I am missing my city, Islamabad!

It is been two weeks that I haven’t heard any news about my city. I am sitting here far away and missing the smell of my soil. When I drive the car, here in Yemen, I miss the traffic police of Pakistan and the people who follow the rules, whether they do it for the fear of being caught or what so ever. Traffic police is so organized in Islamabad, that now I respect them more then before. Now I know that we should appreciate what we have and should own it with all our hearts.

I miss the greenery, the trees and their cool and vibrant shadows, which is almost fading away because of our governments special plans. The mountains so close to my house in Islamabad. The smell of the rain, though when ever it is raining it is full of dust because of pollution. I have never thought that I will miss my country and city this much. Now I feel like being abandoned in a country where I know no one, can’t even speak their language. Having friends is a blessing and family is foremost.

Islamabad is a place where strangers meet each other and make them their own as we bloggers do. Writing for Islamabad metroblogging is something I always wanted but now that I am unaware of what is happening in my City, I am feeling sad. Especially the meeting we all arranged on 7th of January :( I wanted to meet my fellow bloggers.

The lesson I learned is never take your country or city for granted. It is your home. We should promote our city every where as people in Yemen know almost nothing about “Islamabad”. Our cultural promotion department should do something about it and we being the citizen of such a lovely city should promote it in our websites, talk good about it to people who visit our city from other countries though it is not a piece of heaven still we can try to make it one.

Traveling taught me that we learn a lot more about our native lands when we are away from it. It almost is like looking with a birds view from a distance. Things are in a greater perspective and we learn the goods and bads of a place by being away from it. Things I was proud of before, I am not so proud of any more, and things I criticized, I see as strengths now…

Some one has said and what a great thing to say that” the World is a book and the one who didn’t travel, only read a page”. I wish you all will have opportunities to see our nation not just from within, but from without as well.

All the best,

8 Comments so far

  1. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    Nice post, I can totally relate to it…. but at the same time Pakistani’s living in other countries can actually play a very important roll in developing Pakistan’s positive image.

    Not sure about Yemen but here in America especially in New York & DC areas there is a new wave of enthusiasm and heightened patriotism is being noticed in the last few years among the local Pakistani communities particularly in the youth. There are major campaigns going on to uplift Pakistan’s image and for its promotions. “The Rising Leaders” organization is spearheading the ventures in Washington DC and also the AOPP (Association of Pakistani Professionals) an amazing think tank is reaching major milestones in pushing PK forward.

    In recent seminars it has been requested to use Pakistan flags, pins, wolf-tags, wrist bands, t-shirts and above all talk about Pakistan, ambassador it strategically and people are doing it… I personally know a friend who convinced all the professors in Business classes at Yale University to use Pakistan in business articulation as mostly China & India is used. So one step at a time….. V R Best of the Best so > Lets Push Pakistan Forward “Together” :)

    links Discussed:
    http://www.risingleaders.org/index.html
    http://www.aopp.org/
    http://www.thesaturdaypost.com/

    Celebrities here in US promoting & striving for Pakistan:
    http://www.imransiddiqui.tv
    http://www.danishrahi.com
    http://www.nadiaali.com


  2. anon (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    “…..his spirit may have left the body but stench remains”.
    Who can feel any affection for this sore of a city, home to some of the meanest and filthiest people of Pakistan.Each day i wait for the news that somebody has dropped an atomic bomb on this “kachoomar salad” of ethnicities but alas to no avail.If you start taking your life forgranted you be the happiest person on earth.Here is the motto of the brave “Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse behind.
    cheerios!!!!! no looking back.


  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse behind.
    Lolz … Nice one anon ;-)


  4. IslooGirl1 (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    @ ANON – Hey go learn about Pakistan first, plus we dont need losers like you in our country. People like you only creates a negetive energy that no one in or even around Pakistan needs. Go read some news and books and find your lost soul.

    @ A for [pine]Apple – huh? r u ok?


  5. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    Nice post, I can totally relate to that & I think that people living abroad can play a very important roll.

    Not sure about Yemen but here in America we are noticing a fresh and heightened sense of patriotism in Pakistan communities especially among our youth. The organizations like “The Rising Leaders” and think tanks like “Association of Pakistani Professionals” (search online) are working very hard in promoting Pakistan. In the last few seminars it has been urged to use icons & symbols of PK flag for example, as much as possible like pin flags, wolf-tags, stickers, t-shirts etc. And above all talk about PK in a positive light & ambassador Pakistan. Many celebrities have also joined in recently, I think we are noticing this rise due to Pakistan’s recent successes in global economy and its emergence as a rising regional power.

    On the other hand there will always be people who are against PK, such people may be literate but dont posses the right education and information. They must seek knowledge & wisdom.


  6. Munni_Behan (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:00 am

    I totally agree, we should project Pakistan and Pakistani as tolerant and good natured people.


  7. Ghalia Aymen (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    hello dudes!!!
    no need to be emotional…we should all admit that there are people who are creating mess on the name of islam n pakistan. every country has good n bad people but it doesn’t mean that we start hating our country. if you are a patriot n some one else is not its not your problem. just do what you think is right. in the end you will be answerable to your conscience and GOD.
    be positive and try to create a name through your country.

    may GOD bless your souls


  8. lisa (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    pakistan is a great country, you only have to visit the place to fall in love :)



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