(May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be with you)
This blog is a journal of life and travels documented mainly through photographs. As a little girl wearing my mother’s high-heeled shoes, I wanted to become a writer. My mother – besides letting us wear her shoes – encouraged all her daughters to pursue their dreams. At fourteen, I wrote a fictional story which got published in a local magazine in Pakistan, and earned my first paycheck.
Then I got busy. Life took a huge turn and I found myself working towards a different set of priorities. During that time – at sixteen or seventeen – I grabbed my father’s Pentax film SLR camera and took 36 portraits. And that started my love affair with photography. I discovered it was easier than writing fiction.
Then I got busy. Life took a huge turn, and I found myself married and living in the middle of the desert. Surprisingly, I fell in love with the place. The United Arab Emirates is a beautiful country – except during summer. If you plan to visit, do come between November and March. There is no other activity here during summer except going to the mall.
Anyway . . . since July 2009, most of the pictures in this blog have been shot using a Nikon D40. It’s an amazing camera and I’m totally in love with it! It is also my very first DSLR. However, since I possibly can not bring it everywhere, I keep my small Kodak point-and-shoot camera in my bag all the time. It’s the first digital camera that I’ve ever owned, and it takes great landscape pictures. And finally, when I don’t have both cameras with me, I make use of my Nokia cellphone husband’s iPhone camera. It is extremely helpful to take pictures in places and situations where one has to be really discreet.
All my travel and food related posts will now be published on my own website, which is updated regularly. But I have a special spot for this blog, the place where my online presence began and where I’ve made some amazing friends from different parts of the world. And since I couldn’t get myself to close this blog down, I’ve decided to post stuff here that otherwise doesn’t fit the travel and food criteria of my main website.