Into the Bazaar

Into the bazaar,
Huge voices coming afar
Vendors and hawkers all around
Calling out loud;
Come here Baji and Just look!
“Babloo” bananas and juicy apples
Baji 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, colors, and hues
Buyers bargaining and Vendors negotiating
I amusingly found this bazaar truly enchanting

Wajeeha Dilshad

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“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)

Our job is to Discover the Artist within you. To give life to the un-lived creative genius is a dream that will make a million subscribers.

The Portrait of an Artist portrayed true essence of life through his readers manifesto.

The Portrait of an Artist

All your life you have always felt the unlived “Artist” within you who was forced to hide itself because the school told you that your grades define you then they told you the job you do defines you and because nobody believes in you so, as soon as you were born society planned who you would be? and give you a name, a purpose which was manipulated because you thought it is all that life could be. We say “No” to that notion it’s against very human nature because what we are nobody knows? and  I believe in you and I guarantee you and I were born artists.

The society has corrupted us and here we are at war with them.  We smash their long-held traditions, morals, values, and norms and with a new identity, we can revolutionize our lives and use the hidden creative potential to pursue what unique…

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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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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)

Best of CAAP Moments

“In the Name of Allah ,  the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful”

Our Non- Profit  Social campaign “Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention”that we started few months ago, Alhamdulillah! Up till now we have covered major schools from our hometown “Sarai Alamgir “here is a map that I designed to show our campaign progress.

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CAAP Journey

Some travel snapshots

we were three team members ;Aamna ,Aqsa and I (Wajeeha). Most of the time my job was to capture photographs and to arrange and organize the whole scenario ,Whereas, Aamna took her lead as speaker and demonstrator and Aqsa  handled ,engaged  and disciplined  the  kids crew.
Here are some of my best portraits :

Just look at their curious and joyful faces wondering what these three insane lady visitors are upto? Some of the kids asked either we came from Abroad  saying ” Ap bhair kay mulak se ayin hain”? we laughed and replied “nai beta hum b ap ki tra Pakistani ha” 

Every CAAP moment was full of life ,learning and enlightenment. I learnt through this campaign what real happiness means ? A real happiness ?when you make someone laugh out loud , when you teach something worthwhile ,when someone casts a smile for you ,a sense of warmth and  you can feel the blows of drifting wind as like it is saying keep moving you are doing the right thing, as like the whole universe is admiring our purposeful cause.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

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Cute Shout Out for CAAP team

In conclusion I just want to say to whoever is reading this blogpost , Live your life for a cause to bring up a positve change , lets start it doing with little acts of kindness and generosity specifically for kids ,they learn from us ,lets build up a strong community ,lets synergize for Peace through small good deeds.

 

“Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person oppressed whether Muslim or non-Muslim”.-Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“A kind word is a form of charity.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

“Anyone who does not show mercy to our children nor acknowledge the right of our old people is not one of us.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Thankyou for reading 

-Wajeeha Dilshad

 

MOOC C-ARTO-GRAPHY REVIEW

Cartography is ancient art and science of map making. Throughout the ages, maps are being used as a tool for trade, exploration and for developing strategies for military, states and empires expansion. Eratosthenes (Greek)Ptolemy(Roman), Muhammad Al –Idrisi & Peri Reis(Muslims) are among the most renounced map makers from the past. they developed different techniques and methodologies to project world view on animal skin, stones, slabs and later on flat sheets of paper in a very artistic and classical way. Let’s have a look over these historic masterpieces.

 

This is how Eratosthenes percieved the world ; (Father of Geography) 220 BC

 

But today map making is done digitally which is little easy peasy and fun thing as compared to old methods of manual mapping using mathematical approaches and odd drawing tools.

Being a graduate of Geography and some sort of experimental cartographer, I’m not really good at map making which is somehow quite embarrassing for me Ha-ha. But I still make maps because I’m so much enthused and amazed by the idea of putting up everything on map, combining and infusing contemporary art and conceptual science and ultimately what you see on canvas is a magical world.

To expand my working knowledge of modern cartography, I got myself registered for Esri (Environment Systems Research Institute) MOOC Cartography.

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In this era of e learning, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is the best platform for quenching the thirst of Knowledge. Actually, it’s more than that because MOOC is all about networking and sharing ideas and insights with your global e learning fellow community. MOOC Cartography was a 6 weeks program followed by 6 sections, each section comprised of introduction video, a set of mapping tasks with data files and documentation, one quiz and a discussion forum. About 35000 students registered themselves from all over the world, and among these 35000 students, there were only 5,6 Pakistani fellows, which shows that very few  here are aware of Geo -technology or maybe very few know about MOOC e learning.

Here are some of My MOOC Carto-learning upshots:

  • In depth exposure to Arcgis Pro 
  • Cartographic Generalisation and Layout design
  • Firefly Mapping and fun
  • Labels and Font usage techniques
  • Smart use of Projections
  • Web Mapping and web map app design
  • 3D mapping and Animation 
  • Networking and sharing map ideas with Carto-MOOCers  in discussion forum 

Esri MOOC e learning experience was exceptional as I get to know a lot about digital mapping in the context of art and design . Mapping is fun just like gaming and  I’m looking forward to implement all learnt techniques  in future mapping and design.

If you are the one who is new to GIS technology  and Cartography  or a person who is fond of exploring landscapes and world spaces ,traveler or someone who is adventurous enough to try new things  then Esri MOOC e learning programs are the best suited for you. Esri will be offering MOOC in September and in December .I will definitely register  for it onward and if you are willing to excel in cartography through Free Esri MOOC then  see you soon in MOOC Class  @ Esri platform. and of course you will earn a certificate just like mine 

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Moreover, You can find more of my  mapping stuff  at Instagram platform @artistic_mapping and if you have any queries let me know in comment section.

Thankyou  🙂

-WajeehaDilshad

 

 

 

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