Weekly Photo Challenge

A Face in the Crowd

It’s amazing how a single photo taken in a single moment, can capture so many different things.

Even when a crowd gathers at a single location you will notice how no two persons will ever be doing the exact same thing. And that is what makes life so wonderfully unpredictable (at most times!).

Captured below at Karachi’s Hawkes bay beach, you see Karachiites from all sorts of backgrounds putting aside their differences and rivalries; enjoying an ordinary Sunday morning along the seashore.

Hawke’s bay beach, Karachi

How many different activities can you spot?


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter B

This week, Cee’s Foto Challenge is all about posting colours that start with the letter b. My contribution will take you through different provinces of Pakistan, in each picture.

Blue Grey water during sunset at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi (Sindh)
Blue Green water in Satpara Lake, Skardu (Gilgit-Baltistan)
Brick Red walls of the Lahore Fort (Punjab)

“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.”

– Edouard Manet

Power (Of) Walking

Recently, my cousin (who lives 8 minutes away by walk) and I started a new early morning routine which much to our surprise has helped us in more ways than one.

Before I begin with how it has helped us, let me recount to you how exactly it goes about.

Each day my alarm goes off at the outrageous hour of 6:15 am, making me question why I thought setting it up was a good idea. I text/call my cousin to make sure she’s awake before going to get ready for a new day’s session.

We both leave our homes at the same time and meet at a middle ground which happens to be, well, a ground. From here we start our “power walking”, pushing ourselves to achieve the goal we set out prior to the walk. We try to keep the bantering between us to a minimum because not only does it waste energy we can’t afford to lose, it also slows us down.

My average speed for the past week has been 5 km/h while we covered a distance of 3.20 to 3.60 kilometres everyday. The duration of just our session is 30 minutes which excludes the time it takes for us to meet in the middle and coming back home.

I have been keeping track of my time, speed, distance, calories and countless other factors using Samsung Health – having a record keeps you on track while also giving you a sense of achievement. It also shows that on average, I burn 128-140 calories every morning.

Most people readily assume that the only purpose of doing any kind of workout is to lose weight. In my case, however, the purpose is to build a healthy stamina, avoid lazing around, and to stay active at all times.

Even though this is only the end of our second week, I have already started feeling much more brisk than ever before. This is how power walking has helped me:

1. I no longer get tired easily.
2. My body has started adapting to a more operative way of living.
3. A few minutes into the workout, I no longer have shortness of breath.
4. Being on my feet for too long doesn’t bother me as easily as it used to.
5. My water intake has increased;
6. Reducing my caffeine intake.
7. I burn excess calories.
8. My mood throughout the day (almost) stays positive.
9. While I’m walking, I sort through the things to do list in my head.
10. I can eat a second helping of chocolate cake without feeling guilty!

When I got ready and went downstairs today, my sister too was waiting to join us for the walk! 

In the upcoming week, I will try to maintain a new record with greater distance, faster speed and longer time. Wish me luck!