Pakistan, is known worldwide for its natural beauty and atmospheric serenity. Here I am going to explain some of the beauties that I remember from my to-ing and fro-ing in the area in the past. The beauty of the Pakistan landscape lies in the light, unlike any other tourist region in world. Fiercer, stronger, and sharper light silhouettes the mountain resort and scattered houses on slopes in ever-changing patterns against the skyline. The sunlight plays with the green nooks and crags of the landscapes, tossing out long shadows that ripple across the green gorges, sometimes through tall pine and fir trees. It turns the hills from opal in the morning to sapphire to gold to silver and finally to dross before descending swiftly in a bright red ball in the evening.
Whereas the beauty in most places in the world has been marred by the detritus of tourism, one can still find secluded places in Pakistan — relatively quiet where one can find privacy as well as unmarred vistas of the green hills. Away from the hustle and bustle of the life in the fast lane, one can enjoy a sense of solitary elation at that height — to meditate, and have a rendezvous with life. No hurrying up. It is the light of sculptors, not painters, who love the soft diaphanous hues and tones. Out of that light comes the great image of green hills and the long, clean lines of the spurs separating craggy countryside from the plains. The northern highlands include parts of , Karakorum and Himalayas Ranges. Pakistan is home to many beautiful lakes Manchar Lake, Ansoo Lake, Saif-ul-Malook Lake, Attabad Lake. Other than these beautiful landscapes, Pakistan owns world’s most wonderful heritage. Whether its Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro, Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi, Remains of Sahr-i-Bahlol, Taxila, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore fort, Shalamar Gardens or Rohtas Fort, they depict outstanding cultural or natural importance. Visible cultural fusion takes place in areas that see heavy tourist traffic from all over the country and abroad. Hill-village culture is gradually changing, from plain rustic to urban. Walk on any of the trails interlacing the area, talk to the locals, maybe in one of the many makeshift tea houses doing business in a nowhere kind of place, or take up any of the serene hikes, and you will find them politically alive and well aware of the hot national and international issues, discussing these in pleasant Punjabi blended with flavours of Potohari and Kashhmiri dialects. Talk about green mountains or sandy deserts, a deep blue sea or breath-taking view of lakes and rivers, small villages with mud made houses or amazingly structured buildings and roads – one can experience all this in Pakistan only.
Pakistani food is considered to be the best food in the world. Pakistani cuisine is a refined blend of various regional cooking traditions of South Asia. It is known for its richness and flavour. Pakistani food greatly reflects the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Food from the eastern provinces of Punjab and Sindh and Mughlai are similar can be highly seasoned and spicy, which is characteristic of the flavours of the South Asian region. Food in other parts of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkha, and the Tribal Areas, involves the use of mild aromatic spices. International cuisine like Chinese, Thai and other continental dishes is also available in almost every city in Pakistan. Fast food trend is highly growing in Pakistan and is readily available. Pakistani food differs from region to region and even from home to home.
And in Pakistan one can not only see but also feel and smell it everywhere. Other than the hilly landscape, the beauty of Pakistan lies in the people who live there. In the area, one sees mostly older men and women strolling along the contours or working in fields or following fodder-laden donkeys coming down from the hills, repose written all over their faces. Younger ones usually move out to cities in search of better opportunities. The locals are amazing people. Resilient! There are many secrets hidden behind those silent smiles — secrets and strengths. In my experience, the people of Pakistan can go to extremes to ensure their hospitality is perfect. Despite of many social and economical problems, people of Pakistan love their country in true sense and are always ready to die for it.
We all have heard hard work, positive mind set and dedication are the key to success. Have we ever tried to go a bit into the detail to find out what force is binding all these together? We ignore the artist behind the picture, we don’t know the people who made a super hit movie possible, and we don’t know the photographer who took a model’s picture which made her famous. In the similar way, we apparently know the tools to success but we fail to recognize and follow that one thing that underlies these tools. Yes, I am talking about patience.
Take a very vivid example of third world countries and developed countries. When I leave for my university, I see people breaking the traffic rules, I see people fighting, I see people losing their temper while just driving a car, I see people honking for merely no reason and I see people making their way whilst blocking others. And then when I visited the United States I saw the exact opposite. The psychology of those people was totally different from us. They blame themselves and not the traffic signals or the traffic jams if they were getting late. I noticed people standing in queues waiting for their turn at the passport control counter at the Dubai airport. But then I noticed people trying to jump over each other at the Lahore airport. I observed the Japanese apologizing for the mistakes they did not commit but at the same time I remember watching two Pakistani men fighting over a minute matter just because they refused to accept their mistake and lost temper. I don’t need to think twice when someone asks me about the weakness of a country like Pakistan. The only answer that automatically clicks into my mind is that “we lack patience”. And yes that is absolutely true. People here fast forward a movie just because they are too curios to know the end. That is not how life is supposed to be! We are a scientist and our life is a combination of experiments. We need to observe and analyze the results of each experiment so that we can improve the following experiments. We need to be patient and we need to wait for the results. We can’t just run through the experiment expecting it to yield optimum results.
Patience is the key to success in life. When you are patient you will write out your goals and aspirations. You will plan what you are trying to achieve and by what date. People who lack patience will jump into decisions without first checking whether it is the right one for them. They rush about expending valuable energy and wasting time chasing dreams. They make everything so much harder because without a definite plan to follow you are wasting your time.
People who lack patience don’t believe in planning. They are in too much of a hurry to get to the “real” work and see results. Unfortunately they don’t realize that by putting a plan in place, your entire body and soul will use its energy force to achieve that particular goal. Your brain is no longer wasting time or energy working out what it is that you want to achieve but now focuses completely on how you will achieve it. This is the huge difference between those who are successful and those who are busy but don’t achieve anything.
If you don’t know your destination how can you spot opportunities when they happen. People say that successful people are lucky. Perhaps the truth is that they make themselves lucky as they know what they want and so recognizes the chances being offered to achieve it. Patience and focus goes hand in hand. If you are patient you will put in the research and the twelve hour working days before you start to reap the rewards. If you lack patience you will head straight to collect rewards as soon as you see a glimmer of success. The successful person will build his life with strong foundations to withstand any storm that life throws at it. The person who was in a rush has foundations built in sand and everyone knows how secure they are.
Never underestimate the power of having all your energy focused on the same goals and aspirations. Don’t waste this precious power in trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. Speed is important, but accuracy even more. There is no point in doing a job unless you d it properly. You can achieve all you want from this life. All it takes a littel patience and some perseverance.