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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Moin Khan's "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" screened at the PACC

Considering all the murder and mayhem laced headlines Pakistan grabs in the international media, it is hard to imagine very many international travelers will be interested in exploring traveling opportunities in Pakistan.  But a screening of "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" a documentary made by Moin Khan, a Bay Area bike enthusiast, originally from Lahore, disaffirmed such estimates.  Around 200 queued up at the Pakistani American Culture Center in Milpitas to watch the documentary in two sessions! 
After doing a mostly overland trip from San Francisco to Pakistan on his motorbike in 2011, Moin Khan now works as a tour operator and takes groups of tourists to biking trips in Pakistan.  "Rediscovering Pakistan- The Untold Tale" was filmed on the last trip Moin Khan and his foreign guests did in the northern areas of Pakistan.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Announcing a new addition to the family

A year in which a good amount of time is spent in surface traveling is a great year.  2014 was truly wonderful! A 65-day surface traveling trip that started in Bogota ended up in Santiago de Chile. Stories from that trip have started to show up in print.  One is here:


And what better way to conclude a long, strenuous trip than to do Bikram Yoga in the last city being visited?  The photo shows Oxana Sidorenko, my Ukrainian-Russian-Chilean Bikram Yoga instructor in Santiago.  Back in August her pregnancy had just started to show.  She must be due very soon.
But that’s not the ‘new addition to the family’ the post is referred to.  It’s a new blog being added to the family of blogs.  The new member of the travel blogs is here


and is on the recent South American trip.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Muhammad Iqbal's Javid Nama explained and explored by Sabahat Rafiq

Have been trying to find time to write on the hazards of being a ‘national poet’, Iqbal’s posthumous transformation.  Will do it one of these days.  Meanwhile, listen to Sabahat Rafiq’s scholarly paper on Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Javid Nama.’  It was read on Iqbal Day 2014 at the Pakistani American Cultural Center in Milpitas.

Sabahat Rafiq on Javid Nama by cemendtaur

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

A Tribute to Tashie Zaheer

Over 200 people gathered on Friday, December 5, to pay tribute to prominent Bay Area Urdu poet and community leader Tashie Zaheer.  The program was arranged by the friends of Tashie Zaheer and was led by Khalid Rana.
The event was emceed by Arshad Rashid.
Khalid Rana, Abdus Sattar Ghazali, Jafar Shah, Nagesh Avadhany, and G.S. Falak paid tributes to Tashie Zaheer for his leadership at the Urdu Academy of North America.
Tashie Zaheer’s business associates who spoke at the program included D Lawless, C Camacho, and Imran Jaffer.
Muhammad Nazir khan, Suman Taneja, Rubina Qureshi, and Nilofer Khan spoke about Tashie Zaheer’s services for the community.
Two family members who also spoke at the event included Ammar Zaheer, Tashie’s older son, and wife Naheed Zaheer.
Performing Kathak, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh paid a dance tribute to Tashie Zaheer.  Farah Shaikh was accompanied by Ben Kunin on sarod and a tabla player.
In a music program that followed the dance and continued till the wee hours of the morning, Almas Shabvani, Atiya Hai, Nagesh Avadhany, Tina Mann, and Syed Sarwat sang Tashie Zaheer’s poetry.  Music was provided by Ali Shahabuddin on the keyboard and a very talented Ashneel Singh on tabla.

Listen to a partial audio of the program here:

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