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Escapade in the Margalla Hills

(Shaikh Muhammad Ali)   “I don’t believe in uncertainties. I am here & I am certain ” – Shaikh Muhammed Ali Overview: I am always intrigued / tempted to visit mountains, maybe because I am a Capricorn; the mountain goat who believes in rising to the top by taking slow and steady yet cautious steps…

I have walked the pipeline track

(The details of the track built in 1930 by the British)  “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson Overview: Two senior colleagues who are avid travelers of the mountains one Dr. Syed Mahmood Raza (My…

The Legend of Loh-i-Dandi

Coordinates: 33°46’6″N   73°7’17″E (The mouth of the cave where Bari Imam spent 12 years in meditation) “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.…

A day trip to Simly Dam

The last time I visited Simly Dam was probably somewhere in early August 2003. The bad news is that the place hasn’t changed much. Simly Dam is about 43 kilometers from where I live currently i.e. E-11/4, Islamabad. Yes, the biggest change that has indeed come is not in the ambiance or the route to the…

An Escape to Takht-e-Bahi (Mardan)

“Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (and minds) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear”?……………..Juz 17, Sura Hajj (XXII), Verse 46, Quran. I have been trying to find a reason as to why I am so fond of traveling since the time I was a…

Baluchistan, the forgotten province of Pakistan

     This article is dedicated to Nawab Akbar Bugti, one of the few sane man; a Oxonian who we could have talked to before we killed him in cold blood just to satisfy our highly inflated ego. No less. No more.   We will indeed be questioned on the ‘Day of Judgment’ for this extra…

Celebration on the birth of 2nd child through ‘ATAN’

I was invited last Saturday i.e. 16th August 2008 by a colleague for dinner who was blessed recently with a second male child. He being a Pukhtoon / Pashtoon, I quickly accepted the invitation since I came to learn that his celebration would include the ‘ATAN’ as well. The history of ‘ATAN’ Dance has been an important…

Of Cuban Cigars, Rum & Coffee

The Account Manager, Overseas Scholarship program and myself were  nominated by the Advisor (HRD), Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC) to lead a team of 45 pre Medical scholars to Cuba, Havana under the ‘1000 Cuba Scholarship for Medical sciences’ program between 17 – 28th Feb. 2007. Although, personally I never intended to visit Cuba probably…