Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pakistan Pictures - pakistani culture pics

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Pakistan Pictures - Pakistani culture pics

REFERENCE:http://myownworld.hubpages.com/hub/pakistan-pictures
Almost like a character out of a book....!
Almost like a character out of a book....!
A story in each face...
A story in each face...

Having sorted through hundreds of pictures, (most of them taken myself, others on line) I have finally attempted to capture the 'essence' of Pakistan after my recent trip there.....one I shall never forget....
Yes, I went there looking for the effects of war, but found instead a vibrant culture fighting for survival! Refusing to bow down to any invasion...or give in to it...


This hub is not a political statement...nor a commercial one...(I'm no professional photographer either!). I have for this reason, deliberately left out the 'modern' side of pakistan in part 1, as I wanted it to be a simple tribute to the common man on the street....the work he does.... interspersed with little details you won't find in any tourist guide book....



I'm starting with these elderly people I found sitting by their shops.....
All have the same quality of grace and humility that I found so inspiring. Despite their faded clothes, they held themselves high with dignity. Truly humbling....

One of my favorite ones...imagine the load man and beast both draw.....almost symbolic...
One of my favorite ones...imagine the load man and beast both draw.....almost symbolic...
This boy's expression..something about it really moved me
This boy's expression..something about it really moved me

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SHOPS AND VENDORS





These shops are a wonder to behold! Most have wicker baskets displayed in the open, with fresh carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and other exotic vegetables meticulously piled in rows, as are ripe bananas, sweet smelling mangoes, oranges and guavas.

Water is sprayed regularly to keep them looking fresh throughout the hot day! Fresh juice is one of the delights of this region.... and I've yet to taste a more refreshing drink!
Vegetable shop
Vegetable shop
Fruit shop
Fruit shop
Cane juice is a popular drink! Yes, that contraption is actually a juice machine!!
Cane juice is a popular drink! Yes, that contraption is actually a juice machine!!
Carts like these are seen at every corner....vegtables are often cut and and sprinkled with spice. Below is roasted corn and chickpeas - another popular snack!
Carts like these are seen at every corner....vegtables are often cut and and sprinkled with spice. Below is roasted corn and chickpeas - another popular snack!
The candy floss man.....
The candy floss man.....
Flower shops
Flower shops
Paper streamers and other decorations
Paper streamers and other decorations

FLOWER MAKING & DECORATIONS



Flower shops are another fascinating sight... and I wish I could capture the true beauty and scent of eastern flowers. Roses, marigold and chameli(jasmine) petals are traditionally used for making garlands and bracelets often worn by women. These flower makers spend hours threading each petal together...a real skill, in my eyes.


Wedding ceremonies are elaborate and so are the decorations for them. Flowers aswell as tinsel baskets and paper streamers are used for decoration. Elaborate trays are used to carry gifts and decorate at ceremonies....
It's a tradition for the bridegroom's family to carry henna on a decorated platter as gift for the bride during the wedding ceremony
It's a tradition for the bridegroom's family to carry henna on a decorated platter as gift for the bride during the wedding ceremony
Decorations for weddings
Decorations for weddings
Bracelets being made for women, worn on special occasions
Bracelets being made for women, worn on special occasions
Flower garlands
Flower garlands
spices, grains and pulses displayed for sale
spices, grains and pulses displayed for sale
Here the 'cloth' bazaar begins....indian version of our high street boutiques!
Here the 'cloth' bazaar begins....indian version of our high street boutiques!

BAZAARS




And now to my favorite part: the bazaars of lahore! One is almost overwhelmed by the profusion of brilliant colors, smells and sounds. Little tiny streets overflowing with people, shop keepers frantically vying for attention, bargains being made, it's one warm colorful experience! These pictures are right from the heart of one such bazaar...
Inside one cloth shop...you buy material here and then get it stitched/tailor made to your size!
Inside one cloth shop...you buy material here and then get it stitched/tailor made to your size!
Glass bangels and jewelry shops....pure visual delight!
Glass bangels and jewelry shops....pure visual delight!
Women spend hours selecting braids and ribbons to match their clothes....
Women spend hours selecting braids and ribbons to match their clothes....
Yes, that's a gold jewelry shop!
Yes, that's a gold jewelry shop!
Tailors at work
Tailors at work

It's remarkable to see the skill and dedication with which these people work...









This boy I found at a shop for braids and ribbons, used for stitching on saris and dresses. His family had little money to pay for his education, so he was learning the art of braid making instead....








Pashmina and embroidery shawls....all hand made!









A local Music shop. Instruments were constructed right inside that very shop! I loved it...
Ethnic mirrors - all locally hand made
Ethnic mirrors - all locally hand made
Clay pots and other utensils - once again, hand made!
Clay pots and other utensils - once again, hand made!
Shoe shop...now that's a real wonder!
Shoe shop...now that's a real wonder!

Lastly, I just want to include these three boys who especially posed for a picture. In them, hope and the will to live shines through.... their smiles warm my heart even today.

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