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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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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 7 years ago from Biafra

      I visited Pakistan in 1997 and up till today, the Pakistan i carry in my heart is not the Pakistan they tell us about in the media,the Pakistan i have in the deepest depth of my sincere heart is illustrated in all the pictures above.Still miss the cane juice and the daily Chai.

      Hey! u brought smiles in my face for the first time since i began reading stuffs here in hubpages.

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      Putz Ballard 7 years ago

      Beautiful and so colorful. thanks for sharing.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Rossimobis, so did your wonderful comment! Wow...so you had chai and cane juice? I agree with you completely...the media gives us such a scary picture, and what i found there in reality was just so different! (I bet it's the same for many other countries). Thank you for feeling with me...:)

      Thank you Putz....coming from someone who paints such vivid pictures with his own words, it's meant a lot!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      oh wow, these pictures are great! If you're not a professional photographer, what am I then? LOL. But really, I can just imagine you looking beyond your lens trying to capture the essence of Pakistan, what we basically don't see in our TVs. Thanks for sharing these MOW.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      lol..my dear emievil....thank you for bringing a big smile to my face! cheers for the great comment....!

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      ehern33 7 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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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      :) ehern, you've seen exactly what I found there....such grace in war times in remarkable! Your comment is truly appreciated...thank you.

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      onequietnight 7 years ago

      Hey, myownworld, this is another great hub from you! I loved the way you have carefully selected the pictures to give us such a good taste of Lahore not to mention your thought-provoking, sensitive and vivid comments. It literally felt as i was walking through the streets of Lahore again, taking in the sights, sounds, the smell of the air... you really transported me to a different world. Many thanks for sharing!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Onequiet, you're a real loyal friend...and a true critic of my work! Thank you for such beautiful words.....always x

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Fantastic photos - they are truly gifted people. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. I like to see pictures of the daily life in Pakistan. Some of these shops in Lahore look familiar to me. I also bought many pashminas when I was in Lahore and also some traditional shoes in Anarkali. 250 rupees per pair. I also saw men in the street making clothes and dying the cloth.

      If you have more pictures of the ordinary people please make another hub.

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      sophs 7 years ago

      This is a beautiful hub, just when I thought your hubs couldn't get any better you surprise me again! :) It seems such a bright and colourful place, not how I expected it. The fruit is displayed so carefully and neatly I really want to try some of that juice too! I see what you mean about the boys expression in the picture at the begining, it moves me also but I can't explain why :s the sari's dresses and shoes are soooooo beautiful, I must visit Pakistan one day. Thanks for sharing another great hub Myownworld! :) love the last picture

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Cari thank you so much for reading...yes, gifted but undiscovered! :)

      Ah Hummingbird...you know exactly what's it's like, I know. I'm going to link this to your hub! Check soon. Also, I have countless more pics...just going through them....will make another hub soon (part 2). Cheers for reading..much love x

      sophs, your comments are a joy to read! thank you for the appreciation.....traveling is one of the best ways to understand cultures...and 'truth' to people....let's hope everyone can put aside their fears and walk freely across borders...love always..x

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      MOW, I was very happy to see this side of Pakistan through your [very artistic] eyes. It's always exciting to see how other countries/cultures live, and especially great to see the normal every day life in a country that has seen so much war and pain.

      I'm sure you took many more pictures than this, and I agree - it is certainly worth posting another hub.

      Once again - fabulous job!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a terrific hub! I enjoyed the colorful pictures so much, and the descriptions of the talented craftsmanship that went into creating, especially the cloth and clothing.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      Was just re-reading your hub. It brings back good memories. I can hear the sound of the traffic, the pop pop sound of the rickshaws, the honking horns, the heat. Though I did notice on my last visit that the polution was not as bad as the first time. The air used to be blue. It reminds me too of riding a Qingqi, only once, I sat at the back and was holding on for dear life as we raced through the traffic and everyone turning round to see the foreigner with a very red face from the heat. I never go brown, only red. I have seen women with babies sitting on these vehicles and not holding on at all. I was terrified of falling off. I am certainly looking forward to seeing more photos.

      Best regards

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      lyricsingray 7 years ago

      MOW my god what a beautiful hub, wish I was there right now. Really well put together,I want to be like you when I grow up. Please ! Miss you, Kimberly

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Duchess for your nice comment. Yes, I have many more that I'm dying to share, but it just takes ages to bring them all together into a 'meaningful' whole. Soon though! Take care...it's always such a pleasure to see you here! x

      Paradise...yes, it was even more fascinating to watch them in real life. I think I must have spent days just roaming these bazars and yet, I feel I haven't conveyed half their beauty! Thank you so much for appreciating! :)

      Humming, I'm just laughing at your comment! oh yes, I have so many more, even of those women balanced on motorcycles, just need some time. Maybe one day we should go back together.....we'd have the most amazing time ever! :)

      Lyrics....I have only warmth and affection in my heart for you....thank you friend...hugs xx

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Beautiful hub. The photos are amazing...thanks so much for posting them.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      MYO as usual your hub is right up there at the platinum standard. Thank you for the window into another culture I know nothing about ! Marvelous work.You rock my friend.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      alekhouse, I'm so glad you like them, thank you! :)

      tony, it's amazing how much one can learn traveling to places....and seeing things first hand; it's made me realize the unfortunate limitations of media...and how misconstrued some of our notions based on it are! Anyway, it's just good to see you here.....just smiling at your words! thank you...! x

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      The colorful pictures tell the story of a vibrant culture of people so much better than words could have done. This is an outstanding hub. Thanks.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      I know exactly what you mean.....no words needed when you can look right into the heart of a city! thank you for your appreciation..:)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Picture say a thousand words. My goodness- you've said quite a bit here. Thank you very much. This is incredible work.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      you said it Micky...a thousand words yes! Thanks for stopping by friend! x

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      myownworld - Truly Amazing, A picture is worth a million words. You have managed to capture the essence of Pakistan through your pictures. My heart was touched through each and every picture. I loved the colors, the vibrancy. I never realized that such beauty existed in a country where war is so predominant. Thank you for showing us the other side of Pakistan.

      The faces of the old and the young. Your caption, "A story in each face." Your ability to see what lies beneath the surface of the three young boys is insightful. How truly gifted you are. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Amazingly beautiful,

      Sage

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Oh Sage...I'm so silly....just sitting here with tears in my eyes....wishing I could tell you just how much your words have meant. You're a real gem Sage.... and I've just whispered a special prayer of love, happiness and creativity your way...! xx

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      myownworld - as I scrolled down the page I was so amazed at the colors . . and the way these items are laid out. I could almost taste the fruits and feel the softness of the fabrics. What a wonderful way for you to share your thoughts and your photos of life in such a far a way land. Thanks for taking me to Pakistan today. I dont think I will forget my (your) trip !

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      Paul Callaghan 7 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

      Great stuff again MOW. Just shows that whatever the media says, ordinary people are just living their lives as best they can.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      wavegirl...loved your comment! Coming from a great hubber and person like yourself, I can only smile! Thanks my friend.. :)

      cally2, where have you been?? So great to see you here!! oh, the media gives such a myopic view of things...but reality surprises us in ways we can never imagine! cheers for dropping by and hope all goes well with you! x

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Yer hubs are so touching and just unforgetable, tis my honor that yer first hub not serious is to interview me, you have no idea how much that means to me, I used to have this saying that I used but haven't used it for years but for you I can use it.

      To know you, is to love you ! x

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      :) Ah...that saying....just happy tears in my eyes. You're a dear dear person to me Art...always will be. I will never forget your kindness to me when I first came here...I know you encourage all new hubbers here and it's such a special gift you have. I've started working on my questions today...should be sending as soon as I'm done...! take care...always..xx

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      you ARE a photographer

      my mother in law recently visited Italy, and the pictures she took of the elderly beggar woman broke my heart....

      This world is old, and life is hard all around.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Yes...justine...so true! It's the eyes that 'see.' Not everyone has them. You do my friend. It's what I love the most about you....:)

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Yes I do encourage new hubbers and always will but you will always hold a special place in my heart, I like to think we are the sort of friends that just know we are always there for each other. Btw you can ask me anything, get personal, call yer hub an interview with BadCompany Uncut lol, go for it and ask wat you think others wud ask because truth be told I wouldn't let anyone else interview me !

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      thank you Art....for being you. It's a privilege to interview you...! let's see what we can come up with....am sure something wonderful! much love xx

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Oh MOW you have brought us a more colorful, happier, more personal, clearer, and more alive Pakistan than I have imagined. I love those beautiful colors of thread and cloth and vegetables....and I want a cane smoothie. =:) Great, amazing photos! Thank you for the tour.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Just woke up to your wonderful comment Winsome! Thank you to you for enjoying this with me...! :) love always..

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey MOW, I miss Asia and your pics speak a thousand words, arent they ordinary people but they are truly dignified, I love everything about the pictures and images ---

      fruit stands, flowers, the dresses -- I have one of that, I found it here at Asian store, I just love it (I love Asian type of jewelries LOL)

      Most of all I see people who are hardworking and have dignity!!

      I agree with the boys eyes, it captured my attention and the memories of Pakistan in your last hubs, those eyes, it evoke feelings and all --

      And the smiles of the three boys, hmm they are what we should live for -- children--

      Thank you MOW,

      Cheers my friend, Maita

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      I have looked at your hub several times because I like the pictures. I have seen the one of the vegetable cart. Did you take that near the Fort? The background looks the same as my chick pea sellers that I took outside the Fort in November 2008.

      I have read the comments by the other hubbers and you deserve all the praise. Well done.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Pretty Maita, what a lovely comment! Oh I'm sure you miss Asia...it gets into your blood, doesn't it? Such colorful alive cultures....and such emotional, warm people! But I have lived in europe for so long now that I fear I'm already becoming a stranger to my own culture. Anyway, take care my dear friend...just seeing your smiling face cheers me up! xx

      Hummingbird...you never know, one day we might be touring south asia together....! thank you for enjoying these pics...yes, that cart was outside the fort!! Yes...one day...! ;)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Pretty Maita, what a lovely comment! Oh I'm sure you miss Asia...it gets into your blood, doesn't it? Such colorful alive cultures....and such emotional, warm people! But I have lived in europe for so long now that I fear I'm already becoming a stranger to my own culture. Anyway, take care my dear friend...just seeing your smiling face cheers me up! xx

      Hummingbird...you never know, one day we might be touring south asia together....! thank you for enjoying these pics...yes, that cart was outside the fort!! see, how well you know the place! cheers... :D

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy myownworld: What a wonderous Hub this is. There are colours and flavours here that just shine. Pakistan is alive and brimming with life and you can read it and see it for yourself in these amazing pictures! Nothing like the dour dull media stories and images we are so used to having thrown at us. As usual, you are unique, because you balance everything by giving us all a reality check. These people are the true Pakistan, the ordinary people of this country. Yet, there is the youth and the future of this country also. The toxic pours into Pakistan from the Foreign media, and tries to drive people away. This hub makes me want to go and visit this country. That's the difference you make!

      You are so good at bringing it all together, and as usual, you have made a great hub! MOW, you are one of my favourite hubbers, and this just proves why! Ya get a bug hug from me for that! x : )

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      nettech 7 years ago from London (UK)

      Hi,

      Lovely pics, reminds me of each time I go to visit!

      Zaheer

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      nadiaazhar 7 years ago from kuwait

      hey MOW,you have put the pictures togather so nicely,the pictures from the duppatah gali of liberty reminds me of the head ach that my tailor used to give me:)but i miss roaming around there in rush!!

      great effort,best regards,Nadia

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Cheeky, words are so limited aren't they when you want to convey a heart felt thank you? I just loved your comment (teared up as always) and cannot tell you how happy I was that you felt and saw exactly what I was hoping to show through these pics.

      Some south asian friends have pointed out that I gave a one sided picture of pakistan, that I did not cover the more affluent areas of the cities, but this is just part I, and I wanted deliberately to pay homage to the unremarked lives of ordinary people. Thank you for seeing it all with my eyes.....hugs xx

      Nettech, cheers for stopping by and enjoying! Do look out for part 2....:)

      Nadia.... I laughed out loud at your comment! True, when you actually live there, you forget to 'look' at things from a fresh perspective...I did the same...it's only now after years of traveling and living abroad that I looked at pakistan and exclaimed at the stunning culture there! :) cheers!

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      SadPaki 7 years ago

      I live in Pakistan I am seeing the vanishing pakistan. The plunderers and looters are ruling the country. Psuedo slogans and non-issues are testing the patience of everage pakistanis. I believe in Miracles and only a miracle can put a hault to the degredation of the land of pure as they call it.

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      Rachaelle Lynn 7 years ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Gorgeous photos! They reminded me of India - I've taken two trips there. You have inspired me to get out my old photos and get them scanned so I can post them. Beautiful hub - thank you!!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      SadPaki, my heart goes out to you and everyone living in paksitan...such warm wonderful people.....and so sad to see the country being destroyed gradually. Sending much hope and prayers your way....

      Rachaelle, thank you for reading and appreciating! Look forward to seeing your pics too! :)

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      skyfire 7 years ago

      No matter where you go in Asia you'll find one thing common i.e. Political Banner ads in every street. Ads behind that boy in 5th pic reminded me of this fact. And i hate those bazaars(and small street hawker zones) for the crowd and bargain fights,but that's Asia for you. Nice hub mow :)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Lol Sky....you don't seem to have very good associations with Asia it seems! Never mind, next time i'll take you with me....and will show you such amazing places, you'll just love it! cheers for stopping by! :)

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      shanekruger 7 years ago

      Your feeling are so sympathizingly about Pakistan and that's why these feelings are looking in your pictures. Hope so, you would share more such kind of pictures in future.

      Thanks and thubs up

      Shane

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. I especially love the shops so full of colors. I can't wait to see more.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you shane for reading and appreciating! :)

      Yes, Tammy, I have many more...just want to make them into a meaningful whole instead of just publishing... cheers for stopping by! x

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      sophs 7 years ago

      I was feeling down, so came for another read, the bright colours and hopeful smiles cheered me up! :) Thanks Myownworld, hope you're good!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      :) I'm smiling back at you Sophs....if something about the forums ever gets you down, feel free to write to me. Sending love...warm sunshine...and lots of creativity your way....

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Beautiful photos of the ordinary Pakistani people - wonderful hub...

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      drej2522 7 years ago from Augusta, GA

      Amazing perspective on a country that may otherwise be receiving negative publicity due to the media. Awesome pictures, love the bazaars!

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      Sadpaki 7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments. Years don't count in the life of a nation. Your wonderful way of exposing pakistan has put a new ray of hope in my sad brain. I genuinely feel that if people of pakistan decide to take control of Pakistan nobody can stop this Asian country from becoming new Asian Tiger...

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thanks Moulik for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed..:)

      Yes drej, that's exactly what I wanted to see for myself: the truth. And these pics can't lie... cheers for the great comment! :)

      Sadpaki....I like how you express yourself. It shows how much you care. Human nature is more resilient than we think....and things somehow have a way of 'balancing' out eventually. I cannot believe hope can ever die in that country....there's too much beauty and warmth there for it to! Take care friend...

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      Andrew0208 7 years ago from Zion

      I feel so real reading the natural beauty of life. The media sometimes hype issues. I believe in the hidden treasures deposited in man. Thanks for sharing these lots. Thank you.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      The 'real beauty of life'...loved this line! Yes Andrew...that's what the media debates overlook! Thank you so much for reading and becoming a fan!

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      Kevin 7 years ago

      Great pictures, you really captured their culture well.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      It's true that if you live in a place you don't see it the same as visitors do. You take it for granted.

      Myownworld, I have linked your hub to mine.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Lovely glimpses into a part of the world I have never seen yet I seem to know it. I guess from the many people of Indian and Pakistani origin we have here in South Africa. I love going to the Oriental Bazaar in Johannesburg where there are many shops like those you have photographed here.

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful pix.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you Kevin for enjoying them! :)

      Humming that's very kind of you...you didn't have to, but thank you..and take care x

      Tony, I know just what you mean..it's like those exotic bazaars we have in london too...except...the experience of seeing the 'real' thing is just ten folds! Thanks for reading my friend...always a pleasure seeing you!..:)

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      Wow just wow, MOW; lol that just rhymed. However on a serious note nobody could have ever captured the beauty and life like you have done here. I can relate to so many things and snaps in your hub be it vibrant colors, the bazaars, the chai or the sugarcane juice. The pics are a delight to watch and so is the flow of the hub. Thanks for sharing. It has inspired me to write a hub on something I was thinking for a while, should get my camera to work.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      You're a sweetheart Charanjeet....! thank you for the wonderful comment...and yes, click away...it's amazing the results a simple camera can give when the object you photograph has the real beauty! take care...x

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Thank you so ardently for this hub - all the beautiful picture of the reality you saw, the information of truth you gave. Just a wonderful reading here. Much appreciation for sharing your words and pictures. Hope there is another coming too!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      thank you Froggy for your wonderful words....! Yes, working on it these days! take care :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I've been meaning to come over here and read this hub, myownworld. I think you did an excellent job of capturing the essence of the Pakistan here, especially of the bazaars and accompanied each photos with brief yet information descriptions. Thanks so much for sharing this! Wonderful work as always.

      Dohn

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      It's great to see you dohn.... one of my favorite people on HP! Thank you for appreciating. Coming from you, it's always special... take good care..:)

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      kea 7 years ago

      Awesome pictures. I always pictured Pakistan as more "dusty", but all your pictures are very colorful! I hope to visit there someday!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you kea for appreciating! :)

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      LOL!!!! so are you...! Hey, just ask the captain for me to check his mail tmrw. His questions will be coming! would have given you a hug, but um..never mind! ;)

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      shanekruger 7 years ago

      Next time you go to Pakistan, I recommend you to visit Northern Mountain areas in Pakistan too, I found them a heaven on earth.

      Just posted a new hub on Lake Saif-ul-muluk after your hub pop ups again. Thank you for inspiring me on sharing my own trip too. Thank you

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      :) thank you shanekruger for the great comment! I have seen them....will definitely check your hub soon! Take care... :)

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      M.Haq 7 years ago

      myownworld!

      you are doing Great....all these photos are depicting the true scene in Pakistan,from one level to another.i got this link from Fb.

      keep it up!!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you MHaq for appreciating! My pleasure entirely...! :)

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      Mrvoodoo 7 years ago from ?

      Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. Maybe one day I'll get the opportunity to visit, but until then, thanks for sharing, great hub.

      And that's one crazy looking juice machine. =)

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Can't believe that I missed this one - a fantastic Hub with wonderful images. You captured the colours and life of Pakistan beautifully.

      Due to a childhood spent watching the likes of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, Pakistan is a place I have always wanted to visit. After seeing your photos, even more so.

      I hope that you remember us when you start working for the National Geographic :D

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Mrv...it's good to see you here! And yeah, that machine was unbelievable, wasn't it? It actually churned out the most frothy and delicious sugar cane juice you can ever imagine! Cheers for appreciating! :)

      Sufi....am just smiling at your comment (am impressed with your knowledge!). Yes, I even visited the cancer hospital Imran Khan has set up in pakistan and it had the most modern, state of the art facilities for cancer treatment. Amazing work there...

      And flattered as I am, my humble digital camera and pure love for traveling and the common man is hardly enough to land me a job with national geographic....but hey, thanks for believing in me..! ;)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      We are not often showed the vibrant 'real' pakistan, however this hub shows just how colourful it is there. Great hub and wonderful pictures. Hope theres more to come.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Thank you for stopping by wrenfrost! Yes, I have hundreds of more pics that I'm going through, will publish soon. take care, much love...:)

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      OMG!!! From all the many stories I have heard from my father and relatives you have captured the very heart and essence of Pakistan...Now I want to go 10x more!!!!! A wonderful hub and absolutely beautiful photography, MOW!!!!!!!!!! I loooove it!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Ann...you come across as such a warm and wonderful person..thank you for making me smile...and becoming a fan! :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      MOW, you have truly had an experience that will last a lifetime. It is always sad to see in the midst of all wars and or fights there are those that just want peace and life.

      Awesome colors, beautiful wares, I would have felt like a kid in the candy store (wanting to buy one of everything to take home). Hopefully one day everyone will just decide to seek peace and the tranquility that it brings, for that is the true wealth of life.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Loved your comment Money! Yes, that's exactly what touched me the most: ordinary lives just trying desperately to go on despite the chaos of war around them...heartrending really. Anyway, take care my friend, and cheers for dropping by!

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      Bad_Company 7 years ago

      All will be with ya by this time Sunday night, enjoy yer Saturday night x

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      :D oh...soooo happy to see you here!!! Take care...and here's a warm hug for you! x

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Such vibrancy MOW. The pictures too. much love, CC great hub as usual

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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!

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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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      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

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

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

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      Rismayanti 6 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 6 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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      alyia 6 years ago

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

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      Thank you alyia for reading and appreciating! :)

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      blue_eyes 6 years ago

      WOW ITS TOO GOOD I REALY LIKE IT SO CUTE

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      Thank you blue_eyes for reading...

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 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 6 years ago from uk

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

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      fionna 6 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 6 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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      suny51 6 years ago

      yep,true Pakistan,i agree.

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      thank you for reading suny51... :)

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      rebu 6 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 6 years ago from uk

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

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      Nauman Ali  6 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 6 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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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

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

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      myownworld 6 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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      anosmi 6 years ago

      good hub.. Nice details .. love pakistan.

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

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

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      sabfar 6 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 6 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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      Cathi Sutton 6 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 6 years ago from uk

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

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      Hammad satti 6 years ago

      Very good.

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      mquee 6 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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      myownworld 6 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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      gulnazahmad 6 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 6 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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      vivekananda 6 years ago from India

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

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      crazykhan 6 years ago from Lahore

      thanks myownworld for sharing the beautiful places of pakistan

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      myownworld 6 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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      electricsky 6 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 6 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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      John B Badd 6 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 6 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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      epigramman 6 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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      saddlerider1 6 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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      myownworld 6 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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      blackreign2012 6 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 6 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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      noorin 6 years ago from Canada

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

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      myownworld 6 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 6 years ago from Canada

      Im sure you will luv it =)

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      @ I know, some day, soon! :)

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      myownworld 6 years ago from uk

      @ Morson: Thank you for reading and stopping by!

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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

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

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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

      @ 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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      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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      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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      HASSAMKHOSO 6 years ago

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

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

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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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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 6 years ago from Dehradun

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

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      ham2wam@yahoo.com 6 years ago

      i love those pictures but great job....

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      adil 6 years ago

      nice one i like ur intrest

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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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      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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      Mughis Raza 5 years ago

      beauty of pakistan is here. Beautiful pics

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      ulu ka patha 5 years ago

      u know pakistan is beautiful so is ko kia comment karien

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      umar.shehzad 5 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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      roomi482 5 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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      venum 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      Ahsan Raza 5 years ago

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

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      Shoaib 5 years ago

      That something really awesome gr8 hub..:)

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      Pakistani talk shows 5 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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      tjml 5 years ago

      Pakistan is most beautiful than these pictures!

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      Kamran Mughal 5 years ago

      Great pic

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      Aamir Qureshi 5 years ago

      Nice pictures.

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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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      Abdul Naseer 5 years ago

      I love my lovely Pakistan

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      rkm 5 years ago

      Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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      sarmad Munir 4 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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      omar amin 4 years ago

      intersting and very nice i like it

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      sher afzal 4 years ago

      great

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      haidi 4 years ago

      beautifullll

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      raees 4 years ago

      buhut khubsurat andaz hai . great photos.. carry on

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      veer 4 years ago

      very nice

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

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

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      yasir jatt 4 years ago

      NICE

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      MOOSA KHAN 4 years ago

      yess its great ant truly pakistani

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      Sajid Imran 4 years ago

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

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      sunil 4 years ago

      Gods creation is wonderful

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      shami khan 4 years ago

      sab fazool hay

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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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      javai iqbal awan 4 years ago

      Really Really Nice work I Just Love it .Weldon

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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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      ayesha 4 years ago

      i live in pakistan and i loved it nice pictures

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      brownella 3 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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      iman zehra 3 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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      janvi 3 years ago

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

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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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