Oct 31

BOTAL GALI

           BOTAL GALI

         THE FADING BAZAR

It was a working day early in the morning when I accompanied my driver in Karachi to go to BOTAL GALI (Bottle Lane) as my previous attempts to enter into this congested and narrow lane proved to be an exercise in futility because I committed the common mistake of accessing this lane during the peak rush hours in the afternoon previously.

It was about 9.00 am the traffic was light and I made my way from D.H.A. Karachi to Bander road. Here again I had to make a double left turn to Hassan Ali Effendi road and crossed Pakistan Chowk to reach BOTAL GALI.

BOTAL GALI at the time of partition was called PARSI GALI as most of the residents at that time were PARSI’s having migrated from India and even some people of British origin also had their residences there.

The street gradually transformed from a thriving residential district to a commercial one, featuring shops selling all kinds of bottles — perfumes, medicines, beverages, you name it.

Later on it was termed as BOTAL GALI because all sorts of bottles whether in glass, ceramic, brass, plastic, pewter and leather could be sold and purchased here. The real fascination of this GALI is that you can find all sorts of fancy, psychedelic empty liquor bottles which have been cleaned and purified for future consumption.

  

BOTAL GALI stands out as a mix of architecture having survived centuries old wear and tear and beyond expectations it gives a very fascinating appeal from a distance but as you come near it and enter the GALI you find surviving blocks of apartments and shops here and there that are in sharp contrast with the monumental ugliness of recent horrendous cement construction which has taken around this place.

Now a day’s BOTAL GALI also is a home for a lot of perfume vendors and their shops glow with the full glitter of the energy savers that are used excessively to highlight and portray the numerous types of perfume bottles which signifies that this business of perfume is better as compared to their neighbors who are selling empty bottles.

In Pakistan there are certain names which click to the mind as if those things are in abundance there but the names are a misnomer as you do not find monkeys on Bandar road, no boat in the boat basin and no female cobra snakes in the NAGIN CHOWRANGI but in BOTAL GALI you do find bottles of all sorts.

BOTAL GALI is surrounded by colonial style buildings which have many stories to tell dating back to pre-partition times and it seems  that this place lives more in the past than in the present and it is more of what it was and not what it is now.

The old residents of BOTAL GALI have slowly faded out along with the colonial style buildings which have fell in to partial ruins and decrepitude probably because of disrepair, neglect apathy and up keep by the lack of sense of ownership of the residents but two important factors are also an aggravating and catalytic for the present dismal state of affairs and responsible for the slow death of BOTAL GALI the first being the excessive sale of plastic bottles and secondly the increasing crime wave in Karachi.

The residents of BOTAL GALI are so akin and used to the common “Robberies, holdup and snatching that they take it as a part of their daily routine.

The irony of fate is that BOTAL GALI could have been preserved as a symbol of national heritage and reverence to our shared past colonial rule and but it seems that BOTAL GALI has been left to fend for itself against all these odds, as the insecure residents and shop keepers have very little resistance to offer and remain there more for their emotional attachment rather than for the business that they are pursuing.

The emotional attachment that the people of the street feel for it is evident in their determination to stick to it, no matter what. It’s almost like they are living in the past as if today doesn’t matter.

Of course there are the national problems of load shedding and water supply which makes the place unfriendly and inhospitable to the new comers despite the fact that this is the problem of the whole country.

BOTAL GALI is a collectors delight where you can find a variety of colorful and beautifully carved bottles available in a range of sizes. The most common ones are the plastic and glass ones, especially the smaller palm-sized bottles used by the local perfume and ITTAR industry.

Of course, many bottles found here are also used solely for decoration purposes. I visited one shop where the shop keeper showed me unique glass bottle and vases which he claimed are more than a century old and has been handed down to him from one generation to another. I jokingly asked him about the price of this decorative long bottle but he proudly shrugged his shoulders and said that these bottles are family heritage and not for sale.

The general impression about the shopkeepers of BOTAL GALI is that they are rude and arrogant but what is really interesting is the stories they have to tell some of which date back to the pre-partition times.

BOTAL GALI is like a small island demarcated by old high rise buildings but it is just a street which has an amalgamation of the past and present, from genie style mysterious colored glass bottles to the present bulk produced plastic bottles where you can see people buying and selling and interacting with one another.

There are certain nooks and corners of BOTAL GALI which give a mysterious look as they do not appear as they used to be, by that I mean closed shops and blank walls which are just used as a support of dump trash. Motorcycles are parked haphazardly in the GALI which makes the flow of traffic and pedestrians difficult causing parking problems which is a nuisance for the shop keepers who by virtue of shared  emotional attachment are sticking to their shops despite the fact that the business in now going downhill.

This is a wakeup call for all the students of fine arts and volunteers who believe in fine artistic values to come forward redesign these shops hand paint these old bottles so that they can be sold at a premium and the money recycled back for the face lift of BOTAL GALI which is much needed otherwise it will sink into oblivion.

I appeal to the governor of SINDH along with the minister of Tourism SINDH to kindly allocate some funds for the rehabilitation and refurbishing of this BOTAL GALI so that it can be preserved as a National Icon for posterity and succeeding generations.

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

 

 

 

Oct 18

KEEP THE CANDLE BURNING

KEEP THE CANDLE BURNING

This lady Zahida Parveen age 33 years, along with her children NIC No. 37405-6630934 – 2, R/O House No. ZB-412, St No. 19, Khayaban – e – Sirsyed, Sector II, Rawalpindi came to our Trust at Raza Eye Clinic with excruciating pain, breathlessness, lassitude and in a very decrepitude condition.

She was crying and wailing because of her leaking gallbladder for which immediate surgery is required.

She was referred to Lt. Col Hanif Abbasi in MH Rawalpindi for the needful who has advised cholecystectomy on emergency basis. For the time being we have put her on symptomatic and palliative treatment on antibiotics and pain killers.

The amount required for this operation is about Rs. 60,000/- as per the demand for cholecystectomy of MH Rawalpindi.

Her husband died longtime back and she has no means of any income to afford surgery at MH Rawalpindi….

 

In view of the above in the name of humanity I make a humble appeal to all of you to contribute for this noble cause so that this life threatening operation of Zahida Parveen can take place as soon as possible less there is permanent damage to her gastro-intestinal tract.

 

 

Kindly send in your contributions ASP in the form of cheques / online transfer of whatever amount you think is possible at your end to my account given below:

The amount will be consolidated and after completion of formalities I hope that the operation which will be a great relief to this lady can take place before 24th of October 2017.

 

 Details of Account are as under:

Account Number                     0471000000357

CIF ID                                       000141750

Swift Code                               ASCMPKKA

IBAN                                        PK69ASCM00004710 0000 0357

Bank                                        Askari Bank Limited

                                                Haider Road Branch Saddar Rawalpindi

 

 

For further details please contact

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

Raza Charity Trust

123/B, Market Road, Saddar,

Rawalpindi.

Ph: 051-5130399,

Cell: 0332-4923235

Oct 13

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

Dear Donors,

We received a request from Jalal Welfare Foundation which is a registered social welfare organization located in Peshawar KPK.

They are running a Dialysis centre University road, Peshawar KPK. They had requested us to provide them with the following items for their kidney dialysis

The case has been investigated and found authentic and genuine.

Dialyzer                                 Rs.      950/-

B/T Line                                 Rs.      185/-

A/V Needle                            Rs.      65/-

N / Saline                              Rs.      65/-

Heparin                                  Rs.      450/-

IV Set                                     Rs.      20/-

D/S 10cc                                Rs.      25/-

Solution                                 Rs.      450/-

Nichypore                              Rs.      30/-

Total                                      Rs.      2240/- per Dialysis

 

We provided them with about 15 units of dialysis which will cater for about 15 patients in the first consignment so that we are able to monitor and over see how our funds are being utilized.

Supplies of above items were procured from the local market after much haggling and brought down to the minimum.

Items were handed over to MAJ. JAVED JALAL in our office for onward transportation to Peshawar.

Jalal Welfare Foundation has acknowledged our contributions and we at Raza Charity Trust are happy to be a part of the solution for the general public at large.

No funds are required from the donors as we still have money in our kitty to cater for their requirements.

This has all been possible because of your generous and philanthropic contributions…

Thank you my friends. Keep the fame of hope alive.

If any one of you wants to contribute for this noble cause please forward your contributions to the following.

Details of Account are as under:

Title of Account                                   Zeeshan Raza Alim

Account Number                                04710000003333 

CIF ID                                                 000141750

Bank                                                    Askari Bank Limited

                                                            Haider Road Branch Saddar, Rawalpindi.

Best Regards,

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

Oct 06

LIST OF PRESENTATIONS & TRAININGS

LIST OF PRESENTATIONS & TRAININGS

Specialized Topics for Banking

 

  • Tellers Training
  • Greeters Training
  • Fraud & Fraud Detection
  • Customer Services
  • Quality of Services
  • Service Excellence
  • Ghost Shopping
  • English Grooming and Speaking

 

CONTINGENCY / CRISIS / TROUBLE SHOOTING

  • Disaster Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Fire Fighting
  • Building Emergency Response protocol
  • Parameter Security & Defense

PRESENTATIONS

 

  1. Attitude
  2. Anger Management
  3. Advanced Writing Skills
  4. Advanced Project Management
  5. Advanced Skills for the Practical Trainer
  6. Active Listening
  7. Brain Storming
  8. Building Relationships for Success in Sales
  9. Basic Business Management - Boot Camp for Business Owners
  10. Business Writing
  11. Business Etiquette
  12. Business Leadership
  13. Blue Ocean Strategy
  14. Budgets and Managing Money
  15. Building Better Teams
  16. Behavioral Interviewing
  17. Business Succession Planning
  18. Business Ethics
  19. Business Contact Manager
  20. Balanced Scorecard Basics Bullying in the Workplace
  21. Body Language and its interpretation
  22. Business Process Management
  23. Business Contact Manager
  24. Building a Consulting Business
  25. Building a Brand on Social Media
  26. Customers Services
  27. Customer Relationship Management
  28. Call Center Sales
  29. Communication Strategies
  30. Creating a Dynamite Job Portfolio
  31. Conquering Your Fear of Speaking in Public
  32. Coaching: A Leadership Skill
  33. Creating a Top-Notch Talent Management Program
  34. Change Management
  35. Conflict Resolution: Getting Along in the Workplace
  36. Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People
  37. CSR
  38. Critical Thinking
  39. Corporate Branding
  40. Crisis Management
  41. Creative Thinking and Innovation
  42. Communications for Small Business Owners
  43. Continuous Improvement with Lean( under process)
  44. Conversational Leadership
  45. Creating Winning Proposals
  46. Creating a Positive Work Environment
  47. Disaster Management
  48. Dynamite Sales Presentations
  49. Developing Your Training Program
  50. Disability Awareness
  51. Developing a High Reliability Organization
  52. Developing Your Executive Presence
  53. Developing a Training Needs Analysis
  54. Dealing with the Media: Creating a positive working relationship
  55. Emotional Intelligence
  56. Encouraging Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Business
  57. Environmental Sustainability: A Practical Approach to Greening 
  58. Essentials of Security parameters
  59. Your Organization creating awareness and feedback
  60. Employee Recognition: Appreciating Your Workforce
  61. FATA Crisis post 9/11 Scenario
  62. Fraud & Fraud Detection
  63. Fire Fighting
  64. Facilitation Skills
  65. Greeters Trainings
  66. Getting Your Job Search Started
  67. Generation Gap
  68. Goal Setting
  69. Giving Effective Feedback
  70. Global Business
  71. How to be happy / Quest for happiness (Ikigai)
  72. How not to be a failure
  73. How to be a Buddy Boss
  74. How to be a successful collection agent
  75. Human Resource Applications
  76. How to deal with irritated clients
  77. Human Resources
  78. Inventory Management
  79. Intermediate Project Management
  80. Entreprenuereship
  81. Knowledge Management
  82. Kick starting Your Business with Crowd sourcing
  83. Leadership and Man Management
  84. Leadership Skills for Supervisors
  85. Lean Process Improvement (Under Process)
  86. Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  87. Maximizing Strengths for High Performance
  88. Motivation and Job Loyalty
  89. Motivation Training: Motivating Your Workforce
  90. Mastering the Interview to Further your Career
  91. Marketing for Small Businesses
  92. Minute Taking Workshop
  93. Marketing and Sales
  94. Managing Customer Services
  95. Meeting Management
  96. Managing Difficult Conversations
  97. Marketing with Social Media
  98. Managing Pressure and Maintaining Balance
  99. Managing Across Cultures
  100. Making Training Stick
  101. Measuring Training Results
  102. Negotiating for Results
  103. Organizational Development
  104. Overcoming Objections to Nail the Sale
  105. Orientation Handbook
  106. ODDA Loop Strategy
  107. Personal Grooming & Communications Skills
  108. Prospecting for Leads like a Pro
  109. Public Speaking: Speaking Under Pressure
  110. Project Management Fundamentals
  111. Problem Solving and Decision Making
  112. Performance Management
  113. Performance Reviews
  114. Project Management
  115. Personal Development
  116. Personal Branding
  117. Public Relations Boot Camp
  118. Quality of Services
  119. Research Skills
  120. Risk Management
  121. Service Excellence
  122. Stress & its Management
  123. Stress Application
  124. Selling Smarter
  125. Skills for the Administrative Assistant
  126. Self Esteem and Assertiveness Skills
  127. Safety in the Workplace
  128. Survival Skills for the New Trainer
  129. Strategic Planning
  130. Self Leadership
  131. Skills You Need for Workplace Success
  132. Tellers Training
  133. Talent Acquisition and Development
  134. Time Management
  135. Telephone Answering Standards
  136. The power of positive thinking
  137. Telemarketing
  138. Time Management: Get Organized for Peak Performance
  139. The Professional Supervisor
  140. Team Building: Developing High Performance Teams
  141. The Practical Trainer 
  142. Tough Topics: Talking To Employees About Personal Hygiene
  143. Trade Shows: Getting the Most Out Of Your Trade Show 
  144. Transgender Employees: Creating an Inclusive Work 
  145. Using Activities to Make Training Fun
  146. Why Employees Leave organization
  147. WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene)

 

LECTURES:

  • Ecology & Environment
  • Energy Crisis inPakistan
  • The Art of War – Application for Executives
  • Water Crisis ofPakistan

 

Sep 30

KEEPING THE FLAME OF HOPE ALIVE

KEEPING THE FLAME OF HOPE ALIVE

 

More than Sixteen years have passed since I first started my charity and philanthropic work and now RAZA CHARITY TRUST has grown by leaps and bounds.

Certain SOP’s and working parameters have been set by my organization in which the needy and poor come with their requirements / request in the form of a simple application which is filed by my office staff and they are given priority numbers for the completion of their demands.

Usually we have a waiting list of about six months in which we give furniture for dowry on monthly basis.

There are certain exigencies and hard pressed cases that we have to waive off the SOP’s set by us. Keeping in view the need of the recipients.

This lady whose name and identity has been withheld came to us on a gun point that her landlord was going to eject and throw her out of her house along with her children as she had defaulted on rental payments for quite some time.

SOS and emergency response was undertaken at RAZA CHARITY TRUST and rep visited her place of abode after verifying her bona fides settled the rental issue with the landlord.

Another family saved from the onslaught of her landlord.

This has all been possible because of your magnanimous help and contributions towards our crusade against ignorance, poverty disease and hunger.

Thank you my friends and keep the flame of hope alive.   

 

GOD BLESS U.

Best Regards

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

123/B, Market Road, Saddar, Rawalpindi

Ph: 051-5130399

www.drbabur.com

www.mastertrainerhr.com

 

 

 

Dear Friends

Please see the link  http://drbabur.com/?p=418

Regards,

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

 

Aug 16

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2017 (Second Case)

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2017

SECOND CASE

 

Dear Donors,

For the month of May 2017, we had a registered case approved.

It was 03rd May 2017 when Pindi was engulfed with dirt storm and strong gusty winds when I along with my field staff made our way on Motorcycle to Shop No. 200/21 Near Masjid Mai Sharifan Millad Nagar Dhoke Ratta Rawalpindi at about 4.30 pm.

It was quite irksome and tiring journey which Raheel Rustam negotiated the narrow bends and turns and finally we reached at about 5.00 pm at the furniture shop.

Here we had to haggle a lot for payment of furniture for the dowry of one orphan girl whose marriage was due on 05th of May 2017.

Uzma Saleem D/o Zahida Parveen R/o House No. 744, Ratta Amral Rawalpindi NIC No. 37405 – 6932541 – 6.

She was in need of the dowry furniture, which we have funded from our Raza Charity Trust account, but we still have more registered cases in the pipeline.

Arrangements have been made for the following furniture items for Neelum Manzoor dowry which was today handed over to her mother.

  • 01 Double bed
  • 01 dressing table
  • 01 ALMARI for Crockery

The budget for this furniture which has been arranged from funds lying with us while contributions from my friends and donors are eagerly awaited so that we are able to arrange the dowry furniture for other recipients who are waiting for their turn.

Please send in your donation / contributions in the form of cheque or direct online transfer to the following account.

 

Details of Account are as under:

 

Title Of Account                    Zeeshan Raza Alim

Account Number                   0471000003333 

CIF ID                                       000141750

 Bank                                       Askari Bank Limited

                                                Haider Road Branch Saddar, Rawalpindi

 

The pictures of the family along with her mother and furniture in the background are attached herewith.

This has all been possible because you have been sending your donations and contributions regularly over the year.

I pray for all of you and for the Muslim UMMAH in particular.

 

GOD BLESS U,

Best Regards

 

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

123/B, Market Road, Saddar, Rawalpindi

Ph: 051-5130399

www.drbabur.com

www.mastertrainerhr.com

 

Aug 16

ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF May 2017

        ACTIVITY FOR THE MONTH OF May 2017

Dear Friends,

For the month of May 2017, we had a registered case approved.

The details are as under:

Faiza Batool D/o SaGhulam Murtaza R/o House No. ZB-134/C, St No. 8, Mohallad Alamabad, Dhoke Hassu, Rawalpindi NIC No. 37405 – 4547831 – 1, who was married on 20th May  2017.

She was in need of the dowry furniture, which we have funded from our Raza Charity Trust account, but we still have more registered cases in the pipeline.

Arrangements have been made for the following furniture items for Zainab Idress dowry which was handed over to her mother.

  • 01 Double bed
  • 01 dressing table
  • 01 ALMARI for Crockery

 

The budget for this furniture which has been arranged from funds lying with us while contributions from my friends and donors are eagerly awaited so that we are able to arrange the dowry furniture for other recipients who are waiting for their turn.

 

Please send in your donation / contributions in the form of cheque or direct online transfer to the following account.

Details of Account are as under:

 

Title Of Account                    Zeeshan Raza Alim

Account Number                   0471000003333 

CIF ID                                       000141750

 Bank                                       Askari Bank Limited

                                                Haider Road Branch Saddar, Rawalpindi

 

The pictures of the family along with her mother and furniture in the background are attached herewith.

I pray for all of you and for the Muslim UMMAH in particular.

Thank you my friends for making this noble effort possible.

GOD BLESS U.

 

Best Regards

 

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin


123/B, Market Road, Saddar, Rawalpindi

Ph: 051-5130399

Cell: 0332-4923235

www.drbabur.com

www.mastertrainerhr.com

 

Jul 08

CATHARSIS

CATHARSIS

The modern era today, despite the vast technological and scientific advancements which has made life easier for the man today but has also complicated his life with multiple multifaceted and multidimensional impediments associated with stress, strain, worries, apprehensions, disdains and regrential fear.

More and more people these days use the word Catharsis without properly understanding its meaning definition, explanation and the implication of this word.

The word catharsis is derived from the Greek word katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing".  In Urdu the meaning is: تنقیہ نفس - tanfiea nafas.

The spiritual meaning of catharsis is very much the same: discharging everything harmful from one's mind and heart, so that one can become pure.

In the modern times most of the definitions relate two essential components of catharsis: the emotional aspect and Cognitive Effect.

Cognition is "the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses."

The emotional effect denotes strong emotional expression and processing and the cognitive aspect signifies insight, new realization, and the unconscious becoming consciousness thus resulting in a positive change.

Historically catharsis was first used by Aristotle in the Poetics, (Drama) comparing the effects of tragedy on the mind of spectator to the effect of a cathartic on the body.

Catharsis is often discussed along with Aristotle's concept of anagnorisis.

ANAGNORISIS is a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery.

In the modern times this term was first used in  psychology, by Sigmund Freud's colleague Josef Breuer who developed a "cathartic" treatment using hypnosis for persons suffering from extensive hysteria while under hypnosis. Breuer's patients were able to recall traumatic past experiences, and through the process of expressing the original emotions that had been repressed and forgotten, they were relieved of their hysteric symptoms.

The term catharsis has also been adopted by modern psychotherapy, particularly Freudian psychoanalysis, to describe the act of expressing, or more accurately, experiencing the deep emotions often associated with events in the individual's past which had originally been suppressed, repressed or ignored, and had never been adequately addressed or experienced.

Emotional situations can elicit psychological behavior, cognitive, expressive, and subjective changes in individuals. Affected individuals often use social sharing as a cathartic release of emotions.

Collective emotional events share similar responses. When communities are affected by an emotional event, members repetitively share emotional experiences.

According to researchers, every sharing round elicits emotional reactivation in the sender and the receiver. This then reactivates the need to share experiences in both the sender and recipient. Social sharing throughout the community leads to high amounts of emotional recollection and “emotional overheating.”

 

This cathartic release of emotions is often believed to be therapeutic for affected individuals. Many therapeutic mechanisms have been seen to aid in emotional recovery. One example is “interpersonal emotion regulation,” in which listeners help to modify the affected individual’s affective state by using certain strategies.

The idea of catharsis in medicine is similar to that in literature. It means 'purging', 'purification', although in a medical sense this implies a physical release, for example, expectoration of the sputa implies healing of cold. Hippocrates associated catharsis with healing, because it's role as a "purification agent" affecting the course of disease (both physical and mental).

The ritual of purification usually implies that a person had engaged in some prohibited actions or sins. Catharsis helps the effective person to return to the previous status - before the violation of generally accepted rules and norms took place. In various religious practices, the action of purification is fulfilled with the help of Yoga, Calisthenics, water therapy, blood, fire, change of clothes, and sacrifice. The rituals are often considered as part of a person's healing from the devastating effect of guilt.

 

Throughout the history of humanity, catharsis was considered to have a strong healing effect and was applied in medicine, religion, cultural healing rituals, literature, and drama. The concept of catharsis has been widely used in modern psychology. Some modern therapeutic modalities emphasize the value of expression of repressed emotions and use catharsis as the essential tool for the positive therapeutic change.

The complexity of phenomenon of catharsis involves experiencing repressed emotional traumas within safe and supportive environment, involving emotional discharge, as well as an appropriate cognitive processing and insight.

The spread of Islam in the last century and its emergence and proliferation in the European world   coupled with growth of behaviorism, the role of catharsis as a beneficial psychological and spiritual technique to cleanse and purify one’s mind and body has gained momentum in the pan Islamic World.

The recent research on the healing and therapeutic effects of fasting backed by scientific data and its application on day to day life has led people of other faiths also to practice fasting and meditation.

The Saints and religious leaders of the Indo Pak sub continent have practiced meditation in remote Isolated places where they tried to establish a direct link with the creator without any let or hindrance from worldly desire or interference from fellow human beings.

Among the five tenets of Islam Salaat, (Prayers) and Soum (Fasting) are the strongest which one has to practice in day to day life which means making ablution (Wazu) five times a day which cleanses the body of the acolyte of worldly impurities and then standing on the prayer mat and bringing the distance from your forehead to the floor at zero thus purging yourself and bridging the gap of your soul to that of the creator by bowing in complete submission to the will of all mighty ALLAH.

The Holy month of Ramzan is around the corner and this month does not simply imply that the faithfuls should only practice prayers and meditation but the third tenet of Islam which is Zakat (Charity) is also a very important pillar of Islam which means that one should help his fellow human beings who are less fortunate than you are by giving help and alms to the needy and poor and sharing your Dastar khawan (Dining Table) with the less privileged who cannot even afford a single square meal a day.

The true spirit of Islam can be seen and witnessed during the Holy month of Ramzan when the mosques become full with the Namazi’s and way side Aftar Dastar Khawan’s spring up like mushrooms in every nook and corner of the country where the well to do go all out of the way to share their Aftar with the laborers, workers, travelers, sick and homeless people because the return and bounties of rewards promised by Allah during this month multiples each good deeds by 70 times.           

The Islamic month of Ramzan which is due to start from the 7th of June 2016 will give ample chance and opportunities to the faithful’s to purge one’s mind and body of all negative thoughts and impediments and replacing them with positive thoughts and energy by practicing Soum, Salaat and Zakat…..

 

 

Dr. Babur Zahiruddin

 

 

Jul 04

EXPEDITION TO RUSH LAKE

 

EXPEDITION TO RUSH LAKE

 

(The Highest Alpine Lake of Pakistan

     

      SPONSORED BY

  

In July this year 2017, FFC (Fauji Fertilizer Company) being a conscientious corporate citizen has sponsored a hiking and trekking expedition to RUSH LAKE the highest alpine lake of Pakistan (16000 feet).

 

 

The aims and objective of this expedition are to highlight the wonderful places which we have in Pakistan as many people still have not visited these areas because of the non availability of good organized group tours and a local guide.

My initial reconnaissance as a group leader has shown that the road conditions up to HUNZA in the HUNZA valley are very good and one can go on an ordinary vehicle up to Nagar to Hoper but in the side valley’s up to the trail head we need a good 4 x 4 vehicle  (off road).

The detailed itinerary of the expedition had already been given before but due to excessive landslides, rains and EID rush in that area the dates were subject to changes many times and slight modifications.

Hence the trip will be under taken from 07th to 17th July 2017.

 

RUSH LAKE TRIP

 

Hunza valley is located in the northern areas of Pakistan. This valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world and is a good tourist attraction, where tourists really enjoy their time and interact with mother nature. This is a mountainous valley, it gives spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains like Ultar Sar, Rakaposhi, Bojahagur Duanasir II, Ghenta Peak, Hunza Peak, Passu Peak, Diran Peak and Bublimotin (Ladyfinger Peak), all 6,000 metres (19,685 ft) or higher.

 

The Trek to Rusch Lake provides spectacular view of Rush Pari Peak-5098m, Miar Peak-6824m, Golden/Spantik-7027m, Ultar Peak-7388m, Malubiting Peak-7458m and the glaciers Miar glacier, Hopper glacier and much more.

Rush Lake trek is a rather a steep trek but well rewarding in the heart of the Hunza valley Pakistan. This trek will take you to the amazing Karakorum Mountains clusters the best on earth. You will be crossing glaciers, meadows and terraced fields of Karakoram. The trek ends at Rush Lake. (5,098 m 16,726 ft): 

This is a long trek you will start by driving by Jeep across the Hunza River at Hoper. This is where the snout of the famous Barpu glacier meets another glacier called Bualter. Hunzakuts (local people from Hunza) believe that glaciers are either male or female. Each glacier exudes its own gender qualities and when a male and female glacier meet they give birth to a baby glacier!

 

FFC SAFARI TOUR ITINERARY July 2017

 

Day 01: 08th July 2017

  • Meet on your arrival in Islamabad. Drive to Murree, Muzaffarabad, Gari Hahib Ullah, Bissian, Balakot, Naran / Chillas via the Babusar Pass over night at Chillas.

 

Day 02: 09th July 2017

  • Drive to Hunza and over night at Hassanabad / Aliabad / Kareemabad.

Day 03: 10th July 2017

  • Drive to Hunza later take Jeep to HOPAR village across the river Hunza. Overnight in tents.(Camping)

Day 04: 11th July 2017

  • Trek Hopar / Barpu Giram / Baricho – Core (6/8 hrs)

Baricho in local language means Musicians and Tinsmith together and Core means cave.  

Day 05: 12th July 2017

  • Baricho – Core to Khanni – Harai (4/6 hrs)

Day 06:  13th July 2017

  • Khanni – Harai Trek to Gutens / Rush Lake (5/6 hrs)

Day 07: 14th July 2017

  • Day free at Rush Lake(Optional)

 

Day 09: 15th July 2017

  • Trek Rush Lake/Gutens (3/4 hrs)

Day 10: 15th July 2017

  • Trek Gutens/Hopar (4/5 hrs) Walk down to Hopar and later drive to Hunza by jeeps. Overnight at Hotel

Day 11: 16th July 2017

  • Return journey to Chillas / Naran over Night at Naran
  • Option Next day visit to Altit Baltit fort eagles nest Khunjrab and Sust

Day 12: 17th July 2017

  • Dive to Islamabad via Bissian Chowk, Garhi Habib Ullah, Muzaffarabad, Murree and Islamabad.

Note:

The dates from 08th July 2017 may vary as to the road conditions / weather conditions and fitness of the participants / members and the local topographic conditions.

 

PRELUDE TO THE TRIP

Things taken by each participant.

 

PERSONAL.

 

  • Joggers, trainers, or hiking boots up to ankle high
  • 03 pairs of towel socks white colour
  • cap , jungle cap , sola cap
  • Sun glasses
  • Camera / Handy cam
  • Sun block with S.P.F 50 , anti sun block
  • Shooting jacket
  • Jeans , trousers , track suit shalwar kameez
  • T- shirt , sweat shirts
  • Vests , u / wear  Bermuda shorts
  • Shock proof wrists watch , pocket compass
  • Rechargeable flash light and torches
  • Personal medications
  • Towel handkerchief  and towels
  • Chappal and moccasins
  • Mosquito repellants / sprays
  • Personal back pack
  • Warm Clothes jacket / Pullover / Sweaters
  • Sleeping Bags (optional)
  • Ground Sheet   
  • Walking stick / Mountain Stick

 

EQUIPMENT:-

Provided by the Organizer 

  • Pick and shovel
  • Cooking utensils

Gas stove, frying pan, disposable glasses, plastic glasses, plates, fruit knife or sauce pan

  • Walkie / talkie , vehicle mobile charger
  • Generator
  • Masalas, condiments , salt , cooking oil , wheat flour , sugar tea bags, powder milk and rice
  • Tinned fruits cocktails , meat balls , minced meat , meat curry , fish
  • Biscuit saltish and fancy as per your liking loads and loads of them
  • Cold drinks , mineral water in  plastic bottles
  • Whistle & mega phone
  • G.P.R.S phone (If available)
  • Maps general map, topo graphic map, contour map.
  • To top it all by 4 x 4 vehicle / Toyota Hiace Ace / Hi Roof (Optional)
  • First Aid Kit

 

Daily Trek Notes

  • Reach your next destination point before sunset under no circumstances should you over stretch yourself or travel at night.
  • Please mark your route before you start your journey
  • There should be a talc sheet over your map with markings 
  • Permanent marker: - Plan your trek in such away that you are able to make it to your next point with in that day before sunset.

 

PREPARATIONS FOR THE TRIP

 

  • Please start walking and exercise daily by covering 1 mile distance in 15 minutes.
  • Climb 50 stairs in 10 – 12 minutes
  • Carry a load of 05 - 10 kg on your back for half to 1 hour

 

DETERMINATION

Remember this is a chance to see Mother Nature at its best and those areas of Pakistan where less than 10 % of the population of Pakistan has gone.

So be determined and make a resolve to complete this trip as a challenge for the outdoors.

Many people were invited to come and join the expedition subject to their physical fitness and willingness to be a happy member and part of the FFC team.

 

Now as I look forward to my over 50 years of experience as a Mountaineer, trekker and ecologist and having traveled to all the nook and corners of Pakistan there were still two adventurous treks which have eluded me in my career.

 

And now I am excited that I am going to Rush Lake & in October I will go Astola Island which I hope to complete ASP before I become too old to trek and climb mountains.

 

FOR THOSE WHO DARE LIFE HAS A CHALLENGE WHICH THE SHELTERED NEVER ENJOY.

 

I am thankful to Lt. Gen ® Khalid Nawaz Khan Chairman Fauji Foundation, Lt. Gen ® Shafqaat Ahmed (CE & MD) FFC and my special thanks to Brig ® Abid Mahmud head of CSR FFC for their help cooperation, for their patronage and kind sponsorship.

 

 

 

DR. BABUR ZAHIRUDDIN

Mountaineer, Ecologist, Trekker & Travelogue Writer

 

 

May 06

TRIP TO DUDIPATSAR JHEEL (KAGHAN / NARAN)

TRIP TO DUDIPATSAR JHEEL (KAGHAN / NARAN)

My trek to Dudipatsar Lake in September 2016, was a bit adventurous as I adopted a shorter and different route which my son USMAN RAZA ALIM suggested to take via BISSIAN on our last trip to SKURDU in May 2016.

First to LOWER TOPA to BHURBHAN to KOHALA Bridge into Azad Kashmir onwards to MUZAFARABAD to GARHI HABIB ULLAH and finally to BISSIAN Chowk.

The road to MUZZAFARABAD is very good, but at DOMAIL you head towards GHARI HABIB ULLAH which is quite an incline and took us about one & half hours to reach.

The road to BISSIAN is 25 kms, is a shingled road under construction and our speed was check mated by oncoming traffic and bad conditions of the road which terminated at BALAKOT and this route is 95 kms long and the journey time is three hours from Murree.

So there was a saving of time and avoiding the rush of Hassanabdal to Balakot which has bumper to bumper traffic during the tourist season.

At Naran the weather became cold and chilly so we had to don our woolies and then started for BATAKUNDI for night stay at FWO Engineers Mess.

 

 

My army training and my daily routine for the past 35 years has an inbuilt alarm clock in my subconscious that wakes me up early and on time but this was not so with my other participants who were late in getting up on 16th September 2016.

 

From BATAKUNDI we moved to JHALKHAD and arrived in BASEL at about 12.30 pm much to my astonishment and dismay BASEL town was deserted, to make things worse was that the overhead make shift cable car called DOLI in local language had been dismantled and there was no option but to cross the River let of KUNHAR on foot at a shallow point and wade through waist deep extremely cold water with an expanse of 30 feet.

We were following the left side of the KUNHAR River and as we went forward the trek became difficult and laborious.

 

The shadows of the evening were falling and becoming dark somehow or the other I managed to make it to the first ridge by 4.30 pm and started the small descent to GALMA, a small hamlet having a few scattered houses where the seasonal inmates comprising of the KHANA BADOOSH (gypsies) camp during the summer for grazing.

17th September Morning I went around the village and got hold of two horses on hire, on one we put all our back packs and cooking rations while the other horse was empty in case some member feels tired and exhausted.

 

At 9: 00 am we started our trek again to DUDIPATSAR lake along the river but this was relatively easy as compared to the trek last evening but my happiness did not last long as we were confronted with glaciers which we had to traverse on an incline steep climb. Those of us who were wearing joggers had difficulty in climbing as their shoes were slippery and had to be helped with hand tow and snow sticks were provided to them for leverage.

After crossing MULLAH KI BASTI we came across another glacier which took us about an hour and a half to get to the other side which was again a smooth trek for 30 minutes after which we came across muddy quagmire where some of the participants were bogged knee down and ropes were provided so that they could leverage on it and come out of the quick sand entanglement conditions and finally reached DUDIPATSAR LAKE.

DUDIPATSAR Lake or Dudipat Lake is encircled by snow clad peaks and lies in the extreme north of the Kaghan Valley. The word "dudi" means white, "pat" means mountains and "sar" means lake. This name has been given to the lake because of the white color of snow on the surrounding peaks. In summer the water of the lake reflects like a mirror. The word "sar" is used with the name of each lake in the area, translating as 'lake.'

The lake's water is beautiful greenish blue hue and very cold, at an elevation of 3,800 metres (12,500 ft). The surrounding mountains, with snow patches in the shady dales, average around 4,800 metres 15,700 ft. Some of the park's fauna includes the snow leopard, black bear, marmot, weasel, lynx, leopard, Himalayan snow cock, and snow partridge.

The wild life I saw were the marmots (Weasels) who were playing with each other and gave out a shrill call from distance when they saw us and then disappeared in to their burrows when we came near.

This is one of the few clear pristine lakes which still have not been spoilt by the intrusion of HOMOSAPIENS like the deplorable conditions of SAIF UL MALOOQ and LULUSAR Lake.

How can I describe this beautiful lake I may be running short of words to pen the exact picture of this MONALISA of nature.

 

The morning sun reflects into the crystal clear water giving the image of a mirror where you can see your own reflection which becomes even more augmented and magnified by the calmness and depth of the water.

We spent about one hour at the lake site and enjoyed the cool breeze blowing and the sight of the mountains when I called everyone to attention, from the state of trance in which they were mesmerized.

 

It was time to make our way back to MULLAH KI BASTI but without any indication or warning it started raining cats and dogs and we have to don rain coats and to protect our rations from getting wet.

Since it had rained recently crossing the muddy quick sand became even more difficult but somehow or the other with the help of the ropes and the guide we made it to the other side and reached the left side of the river where we picked up the trail to MULLAH KI BASTI.

 

The night at MULLAH KI BASTI we found better tents, sleeping arrangements a hot supper of Dall Roti which we gulped down quickly and off course my delicacy and weakness of cardamom tea was the last call of the evening before we went to sleep at about 9 O Clock.

     

18th September 2016, quick breakfast at MULLAH KI BASTI, started back for GALMA village which we reached at about 11.30 pm where we said good bye to the horses and our guide.

We reached BASEL and after crossing the KUNHAR river made it where our vehicles were parked and started our way back to our Mess in BATAKUNDI which we reached at about 3 O’ Clock where I changed in to fresh clothes and went for a rest.

In the evening I was awoken by teammates that they had bought a big lamb and were going to have BBQ and bon fire to make merry.

 

As I look back over my 50 years of experience as a Mountaineer, trekker and ecologist and having traveled to all the nook and corners of Pakistan there are still two adventurous treks which have eluded me in my career.

 

That is Rush Lake & Astola Island which I hope to complete ASP before I become too old to trek and climb mountains.

 

 

DR. BABUR ZAHIRUDDIN

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