Flying above the clouds was a wonderful experience for me, as I love watching them from below and always wanted to get closer. I was so amazed by seeing them so close that I felt like jumping off and floating among them, and I hardly held my tears of excitement and awe. Then I decided that if I ever gonna marry someone, that would be clouds.
I took these shots on 4th April 2013, during a flight from Islamabad, Pakistan to Doha, Qatar.
Because of you, in gardens of blossoming
Flowers, I ache from the perfumes of spring.
I have forgotten your face, I no longer
Remember your hands; how did your lips
Feel on mine?
Because of you, I love the white statues
Drowsing in the parks, the white statues that
Have neither voice nor sight.
I have forgotten your voice, your happy voice;
I have forgotten your eyes.
Like a flower to its perfume, I am bound to
My vague memory of you. I live with pain
That is like a wound; if you touch me, you will
Make to me an irreperable harm.
Your caresses enfold me, like climbing
Vines on melancholy walls.
I have forgotten your love, yet I seem to
Glimpse you in every window.
Because of you, the heady perfumes of
Summer pain me; because of you, I again
Seek out the signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.
— Pablo Neruda.
From the book “Passions and Impressions”
© 1978 by the Estate of Pablo Neruda. Translation by Margaret Sayers Peden. © Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc.
This is the first time I tried taking photos of dew. It’s really good to see these tiny crystal spheres shining on the grass blades. I have tried to capture the freshness of morning and dew drops on the grass.
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Last night, I attended a musical event of brass band The Stooges from New Orleans, and that event also featured Saeen Tanveer, a dhol playing artist from Pakistan. Dressed in fancy clothes, Saeen and his 2 partners appeared on stage and started their beats. As they kept on playing their large dhols, the crowd become wild and everyone got involved in the music they were making. Saeen is an expert in playing, as well as in displaying some other acts during playing. First he twisted his body and made the dhol swing around his neck for some time. Then, there comes a helper to put another dhol around his neck, and then, Saeen is paying with two dhols hanging around his neck. To much of the surprise of the audience, Saeen performed with 4 dhols around his neck, continuously playing and revolving. He also surprised the audience by performing and revolving around by holding 2 dhols by their straps using his teeth. The beautifully arranged stage and lighting created a wonderful ambience that made that performance even more energetic.
I’m sharing some of the pictures I took during the performance. (Click for larger versions)
The performance of Saeen Tanvir was followed by The Stooges, and finally a local brass band Punjab Band, which I’ll cover in separate blogs later.
This event was organized by The American Embassy, and was held in The Rock Musicarium, Islamabad.
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself- and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.
Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.”
– Jim Morrison
In the area I live, wild cannabis [Urdu: Bhang] is found in almost all of the abandoned land. Starting from spring, these plants last till entire summers, and usually reach up to 3-4 feet. This plant bears that iconic leaf, symbolized in hippie and pop culture related to weed/hash/dope, and often a sign of mental liberation, which is obtained from a similar species of this plant.
Here are few photos I took on a recent outdoor trip. Click photos to view larger and detailed versions.
Location: Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
I saw some fresh peas in the kitchen this evening and picked up a few to my room. I thought about making some 3D model using these peas and toothpicks. It reminds me of the same activity I used to do during childhood but that was restricted to making cube and simple shapes only. After much effort, I finally came to something that I was looking for. Then took and processed some photos and here they are, shared below. This polyhedron uses pentagonal-base and square-base pyramids.
Please note that all photos feature the same structure from different perspectives.
A stray kitten came to our home and that time my elder brother’s kids started playing with it. Although I assume it has never seen a camera but the shots I took are worth sharing.
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