A virtual trip to Cabo de Palos

Here is another addition to my mapping stuff. Cabo de Palos antique map printed on this mighty mug. I never bought any of these as I’m not a shopping freak, Moreover, people around me are more map-obsessed than me HaHa!So my twin mate Amna gifted this mug with an antique and classic map of Cabo de Palos on it. This place is basically located in Spain. It is part of a small range of volcanic mounts that form a small peninsula, which is a wonderful travel destination for travel enthusiasts but I being a GIS enthusiast can only take the whole trip virtually all across the globe within minutes or can console my heart by having all of this mapping stuff as gifts.

So My dear Siblings! I hope next time you gift me a ticket rather than mapping collection. 😂😀

Photo by wajeeha
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“The Pulp of Grapefruit “

Somewhere outside the physical reality of this world, I was devising impractical and silly approaches in my mind to solve my problems, while cleaning up the mess around myself. In the midst of this, I was interrupted by a voice coming from the drawing room.”Come here Wajeeha, I have something to show you”.
I hurriedly ran to reach there by taking long footsteps to see what my cousin sister ” Iqra” wants to show me.
Me: “What happened? ”
Iqra: Have a look at the “Grapefruit Pulp ” she replied while eating up a chunk of it.
Yes, I just ran and got myself out of my hypothetical journey for this “Grapefruit Pulp”.But to my surprise, looking at those tiny juicy packets locked together wasn’t a usual experience. There was something exceptional about looking insanely at the pulp rather than eating it up. Both of us sat together and started pondering on its beautiful asymmetrical arrangement, health benefits of grapefruit and then ended up eating almost all grapefruits at Home.
Life sometimes feels like a never-ending treadmill but the truth is things in it can’t always be symmetric just like these pulps and its the beauty of it. Things can’t always go according to your to-do list. As long as you find wonderful people in your life , who fill up your world with enteral Sunshine . The asymmetric pulps alone are nothing but together they form juicy treat of delicious chunks and chunks in turn form the whole symmetric fruit .

So be thankful for the wonderful people around you .And if things don’t work out then Relax ,Enjoy Grapefruit pulp and let the things go the way they are!

Photo by Wajeeha

Happy Blogging!

Timeline

Wow! It’s November! time flies so fast. Especially when everything is so much messed up. Anyway, part of Life. Life? Well, something that is totally unpredictable and everything in it is unreliable. No one knows what’s coming ahead. We have developed latest technologies to predict what might happen the very next day, even with a precision of very next hour or min, like weather forecasts apps keep us updated about weather conditions, News and Media broadcasts the whole world with the notion” our channel is the first that tells what’s next?” .We live our lives based on predictions; from a small label of the Expiry date on eatables to huge machines with a one-year money back warranty or either 10 years guaranty. And if I talk about durability, AH!! Molty Foam pops up in every Pakistani’s mind. Yes, Dawlance is reliable but not humans, ironic right!

We think of everything all around to be very orderly, classy and organized but we don’t think of our inner selves to be this much configured. Our hearts are perplexed, broken and are not synchronized to our mind and body. Because we are always so concerned and worried about our future. And in the next moment clock sticks 12:00 am and the present is gone. Welcome to the next episode of your tuned future of perplexity.

The Answer to our anxieties and problems isn’t in the Future, it’s in the Past. you might be wondering why I didn’t say “Present”? Well! I suggest you keep on reading my insane blog post. We can’t cut ourselves off from our Past, it made us whatever we are today because we are the tomorrow of our History. Finding out Why you came to this World? You will definitely look back by turning the pages of History. Our Past or Forever gone History is very inevitable to understand our Present and Future. Take a moment and look back to your forefathers, how they tackled with problems, pondering on their sacrifices will give you strength to bravely tackle your problems, of course, you cannot live with old mode of life, that’s the demand of time, but you belong to your History. I would like to add more to this by referring to Our Great Historic Eastern Poet Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who emphasized youth to look back into History saying:

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Have ever you pondered, O Muslim youth, On deep and serious things?

What is this world in which this you is only a broken star?

You came of a stock that nourishes you In the close embracing of love,

A stock that trampled underfoot Dara who wore the crown.

Whenever I get my self in trouble, I look back into History and I think of troubles that our forefathers faced during that time with no or very least facilities. I think of those hardships that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions faced throughout. Lived with no food, no roof on the head, without basic needs for almost 3 years in the open ground under the scorching sun. I belong to them. how can I lose hope? You can go through this too. Just be Patient!

So, don’t live only on predictions as this only build fears and unending chaos. All that is needed is to synchronize your Past with your Present, and future will get synchronized automatically. Follow the good part of your Past and try to change the bad one by doing good today, because you are going to make a History for Tomorrow. So, why not make a good one?

Let’s make a History today!

-Wajeeha Dilshad

Into the Bazaar

Into the bazaar,
Huge voices coming afar
Vendors and hawkers all around
Calling out loud;
Come here Sister and Just look!
“Babloo” bananas and juicy apples
Sister! that must be one of your staples
I passed by looking over food stalls
Heading on next and pondering on calls
Enormous vegetables and fruits
Of different sizes, colours, and hues
Buyers bargaining and Vendors negotiating
I amusingly found this bazaar truly enchanting

Wajeeha Dilshad

“Falling in the Fall”

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Hello, world! I have been thinking of capturing some cool autumn photographs for this Autumn blog post but here I am posting this hello October greeting in a python interface. -Weird! Right! But its kinda thematic, as right now, I am like an autumn leaf accumulated with horrifying pythonistic nightmares that have fallen down in such a cold Programming course here at IGIS! so my apologies for this cold pseudo-code greeting!

So, I found a poem writing code in python from an internet resource. I copied and then I just assigned some random adjectives, noun and verbs and program after execution came up with the following poetic form !and yes! This program exactly portrays my current situation “I’m falling! Falling in the fall! LoL

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All the best!

To whomever;

“Falling in the fall”

As there are ;

many more things coming ahead!

Just like OHT (Exam)

Gotcha my batch mate 😀

All the best!

Wajeeha Dilshad

Note: There is nothing wrong in falling down! Just be patient and make sure to get back up ()):

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Time-Lapse (2017 vs 2018)

It was the same month a year ago, but a quite different situation, I got myself out of the most hectic but the most cheerful time of my life, as I was just about to complete 4 years of grad life at the University of Gujrat. My heart belongs to this place. Still, I miss every bit of it, the Majestic Views, Campus life, Hayatians, Cafeterias, Bus life, Societies (though those were the oddest and funniest kind of adventurous experiences ), My department and the moments spent with my friends and fellows. Sigh!

Right after graduation, I was so much happy and relaxed, Oh man ! can’t believe I just completed the most thrilling yet prolonged studious phase, I felt so much content that I didn’t bother to think ” What next thing should Ido ?” I wanted to enjoy that contented phase by staying at home with my family and wasn’t ready to do any further thing. I guess most of the fresh grads go through this, not all may be a few, Well I don’t know, as I saw some of my proactive fellows getting enrolled for masters, some entered in their professional field by getting their desired jobs, some got married and some were like me living with the motto “whatever comes, embrace it, Whatever goes Damn just let it go!” LOL.

Few months passed and I begin to realize that I should do something to explore more of this contentment as there is more to life, there might be something, not any kind of job but something that I can offer to the people all around. That’s how the voices came back (an inner writer who was lost somewhere in the chaos of life ) and I started this blog, Later, I along with my sister Aamna started our CAAP initiative. And I begin to walk on the road of self-discovery and personal development.

Things begin to become clearer when you look deeply into it, and I have to look deep to grab those precious pearls rather than pebbles. Time has its own way to reveal things to show you what is the best suited for you, And then the time arrived, to grab those pearls.

The same month, a year after, I’m doing my masters in Remote Sensing and GIS here at NUST IGIS (School of Civil and environmental engineering ) , I am so much enthused by maps, geography, gis, and my thirst to deeply understand GIS technology brought me here by the grace of Almighty Allah.

A deja vu moment as I felt August and September are truly months of change, the best time to bring positive long-lasting life-changes, I can totally relate to this because things might not remain the same, there would be ups and downs,I know that It’s not going to be an easy journey, I am trying to store and gain all of my energies to move ahead . I can see bumpy roads , and some smooth pathways as well. but you got this Wajeeha! All the best it’s your journey! (Note to self )

here is a time-lapse view of how my life is going on these days!

Happy Blogging!

-Wajeeha Dilshad

Truth

I’m right and,

You are also right!

Right is right

Right?

Still there is something that

Isn’t really right.

Alright!

One is Your Truth

And one is mine

Truth is truth

That’s True?

Which truth is truly true?

Your’s or mine?

Not yours !

Not even mine

But Our truth

Is the One and Only truth

The divine .

(Wajeeha Dilshad)

All that isn’t mine but is mine

I want to forget,

All that isn’t mine but is mine .
All that ,
Made my heart go catastrophic.

All and All that is ;
The Sufferings of my beloved.
My beloved homeland ,people and places .
Little kids dying ,People crying,
And all those above us ,Fooling & lying.
I feel bad and worried lest,
For all uncredited virtues and acts.
And all souls brutally beaten to death
All that isn’t All that my beloved!
What about those dreams and aims?
That are being killed by terror,
That soft terrorism!
All that ,isn’t now enoughism?

All that isn’t all that I am writing

Words can’t do justice for all that.

How can I get rid of this “All that “?
All that isn’t mine but is mine!

(Wajeeha Dilshad)
#poem #agonies #sadness #Litetature .

Hajj Pilgrimage Map Story

As last month of Islamic year “ZilHajj is going on and today is 18th of Zil Hajj. A month of divine blessings in which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place from 8th -13th of Zilhajj. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is obligatory to perform Hajj at least once in lifetime. I have been working on designing a map showing Hajj Pilgrims from across the world as suggested by one of my closest friend “Fayeza” who is a geo geek and a travel freak. So Fayeza just came across an image on Instagram with statistics of Hajj pilgrims on it.

Here is the image

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using this statistic as a reference I designed the Info-graphic map as shown bellow

I’m obsessed with the glimmer of firefly symbology over dark basemaps ,I tried to create a bold formal infographic map using achromatic grey shades .

The key on the right bottom shows the number of pilgrims from top 10 Muslim countries.You can visualize these countries over map via color differentiation. Indonesia is at the top of list with 221000 pilgrims ,Pakistan secures 2nd place with 179210 no .of hajj pilgrims .India is on 3rd number as it sends almost 170000 pilgrims on average every year .

To make this sacred pilgrimage more understandable here is an animation showing the flow direction towards the Holy Makkah💖.

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As last month of Islamic year “ZilHajj is going on and today is 18th of Zil Hajj. A month of divine blessings in which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place from 8th -13th of Zilhajj. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is obligatory to perform Hajj at least once in lifetime. I have been working on designing a map showing Hajj Pilgrims from across the world as suggested by one of my closest friend “@fayeza_fayyaz who is a geo geek and a travel freak. So Fayeza just came across an image on Instagram with statistics of Hajj pilgrims on it.Swipe to see the image. using this statistic as a reference I designed the Info-graphic map . I'm obsessed with the glimmer of firefly symbology over dark basemaps ,I tried to create a  bold formal infographic map using achromatic grey shades . The key on the right bottom shows the number of pilgrims from top 10 Muslim countries.You can visualize these countries over map  via color differentiation. Indonesia is at the top of list with 221000 pilgrims ,Pakistan secures 2nd place with 179210 no .of hajj pilgrims .India is on 3rd number as it sends almost 170000 pilgrims on average every year . Spot your country over map and share your views in comment section 🙂 Happy Mapping and Blogging #learning #cartography #experimentalcartography #esri #firefly #maps #glow #exploring #skills #mapping #growing #motivation #GIS #Arcgis #artistic_mapping #likeforlike #instagramhub #inspo #places #pakistan #maps #instagood #travelblogger #mapping #blogger #graphics #mapdesign #projections #Hajj2018 #Hajj #IslamicWorld

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Spot your country over map and share your views in comment section!

Happy Blogging 🙂

-Wajeeha Dilshad.

Before Now

I don’t know you

Of what You have become Now.

But I know the person that,

You were before Now.
And Now,

You are like everyone else in the Crowd

Passing by with someone on the same road.

And I am still standing here!

Waiting for you to look back,

So that I can show You,

The “You”Before Now!

(Wajeeha Dilshad)

Painting by Leonid Afermov

Sacrifice

And She sacrifices,
Almost Everything.
The Bad ,
To push the stones far way.
And the Good,
To see the Divine light ,
Just to find a way.
Back to “HIM”.
The ONE and Only
“ONE”.
(Wajeeha Dilshad)

Beyond Independence

So it’s 14th of August ,A historic day for our beloved homeland “Pakistan”, As the countdown starts ,dizzying display of fireworks fill up the sky in Lahore ,Karachi ,Islamabad and in different cities of Pakistan .And the celebrations begin with such a wonderful view and national Anthem being played in the background (I haven’t seen it live with my eyes but on Tv screen ,so you too can imagine haha! ) .Every Pakistani celebrates the day with full enthusiasm.We as a Nation, cherish the present moment by wearing all green ,eating the best food ,raise Pakistan’s flag high on our roofs ,play National songs and Anthems and the best part is getting our necks stiffed while watching captivating parade on TV screens ,meanwhile scrolling the facebook and instagram ,hitting likes and commenting on the #AZADI #Green pictures that pass through our cell phone screens as we move our thumb’s tip against it.Then you think of posting your own best shot.Opens camera “O man I look like a massi(maid) right now and being such a lazy human alive you don’t have the guts to get yourself all set just to click a good photo in couple of minutes.just leave it man” (Murmurs).Now opens WhatsApp and you get a free stock of Azadi pictures ! Oky the only option left behind is to utilize this huge stock.

So here is My Azadi stock:

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“Meri pehli Azadi “My favourite one ✨ that’s my friend Mahrukh’s niece “Khirad”

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Well done Ihtisham

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I am Pakistan

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Manto Sahab

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Abu jee being Sarcastic hahaha

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This how an average Pakistani girl celebrates her independence haha! I’m not sure about everyone but to some extent I might be right.

Point is that we celebrate the day but not the History ,and to celebrate the History we have to think beyond our ideology of independence.

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us. ~Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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Manto

-Wajeeha Dilshad

Still Young and Alive

Pitter Patter!
Raindrops Shatter.
As she hesitantly strikes,
The floor with her wrinkled feet.
Gazing at furious clouds above,
Those weary eyes could feel.
Her very own juvenile self,
Deep down in heart,
Still young and alive.

(Wajeeha Dilshad)

Painting by Chantal Urquiza

Book Review” The Happiest Woman in the World”

The pursuit of happiness or the idea of just being happy is something that concerns all of us.Sadly we relate our happiness with worldly things .We want everything in life with 100% perfection.And when this doesn’t happen ,we start comparing our lives with others ,sometimes we let the society do this for us .It took me so long to understand the fact that life isn’t going to be perfect always.We should accept the lot that we have been given in life ,with whatever limitation have been decreed for us, because as the saying goes , the grass isn’t always greener on the other side

My brother Haseeb (who is fond of reading books) gifted me a book Titled: “You can be the happiest woman in the world”A Treasure Chest of Reminders .

The thing that I liked about this book at first glimpse is the title itself ,I felt like the Author is addressing me by saying you can be the happiest woman in the world. This book is truly a portable magic ,that draws reader’s attention through its wonderful layout full of convincing phrases ,quotations ,motivating stories from the past and inspiring passages written in the light of Quran and Hadith.

This book is a translated version (Translated by Huda Khattab) and Originally it is written by an Arabic Islamic Scholar “Dr Aid Al Qarni”

The Author has used a very simplistic approach to address every Muslim woman either she is a student, a working woman ,a mother or a house wife .This book is truly a treasure chest of gems of faith ,hope and enlightenment for everyone who feels depressed and burdened with many worries .

I’ve benefited a lot from this book .Whenever I feel lost I just sit back and open up this book and each word written in it works like a healing drug ,I mean just read the words and a self healing process ignites in your heart.

Here is my favorite passage from this book:

You are better off than millions of women

Think of the world as a whole, of the hospitals filled with patients who have been stricken with disease and calamity for many years, and the prisons in which thousands of people are held behind bars, their lives and pleasures ruined, and the asylums and hospitals which accommodate people who have lost their minds and have become insane.
Are there not poor people living in tattered tents and havels, who cannot find a bite to eat? Are there not women who have been stricken with calamities that took away all their children in a single accident? Or women who have lost their sight or hearing, or whose arms or legs have been amputated, or who have lost their minds, or who have been stricken with chronic diseases?
But you are sound in body and in good health, living a life of tranquility, security and contentment. So give thanks to Allaah, the Exalted, All-Merciful, for His Blessings and do not waste your time with things that are not pleasing to Him, sitting for hours in front of satellite TV with its cheap, nasty and follish content that makes the heart sick and causes depression, and makes the body lethargic.

Though this book may not attract the profound readers because of its short passages but this book is worth reading .A perfect gift for anyone specially from a son to his mother ,from a brother to his sister and from Parents to their daughters 🙂

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The dirt in the Air

The dirt in the air

Here and there roaming in despair

Clouded with a droplet rushing in mist

The waterdrop screamed on sudden hit

Oh, nasty dirt! how do you dare?

To take away my form all crystal clear

Pardon me I lost my place; the dirt replied

Once I was on land with all charm and delight

But one day the wind blew too hard

And caught me up in its mighty claws

From that day I never landed back

I’m just a dust particle with no mass

O dear droplet don’t be so harsh

Can’t you see my wounds and scars?

The suspended droplet began to fall down

My dear I will take you to the ground

Now you are a part of this polar dab

So, neither cry and nor be sad

Soon the droplet hugged the surface

Adsorbed itself within the soil preface

Dirt embraced the homies with eternal bliss

The droplet evaporated as the sun kissed

If I tell you the way towards right place

Only is the death of thyself in all grace

(Wajeeha Dilshad)

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