This is one of the ten thousand blurry shots that I’d taken during my lifetime. This particular picture isn’t as blurry as it appears here. I think WordPress does something to the photographs we upload: compressing them, perhaps, to save whatever it is they save? Anyway, I did not delete this picture because it’s special.
These gentlemen look after and work in a huge date plantation in Sharjah. I wanted to see and photograph such a place – as if I didn’t have enough pictures of date-palm trees already – so Masood asked around. His friend knows a friend who knows a friend who knows another friend who knows one of the guys shown in the picture above. He came to pick us up one morning, and off we drove up and down several dunes, carefully watching out for sand storms and shifting sands, to reach this farm (there is slight exaggeration here. Ok, fine; a whole lot of exaggeration).
So this picture is special because it portrays India-Pakistan friendship; two of them are from Hyderabad, one from Rawalpindi. And they’re very good friends. And they are very nice people too. They showed us around, patiently waited while I took my time taking pictures, and offered us ice-cold cola and freshly-baked bread. They even asked us to stay for lunch! We didn’t stay, of course. Instead, we asked the gentleman who drove us back home to join us for lunch, which he politely declined since he had an appointment later that day.
To the nice gentlemen – who do not know I took this picture or that this blog even exists – thank you for your hospitality.
Pictures from the plantation coming up next!