The sun decides to set

(The sunset from the roof of the SKANS campus, Blue Area)

It’s often envisioned that when the sun comes out, a new day starts. Very often it is compared to a new beginning, brand new life, new start etc. But not many people talk about the sunset. Glorified, dignified, the sun leaves the sky and makes way for the moon. The sky changes colours. Orange, golden yellow. And as the light leaves the horizon, traces of black start to seap through. Majestic farewell. Farewell to the king of the day, making way for the prince of the night.

The sunset is inspiring, the sunset is amazing, and last but not the least, a treat to watch. I’ve been to a lot of different places in Pakistan, but the sunset that can be seen in Islamabad, takes my vote. Cloud covered mountains stand witness to it. The trees stand witness to it. And as often as I can, I stand witness to it. One of the reasons I love my college, is because of the view. You can see Saudi Pak tower through the classroom window, and when you go to the roof, you can see the sunset. The sun going behind the under-construction high-rise stock exchange building towards the mountains and in the end it just goes where it has to.

Islamabad has a very distinct aura. An aura that I could not find in Lahore or Karachi or Peshawar. Karachi is amazing, it has the sea, the sun setting over the sea is a breathtaking view BUT I might be biased when I say. It’s not AS good as seeing the sunset from the Hiking Track-3, or say when you’re driving on the Margalla road. It’s just not the same. This is my first post, and many of you “might” wonder why I started from a post on sunsets. The sole reason which I also mentioned earlier is that sunsets teach alot. They teach that even though the sun does go down one day. It still rises the other day. If you take that as an analogy, your life may seem to be like a sunset, slowly vanishing, but there’s always a new day. Sunsets are an ode to the fact that life can seem dark, but there’s always a new day. There’s always the hope that a sunset brings to me. A hope that eventhough I won’t see the sun for say, the next ten hours. It will come out. Pinnacle points in a day, the sun rising, and the sun setting. Lots can be written on this, but i’d limit myself here.

If you get a chance, do get on the roof of any building in Blue Area and watch the sunset. It’s BREATHTAKING :)

6 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on November 24th, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    Hey at the moment ya cant take a breath due to dust all over, RIGHT ?? (JK), any way good post nice thoughts.

  2. hashriani on November 24th, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    If you stand at the right place, you may breath properly. That is if you are far far away from the apparent under-pass/flyover that will be built God knows when =p

  3. sufiblade on November 24th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    One of the best (and lasting) views of a sunset nowadays is from beyond Pir Sohawa. You have to drive to about 22kms up from the zoo till you come to a small restaurant and gaze at the valley to the right. It’s amazing :)

  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 24th, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    Ahh, an isloitte to Islooitte feeling :o)

    Welcome to Islamabad Metblogs!

  5. wkhang on November 24th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

    Few years back we had lots of places in Islamabad to enjoy a clear air, such as University Road, Shaker perian, Faisal Mosque, Jasmine Garden, Play Ground, Shalimar Cricket Ground ahhh (, Fatima Jinnah Park & Margalla Hills always, but now almost these all places are fading fast, instead of ejoying in between the city we are now searching the boundries of the city.

    Soon you will see these boundries will be vanish and we will be thinking of making our own garden into hour room.

  6. hashriani on November 24th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Let’s just hope for the best.

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