ANOTHER Hidden GEM … This Time SINDH!

April 27, 2021

So off we went, the five of us, on Friday to Ranikot & Mohenjo-Daro.  3½ hours from Karachi, life completely changed once we got onto the N55 H’way.

For me, it was a photo & astro-photography trip; for my friends, already pros, had photography work with the Sindh Culture department.  Naturally, we couldn’t have chosen a “better” time to go … 40⁰+C in the day (but it dropped to 18⁰ at night and early morning).

We arrived Ranikot Fort around 5.30pm and promptly started our photography sessions of Merikot Fort. Within Ranikot Fort, are additional defensive walls and another Fort- Merikot Fort. This was apparently the palace of the royal family.

History of Ranikot is available at https://antiquities.sindhculture.gov.pk/index.php/antiquities-sites/fort/rani-kot-fort-jamshoro & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranikot_Fort and I’m not going into the history at this point; suffice to say, it was a very different experience from what I envisaged.  The Fort itself is built like the Great Wall of China- connected over mountain tops, spanning around 30 km, with guard towers, fortified walls (see below) and even another fort on the mountain top.  This is the OUTER and main defense. 

After a delicious meal prepared by the restaurant owner, Abdul Qader Gabol, we started light photography.  We couldn’t do any astrophotography as it was very dusty and the the Milky Way wasn’t visible the whole night. 

Light photography was a new experience for me!

I slept at 1.30am late night and got woken at 5.45am to see the sunrise.  What a temperature difference- it was so cool and pleasant on waking up.

Next day, after a simple yet delicious breakfast, we set off to see one of the four entry gates of Ranikot.  Absolutely amazing.

I climbed up 300 steps (apprx. 300 feet) and yet there were about another 200 steps to go, at which time I decided to call it quits and walk down again.  Looking at the Wall from where I stood, reminded me of Mulan (movie)- it felt so real.

Not only will I return, with my family, but we’ll walk to the top of the entry wall!  Let it not be said the Fort conquered our will & stamina 😊!

From there we made our way another 3½ hours to Mohenjo-Daro on the N55.

Walking around, albeit in the heat, was still an experience – this site reminded me of our visit to Pompei in the ‘1970s!

After another delicious dinner, we packed off to bed at 9pm! … so as to awake at 3am for the astrophotography.

This was an absolutely new experience for me.  Using the controls of the camera to capture the stars and the Milky Way and no flash or astronomy equipment.

The purpose of writing this is to show just one of many tourist sites Pakistan has to offer, in this case in the province of Sind.  Over these 3 days, I came to identify multi-tourist activities for a variety of interests/enthusiasts –

  • Overlanding
  • Off roading
  • Adventure
  • Historical/cultural interests
  • Hiking/mountain climbing
  • Photography & Astrophotography
  • Wildlife photography (there are wolves here!)
  • Flora & fauna
  • …or just plain bumming (chillin’) away!

What’s the problem you ask?  The problem is these “gems”, like so so many others, is not promoted to – forget foreigners – our domestic tourists.  It’s taken 53 years for me to get here- how many others are missing this experience!?

One amateur/novice photographer (me) in a lot of four other professionals … a great learning experience!

Next Stop – MITHI !

The HOME OFFICE … Just Doesn’t Cut Ice!

Last year (Covid) started as a novelty for me, for the “working from home” concept.  With the pandemic just started, hotels, businesses & offices closed, transport largely banned, etc, sitting at home in my shorts & Sadrah (Zoroastrian religious vest) and working on my computer was truly a novelty.

My wife & I still woke relatively early, as if it were a working day; but instead of going to the office, I made my way downstairs to the dining room with my laptop.

Come May 2020, my emotions got penned in https://dinshawavari.com/2020/05/20/a-case-for-not-working-from-home/.

From May 2020 to end December (businesses resumed around October), our corporate office changed the daily “suit” dress code to “very smart casual” attire (with a tie in our jacket pockets).  In between my brother started coming daily to office; and I started on an alternate day basis- just to keep ourselves somewhat in the “routine”.

Now as we sit in April 2021 and I have come to the realization that through all this time – the working from home concept; the alternate working days; the dress code, etc – took it’s psychological toll on me! 

Even though I was in office by 9am, my productivity actually dropped; I was lazy; day dreaming in office; procrastinating; and waiting to return home, with a glass of some “amber” liquid with ice & water … and then last week, someone brought it to my attention that this effect of the pandemic seems to be a general trend with others too.  GOSH 😱 !  It’s taken over a year for this realization to sink in to me.

… So, to hell with our own office rules; to hell with “working at home”; to hell with the pandemic!  My sanity was at stake – so back to office with full suit & tie 😊!!!!

… and yes, maybe it’s mental/psychological/what-not, I feel a physical and emotional change over my mental health, my outlook to life, my work habits and my productivity & output.

So, whatever the world at large may say about the benefits of “working from home” or the “home office”, my personal believe & experience says IT JUST DOESN’T CUT ICE!

Don’t get into the rut of the “home office” concept – GET YOUR ASS BACK TO WORK !!!

I Bitched, Ranted & Raved … and then JOINED them! 😊

April 1, 2021

https://dinshawavari.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/for-the-love-of-motorcycles/

                              &

https://dinshawavari.com/2019/07/03/can-we-please-ban-motorcycles-on-karachis-roads/

I have had a perennial hatred for motorcycle riders in Pakistan … the impunity with which they get away with breaking the law; their crass method of driving; and their complete lack of knowledge on rules of the road (but the same may also be said of 4-wheelers ☹)

Then one day, Shireen, a young lady in our Community, contacted me about some issue and, in talking, mentioned she drives a motorcycle to work & back – I have seen sporadic women motorcycle drivers – but someone this hit home.  (It’s like the time my son in the 2000 decade skillfully used chopsticks in Fujiyama, when I used a fork! – man, that really hit home 😊)

Come end December 2020, I learnt the basics of motorcycle driving through Pink Riders (as you guessed, basically a class for women learners).  Besides the instructor, I was the only male in the group … and that too 50+.

So, in 3-4 lessons, I learnt the basics … and soon thereafter, much to my wife’s (and subsequently family’s) chagrin, bought a used, 70cc motorcycle.  What she found even more vexing was the price I bought it at – she wasn’t sure if she should be concerned for my safety on a bike OR be concerned for my safety on THIS bike at THAT price 😊😊😊.

(image courtesy of Maxine.com, Hallmark LIcencing & Crabby Road)

Honestly, what I have come to learn is motorcycles are actually fun (I’m still learning by the way in my compound, much to my guards and drivers’ enjoyment) and what I have been against in the past was actually the motorcycle RIDERS.  There is no discipline, no system to the way they drive, nor any safety standards they adhere to. 

Not only am I self-learning with ALL the help of YouTube but I am taking great care in learning as per the rules of the road.  For instance, I ensure I wear the helmet, PROTECTING MY HEAD (where, I think, it’s meant to be 🤔) and NOT on the gas tank, PROTECTING THE BIKE!  It’s not easy when you learn by YouTube because there’s no one to tell you when you do wrong – but I think I’m getting there.

So, while I may continue to bitch about others … I have basically JOINED THEM.

OVERLAND PAKISTAN … here I [subsequently] come!

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wow … Wow … WOW!!!

February 16, 2021

Last weekend we were invited by our friends Danilo & Antonella on Karachi’s Super Savari tour – imagine, a couple of foreign visitors inviting us Pakis to explore Karachi, instead of the other way around 😊! (I was born in this City but have not seen its history or heritage … very sad!)

It was a very short ride and not the usual 5 hours because their other guests had other engagements on that afternoon.

What we saw, though, was MIND BOGGLING (and I mean that in the most positive sense).

               We started our tour of Quaid-e-Azam Mohd Ali Jinnah’s Mazar (Mausoleum).  The main area above was so clean, peaceful and cool, in spite of the hot sun bearing down around us.  The last time I ever visited Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar was in the ‘70s, as a ‘wee kid’.

Quaid-e-Azam Mazar (https://images.app.goo.gl/3muca1k1Qcgz4Qyb6)

               This was followed with a tour of the Museum below.  Now, this is something Pakistani’s must see.  In 53 years, I have not seen this type of personal history of the Quaid, his wife Rati and his sister Fatima Jinnah.  Photographs are not permitted however on special approval we managed to get one shot of Rati’s bedroom.

(Incidentally, Rati’s history is almost nonexistent in Pakistan’s history or textbooks 🤔🤫)

               What was mind boggling was the extent to which these treasures and history was preserved by the Mazar and it’s trustees.  I thought I was in some European museum, with the presentation, preservation, level of ……. Which we experienced in the Musuem.  I was truly proud of how, if we put our mind to it, preserve our history, dynasty, culture, etc.  If nothing else as to the current state of our Country, at least these three founders of Pakistan can rest in peace knowing that their history will live into posterity.

               The Quaid’s 1938 Packard and another one have been completely restored by “National Motors Ltd”.   It is amazing to see the level of detail and restoration we have put into preserving his legacy.  Personal effects, photos, paintings, etc from Quaid’s collars to coins to his clothes, etc were on display- immaculately preserved.

               … A TRULY PROUD MOMENT FOR MY WIFE & I.

Due to change in schedule, we then made our way to Quaid e Azam House Museum aka Flagstaff House (his residence in Karachi) opposite Avari Towers.  That’s another “WOW” experience for me!  The Quaid’s furniture from India had been brought, restored & preserved here. 

Flagstaff House (https://images.app.goo.gl/KKV2vJhB5t71Mtsi8)

               Again, I thought we were walking through some foreign Museum.  Here too were two cars on display which had been completely renovated- but were actually Fatima Jinnah’s cars.

(Aside- if any of these cars are on the road today, they structure would make mincemeat of any other vehicle which accidentally “bumps” into it 😊)

There are two other places with with this detail of preservation of Karachi (& Pakistan’s) history –

  1. One is TDF Ghar.  We didn’t visit TDF due to time constraints but we did see it in 2019, which I wrote about- https://dinshawavari.com/2020/03/18/tdf-ghar-https-www-dawoodfoundation-org-tdf-ghar/
  2. Karachi’s famous Lighthouse on Manora Island (please review- https://dinshawavari.com/2019/08/21/manora-lighthouse-st-pauls-church/)
  3. Mohatta Palace (https://mohattapalacemuseum.com/)
Mohatta Palace, Karachi (https://images.app.goo.gl/nbb8qfJfZ77Wfn7p7)

In ending, what I am trying to say is that why cannot Karachi recreate its lost history and culture?  There has been some attempt recently of uplifting places (like the Kharadar walking street, etc).  I Am Karachi and others try to their bit.  However, the majority of our 1800s and 1900s buildings & structures lay crumbling and decrepit; exteriors of old mansions (‘Duarte’ for instance) lie in shambles; the history of Old Karachi (Maripur, MA Jinnah Road, etc) are forgotten.  This is not something only the private sector can do.

This can only start if the various of levels of administration starts taking OWNERSHIP of this City!

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A Little Frivolousness … Nonsense … & Gobbledygook … 😊

December 27, 2020

As we end this terrible year, I had nothing positive to contribute so stayed silent for last two weeks.

Then, in this last week, a family medical condition made us visit the Aga Khan Hospital

and … hello … BRAINWAVE!

We all hear of various rankings- The top five sports cars in the world

                                                            The top Brunches in the city

                                                            The top Beauty Salons for dogs & cats … (😊)

Well, I would easily place Aga Khan’s food as the TOP HOSPITAL (I repeat- HOSPITAL) FOOD TO EAT 😊😊😊 in Karachi.

While my cousin took the red-eye shift to be with our aunt, my wife took the afternoon shift … I took the am shift, selfishly motivated with the opportunity for their breakfast!  Incidentally, I only took the breakfast on the first day.

(Room service tea)

On day two, I went to the cafeteria for a mixed tea and their walnut cake, both items are “to die for”! (Talk about ‘hospital’ irony 😊).

(Cafeteria mixed tea)

(Fruit cake & Walnut cake)

On day 3, I had their mixed tea and their croissant – so, okay, I’ve had better Croissants but this one wasn’t bad.

Mind you, go to the cafeteria for the mixed tea- it’s much better than the room service one.

Day 4 saw me pick up their mixed tea and Muffin- not too bad.

(A bitten muffin)

So, friends, whenever you have a get-together, afternoon tea, maybe even an anniversary, consider the Aga Khan cafeteria – I certainly have on multiple occasions (even one on our 10th anniversary) but my entire family turned against me … WHAT NERVE!!! (So much for surprising my wife 😊)

I joked with my nieces that on anyone’s next birthday, pick up the walnut cake from Aga Khan 😊, which didn’t get me the funny reaction I expected!

I wonder, does this critique make me a “food connoisseur”? 😊😊😊😊😊

With this most frivolous of blogs 😊, wishing you all a very happy & healthy 2021 – may the coming year be much much kinder with humankind (in spite of mankind being very cruel with nature).

A Silver Lining!?

December 10, 2020

Corona has brought regulations upon regulations upon regulations … leading to headaches upon headaches upon headaches for hotels!

Can’t complain though- restricted regulations are still better than a complete lockdown, which we faced  April to September.

Now, revised regulations restrict all indoor dining and activities but at least allow activities outside. 

My grandfather’s foresight planned large outdoor spaces for our Beach Luxury Hotel by the sea in 1947; the Avari Lahore hotel in 1978; and the Avari Towers in 1985.  Naturally, he had no knowledge about the calamity that would hit the world in 2020 then but his idea always was for large, green spaces.

Chinna Creek, Karachi

In a city like Karachi, our so-called autumns & winters (whatever semblance of “winter” one can call it in Karachi 😊) make it absolutely outstanding to be outdoors and not cooped up in an a/c environment.

The other day my father and I dropped by for a coffee to Avari Towers.  We made our way down to the gardens by the pool, which have been transformed into an all-day dining- menus from Fujiyama, Dynasty & Asia Live are available there.  We thought we were sitting in some tropical paradise- with the trees, greenery, plants, tree overhangs, etc.  Our Sky Grill restaurant continues operating for dinner on the roof of the Hotel, overlooking the lights of the sprawling metropolis.    

Avari Towers, Karachi
Skygrill Rooftop Restaurant

At Beach Luxury, a full day conference (with social distancing, I might add) took place on our Seafront restaurant- the only open air, floating restaurant in Pakistan – which we use for our buffet dinners.  In the past, we have used this venue for our breakfast and lunch buffets also – it is a sight for sleepy morning eyes to see the seagulls swoop down in Chinna Creek; school-going rowers in the first morning light (albeit being grumpy at having to awake at 5am 😊) on their Sculls, Doubles, Fours and Eights; the first morning fisherman throwing his net out in the dirty, still creek- to get small fish he can then sell to the large trawlers to use as bait … and if you come early enough, one of the best winter SUNRISES you can experience!  Our Casbah restaurant, the freshest seafood grill, has had outdoor dining 365 days.

Seafront Restaurant, Beach Luxury, Karachi

At Avari Lahore, our large lawns (which houses a small aviary too) now host our outdoor restaurants – Tollington combines Kims, Lakhnavi & Tollington menus; Dynasty & Fujiyama are combined at an adjacent garden venue.  With ample space to spare, the other parts of the lawns are used for weddings & related events.

Avari Lahore, Lahore

I may be proudly boasting but we are really happy of what our GMs & teams’ have created within the parameters of these Covid regulations & restrictions.

So, I tell you friends, we don’t look at the glass as “half empty” … rather, look at it as “half full”; these days shall also pass – maybe slowly, but pass they shall !  As my father quotes “Smile, & the World Smiles With You … Cry, & You Cry Alone”.

(End note: fat lot me giving such advice … by nature I’m one of the world’s greatest pessimists 😊 😊 😊)

Avari Lahore

Avari Towers
Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi
Avari Lahore gardens

Eradication of Poverty? …. SIMPLE!

November 27, 2020

               … remove MONEY (in letter & spirit) as the operating policy of life as we know it!

(Photo credit- https://images.app.goo.gl/FsakSmJTzKLm3AZw9)

From the beginning of time, when barter used to be the means of exchange, humankind understood the a physical item or service had a certain value attached to it.  Barter exchange evolved into money exchange and the importance of commerce and economy developed.

However, what if money is not the defining aspect of life?  Why can’t ALL goods & services be available freely to anyone?  The value of special interest groups, big business, wars for “oil”, smuggling & exploitation, etc will become inconsequential & redundant!  The concept of exploitation of the world’s natural resources would be over.  Beggary would stop.  There would be no such thing as Poverty – because every ‘social class’ will have access to the same services & facilities as everyone else.

(photo credit- https://images.app.goo.gl/6RvBqpCHpaM6NmcU9)

The idea of a community, in my book, should not be defined by what economic or monetary benefit each can give the other.  No siree bob!  Under this [fairy tale’d] ‘poverty-free society’ concept, a community would provide each other goods & services with no monetary benefit because each and every one benefits from the exchange.  There would be a 1 to 1 exchange – there would be no value attached to an item or service anymore. 

The person providing a good or service is doing so for the community at large; she would be using her trade & knowledge to provide for her own family and others; and in turn would receive goods & services required by her family completely gratis.  If I become sick, I go to the hospital and get the same medical care, treatment and medication our prime ministers & presidents would get with no concept of compensation.

If money is not needed to survive, there is no “poor” person or “rich” person.  The thirst for life should move from monetary gain to a knowledge-based motive (https://dinshawavari.com/2019/06/14/what-does-a-government-do-for-us-%f0%9f%a4%94/), a quest for adventure & intellect and a thirst to live life in the true sense of LIVING & enjoying what God has given us, and to us.

Too idealistic … a pipe dream, you say? 

Yes, here & now, in our lifetime …

but hopefully not for future generations.

For Some…LIFE STILL GOES ON

November 20, 2020

               Let see … Women on Wheels

                                                            SaafBath

                                                                           What next ????

While the world is mired in Covid, Conflicts, Disease, Poverty, Economic Crunch … for some people, life goes on in helping other HUMAN BEINGS – regardless of class or status.

Last March I learnt of Salman Sufi (https://www.vitalvoices.org/people/salman-sufi/) & the Salman Sufi Foundation’s (https://salmansufifoundation.org/) initiative of “Women on Wheels” – empowering women to become mobile on bikes.  What a fabulous venture.  While most of us “talk” about women empowerment, people like Salman Sufi actually “implement” it … he’s making Pakistani women MOBILE.

As the World Bank’s Pakistan Country Director, Ilango Patchamuthu, puts it “60% of women in #Pakistan cite transportation cost as a major issue which hinders their #mobility. To bring real change, we have to step out of policymaking & address the basics.”  Well, Salman Sufi Foundation is doing just that … addressing the basics!

Then you come to another public facilitation project … the SaafBath project (SaafBath@salmansufifoundation.org), ‘a public toilets initiative’.  Dawn & Pakistan Today’s articles spell it out – https://www.dawn.com/news/1591201 & https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2020/11/19/saaf-bath-aims-to-boost-privy-parity-in-karachi/.

Cyril Almeida comments “According to the international charity WaterAid, about 40 percent of Pakistan’s population of roughly 210 million lacks decent toilets.

I first came across this concept of a “public toilet” in Mumbai – that too, smack adjacent to Mumbai’s iconic “Gateway of India”.  What struck me was the concept of a public toilet – and I thought it was fantastic.  We even went in – it was relatively clean (quite smelly) but the fact that such a facility was available to the passerbys near Colaba was awesome.

This public toilets project is long overdue … and should not have been initiated by a private citizen or NGO – but like the rest of the [lack of] public & services infrastructure in Pakistan, it’s the private citizen who comes forward to implement what should be government-led projects.

I don’t see any government in Pakistan ever looking after the social needs of the people on a micro level – it will always be private NGOs and citizens who not only take the initiative but implement public health, education, philanthropic & other social services projects – whether the Edhis, the Salman Sufis, Agha Khans, TCFs, UNICEFs, ABSAs or the I Am Karachis of Pakistan (to name just a few of the myriad of NGOs doing so much good in Pakistan). 

A humble thanks to Salman Sufi for helping to ease life for the citizens of Karachi!

 

We Are Who We Are Because Of Our Forefathers (FINALE)

Nov 12, 2020

(So, the final part of my grandfather’s history and advice on life- I’ve amalgamated last two parts together)

REPLY ADDRESS BY MR. DINSHAW B AVARI ON THE OCCASION TO COMMEMORATE HIS 85th BIRTHDAY on NOV 5, 1987-

I am now 85 years old. Since twenty years, I have delivered my three hotels and my other businesses to my son, Byram, to run for our family for the last 20 years but he brings the Report to me very day about it their progress. What I and my family have learnt with the Hilton Hotel incident/case is that Never Ride a Horse Who’s Reins you Do Not Control. So my friends, my advise to you is that Never give your business away to somebody else to run for who’s losses you will be responsible.

Also remember, whatever happens in this world, happens for the Best, because it is God’s Wish that it happened that way; but Man makes his own Destiny and it is up to you to change your life and to make it or break it, so don’t blame others as you are solely responsible for what you want to become.

((late) Dinshaw Avari at the opening of Avari Towers- April 1985)

My life’s Philosophy has been always to give a helping hand.

Listen to everybody because even the beggar has something to say from which you can benefit if you keep an open mind. So keep your mind alert and assimilate fresh ideas thrown to you.

To all my old friends I strongly recommend that you make your Will without fail. For Parsi Wills, no probate is necessary. Whatever jewelry and other items you have you must specify what goes to who so that there is no misunderstanding or fights later on among your loved ones. For each jewelry piece, you must write the description in Gujrati or English and specify in your Will who this would go to.

((late) Khorshed Avari at grandchildren’s Navjote ceremony- 1977)

Don’t demand respect- command respect; reflects the life I have lived.  This comes from not letting my past dictate who I am, rather letting it become a part of who I will become.

My last advise to you is that you must always pray to God without fail. Remember what Tennyson said: “More things are wrought by prayers than this world dreams of”. The real secret of my success in life has been my sincere selfless prayers to God.

(Goshpi Avari receiving Pride of Performance Award in 2011 from Governor Sindh for winning Asian Games Gold Medal for Pakistan in sailing in 1982)

At this function I can only say that my success has also been because of my kind wife, Khorshed, who stood by me through thick and thin and together we grew from humble beginnings to this happy stage today. If it were not for her, I do not think I would have been able to achieve the same extent of success. I must say that my son, Byram, and his family are looking after me very well and we do not have a father-and-son relationship but have the relationship of two good friends.

(Byram D. Avari with Blondie, Barney & Buddy)

I must thank all of you once again for having come to wish me for my 85th Birthday and for all the years of affection, friendship and love shown to me and my family and all I can wish you with the sincerity of a man 85 years old is that May God Bless You, may He, in his Infinite Kindness, look after all of you and your families and may you have health, prosperity, happiness because HAPPINESS IS UNTO HIM WHO GIVES HAPPINESS TO OTHERS.

CONCLUDED

(Byram & Goshpi Avari – at the Karachi Yacht Club)

End note-

So, friends, it’s only because of our forefathers’ hard work, sweat, determination, vision, perseverance that “we are who we are” today.  Sole credit goes to my grandparents (Khorshed & Dinshaw) and my parents (Goshpi & Byram) for what we are today … Thank You!

(previous (10th) post- https://dinshawavari.com/2020/10/15/we-are-who-we-are-because-of-our-forefathers-10/)

(Byram & Goshpi Avari with Gold Medals at Beach Luxury Hotel- 1982)

REALITY CHECK

October 21, 2020

               I just returned from a very short trip to Dubai. 

Besides being subjected to three PCR Nasal swabs (including 1 throat) in four days (our nostrils now stand permanently ‘flared’ 😊), I thought I would dabble in some self-made poetry …

               We visit Dubai –

                                             Built on sand

                                                            Sand as far as the eye can see

                                                                           … and not a spec of sand on the roads!

(Photo credit- https://images.app.goo.gl/YqWJSqHkHEJf9f2CA)

               We live in Karachi –

A concrete jungle

                                                   … with sand (dirt, debris, you name it …) everywhere!


(Photo credit: https://images.app.goo.gl/pV22ozm7qdkKJhsu6)

(Sad but true … sigh!)

(End note:

It is criticism … it is feedback … censure me if you must … but this is the reality we live in! As citizens, we need to own our City … which we don’t, sadly!  https://dinshawavari.com/2019/08/30/ohthe-clean-clean-not-streets-of-karachi/)