Malta ( another one from memory lane) Posted by Ranu

Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Malta (Sliema)

Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Malta (Sliema) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arrivals lounge for the Malta International Ai...

Arrivals lounge for the Malta International Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flag of Malta

Flag of Malta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valletta - Malta

Valletta – Malta (Photo credit: Ploync)

Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea (Photo credit: AudreyH)

Coat of arms of Malta.

Coat of arms of Malta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Malta is a group of islands in the Mediterranean sea.The terrain is low and rocky with coastal cliffs.

Malta ,in the heart of the Mediterranean is a melting pot of civilisations with a history stretching

back thousands of years. The country has been inhabited since around 5200 B.C.a significant prehistoric

civilisation existed on the islands prior to the arrival of the Phoenicians, who named the main island Malat,

meaning ‘Safe Haven.’ Later the islands were for centuries the seat of the ,’Knights of the Hospital of St. John’

and then part of the British Empire.Malta became independent in 1964.

The national language is Maltese,which is part of the Semitic language family that includes Arabic.English is also

recognised  as an official language, and many Maltese speak Italian. The capital of Malta is Valetta. At the crossroads

of the Mediterranean, half-way between Europe and North Africa lies the Maltese archipelago, consisting of three main

islands, Malta(the largest) Gozo and Comino. Gozo the second largest is more rural,characterized by fishing ,tourism

and agriculture,Comino is largely uninhabited.

We arrived in Malta from Heathrow,London.We represented twenty-three different countries. We were received by Maltese officials. Later we were taken to apartments rented for us by our university.I shared the apartment with two students,one was from Malaysia and the other was from Japan,Zakiah Ibrahim,Yukiko Adachi and Chaman. We went to three different schools for our teaching practice.

I loved the children I taught. We stayed in school for the whole day.We came back late afternoon. Zakiah took over as the boss.Our duties were divided by her. I was in charge of breakfast,we had lunch in our respective schools,Zakiah was in charge of supper. Yuki did not have to cook. she was given the duty of washing the dishes after supper.

She was a lovely person,when it came to doing the dishes,she left it for later. In the morning I would wake up and find the dishes in the sink.I had no choice but to wash them.Yuki would in a drowsy tone apologize and say:’ Chaman just wash enough for breakfast.’I washed them all and this is the way it went. Zakiah reminded Yuki of her duty,it didn’t matter,she in her sweet Japanese accent would apologize and promise to take care of her duty.Nothing changed,she continued to be in her land of dreams, while Zakiah and I took care of the rest.We spent a month teaching and sight-seeing whenever possible.The weather in the month of June was fabulous,it was a treat for us.Let me tell you London wasn’t great as far as the weather goes.

Courthouse, Valletta, Malta

Courthouse, Valletta, Malta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lower Barracca Gardens, Valletta, Malta

Lower Barracca Gardens, Valletta, Malta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Llanberis,North Wales

Llanberis Lake Llyn Padarn

Llanberis Lake Llyn Padarn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Village (Photo credit: johnnysam)

It is a village in Gwynedd, North Wales lying on the southern banks of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia.It takes its name from Saint Peris,an early Welsh saint.

The village originally grew around the slate quarrying industry.

We went to Llanberis for teaching practice. We were students of London university, Institute of Education. We all stayed with a Welsh family. It was the month of November and was extremely cold.The village was a very small and attractive place. The landlady’s house was located close to the school where we taught.

We were served breakfast,lunch and dinner by the landlady during the week-end.On week days we had lunch in the school where we taught.

The children were excited to see us,we were from variety of backgrounds.There were Chinese, Malaysian,Pakistanis,Libyans,Americans,Indians, there was a student from Iceland as well.I could never pronounce his name. We were there for two weeks.We had a very pleasant time.

I remember I asked the landlady if I could have milk for breakfast,I was willing to pay for it.I used to collect pennies.One day I noticed I had enough pennies to pay for the milk. I called the lady and paid her for the milk I consumed. She looked at me and then the pennies,had the most beautiful smile on her face and said,”Where has she been singing?” Everyone in the dining room had a good laugh.

English: North Side of Llyn Padarn Thickly woo...

English: North Side of Llyn Padarn Thickly wooded hillside with the Llanberis Lake Railway hugging the shoreline. The railway used to carry slate from the huge Dinorwic Quarry (and other quarries) to Portdinorwic on the Menai Strait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: PYG Track looking towards Llyn Padarn...

English: PYG Track looking towards Llyn Padarn and Llanberis. On the lower part of the PYG Track from Pen-y-pass you can see the village of Llanberis and the lakes Peris and Padarn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alphie family’s final trip

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline (Photo credit: Bobolink)


English: Nizamuddin Dargah and Jamaat Khana Ma...
English: Nizamuddin Dargah and Jamaat Khana Masjid, in Nizamuddin West, Delhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India

English: Moinuddin Chishti Dargah in Ajmer, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been a long time since I was employed as;Alphie,Susan and Gepetto’s guide. We all had very pleasant trips.We learned a lot from this experience. Gepetto has written the names of all the places they visited.He is excited, he will be able to show all his collections. He will see his friends and he will know,who his teacher will be.

Alphie tells me he has acquired a lot of very important lessons.Something he wouldn’t have learned,if he hadn’t gone on the long trips. Visiting the mazars(holy places) was very educational.He liked visiting Nizamuddin Awliya’s mazaar.There were lots to see and a whole lot to learn. He also said,he liked his visit to Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Dargah. This is the place that convinced him,  “A lie is a lie,he was thinking of the word,”Outwit.”  He felt guilty for deceiving his master.His plan to continue deceiving people was outrageous. It seemed as though he had a reawakening,he made up his mind to apologize to all those who were tricked by him.

The family’s itinerary was slightly changed.They took a flight from  Lahore to Karachi.They had few stops on the way. From Karachi they will land at Heathrow international airport. They will fly to Toronto and stay overnight. Hopefully they will reach Yellow Knife sometime this week. I spent a few very delightful weeks with the family.Susan reminded me to wish all our readers the best and to bid them goodbye and God bless on their behalf.

So, this is the temporary tour guide, Ranu ,wishing all our good friends Goodbye and God bless you!

UK - London: Heathrow Airport - Welcome to Britain

UK – London: Heathrow Airport – Welcome to Britain (Photo credit: wallyg)

Istiqlal Mosque, Indonesia

English: The [[:Category:Minbars]|minbar]] of ...

islamic_cosmology (Photo credit: williamcromar)
Pancasila Sakti - Indonesia (Jakarta)

Pancasila Sakti – Indonesia (Jakarta) (Photo credit: Chez Julius Livre 1)

In the name of Allah

In the name of Allah (Photo credit: Hossam Rida)

English: A green version of http://commons.wik...

Eid ul-Fitr prayer at Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta...
Eid ul-Fitr prayer at Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia 日本語: イド・アル=フィトルのお祈りする信者達、イスティクラルモスクにて (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The interior of Istiqlal mosque. The grand dom...

The interior of Istiqlal mosque. The grand domed prayer hall supported by 12 columns covered with stainless steel plates. The design is minimalist, simple and clean cut, with minimal adornment of alumunium geometric ornaments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jakarta, taken from Istiqlal mosque J...

English: Jakarta, taken from Istiqlal mosque Jakarta panoramic view around Medan Merdeka (Merdeka square), the center of Jakarta and the nation. Monas (National Monument) on the foreground with rising Jakarta skylines on the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Southeast Asia Mosaic

Southeast Asia Mosaic (Photo credit: Recovering Vagabond)

Istiqlal Mosque

Istiqlal Mosque (Photo credit: Matthew Kenwrick)

English: A fountain by the Istiqlal Mosque, Ja...

English: A fountain by the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta 日本語: イスティクラルモスクの噴水 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: mosque in Jakarta (Indonesia)

English: mosque in Jakarta (Indonesia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The architecture of Indonesia reflects the diversity of cultural,historical and geographic influences that has shaped Indonesia as a whole.Invaders,colonizers,missionaries and traders brought cultural changes that had profound effect on building styles and techniques.Traditionally the most significant influence is Indian.However Chinese,Arab—and since the 18th and 19th centuries —European influence have played significant roles in shaping Indonesian architecture

Istiqlal Mosque or Masjid is in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is the largest Mosque in Southeast Asia in terms of capacity to accommodate people and building structure. This national Mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence ,as nations gratitude for God’s blessings.The name Istiqlal is an Arabic word for independence. After the independence of Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1949, the idea became popular to build a Mosque for a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

There are seven gates to enter the mosque,each named after Al-Asmaul-Husna the names of God in Islam. The number 7 represents 7 Heavens in Islamic Cosmology. The ablution fountains are located on the ground floor.The main prayer hall and the main courtyard are on the elevated first floor. The main rectangular prayer hall is covered by 45 metre diameter central spherical dome. The number “45” symbolizes the year of proclamation of independence 1945.the main dome is adorned with stainless steel ornamental pinnacle that took form of a crescent and star,the symbol of Islam. The smaller secondary dome is also adorned with stainless steel pinnacle with Arabic calligraphy Allah.

The dome is supported by twelve round columns and the prayer hall is surrounded by rectangular piers carrying four levels of balcony. Twelve columns represent the birthday of Prophet Muhammad on twelfth Rabi-al- Awwal. The main building of Istiqlal consists of five floors,’5′ represents the Five Pillars of Islam .It also represents Pancasila ,the five principles of Philosophical foundation  of the Indonesian nationhood.

On the main wall on qibla there is a mihrab and minbar in the center. On the main wall there is also a large metal work of Arabic calligraphy of Surah Taha 14th verse in the center.

Wudu at the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesi...

Wudu at the Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, Indonesia. 日本語: イド・アル=フィトルのお祈りの前に身を清める信者達 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The dazzling alabaster marbled Istiqlal mosque...

The dazzling alabaster marbled Istiqlal mosque of Jakarta, Indonesia, seen from the base of its tower. The national mosque of Indonesia, also the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imam Reza Shrine

Mashhad, the holy shrine of Imam Reza

Mashhad, the holy shrine of Imam Reza (Photo credit: Arian Zwegers)

Tomb of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni in 1848.

Tomb of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni in 1848. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Imam Reza shrine Imam Reza stone grave

English: Imam Reza shrine Imam Reza stone grave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Author: IA Source: Taken at the shrin...

English: Author: IA Source: Taken at the shrine of Imam Ali Reda in Mashad, Iran, in August, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imam Reza shrine is in Mashad ,Iran.It is a complex which contains the mausoleum of Imam Reza ,the eighth Imam of twelve shiites.It is the largest mosque in the world in dimension.It is the second largest in capacity.Within the the complex there are the Goharshad Mosque,a museum,a library.four seminaries,a cemetary ,the Rezavi university of Islamic Sciences,a dining hall for pilgrims,vast prayer halls and other buildings.

The complex is the centre of tourism in Iran.

In 1818 Imam Reza was murdered by Al-Mamun and was buried beside the grave of Harun.This place was called Mashad al-Rida( the place of martyrdom of Ali al-Rida) Shiias and Sunnis visit  this place for pilgrimage.By the end of the 9th century a dome was built on the grave.This place has been devastated and rebuilt a number of times.In 993 the holy shrine was ruined by Saboktakin,who was a Ghaznavid king.His son Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni ordered it to be repaired.The celebrated Muslim traveler Ibn Batuta visited Mashad in 1333.He reported that it was a large town,it had abundant fruit trees,streams and mills.It was a great dome of elegant construction,the walls were decorated with colored tiles.Opposite the tomb of the Imam is the tomb of Caliph Harun al- Rashid.It is surmounted by a platform bearing chandeliers.

In the 15th century during the Shahrokh era ,it became one of the main cities of the Timurid dynasty.In 1418 his wife Goharshad funded the construction of an outstanding mosque beside the shrine. It is known as the Goharshad Mosque.

English: Goharshad mosque, Mashad. Iran. Photo...

English: Goharshad mosque, Mashad. Iran. Photo is supplied (taken) by Zereshk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The dome of Imam Reza holy shrine, covered wit...

The dome of Imam Reza holy shrine, covered with gold-coated bricks, (built:1333 AD), Mashhad, Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Approaching the Shrine of the Tomb of Imam Reza

Sialkot, A pakistani city.

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Entrance to the Sialkot Railway Station

Entrance to the Sialkot Railway Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indo-Greek Bust

Indo-Greek Bust (Photo credit: Prato9x)

Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notab...

Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notable Muslim philosopher, poet and scholar from India (then British India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alphie,Susan and Gepetto and I,Ranu are on our way to Sialkot.  We are interested because this is where,Allama Mohammad Iqbal was born.Iqbal was a famous poet,philosopher and thinker. We have done some research about the city.

Five thousand years ago,it was ruled by a dynasty of a founder of Sialkot. His name was Raja Sul. The city was the easternmost outpost of Alexander’s empire.From 160-135 B.C Sialkot was the capital of the Indo-Greek empire. In the Scythian era the story is about Raja Salivahan. He belonged to the Sia Caste,a jut clan.Thus the people named it Sialkot.

Next came the Mughal era.Shahabuddin Ghori conquered Sialkot and it came under the Mughal rule.

After the Mughals,it came under Pastuns families from Kandahar and Kabul.Next the Sikhs gained control and ruled for forty years. The British were the last rulers,before it became an independent city of Pakistan.

The city is about 125 km North-West of Lahore.It is only a few kilometres from Indian controlled Jammu.

Sialkot district has sub-tropical climate.It is cold in the winter and hot and humid during summer. The land is fertile. The average rainfall is 1000 mm.The highest rainfall is from July to September.

It is the birth place of Allama Mohammad Iqbal the poet, philosopher and thinker.The house where he and his family lived,is now a museum.It is open to visitors.There is also a tomb of Imam Sahib. He was a Sufi.He is a famous saint of Sialkot.

The northern part of this district is believed to be very fertile.The chief crops grown are:wheat ,barley,rice,millet,corn and sugar cane.

It has flour and cotton mills.It produces surgical instruments,Leather goods,ready made garments,musical instruments and sporting goods. It exports most of its products. We enjoyed our stay in Sialkot .It is different from other cities we visited.   Gepetto was interested to see the sport goods.He wanted to take some home.His parents didn’t think it was a good idea. They had collected a lot of souvenirs on their trip.

Our trip to Sialkot was very pleasant.We were able to see a lot. The people were friendly and helpful. Alphie,Susan And Gepetto will take back fond memories of this trip.

Now the moment has come when we all have to bid goodbye to Sialkot and its inhabitants. Thanks for showing your city.

To all our friends and visitors a very fond goodbye. Allah Hafiz and May God bless you all.

English: Seerat Study Center Sialkot


Children at Data Durbar Complex

Children at Data Durbar Complex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shrine in lahore

Shrine in lahore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore

Food street Lahore
Food street Lahore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second level of the Shalimar Gardens Also ...

English: A 4 Megapixel picture of Badshahi Mos...
English: A 4 Megapixel picture of Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aphie and Susan were interested in Mughal architecture.I knew they have already seen the ones in India.My idea was to take them to Lahore,and decide for themselves if there were any similarities and difference between Lahore and Delhi. I wanted them to visualize what they have seen in Delhi and compare it with Lahore.This might give us a chance to exchange ideas.We can also know our preferences.We know we all think differently,it would help to have a kind of debate on the subject.This way we can awaken the giant lying in all of us. Gepetto however was contented to see,enjoy and also from time to time give his input whenever it was feasible. We were satisfied with his reply.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab.It is the second largest city in Pakistan.It has a rich history going back over a millennium.Lahore was ruled by Shahi kingdoms in the eleventh century,Ghaznavids in the twelfth century,Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century.In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was the capital of the Punjab region under the British Raj.

Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque,The Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens and Mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jehan are tourist attractions.It is also home to many British Colonial structures built in the Indo-Saracenic style,such as The Lahore High Court,The General Post Office,Lahore Museum,and many older universities including the University of Punjab.The Lahore zoo is,thought to be fourth oldest in the world,has its roots here.

It is known as the cultural heart of Pakistan.It hosts most of the arts,cuisine,festivals,film-making,music,gardening.It is known for its affiliation with poets and artists,It has the largest number of educational institutions in Pakistan and some of the finest gardens on the continent.It is an important religious centre.There are a lot of temples,mosques and shrines like Data Durbar Complex.

A 2010 government estimate puts the population of Lahore to be ten million.It is ranked thirtieth in the most populated urban areas in the world and the eighth largest city within the organization of Islamic co-operation.It has almost doubled area-wise in the last twelve to fourteen years.The Guardian has rated it as the second best tourist  destination in Pakistan.In the ancient days it was known as Lavapuri (or city of Lava in Sanskrit.It was founded by Lava or Loh. He was the son of Rama the Hindu deity.Even now ,Lahore fort has a vacant temple dedicated to Lava also pronouncedLoh,Loh-Awar or “The fort Of Loh”).

The twentieth century Egyptian Astronomer and Geographer mentions a city called Labokla .This probably is the ancient city of Lahore.The city of Lahore went through a lot of changes.It was ruled by a lot of different rulers. It is now a Pakistani city. It is also the capital of Punjab.

The climate of Lahore is hot and semi-arid.It has extremely hot summers and dry warm winters.

The Pakistan-Railways has its headquarter in Lahore.The central railway was built during the British Colonial era.It is located in the heart of the city. The government built a new city airport in 2003. It is named Allama Iqbal International Airport .It is named after the great,Poet-Philosopher of Pakistan. It also has a general aviation airport.

Punjabi is the native language of the Province. It has a number of hospitals,the current literary rate is 74%,

It is a beautiful city and has a variety of things to do and see. If possible one must try to visit this great city.

Susan,Alphie,Gepetto and I,Ranu had a great time in Lahore.If you are there,don’t forget to taste aaloo chholey.It is delicious.

We hope you all have enjoyed our presentation.Thank you for visiting. Thank you to all our friends,who take the time to leave their comments,what can I say they are a superb group of people!

Allah Hafiz and God bless you all,all the best till we meet again!

English: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore

English: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Punjab University Old Campus Buil...

English: The Punjab University Old Campus Building aka Allama Iqbal Campus Picture taken by Pale blue dot on June 21, 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shalamar Gardens is a Persian garden built by ...

Shalamar Gardens is a Persian garden built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lahore Museum

Lahore Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Hyperradial Apparatus for the Manora ...

English: Hyperradial Apparatus for the Manora Point Light, Karachi, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A Mosque in Defence Housing Authority...

English: A Mosque in Defence Housing Authority, Karachi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A view of Karachi downtown, the capital of Sin...

A view of Karachi downtown, the capital of Sindh province (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Chundrigar Road, with 20th century ar...

English: Chundrigar Road, with 20th century architecture, in central Karachi, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mausoleum of M.A Jinnah is frequently visited ...

Mausoleum of M.A Jinnah is frequently visited by Pakistani nationalists, It is a national symbol of Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the nati...

The coat of arms of Pakistan displays the national motto, Īmān, Ittiḥād, Nazm. (Urdu Faith, Unity, Discipline). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The National Museum of Pakistan, in K...

English: The National Museum of Pakistan, in Karachi. اردو: قومی عجائب گھر پاکِستان (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think I have left my dear family all by themselves far too long. Also I can get a pink slip any day, was worrying me.I put all these worrisome inkling together and have reigned myself in.I am all set to do my job,that I was hired right this minute.

“My sincerest apologies to you my precious family.” Here I am your most respectful and humble guide at your service.” Gepetto started dancing,Susan ordered him to behave,poor Alphie just could not fathom what was going on ‘Well as I am your guide,may I please offer some suggestions?” ‘Please do’ Susan said.

Everyone agreed in unison,Karachi will be a wonderful city to learn about.

Karachi is the capital of Sindh and the largest city in Pakistan. According to the April 2012 census,the estimated population of Pakistan is over twenty-one million.It is also the main seaport and financial centre of is the largest city in terms of population and also the 11th largest urban agglomeration in the world.It is Pakistan’s premier centre of banking,industry,entertainment,the arts,fashion,advertising,publishing,software development and medical research.The city is the major hub of higher educationin South Asia and the Muslim world. Karachi was the capital of Pakistan before the construction of Islamabad.This was done to spread development evenly and also avoid  having everything in Karachi.The port of Karachi and port of Bin Qasim is located in Karachi.These are the regions largest and busiest ports. The city is situated in the south of the country,along the coastline meeting the Arabian Sea.It is the birth and burial place of Quaid-e-Azam ,Muhammad Ali Jinnah,the founder of Pakistan,who made the city his home after Pakistan’s independence from the British Raj on 14th August 1947.

Ancient Greeks had many names such as;krokola,the place Alexander the great camped to prepare a fleet for Babylonia after his campaign in Indus valley; ‘Morontobara’ (probably Manora island in near Karachi Harbour)Barbarikon a port of the Bactrian kingdom.It was later known to the Arabs as debal from where Muhammad bin Qasim led his force into South Asia in 712 AD.

The name of Karachi occurs for the first time in a Dutch document in 1742,when a merchant ship de Ridderkerk shipwrecked nearby its course.

Karachi has an arid climate with low average precipitation levels.(approximately 250 mm) per annum.Most of it occurs during the July-August monsoon season.Winters are mild ,Summers are warm and humid; December and January are dry and pleasant.

Tourist Attractions: There are many beautiful seasides near the city e.g Seaview,Manora Island,sandspit beach Hawk’s Bay beach,Cape Monze and Nathiagali beach.Museums;National museum of Pakistan Air force Museum,Pakistan Maritime museum.Parks: Bagh Bin Qasim,Boat Basin Park,Karachi Zoo,Hill park,Bagh-e-Jinnah,Aziz Bhatti Park,Jheel Park. National Park and Lake: Kirthar National Park,it is home to striped hyenas,wolves,ratels,,Indian Gazelles and Sindh wild goats.

Architecture: Karachi has a rich collection of buildings and structures of varied architectural styles,Pakistan State Oil,Karachi Financial towers,Islamic Architecture,Masjid-e-Tooba,Faran Mosque, MCB Towers-the tallest skyscraper in Pakistan.

This is all for today. From all of us Susan,Gepetto ,Alphie and Ranu,have a very pleasant day.We are very happy to present the largest city of Pakistan. Our very best wishes to you friends. Allah Hafiz and May God bless you all!

The skyline of Karachi

The skyline of Karachi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan

Karachi is the financial capital of Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Karachi Port is the largest port in the co...

The Karachi Port is the largest port in the country and one of South Asia’s busiest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Flag of Sindh Province, Pakistan

English: Flag of Sindh Province, Pakistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal Sylhet Bangladesh

Shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal Sylhet Bangladesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


sylhet railway station
sylhet railway station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Surma River, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Surma River, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sylhet forest village scene

Sylhet forest village scene (Photo credit: bongo vongo)

Hill's in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Hill’s in Sylhet, Bangladesh (Photo credit: – Ariful H Bhuiyan -)

Tea Gardens of Srimongol

Tea Gardens of Srimongol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My friends:  Alphie,Susan and their son Gepetto wanted to see Sylhet. I therefore thought it will be a terrific idea.We made up our mind that the best way would be to take the train. It was a unanimous decision. We considered it would be a valuable experience. Travelling by train would help us to view the scenic beauty of the country. We were not disappointed, the train journey helped us to see all the little places we would not have been able to appreciate,if we went by airplane.

From my research I was able to find out a lot about the area.My friends were eager to know everything, I found out about it. Here is the knowledge I gathered from my research.

It is a major city in North-Eastern Bangladesh.It is the main city of Sylhet division and district.In March 2009 it was granted metropolitan status. It is located on the banks of Surma valley and is surrounded by the Jaintia ,Khasi  and Tripura  hills. It is well-known for its tea gardens and tropical forests.

The city is described as a city of saints.There is a mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Jalal.He brought Islam to Bengal in the 14th century. After the partition of India in  1947,it became a part of Pakistan.

The 14th century marked the beginning of Islamic influence. As the early forms of Islam originated in 7th century Arabia, the early forms of Muslim cultures were predominantly Arab .With the rapid expansion of the Islamic empires, Muslim culture has influenced and assimilated much from the Persian.Bangladeshi Turkic,Pakistanis, Mongol,Chinese,Indian,Egyptian,Indonesian,Filipino,Greek Roman,Byzantine,Spanish,Sicilian,Balkanic and western cultures.

The climate of Sylhet is humid subtropical with a predominantly hot and humid summer and a relatively cool winter.It is within the monsoon climatic zone, with annual average highest temperatures of 23°C(August to October) and average lower temperature of seven degrees celsius(January).Nearly 80% of the annual average rainfall is 3,334 mm,occurs between May and September.

The city is located within the region where there are hills and basins which constitute one of the most distinctive regions in Bangladesh.the Geosystem of Sylhet consists mainly of hill soils encompassing a few large depression known locally as “beels” which can be mainly classified as oxbow lakes,caused by tectonic subsidence primarily due to the earth quakes of 1762.

This is all for today from ,Alphie,Susan, Gepetto and the guide. Thank you for giving us the opportunity, to present to you the city of Sylhet in Bangladesh.

Good day and God bless you to all our respected friends,thank you very much!

March 2009

March 2009 (Photo credit: Vanessa (EY))

Rajshahi—–The Silk City Bangladesh

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Padma river, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Padma river, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Varendra Research Museum, the oldest museum of...

Varendra Research Museum, the oldest museum of this region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

River Padma

Pala Empire (Dharmapala)
Pala Empire (Dharmapala) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

District locator map in red in Bangladesh

Men marched in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in a compa...


Palas (Photo credit: Maria Luisa Pariboni)

বাংলা: This is the photo of Putia palace. It i...

বাংলা: This is the photo of Putia palace. It is located at Puthia, Rajshai, bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajshahi, Shaheeb Bazaar

Rajshahi, Shaheeb Bazaar (Photo credit: lepetitNicolas)

Ruins at Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
Ruins at Puthia, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rajshahi (Photo credit: lepetitNicolas)

When I first made up my mind to take my friends,Alphie,Susan and Gepetto,to visit my country,I wasn’t very confident,what their impression might be.They were coming from Delhi Old and New followed by Agra and Amritsar.What could they possibly find in my neck of the woods. I got a solid push from my friends,it made me think may be it will be all right.There are a lot that I don’t know about my own country.I am learning new things every day.This in itself is an accomplishment at least for me.

So today I am taking my charge,Alphie,Susan and Gepetto to see Rajshahi,the city famous for its silk.Here folks let me give you a short history of the place you are about to see.

Rajshahi was the most glorious period of Bengal’s Pala dynasty.It was famous for pure silk,mangoes and leechies.Here the silk products are cheaper compared to the rest of the country.

You will also find a number of ancient mosques,shrines and temples in and around the city.

It is connected with the capital Dhaka by rail,river and air.

The Rajshahi district was a part of Pundra region of ancient Bengal.It was the capital of Vijay Sen.The king led military operations in Sri Lanka.In the mediieval ages it was known as “Rampur Boalia”.The administrative district was established in 1772 and the municipal corporation in 1876.During the British Raj,it was also known as “Beulah” and was the administrative headquarters of the Rajshahi district in Eastern Bengal and Assam.At first it was chosen as a commercial factory for silk trade,as it was officially encouraged by the department of Agriculture.

In the early stages of its development,it had a government college and an industrial school for seri-cul-ture( raising of silkworms).Most of the public buildings were destroyed in the aftermath of the earthquake of June 12th 1897.Rajshahi is an important tourist destination.It has beautiful river beaches of Padma river.The mango orchards are a feast for the eyes and the stomach.

The other attractions are :  Varendra Research Museum,Shrine of Hazrat Shah Makhdum Ruposh,it is located beside the river Padma in the Dargah para of the city.Dargah Para,Dargah means Shrine and refers to the Shrine of Hazrat Shah Makhdum Ruposh.

The next tourist attraction is the Jamuna Bridge.It was constructed on the river Jamuna,it connects the eastern and the north-western region of the country.The 4.8 Km bridge was constructed at a cost of U.S 950 million dollars.  About 3 km.from Dakhin bagh railway station, up a winding road,you can see the lovely waterfall of Madhab Kunda.A large number of tourists visit this place.  The Bangladesh Parijatan corporation offers facilities; such as restaurant,rest room and parking facilities.

“Alphie ,Susan and Gepetto.I hope you enjoyed what you saw.I myself learned about it,I did not have the opportunity of knowing about it before.I am glad you selected me to be your guide.This privilege provided me the chance to know about my country,Thank You.”

It is time for us to say,Adios Amigos, Good day my friends,we hope to delight you with our presence, shortly!