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Pakistan Pictures - pakistani culture pics

Updated on February 12, 2017
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...

PART I


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 as well 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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      LosectinWinders 2 years ago

      These pics were great and it shows how that the human spirit is alive and well. The elders carry a burden that shows in their faces but like you said, dignity does show through. The shops are great and projects so much pride. Great hub!

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      janvi 3 years ago

      awesome pics, i like very much pakistan.i live in india

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      iman zehra 4 years ago

      me pura pakistan dekhna chati hon because i love my pakistan. islamabad k khab to me khuli ankho se dakhti hon and jine lohere ni vakea o jamea ni so jmne k lia lahore dakhna zarori ha and karachi and pahari area dakhna mera khab ha kash koi mojza ho jae aur mere khab pore ho jae

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      brownella 4 years ago from New England

      Wonderful pictures, the quiet pride of the people reminds me of the dignity I so admired in the Cambodians, there is something noble in the faces of those who have survived so much and never break. Great hub :)

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      ayesha 4 years ago

      i live in pakistan and i loved it nice pictures

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I have covered Pakistan from wildlife conservation point of view and my wife has her own travel reporting page on another website, but this is the most appealing page ever that I have personally run into on Pakistan by a genuine traveller.

      The photographs provide most details complemented by small pieces of writing, which is awesome.

      Voted up!

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      javai iqbal awan 4 years ago

      Really Really Nice work I Just Love it .Weldon

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      Muhammad Faisal 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Lovely Photos dear sis I am from Pakistan and specially thanks for showing our culture on hubpages. Very Good

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      shami khan 4 years ago

      sab fazool hay

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      sunil 4 years ago

      Gods creation is wonderful

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      Sajid Imran 5 years ago

      These picture are so beautiful nd it show our beautiful culture of beautiful country

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      MOOSA KHAN 5 years ago

      yess its great ant truly pakistani

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      yasir jatt 5 years ago

      NICE

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for a view of Pakistan that I've never seen before.

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      veer 5 years ago

      very nice

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      raees 5 years ago

      buhut khubsurat andaz hai . great photos.. carry on

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      haidi 5 years ago

      beautifullll

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      sher afzal 5 years ago

      great

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      omar amin 5 years ago

      intersting and very nice i like it

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      sarmad Munir 5 years ago

      Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

      I LOVE MY PAKISTAN

      I AM GOOD COZ I LIVE IN PAKISTAN

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      rkm 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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      Abdul Naseer 5 years ago

      I love my lovely Pakistan

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A wonderful hub with really uplifting words and descriptions. I look forward to reading your other hubs on that wonderful country.

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      Aamir Qureshi 5 years ago

      Nice pictures.

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      Kamran Mughal 5 years ago

      Great pic

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      tjml 5 years ago

      Pakistan is most beautiful than these pictures!

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      Pakistani talk shows 6 years ago

      No doubt Pakistan has its own norms and culture.Though some black sheep always appear in every country but Pakistan is Pakistan.:)

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      Shoaib 6 years ago

      That something really awesome gr8 hub..:)

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      Ahsan Raza 6 years ago

      I wish our Lovely Pakistan again becomes peaceful like it was before 9/11. Love You Pakistan.

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      venum 6 years ago

      Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

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      venum 6 years ago

      Pakistan have a rich culture, in this article writer tried to show some of it. A great job. :)

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      roomi482 6 years ago from dublin

      nice pic but need some pictures of historical places as well

      that's will be grate and more realastic,

      thanks

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      umar.shehzad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      @myownworld thanks for creating such a nice hub, I am a pakistani and it is good to see people sharing such information about pakistan.

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      ulu ka patha 6 years ago

      u know pakistan is beautiful so is ko kia comment karien

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      Mughis Raza 6 years ago

      beauty of pakistan is here. Beautiful pics

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Beautiful photographs and lovely words :)

      Great hub ~ really enjoyed reading and looking :)

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      Abdulkarim 6 years ago

      pakistan is a great but saudi arb is very nice and good countrey of world

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      adil 6 years ago

      nice one i like ur intrest

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      ham2wam@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      i love those pictures but great job....

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 6 years ago from Dehradun

      Nice pics. Bright colors, looks just like India :)

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      dwaynehood 6 years ago from 9535 Stoney Ridge Lane, JENKINTOWN, PA-19046,USA

      Great hub it shows your culture, respect...

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      HASSAMKHOSO 6 years ago

      AMAZING PICS ................WOW

      I AM FROM PAKISTAN AND PAKISTAN IS VERY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.......

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      butt 6 years ago

      really good pic admirable u must see my tours at facebook login on my name adil lahorei the tour of different countries and my photos and xperiences

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      I love those pictures. My knowledge about Pakistan has become richer after viewing those wonderful photos, and the ones at the market are special !

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      @ Michael: Thank you for all your appreciation. Yes, sometimes, one has to travel to the not so wealthy parts of the world, only to discover they are so 'rich' otherwise! But above all, life shines in the most unknown, unusual places... like the eyes of those boys at the end... or the fresh smell of fruit and vegetables so painstakingly arranged... or the pride in these simple people's work. The pictures are colorful I know, but in my mind, they glow with a warmth no lens or words could capture.

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      Michael Ray King 6 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

      So very colorful! What a rich (not meant as 'wealthy') culture! When I visited the Philippines a few years ago I was impressed by the resiliancy of the people in tough circumstances. This is a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing!

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      @ gr82bme: Thank you yet again for your time and interest. I look forward to reading your work too.

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      MOW, you amaze me with your skills. I am looking forward to reading more.

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      @ Morson: Thank you for reading and stopping by!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      @ I know, some day, soon! :)

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Im sure you will luv it =)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you noorin for enjoying these. Its a dream of mine to visit Egypt some day...

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Reminds me of Egypt for some reason, anyways great picture, love the colors =)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      I know BR...I took these pictures myself only a few months back..walking the ordinary streets, interacting with the regular average people trying to live their lives amidst the chaos. Amazing to see their grace, strength and courage...and how talented they were in their simple, humble ways. God, I still sometimes see their smiling faces... I even remember asking some about the war, and remember how they replied, 'we just want to be left alone in peace'! Heart rending really.

      Take care, my dear friend....I love seeing you... and reading your insights.. :)

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      blackreign2012 7 years ago

      ty my sister for giving me such an amazing glimpse into this culture and it's ppl... Thru the media they paint pakistan as a place where terrroists thrive smh it's great to see someone celebrating these wonderful people and their way of life.. as usual a rate up for sure. You have a great eye for the beautiful things in this world ~hugs~

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      @ epigramman: Loved your comment...such wonderful and kind words, as are all yours. Take care..x

      @ saddlerider: thank you so much for appreciating these pictures which are an actual proof of the reality media fails to convey: a colorful, alive culture desperately trying to survive! Great comment - much appreciated :)

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Truly wonderful words spoken about a very colorful country, you show it in your pictures. A travelogue and adventure. Vibrant colors, foods, cloth, seeds, people, wow I am enthralled by the content, job well done and thanks for the share. Rate it a BIG UP

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that they have just changed the technology on my camera - but I finally made it here to thank you for your beautiful eyes - the pair that gave us these life-affirming pictures...

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you and hope you do well John. I know, the fruit looks so delicious, esp. in the heat of that region. They keep spraying it with water all day long, have huge fans to keep the flies off and lots of palm tree leaves to cover and keep it moist. Amazing really... :)

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great Pictures, I really like the fruit displays, they look great and make me hungry :)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      @ electricsky: Thank you for appreciating and commenting. No, Paki is not the same as Pachy. 'Pak'i refers to purity, so that anything with paki attached to it would imply it's clean and pure. Using your example, paki-derm would mean clean skin; in the same way, Pakistan literally means 'The land of the pure' . Take care, and nice meeting you :)

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      electricsky 7 years ago from North Georgia

      Love their marketplace. Especially the fabrics and threads and jewelery.

      Reading a book once I learned pachy meant thick, like thick skin (pachyderm), thick grasses (pachysandra), and the name Pakistan meant (thick something). But I just can't recall why it is called Pachystan? Do you know what the country name means?

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      @ vive, thank you for stopping by. Yes, the true essence of a very vibrant city...

      @ crazykhan, I'm glad you enjoyed them, thank you for reading and commenting :)

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      crazykhan 7 years ago from Lahore

      thanks myownworld for sharing the beautiful places of pakistan

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      vivekananda 7 years ago from India

      The true colors of Pakistan...isn't it?

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      I know gulnaz... pakistan has such a beautiful culture, but unfortunately they have made everything a 'religious' issue, because of which they are really regressing as a nation (unlike alot of other muslim countries that are fast progressing). People really ought to stop focusing their energies on 'fighting' ideologies and more time doing something constructive for the country. But anyway, all my love and peace... esp. people for like you who live there and see it through... take care :)

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      gulnazahmad 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Great pics it shows that still people living outside Pakistan know about the brighter side of Pakistan or the actual culture of Pakistan which is so rich, vibrant and full of fun. I love my Pakistan but feel guilt while seeing the dead bodies of people in terrorist activities. somewhere in my heart there is a guilt that we too are responsible for it because we are doing nothing to uplift our image or to stop destruction.

      Thanks for uploading them:)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      @ Hammad, thank you for enjoying this!

      @ mquee: Thanks once again for your wonderful comment; couldn't agree more with you! Take care.. :)

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      mquee 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      These are vivid and colorful photos. Everything looks so good. I have never been there, but I have been to the Philippines and have seen how hard people work to make a living. It's too bad that when politicians have disputes, they don't put on the gloves and settle it themselves, instead of sending armies and feeding us propaganda about the hard working people in the world. Beautiful hub.

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      Hammad satti 7 years ago

      Very good.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Cathi for your wonderful words - truly appreciated! :)

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      Cathi Sutton 7 years ago

      Amazing and beautiful photos! Thank you so much for the glance at a culture different from my own. Absolutely remarkable! I love this Hub!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Just to see you here fills me with tears Sab... I love you and owe these pics to you...! Do you remember that old man sitting in the market? You were laughing as I took his pic... god... I miss you!! :)

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      sabfar 7 years ago

      Guess who? Loved the pictures when i saw you take them in Pakistan and love them even more now ,after so much time has elapsed.So proud of you for doing what you've always believed in.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you anosmi for reading and appreciating... :)

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      anosmi 7 years ago

      good hub.. Nice details .. love pakistan.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      We all come from the same soil.... it's politicians and organized religion that divides people. Thank you dream for stopping by! :)

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Amazing hub .. You make us feel together with the Pakistani people even more!!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Nauman for your very kind words...and your request for friendship. Deeply appreciated. I prefer to stay in the background and just let my words speak to people, so i hope you'll understand if I don't give personal details. Take care...and yes, I just sent a special prayer your way....and for everyone in your country.. :)

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      Nauman Ali  7 years ago

      thanks Rossimobis ur the well wisher of Pakistan and we respect u and ur thought about us we are very thankful to and other people which gives the comment on these photos and the special thanks to i proudly called her as the great Ambassador of Pakistan ( myownworld ) where ru from ?and what ru doing ? will u give ur id or any other address and please msg me.IAM very thankful to u regarding positive comments on Pakistan again thanks alot dear

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you rebu for the nice comment and for becoming a fan!

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      rebu 7 years ago from Coorg,India

      WOW !! Excellent hubs..and also very nice pics..i wanna go there ! thnx for sharing..

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      thank you for reading suny51... :)

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      suny51 7 years ago

      yep,true Pakistan,i agree.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      thank you fionna for the comment. yes, it's the media to blame. Well, these pictures are before you....and they speak volumes! :)

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      fionna 7 years ago

      wow. I didn't know Pakistan can be so colourful and beautiful. you make me wanna visit there ! XD

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      A pleasure to see you here Zsuzsy! Thank you...:)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      MOW thanks for sharing this great bunch of pictures. I just love to see all about other countries and their habits.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you blue_eyes for reading...

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      blue_eyes 7 years ago

      WOW ITS TOO GOOD I REALY LIKE IT SO CUTE

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you alyia for reading and appreciating! :)

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      alyia 7 years ago

      thanks a lot i love it.. actually a true face... thnkx again

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Rismayanti for taking the time to read and appreciate this. A very apt observation regarding women; hmm... they actually do work, but not in very public jobs. I'll try to do a hub just on the women there. Cheers for stopping by!

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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      myownworld, it great picture, thank you for sharing, your image give other image about pakistan compare to what always hear and see on media.

      thank you very much...

      but i wonder.. why almost no any women in the main image as object/who involve in that daily live. I always want to know more about pakistany people and their real daily live.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Deborrah for your wonderful comments! Always a pleasure to read them.. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Myownworld, What a beautiful presentation! You have captured the many artistic and creative ways that the people of Pakistan make a living! The fashions are beautiful as well! Wonderful photographs! This is like a photo documentary; Great job!

      Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you AE for the lovely comment and for stopping by! A pleasure to hear from you...! :)

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Thank you for sharing the World of Pakistan , the pictures were brilliant, I loved the dresses and shoes. The fruits and vegetables were so colorful and the little boys faces touched my soul. I also pray for the women of Pakistan because they still have a long way to go. I am looking forward to this series. :)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Oh...Ral..seeing you really put a smile on my face! I hope you're doing well...have missed you. Thank you so much and do take care... x

      Gramarye, I have many more fascinating pics...just need some time to put them all together. Thank you for appreciating...and the nice comment! :)

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Oh! this was a wonderful representation of Pakistan, so vibrant and interesting. Thanks for sharing it!