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Professional Journeys' Narrative – 13

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 13

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included, Excerpt from a book in process) Next morning we finished a hurried break fast, loaded the camels and started our journey towards the unknown place called Manzil. Our eyes were ambitiously searching […]

November 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Saddam’s Great Iraq – 6

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 6

After a few weeks I was assigned a project, an execution project of course, in Miqdadia near north-western border of Iran. Here we were provided AC cabins for stay. All meals and tea / coffee were totally free. I was informed that project management authorities were responsible for providing free accommodation and meals for all […]

November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys' Narrative – 12

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 12

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included, Excerpt from a book in process) Before resuming the account of search for location and situation of place or village called Manzil, it will be worth while to mention that the sufferings […]

October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Mocking Resemblance

Mocking Resemblance

On reaching my home town, on a private visit, I was informed that Nazeer had met an accident. Nazeer was one of my close friends. He was youngest of all of the five brothers. As compared to his brothers, he was least privileged due to his short height and flat top of his head. But […]

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Saddam’s Great Iraq – 5

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 5

After the event of encounter with Egyptian and Palestinian surveyors, atmosphere of the whole camp became very accommodating for me. Engineers of various countries and nationalities started giving me ever more regards than before. It appeared that they had accepted me as an authority in matters of surveying and route location for canals and drains. […]

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Professional Journeys' Narrative – 11

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 11

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included, Excerpt from a book in process) Account of journey to Manzil remains postponed. I would like to explain conditions in summer in areas of South Baluchistan. During scorching heat of the month […]

August 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Two Normal Gentlemen with Abnormal Claims

Two Normal Gentlemen with Abnormal Claims

It was mid night of January 2007 at Wazirabad Railway Junction (Pakistan). I had missed a train and the next train to my destination was due hours later. The night was severely cold and the waiting rooms were locked. I had to take shelter on a bench in passengers’ shed. The shed was nearly as […]

July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Saddam’s Great Iraq – 4

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 4

To live and function among the company of engineers and staff of different nationalities was a beautiful experience, but first of my life. Engineers came from three nationalities or sectors i.e. Asia, Europe and Africa; extreme white, extreme black and the medium colored people of the world working together. So everybody enjoyed the company of […]

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Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 10

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 10

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included) Dust storms and whirl winds command south-western Areas of Baluchistan during summer. Abrupt and spontaneous strong whirl winds are regular surprise. Our tents’ accommodations were worst affected during summer. In some of […]

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Saddam’s Great Iraq – 3

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 3

During month of Ramadan, year 1980, I was appointed to work with a team of surveyors in and around Hilla City. This team consisted of Iraqis, Egyptians, Palestinians, one Polish and one Pakistani. I had been assigned the job of preparation of a comprehensive topographical map of thousand of acres of area for planning treatment […]

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Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 9

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 9

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included) During the month of March, every year, this otherwise barren and desolated area of North-West Baluchistan is clad in a specific scenic beauty, unique in its nature. Mildly tolerable hot weather is […]

May 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Saddam’s Great Iraq – 2

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 2

There are no hard and fast timings for meals. I have seen people enjoying various meals, drinks and saltish items in restaurants from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. The restaurants’ staff works in shifts but there is no break in entertainment services for the people. Some of the meals that differ from those in our […]

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Saddam’s Great Iraq - 1

Saddam’s Great Iraq – 1

During first quarter of year 1979, I received a letter from Government of Iraq, informing that my application for service in Iraq had been processed and that I was invited to join Bureau of Soil Studies & Design, as soon as possible. After about two and half months I landed in Baghdad. I joined the […]

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Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 8

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 8

(An account of journeys exclusively based on true picture of areas and the people there. No poetic or romantic false expressions are included) Camping at Sandak was one of the most desolate and dreary experience of my journeys so far. No greenery, no scenery, no sweet water, no warmth against the freezing cold, no milk […]

February 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 7

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 7

During December 1969, I was asked to take up survey works in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan. It was estimated to be a year’s job without break. Everyone of my colleagues had flatly refused to take up the project due to one reason or another. The most rigid colleagues declared that they would like to either […]

July 30, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 6

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 6

People of Tharparker are conventional breeders of Camels, Cows, Sheep and Goats. Quite a number of them posses sizeably large herds. Owners of some herds do not know the actual count of their animals. Every owner of the large herd keeps close eye on his animals and with the team of guarding members moves along […]

June 15, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 5

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 5

Decoits used to play hide and seek with Rangers looting the people of villages. The phenomenon was ages old so much so that people of Rajputana and Thar were accustomed to it. Resistance was almost nil. It was on the pity of decoits to leave or take away the belongings of villagers. One member of […]

May 4, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 4

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 4

Venomous snakes are of varied sizes in the area, but I have not seen any snake of dia. more than 1.75 inch or 4.3 cm. Desert where human beings spend more energy in walking, there is no problem for the snakes running fast here and there. There is another type of snakes in the area […]

January 28, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 3

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 3

Camel travels his own way. A regular rider gets habitual with multi-directional movements during journey through expanse of vast desert. For me the case was different. I managed to set three cotton cushions under my sitting position on the camel back. This precaution did not help. Formation of sores started on third day by the […]

December 29, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 2

Professional Journeys’ Narrative – 2

Every huts’ settlement or village has its own well of bitter water for the survival of camels, goats, sheep etc. These animals have physically adjusted themselves to this kind of water. In summer this water is very cold and the animals drink it greedily. Such wells are 150 to 200 feet deep. Long rope and […]

November 17, 2009 | 0 Comments More