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Gol Market in the Dripping Weather

The weather yesterday was rainy but lovely. Everything looked squeaky clean. The scenery presented a wonderful display of splendor and serenity. Even the market places looked nice. It was a bit difficulty to move around because of water up above (rain) and down below (puddles). *giggles* But it was worth going out and physically experiencing the weather. I for one, went to Gol Market in Jinnah Super. Here is a glimpse of how it looked:

From Afar

Gol Market: From Afar

The multi-coloured umbrellas put in place also gave the market a nice loook:

Gol Market (Closeup)

Gol Market (Closeup)

It looked much more marvelous than these pictures and it was fun having the hot “shawarma” there in the slightly chilly atmosphere. This place is recommended to all to go and have some outdoor food/fun. :-)

Ik ‘Cars’ ka Darya Hai…

For the past couple of days I have been passing through these mini ‘cars kay darya’ (rivers of cars). Traffic jams are now a part of my life but these new mini jam-like formations were a bit annoying.

Cars Ka Darya

Cars Ka Darya

The first day was the toughest I guess. When I approached to plunge the first mini jam, I was wondering what was causing it (I passed through two more on my way to office). I tried using up all my grey cells thinking about the reason but failed (both at using up all the grey cells as well as finding the clue to the problem). Then I uttered this a bit loudly. My confusions were instantly removed by my father. Here’s what was causing the ‘problem’:

Yello Bump

Yello Bump

These yellow speed breakers were tiny but were seemingly causing massive halts to the raging traffic. At first I was annoyed as well as furious on seeing these speed breaking, jam causing yellow elements on the Expressway. But soon I realized the purpose and calmed down.

The Expressway is not passing through far off unpopulated lands. It passes through very richly populated areas. And when this is the case, people on both sides of the divide need to cross to the other side from time to time. Generally the cars on that road are speeding and rarely ever slow down to allow the pedestrians to walk across. If that continued, it would have become a bigger ‘hell’ for the people on foot to cross the road (since the road is not better and wider, it results in more speeding cars).

So I am now welcoming these yellow speed breakers as a positive change. What about the rest of you?

Rally

I was busy working (ok i was surfing a bit too) when i heard a mob like noise that was coming from outside. I got up, went up to the window and looked outside to find out what was going on. I saw a group of people walking walking on Jinnah Avenue and chanting some slogans. I could not find out what the rally was about. Even though i hung myself out of the window (as much as i could without falling) to catch a glimpse of the writings on the banners, but i failed. Today i tried finding about the rally by scanning the newspapers but failed yet again. If anyone knows, do let me know. Meanwhile check out the snap i took by putting my life at risk by hanging out of the window. ;-)

Rally on Jinnah Avenue

Rally on Jinnah Avenue

PS: I didn’t really put my life in danger so please be at ease. ;-)

Cloudy Friday

Yesterday (Friday) the weather in Islamabad was rainy and cloudy. In other words it was really lovely and romantic. I was having a hard time keeping myself glued to the seat working and not going up the window more frequently to catch a glimpse of the fluffy friends in the sky. I did manage to enjoy the weather on first contact basis (and not from the window) during my lunch time. The plan was to walk up to Mr Cod, have a meal and walk back. The ‘walking to’ part could not be fulfilled as the drizzle got heavy that time and we had to get a taxi. But the rest was successfully accomplished. Woo hoo!

Here’s how the clouds looked through the lens of my cam and the window of my office:

View of the Clouds from Green Trust Tower (My Office)

View of the Clouds from Green Trust Tower (My Office)

The ‘towers’ of Islamabad looked really cool under the white candy floss (read clouds):

Islamabad 'Towers' Standing Tall Looking Cool

Islamabad 'Towers' Standing Tall Looking Cool

I have one last shot from yesterday to share. Took it from the wooden rail of China Chowk underpass. Aren’t the clouds hovering over Margalla Hills amazing? I know they don’t look half as good in the picture as the real thing, but at least they do look good:

Clouds Over the Margalla Hills

Clouds Over the Margalla Hills

Looking forward to seeing more such clouds on Monday. :-D

Trivia: Guess The Place – Marvi Road

This is a test of your knowledge and observation power. This is a challenge. This is a chance to shake your grey cells and dazzle the rest. This is …. umm I guess i better stop with this and get to the point. Well this is a sign board that says ‘Marvi Road’. Many of us would have passed by it some time in our life (if we are in Islamabad or visit it frequently). Many of us probably pass by it every day. So who can tell the whereabouts of this board (and off course the road)? Can you tell of any nearby landmarks as well? ;-)

Marvi Road

Marvi Road

PS: If your answer is wrong, you will not be judged or banished from here. Give it a try! ;-)

If Only…

Whenever I go to the F-7 Markaz branch of MCB in King’s Arcade (I have my salary account there) one particular thing always draws my attention towards itself. I longingly look at this little wooden marquee, hoping to have the pleasure of going under it and sitting there for a while. Maybe have a little tea party with friends. Or maybe just have a few moments of solitude to relax. If only I have enough time at my hands. If only I don’t always have to hasten back to some other appointment. If only….

F-7 Markaz Marquee

F-7 Markaz Marquee

Know Your Speed

Many a times when I am driving I do not realise that I have gone a notch (ok several notches) up the speed limit. As soon as I realise this (or see the Islamabad Traffic Police sitting at a distance with their speed detection gadgetry) I step on the brakes a little to slow myself down. At times like these I wish for a programmable speedometer that would yell whenever I would break the speed limits. I will have to keep wishing till such a thing is invented and I get my hands on it.

Till that time I am amusing myself with the speed detection meters installed on the 7th Avenue. People who travel on that road must have seen the elevated detectors that tell your speed when you pass by them (you have to be in the right most row to get full benefits of the detector).

When I am driving, I usually take that lane and jump with joy as soon as ‘my’ speed is glorified (displayed on the board that is). My father likes to drive in the centre lane. Everyday when we are heading home at night from work and passing through 7th Avenue, I literally force him to switch to the fast lane well in time for the detector to detect our speed. It is so much fun to see the glowing numbers change on the board! Yuppie! I hope others also enjoy this small ‘treat’ as much as I do.

I would also like to make a note here that speed limits are made for our safety as well as the safety of others. So no matter how compelled we are to break it and speed away, we should try to restrain ourselves. We should at least care for the life and safety of others if not our own.

Happy driving and detecting your speed on 7th Avenue you all! :-)

Strike of OGDC Employees Against Privatization

The strike of the OGDC employees against privatization continued today as well, on Jinnah Avenue, in front of the OGDCL building. It has ben going on for several days now. This is what was left after the procession dispersed:

Banner on the Ground

Banner on the Ground

The Black Side Banner

The Black Side Banner

The Hunger Strike Banner

The Hunger Strike Banner

Canopy For the Protesters

Canopy For the Protesters

And all this happened in front of the OGDCL building, standing tall on Jinnah Avenue.

OGDCL Building on Jinnah Avenue

OGDCL Building on Jinnah Avenue

I hope that the demands of the employees of OGDC are met. Privatization is not the solution to every problem and our government should realize this.

History Lesson

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This plaque on the wall of the lobby at the Islamabad Club is always good for refreshing one’s memory of the list of heads of state Pakistan has had from Ayub Khan onwards. And a useful illustration of the fact that half of them have been military men.

Hopefully, Gen. Zia-ul-Haq will remain the record-holder for longest-standing patron – even though Gen. Musharraf seems to be trying his utmost to surpass him.

Where in Islamabad?

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