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This Evening

Friday, November 30, 2007

So here’s the scene…

The (much needed) first rain of winter has arrived last evening and now the atmosphere is all clean and tidy. There is, of course, a significant increase in the intensity of weather’s chill, which has forced you to finally fix the gas heater of your room. You have loads of work to do, but you are just not in the mood. Instead, you think of updating your blog (which, incidentally, you haven’t updated for ages). So you call your elder brother and ask him where his camera is. You then grab that camera and get on your home’s roof. And then you do what every amateur photographer does: point and shoot!

Starting the series is a photograph of the sun, the clouds in front of the sun, and a tall structure that is apparently a water tank, but in reality is just a hollow piece of architecture serving as a huge decoration piece for the surrounding area. The sky at that time wasn’t as yellow as it appears in this picture, but I am not really complaining — it gives a great “touch” to it.

Sun, clouds, and water tank

Next comes the coverage of a limited overs cricket match played by some Pathan (Afghan?) kids who normally spend their day carrying a large, untidy bag on their shoulders and stuffing it with junk in hopes of earning some cash. The little park in which they are playing is just adjacent to my home, and is also the one where the empty water tank stands. You can see the boys’ “work bags” lying some steps away from the wicket-keeper. Also, it’s not that apparent in the picture, but the cricket bat is actually just a stick. Gotta love the spirit of these boys.

Pathan (Afghan?) boy workers having some fun

Next picture is a complete fluke. I was actually trying to capture the birds while they were sitting on the top of the water tank, but while I was clicking the button, they decided to fly away. The moment turned out to be the luckiest I have ever had so far in bird photography.

Birds flying over the water tank

And now comes the turn for the ever attractive sunsets. As you can notice, the clouds which were present at the time of the first picture are now gone and only few have remained. Nevertheless, they make a pretty picture.


The sun after getting really low…


And just a couple of minutes before disappearing…


And thus ends the filmstrip!


child worker, rain, sunset

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Dec 3, 2007 at 11:20 am

Happy Winters First Rain to all !!!
MashaAllah, nice pictures, specially sunset series and flying birds
so Saadat as a competent photographer too :)
a superb post :)

Fallen Angel

Dec 3, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Hey, long time no b (“b” for blog…yeah! yeah! I know its a crappy joke but am tired and couldn’t come up with a better one.)

Nice pictures! So what’ve you been upto?


Dec 4, 2007 at 7:33 am

Sage: Thanks for liking the pictures. And no, I am certainly not a competent photographer; the camera does it all completely on its own! :)

Fallen Angel: Dude, even if you think that that joke is crappy, it still doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t been “b-ing” lately. And that too when the current scene in Pakistan is providing with loads of stuff to write (or rant) about. So what’ve I been upto? Thinking that I am studying hard for the coming exams. Sigh.

No One

Dec 5, 2007 at 12:42 am

Nice pictures Saadat! best of luck with the exams…tahh


Dec 5, 2007 at 5:29 pm

loved the birds pic…such captures of motion are usually a fluke, without one’s stating so. why the sunset though? trying to say something like the sun setting on this blog for time unspecified? what?


Dec 6, 2007 at 6:31 am

No One: Thanks, and thanks!

A: Well, since it was the first time that I’d had such a fluke, so I thought to mention it. And the sun does set on this blog for time unspecified (quite frequently in fact, as you very clearly know) — check the date of my previous update.



Dec 9, 2007 at 1:15 am

so all we’re left to is commenting on old, old, OLD entries?


Dec 9, 2007 at 2:53 am

hey there! Wah wah what excellent photographs yara. I am impreshed. hehehe. I am much worse though. I take my point and shoot everywhere and take the most stupid pics ever. At time get so engrossed that hubbie has to nudge me and take the camera out of my hand before some taliban from the madrassah I am about to shoot come out with their rocket launchers. Hehehehe.


Dec 9, 2007 at 7:47 am

A: I am afraid you’re right. *sigh*

BeautifulStranger: Thanks! But there’s no need to be “impreshed”; you haven’t seen the horribly stupid pictures that I took. (In fact, I deleted them at the spot.) And LOL, be careful where you shoot! (And welcome to my blog!)


Dec 17, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Nice Post!

Its good that you are still blogging despite of the semester workload. I just left it as soon as I started my MS :-) Keep it up. Can’t wait to read the next one!


Dec 18, 2007 at 11:00 am

Ehtisham: Thanks! But the kind of blogging I am “still” doing is my own version of blogging, named “one-post-in-two months blogging”. I am sure you can do better! :)


Dec 19, 2007 at 12:53 am

no rains for our city :( karachi mei kab barish hogiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii :(
the scenes are really pretty. u r right, the yellowish shades add a nice touch to the scene. n the kids can b happy with so less na! a lesson needing to be learnt by us more fortunate ones *umm .. hoping im not the only one who rants way too much, hei na?*


Dec 20, 2007 at 5:32 pm

UD: Karachi mein bhi ho jayay gi… otherwise, you can always come to Islamabad! :D And no, you don’t rant too much. I mean, you do rant, of course, but not much! :P

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