Exploring Murree – City in between mountains, trees and clouds


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Murree, where people live in between the icy clouds, oak, and pine covered trees and shaded mountains

After coming over a pleasant journey of more than 1000 Km, I took a deep breath as Islamabad was still at the distance of around 468 Km. The peaceful and broad roads gave a pleasant sign that we were traveling in the reformed Punjab, which is truly far better than all the other existing provinces of Pakistan. Before this visit, I did not agree with the statement at all.

As our car entered into Islamabad region, the overall feel was good. The wide scattered roads, clean paths, cars properly walking in lanes and no rickshaws( or, less rickshaws)felt nice to eyes. In short, the city environment was bit different than Karachi. But, one common thing I observed from Karachi to Murree was the solid influence of politics on common people of Pakistan(Though I am only taking it in the benefit of the people).Everyone has something to comment, some arguments to raise and some appreciation to the leaders. Oops! I had decided to not jump into the dirty politics.

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Snow fog scattered on the mountains whereas clouds provide a peaceful shade

On the roads, I was relishing the feel of cold and winters as the car geared on the Murree motorway. I remember the years when the road to Murree was unsafe, tricky and too risky. But, now highway is safer, convenient and pleasant to eyes.

The speed of car lowered down so that we can capture the breathtaking picturesque of the covered mountains. The curves of roads present the beauty of nature to the travelers and tourists. The welcoming mountains added curiosity to explore more and more. I was taking pleasure in viewing the pine and oak trees, scattered all over the mountains. These long trees were actually guiding us the path to reach our destination and I was excited to capture the scenic vistas merged with the foggy clouds. Oh, hold on! Before approaching to Murree, I had my cup of tea at first.

After covering around 50 km, here it was the road directly to Murree, the city to fall in love. You would be thinking Why I say so? Well, you have to read a little more to explore the reasons.

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Lost in between the giant trees

However, there are several places in Pakistan where your heart fell down purposely and you intend to get disappear in the heavenly place to get it fixed.

Want to live on some height? In fact, on a good height, then this is the place where you should go and spend a quality time. The car went with tortoise speed toward the hills, and my eyes spotted different views. Chilled water was flowing slowly from the rocky hills, and a man couldn’t take longer to refill his water bottle. However, a skinny dog was finding the lost path to reach the top of the mountain. And, some tourists were clicking photos whereas I’d lost myself in the soothing cold wind. How could I forget those group of children who were coming back from their schools? They were so pure, strong and adorable looking.

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Round mirrors all set to guide the drivers

My observations define Murree, “A peaceful city situated in between the pine and oak trees to give a delightful experience to the residents, travelers, and tourists”. That’s all about it! The roads and its curves will dodge you at times, but this is what I enjoyed the most about my trip. The beauty of nature will attract you to every sight, and you could not stop your eyes to capture the view. Small shops, fine food, hotels and fabulous people will make you feel cheerful, peppy and joyful.

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Isn’t these too breathtaking? Subhanallah!

I felt relinquished and lively while I was walking on the peaceful roads. But, let me tell you these calm roads scare you at nights! Yes, it does at times. Importantly, I loved the interaction with the strangers; I was capturing priceless views with my eyes; I was feeling retreated and I was actually breathing fresh air. Isn’t that the blessings of Almighty?

Other than the joyful experience about the pleasant sight, another enchantment of Murree is Mall Road. The experience is incomparable with the other cities of Pakistan. It’s basically a street where all the amazing shops are located. I fell in love with all the handicraft shops, just regretting the things I missed. You will have different sort of restaurants, coffee and tea shops, ice cream parlors and a variety of small hotels. Oh yes, you will have groups of small children, selling boiled eggs(or garam aaanday) and Kashmiri tea(Kehva). By the way, Murree is a tourist point so it has everything to offer in all the seasons. There isn’t special about the road, but it definitely feels you connected and interacted with the dazzling surroundings.

After Murree, Nathia Gali which is also a small tourist destination is actually at the height of 8200 ft, is called as Heaven on earth. It is a town in Khyber PakhtunKhwa. It was chilly cold at the top and I was actually shivering at that point. I captured Ayubia, Patriata, Bhurban and several other small towns. From horse riding to hiking, everything is available for the tourists. Those who want to feel the splashes of winters in Pakistan, explore the heights!

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When snow covers the mountains

The winter walks are always amazing, especially when you walk around with beloved people or I’d say the favorite ones. I used to spend around three hours on Mall Road with my sister. We used to have our sizzling hot cup of coffee while walking but, we never forgot to refill our pockets with the roasted cashew nuts. Thankfully, our hotel was just at a few distance!

Lots more to come from my amazing trip!
Keep traveling and don’t forget to write a blog (A personal advice to myself) 😉

The Inspiring Pakistan Through Brandon Stanton’s Camera Eye


Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

The popular name of Brandon Stanton has attractively earned huge respect from Pakistan and their loving people. While People of Pakistan are still warming Brandon with marvelous comments for capturing unique stories of Pakistanis on Humans Of New York (HONY) Facebook page, Just like others I have also seen few disturbing, quite rude comments about my country.

But I prefer to ignore such discomforting reactions as there were impressive and huge warming sweet comments on the page, in favor of Pakistan, which wonderfully maintained the highlights of the trip to Pakistan.

Striving efforts of Brandon to perceive the reality of Pakistan through his camera eye is incredible. His trip to Hunza Valley is too influential. How ?

If you are familiar with HONY, you must know this is a photography blog which is well updated by perfect camera shots of people, belonging to different countries with motivational stories. Hunza Valley of Pakistan is one of my favorite destination(prior to my desiring world tour). The pleasing sight of valleys, eye-catchy meadows and mountains is enough to refresh you for a long time. Brandon clicked multiple shots through his camera lens that bring fascinating stories of simple-living people. You will definitely plan a trip to Pakistan, after seeing those awesome images.

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Responsible brother with his cute sister – Happiness

A fine trip will also let you amazed by beauty among people of Pakistan and it’s land. The warm nature of residents to greet with every fellow being or a foreigner is bellyful and bounteous to overlook the negative image, portrayed by several anti-Pakistan groups. I hope, many of my followers would agree!

Though Pakistan and it’s people are greatly thankful to Brandon Stanton for driving many people attention toward Pakistan awesome stories and obviously, the heavenly views. To get in your knowledge, Humans Of Pakistan Facebook page also bring encouraging stories to viewers from all over Pakistan.

Let’s get relaxed at Karachi Seaside


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Have you enjoyed pleasant feel of a beach? I am sure, you must have visited a seaside or even a refreshing lake for a wonderful environment. Here, I let you see the seaside through my words, relax, I have also clicked a picture for you people.

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The calmness and silence of exotic waves, belonging to Arabian sea assures a positive strength as you build up an eye contact with it. It can be terrible and shocking too, if the waves are at rush. Though, alarming situations at the seaside are also dreadful.

There is nothing more peaceful than sitting at the big wall or even huge rocks. Karachi seaside or the beaches are delightful to look at. As I draw attention of my eyes toward splashing waves, beautiful view is fully energetic to refresh and inspire you. The inner soul gets exhilarated as the view make you feel rejuvenating and more fresh. When I jumped out of my car and allowed myself to rest on rocky wall, my hectic life enters in a cooling zone that brings joy and happiness. Staying at the cooling beach is always a delightful experience. Make a plan to your nearest seaside though Pakistan has got beautiful edge of Arabian sea to seek pleasing environment.

A piece of paper said it all.


Cute Proposal!

Due to hustle and bustle of daily routine lifestyle, Sara planned to join at lunch with Ali, her colleague at office. Both, the individuals were craving for a delicious taste of Chinese food and rest their feet at the newly opened restaurant. The smoke, from the platter, was filled with savory aroma and glasses of juice were placed on each corner of the exquisite table. The environment was pleasant and charming.

Sara’s phone started ringing, She picked up a call and excused Ali for a minute. In the meantime, Ali took out a paper and a Parker pen. With his untidy writing, he managed to write something in hurry, folded the paper like a napkin and place it under Sara’s mats.

Sara, with overjoyed expression, came back and informed Ali, She has a surprise to tell him. Ali was in state of confusion thinking, What does Sara has to say and a surprise!

In the meantime, Sara took that paper(folded as a napkin) and with a surprising look, started reading it politely, which actually brings a ecstatic smile on her face. The letter said, “I have no understanding, What I have to say But I need to confess, when you say Yes to any statement, I just assume it to be the answer of my question!”

Sara, with mixed emotions, asked Ali, “And what is your question?”

Ali replied with a hand written note, which said, “Do you want me to be with you every time, every day and every morning?”. The boy again mumbled a statement saying, “I always assumed a YES from her”.

Sara did not want to drop this cute moment, forgetting about the surprise of her admission in Fashion designing University, She took a paper and wrote the word, YES, which triggers a delightful beginning of a new story.

Real Friends Who Departed


We haven’t met for almost ONE YEAR!

Around 7 years back, I saw her first sitting next to my chair in chemistry class at coaching centre. She was amazingly attractive and polite but little reserve, not liking to talk unimportant. I was also being quieter and disciplined girl, she had ever seen. Being sophisticated for more than a month, we took out faked masks and became REAL FRIENDS.

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Birthday card

From all of sudden hourly calls to minute text, we were bound in the countless attachment. I adore her and she adores me. We have been always like those good friends who no matter what happen shares the daily talks, every hour. On the exciting birthdays, we always come up with some mind boggling ideas for the party celebration. Those cute handmade cards, pictures and customized things are always so dear to me. She is a friend, with whom i can cry and laugh simultaneously. No No, don’t think I am mad LOL. This is another phase of a strong relation, where you feel comfortable with a friend, family or companion. Lucky are those who are blessed with generous relations.

Number of Misunderstandings tried to infiltrate gap between our friendship but with the inner love for each other, it always failed. I understand her and she understands me. Like all best friends, we enjoyed our life hilariously. I still remember the abrupt calls, she did in the sleeping hours to just let me know how she felt about her boyfriend, later become husband. Gorgeous! What a splendidly beautiful love story they shared. Listening to her funny stories became my favorite time through out the day.The unforgettable memories we cherish today is priceless and valued. With time, she got a job in airlines and now she lives in the clouds. I mean, she is an airhostess 🙂 For the busy schedules and her married life commitments, she is no more the same time giving girl, I celebrated my life with. I understand her commitments and I trust her for being with me always and forever. I am so confident that she keeps the same thoughts. With my passion of traveling all over the world, I keep my vision with my bestie and explore the world with her eyes and camera 😉

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my words

I do complain her and she complains me. But the care and share emotions we maintained in our friendship is way above than complaining. Now, we don’t talk hourly nor weekly but we still share the thoughts and listen to each other. She is still the one, whom I can message and disturb. She is still the one whom I can show my shopping. She is the still that girl whom I can tell those unspoken words. She is still that KINZA whom I saw her back 7 years ago.

I miss her every day and She misses me too.

A glimpse of a paradise


Chillam village

Chillam village, Pakistan

An exotic sight of a peaceful place In the northern areas of Pakistan is named as Chillam village.  The attractive grassy mountain is beautifying the portrait of the simple, calming village. Plain mud houses in the meadows are completing the essence of the picture though the place looks like a clean, purified destination that shines with sun rays in the morning. Deprived of all the basic facilities of today’s modern life, a person living in such a pleasing, wonderful place is gifted with the blessing of fresh air and miraculous view. The breathtaking scenery gives a pleasant feel to one’s eye, portraying a glimpse of a paradise on earth.

Chillam village is located in the fascinating northern areas of Pakistan. It can be reached after famous DEOSAI plains.

Image courtesy: Syed Mehdi Bukhari

(This post is in response to Casual Fri: Re-post)

Heated Up Summers


Pakistan is a blissful country that enjoys four seasons throughout the year.  People take pleasure in coffee days of winters, the falling season of autumn grabs bit of attention, the bloomy spring is always be loved for the eternal beauty of flowers and the sizzling summers are remembered for its sharp hotness.

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After the flowery spring season, summers are at the door but not so welcomed by Pakistani people as it gets too hot in summers and temperature scale goes very high. The hot summers bring watermelon and mangoes, the refreshing fruits of the season. Mango being my favorite fruit is a blessing of summer and I love having mangoes three times a dayJ
summers are arrived already before the month of May this year, the weather is extremely hot here.
The scorching flames of sun rays strike burning faces, the brain gets boiled and the sweaty hairs turn into greasier. As I take a step outside from my covered house, I feel the blazing sun rays that hit the face abruptly and alarm my mind to stay cool no matter how hot I (sun rays) turn to be.

People here suffer from extreme hours of troubling electricity load-shedding for hours so it becomes the highlighted issue of summers in Pakistan. This is one of the obvious reasons of disliking summers. The temperature rises to 40 degrees Celsius in Karachi; at times it increases to 45 whereas in the interior parts of Sindh, the minimum temperature is 44 to 45 degree celcius.

Staying calm and cool in summers is a challenging task for the people living especially in Sindh and Punjab. Though air conditioners are greater in use to overcome the heat of sweltering summery days and nights but a large society is also deprived of these technologies.
Give a try to these easy tips to relieve from hotness of summers and come forward to enjoy the blessings of hot summers.

  •  Take chilled fresh drinks twice a day (anything in liquid).
  • Take bath two or three times (make sure the water is not hot)
  • Eat less but healthy (avoid the oily food)
  • Keep fresh salads at meals.
  • Have sliced onions with vinegar (It settles the temperature of the body and protects you from blazing sun)
  • Make sure you keep pulp of raw green mangoes in your refrigerator. With some black pepper and sugar, stir the         pulp in chilled water to get a refreshing drink, to overcome dehydration in summers.

All About My Mother


When we caught ourselves in any challenging situation, we turn to ALMIGHTY for forgiveness, help and mercy. After that, the helpless face like mine sits nearly to my mother, look in to her eyes and starts seeking for some advice or even a talk to make myself feel better.

I call my mother as “Ammi” and i feel this word is empowered with love, emotions and unsaid feelings. Yes I am kind of person who shares stories of her friends with mother, she listens with interest and always feels concerned. There is no one like a mother.
She understands when my voice is low, when i am in no mood to work and when i am happy at things. She is a magician to me. In the same manner, when she shows a fake smile on her super shining face, my eyes catch her pained expressions that she gives while cooking, talking, relaxing and I ask her about the pain she is going through. Most of the time, my mother misses my grand mother. No doubt, my grand mother was such a loving and simple woman to be missed at every moment of life.

Sometimes, in the mid of nights and between my sleep, I wish to have a box or something that keep moments of happiness of my family for lifetime.

Recently, when we attended my cousins mehndi(henna) ceremony, all the boys performed dance on music and room was bursting with loud screams, laughs and giggles. I have captured my mother super shining smile on energetic dance performance. And it was out-of-this-world moment to me, when she smiles. Truly saying, guys hit the floor that night and danced stupidly.

Telling some awe-inspiring qualities of Ammi Jaan, She never complains of anything to my father, brother and even to my sisters and I. She does not get much influenced by the desirous attractions of this happening world. She wishes to visit again and again to Makkah and Medinah where she finds her soul complete. She loves feeding to poor women and children, she quits her day sleep to give food to needy who knocks our gate and she loves spending time and listening to them. She does not express her feelings in front of anyone but when we are together talking to only her and about her, Ammi feels high on the sky. My mother is an insipiration to me and my sisters.

Yes, she is a worrisome mom who gets worried at every single nook of the day. Her care and love is too precious to be compared with anything on this world. Her genuine smile is enough for a long tiring day to pass. Her long prayers(Namaz) are so heart touching that one cannot move forward without saying Ameen. She is an inspiration for me and mt sisters.

I love my ammi from the core of my heart and she loves us all with her super shining heart. Her kisses on my cheeks make my skin glowing and soul brightening. Yes, I love her that much. I hope one day, I will make her proud of me.

Never let it go, the cherished moments with your parents and siblings. There is nothing like them in this entire world. Everything will leave you but not them.

While she is watching her favorite t.v serial, I just go and surprise her with her favorite fruit salad 🙂

From bed of yellow flowers


As I looked from the window of my car, the sight fascinated me. I have never seen such an attraction to my eyes. The big yellow flowers painted a beautiful scenery that i have never seen before in my life. Yes I am talking about sunflowers, that are grow for beauty and known for beauty.
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As i entered in the field of sunflowers, i was amazed to see those tall and bright colored flowers, which are big in size and are heavy in weight. Sunflowers have big, daisy like flower faces of bright yellow petals and brown centers that ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds. These flowers are to provide seeds that are used in cooking oil, feeding birds, healthy foods and many more. The special features of sunflowers is that it attracts birds and butterflies. I also some bees and birds in the field. The yellow bed of sunflowers gave a mesmerizing sight and i loved being there.
All the sunflowers were looking towards the sun as it is the basic need of flowers. That scene was so appealing. I was in the fields for two hours and i wanted to be there till evening to capture the scene at sunset.

Have look at the beauty of this nature. Thankful for a blessing.

sunflowers from the field

sunflowers from the field