What no one told you about Pakistan
Hello! So I hope this is the right blog to ask this question. I'm an author and one of my main characters is a Pakistani woman who was adopted by white parents in the 30s when she was about 6 months old. They name her Laila (I found it on a Pakistani naming sight which I hope was appropriate.) I was wondering if there was a specific way to pronounce her name according to Pakistani customs and whatnot? And if this is even an appropriate Pakistani name. If you guys can't answer I understand thanks

Hey, sure. Leila/Laila would be quite literally said (sung) like this: Laila O Laila, Coke Studio Pakistan. Best of luck with the novel though, do share when you are done or wish to spread some of it. However in name of factual significance, in 30s should not be a Pakistani woman rather a British India’s citizen. Pakistan was formed 17 years later in 1947. Plus chances of a white couple adopting a Muslim child in those times would be even more slimmer because majority of Muslims did not believe in adoption especially by an outsider and that too by a gora (white). Most of Pakistani orphans usually find home within their own relatives, others who make it to orphanage are usually with strong religious inclination (both in India and Pakistan) and adoption outside the country, to another religion is quite impossible. 

And yes Laila is a very appropriate Pakistani or Muslim name for that matter given to girls all over the Muslim world. 

Best of luck again! :)

Dukhtar (Daughter):In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother named Allah Rakhi and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/100581493

Release Date: August 14th, 2014 (via pakistanigifworld)

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#Lahore at 6am. (Taxali Gate)
38/6/2014
#photography #Pakistan #social #street (via umalik)
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#Lahore at 6am. (Taxali Gate)

38/6/2014

#photography #Pakistan #social #street (via umalik)

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A truck workshop on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) near Diamir.
3/5/2014  #photography #Pakistan #GilgitBaltistan #street #social #travel (via umalik)
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A truck workshop on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) near Diamir.

3/5/2014 
#photography #Pakistan #GilgitBaltistan #street #social #travel (via umalik)

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Aurat - woman
#log #photography #Pakistan #Lahore #social #nex7 (via umalik)

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Aurat - woman

#log #photography #Pakistan #Lahore #social #nex7 (via umalik)

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Mai Dhai Band - Sarak sarak (2014)

I don’t understand a word this Pakistani Hindu desert dweller is saying but it is like the sweetest thing I’ve heard in the longest time.

Vocals: Mai Dhai
Guitars: Zain Ali & Danish Khawaja
Bass: Sameer Ahmed 
Harmonium: Jamal sahab
Dhol: Moharram Fakir
Drums: Kami Paul

D.O.P: Mohammad Ali Talpur & Tabish Habib
Edit/Post: Tabish Habib
Audio Produced by Danish Khawaja
Record and Tracked at Digital Fidelity Studio. (via umalik)

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Kushti as the traditional wrestling is known in Pakistan is a cultural phenomena in old part of the cities and smaller towns. They wake up early in the morning, oil their bodies and wrestle in the Akhara (Earth pits). It does not include much weight lifting beside some dumbbells, just relying on making the boys plough the pit, pushups, jumping jacks and other indigenous exercises. With the summer sun rising the men will cover themselves with the dirt as it claim to cool them off and drink their favourite all-natural-energy drink Sardi made from the smashed almonds mixed in milk. 

Visited Dunga Akhara near Taxali Gate in Lahore at the backdrop of the historic Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque on 28th June 2014. Here are some pictures from the day and yes a few of the little Miss who came to visit them with her dog. (via umalik)

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Sad news: Plane of Pakistani father-son duo flying around the world crashes into the Pacific
The plane of father-son duo attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, crashed into the Pacific near the American Samoa Islands,
The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman were flying from American Samoa Island to Hawaii in their Hawker Beechcraft Bonanza when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International Airport.
Hiba Suleman, Haris’s sister, confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father. (more)
We blogged about it before when they touched down in Pakistan here. Our prayers are with the family, they had an amazing son and father who went on an epic adventure with the goal of raising funds for Education in Pakistan. 

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Sad news: Plane of Pakistani father-son duo flying around the world crashes into the Pacific

The plane of father-son duo attempting to fly around the world in 30 days, crashed into the Pacific near the American Samoa Islands,

The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and Haris Suleman were flying from American Samoa Island to Hawaii in their Hawker Beechcraft Bonanza when their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International Airport.

Hiba Suleman, Haris’s sister, confirmed on her Facebook account that the body of her brother had been recovered, while rescue teams are still searching for her father. (more)

We blogged about it before when they touched down in Pakistan here. Our prayers are with the family, they had an amazing son and father who went on an epic adventure with the goal of raising funds for Education in Pakistan. 

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@Talalqureshi performing at #TEDxuLahore

#TEDx #log #video #music #Pakistan #Lahore (at The University of Lahore Defence Road Campus, via umalik)

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I didn’t know who Sarmad Tariq was… until he passed away

Can someone you’ve never known, someone whose name you’ve never heard of, inspire you enough to rethink your entire life?

Apparently it can.

It was only a couple of Facebook posts and the news of his death that moved me, leaving me feeling a little broken inside.

When I logged on to Twitter this morning, I found my timeline flooded with people mourning the death of Sarmad Tariq and talking about what a great person he was. Initially, I didn’t care much. I mean, people die all the time. Famous people die too. And everyone sings their praises after they are gone. (complete articleumalik)

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