Common man's plea
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Eman, play group, in a Garrison Academy school project as Punjabi Girl.
In the name of politics
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
How will things improve if Muslim League (Q) and PPP joins and Muslim League (Q) gets governorship of Punjab and three ministries in the center? I was just wondering what all can happen on the name of politics...
The Mud Housing Project of SPARC also intends to make a contribution in the same direction by establishing a “model village”, samples for alternative construction and energy forms. The houses will be an example of traditional mud-construction techniques developed further through research. It will also show options for alternative energy, e.g. solar cooker, dry-WC, wind mill on the principle of Savonius-Rotor etc. - A sort of "Exhibition of Possibilities" never before seen in Pakistan.
The mud construction has unfortunately gained negative image due to influences of urbanization and urban life. Its positive value has been totally neglected. The project intends to bring about a positive consideration of traditional but energy-efficient construction methods. In order to evaluate the results in a scientific way, architecture students of the BNU Lahore, the COMSATS University Lahore, the Punjab University Lahore shall carry out physical tests, experiments and measurements on the mud houses constructed with different materials. Appropriate connections to these universities already exist through Prof. Dr. Norbert Pintsch (SES Expert and husband of Dr Senta Siller, holder of Federal Medal of Honour) due to his longstanding world-wide project work "Dolls of the World" / Village Project in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka and other small projects already completed with the assistance of the German Embassy. Letters of Intent from the universities have already been obtained.
The purpose of the exercise is to enable the future decision-makers to consider the traditional mud-construction in new light and to integrate it into future planning. The usage of environmentally friendly and construction biologically cheap materials and traditional construction forms combined with alternative technology, can also open doors for future solutions in urban areas.
The samples of model village will be integrated into an existing cultural entity as a holistic project concept - the cultural complex on the site of the Peerzaada Cultural Complex on the Raiwind Road in Lahore. As the place is already well-known, a regular and high number of visitors to the project as successful public relations work is already guaranteed. Moreover, these mud-houses shall be continuously in use as they will serve as lodging for the artisans working there.
The project appears to be closely related to cultural activity, in essence however, it is a construction concept with educational value as an alternative energy-efficient method of construction.
The project will also be promoted through the digital radio project initiated last year as a small project in the village of Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka.
This is for memory sake. Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Thatta Kedona called on me in my office today.
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Lahore School Carnival
Monday, 25 October 2010
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Professor Dr Nizamuddin, the Vice Chancellor, University of Gujrat
Sunday, 17 October 2010
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Saturday, 16 October 2010
On the occasion of the 75th birthday of Dr. Siller Siller, I on my own behalf and on the behalf of all other volunteers associated with Thatta Kedona we take this opportunity to thank her heartily for her exemplary and untiring efforts towards the cause.
Twenty years are a long time for a village NGO, or for that matter any other organizations from private and government sectors. The Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in district Okara (near Gogera) has come a long way in th last two decades. From the start, the NGO never aimed at mass production and has focused on high quality products in small.
The work of the NGO is based upon artistic handicraft. Remember, a large machine based production would be dependent upon the energy supply, which in this country, is hardly available 24 hours.
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Lahore at British Library
Friday, 8 October 2010
Photograph of the Chauburji Gateway at Lahore, Pakistan, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, part of the Bellew Collection of Architectural Views. Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, is considered the cultural centre of Pakistan. Islam came here after the advent of Mahmud of Ghazni in 1021 AD, and it was subsequently ruled by a succession of dynasties of the Delhi Sultanate, followed by the Mughals, the Sikhs and the British. It reached its apogee under the Mughals, known as the Garden City and with enough architecture to rank it with other great Mughal centres like Delhi, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri. The Gateway of the Four Minarets or Chauburji was once the entrance to one of Lahore's many pleasure gardens. The garden, together with one of the gate's corner minarets (on the north-west) is now lost. An inscription on the gateway records that the garden was established here in 1646, in the reign of Shahjahan, by a lady described as Sahib-e-Zebinda Begum-e-Dauran, or 'the elegant lady of the age'. The lady referred to is probably Jahan Ara Begum, the eldest and favourite daughter of Shahjahan, who was known to have built gardens at Lahore. The gateway is beautifully decorated with rich mosaic-work.
Explore Lahore History at British Library here!
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
As promised, here are images of all uncles at who attend the wedding of Khalid Javed's daughter which was held in the Crystal Hall of the Lahore PC on October 2, 2010, a sizeable number of coursemates from Lahore and outstation were present - Ashraf Tabbasum, Mushtaq, Ali Akbar and Jalal Hamid Bhatti from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, while Younis, yours truly, Iqbal, Tassawar, Khalid, Haider, Abbas beside others were from Lahore. Thanks to Wahab Bhatt for images. The images below shows some of the uncles at Topi Rakh Auditorium, Rawalpindi gathered for marriage reception of Col (Retd) Mujeeb's son.
Congratulations to Khalid and Mujeeb.
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Extended family 55 PMA Long Course
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Darakhshan Javed (daughter of Maj Khalid Javed) is getting married with Haseeb Yasir. Rasme mehndi was held in a very beautiful hall of DeSOM on Sep 30, 2010. Guess what, most of the course mates based in Lahore were there to share the joys of Maj Khalid and Naheed Khalid and give their best wishes to the couple. Images will come after barat function today (Oct 2, 2010).
This is a wedding season and there are so many couples tying the knot. Mohsin (son of Col (Retd) Mujeed Khan) is getting married to Najma in (almost) same dates. This marriage is spread over different locations from Rawalpindi to Pakpattan. Jalal HB will send in the images and will be posted here. Please stay tuned.