“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”
Greetings dear Wanderer,
Welcome to Project Pakistan blog.
Project Pakistan aims to be a mosaic of positive imagery for my country Pakistan.
The year is 2011 and with all the negative International news coming out of Pakistan in recent times, my goal is simple, I aim to share the other half of the coin for all my readers. All and any positive news coming out of Pakistan will be shared.
From pictures, videos, articles, to international or local accomplishments , all will be gathered under “Project Pakistan.”
This is a lifelong commitment of changing damaged Pakistan’s perception and I hope Project Pakistan’s mosaic will achieve its objective of “Pushing CTRL+Z , one Mind at a time”
I thank you for the time to read and visit this blog. Share my message with your family and friends, dont be afraid to leave a comment or share a story you feel moved by and lastly lets ALL push “CTRL+Z , one Mind at a time”
Ask me anything
“Lab pe ati hai dua ban k tamana meri , zindagi shama ki surat ho khudaya meri” Allama Iqbal
(From the Lips comes a Prayer in the form of a Desire ; My life should emulate a Candle, Oh God) A candle burns itself to provide light for others)
On November 14th 2012 , I had a chance to dine with 5 extraordinary women who by trade were bluegrass musicians touring Pakistan. A befitting name to the group , “Della Mae” - kept its true american spirit of bluegrass traditional music as they performed and made countless fans from Pakistan.
I had the good fortunes of meeting these lovely ladies through our very own Ms. Natasha Ejaz who performed on a number of shows with Celia,Jenni lyn, Shelby,Kimber and Courtney. Each a star in their own right is truly a master in her craft, especially a two time national fiddle champion Kimber Ludiker.
In celebrations of “Iqbal Day” on November 9th, a local Pakistani holiday celebrating its national poets anniversary ; Della Mae and Natasha Ejaz prepared an Urdu song based on Iqbal’s poetry ‘Lab pe ati hai dua” astonishingly in less than 20 minutes before the show. Words to the song are truly beautiful which is included as a prayer in many Urdu schools through out Pakistan and recited during the school assembly sessions.
Here is a link to this outstanding performance: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=492905237407820
A day before leaving for their next country of tour ‘Kazakhstan’; Della Mae spent their afternoon with children from less privileged background. After a playing their complete line up and then some more , the group showed their instruments to the children and allowed them to play it. For me, that moment was the highlight of their tour to our country. Being able to not only share their music with the young ones but also hoping to inspire Pakistani children to pick up a Kimber’s fiddle or a Jenni lyn’s mandolin or the monstrous yet beautiful Shelby’s double bass.
The week Della Mae were in town , they made all the headlines and for the right reasons - but what ladies will be most remembered for their cover of Nazia Hasan’s classic hit number ‘Boom Boom’ with Natasha Ejaz. Enjoy this performance and I hope Della Mae will be back soon.
Thank you for reading and may you Live long and Prosper.