Write Your New Story 2021~ Wabi Sabi Story and The Beautiful “NO”

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The title attracted many aspiring writers.Exhausted, mourning the weakening of the Muse this was a hot spring of motivation. Music smiling leader using charming vocabulary inviting to write in a lovely illustrated form,I loved it. Though I will not be able to continue the creative writing process with this lovely group but I wish to share what I did manage to write in the pre course five days as part of the assignments.

My Wabi Sabi Story
Life has been good on one side, but have been close to grief pain and suffering for many years.My faith gives me continuous strength and hope and whenever a calamity strikes I am reminded to look at those who are weaker and poorer,”things could have been much worse” “the revelry is temporary” “be grateful and you will have abundant, love comes in many forms and ways..so it was in virtual spiritual environment much joy came my way.
Poem for the Team, My Friends and Readers
Water mirror like, ivory silver
smiled at, caressed , hated in
stagnant filthy swamps
its loss, mourned.
Love the creative spirit in non
creativity, like lotus in muddy pond
tree valued green or brown-
body and soul, split in bond
Embrace all,cool or hot
all here will be soon, gone
circle will come full circle
imperfection, – the mortal round

WRITE Your New Story 2021
Day 4 – The Beautiful “NO” for Taking a Stand for Truth and Professional Knowledge
The First “NO”
Desiring to attain a Masters Degree I kept struggling with traditions cultural norms. Private study efforts failed. Finally the admission to a post graduate college revealed the lack of justice to proper instruction. Asking for ” More” resulted in the 18th Century Dickensian reaction. But the “NO” opened the best door of the time with the best Professors and I attained the degree with honor and respect from the Punjab University being a student of the best Teachers of English Literature as Ms Shaista Zaid Ms Farhat Shah Mrs Nasim and Mrs Samina Nadeem. Thank You Dear Teachers.
The Second Time

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Imagine leaving a foreign university where I realized that I wanted to study a more challenging course.When I applied for a change the process of studies took the unexpected turn. Returning to my native homeland for a personal family commitment with a still valid study visa I was sent a “NO’ letter from the university.I never went back. As Allah’s plans are the best and he has better gifts for us always of which we are not aware of at that moment.
I got the best opportunity to work in the field of Education and Service to the nation which was and will be my aim and purpose of life till Allah wills it to be. I was selected and appointed as the Principal of the Post Graduate Bilquis College of Education of the PAF Pakistan Air Force. The Management included two lab schools a) Montessori Junior b) Special Education School. One Hostel for 200 students. This was a Challenge a far better opportunity to serve the cause of education and it resulted with a “NO ” I have no regrets of not studying at a foreign university. Allah always gave me much better gifts honor regard and time to serve and share my knowledge and experience.

For ~ Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108~ Sanctuary~ Imagining Serene Havens ~

Walking on a road like this has always brought peace to the soul.Whenever there are moments of stress, I take refuge among the trees.This is a road leading to our ancestral village Sabz Pir near the main city of Sialkot.The Jammu and Kashmir border is not far.


This is the beauty of Northern Pakistan.Pine forests are plenty but not enough.
Spending time among these peaceful forests calms and soothes the soul.


Home has always been sweet and safe. Home is the best sanctuary.Our ancestors honored the home as a sacred space which provided protection and peace. We too can reawaken this sense of spirit on our home, turning it into a sanctuary which can heal the body, calm the mind and soothe the soul. It’s simply a refuge, a sanctuary, a place that hugs us when we walk through the door. May the world be a peaceful sanctuary for the humanity Amen.


With all the beauty around my present sanctuary is here…Alhamdolilah.

With gratitude to the Almighty.


For Lens-Artists Tina Schell’s Challenge #95 – ALL WET ~ And When It Rains ~

Rain is Nature’s Miracle and A Blessing
and He it is who sends down the rain...." Al Quran Islam, Muslim ...

What a beautiful challenge Tina Ji. I hope and pray that All my Lens Artist Friends are well and safe.May the world soon be free of this deadly virus and our dear precious planet be restored with all freshness nourishment and richness of all kinds for all life.amen

Water in all its forms is a profound blessing, when I discovered the challenge I immediately thought of ‘rain’. We live in the hilly Northern Areas of Pakistan where we have plenty of rain throughout the year. The concept of swimming is more in a man made water reservoir or a canal than a proper swimming pool which is a luxury in our society. That leaves the blessing of rain which is fully enjoyed  by children specially in the hot weather.
The first image is of children happily getting wet in the lane just outside our house in Rawalpindi City. I took the shot from the terrace and asked them to smile – my grand children sharing the fun with the neighbor’s kids.

                Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.     Bob Marley


The following images are of a roadside car wash. On way to the city of Sialkot we stopped to get a quick spray for our jeep.My husband and I sat inside the vehicle. It was a rare occasion to hear the powerful sound of the water touching the solid iron body.


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Last Year while returning from the Capital city of Islamabad we encountered a severe rain storm. The solid metaled roads did not disturb the traffic, but the heavy downpour made the drive cool and colorful. I clicked the mobile camera as we passed the main road. Sharing some results of that dark rainy night. It has become a ‘Night to Remember’ for we have not been able to make a trip to the capital since March due to the lock down.

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain,
there would be no life.                                 
John Updike





With profound gratitude to Almighty Allah for All His Blessings

CLOUDS BRING THE RAIN AS A BLESSING: Quran 78:14 | Siraat-e-Mustaqeem

For Lens -Artists Tina R Schell’s Challenge #90 ~ Distance ~ I Never Felt the Distance Before ~

Distance’ a concept close to my heart and soul, often the subject of my poetic expressions  touched the strings of the silent harp. In a time of forced distancing for survival one realizes the values of spaces in togetherness. I felt quite ‘distanced ‘ from My Lens -Artists Friends for reasons unavoidable, but I thought I must make an effort to join the link and lessen the virtual distance, wish well’ to my friends far away and send prayers of ‘ stay safe and stay protected’
My photographs from the archived albums are linked by one of my poems on ‘Distance’, I wrote these lines when my son left for UK for further studies and later to Denmark.

I never felt the distance before nor sensed the silence in the room


When love is true and distances long, no absence can ever break the bond;
And now I know,  how  love of nature divine  is, unfettered pure and fine,


How one so close, can be so far away,  no one can show, no one can wait
To stop and pat and wipe your tears away;


And now I know how   Allah  blesses us with His uncountable gifts
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Why faith and peace is strong,
my dear, in distant land, you are with me, each day, short or long


Time moved on and time moves on
Time is just and fair, I know… I wake up with a start,
You are forever in my heart, your helmet heavy in your hand,
I see you, standing there.

May Allah bless All Children and keep them safe well fed and protected from all evil. amen.




For ~ Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 87 ~ Reflections ~ Reflective Connections ~

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

The Reflective Action Approach in life is the wisest as it leads to amicable solutions of common problems.It creates options suggestions and a variety of possibilities for design, structure and creative planning.
Reflections in photography show the opposite matching view which appears enigmatic attractive and sometimes much better than the original.
I found photographs with reflections in my albums and folders, taken by my son while on short trips to Frankfurt,  Germany. Further discovery was of some shots which I took on occasional rainy days, in 2016 in Lake View Lanes area in Bani Gala, a village 15 kms from Islamabad.
The photographs reflect images made by rain water as we live far away from any sea or the ocean. Islamabad lies at the foot of Margalla Hills, a smaller range leading  to the majestic mighty Karakoram Mountains in the Northern Areas.

Reflections from Frankfurt

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Reflections from England

In front of the Jubilee Campus Library Nottingham University  England in 2003.


Reflections from Bani Gala  by the River Korang    Islamabad   PAKISTAN



Reflections on the Terrace on a Rainy Day


A View of   River Korang     Bani Gala      Islamabad


For Lens-Artists Tina R Schell’s Challenge # 85 ~ Treasure Hunt ~ Golden Pieces from Pakistan ~

Exciting suspenseful variegated challenge. Searching for the  golden items my treasure chests revealed the following precious pieces. I must admit that for some the choice was difficult but for some there was only a single image. So behold ‘My Dear Viewers and Readers

Sunset  in the capital city Islamabad
Jinnah Avenue Main Boulevard  Islamabad


Over the Margalla Hills.             Islamabad


Double Rainbow Bani Gala      Islamabad


A Mountain landscape  Baluchistan  Province Pakistan. 

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The Church        Mall Road  Rawalpindi City     Pakistan


Bird   Over  Bani Gala      Islamabad


Common Sign   Funny Style        


Unusual  Place  Saidpur  Village    Islamabad    Hidden Ancient Temple


EXPRESSIVE    or     NOT Quite ?




GREY AFRICAN   PARROT     RARE  BIRD     Staying with us these days


The image of a young enthusiastic democratic citizen of Pakistan who
had decorated his bicycle with his favorite party’s flag and poster.
Election 2013


Knitting   Afghan Squares  One of my favorite projects.
Nearing completion.


In our culture The Monkey Wala’ is seen performing his show.The monkey
is trained to jump bow roll, jump through a ring, go -a-begging, Greet or Salute
and play dead. These performers go from street to street, play the ‘Dug Duggee’ a small hand held drum, which announces their arrival.
Kids can enjoy a brief treat right at home.

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The ring can be seen on the floor and the small drum beside the blue bag.
The monkey has his head on the floor.

I hope these images prove to be worthy of the treasure hunt. Thanks to  All Lens – Artist Friends who inspire and keep hopes alive and make life meaningful.

For ‘Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #81: Find Something Red ~ Shades of Red ~

 The Red in White
Oh the snow so soft and light
Murree Hills 35 kms from Capital Islamabad
A prize shot during one of the  trips 


Red is a primary color so it is visible in common and odd places, in varied seasons and at different times.Red is attractive charming and mystifying. Blood is red and called ‘cold’ though in reality it is quite warm.

These  images, captured a couple of years ago are part of a ‘chinaar’ tree in early Winter in Bani Gala, Islamabad. We had to leave the house where this beautiful tree was planted because it was sold by the owners and we tenants had no choice. I miss the ever changing colorful beauty of nature. Our present residence has no such trees, though harvest fields are close by.chinaar3

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Over the years I found that red is children’s favorite color


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One of the  most memorable photos with grandson puts a stop to further sharing

Hope my readers and viewers will enjoy the joyful red from a slice of life.

For Lens-Artist ~ Amy Ji ~ Challenge # 76 ~ On Display’~ The Extraordinary in Pakistan ~

Sunday the 15th of December  2019
The day we drove in a jeep from Islamabad to Sialkot famous for its industries and the Greatest Tank Battle with India at Chawinda in 1965. Just a day before I had read the Challenge for this week…’On Display’, I was excited for this trip would enable me to take shots of the popular roadside  ‘Displays’ and I am happy to share the results here…

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Sialkot is a city situated in the north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan at the feet of the snow-covered peaks of Kashmir near the Chenab river.
Formerly, has been the winter-capital of the State of Kashmir.”Sal-kot Shakil Nagri” derived from the name of the king of Sialkot known as “Raja Salban” who ruled 5000 years ago. 230 kms from Islamabad the journey  takes 5 hours.
Sialkot produces different types of goods for  export: Leather,  Surgical and Sports goods.
Its hand stitched  footballs are famous worldwide for their excellent quality.

9 a.m. A few kms on the Grand Trunk Road aka G.T.Road we met heavy fog.

Fresh Fruit: Guavas are  always an irresistible attraction.Farmers display their cart fulls on the roadside. We stopped to buy some.

The drive made me sleepy. In that dozing state I was suddenly awakened by  a loud excited call ‘Ammi,we have something for your display article.’  This is what I saw and loved it.


Next stop for our display photography was Sarai Alamgir, a place famous for King George Royal Military College now known as Pakistan Military College. Our Journey gifted us these images from the roadside shops.

Household items made of Hard Straw (Called ‘Kana’ in local language )


Elegant Graceful Colored and Decorated Clay Vases


A  Brief Stop at a Bakery – Discovered The World of Treats


The Day Long Journey added to unforgettable memories. Return journeys are always quiet and so ended another memorable trip. For our Display Theme I would like to return to Islamabad Serena Hotel and share with my friends, some shots which I had taken  at a ‘family lunch’ occasion , and here comes the Chance for ‘Display’~ Respected Amy Ji, these shots are specially for you’…


Fresh Tomato Salad  ~ ~ ~  Serena Hotel Islamabad

A Plateful of Dessert


And finally  a place  for entertainment ~

 ‘Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter’ John Keats

For Lens Artist Tina R Schell’s Challenge # 75 ~ Nostalgic ~ Doors and Gates’ ~

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Numerology  is a vital part of one’s life. We plan our time events and important days with the help of calendars. Each and every moment, hour, day and night is life in calculation.What a strange coincidence of numbers stood out as I went through the albums looking for photographs that reflected the Topic’ Nostalgic’,  best. The second unique revelation was the ‘focus ‘ of the matching images, as  ‘Doors’ and Gates’ remind us of the days gone by and memories are stored behind them.
Three houses we lived in were marked #8  – (17,71,8)

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.

                                               Doug Larson

1950s-This first image was captured as we were passing by the house where I spent nine years of my childhood. The house # 24 – Willoughby Road has the earliest memories of starting school, in fact starting life in a new country.I never knew at that time the tragic history of the Great Divide and Migration.

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1960s-  H/No: 17-Central Road Abbottabad  Northern Province of Pakistan
In service the stations keep changing.From Rawalpindi to Abbottabad the first time this beautiful fairy tale house was our residence for two years. Unforgettable time , experiencing the joys of all seasons, picnics, fruits. trees, and above all peace and happiness of family life.


1965- Indo-Pak War Time–  Moving from Abbottabad to the  Gilgit Baltistan in the Northern Areas and then back to a Non Family station Kharian Punjab, we had to make do for a few years in this house #71  / A-  in Rawalpindi, for completing school years. This photograph is Courtesy of a cousin sister visiting Pakistan from Canada (after 32 years) She paid a visit to the house and found herself drenched in tears and nostalgia and we all shared the loving and tragic memories of those days. The #26 written boldly is again a
coincidence, it adds up to 8 (2+6)

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1968–# 12. Kakul Road- Back to Abbottabad. Father’s official residence as Commanding Officer of the Combined Military Hospital  and a return of picnics,amazing seasons, snowfall, pine scented trees, military pipe band music and parades. Marriages and new arrivals. Happy memories. Highly nostalgic. A grand elegant professional time with family and friends.Unforgettable. Nostalgia prevails as I write this post.

13015487_10154123396840747_8020389055332100601_nMany more years went by. Memories grew as life took us to other cities but came to settle in this house in Rawalpindi in  1989.A turning point when one finds oneself a responsible person of the family, illness and loss of parents and separation from one’s own children. The joys return when grandchildren arrive, yet again to build new nostalgic memories.
‘We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun’ House No 73 A/1



This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense: the pain of not being able to
return to one’s home and family.                                                        John Thorn

2003– A short five month stay in  Paignton Close, Aspley , Nottingham. We bought a
small house and planned to live there, but circumstances made the change.
Experienced time as reading some pages of History,saw fireworks for the last ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ in England, visited the historic Nottingham Castle,stood  with Robin Hood’s statue, walked through the mud built cafe inside the castle walls on Christmas eve. It was like being Alice in Wonderland,with tinkling glasses soft whispers and an aroma of wine and coffee. I felt as if I would see Robin Hood appearing suddenly…nostalgic classic comics reading sessions in school days.


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Merry Christmas ‘ the lights said, ‘a lovely treat a dream come true.The Almighty made it possible for me to see what I used to read in story books’ Miracles happen and will keep happening. ‘Silent Night Holy Night’

‘Joy to the World’…for me this was a miracle’

For Lens-Artist Photo Challenge # 74 ~ By P.A. Moed ~ Abstract ~ From Kiawah to Pakistan ~




‘On earth are Signs for those whose Faith is certain. And also in yourselves. Will you not then see? The Quran 51 : 20-21

Accepting the Unique Challenge by Lens Artist P.A. Moed and Inspired by Lens Artist  Tina R Schell’s  Fantastic Work  I wish to share a photograph of a glorious sunset scene in the capital city Islamabad of my country Pakistan. The photograph was taken on  Sunday evening, the 24th of November 2019 respectively.
I have tried the  digital technology techniques to show  Abstract Artistic variations of one single image.The inspiration comes from Lens Artist Tina Schell’s magnificent work.

A personal touch in this post goes back to my college years when desiring to be a Fine Art student I had taken up the subject along with Geography and Psychology. My Principal called me  and told me that it would be too much practical work maybe for my own good future I should rethink and change one practical subject. I was asked to make a choice between Fine Arts and Geography and given two weeks to decide. After only a week of attending classes I had given up Fine Arts.I have never regretted my decision, and I remain grateful to my most gracious Guide (Late) Dr Kaneez Fatimah Yusuf  P.G. Govt. College for Women 6th Road Rawalpindi Pakistan.
I have a lot of art work to my credit by the Grace of the Almighty. Follow the given link to view it on Bookrix.com

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene

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Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.         Leonardo da Vinci


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Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.      Agnes Martin


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Mosaic  Bubbles

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Line Drawing

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Light Screen

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Cross Etching

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Plastic Wrap

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Glow Edges

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The Original Sunset View -Bani Gala Islamabad  .     Camera  HUAWEI  P10 Lite 

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it.          Ansel Adams