Urdu 101

Posted on 30. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Image from getintopc.com

Image from getintopc.com

English = How are you?
Urdu = Aap kaise hain ?

English = I am fine
Urdu = mein theak hoon

English= How is your family?
Urdu = Aap ke ghar waale kaise hain?

English = everybody is fine at home
Urdu = ghar peh sub Khairiyat se hain

English = How is going your job?
Urdu = Aap ka kaam kaisa chal raha hai?

English= Job is going well by the grace of God
Urdu = kaam tu Khuda ke fazl-o-karam se acha/Theek jaa raha hai

English= God bless you
Urdu = Khuda aap ko apne hifz-o-amaan main rakhe

I love Pakistan
mujhe Pakistan se moHabbat hai

My name is Raji
mera naam Raji hai

Who are you?
tum kaun ho?

I am Ali.
main Ali hoon

Who is this?
yeh kaun hai?

This is my friend
yeh mera dost hai

Your friend is nice
Aap ka dost acha hai.

This = Yeh
I / me = main
You = Aap / tum / too

Yours = aap ka / tumhaara / tera

My = mera (For man)
My = meree (For woman)
Am = hoon

Is = hai
Friend = dost (Specific for Male friend but now it is common for both gender)

Friend = sahelee (Female friend)
Nice = acha (masculine)
Achee (for female)

Meri jaan
My love.

English=Oh what are you doing?
Urdu = Are Aap kya ker rahe hain?

English=Oh God what are you doing?
Urdu = Ya-khudayaa Yeh Aap kya ker rahe hain?

English = ok, well tell me something!
Urdu = Acha Jee , aur sunaho

English =what are you doing tonight?
Urdu =Aaj raat aap kya ker rahe hain ?

Pakistan India Wagah Border Ceremony

Posted on 28. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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Every day of the year, just before sunset, a flag lowering ceremony takes place at the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border ceremony is a popular tourist attraction and short trip from Amritsar in Indian Punjab and from Lahore, Pakistan. Both the Indian BSF (Border Security Force) and Pakistani border forces (Pakistan Rangers) do this and it has become a tradition for people from both sides gather and see this. Both sides synchronize their parade and the entire event is meant to create a feel-good/patriotic fervor amongst the crowd. It is called the beating retreat ceremony which has been taking place at this site since 1959.

The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes in total. It starts with high patriotic spirits from both sides of the border. Hundreds of people who gather at the border from both sides of the border are engaged in a chanting and patriotic song singing encounter. Colorful banners and signs are always there. The noise and atmosphere of the assembled crowds on both sides of the border is similar to that of a sporting match and very entertaining. Drum beating, dancing and playing loud folk music is a common practice at the event.

At the start of the ceremony the soldiers from both sides march towards the gate at the border, which is thrown open when they reach there. The soldiers salute each other and start lowering the flags. The flags are lowered at the same time. The soldiers retrieve and fold the flags, the gate slams shut, and a trumpet sounds the end of the ceremony. The soldiers then return with their country’s respective flag back to their Quarter Guard where it is housed for a private military ceremony at reveille.

Now both sides have decided to water down the belligerent tone after a request by India. The retreat has been made a much more cordial affair with the exclusion of key gestures like the dramatically extended arm, the clenched fist with the thumb held skywards.

Reference: Video clip from YouTube, Wagah Border Documentary by Such TV in collaboration with ISPR of Pakistan Army

Imran Khan – Player to Politician

Posted on 27. Jul, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Imran Khan after winning the Cricket World Cup at Melbourne in 1992

Imran Khan addressing a PTI political rally

Imran Khan addressing a PTI political rally

Pakistan’s sports and political worlds are not complete without a mention of a captivating cricketer, playboy, social elite, philanthropist and now a politician Imran Khan. He is the former captain of Pakistan Cricket team and the current leader of the political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) meaning Pakistan Justice Movement) was born on November 25, 1952 at Lahore. He received his initial education at Aitchison College, Lahore and then took admission in the Royal Grammar School, Worcester in England. Thereafter, he went to study Economics and Politics at Keble College, Oxford from 1973 to 1976.

Cricket was very much a part of Imran Khan’s family. Inspired by his cousins, Javed Burki and Majid Khan who were first class cricketers, Imran Khan started playing cricket during his school years at the age of thirteen. He also played Cricket for Oxford University. He made his first class test debut for Lahore at the age of sixteen and his test debut in England, 1971 when he was only 18 years old.

Being an all-rounder Imran Khan achieved reputation as one of the fastest bowlers of his times and became the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 1981. He led Pakistan to numerous victories. Imran led the Pakistani team to its first victory against India on their home soil. His greatest victory was indeed to win the Cricket World Cup at Melbourne in 1992. Imran Khan was one of the few cricketers who captivated their fans by their charismatic and indomitable personality till the very end of his career. He retired from Cricket at the peak of his career. He made immense contribution to cricket and caused to produce so many superstars like Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzimamul Haq.

After watching his mother suffer miserably from cancer in 1984, Imran Khan vowed to build a cancer hospital and at last with his great endeavors succeeded to open in 1996, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital in Lahore in memory of his mother. The Hospital really proved to be a mammoth project, with the entire nation making contributions towards this noble cause. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital has gained international recognition in the world where free cancer treatment is provided to the poor patients. Imran Khan married Jemima, the daughter of the late multi-millionaire Sir James Goldsmith in 1995. She embraced Islam and was named as Haiqa. In 1996 Imran Khan, disappointed with the state of national politics, decided to form Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of which he remains the Chairman to date. Imran Khan claims to have entered the field of politics in order to reform the deteriorating social and political conditions of Pakistan. The main aim of his party is to eradicate the evil of corruption from the society and to bring justice to all. His political career started with him contesting the 1997 general elections in which he was unable to win any seat. In 2002 elections, however, Imran Khan succeeded to secure his own NA seat and is at present an active member of the Opposition struggling hard for the sovereignty of the Parliament.

Government of Pakistan acknowledged the services of Imran Khan when he was given Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1993.