Books I Read in 2019

2019 was one of those years in which I managed to read approximately one book per week, after a couple of decades.
(This is just an excuse to revive this blog that has been dormant for six years).

Sohaib’s bookshelf: 2019

Categories: Etc

Abbottabad Cantt After Protests

It has been a while since I have posted here – but only because the dozen post drafts lying on my desktop have been fighting for attention at the same time – and have created a deadlock.

A lot needs to be said, but before I resume writing, here are 17000 words (in picture format) taken today near my current residence in Abbottabad.

Yesterday’s tragic killing of seven protesters by (our own?) police and the empty streets and the closed bazaar that were so peaceful only a few days ago is something that I was totally unprepared for when I left the pollution and FUD of Lahore for the serene and safe small-town life of Abbottabad last year.

The images are (in no particular order) of the Cantt bazaar, the burnt Cantt police station (which had a beautiful antique wooden door), a burnt police vehicle, empty market, vandalized ATM with a blood-splattered cloth protecting it, and the junction of Liaquat Road, Jinnah Road and Allama Iqbal Road – oh, the irony!

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Pakistan Iftar Timing Alerts via Twitter

UPDATE: For iftar timings for Lahore in 2009, you can follow iftartime on twitter.

If you use twitter, you can follow iftar2008pak to get iftar (and later on, sehri) alerts for Lahore (and later on, other cities).
Right now, iftar2008pak will send out a tweet 15 minutes and zero minutes before iftar – due to various lags, it won’t be entirely accurate (but close enough), so please don’t blame me on judgement day if anything goes wr
ong 😉
Do add me up on twitter too, I’m ReallyVirtual there.

UPDATE: I’m a bit too busy to enter data for other cities like Karachi, Islamabad etc. but if anyone wants to help out (it should take a few minutes of your time), do get in touch and I will share the login details and steps to take.

Lahore Metblogs Widget

Metblogs just introduced a cool widget to embed any metblog post on your own blog. Since I am a Lahore Metblogs author by virtue of writing a few posts there, so I thought I’d check the (beta) embed script out. Here goes:

Hmm, it ate up my masterpiece images, and the title is missing the trailing /, but pretty cool otherwise. I didn’t know they also have an author feed, so here’s my feed at Lahore Metblogs – I will try to write there more often in 2009 than my current frequency of a post per quarter.