Moveable Feast

My mother recently joined Facebook and is slowly but surely becoming a serial Facebooker like the rest of the Internet-using world. The other day, she made me proud by writing her first Note – and it was about Islamabad! It was titled ‘My Hometown’ and read as follows:

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
– Ernest Hemingway

Replace Paris with Isloo and the quotation still rings true !!!

A good friend from Lahore promptly commented:

no way!!! isloo is the most boring place i have ever visited….same monotonous roads going up and down with everything closing down exaclty the same time the sun goes down…..:)

To which my true-blue Islooite mom replied:

The way the sun rises and sets in my city is an indescribable spectacle.every single day.Which other city has the majestic Margallahs as a backdrop.There are traffic jams even past midnight!!!!

Just thought I’d document this declaration of love for our city on Islamabad Metblogs. =)

6 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 10th, 2008 @ 5:32 am

    Aww fatima … hugs from an isloo lover to another =))

    I share your mom’s sentiments … regards to her :-)

    Thanks for sharing !!

  2. asifbiz on March 10th, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

    Islamabad ….only ten minutes drive from Pakistan

  3. punk on March 10th, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

    There are traffic jams even past midnight .. Doesnot Agree with it!

  4. mansoor (kar_mansoor) on March 10th, 2008 @ 6:55 pm


    and as one who moved recently. i tend to concur with her :D

  5. crazymonkey on March 11th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    I don’t think there are any traffic jams past midnights, but yes, the sunsets and rises are quite nice. But then how much of nature can one bear, and for how long?!

  6. crazymonkey on March 11th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

    Aey Islamabad, I christen thee Sleepubaad!

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