I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return.
— Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi,
Translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
Original Persian script:
از جمادی مُردم و نامی شدم
وز نما مُردم بحیوان سرزدم
مُردم از حیوانی و آدم شدم
پس چه ترسم کی ز مردم کم شدم
حملهء دیگر بمیرم از بشر
تا برآرم از ملایک بال و پر
وز ملک هم بایدم جستن ز جو
کل شییء هالک الاوجهه
بار دیگر از ملک پران شوم
آنچه اندر وهم ناید آن شوم
پس عدم گردم عدم چو ارغنون
گویدم کانا الیه راجعون
I wrote this short story in November 2010. It’s somewhat incomplete but I didn’t feel like completing it so I’m sharing it here. I designed some images to go with this story, which are also shared below.
I am a small bird. I’m not a small bird. I’m a fully grownup bird, but for you I’m a small bird. For me, Humans are so big, so big and so different from each other. I wanted to see what they do all day, how they gather food, how they live in safe places, and all the other things I cannot do. So I flew, leaving my nest, towards a city of Humans.
Photo and design done by me, while the quotation is by Charles Kingsley
“Tobacco, a lone man’s companion, a bachelors friend, a hungry man’s food, a sad man’s cordial, a wakeful man’s sleep, a chilly man’s fire. There is no herb like it under the canopy of heaven.”
– Charles Kingsley, 1819-1875
(This quotation also appeared on a Pall Mall cigarette print advertisement in 1937)
Being an admirer of Levi’s denim, I photographed my new Levi’s 519 Skinny Jeans [more details at the bottom], and then arranged those photos as posters displayed below.
I recently bought the new cut from Levi’s, categorized as 519 Skinny Tapered. It’s more like 511 Skinny, except the leg is relatively more tapered giving it an even more slim feel. I opted for the one having some real heavy finish that consists mainly of abrasion marks, that gives it a worn out and natural feel. It is manufactured in China.
This item is totally chic and recommended especially for a crisp slim look. It can be worn with regular canvas sneakers or high ankle cowboy boots, or depends on your style. This item is available from Levi’s Store Pakistan for Rs.7590.
[The camera used is Sony NEX-3]
Surrealism fascinates me. Last evening, clouds after rain inspired me to take some photos. Those photos came out really good, so I turned them into digital art by working further over them using Adobe products.
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Camera: Sony NEX-3
Date: 09 May, 2011
I was having a bit Grunge kind of feeling, so I took some photo using my webcam [Yeah, I didn’t have other camera then]. Then some photo-retouching created the kind of feel I was looking for…
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[Camera: iSight of MacBook]
Displayed below are the three digitally edited self-portraits that I recently did.
[Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended and Wacom Bamboo Tablet on Macbook]
Knonie Drawing 01
Knonie Drawing 02
Knonie Drawing 03
[The script on third picture says “I’m fond of drawing since childhood” in Urdu]
To relive the essence of a ragged and wild life style, wearing denim from the centuries old makers Levi’s®, and footwear, rather Walking Machines from Caterpillar® are must. Here are few photos where I’m wearing Levi’s® 501® with CAT® Footwear on sandstone steps of around 500 years old Rohtas Fort, Punjab, Pakistan.
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Photo: Sheikh Zahid
Post Processing: Knonie
Camera: Nikon D90
69-An illustration in numbers
“Wow, after I jumped, it occurred to me life is perfect, life is the best, full of magic, beauty, opportunity… and television… and surprises, lots of surprises, yeah. And then there’s the best stuff of course, better than anything anyone ever made up, ’cause it’s real…”
– The Million Dollar Hotel