Multan trip part 2. Apologies for late share… was able to take photographs at the tombs of Shah Shams Sabazwari often confused with Shah Shams Tabrizi (which my cousin corrected me on), Bahaudin Zikaraya and old city.
I know it might sound morbid but the beautiful blue and white pottery design I saw on the graves around the Bahaudin Zikarya tomb has really made me tell my family that I want that on mine whenever the time comes. They do it so elegantly, with a narrow slab of these intricate design and Quranic calligraphy in it.
It is amazing to see how people devote their whole lives travelling and living at such places. So many of them are so confident that everything they have is through these saints. They tie these threads around the grills of the tomb with a hope that whatever they are wishing for will stay there and the Saints will help them get that. But overall the art, design and beauty you find in Multan is amazing - if you thought truck art is the best thing about Pakistan, wait till you get to Multan!
p.s. I need to get back on flickr it has been over a year since I last posted anything there.
Multan trip: I don’t know why, but Multan has always been this very magical city for me (at least inside my head) and with all the extensive travelling I like to believe I have done - I had never been there before! Finally on this 8-9th February some work took me there and these are some of the things I saw.
There is a famous Persian saying: چهار چيز است تحفه در مولتان…..گرد وگرما گدا و گورستان (Chahar Cheez Ast Tohfa e Mooltan; Gard, Garmi, Gadda, Gooristan) which roughly translate as "Four things are Gifts of Multan: Dust, Summer, Beggars & Graveyards". Let’s just say that is cent percent true!
Personally I am not a “shrine and saints” kind of a guy, but there is this certain tranquil aura in the old part of the city that with all the chaotic traffic (it is worse than Lahore by manyfold!) and hassling of beggars you feel so much calm.
It was truly wonderful to be in such an interesting city, will be posting another set of photos tomorrow. (via umalik)
Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)
Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)
More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.
Project: Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (UBIT) at University of Karachi
Client: Umaer Basha Foundation (USA)
Architect: Akbar Mahmud Qaizar Associates (Karachi)
Contractor: Mughals Constructors (Pvt.) Limited
Umaer Basha Institute of Information Technology (U.B.I.T.) is going to be the new name of the existing Computer Science Department at Karachi University and the department will be relocated into this prestigious new building. The project is jointly sponsored by the above client organisations. Umaer Basha was a student at MIT, USA with great love for computers and their related applications. His dream was to educate Pakistani youth in the field of Information Technology but unfortunately he did not live to bring his dream into reality. This dream was then fulfilled by Umaer’s mother, Dr. Fatima Zehra Basha who initiated this IT institute.
U.B.I.T is a ground plus two floors building with a total construction area of 68,000/- Sq. Ft located at the Karachi University campus. It is a unique, monumental type of structure based on an existing building at the MIT campus in USA. The institute will constitute state-of-the-art networking, teaching and research facilities for students, researchers and scholars. The main building will have lecture rooms, multi-purpose halls, computer labs, library and faculty rooms to accommodate 1000 students. (more about Umaer Basha / UBIT)
Urban waste management: NGO introduces green roofing for flood victims
Garbage dumps in the city are viewed as nuisance by the citizens, but the founding CEO of Gulbahao Trust, Nargis Latif, sees garbage as a resource for innovative inventions.
“We are not only providing effective waste management but also solutions to societal problems,” said Latif. “We use all the waste materials in our products, even the ones that are usually not touched by waste collectors.”
Gulbahao is a non-governmental organisation that collects dumped waste and recycles it into functional products. It initially made flooring blocks from the recycled material to help the earthquake victims. “The roof blocks were heavy and were not functional during floods caused by heavy rain,” said Latif while talking to The Express Tribune. She said that her team researched for the last four months for a light-weight waterproof solution for flood victims and finally thought about using the material, which was used to make furniture for roof blocks. (complete news)
Mazar-e-Qaid Under Construction. Karachi, Pakistan
Lost Glory, an abandoned building (at Nisbat Road, via umalik)
Eid Mubarak, Şeker Bayramı and Hari Raya Aidilfitri to Muslims all around the world. We’d be celebrating Eid tomorrow in Pakistan but as a friend just said, Eid Greetings (+/- few days) to everyone!
Wish you and your family a wonderful time together, and may we can carry this feeling of sacrifice and compassion forward for next 11 months! amen. (via umalik)
*picture above is from Wazir Khan mosque, Lahore.