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Give me a home where buffaloes roam!
Most of the villagers live in a mixed environment, of a home with numerous different crops and livestock. The livestock include goats and sheep cattle, cows and water buffaloes. Here in a barha (the cattle yard), buffaloes are being given wanda ( beef fodder comprising mainly of hay, rich protein meal, minerals, oil seeds cakes, and carbohydrates).
 

MEDA JISM VI TOON – MEDI ROOH VI TOON

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by Nayyar Hashmey & Nidokidos

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Country life is sweet. No doubt about that. The greatest of the poets have sung the praise of it. And the prophets too had the greatest admiration for village life. Great thinkers and philosophers spent their invaluable lives in the countryside. No surprise that village life is highly cherished by all, in all ages, and all societies

 A stunning shot taken on the dawn of a new day.

Me, meadows and my cow.  But for now, going home.
Green green crop of home….
Even the autumn scenes  offer colorful look.

Back home with a bountiful harvest.

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Colors of Punjab, Rural Pakistan [3 of 4]


Villagers mostly prefer sleeping on a charpoy in the open. Here in the courtyard of a village home, the manjis with khes, bedsheet and pillows still can be seen lying in the open. After the men or women of the family are free from making/taking breakfast, the manjis will either be removed inside the house or will be stacked along the walls.
 

MEDA JISM VI TOON – MEDI ROOH VI TOON

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by Nayyar Hashmey & Nidokidos

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Tree along the roadside: A common yet scenic view of the country side 

 Autumn scene captured through lens of the photographer. I do not know whether this image has been photoshopped. If not, the shot is superb. If photoshopped, even then the view here is simply amazing.

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Children of a village while away in the courtyard of a house. They just finished off a tough ‘fight of the kites’ (paitch larhana). Kite flying is a popular game in the villages of Punjab.
Punjabi boys and girls are known to have keen interest in sports. A variety of indoor and outdoor games are played. These include Gulli-danda, Chhuppan Chhupai (Hide-and-seek), playing Bantay (Marbles), Stapu (Hopscotch) and Pugan pugai.

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MEDA JISM VI TOON – MEDI ROOH VI TOON

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Though mini vans, wagons and Chingchis have gradually replaced the animal transport chiefly a tonga, (horse drawn buggy) in the cities, villagers still find tonga as a cheaper mode of transport. And being conventional transport in the countryside since centuries, they prefer its ride over auto transport.
Moreover, besides being economical, tongas are airy and not prone to atmospheric pollution as do their automotive counterparts, that daily send tons of waste gases to our atmosphere causing the deadly greenhouse gases effect.

Village dwellers are always so eager to reach their home that they would occupy any nook, any corner of a bus plying to their village. In the image above, village youth are sticking on different parts of the bus like a swarm of flies.
Some are even standing on the roof top and other sticking on the footsteps, while still there are others who find the minimum possible space anywhere just to stick on to enough width and hold on to a support anywhere to stay in tact.
Risky! yes a high risk endeavor indeed, but for villagers, the love of their home is so pressive that they would go for taking such risk every day than compelled to stay overnight in a big city.

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A villager and his two sons with their buffalo-stock on their way to the meadows. A daily village chore that turns the dusty track into a painting-like blend of dust mist with  lush green fields under a hazy sky. 
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Note for WoP readers: These village scenes are excellent.

You will need to click on the image source at bottom of this page.That will take you to Nikokidos website. While there, you can see more images of the life in Punjab.

If you may so wish, you can also subscribe to the website and get regular emails to see their contents which are usually excellent. Nikodikos is part of the Yahoo group.

Before I put up now the snaps from village life in Pakistan, do see our previous articles in the series. [if you have not read them already]. For this you will have to go again at the bottom of this page to see the individual links under ‘You might also like’.

And here now is this beautiful poem by Sharif Kunjahi, part of his poetry titled ‘jagrate’. I have slightly modified it to fit into the main theme of the post. [Nayyar]

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New provinces will break Pakistan


The 1973 Constitution is the only consensus document binding the federation. It neither recognizes nor foresees the further division of Pakistan into more provinces. The manifestos of the PPP and its ally, the Q-League, make no reference to new provinces. Thus, the call for more provinces is nothing but reckless desperation of a morally bankrupt political leadership which sees defeat written large in the next election.
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NEW PROVINCES WILL  BREAK PAKISTAN

FOR THOSE WHO WANT A BALKANISED PAKISTAN, SERAIKI PROVINCE IS NOT THE LAST THING.

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The 1973 Constitution is the only consensus document binding the federation. It neither recognises nor foresees the further division of Pakistan into more provinces. The manifestos of the PPP and its ally, the Q League, make no reference to new provinces. Thus, the call for more provinces is nothing but reckless desperation of a morally bankrupt political leadership which sees defeat written large in the next election. (more…)

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