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Almost like a character out of a book....!

Almost like a character out of a book....!

A story in each face...

A story in each face...

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PART I


Having sorted through hundreds of pictures, (most of them taken myself, others on line) I have finally attempted to capture the 'essence' of Pakistan after my recent trip there.....one I shall never forget....

Yes, I went there looking for the effects of war, but found instead a vibrant culture fighting for survival! Refusing to bow down to any invasion...or give in to it...



This hub is not a political statement...nor a commercial one...(I'm no professional photographer either!). I have for this reason, deliberately left out the 'modern' side of pakistan in part 1, as I wanted it to be a simple tribute to the common man on the street....the work he does.... interspersed with little details you won't find in any tourist guide book....




I'm starting with these elderly people I found sitting by their shops.....

All have the same quality of grace and humility that I found so inspiring. Despite their faded clothes, they held themselves high with dignity. Truly humbling....


One of my favorite ones...imagine the load man and beast both draw.....almost symbolic...

One of my favorite ones...imagine the load man and beast both draw.....almost symbolic...

This boy's expression..something about it really moved me

This boy's expression..something about it really moved me

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FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHOPS AND VENDORS





These shops are a wonder to behold! Most have wicker baskets displayed in the open, with fresh carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and other exotic vegetables meticulously piled in rows, as are ripe bananas, sweet smelling mangoes, oranges and guavas.


Water is sprayed regularly to keep them looking fresh throughout the hot day! Fresh juice is one of the delights of this region.... and I've yet to taste a more refreshing drink!

Vegetable shop

Vegetable shop

Fruit shop

Fruit shop

Cane juice is a popular drink! Yes, that contraption is actually a juice machine!!

Cane juice is a popular drink! Yes, that contraption is actually a juice machine!!

Carts like these are seen at every corner....vegtables are often cut and and sprinkled with spice. Below is roasted corn and chickpeas - another popular snack!

Carts like these are seen at every corner....vegtables are often cut and and sprinkled with spice. Below is roasted corn and chickpeas - another popular snack!

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The candy floss man.....

The candy floss man.....

Flower shops

Flower shops

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Paper streamers and other decorations

Paper streamers and other decorations

FLOWER MAKING & DECORATIONS



Flower shops are another fascinating sight... and I wish I could capture the true beauty and scent of eastern flowers. Roses, marigold and chameli (jasmine) petals are traditionally used for making garlands and bracelets often worn by women. These flower makers spend hours threading each petal together...a real skill, in my eyes.



Wedding ceremonies are elaborate and so are the decorations for them. Flowers as well as tinsel baskets and paper streamers are used for decoration. Elaborate trays are used to carry gifts and decorate at ceremonies....

It's a tradition for the bridegroom's family to carry henna on a decorated platter as gift for the bride during the wedding ceremony

It's a tradition for the bridegroom's family to carry henna on a decorated platter as gift for the bride during the wedding ceremony

Decorations for weddings

Decorations for weddings

Bracelets being made for women, worn on special occasions

Bracelets being made for women, worn on special occasions

Flower garlands

Flower garlands

spices, grains and pulses displayed for sale

spices, grains and pulses displayed for sale

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Here the 'cloth' bazaar begins....indian version of our high street boutiques!

Here the 'cloth' bazaar begins....indian version of our high street boutiques!

BAZAARS




And now to my favorite part: the bazaars of lahore! One is almost overwhelmed by the profusion of brilliant colors, smells and sounds. Little tiny streets overflowing with people, shop keepers frantically vying for attention, bargains being made, it's one warm colorful experience! These pictures are right from the heart of one such bazaar...

Inside one cloth shop...you buy material here and then get it stitched/tailor made to your size!

Inside one cloth shop...you buy material here and then get it stitched/tailor made to your size!

Glass bangels and jewelry shops....pure visual delight!

Glass bangels and jewelry shops....pure visual delight!

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Women spend hours selecting braids and ribbons to match their clothes....

Women spend hours selecting braids and ribbons to match their clothes....

Yes, that's a gold jewelry shop!

Yes, that's a gold jewelry shop!

Tailors at work

Tailors at work

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It's remarkable to see the skill and dedication with which these people work...










This boy I found at a shop for braids and ribbons, used for stitching on saris and dresses. His family had little money to pay for his education, so he was learning the art of braid making instead....









Pashmina and embroidery shawls....all hand made!










A local Music shop. Instruments were constructed right inside that very shop! I loved it...

Ethnic mirrors - all locally hand made

Ethnic mirrors - all locally hand made

Clay pots and other utensils - once again, hand made!

Clay pots and other utensils - once again, hand made!

Shoe shop...now that's a real wonder!

Shoe shop...now that's a real wonder!


Lastly, I just want to include these three boys who especially posed for a picture. In them, hope and the will to live shines through.... their smiles warm my heart even today.

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Comments

Taimoor from Islamabad Pakistan on February 29, 2020:

Wonderful. I'm a proud Pakistani

Nd from uk on September 11, 2019:

wow great stuff

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on February 07, 2019:

Pakistan Zindabad. The country of my birth, which I may never see again, but what a wonderful place.

LosectinWinders on January 20, 2015:

These pics were great and it shows how that the human spirit is alive and well. The elders carry a burden that shows in their faces but like you said, dignity does show through. The shops are great and projects so much pride. Great hub!

janvi on August 28, 2013:

awesome pics, i like very much pakistan.i live in india

iman zehra on July 03, 2013:

me pura pakistan dekhna chati hon because i love my pakistan. islamabad k khab to me khuli ankho se dakhti hon and jine lohere ni vakea o jamea ni so jmne k lia lahore dakhna zarori ha and karachi and pahari area dakhna mera khab ha kash koi mojza ho jae aur mere khab pore ho jae

brownella from New England on June 19, 2013:

Wonderful pictures, the quiet pride of the people reminds me of the dignity I so admired in the Cambodians, there is something noble in the faces of those who have survived so much and never break. Great hub :)

ayesha on March 25, 2013:

i live in pakistan and i loved it nice pictures

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on February 28, 2013:

I have covered Pakistan from wildlife conservation point of view and my wife has her own travel reporting page on another website, but this is the most appealing page ever that I have personally run into on Pakistan by a genuine traveller.

The photographs provide most details complemented by small pieces of writing, which is awesome.

Voted up!

javai iqbal awan on February 01, 2013:

Really Really Nice work I Just Love it .Weldon

Muhammad Faisal from Pakistan on October 26, 2012:

Lovely Photos dear sis I am from Pakistan and specially thanks for showing our culture on hubpages. Very Good

shami khan on September 10, 2012:

sab fazool hay

sunil on September 03, 2012:

Gods creation is wonderful

Sajid Imran on July 23, 2012:

These picture are so beautiful nd it show our beautiful culture of beautiful country

MOOSA KHAN on June 28, 2012:

yess its great ant truly pakistani

yasir jatt on June 25, 2012:

NICE

Kalux from Canada on June 17, 2012:

Thank you for a view of Pakistan that I've never seen before.

veer on June 13, 2012:

very nice

raees on June 03, 2012:

buhut khubsurat andaz hai . great photos.. carry on

haidi on May 12, 2012:

beautifullll

sher afzal on May 01, 2012:

great

omar amin on April 29, 2012:

intersting and very nice i like it

sarmad Munir on April 28, 2012:

Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

I LOVE MY PAKISTAN

I AM GOOD COZ I LIVE IN PAKISTAN

rkm on February 29, 2012:

Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Abdul Naseer on February 01, 2012:

I love my lovely Pakistan

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on January 30, 2012:

A wonderful hub with really uplifting words and descriptions. I look forward to reading your other hubs on that wonderful country.

Aamir Qureshi on January 21, 2012:

Nice pictures.

Kamran Mughal on November 27, 2011:

Great pic

tjml on November 25, 2011:

Pakistan is most beautiful than these pictures!

Pakistani talk shows on July 22, 2011:

No doubt Pakistan has its own norms and culture.Though some black sheep always appear in every country but Pakistan is Pakistan.:)

Shoaib on July 06, 2011:

That something really awesome gr8 hub..:)

Ahsan Raza on June 28, 2011:

I wish our Lovely Pakistan again becomes peaceful like it was before 9/11. Love You Pakistan.

venum on June 13, 2011:

Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

venum on June 13, 2011:

Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

roomi482 from dublin on June 05, 2011:

nice pic but need some pictures of historical places as well

that's will be grate and more realastic,

thanks

umar.shehzad from Pakistan on May 22, 2011:

@myownworld thanks for creating such a nice hub, I am a pakistani and it is good to see people sharing such information about pakistan.

ulu ka patha on April 03, 2011:

u know pakistan is beautiful so is ko kia comment karien

Mughis Raza on March 27, 2011:

beauty of pakistan is here. Beautiful pics

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on March 22, 2011:

Beautiful photographs and lovely words :)

Great hub ~ really enjoyed reading and looking :)

Abdulkarim on March 17, 2011:

pakistan is a great but saudi arb is very nice and good countrey of world

adil on March 16, 2011:

nice one i like ur intrest

ham2wam@yahoo.com on March 07, 2011:

i love those pictures but great job....

Dinesh Mohan Raturi from Dehradun on February 11, 2011:

Nice pics. Bright colors, looks just like India :)

dwaynehood from 9535 Stoney Ridge Lane, JENKINTOWN, PA-19046,USA on January 19, 2011:

Great hub it shows your culture, respect...

HASSAMKHOSO on December 17, 2010:

AMAZING PICS ................WOW

I AM FROM PAKISTAN AND PAKISTAN IS VERY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.......

butt on October 28, 2010:

really good pic admirable u must see my tours at facebook login on my name adil lahorei the tour of different countries and my photos and xperiences

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 20, 2010:

I love those pictures. My knowledge about Pakistan has become richer after viewing those wonderful photos, and the ones at the market are special !

myownworld (author) from uk on September 06, 2010:

@ Michael: Thank you for all your appreciation. Yes, sometimes, one has to travel to the not so wealthy parts of the world, only to discover they are so 'rich' otherwise! But above all, life shines in the most unknown, unusual places... like the eyes of those boys at the end... or the fresh smell of fruit and vegetables so painstakingly arranged... or the pride in these simple people's work. The pictures are colorful I know, but in my mind, they glow with a warmth no lens or words could capture.

Michael Ray King from Palm Coast, Florida on September 06, 2010:

So very colorful! What a rich (not meant as 'wealthy') culture! When I visited the Philippines a few years ago I was impressed by the resiliancy of the people in tough circumstances. This is a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing!

myownworld (author) from uk on September 04, 2010:

@ gr82bme: Thank you yet again for your time and interest. I look forward to reading your work too.

gr82bme from USA on September 04, 2010:

MOW, you amaze me with your skills. I am looking forward to reading more.

myownworld (author) from uk on September 01, 2010:

@ Morson: Thank you for reading and stopping by!

myownworld (author) from uk on July 10, 2010:

@ I know, some day, soon! :)

noorin from Canada on July 09, 2010:

Im sure you will luv it =)

myownworld (author) from uk on July 09, 2010:

Thank you noorin for enjoying these. Its a dream of mine to visit Egypt some day...

noorin from Canada on July 09, 2010:

Reminds me of Egypt for some reason, anyways great picture, love the colors =)

myownworld (author) from uk on June 20, 2010:

I know BR...I took these pictures myself only a few months back..walking the ordinary streets, interacting with the regular average people trying to live their lives amidst the chaos. Amazing to see their grace, strength and courage...and how talented they were in their simple, humble ways. God, I still sometimes see their smiling faces... I even remember asking some about the war, and remember how they replied, 'we just want to be left alone in peace'! Heart rending really.

Take care, my dear friend....I love seeing you... and reading your insights.. :)

blackreign2012 on June 20, 2010:

ty my sister for giving me such an amazing glimpse into this culture and it's ppl... Thru the media they paint pakistan as a place where terrroists thrive smh it's great to see someone celebrating these wonderful people and their way of life.. as usual a rate up for sure. You have a great eye for the beautiful things in this world ~hugs~

myownworld (author) from uk on June 20, 2010:

@ epigramman: Loved your comment...such wonderful and kind words, as are all yours. Take care..x

@ saddlerider: thank you so much for appreciating these pictures which are an actual proof of the reality media fails to convey: a colorful, alive culture desperately trying to survive! Great comment - much appreciated :)

saddlerider1 on June 20, 2010:

Truly wonderful words spoken about a very colorful country, you show it in your pictures. A travelogue and adventure. Vibrant colors, foods, cloth, seeds, people, wow I am enthralled by the content, job well done and thanks for the share. Rate it a BIG UP

epigramman on June 20, 2010:

it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that they have just changed the technology on my camera - but I finally made it here to thank you for your beautiful eyes - the pair that gave us these life-affirming pictures...

myownworld (author) from uk on June 16, 2010:

Thank you and hope you do well John. I know, the fruit looks so delicious, esp. in the heat of that region. They keep spraying it with water all day long, have huge fans to keep the flies off and lots of palm tree leaves to cover and keep it moist. Amazing really... :)

John B Badd from Saint Louis, MO on June 15, 2010:

Great Pictures, I really like the fruit displays, they look great and make me hungry :)

myownworld (author) from uk on June 11, 2010:

@ electricsky: Thank you for appreciating and commenting. No, Paki is not the same as Pachy. 'Pak'i refers to purity, so that anything with paki attached to it would imply it's clean and pure. Using your example, paki-derm would mean clean skin; in the same way, Pakistan literally means 'The land of the pure' . Take care, and nice meeting you :)

electricsky from North Georgia on June 10, 2010:

Love their marketplace. Especially the fabrics and threads and jewelery.

Reading a book once I learned pachy meant thick, like thick skin (pachyderm), thick grasses (pachysandra), and the name Pakistan meant (thick something). But I just can't recall why it is called Pachystan? Do you know what the country name means?

myownworld (author) from uk on June 04, 2010:

@ vive, thank you for stopping by. Yes, the true essence of a very vibrant city...

@ crazykhan, I'm glad you enjoyed them, thank you for reading and commenting :)

crazykhan from Lahore on June 04, 2010:

thanks myownworld for sharing the beautiful places of pakistan

vivekananda from India on June 04, 2010:

The true colors of Pakistan...isn't it?

myownworld (author) from uk on May 27, 2010:

I know gulnaz... pakistan has such a beautiful culture, but unfortunately they have made everything a 'religious' issue, because of which they are really regressing as a nation (unlike alot of other muslim countries that are fast progressing). People really ought to stop focusing their energies on 'fighting' ideologies and more time doing something constructive for the country. But anyway, all my love and peace... esp. people for like you who live there and see it through... take care :)

gulnazahmad on May 27, 2010:

Great pics it shows that still people living outside Pakistan know about the brighter side of Pakistan or the actual culture of Pakistan which is so rich, vibrant and full of fun. I love my Pakistan but feel guilt while seeing the dead bodies of people in terrorist activities. somewhere in my heart there is a guilt that we too are responsible for it because we are doing nothing to uplift our image or to stop destruction.

Thanks for uploading them:)

myownworld (author) from uk on May 23, 2010:

@ Hammad, thank you for enjoying this!

@ mquee: Thanks once again for your wonderful comment; couldn't agree more with you! Take care.. :)

mquee from Columbia, SC on May 23, 2010:

These are vivid and colorful photos. Everything looks so good. I have never been there, but I have been to the Philippines and have seen how hard people work to make a living. It's too bad that when politicians have disputes, they don't put on the gloves and settle it themselves, instead of sending armies and feeding us propaganda about the hard working people in the world. Beautiful hub.

Hammad satti on May 20, 2010:

Very good.

myownworld (author) from uk on May 12, 2010:

Thank you Cathi for your wonderful words - truly appreciated! :)

Cathi Sutton on May 12, 2010:

Amazing and beautiful photos! Thank you so much for the glance at a culture different from my own. Absolutely remarkable! I love this Hub!

myownworld (author) from uk on May 04, 2010:

Just to see you here fills me with tears Sab... I love you and owe these pics to you...! Do you remember that old man sitting in the market? You were laughing as I took his pic... god... I miss you!! :)

sabfar on May 04, 2010:

Guess who? Loved the pictures when i saw you take them in Pakistan and love them even more now ,after so much time has elapsed.So proud of you for doing what you've always believed in.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 29, 2010:

Thank you anosmi for reading and appreciating... :)

anosmi on April 29, 2010:

good hub.. Nice details .. love pakistan.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 29, 2010:

We all come from the same soil.... it's politicians and organized religion that divides people. Thank you dream for stopping by! :)

dreamreachout on April 29, 2010:

Amazing hub .. You make us feel together with the Pakistani people even more!!

myownworld (author) from uk on April 24, 2010:

Thank you Nauman for your very kind words...and your request for friendship. Deeply appreciated. I prefer to stay in the background and just let my words speak to people, so i hope you'll understand if I don't give personal details. Take care...and yes, I just sent a special prayer your way....and for everyone in your country.. :)

Nauman Ali on April 24, 2010:

thanks Rossimobis ur the well wisher of Pakistan and we respect u and ur thought about us we are very thankful to and other people which gives the comment on these photos and the special thanks to i proudly called her as the great Ambassador of Pakistan ( myownworld ) where ru from ?and what ru doing ? will u give ur id or any other address and please msg me.IAM very thankful to u regarding positive comments on Pakistan again thanks alot dear

myownworld (author) from uk on April 20, 2010:

Thank you rebu for the nice comment and for becoming a fan!

rebu from Coorg,India on April 20, 2010:

WOW !! Excellent hubs..and also very nice pics..i wanna go there ! thnx for sharing..

myownworld (author) from uk on April 18, 2010:

thank you for reading suny51... :)

suny51 on April 18, 2010:

yep,true Pakistan,i agree.

myownworld (author) from uk on April 11, 2010:

thank you fionna for the comment. yes, it's the media to blame. Well, these pictures are before you....and they speak volumes! :)

fionna on April 11, 2010:

wow. I didn't know Pakistan can be so colourful and beautiful. you make me wanna visit there ! XD

myownworld (author) from uk on April 10, 2010:

A pleasure to see you here Zsuzsy! Thank you...:)

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on April 10, 2010:

MOW thanks for sharing this great bunch of pictures. I just love to see all about other countries and their habits.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

myownworld (author) from uk on April 10, 2010:

Thank you blue_eyes for reading...

blue_eyes on April 09, 2010:

WOW ITS TOO GOOD I REALY LIKE IT SO CUTE

myownworld (author) from uk on April 09, 2010:

Thank you alyia for reading and appreciating! :)

alyia on April 08, 2010:

thanks a lot i love it.. actually a true face... thnkx again

myownworld (author) from uk on April 08, 2010:

Thank you Rismayanti for taking the time to read and appreciate this. A very apt observation regarding women; hmm... they actually do work, but not in very public jobs. I'll try to do a hub just on the women there. Cheers for stopping by!

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on April 08, 2010:

myownworld, it great picture, thank you for sharing, your image give other image about pakistan compare to what always hear and see on media.

thank you very much...

but i wonder.. why almost no any women in the main image as object/who involve in that daily live. I always want to know more about pakistany people and their real daily live.

myownworld (author) from uk on March 16, 2010:

Thank you Deborrah for your wonderful comments! Always a pleasure to read them.. :)

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on March 15, 2010:

Myownworld, What a beautiful presentation! You have captured the many artistic and creative ways that the people of Pakistan make a living! The fashions are beautiful as well! Wonderful photographs! This is like a photo documentary; Great job!

Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

myownworld (author) from uk on March 14, 2010:

Thank you AE for the lovely comment and for stopping by! A pleasure to hear from you...! :)

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