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The “9 Nose Rings” Avenue

Sunday, August 26, 2007

9th Avenue

I have no idea what the CDA guys had in their minds. Maybe they were trying to transliterate “9th”, but seriously, did no one there realize how it would be read?

Maybe a simple نائنتھ would have done. Or, perhaps, even a blunt نواں could have done the job (though I agree that if read in Punjabi, it would mean “new”), but somehow the creative minds of CDA came up with ۹ نتھ (literally meaning “9 nose rings”), and even if it was an error, it went unchecked among all the “highly qualified, experienced and capable professionals“. Just like when, some time back, they transliterated دامنِ کوہ as “Damn-e-Koh”, damning the poor recreation spot.

Ah well, what can I say. Maybe they’ll correct it after some time. Till then, good luck to me and everyone else who plans to go to the avenue of 9 nose rings.



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Aug 26, 2007 at 10:46 pm

LOL. good observation, i mustve passed by this sing a few times myself but never realized what they had written :)


Aug 29, 2007 at 7:12 am

Shez: I would like to say “thank you” for your compliment about good observation, but it was my Abbu ji who noticed it first, not me :)

unaiza nasim

Aug 29, 2007 at 11:08 am

lol! or the could have written nawan avenue, but then in punjabi it would have meant new avenue:-D


Aug 29, 2007 at 1:29 pm

they should change the nomenclature altogether to make it simpler to get it right in both languages.
is this the only instance of this kind of trans(mogrified)literation. how is it managed elsewhere in the capital?


Aug 30, 2007 at 12:08 am

Asak… LOL!

30 seconds later…

LOL! he hehe he ( Hum sonch sonch kar hastey hain!)


Aug 30, 2007 at 6:27 am

Unaiza: Yep, that’s what I said in the post too!

Kinkminos: Maybe they should. But considering that most places here in the capital are named in English, I doubt it would happen. (Of course, there are exceptions like the Daman-e-Koh, or Lok Virsa etc.) As for other trans(mogrified)literations (I liked that, by the way!), I mentioned Daman-e-Koh in the post. There have been some other mistakes as well, most of which have thankfully been corrected.

Aysh: Hahaha! SubhanAllah! :D


Aug 30, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Is that sign for real?? Lol…….very innovative. Who could have thought 9th Avenue could have a name such as this. We are the best at this :D Nice blog!


Aug 31, 2007 at 6:47 am

Hera*: Yep, that sign is for real… we surely are the best! And thanks for liking the blog :)

No One

Aug 31, 2007 at 7:56 pm

…supp…don’t really get the sign…maybe its my bad urdu playing games with me again…latah.


Sep 2, 2007 at 2:35 am

Lolz …. what a catch :)

Euuu – I wonder if they have any idea about it – the CDA ;)


Sep 2, 2007 at 4:31 pm

I can bet you won’t find many of these mess-ups in Karachi. Oh wait! Karachi doesn’t have gantry signs :P


Sep 3, 2007 at 10:03 am

No One: You should really start working on your Urdu!

Asma: Yeah, they probably don’t!

Absar: Haha, perhaps the CDA believes in “something is better than nothing”!

Fallen Angel

Sep 13, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Hey there, remember me buddy?

Well I’ve been blurking around for the past year and a half, but this post definitely asked for a comment :D

Good catch!


Sep 13, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Fallen Angel: Man! Of course, I remember you! Where on earth have you been?! Just some days back we were wondering on No One’s blog that where you have gone. What’s up these days?

And yep. Great catch, indeed. Though not by me, but my Abbu ji!

And have you updated? (Your blog isn’t opening for me. In fact, all blogs hosted at Blogger are not opening for me. Hmm. :-? )

Fallen Angel

Sep 14, 2007 at 12:48 pm

The tales of my demise have been greatly executed :P

Anyway, I haven’t updated my “old blog” yet but I do plan to start one in the near future (near being the next year and a half :D ).

But I guess Blogger’s not an option…the government of Pakistan, in its infinite wisdom, banned it sometime ago, then they allowed, but access goes down from time to time.

Where have you hosted your blog? I’d rather not go through the whole whois/traceroute thing. More importantly, which blogging tool are you using? WordPress? Let me know.

Keep blogging and I’ll keep blurking…

Fallen Angel

Sep 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm

OK, I just read “Powered by WordPress” at the bottom…

Fallen Angel

Sep 14, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Correction: “The tales of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”…where the hell did “executed” come from, I wonder!


Sep 14, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Haha, I did spend some seconds scratching my head when I read “executed”!

Blogs at Blogger are working fine for me now. Guess it was something temporary. But anyone who mentions WordPress and expresses their plans to use it as their blogging tool, receives a wonderful pat on the back from me.

*pats your back*

Even if you use it after the next year and a half. :P

For hosting, I am using services from Nexus. They have an office on Murree Road, between the Rehmanabad and Chandni chowks. This office used to be their head office, but now their Islamabad office (in F-10) has the head-office-status. Do check the maps on their website describing their locations — it’s amusing how they chose to spell “Mezail Chowk”!

Fallen Angel

Sep 15, 2007 at 9:10 am

Does Nexus provide a shell account? What’s the average uptime? I was initially thinking about Dreamhost, they cost around $100 a year with around 200GB space, and you can register multiple domains with the same account. And ofcourse they support automatic WordPress installation.

Anyway, have you tried running WordPress locally? I mean on your system using LAMP or WAMP? Any pointers? I wanted to setup the template during the year and a half it will take me to decide on a hosting service:P, thought I might as well do it locally.


Sep 15, 2007 at 8:01 pm

I use Nexus’s masoom Unix Basic package, which doesn’t provide any shell account. Though ssh is available in their Unix Budget and Advance packages. You can check a listing of these and others at this page.

But if you can manage to get your space at Dreamhost, then surely go for it. They have a much better reputation than Nexus (not to mention their packages), and I might migrate if I am ever able to afford them! :)

I do have a local WordPress installation on my machine, and I use XAMPP for all my WAMP needs. (Do check it out, it’s nifty; unless you already have Apache configured on your machine.) And there’s a tutorial here about XAMPP and WordPress that I myself used while doing local installation.

And, of course, there’s always the excellent WordPress Codex.


Oct 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm

Dude, that sign just made me shake my head for the longest time. WHY could they not have just written it as “9″ and left off the whole “th” business? Seriously, give the Pakistanis some credit; I’m sure we could recognize avenues by the number itself.

PS: Saadat, dude, it’s been a long while since I’ve been here, and you need to update more often, yaar. Missed you. =)


Oct 3, 2007 at 5:18 am

Yasmine: Why could they not have just written it as 9? Beats me. Totally.

But you, rockstar, are so kind. I know I need to update, even if I just know it and don’t do it. But I do hope to do it.

Soon. :)


Oct 5, 2007 at 1:10 am


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