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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Once In A Blue Moon --- Peshawar








Seemed a bit scary though!
(1:30 AM, 3rd December, Peshawar)


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quotable Quote





"A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires."
Orison Swett Marden (Founder of Success magazine)


Monday, November 23, 2009

Something Sweet










Arabian Chick






After reading the sign board, for a moment I was shocked too ! ;)
Especially when it's standing in the middle of workshops.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

To A Terrorist





O ignorant fool out there, taking innocent lives
You ought to stop it all, before your turn too, arrives
Misinterpreting “Jihad” and giving it a wrong meaning
Spreading extremism and the youth you are misleading
You think you’ll get away with causing all the trouble?
Don’t be surprised when ultimately truth will burst your bubble
This world that you so dearly hold, is only an illusion
Your strife and toil to own it, is merely your delusion



You plan to wipe off other souls, by illicit tactics
You think you are supreme, thus carrying on with your tricks
The lust, the craze, to capture territories all around
Destroying the peace and harmony on this earth, on every ground
Have you ever asked yourself O terrorist, where you’ll end?
What will you be left with, only, right in the end?
Entangling different nations in wars with one another
Within a nation, training boys blow themselves up; with a thousand others
You think you’re so perfect and your plans are foolproof
That’s where you’re mistaken; from success you stand aloof
You cant live many a lifetimes, to enjoy what you make
Just think would you not age or die, would you not rot in your grave?

© Sobia Nosheen (21st November 2007)


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On Masterpiece...





"I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk."

— Tony Robbins


People are ever ready to judge you. Without monitoring, they evaluate you; but do they apply to themselves what they ask of you? How would you tell the men of merit from the ill mannered dogs?

Judging someone is not right, and passing your verdict on someone is not right. Whatever you give, is what you shall get in return.

Anyone speaking highly of you is actually representing himself and speaking of himself. Men of merit will always say good things about you, not on your face but behind your back. Positive speaking is a virtue, negative a vice.



Friday, November 13, 2009

In Peshawar...





Friday the 13th, Began with a blast !


Thursday, November 12, 2009

But I Liked It...






Weird Cloud !
 Snapshots, I took today in Peshawar.


Blackwater Accused of Bribes





Blackwater Accused of Bribes

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Palm Of Your Hand






It is generally believed that the palm of your hand holds your destiny. You may have been to palmists who might have told you all kinds of things that your hand says about your future, and then later on, you may have ended in disappointment, when none of the good things you were told came true.

These lines on our hands keep changing from time to time. You might have noticed the change yourself. Your hand does tell you about which way you are heading in life at a particular time, but that may not be true for long. Because, as we change our course in life, with time, these lines change too, revealing where we are heading.

So it is not the lines that determine our fate, it is our actions that make up these lines, which in turn only indicate or interpret the results of our actions in the near future.

There may be some good palmists out there, who even might have some mystic powers, who can take a peek into the future and tell you what lies ahead.

Have you ever been told anything you have seen coming true?


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Projectile





Today at around 3:00 PM in Peshawar near Pak-Afghan border, I saw this "something" in the sky.

I thought it was a shooting star, but it looked like a shuttle, yet, it headed toward the ground after travelling a parabolic trajectory for some time. That reminded me of "projectiles travelling along parabolic trajectories" and parabolic time-travel. If that were a jet or a plane, it wouldn't look like a shuttle, and wouldn't fall to the ground as it was. If that weren't a rocket fired, then was it "parabolic time-travel"?

What do you think that could be?


The Dancing Moon






The moon is dancing to the sound of traffic in Peshawar !

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Patsy's Words of Wisdom





"Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with those who are reckless with yours. ~ Mary Schmich

written by: Patricia Sawyer
Read the post by visiting the link below


Friday, October 23, 2009

The Losers





The term "Talib" means, "Desirous", "eager to obtain" or "seeker". "Taliban" is a plural of "Talib". "Talab" means "want". "Talib-e-Ilem" means a "student" or someone who seeks knowledge.


The term "Taliban" used for the terrorists does not mean they are the "Taliban" of some religion or knowledge. From what we have seen so far, they appear to be the "Taliban" of "power". No religion on the face of this earth and to my knowledge suggests the killings of innocent unarmed people. The "Taliban" operating in Pakistan, therefore do not belong to any religious group or atleast to no religion known to be a religion. They have deviced their own religion and thus are following that.


We cannot blame these "Talibans" alone for their state of mind. They are a derailed group of individuals, who seek power, but they are hired and backed by yet bigger power-seekers. The real terrorists are the backbone of these "Talibans" who play in the front line. The Taliban themselves do not know who their sponsor is.


Think of how they would've been motivated in the first place, to have started against an unarmed people, claiming they follow the same religion. They for sure do not follow the same religion.



Monday, October 19, 2009

Letters from Grandpa "1998-99"





When I moved to live with my parents in Rawalpindi, grandpa used to write letters to us, almost everyday. I'd seek his guidance. I still have his letters and read them whenever I need help with something. He was a great person. He was always caring.

He passed away in May '99. Reading his letters still feels like grandpa is there.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Quoting John Lennon





“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.”

Suits us today !

Don't you think so?


Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Kerry-Lugar Bill as John Kerry Explains It





I've been receiving loads of messages from people all around trying to tell me Pakistan was in a real bad shape as now the Kerry-Lugar Bill was going to put Pakistan's reigns in the US hands.

First of all, for those people. "Just stop whining and sit back". Pakistan is totally in safe hands. Not even your political leaders can bring any harm to Pakistan.

Now...

According to John Kerry, there are no strings attached to the Bill for the Pakistani people. The Bill does not threaten Pakistan's sovereignty. The Bill does not require US oversight on promotions and other internal operations of the Pakistani military. It does not expand drone attacks on targets within Pakistan. The Bill has nothing to do with how the private security firms operate in Pakistan. The Bill does not aim for an expanded US military footprint in Pakistan, but all of the money authorised in this Bill is for non-military, civilian purposes.

So The Kerry-Lugar Bill authorizes $ 7.5 billion fund for Pakistan. According to John Kerry the US Embassy will need to take into account its own personnel and security needs to make sure it has the right staff with the right expertise on hand for properly distributing the $7.5 billion to the people of Pakistan, and therefore it will need more space and security.

Does the distribution of $7.5 billion fund to the people of Pakistan justify expansion of the US footprint in Pakistan? Some of his answers are satisfactory, while the later ones again raise the same questions.

John Kerry says, the Bill does not provide a single dollar for the US military operations in Pakistan, yet, he talks of space and security for the US embassy in Islamabad.

In the end, he says, "this is common sense".

Does it really make sense to you? Is this really Common sense?

Tell me what you think about it?


Friday, October 9, 2009

Truly... Madly and ofcourse Deeply





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Just a little something I recorded on the cell phone, and added those wall papers to it. It's recorded with an embedded mic, and a lot of noise. I was short of breath ! It's probably one of those songs, where you have to sing without pausing for breath.

So, whose voice is heavier, mine or Darren Hayes's? ;)

Comments...?

Bring 'em on ! :D



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deeper Understandings - By Abhishek Boylla





From the windows of my solitude, in deep isolation
I look back at my life, my mistakes and the lessons
It was beautiful and still is as its supposed to be
Sorrows and grief are a part but no lesser glee
Don't have no regrets about the path on which i've been
I enjoyed my path and in understanding it i've been keen
When started, I wasn't aware of the path or me
My fingers were in some hand and those kept walking with me
Donno when that grip left me or I myself let go the hand
I was now wild and free, I thought and on that the view was grand
I spread my wings and realised I could fly
And with that realised, I had questions deep inside
I was flying but I forgot I was, and searched for answers I never knew
I searched and found, as the wings grew large
Donno how much I'd known, and how much more was there to know
I was flying high in my space alone, and could see so much from there which was totally unknown
whether I wanted or not, this would stay till the very last
I thought, I searched, I found and now wondering if the space is too small or way too vast
After all this journey whether short or long I'm alive but numb
And all that comes in my mind is that
I'M A YOUNG BOY, GROWN OLD, WAY TOO FAST.....
Written By "Abhishek Boylla"


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Somewhere






Somewhere at a distance
The sky touches the earth
Somewhere in the sea
You can see the stars reflecting
Somewhere on the prairies
The winds blow by
And in the morning birds
Singing to the sunrise
The pleasant breeze gently whispers
Some secrets in my ear
There’s beauty all around me
The sky, the earth and in the air

© Sobia Nosheen (7th September 2008)
From, my 2nd book, "The Blue"


Exercise Can Help You My Friend !





Every exercise is doing you some good. Exercise is overall a very helpful and healthy activity. Whether its body fat that you want to lose, or want to become psychologically strong and be able to cope with stress, Exercise can help a lot.

Exercise can help you lose weight, and it can help the skinny ones gain weight. It can also help you defeat stress, depression, and disappointment.

Exercise is the best remedy. The easiest exercise is “walk”. It is very much effective, even for the Olympic athletes. You can walk for a minimum of thirty minutes, and a maximum of 1 hour every night after dinner.

You need to keep a balanced diet schedule, with your exercise; otherwise, it would not be much effective. Exercise makes your blood circulate faster, so your body needs more oxygen and your metabolic rate increases. Your body starts burning fat.

You should drink lots of water, at least 3 liters a day and eat a little of everything everyday.

Water is good for your skin too, and it helps you in digesting whatever you eat. Above all, the more you drink water, the less you’ll feel hungry. So eat little and healthy.

You should include fruit in your diet on daily basis. Bananas, mangoes, cantaloupes, apples, and melons are all fat burning food. Even onions and green chili help you burn fat.

If you want to lose fat, you’ll have to reduce sugar and salt intake. You should divide your meals into smaller parts and take little amounts after every four hours.

Also take some snacks between these meals, but make sure you don’t take cookies, or french fries as snacks.

If it is weight you want to lose, you can do it, just be persistent and work toward your goal. There are no short cuts to it, unless you want to go for liposuction.

If you are underweight or skinny, include meat and milk on regular basis in your diet, and exercise regularly. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

Any kind of exercise that you enjoy can help. Any sport that you like playing, at home or outdoor, for instance badminton, table tennis, football, cricket, skipping a rope, or any other activity on a regular basis can be a good exercise for you.

You can begin by standing straight, with your hands by your side. Then bend forward and try touching your feet with your hands. Don’t force bending your body, but bend as much as possible for you. Repeat it 10 times, and then again after an interval of one minute, repeat another 10 times. If each set makes a 10 for you, then you should do 3-4 sets the first day, and then gradually increase the number of sets per day.

You can do a few more exercises, just remember, when your body gets tired, you get a good night’s sleep, you lose fat, and your blood circulation is regulated. Overall, you will feel great about yourself.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Another Coward Blows Himself Up!







There was a bomb blast in Peshawar Saddar moments back. My little sister, who is one of the contributors' on this blog, studies in a highschool in saddar, and she is still there. The blast was near that place, on the main Saddar road, Peshawar.

These cowardly acts by the so-called talibans is never going to scare our fearless and brave Pashtoon nation. So far, 6 people are reported to have died in the blast and some over 30 injured. I hope they recover soon.

There have been several such attacks in peshawar, by these multi-national terrorists, in the past few months. These coward terrorists will never succeed in their evil plans, and we will never surrender. They pretend to be some religious groups, but, in real, religions have got nothing to do with spreading terrorism.

So I guess this is the "terrorists" vs. "Pashtoons". These multi-national terrorists are only trying to spread chaos, but it will take them much more than that to defeat the brave Pashtoon nation.

Moreover, let me correct those who think these so-called talibans are Pashtoons. They are not even near to being "Pashtoons". They are not even "muslims". Inorder to be a Pashtoon, you have got to be a muslim first. That is the first rule of "Pashtoonism". The second rule is, that, you have got be more giving, generous and above these shallow acts of spreading chaos and hitting or striking. A Pashtoon never stabs in the back, and never attacks from behind. Pashtoons are lions, they are not foxes or rats like these multi-national terrorists.

I hope my brothers and sisters of Peshawar out there would keep their morale high.

Yeah, never lose the moral high ground !

Long Live The Pashtoons.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Buner - After The Dust Settled ( PART-II )






Buner is a district in the N-W.F (Pukhtoonkhwa) Province of Pakistan. Some of its union councils were severly damaged by the talibans, and during the Operation "rah-e-rast", in the battle against the terrorists.

Here are some pictures of the damaged houses (taken by Gohar Jamal) in the union council "Kauga" which has a total population of 28,000 where 8 houses were completely destroyed, while 60 partially.

Union council Nawagai has a total population of 20,900 where 10 houses were completely destroyed while 20 partially damaged, and union council Gagra with a total population of 30,000 people, was left with 8 houses completely destroyed, while 105 were partially damaged. In union council Dewana Baba, having a total population of 15,000, had 8 houses completely destroyed while 18 partially damaged.

According to our correspondent, Gohar Jamal, most houses were only partially damaged, and a few were destroyed. Though there were many casualties, yet, since most of the people were evacuated, there was not much loss of human life, as compared to the livestock.


Following are some more pictures of the union council "Kauga" taken by Gohar Jamal.




























These photographs are taken by Gohar Jamal.


Buner - After The Dust Settled ( PART-I )






Picture taken by Gohar Jamal. The remains of a truck carrying cattle was hit by a missile in Buner.

Following are the other unfortunate vehicles' remains hit by the Taliban missiles and mortars.

 
 
 

 Pictures taken by Gohar Jamal.



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

She Thanks You !






Ayla sent me a letter thanking those who commented on her sketches.



Monday, September 21, 2009

The 20th September Eid Night






At the park outside the "Army Stadium", there were only a few people, when I was passing by.

The next two, you've got to guess. (Fireworks???)



This was outside Chaman Ice-cream.


This below, is not a ghost town, it's the road outside Chaman Ice-Cream.


But we had a lot of fun, I bet we were probably the only people out that night.


Friday, September 18, 2009

The Devil Within






Ever felt like the most precious ideas pour out of your head only when you are having that "moment of solitude"? Tell me about it.


I'tikaaf/E'tikaf/Seclusion





The Prophet (PBUH) said, Whoever stands the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and seeking reward shall have their previous sins forgiven. (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)


I'tikaf is a great experience, it's like therapy, for your mind and soul. The way a student confines himself/herself to his/her study room, and stays there during preps for exams, to avoid unnecessary contact with the world, allowing him/her to concentrate a 100% on his/her preparation for exams. Similarly, the sole purpose of Seclusion, for prayers, is better concentration, better communication.

When you confine yourself to one place, be it for a few minutes, or for hours or be it days, and with all your concentration, offer your salāt, and perform zikr/dhikr. It will benefit you, in many ways. It will connect you, to your inner self and to Allah. Distractions and preoccupations corrupts the heart. These moments of solitude help you find and rediscover yourself.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “In the body there is an organ which if it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire body will be corrupt. That organ is the heart.” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)


Monday, September 7, 2009

Ayla's Sketch Book





Ayla Nisar, a 14 year old student at Presentation Convent School, ninth science, is a God gifted girl.
She has made these and many more beautiful sketches.
They are really very impressive.