Now let's go through the following photographs one by one:
Monday, November 30, 2009
Now let's go through the following photographs one by one:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This is my personal video; the guy in the clip is my cousin and the little fairy is my niece. We were just coming back from a trip and she was sitting in my lap on front seat. She was so excited to see my cousin driving the car and then my cousin hold her in her lap while driving the car. She stood there and put her hands on steering wheel and mimicking like she is driving her own. Just look at that video; you will certainly enjoy:
Isn't it coooooooooooooool? The expression she is having on her face are unforgettable at least for us. She made our trip just memorable.
Your comments will add flavour to this funny video clip.
To watch the video on YouTube use the link below:
Personal Photographs at Eid-ul-Azha (Eid Al-Adha) - - Happiness and Celebrations Captured By My Camera
Kids Celebrating With The Money (Called Eidi) Given by Their Parents and Elder Relatives as Gift on Eid-ul-Azha (Eid Al-Adha)
Meat is Being Distributed Among Neighbours and Needy People on Eid-ul-Azha (Eid Al-Adha)
Kids Having Fun Throughout the Day of Eid-ul-Azha (Eid Al-Adha)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Video: "Cow of The Year" - - Rs. 2.5 Million (25 Lacs) Cow For Qurbani (Sacrifice) on This Bakra Eid (Eid-ul-Azha or Eid Al Adha)
"Qameez Teri Kaali...." - - Ataullah Khan Esakhelvi: The Unmatched Folk Singer With World Record For The Highest Number of Audio Albums
He hails from the famous Niazi tribe of the Pashtun people. Other famous Niazi people are Imran Khan the cricketer, Majid Khan (cricketer) and Muneer Niazi (Urdu poet).
He has released smash hits such as Qameez Teri Kaali, Raatan, and Mahi Wasey Mera. He has become one of the most well known singers in Pakistan. In his early years, the love of his life left him for another man and he turned to alcohol, but since then he has changed his ways.
Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi's Best Songs
- 1. SOHNA RATTA SILARA
- 2. Main Sun Ke Buk Buk Roya
- 3. Kameez Teri Kali
- 4. Kamlee Akhiyan
- 5. Mundri Da Thewa
- 6. Idhar Zindagi Ka Jinazaa
- 7. Aadat Aye Jo Meri Remix
- 8. Tera Har Gham Mera Gham
- 9. Aadat Aye Jo Meri
- 10. Raatan
Friday, November 27, 2009
Eid-ul-Azha (The Festival of Sacrifice) In Pakistan - - A Celebration of Faith, Sacrifice and Religious Fervor
A Muslim is required to perform the pilgrimage at least once in his lifetime, provided that he can afford the cost of the journey, is not indebted to anyone and is not otherwise prevented from performing the Hajj.
The Eid is celebrated with great solemnity and reverence everywhere. Like Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims make preparations several days before the festival.
On the day of the Eid, Muslims assemble in the Eidgah or in the main mosques of the town for Eid Prayers. The Eid Prayer is comprised of two Raka'as and offered in the same manner as Eid-ul-Fitr.
The person who offers the sacrifice is allowed to use a portion of the meat, the remainder is distributed among the relatives, friends, neighbors and the poor.
At the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Makkah), Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). In 2009, Eid al-Adha will begin on approximately November 27th, and will last for three days.
What does Eid al-Adha commemorate?
During the Hajj, Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham. The Qur'an describes Abraham as follows:
"Surely Abraham was an example, obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the polytheists. He was grateful for Our bounties. We chose him and guided him unto a right path. We gave him good in this world, and in the next he will most surely be among the righteous." (Qur'an 16:120-121)
One of Abraham's main trials was to face the command of Allah to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah's will. When he was all prepared to do it, Allah revealed to him that his "sacrifice" had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superceded all others, that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.
Why do Muslims sacrifice an animal on this day?
During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims commemorate and remember Abraham's trials, by themselves slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, camel, or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.
Allah has given us power over animals and allowed us to eat meat, but only if we pronounce His name at the solemn act of taking life. Muslims slaughter animals in the same way throughout the year. By saying the name of Allah at the time of slaughter, we are reminded that life is sacred.
The meat from the sacrifice of Eid al-Adha is mostly given away to others. One-third is eaten by immediate family and relatives, one-third is given away to friends, and one-third is donated to the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts, in order to follow Allah's commands. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need. We recognize that all blessings come from Allah, and we should open our hearts and share with others.
It is very important to understand that the sacrifice itself, as practiced by Muslims, has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. This is a misunderstanding by those of previous generations: "It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him." (Qur'an 22:37)
The symbolism is in the attitude - a willingness to make sacrifices in our lives in order to stay on the Straight Path. Each of us makes small sacrifices, giving up things that are fun or important to us. A true Muslim, one who submits his or herself completely to the Lord, is willing to follow Allah's commands completely and obediently. It is this strength of heart, purity in faith, and willing obedience that our Lord desires from us.
What else do Muslims do to celebrate the holiday?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Part 1: Pictorial History of Pakistan Air Force From the Brush Strokes of Hussaini - - Pre-1947 (Before PAF)
Chief of the Air Staff's Office
Flight Lieutenant A B Awan leads three Westland Wapitis of "A" Flight, No I Squadron, IAF from Drigh Road (now Faisal) air base on a coastal patrol in the Arabian Sea, As World War 11 raged in Europe, Allied air forces in Asia also prepared for possible operations against Germany and Japan - Hailing from Dera Ismail Khan, Wing Commander A B Awan was the first Muslim military aviator of the subcontinent. He died in 1989, having made a pioneering contribution to what would eventually become the Pakistan Air Force.
|Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil|| ||Date: 20-May-1940|
Air Guest House PAF Faisal
Flying Officer M Nur Khan of No 7 Squadron, IAF carries out a high angle dive bombing attack in his Vultee Vengeance in the Burma theater of war against the Japanese.
In the rear seat is Sergeant Harrington, his gunner. Twenty-one years later Air Marshal M Nor Khan, who opted to transfer to Pakistan in 1947, was to lead the Pakistan Air Force in his country's war with India.
|Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil|| ||Date: 20-May-1946|
During World War II, Squadron leader M Asghar Khan - later the first Pakistani C-in-C of the PAF - commanded No 9 Squadron at the Burma front. While on the Fighter Leaders' Course in England before Independence, he became the first pilot from the subcontinent to fly a jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mark III, the only jet employed by the Allies during the last stages of the War.
|Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil|| ||Date: Jan-1946|
Officer's Mess PAF Sargodha
To keep their aircraft in top shape, it was a normal practice in the IAF fighter squadrons to assign each plane to the care of a pilot. Flying Officer Zafar A Chaudhry of No 7 Squadron (later to be one of the PAFs air chiefs) proudly 'owned' RN-183, the Spitfire Mark XVI which he named "Nilofur", inspired by the beautiful Turkish princess who had married a son of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
|Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil|| ||Date: 1945|
Air Headquarters Breifing Room
No 9 Squadron (after Independence becoming a Pakistani Unit) had converted onto the famous WW II Spitfire in 1945. It was powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin 66V 12-Cyliner liquid-cooled engine. Armed with 4 x 20 mm cannons, it could fly at a maximum speed of 404 mph. It flew in the Battle of Britain, in Africa and Asia during the War. No 9 Squadron continued to fly this aircraft from August to December 1947.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Having taken up aviation painting as a hobby during his pre-cadet days at Sargodha, the artist has continued his close observation and accurate depiction of PAF activities for over 30 years.
An Artist Fellow of the American Society of Aviation Artists, he is a realist in the tradition of Keith Ferris (USA), Frank Wootton (UK) and Paul Langeley (France), and has won international acclaim and a place of prominence amongst the leading aviation artists of the world. In this highly specialized field, he can rightly claim to be the first world class aviation artist in South Asia.
A newspaper 'The Daily Progress' of Virginia (USA) paid rich tributes to Hussaini and termed him as "The oil and canvas chronicler of Pakistan's military victories". On the 40th anniversary of the PAF, the Government of Pakistan issued ten commemorative postage stamps all bearing the miniaturized prints of Hussaini's aviation paintings.
Glimpses of his work are being presented here and his work will be covered in detail in the next few articles.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Professor A.R. Nagori pioneered Socio-Political Art in Pakistan. Solo exhibitions since 1958. Paintings sold, auctioned & selected at various international art galleries, auction houses and museums including Asia House, Sotheby's, Bonham and Asia Pacific Museum, Pasadena, USA.
Professor Nagori established Fina Arts Department of Sindh University in 1970 and remained head of department for many years.
Nagori is a scholastic man, well-versed in eastern history and philosophy. A veteran of art exhibitions, his work resonates with symbols that refer to ancients myths and legends. He Introduced to articulate protest against injustice and cruelty of man to his fellow beings, tempered with a mood of sardonic observation. Nagori's art is directed towards raising serious socio-political issues, while retaining pictorial and aesthetic values.
As the first and most radical socio-political artist in Pakistan, Nagori took a Masters in Fine Art from Department of Fine Arts of University of Punjab in 1965. There he trained as muralist; but
from 1980s, for economic reasons, he painted on small scaled canvases expressing in colours of brilliant vibrancy personal outrage at society and the world around him.
Though never intended to please or decorate walls, the beatuy of sensual textures and adept simplification of form were as inherent a factor in Nagori's work as his uncompromising statements rich with meanings. His exhibitions at the Indus Galleries in 1980 made history in art.
In 1986, Nagori 'shook the conscience of the nation' with his portrayal of the hardships suffered by the country's rural population.
In 1988, he evolved new symbols of alphabet based on shocking events; guns, heroin, crime and robberies.
In Nagori's work, viewer finds laughter and tears; his biting wit was irresistible as was the sincerity of his feelings for the people without recourse. In a mellow mood he painted idyllic memories of his children in their early years, and spoke of his student life in Lahore.
Trained by mentors who had no interest in commercial aspects of art, he maintains lasting respect for Anna Molka Ahmed, Khalid Iqbal and Shakir Ali. Recalling an early exhibition in Lahore, when someone commiserated on the lack of sales, he related: "It was extremely successful, Moyene Najmi bought a painting".
Today, he has emerged from the yellow and the ochre, only to plunge into the blue and the red. His blue is agonizingly serene, and his red tantalizingly dramatic. His canvases continue to be as disturbing as ever.
With a touch of Modigliani and a whiff from Ajanta Caves, Nagori follows Al-Ghazali, who in contradistinction to the Greeks' perception of sensual beauty, holds that a sixth sense, a sort of super sense, is responsible for the appreciation of beauty. Every great painter, every great artist and every lover of beauty possesses this sixth sense in its fullest degree which is the source not only of creation, but also of appreciation..."
"...His blue dips its fingers into green and his red burrows its head under mystery and suspense and drama, Nagori is about to discover himself, or maybe, discover the futility of his spiritual voyage."