Pages

Friday, November 28, 2008

Some more photos of Money Plant





All images by me.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Money Plant






Money plant or Scindapsus aureus is one of the most commonly used indoor plant in Pakistan. I have heard that if you grow a money plant in your house, then it'll bring prosperity in your house. I think its just a false belief and nothing else. But quite interesting.

Money plant is native to South Asia and has more than 40 odd species. It is a decorative climber and can be easily grown as a creeper on walls, trees and hanging baskets.

It is also called pothos and devil's eye. Now why it is called so, I have no idea. May be you can help me in knowing that.

It is a perennial plant with heart shaped dark green and shiny leaves. If it give it less light, then the leaves would become more dark. So for yielding best colour, provide it with bright light.

The problem that I faced with my money plant was the gradual drop of leaves. Then I came to know that yellowing of leaves is an indication of over watering and excess supply of fertilizers. Now I rarely watered them.

My mother once told me that money plant can be easily propagated with divisions of roots and cuttings and then it would have more success rate. When it gets support then it stared growing larger leaves. The reason why it is the most successful indoor plant is because

it need less care,
it is fast growing plant,
it can also be used as a decorative plant,
it is resistant to most pests and
helps in removing indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.

It need less care and purifies the air. I found it in so many homes, in offices and colleges. It is the most wonderful indoor plant that I have ever known. You should also try it. It is the most environment friendly plant.

(All images taken be me)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Adding music to my blog

This blog was initially about trees, gemstones, and medicinal plants but now I am adding music, sufi songs, and other things of my interests to this blog. Making it more effectual and meaningful.

I have created this blog on 4 November, 2007. Now a year has been passed away.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A beautiful quote about roses















"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."


By Dale Carnegie.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Only Goldfish - Red Oranda

This fish died two months ago. sigh.

Sharing with you a Site for
Goldfish Care Basics

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Colour it Red...Take all the blood out of my veins...but colour this rose Red.

Lost Love...Lost Colours....Left alone...All Alone...But
lemme colour you red...lemme colour this rose red...!!!

This image has been taken by me


Another inspiration. Another header for my blog. Pomegranate flowers and dark thunder clouds. This image has been taken by me.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A brief note on Bottled water

Bottled water is becoming more and more popular. Most commonly, bottled water are of two types: spring water and mineral water.

Spring water comes from underground water springs. It receives the same filtration treatment that all water receives, including tap water. different brands of spring and mineral waters will have different amounts of minerals depending on their source.

Mineral water contains minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value. Salts, sulfur compounds, and gases are among the substances that can be dissolved in the water. Mineral water, which is often effervescent, and can be prepared or can occur naturally.
This water contains more than 250 ppm (parts per million) of TDS (total dissolved solids) that are present at the point of emergence from the source.

Keep in mind that the source of bottled water must be listed on its label. Not all bottled water comes from a spring. Many bottles of water contain nothing more than tap water, yet still cost money. Look for "municipal" sources or words like "public water source" for clues. One way to know that bottled water is actually tap water is to read the label. Dasani and Aquafina brands of bottled water are regular tap water, for example.

Monday, March 31, 2008

New Life, New Hope

Flowers everywhere....green versus red, yellow and purple...wonderful colours.






Instrumental music for my soul


Title: Peacock Dance
(Featuring Ustad Habib Khan - Sitar, Pandit Vikku Vinayakram - Ghatam)
Artist: Ustad Habib Khan
Album: Journey On the Strings

Basically this Peacock dance ( raag) is the collective work of three renowned musicians. Similarly, the used of these three instruments ( tabla, sarangi and sitar) turns into a creation of some of the most passionate and romantic, yet meditative music. Right to say its a music for soul. As a newcomer, listening to raags is a pleasant experience for me....

Now some information on Ustad Habib Khan, he is regarded as one of the best sitar players in the world today. He was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India. He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffar Khan. Habib Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is a blend of his father's traditional techniques and his own imaginative innovations. He is as much at ease with light classical and religious music as he is with pure classical renderings of raagas.

More insight on his life...

Biography of Ustad Habib Khan on ancient future.

Official site on his work.

Evening Moon


I took this photo from outside the girl's hostel of Lahore medical and dental college. It was an evening time so let me call it an evening moon.

On road

On my way... trees... speed... sun... dust... and my shadow....

Writing on a wall and a tree

For a time being, I didn't post any images of trees in my this blog so here it is...a roadside view.

This image has been taken from Multan, the city of saints and shrines. Writing on a wall is very common all over Pakistan especially along roads.

Say, I Am You

Its a beautiful poem written by Rumi, a Sufi poet. This is my another post on mystic poems and also sharing a you tube video featuring some amazing collection of images accompanied by a wonderful music.



Say, I am you.

I am dust particles in sunlight.
I am the round sun.

To the bits of dust I say, Stay.
To the sun, Keep moving.

I am morning mist,
and the breathing of evening.
I am wind in the top of a grove,
and surf on the cliff.

Mast, rudder, helmsman, and keel,
I am also the coral reef they founder on.

I am a tree with a trained parrot in its branches.
Silence, thought, and voice.

The musical air coming through a flute,
a spark of stone, a flickering in metal.
Both candle and the moth crazy around it.
Rose, and the nightingale lost in the fragrance.

I am all orders of being, the circling galaxy,
the evolutionary intelligence, the lift, and the falling away.

What is, and what isn't.

You who know, Jelaluddin,
You the one in all, say who I am.
Say I am you.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Hum Toh Tore Karan

A beautiful classical song by Ustad Rashid Khan. Hum toh toray karan, its a breath taking raag that has been sung by so much passion. After listening to his song, it makes me to know more about him and no doubt, Ustad Rashid Khan is " an assurance for the future of Indian vocal music". He is a classical musician in the North Indian Hindustani music tradition. But the most notable achievement of Ustad Rashid Khan is the infusion of an emotional content into his melodic elaboration. And here is... A beautiful classical song by Ustad Rashid Khan.

Hum toh torey Karan



For further information on him, I would like you to visit these links,

Biography of Ustad Rashid Khan, a site based on his work.

Biography from wikkipdia.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I am the One whom I love

I am the One whom I love

"I am the One whom I love, and the One whom I love is myself.
We are two souls incarnated in one body;
if you see me, you see Him,
if you see Him, you see us."

Mansur al-Hallaj known to us as the Persian writer and he is one of the more controversial figures of Sufism. His full name was Abu al-Mughith al-Husayn ibn Mansur al-Hallaj.The name al-Hallaj means "wool carder," probably a reference to his family's traditional occupation.

Orthodox religious authorities took offense at his poetry and teachings, particularly the line in one of his great poems "Ana 'l-Haqq," which translates as "I am the Real," but can also be translated as "I am the Truth" or "I am God." Al-Haqq is one of the Ninety Nine Names of Allah. He was condemned by a council of theologians, imprisoned for nine years, and eventually put to death.

Reference:



Poetry Chaikhana
Sacred Poetry from Around the World


This Poem is taken from poetry chaikhanna.

Mansur al-Hallaj biography


Mansur Al-Hallaj from wikkipedia

A Mystic Song of Kabir

Fearlessly I Will Sing the Attributes of the One without Attributes

Using the Base Lotus as the Steady Seat
I Will Make the Wind Rise in Reverse

Steadying the Mind's Attachments
I Will Unify the Five Elements

Ingila, Pingala and Sukhman are the Channels
I Will Bathe at the Confluence of the Three Rivers

The Five and Twenty Five I Will Master by my Wish
And String them Together by One Common Thread

At the Summit of Aloneness the Un-struck Anahad Sound Reverberates
I Will Play the Thirty-Six Different Symphonies

Says Kabir Listen Oh Practicing Aspirant
I Will Wave the Flag of Victory


Reference:

Kabir is one of the world's great poets. For more information on Kabir visit this site. I have chose this mystic song because it is enrich in its meaning. Powerful indeed. For explanation of this poem, must visit this page.

A THOUSAND YEAR OLD BENGALI MYSTIC POETRY

Mystic poems always fascinates me. Thats why I have decided to share some mystic poems from all over the world in my this blog. And in my this first search, I came to know about A THOUSAND YEAR OLD BENGALI MYSTIC POETRY, as I go on reading the poems, I found myself involves in knowing about the depth of all these poems.
The story about this book is like that ...

In 1907, Scholar Hariprashad Sastri, working in the Royal Archive in Nepal discovered a palm-leaf manuscript of 'Caryagiti', mystic poems by Bengali Buddhist poets, which were written about 700 C.E. The poems, also collectively known as the 'Caryapada'. The discovery brought to light the oldest specimens not only of Bengali poetry but also of Indo-Aryan literature. The author Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud has done an extensive research on 'Caryagiti' and presented it in the book called, "A Thousand year Old Bengali Mystic Poetry." The translation of the poems has been done by the author herself. The mystic images and the ancient Bengali script are omitted here for complexity.

My aim is to make this blog informative as much as I can. The Poem that I have selected from this book for you is Caryapada 6 and the poet name is Bhusukupada.

Poet: Bhusukupada, Raga Patamanjuri

Who have I accepted and who gave I given up?

All sides are surrounded by the cries of the hunter.

The deer's own flesh is his enemy.

Bhusuku the hunter does not spare him for a moment.

The deer touches no green, nor drinks water.

He does not know where the doe lives.

The doe tills the deer: leave this forest, and free yourself.

Thus the deer sped for hid life, leaving no hoff marks behind.

Bhusuku says 'this does not reach the heart of the unwise'.

Description:

"Acceptance and denouncement in life is depicted in one of the most poetic Caryas in this collection. The deer is an innocent animal who has no hatred for anyone. His enemy is his own flesh, which is the reason that he is being hunted. The deer is the Praga goddess found within himself, who shows him the way to salvation. He leaves no trail behind so that he cannot be followed by worldly claims.

The deer represents the mind, In the material life the mind wants to hold more and more. It gets hurt when it obtains material objects. As these cannot quench its thirst, it becomes unhappy. Pains attack him like the deer-hunters.

We may envisage the composer of the song, Bhusuka, surrounded by hunters, His own quality or talent is his enemy. So he stops eating and drinking, but he does not know the way to freedom. His instincts tell him to run this place like the deer, leaving no tracks behind."

Reference:

Old Bengali mystic poetry

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Time - Sunflowers quotes


The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy.


Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do.

Images of sunflowers from the backyard of my home.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Time

It is only when we start a garden then we realize, something important happens every day. The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.















It is one of the first days of Spring, and again I sit among some flowers observing nature, observing the marvelous beauty of nature.

Under A Dying Sun



Another road view on my way, I love the mystic colours of the dying sun.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Fish photography






I have a fish aquarium in my home and keeping a fish aquarium in my home is a good time pass activity for me. Its a wonderful sight too.
For me, fish photography is the most difficult thing in the world as fishes are so fast in their movements, I simply can't take the best shot but I keep on trying. All I assume is that, the most important thing for any fish photographer is patience. Be it then. Light plays another important role in fish photography and this is the thing that I still haven't figure it out.

On my search on internet for useful tips, I found a helpful guideline on fish photography. The site name is Fishfriend. So far, the information appears useful to me. Its about basic guide for taking fish photography. I am still practicing my best. Red colour is more in my pics, it fascinates me a lot.

The above images are taken by me. This is my little effort. Do tell me how do you like it?

Japanese Toy Designs

Amazingly beautiful are Japanese toy designs. Recently, I have seen a blog featuring a vast collection of them. This art appears timeless to me. Though some toys are really ugly and quite scaring but all the same I am interested enough to know about all the stories behind them. If anyone knows anything of them, of some inspiring stories behind these toys, please keep on share them with me. I am keenly looking forward for a response. As I know nothing about Japanese culture, therefore it seems difficult for me to understand and know the actual meaning out of them through images. But after seeing such wonderful toys, I am all praise for them.

For more images on Japanese toy designs and information, please visit this blog.
The above image is known as the hanging lanterns.
For more images on Japanese toy designs, browse some Flikr photos from Peacay.
Enjoy your search.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Trees are for life

I have taken this photo from Head Shidnai, it is one and a half hour distance from Multan. Its a road side scene and when I was taking this image, beggars were all around me, asking me for money and therefore, in a very difficult situation I took this photo.

A Sacred Tree Near A Grave

It is the traditional practice of planting a tree near a grave in Pakistan. By planting a tree, it is believed that the positive energy of the loved ones lies in the trees. In my opinion, this is the only way of connecting yourself with the dead ones and with nature.

Now most of people have neglected this traditional practice and started using brick and stone for the tombs/ graves but still we can find trees near every tombs/ graves.These trees are thought as sacred and will never be cut down.

This photo has been taken by me from Sahiwal. I was just passing by this graveyard and this view fascinates me so much that I can't stop myself from taking this image. I don't know anything about this grave.

Way Of Life


This is the way of life in rural areas of Pakistan and it is beautiful in its own ways. This photo has been taken on my way to Faisalabad which is formerly known to us as Lyallpur.

This view enlighten my soul and here in this place I realized that there is always something marvelous in all things of nature. Its a daily routine of these people to sit under the shade of this mighty tree and to do their daily task under its shade.

Listen to trees, they do whisper

Trees are spiritual and it is true that they do converse with us and do tell us the tales of the ancient times. Sharing a quote that I have recently read somewhere.
"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach.....the ancient law of life."

- Hermann Hesse, Wandering

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Writing on a tree

This tree is just near my house and we call it "Jaman ka Darakht". Its quite fascinating to see the writing on it. "Nam" or "Naam" means name in Urdu Language but I don't know what "Nams" means but I like this writing on a tree.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Tarang Tea Whitener Milk ad

The Tarang Tea Whitener Milk ad from Pakistan featuring saima,sana, Moamir Rana, Javaid Shaikh and Syed Noor. This is another tea whitener brand that is now everywhere in Pakistan.



Also showing, a ad About Tarang milk product that is shot entirely in Thailand with Benetone Films.



Its a ad about Tarang milk productin Pakistan.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Phobias !!!

Phobia is a Greek word and it can effect our day to day life a lot. Therefore in search of all phobias, to know about them, and for this purpose, I visited some sites and the first website that sound interesting to me is worth1000 and believe me, its really very worthy for giving it a try, it is informative too.

Phobia list is another very terrific site of the alphabetical list of all phobias and by browsing it, it appears to me that I am already suffering from all such phobias but thats not true in real life.


Monday, February 18, 2008

A Lonely Tree




In the rain, stands a lonely tree
Alone, cold, and all by itself.

It has no memory of what birds have nested,
Or of the travellers, under it's shade who have rested.

Yet it knows, what season it is
And what loves, have come and gone.

The rain is full of ghosts tonight.

The tree bows to the strong winds,
It's branches more silent now, than ever before.

Inside the lonely tree, stirs a quiet pain
For the unforgotten memories.

The tree knows that the birds have gone
As the rain chases away the night.

The wise old tree also knows, in the morning,
They will be back, warbling.

Poem has been taken from:
Gemma

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Note on Bamboo in Pakistan

Bamboos are of limited diversity in Pakistan. The following are the most important:

1. Arundinaria falcata in the NW Himalayas at 1,200-2,000 m. It occurs in the undergrowth in forests of oak, firs and mixed trees, usually on northern slopes or in ravines. It is part of a wider gene pool through the Himalayas. It is used for making baskets, mats and pipes.

2. Bambusa bambos. It is rare in the Ravi river eastward. It is absent in the hills. This species is extensively used for construction.

3. B. multiplex in the plains of Punjab is a hedge bamboo, as in India; originally introduced from China. It has the potential to reach 2,000 m.

4. Dendrocalamus strictus. In Punjab and Kashmir. It is found also in mixed vegetation on Marghalla hills surrounding Islamabad. It is used for construction and a variety of purposes. This forms part of a gene pool extending across Hindustan and usually growing below 1,200 m. In Pakistan, the resources are shrinking.

Historically, after the splitting of Pakistan in 1971, the Forest Department and also progressive farmers introduced bamboos from India, Bangladesh and elsewhere, and plantations were established in Punjab. However, post harvesting and processing was poor and prices fell after 1980 so most plantations were uprooted.

There is a need to assess the existing diversity, introduce additional productive forms and conserve representative stands.

By Zahoor Ahmad
National Agricultural Research Council (NARC), Islamabad, Pakistan


Reference:
Country Reports

Similar Posts:

Bamboo and its uses

Bamboo species in Pakistan

Cultivation of bamboo crop

Wolves devour boy in Chitral

Wild wolves devoured a young boy in village Atani of ayun, some 20 km south of Chitral town.


The boy, barely 12-year-old, while playing in the fields near his home with four other fellows, was nibbled into pieces by a pack of seven hungry wolves who had descended from the overlooking hills, due to intense cold. The traumatised children, while narrating the incident, said that when they saw the wolves, they ran towards a nearby house but the ill-fated boy lagged behind and met his fate.

When the children cried "wolf", some of the villagers rushed to the spot with guns and sticks but by then the wild animals had fled leaving only shreds of the boy.

CHITRAL, 01 Feb 08: From Dawn.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Cigarette store and an age old tree


A beautiful Image, from Kalash, Northern areas of Pakistan.

Sunset


A beautiful sunset on my way back home, this sunset reminds me of an age old friendship. Taken from mobile camera.

Poetry Work of Iqbal - 3


A MYSTERIOUS VOICE

At dawn thus echoes a voice beyond sky,
How you lost the essence of ken(1) and pry.

The knife of thy hunt(2) how you made blunt,
The shining stars why you could ne’er hunts(3).

To thy heritage, goes the caliphate,
Can flame be tied to tuft and hays fate.

The stars, sun and moon thy slaves are not why,
From thee shivers not, why not the whole sky.

That blood still runs in thy veins though,
No heat of thoughts nor a smashing dash(4) so.

A lucent eye though, but lacks seeing sense,
The eye which lacks a holy guide’s glance.

No longer looks now thy crystal conscience,
O prey of king’s an mullah, and Pir’s(5) guidance.




1. Jauhar-i-Idrak.
2. Hunt; here it means research.
3. Hunt; prey.
4. Smashing (thought), andeshah-i-bae leak (fearless).
5. Pir; a spiritual guide (Peeri (Per: )



A SELECTIVE VERSE RENDERING OF
IQBAL’S PAYAM-I-MASHRIQ"

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

Poetry Work of Iqbal - 2

SOLITUDE

I went up to the ocean and, addressing a wave, said:
‘You’re always restless; tell me what is it that troubles you.
You have a million pearls enfolded in your garment’s skirt,
But do you, like me, have a heart – the only pearl that’s true ?
It squirmed, retreated from the shore, and uttered not a word.

I went up to the mountain and said, "O huge heap of stone!
Can you not hear the wailing of a heart in agony?
If in your stones there is a gem which is a drop of blood,
Then speak, O speak, to a sad soul that pines for company.
If it had breathed, it breathed no more, and uttered not a word.

I travelled long in upper space, approached the moon, and said:
"O ceaseless wanderer, is there any rest ordained for you?
Your radiance makes the whole world gleam white like a jasmine field.
But is your breast aglow with a live heart whose light shines through?"
She looked round at the starry crops, and uttered not a word.

Transcending sun and moon, I went up to the Throne of God.
"There’s not a thing," I said, "I can be friends with, not a thing.
Your world is heartless, while my dust is all of heart’s stuff made.
A pretty garden, but not the kind of place to make one sing."

He answered with the smile He wore, and uttered not a word.




A SELECTIVE VERSE RENDERING OF
IQBAL’S PAYAM-I-MASHRIQ"

Two more animals die at Karachi zoo

KARACHI, Jan 30: While the city district government remains reluctant to make public the findings of its slow-moving inquiry into the death of 12 spotted deer, two more animals -- a male nilgai and a female red deer -- have died during the past three weeks at the Karachi zoo.

The mortality figure at the zoo has risen to 20 animals, including a female Bengal tiger, over the past four months.

This is the third and the second death among the nilgai and red deer, respectively, in recent months.

The nilgai had reportedly remained unwell for many weeks before it succumbed to tuberculosis. In the deer’s case, it is said to have swallowed a polythene bag and died of prolonged constipation.

“After these deaths, the number of nilgai and red deer has reduced to 10 and four, respectively,”
a zoo source said, adding that polythene litter posed a serious threat to animals, especially deer, and had claimed many animal lives over the years. He also said that one of the reasons of reduced population of red deer was that the Safari Park and the zoo had not exchanged animals since the former became an independent entity about two years ago.

Sources said that the death toll at the city zoo continued to mount because the city government had not taken any concrete steps to address the issues affecting the wellbeing of animals.

Although the inquiry initiated about two months ago into the death of 12 spotted deer identified the cause of deaths, it neither fixed responsibility in the case nor did it mention the precise source of infection.

“A blood parasite, trypanosomiasis, was declared as the cause of animals’ death. The report didn’t mention the source of infection. Nor did it hold anybody responsible for the deaths. However, it pointed out that the delay in the diagnosis of the disease and treatment took place because the blood samples were mistakenly tested for human infections at a private laboratory,”
a source said, adding that the report, which had been submitted to the district coordination officer, suggested a number of measures to prevent the outbreak of such infections in future.

The suggestions included appointments of more vets and staff, regular vaccination and examination of animals besides allocation of more funds for the zoo’s upgrade and maintenance.

So far, the city government has only managed to vaccinate animals.

“All animals, big and small, were vaccinated some weeks ago for the first time in a decade. Earlier, only problematic animals were vaccinated,”
a source said. About the practice of giving goose meat to one of the male Bengal tigers, he said that had been stopped after the zoo administration decided to offer ‘fresh’ chicken meat to the ailing beast.

Reference::

KARACHI: Two more animals die at Karachi zoo/ Dawn

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Poetry of Iqbal


"Life keeps expressing itself in new ways:

Content with one fixed form it never stays.

You have no spark in you if your today

Is just a copy of your yesterdays."


A SELECTIVE VERSE RENDERING OF
IQBAL’S PAYAM-I-MASHRIQ"

Tea Quote



"I am in no way interested in immortality / But only in the taste of tea".

— Lu Tung, Tang Dynasty Poet

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

The Earth's Echo's Fan Box

Followers