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Monsoon Of The Province Of Punjab

In the Punjab province of Pakistan, the monsoon rain can be divided into three distinct regions according to the amount of rainfall and its reliability.

The Heavy rainfall High Reliability Region

This comprises the North and Northeastern divisions of Punjab, namely the Rawalpindi and Gujranwala Divisions. Typical representative stations are the Hill station of Murree and the Plateau of Rawalpindi in the Rawalpindi division and the piedmont plains around Sialkot in the Gujranwala division,

Murree gets the most rain; as much as 35 inches in the three months of June, July and August with a frequency of one heavy downpour every other day, followed by Rawalpindi receiving not less than 28 inches in the aforesaid months. The No. of rain days are 10-12 in the monsoon months.

Sialkot, in the Gujranwala division, stands third both in the amount as well as frequency of the rainfall. Here the rainfall in the monsoon months is about 25 inches with 8-9 rain days in each of the monsoon months.

The common feature of all of the above mentioned three stations is not the amount but most prominently the reliability of rainfall. This is quite extraordinary at these locations. The rainfall amount varies only +/- 10 percent of the average in the normal years and even in the worst years it does not vary much beyond 15 percent.

The Moderate Rainfall and Low Reliability Region

This comprises of the East Central Punjab; Lahore is the chief representative of this region. Here rainfall amounts of the three months of July, August and September falls to about 17 inches and number of rain days fall to about 5-6 in the monsoon months. The amount of rainfall is not as important at Lahore as the low reliability or high variability of the monsoon rainfall. Every 3-4 years or so the rain can vary as much as 25 percent from the long term average. Some years are extraordinary. In August 1996 as much as 18 inches fell in three days in August whereas the total annual rainfall of Lahore is only 28 inches!

The Low Rainfall and Very Low Reliability Region

This covers a huge area. Actually it comprises of all district of Punjab other than the Northern, Northeastern and east Central Districts. The typical Station is the south western town of Multan. In Multan, only about 5-6 inches of rainfall is recorded in the three monsoon months, the no. of rain days are about 2-3 in each month. Moreover the rainfall amount is highly unreliable and extremely variable; sometimes as much as 10 inches can fall in 24 hours during a tremendously strong wet spell. This is more than total annual rainfall of Multan.

In short, less than one-third of the Province of Punjab in Pakistan gets reliable and heavy rainfall from the monsoons. The rest two-thirds of the province is not only deficient in rainfall but also gets highly variable precipitation from year to year during the monsoons.



Source by Waqar Awan

Wasim Akram, a Legend Cricketer

Wasim Akram, “a star born to rule the world of Cricket.” An all rounder, played in Pakistan Cricket team, was born on 3rd June in the year 1966 at Lahore, Pakistan. Wasim Akram studied in Islamia College of Lahore and played cricket there. He was the opening batsman, and bowler for the team of college. Introduction of Wasim Akram in international cricket was because of the role Javed Maindad, a senior Pakistani player played, in favor of introducing him as an all rounder.

Wasim Akram started his first class career in, 1988 by signing Lancashire country cricket club, England. He remained in that club from 1988-1998 and opened their bowling attack in ECB trophy. Wasim Akram made his International Test Career debut in 1985 against New Zealand, and starting of his career was remarkable, as he took 10 wickets in the second test match of his career. The first International cricket world cup, Wasim played was of 1987, and he bowled in the depth of the innings. Wasim Akram played a vital role in the historical, world cup of 1992, which was won by Pakistan, and he was considered as a significant all rounder in that world cup.

He was a full left armed, as he bowled and batted with left hand. He was exceptional with the ball, and Pakistani bowling attack, Wasim and Waqar was considered to be the most difficult bowling attack in the history of cricket. When Wasim’s career was at its peak, he was diagnosed diabetes, and was recommended to stop cricket. However, he was a superb fighter, and fought with this disease, to continue cricket, and played till the start of 20th century, when he felt seriously ill and left cricket.

He got married in 1995 with Huma Mufti. His wife died in 2009 because of multiple organ failure, and they had two sons, Taimur and Akbar. There is little information, cricket fans know about his private life, as he was not use to show off in public places.

Wasim Akram is not only the best all rounder in the history of Pakistan cricket, but he is the best all rounder in the history of international cricket. Only few people have fame in sports, and Wasim is one of them because of his personality and bowling skills. This powerful left arm bowler is now giving tips to Indian team for the world cup 2011. This legend cricketer will be remembered for years in the history of cricket.



Source by Hamza Marfani

Why You Need To See Pakistan Right Now!

Let’s just make one thing clear- all those things you’ve heard about Pakistani’s being orthodox and the environment their being unsafe are exaggerated versions of the truth. As someone who has visited Pakistan on more than one occasion, I can tell you that Pakistan is not as bad as we think. In fact it is a place filled with beauty, where the people are kind and helpful and the food is amazing. And the best part is that since Pakistan’s currency is relatively cheap, you can go there and enjoy without putting much burden on your pocket. Also, cheap flight tickets for Pakistan are so easy to find. How cool is that! But if you’re still unconvinced, here are some of the reasons why you should go visit Pakistan

1. The Historical Monuments:

Since it was the center of the Mughal Empire, Pakistan is filled with historical landmarks that are the epitome of beautiful architecture. You can see an example of this at the beautiful Badshahi (King’s) Mosque or the Famous Lahore Fort in Lahore and also the Pakistan Monument in Karachi or even the Mohata Palace in Karachi. And let’s not forget about the cities of Multan and Bahawalpur which are filled with breath taking castles and shrines. These places are a must visit if you are into spirituality.

2. The Food:

Travelling is all about new experiences and the food is Pakistan is definitely an experience worth undergoing. Whether you go to the food street in Anarkali, Lahore or even the Food Park in Rawalpindi, Pakistan has so many flavors to offer when it comes to food. From Italian cuisines to the desi street food, anything you try will be absolutely scrumptious and equally tummy satisfying. Even Lahore is considered to be the food capital of the country; you can still find a lot of good food joints in the other cities. And after you have been there, you will be convinced about one thing, Pakistani’s do know how to cook.

3. The Weather:

If you’re looking for some sun and heat, yes Pakistan can give you that. If you’re looking for some snow and cold, Pakistan has that for you as well. And if you want none of that Pakistan has a quite spot on the beach for you. When it comes to weather Pakistan is a very very versatile country. With the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in the north and the Arabian Sea in the south it can give you any type of weather you want. All you have to do is decide what you want and then select the location for your travel. Lastly, don’t forget that you can easily get cheap flight tickets. Fly to Pakistan today and witness the beauty of its landscape, monuments, food and people. And if you’re still worried about being unsafe, remember that life is no fun if you don’t learn to take a few risks. So start planning our trip to Pakistan now.



Source by Nick S Curtis

Razzia Feroz and Her Work: A Pioneer of Art in Pakistan

It was only the seventh year since the Fine Arts Department was founded at the University of the Punjab Lahore, when it cradled the first generation of Pakistani artists on a serious academic level after the independence in 1947.

The atmosphere was outlandish after the nine decades of monarchic British rule and the Lahore, a crucible of various cultures and ethnicities, was a city of opportunities for the young Muslim men and women in terms of work and education. The Fine Arts Department which once was crowded mostly by the Hindu and Christian girls, then started to entertain the Muslim girl-students. In those years, Anna Molka Ahmad, the British born and educated young artist and academician, was striving to strengthen the foundations of the academic art in Pakistan. Anna Molka was trying hard to promote various techniques and genre of the western in the visual culture where Miniature painting had been a popular artistic forte.

In 1947, the first Muslim teacher Mrs. Anwar Afzal joined this department to stand by the lone efforts of Anna Molka Ahmad. Later, Zakkia Malik Sheikh, Naseem Hafeez Qazi and Razzia Feroz also served this institution as teachers to evolve and assimilate the western canon of aesthetics with the local convention. This became a very critical period in the visual doctrine of Lahore, which was to shape the future visual idiom of art in Pakistan.

Razzia Feroz is one such artist who adopted the painting, not only as an academic accomplishment, but as a medium that could serve her to express the philosophy and ideology towards and about life. Razzia was born in 1925 in Shahpur Punjab, and she came to Lahore with her parents in 1927 during her infancy. However, the visual impression of the Shahpur village remained a part of her subconscious and was expressed frequently in her paintings with tall and gracefully dressed villagers as the figures of her canvases and the agricultural environment as the backdrop.

Dr. Ferozuddin was a medical doctor and had a special affectionate relationship with his youngest daughter; Razzia. Dr. Feroz encouraged her daughter’s early drawing and painting endeavors by sitting for hours as her model. Her father’s feelings towards the ailing poor and needy patients influenced Razzia to a great deal and Florence Nightingale, the legendary icon in the field of Nursing, became her first inspiration and ideal. Razzia herself had some health issues right from her childhood that became an impediment for many of her dreams, and she had to readjust, time and again, her academic objectives. She graduated from Kinnaird College Lahore in 1943 and went on to join an MA course in Geography, but owing to her ill health, she could not continue this degree, and that venture ended up in smoke.

She describes this experience as:

“I was very disappointed and felt hopeless. It was this disappointment that made me more art-minded and thus turned all my love and affection towards a thing that has never turned faithless and has always been a sincere friend and companion.”

(Ahmad p. 09)

Since the age of three, Razzia had been doodling and scribbling as instinctively as a child could be. The lost effort for an MA in Geography proved as a turning point in her life, and she then considered her hobby seriously to prepare herself for the University Art Examination that she took with BA’s in 1947. At that venture of time, she became acquainted with Anna Molka Ahmad, who invited her to join the Fine Arts Department for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts. In those days, Razzia was afraid of her bad health and unaccomplished endeavors of her life, which actually had made her reluctant and hesitant to re-evaluate her ambitions and goals. However, the continuous advice and guidance of Anna Molka Ahmad made Razzia to think proactively. Anna Molka recommended Razzia to read “Art Versus Illness” by Adrian Hill in her pursuit to prevail over the difficulties to achieve her objectives. Finally, in 1949, Razzia joined the Fine Arts Department to be listed along with the first generation of Post-Pakistan artists. She completed her Diploma in 1950 and the following year she was offered to teach at the Fine Arts Department.

Razzia found peace and strength in art and overcame the shortcomings of her life by indulging fully in the various genres of visual arts like painting and modeling. She found answers of her philosophical and logical yearning towards life and came up with a righteous doctrine for her life to proceed optimistically. In her own words:

“Art is life and life is Art to me. Art is an unknown source that is inspiring in me a life to live and to paint humanity in all its moods and colours. I wish to paint suffering humanity with all the brilliant colours and thus too hide the sufferings, pains and hunger under a coat of everlasting gaze… It is my life’s mission and my life’s aim. My soul shall never be at peace, so long as I have not done my duty in doing full justice to a world of ideas that cherish me… ”

(Ahmad p. 13)

Razizia’s art is uncomplicated with simplicity of technique as well as the theme. Her figurative and landscape paintings are rooted in the pastoral life of Punjab where she opened her eyes while her modeling is under the academic influence of the institutional art. We may not find her work groundbreaking or revolutionary, however, the contribution she made with her commitment, and perseverance is vital in shaping the early years of art in Pakistan.

References:

• Anna Molka Ahmad. Razzia Feroz: Monograph Number Three. Lahore: Punjab University Press, 1954.

• Catalogue Lahore Art Circle Group Exhibition 1955. Lahore: 1955.

• Catalogue Group Exhibition at Fine Arts Department 1954. Lahore: Punjab University Press, 1954.



Source by Nadeem Alam

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