Posts tagged ‘Egypt’

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.

April 25, 2011

Let’s go to Egypt. Not.

by Khanum

It was my uncle’s idea to take me out and get some fresh air into my fever struck lungs. I, as usual, ready to photograph anything found this excuse useful, armed myself with my photography camera and jumped at the back seat of his car!

We were on our way to Visit a housing Society – a business very crucial – known as Bahria Town.

We stopped by to see the safari villas. 8 Marla house worth 70 Lakh rupees. It was a total luxurious beauty. Light surrounding the house from every corner and I felt My pictures couldn’t do justice to it.

The moment we entered the model house and the moment we stepped out from that place, It was a sure thing we are going to buy it.

few more paces, 1 kilometer away , the determination got a bit shakier. Bahria town is like a giant city within a city. My uncle suddenly started to think about the flaws of  such a far away residence from we currently reside.

“Who would come to visit us here, hain ji?’

Aliens!  I replied. And perhaps the ghost of my Dead grandmother. May Allah rest her soul in peace. God knows she loved our Hearne street Bungalow more than any house in the whole world. So moving here in Bahria Town could mean a serious upset for Nano jaan.

We roamed the place on car and then I finally got to see the place I had heard about.


Egyptian Style Bahria Town! A modern day housing society based on the architecture of Egypt’s oldest civilization. They have all the deities and their statues built at the big entrance gates . We wanted to go in and peek into the Villas but they were closed for maintenance reasons. And construction reasons and God knows what more reasons the person told us.

One Villa with a statue like that worth 4-5 crore.  Which made it clear. They had jewels plastered all over its walls. Hence no entry before u actually buy one.


Who would buy it anyway? Pharaoh’s lover.

I regret I couldn’t take more decent pictures. the ones I managed were all taken from inside the car. That too with the whining sounds and sighs of my family.   They had read some stupid sign saying ‘No Photography Allowed’  so i was forbidden to step out of the car. Such chicken behavior ticks me off.

You see? Statues every where! Are you getting what i’m saying?

Pharaoh’s lover, exactly!

It took us about 4-5 hours to get to see only the half of that Giant city within a city. Plus an hour or two the endless discussion with the property dealer. Only If I hadn’t been lured into photography trip, I wouldn’t have gone there in the first place. Too much of polytheism around for the sake of earning Money was making me more sick. But then, I really don’t have that much money to go to Nefertiti’s tomb and see the first hand statues so it was a good opportunity to see ‘Mini Egypt’.

Any lesson learnt?

Yes ofcourse!

‘Home sweet Home’ phrase wasn’t invented just like that. The moment we hit the big ‘Statue free’  Iron gate of our street, I couldn’t Thank enough My Lord for the luxuries I had been enjoying there for the past 22 years.

And the moment I stepped into my square, messy, filled with computer wires room. I knew I had every possible comfort right here. Perfection under limited resources. El Hamdulillah!

It’s not where you live, but how you live and with whom. 🙂

You may  Click Here to see the Egyptian Style Bahria Town’s photographs by Wikipedia. More detailed ones.

February 6, 2011


by Khanum

I hope its Pakistan.

The story of Tunisia’s heroic shout against the tyrant system can now be seen in all the Muslim hearts especially in Egypt. Its huge and its burning and when that kind of things happen in some Muslim state, Another state who thinks superior of itself is bound to comment on it as if its another terroristic event! Boo hoo. That’s sadly not the case. In fact these steps should have been taken long time ago when Iraq and Afghanistan got burned down , what for ? A satisfaction? A revenge?

I serioustly hope Pakistan soon stand up and take action. Same thing same corruption is destroying my land. There’s shortage of electricity, no food for poor even for middle class people now and no proper system for the evaluation of income, that is where the President gets away with all the national treasure. A minister in Pakistan has got 34 more ministers to advice him for God’s sake. What is wrong with these ill hearted leaders. Smart nations learn from their history and avoid repeating the same errors made by them in past. That’s how ordinary nations emerge as strong ones. That’s where we have an opportunity to progress.  Now with due offence intended towards Power hungry states/people, I am not sorry to say  its time for Tyranny to end against Muslims by their own Muslim leaders and people behind tyrant rulers who support them in the name of war against terrorism. When sovereignty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. But when it is surrendered voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered. In both cases, your strength of mind is to be questioned.  Right now, what I wanna know, what my family wants to know at home for which they are  glued to TV for updates on recent uproar in egypt , is not when it will end…but How it will bring revolution to oppressed states with filthy rich leaders!

It’s definitely going to catch more fire, that’s what I think because these kind of protests is what’s been happening in Pakistan since ages with no fruitful results. Sometimes we thought it was a revolution to bing the chief Justice back on the seat and sometimes we all stood up to end Musharraf’s reign. But never, and it pains me to see that never in my life I have witnessed a true revolution anywhere in the world. It all starts with hopes and then we all know where it leads to.  Along with Egypt and Tunisia, its crucial for Pakistan to get rid of tyranny because I do not understand why the Alien forces have been allowed to walk freely and kill freely in MUSLIM LANDS? In Gaza at least we know who killed who but in Afghanistan and especially in FATA, US forces are shooting off our citizens blindly and nobody is there to question them?

If our leaders speak of our sovereignty then what those alien forces are doing at our borders and inside our houses?

Those who think its unjust to think well and wishrevolution to people fighting against tyranny, then I know that some, in  the World are still able to comprehend the difference between support for humanitarian and favoritism. In such time of chaos, I only expect  Spectators to act as understanding as possible.