The author takes us into the second largest salt mine in the world

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Having written well over a score of travelogues about my overseas escapades I had thought I would start writing about my own sweet homeland and its tourist sites. The first trip to a tourist site in Pakistan in the recent days was to the Salt mines in Khewra, Dist. Jehlum. The mines at Khewra, the second largest in the world after the ones in Poland and the largest in operation after the closure of the same in 1996, are situated at the foothills of Salt Range which…


“Bread and cheese is medicine for the well” - a French proverb.

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‘Cheese and bread make the cheeks red’, holds a German proverb. Cheese is a healthy food but during my early years, like most other Asian kids, I was not very familiar with it, at least not the way I am now. My mother sometimes served us home made cheese, prepared from the milk that had gone sour and that was all. The word cheese, however, echoed in our ears whenever we posed for a photograph. The person behind the lens would utter the words ‘say cheese’ and capture…


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Every golf hole has a story. Having played amateur golf for nearly three decades there is a lot to relish about and reminisce. Strange incidents have been happening on and off the golf course and I think it is high time I compile them for the delectation of fellow golfers.

I was playing golf in Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club one morning when I hit an OB(out of bound shot) and the ball sailed over the boundary fence on to Zafar Ali Road, running parallel to par three hole number 4, only to be ricocheted back to the middle of the…


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Libya is in the news these days for all the wrong reasons; its dissenting populace being brutally annihilated by its very own leader and the US-British-French coalition forces doing the rest by bombing the civilian and military targets with huge ‘collateral damage’. Libya has been a joint domain of these former colonial powers in the post (second) world war era. There are hoards of articles in the local and international press about this country and a few ignorant writers, taking a lead from the happenings in Tunis and Egypt, are creating some misconceptions in the minds of the readers. …


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‘Paradise lost’ is story of mankind right from its origin, aptly described by John Milton, the 17th century English poet, in his epic works under the same title. Indian scholar Dr. Harkirat Singh in his book Yaadan Ganjibar Diyan (English version titled Paradise Lost) tells the woeful tale of the family’s forced migration back to India at the time of partition. In case of Pakistan it is the usual sob story of a nation which, some seven decades back, was vying to acquire a piece of land as its home country. The homeland, achieved sixty seven years ago in the…


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An account of my visit to Lake District, a popular holiday destination in the British Isles

As one advances in years his mind goes back to the days of his youth. A born naturalist, when I read the novel ‘Goodbye Mr. Chips’ by James Hilton I liked two things about it. Firstly what attracted me the most in this novel was the fact that it was written in the backdrop of a fictional public school at Brookfield in the suburban England and I myself having experienced the life at a public school could vividly recall the memories of the good…


“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” — Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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I have a strange habit when abroad. I walk a lot. I do take conducted tours, I go places by other means but I believe there is nothing better than exploring the area on foot. Having been to almost a score of countries I have enjoyed walking in quite a few of them, especially in…


‘We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.’ — George Eliot.

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I contributed an autobiographical account of my early years to The Nation, national English daily, in December 2007. I had planned to write more about the good old days than what was actually published but I had to curtail my article as the editor wanted my write up at the earliest. A decade on, the child in me is again fervently kicking at the barrier of time to break the glass and re-enter the paradise of his early days. You…


Sound is a vocabulary of Nature.

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Nature is so powerful, so strong that capturing its essence is not easy. Earth, sky, woods, fields, lakes and rivers, mountains and the sea are excellent school masters and teach us more than what we can learn from books. God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. He is a friend of silence. Nature; trees, flowers, grass all grow in silence. Sun, moon, stars move in silence. Three basic elements of Nature are greenery, sunlight and water. Plants add serenity while water bodies have soothing sounds. Our mind is nurtured in quiet spaces where…


“A smile is a curve that puts everything straight” — Phyllis Diller

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Smile increases the face value and good teeth are a pre-requisite for a good smile. Poets over the ages have simulated good, white, pearly teeth to diamonds. Aesthetically like diamonds, these ivory projections surpass them in value when it comes to their function in chewing the all important food stuff to keep the wheel of life moving, besides performing phonetics and other bodily obligations they are designed for. …

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