Polo Above the Clouds

Posted on 10. Jun, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Polo at Shandur Pass Festival (pic by KamiSyed from Flickr)

Polo at Shandur Pass Festival (pic by KamiSyed from Flickr)

The greatest and most infamous Polo tournament takes places annually on the Shandur Pass in Pakistan, the highest polo ground in the world (3700 meters) where a Chitral Vs Gilgit tournament is held every June. During the 1920s, the ruler of Moskuj, the Hindukush highland between Chitral and Gilgit, was told by his Mir, or king, to promote integration within his realm through a polo tournament between the best players. The rules of the game at this venue date back 800 years to those created by a descendent of Genghis Khan himself. Polo, whose roots go back to 600BC, and was brought to India and the Himalayas from Persia, is said once to have been played with the heads of sheep, goats and other animals. In Genghis Khan’s day even the severed heads of conquered enemies are said to have been used.

The Shandur Pass is located at 11,000ft above sea level and is described dramatically as being on the ridge between Heaven and the descent to Hell. It’s no casual sightseeing affair – to even get to this ground you face a 13 hour drive from Gilgit along a treacherously dangerous and narrow mountain pass where you risk possible death if you meet another jeep on the other side of the extremely narrow Pass! Even the ponies face a 5 day trek before the match. All in all, the fatalities are high before the match has even begun!

The Polo ground in the Shandur Pass is smaller in width and breadth than the conventional field, being 60 yards wide and 220 yards long. Also alien to a modern western player would be the 2 feet high stone wall which surrounds the ground. In ice hockey, such a wall could prove advantageous – in Polo, it could lead to serious injuries in the event of a fall.

Vegetables & Fruits in Urdu

Posted on 22. May, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Fruits-and-Vegetables

Image from lemonmastercleanse.com

English Transliteration / Urdu
apple saib – سیب
tomatoes ṭemaṭer – ٹماٹر
banana keyla – کیلا
oranges naarangiyaan – نارنگیاں
peaches aaṛoo – آڑو
peanut mong phalee – مونگ پھلی
pears naashpaatian – ناشپاتیاں
pineapple ananas – انناس
grapes angoor – انگور
strawberries astraw berian – اسٹرا بیریاں
vegetables sabziyan – سبزیاں
carrot gaajer – گاجر
corn makeiy – مکئی
cucumber kheera – کھیرا
garlic lehsen – لہسن
olives zeytoon – زیتون
onions peyaz – پیاز
peppers kali mirchain – کالی مرچیں
potatoes aloo – آلو
pumpkin lokey – لوکی
beans phaalian – پھلیاں

Culinary Terms in Urdu

Posted on 21. May, 2015 by in Uncategorized

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Image from Flickr by Sylvlane Moss

English

Transliteration / Urdu

tastes

zaaiqe – ذائقے

bitter

karwa – کڑوا

fresh

tazah – تازہ

salty

namkeen – نمکین

sour

teresh – ترش

spicy

chut pata – چٹ پٹا

sweet

meetha – میٹھا

qualities

khoobian – خوبیاں

bad

bura – برا

clean

ṣaaf – صاف

dark

andhera – اندھیرا

difficult

mushkil – مشکل

dirty

maila – میلا

dry

sookha – سوکھا

easy

asaan – آسان

empty

khaley – خالی

expensive

mehanga – مہنگا

fast

tez ro – تیز رو

foreign

gher mulk – غیر ملک

full

labrez – لبریز

good

acha – اچھا

hard

sakht – سخت

heavy

bharee – بھاری

inexpensive

kam qeemat – کم قیمت

light

roshnee – روشنی

local

muqamee – مقامی

new

neya – نیا

noisy

pur shor – پر شور

old

umar raseeda – عمر رسیدہ

powerful

taqatwar – طا قتور

quiet

khamosh – خاموش

correct

durust – درست

slow

ahestah – آہستہ

soft

narem – نرم

very

zeyadah – زیادہ

weak

kamzor – کمزور

wet

geela – گیلا

wrong

ghalet – غلط

young

jawan – جوان

food

khorak – خوراک

almonds

badam – بادام

bread

rotee – روٹی

breakfast

nashta – ناشتہ

butter

makhan – مکھن

candy

ṭaafeey – ٹافی

cheese

paneer – پنیر

chicken

murgh – مرغ

cumin

zeera – زیرہ

dessert

meetha – میٹھا

dinner

raat ka khana – رات کا کھانا

fish

machlee – مچھلی

fruit

phal – پھل

ice cream

a’is kareem – آئس کریم

halwa

halwa – حلوہ

lemon

leymoon – لیموں

lunch

dopaher ka khana – دوپہر کا کھانا

meal

khana – کھانا

meat

gosht – گوشت

oven

tandoor – تندور

pepper

kaali mirch – کالی مرچ

plants

podai – پودے

pork

so’or ka gosht – سؤر کا گوشت

salad

selad – سلاد

salt

namek – نمک

sandwich

saindwich – سینڈوچ

sausage

chatnee – چٹنی

soup

patla shorba – پتلا شوربا