot of a hillock on sukkur by-pass. Can u imagine life in that hut??

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Saturday, 30 April 2011

colors of PAKISTAN....shangrila

colors of PAKISTAN....shangrila resort in skardu

Friday, 29 April 2011

colors of PAKISTAN.... waterfall

colors of PAKISTAN.... a waterfall in northern areas

Thursday, 21 April 2011

colors of PAKISTAN.... standing alone

colors of PAKISTAN.... standing alone
a lone tree standing tall in upper kachura lake in Skardu

colors of PAKISTAN.... all in one

colors of PAKISTAN.... all in one.... a landscape captured in northern areas

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This snapshot was taken while traveling around in murree hills couple of years back. Murree city  is a popular hill station and a summer resort. It is located along Islamabad-Kohala highway N75, some 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Islamabad.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

colors of PAKISTAN.....the badshahi mosque

The Badshahi Mosque (بادشاھی مسجد)  in Lahore, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore's most famous landmark

Sunday, 3 April 2011

See you tommorow.... the tired sun goes to rest after a long in the sky


See you tommorow.... the tired sun goes to rest after a long in the sky

colors of PAKISTAN.....a cart rider heads home before the day ends


colors of PAKISTAN.....a cart rider heads home before the day ends

colors of PAKISTAN.....a bird sits to view the sunset before returning to the nest


colors of PAKISTAN.....a bird sits to view the sunset before returning to the nest

colors of PAKISTAN.... farmers going home after a long hot day at the office


colors of PAKISTAN.... farmers going home after a long hot day at the office

colors of PAKISTAN.....sun bidding farewell for today


colors of PAKISTAN.....sun bidding farewell for today

the sun fights out


the sun fights out

colors of PAKISTAN.....a palm tree in rays of sunshine


colors of PAKISTAN.....a palm tree in rays of sunshine

Clash of the titans.... Sun vs Clouds


Clash of the titans.... Sun vs Clouds

Connecting emotions


Connecting emotions

The raindrop said


The raindrop said " i've left millions like up there"

colors of PAKISTAN.....cloud cover over motorway

colors of PAKISTAN.....cloud cover over motorway

colors of PAKISTAN.....sunset across the town

colors of PAKISTAN.....sunset across the town

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

colors of PAKISTAN.....sunset

colors of PAKISTAN.....sunset

colors of PAKISTAN.....traditions still alive

colors of PAKISTAN.....traditions still alive.... a traditional way of transporting food from the kitchen to the serving area still alive in few places like the CUCKOO'S DEN in Lahore. A basket is hung from the rooftop to the kitchen below and the order is placed, once ready the food is placed in the basket and the basket is pulled up.

colors of PAKISTAN.....desi cuisine...spicy tawa chicken

colors of PAKISTAN.....desi cuisine...spicy tawa chicken

clarity compromised

clarity compromised
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