Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This oil painting titled “Discussing the Divine Comedy with Dante” was painted in 2006 and carries 103 famous faces of the world. This extraordinary depiction was painted by three Chinese / Taiwanese artists named as Dudu, Li Tiezi, and Zhang An.
Yahya has learned to join full sentences now and has now learned to fluently say:
the Muslim greeting "Assalam o Alaikum" (May peace be upon you),
Takbir "Allah o Akbar" (Allah is great),
"Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim" (In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful)
and the first Kalma Tauheed:
"La-ilaha, illa al-Lāh, wa Muhammed ur rasul-ul-Lāh" (There is no other worthy of worship than Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger) in one go.
He's also reminded me that his "favorite color is... umm... ummmm.... BLUE"
Summayyah on the other hand makes plenty of sounds and has discovered the expression "Oho"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
When the law community decides that after two years of judicial absence (the CJ along with other judges got deposed in March 2007), they are ready to protest with a final blow and the political opposition decides to publicly support the cause, and when the, oh say millions of citizens decide they have had it with price hike, load shedding, lawlessness etc., this is what happens; a flood of people, including women and children, marching their way through the cities towards the capital and the government freaking sealing off the capital and instructing their security agencies to do whatever is necessary to stop the long march.
What they did not predict were the many officials who emptied their rounds of tear gas and with bewilderment at the spirit of the protestors, let down their guard and joined in.
Take the new local hero for example, Muhammad Athar Waheed, SP Gujranwala who refused to arrest political activists without a reason or arrest warrant. He said that when he had taken oath, he had vowed to ‘obey all lawful orders by his senior’ and this wasn’t one of them.
It was exhilarating to watch it all. And finally, the president gave in. CJ and other judges were restored, section 144 that legalized the many arrests was lifted, and if we’re lucky the Governor Punjab will lose his job, followed by others.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
But I was still glad with the way the event turned out. No one fell off the ramp and the weather was supremely pleasant for outdoor activities. We did however receive low attendance and less coverage, compared to our earlier expectations. But nothing we could control what with all the uncertainty in the city.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009