Posts tagged ‘camera’

September 19, 2011

My Perfect little stroll in the morning :s

by Khanum

5:30 am in the morning. I step out of my room stretching –  it’s time for a morning stroll.  The fajr prayer is long being prayed , sleep is no where near my eyes. A walk seemed like a pretty good idea.

Gladly I walk by the rooms. I can hear some bears snoring in the background. That, of course, is my Uncle from the zoo.  I’m in the middle of the way, not quite there in the pretty little courytard that I begin to plan what I’m going to do in the next few minutes.

“This and this and that…and that too. And Oh I have to oil my Rapunzel hair first”, A train of thoughts start running my brain. But By the moment I’m there, I’m already changing my mind to run back to my room and grab the bloody camera.

I stood in the little lawn mesmerized by the serenity of the scene. Cool breeze, grey sky, the birds chirping in the background. The Tip-Tip the tap-tap music of the water playing in proximity. Probably some tap leakage. .But  oh Boy! What an awesome Morning!

Habitually I looked up at the sky to search fr the white ball of Moon. Thanks to the Heavens, it was there. Dim , covered under the blanket of grey clouds but it was there. It looked like someone had taken a half bite out of it.  But it looked perfect enough to shoot. I quickly realized,   the idea of oiling my hair at this hour was utterly ridiculous . The absurdity of it! I ran back to my room immediately  only to find my camera out of battery.

The desperation of the hour, how can I ever explain it? It seemed like as if I looked for the food and not for the new battery.I ran frantically from point A to point B in my small square room – only to reach point C for nothing. The hilarity , I could not even  find the battery charger.

I glanced at the clock. It lolled 5:40 at me. O teri! I slipped here and there again.It could not get any more worse, I just knew.

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I find the charger atlast. Finally give 2 minutes life to the battery. Put on a big smile , yay-ing and cheering all the way  back to the courtyard, hoping to do awesome moon photography.

But I find nothing there , except a pair of birds, apparently smooching.

Long gone the moon, long gone the winds. I finally decide to oil my hair. What a perfect little stroll in the morning!

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June 11, 2011

From East to West – Complicated Future Plans

by Khanum

I wonder if Ibn e Batuta had facebook networking back then while travelling. What would he had written on his status update each minute?

09:30 AM: ‘Riding a camel now. Very slow. ‘

09:32 AM: “But me and my camel took alot of pictures with my iphone lately. Yay me, i must also use twitter!”

09:45 AM: “Oh shoot! I just bumped into the Maharajah of Hindustan.”

09:46 AM: ” Hehehe, the dude has so many wives.”

09:47 AM: “Control plus Z – control plus Z – I never said anything about any of his wife. Control plus Z . Allahu Akber”

Getting the picture of his travels now ? . I am glad he had no Facebook for sure. It would have been a disaster. 🙂

But anyway, getting back to the main point: My Travel Plans.

Someone said, The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  If this is so, I definitely don’t wanna be stuck at just the beginning, ‘Table of Contents’ sheet.

I wish there were no borders, no passport system, no visa requirements and particularly no discrimination against Pakistanis when it came to TRAVELING for the sake of cultural education. And if so, at least there should be 50% discount on all airplane tickets for students. Just suggesting.

If there were such facilities, travel would have been a blessing affordable for each person. I mean, imagine the travels of the people gone by. Ibn e Batuta For instance.  The dude to travel the world without any passport or visa hurdles was indeed very lucky. But where he had the advantage of being born in an era with no non-sense flying expenses , he had a pretty huge disadvantage too.

The great CAMERA wasn’t with him during his adventures.  And Here we have the most expensive cameras with us all the time. But sadly, no money to buy the return tickets. So some of us work hard day and night, earn money to bear the expenses and then finally a day comes to fly away. But my question is, what about the very common  commoner? The type who has the Extreme passion but whatever he does, he cannot afford the luxury of travel even outside his city.He might try the Hitch Hike across Sahara Desert thing. But thanks to the insecure national border situations, that adventure is now also dumped. Then What about him ? … Will his travel plans remain limited only to his imagination…? .. I just wonder.