I would like to introduce you all to such a historic landmark building of my home city, The Lahore fort. This holds that special charm, that beauty, and magic about it! It is not an abandoned building persé but a historical landmark, which indeed is a work of art!
This magnificent fort was built in 1556 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. It is a wonderful example of Mughal architecture and there are beautiful examples of both Muslim and Hindu styles of motifs.
Even though this is not very well maintained, it has stood the test of time quite well. It boasts of beautiful and well-laid gardens and multiple decorative halls.
Anyone who visits Lahore has to visit this historical treasure
Hope you enjoyed this mini trip to one of my favorite places in Lahore. A place of secrets, and of timeless beauty where the imagination can take you back centuries.
Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (a Photo or Writing Challenge)
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere who bravely bears his country’s cause, honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves as best can, the same cause”
War is never a welcome option
Armies built by conscription
Soldiers fighting on beachhead,
Fronts, and in deep trenches
Lives sacrificed by millions
So that citizens live a free life
“The soldier is the army, no army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
George S Patton
I hope that we don’t have to go to war ever again
A war, justified or imposed upon the people is always tragic
Loss of lives, families torn apart and futures destroyed
But if we are asked to defend our homeland, we all will rise
With pride we will bear arms and stand united against the enemy
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented”
The silence of people who can do something is much more damaging than the verbosity of those who can’t.
“The best sense of touch; Having mother’s hand touch on forehead”
I long for your warm hugs
For your loving hand touching my face
It’s been too long since I felt your love
Through your loving embrace, your gentle touch
“Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it all over before he’s born and long he learns to use sight, hearing or taste. And no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money but long on hugs”
This is such a beautiful truth. We need to be touched with care and love by those who are close to us. A hug can say what many kind words cannot. A child cocooned in a mother’s womb learns of the love expressed through touch.
“We take our sense of touch for granted, but it is as important as sight, hearing or any of the other human senses”
As October draws to an end, winter is knocking at our doors. Some people love winter weather while others dread it. Since I, personally love change, I celebrate when weather changes.
The cold of winter
Teaches us about
Keeping our faith
About strengthening relationships
And about sticking together
To celebrate this season
With love and hope
Do not let the misery of cold weather
Invade the warmth of the love in your heart
Instead, let it teach you the value of summer
For it is in contrast that we learn to appreciate
What we are missing in one season and have
The abundance of in the next one!
Imagine how boring it would be for us if the weather stayed the same year around. The changing seasons make us appreciate the beauty of all the different types of climates that have been created for us.
I’ve written a couple of posts on the topic of fitness for WQW. This week I felt that this posts says what I wanted to say. So I’m sharing it again! Sorry if you experience de ja vu!!!!
Previously published as; Fitness is the key
October 5: Fitness Follow-up #3 Make Your Efforts Do Double Duty/ or favorite indoor sports or exercises
I’ve gone from being a lazy couch potato in my forties to a comparatively fit 60-year-old because I’ve realized how important it is to be physically fit as we approach old age.
Taking care of your body so that the body can take care of us when we need it to!
I am no advocate of punishing workouts that build up the muscles, define the abs and give pleasing contours to various body parts for people of older age. Why? you may ask!
I have seen so many people falling into this false illusion that a perfect body is the ticket to a happy successful life. I personally advise older people to be as fit as they can for their age. This entails;
Being able to walk for at least half an hour without feeling tired or drained out.
Not getting breathless walking up a flight of stairs.
Being able to do small jobs around the house like cooking, folding laundry, tidying up the house etc
I would again emphasize that healthy body is the best gift we can give ourselves. Youth is notoriously famous for its inconsiderate attitude towards the body it inhabits. Young people abuse the body by ignoring most of the good principles of healthy living. Fortunately, most people realize the importance of having a healthy body as they mature. I feel that instead of obsessing about the outer beauty, if we nurture the inner wellbeing and strength, we would have a better shot at enjoying our lives.
Now is the time to start the rest of your life with positivity. Start walking a few minutes daily and increase it in small increments. I have done it and I know it is possible if you are determined to make your physical condition better. Some people have too much pain to be able to even walk but they can with the help of their doctors or therapists can undertake light stretching exercises that will get the blood flowing. Underwater exercises are excellent for joint, muscle and back pain.
Whatever works for you, please do it. Slowly and gradually you will see an improvement in your physical and mental health.
To me, the fall season is the best of all seasons as it heralds the end of a very long and very hot summer. In our part of the world, our summers are almost 8 months long, leaving just 4 months for the rest of the three seasons. I love when the weather changes and the sunlight becomes paler and less punishing. The leaves start to change color and we finally feel able to exist without air conditioning.
The colors of fall
Evoke the spirit of a poet in me
Making me more aware of the beauty
That this season brings in everything around me
So like the famed poets, I too want to write odes
To this season of color and change
Have you experienced the shower of golden leaves
Falling like raindrops when the wind blows through the trees
It feels like the heavens are blessing us with a priceless treasure
Perhaps to reward us for enduring the harsh summer
Many people cannot see what’s right in front of their eyes.
The gift of vision is indeed a great gift. Vision is when you see beyond what is visible. Vision is when you see the possibilities in a given situation. Not everyone can be a great visionary, but with thought and contemplation, we can develop the gift of envisioning possibilities in the obvious.
I host a weekly challenge, What do you see!
When I read the responses from many different bloggers, this saying makes perfect sense to me. Looking at the same image, everyone sees something different. How we think, and how we perceive makes all the difference in what we see!