November Rain was the song playing in the car last time I drove past the Marriot Hotel hear sector F-6. The month was September and the date was 23rd. 10 pm.

The trees eat up all the heat at night in Islamabad. The air is dewy and damp, with a certian welcoming chill to it. Welcoming in the sense that one would think of having a cup of coffee, even if it was that late in the night, or snuggle into the quilt for an early dozer.

Islamabad has a huge 80’s – 90’s Rock and Metal following and you wouldn’t find a person who doesn’t know about Guns and Roses or KISS or Poison Ivy. Islamabad has given birth to alot of musical talents to date. To name two only, the very famous hit pop group led by Junaid Jamshed was founded in Islamabad; ‘Vital Signs’. 90’s hit boy-band cum punk-metal band ‘Awaz’ took their first steps in Islamabad.

The climate Islamabad provides actually enchances one to sit quietly for a while and think about things and stuff that one usually sidelines in normal routine. The crispness of the air gets the brain going, and the oxygen tends to supercharge the thinking process. Hence artistic or more conservatively, philosophical impulses. Have I mentioned that famous poets like Parveen Shakir and Faiz Ahmed Faiz where based in Islamabad at a certian time in their lives. From where some of their more prolific works were published!

Today, I felt the same urge to take some time out and sit outside in the ever so inviting cool air and dew, and listen to some vintage rock on the hi-fi. The volume just high enough so I could hear the kids with souped-up cars and bikes rev their engines to max (potentially causing permanent damage, lol!) and zooming off into the straight roads a few kilometers away in the middle of the night…!

3 Comments so far

  1. Asma (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

    Such an enchanting post …. and I totally agree with environement and serenity Islamabad provides you ….!!!!

    keep such great stuff coming on to the MB Islamabad :)

  2. Phil (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    Thank you Asma and sure, I would love to keep writing like this! :D Only late into the night do I get these urges to write whatever comes to mind (without any Satanic undertones, hehe!).

  3. GHALIA (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 6:11 am

    yes the history of music you wrote is true. i want to add that islamabad is also the one who is promoting new underground bands.who will soon be seen on should be promoted as it is a source of promoting our previous and upcoming culture.

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