Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Injecting chicken with masala

My sister demonstrates to me how yummy masala is injected directly into the leg piece of the chicken. This she called Al-Baik chicken and was served with fries and a yummy sauce containing olive oil. A bit heavy too.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

River Indus, Sehwan Sharif

The Indus River (Sanskrit: सिन्धु Sindhu; Urdu: دریائے سندھ Daryā-e Sindh; Hindi: सिन्धु नदी Sindhu; Sindhi: سنڌو Sindhu; Punjabi: سندھ Sindh; Gujarati: સિંધુ નદી Sindhu; Pashto: اباسين Abāsin "Father of Rivers"; Persian: رود سند Rūd-e Sind‎; Arabic: السند Al-Sind‎; Tibetan: སེང་གེ།་གཙང་པོ Sênggê Zangbo "Lion River"; Greek: Ινδός Indós; Turki: Nilab) is a major river which flows through Pakistan. It also has courses through western Tibet (in China) and Northern India.

Originating in the Tibetan plateau in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar, the river runs a course through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit, Baltistan and flows through Pakistan in a southerly direction along the entire length of Pakistan to merge into the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi in Sindh. The total length of the river is 3,180 km (1,980 mi). It is Pakistan's longest river.

The river has a total drainage area exceeding 1,165,000 km2 (450,000 sq mi). Its estimated annual flow stands at around 207 km3 (50 cu mi), making it the twenty-first largest river in the world in terms of annual flow. Zanskar is its left bank tributary in Ladakh. In the plains, its left bank tributary is Chenab which itself has four major tributaries, namely, Jhelum, Ravi, Beas and Satluj. Its principal right bank tributaries are Shyok, Gilgit, Kabul, Gomal and Kurram. Beginning at the heights of the world in a spring and fed with glaciers and rivers in the Himalayas, the river supports ecosystems of temperate forests, plains and arid countryside.

The Indus forms the delta of Pakistan mentioned in the Vedic Rigveda as Sapta Sindhu and the Iranic Zend Avesta as Hapta Hindu (both sets of terms meaning Seven Rivers). The river has been a source of wonder during the Classical Period. King Darius of Persia sent Scylax of Caryanda to explore the river in 510 BCE.

More on this great river:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stamping patterns on Ajrak, Bhit Shah

Via Flickr:
Ajrak (Sindhi: اجرڪ) is a name given to a unique form of blockprinted shawls and tiles found in Sindh, Pakistan. These shawls display special designs and patterns made using block printing by stamps. Common colours used while making these patterns may include but are not limited to blue, red, black, yellow and green. Over the years, ajraks have become a symbol of the Sindhi culture and traditions.

From wikipedia.

Wooden mould for ajrak design, Bhit Shah

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Corn for sale, Manora Island, Pakistan

Went today to Manora Island. That's my second visit within past 30 days. It was a wonderful weather and we were whole family + family of my cousin, Atiq Jetalsarwalla. These corns were selling for Rs.20 a piece. They were good. And they are healthy.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Aam Puri, Karachi

Aam Puri, Karachi
Originally uploaded by Ameer Hamza
Via Flickr:
This is incredibly tasty mango milk shake made by my mother served with local puris. This is called Aam Puri (Mango is 'Aam' in Urdu).

For the photograph of the mango used for this milk shake, see photograph of the weighed mangoes.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday is a fun day

Sunday is a fun day
Originally uploaded by Ameer Hamza
My Son, Muhammad Imad Adhia, came out of his Sunday bath wrapped in his trademark towel and I couldn't just resist taking a few shots of him. This one is a lovely one.

All photographs in this series are spontaneous and only sunlight was used for lighting up the subject. Camera: Nikon D70s with 50mm 1.8.

Sindhri mangoes, Sindh, Pakistan

Via Flickr:
Mangoes cost around Rs.60 / Kg (As of 29th June, 2012 a USD is approx. Rs.94).

This weight machine was bought by my father. It is made in Republic of Ireland.

I wanted to show the beauty of our most famous mangoes and also of the machine weighing them. But I don't quite agree with the background. It is all crumpled.

Imad with huge mango, Pakistan

My son, Muhammad Imad Adhia, grabbed this huge Sindhri mango. But he couldn't just raise it because it was too heavy for him.