Using the Pakistan Railway from Islamabad to Lahore in the year 2014 - and it has improved!

I realized we're all in this together when an elderly gentleman along with his wife and kids opens a suitcase and I notice it is tightly packed with clothes, medicines and some paper documents. I observe him carefully if he has any sign of illness but he looks fit.

At 6:45am My brother and I are at the Rawalpindi Train station, waiting for the 7am departure of The Subak Kharam, a train which is to travel from Rawalpindi to Lahore, more than 290 KM and approximately 4 hours away. I look around at my fellow travelers and put my glasses on. I needn't have worried; I fit right in. Couple of tea stalls on the station attract me to buy a packet a cookies ; snack for my way.

In the dark and cold cloudy weather early morning, the train looks like a green-steel serpent with a massive locomotives at the head when it arrives on the platform, vibrating and shaking the ground. It is so long the last coach disappears in the murk, a quarter of a kilometer away.

I rush to find the right cabin in which my seat had been assigned according to the ticket. My brother waves me good bye and i enter the Air Condition Standard cabin and find a window seat to enjoy the view throughout the journey. (Kooli coming in to leave luggages) I can here the announcement from the stations loudspeaker inside the train of informing the departure to Lahore on the given time. The whistle blows and the train starts moving. Late passengers run while their handbags falling while rushing that they dont miss the train and jump inside and here the journey begins! The same elderly man sits besides me and his family on the opp side of the window.The platform of the station finishes and we start crossing the railway Saddar road, Rawalpindi which seems to be one tarmac road with a several dirt road and dogs sitting besides. I wonder what life is like here in winter and receive a small answer when I notice everyone has been wearing sweaters and jackets. The ticket collector comes and asks for ticket and re-checks if everyone is sitting accordingly as per the assigned seats of the passengers. Beautiful scenery on way and started passing the highway. At 8:30 served with delicious meal; a sandwich + chicken piece+fries+ketchup. Enjoy the meal and then served with tea and cold drinks. Everyone freshes a bit after having the meal. The man sitting next to me shares the fries with his kids . Before reaching the next station the waitor collects the plates and charges 190rs for the delicious meal and collecting bills from rest of the passengers which everyone happily gives.

First station - Jhelum - 8:50 am,
whistle blowing, passengers from Jhelum hopping in. Can see couple of food stands and tea stalls offering garma garam chai and samosas. After a 5-6 min stop, the train continues its journey.  And here we approach the great daryae jhelum which is full of water and is a beautiful scenery..going on a high rise bridge over the darya...the view is so magnificent seems as if im flying over the water. The bridge ends and we are now Having a sneak peak of Jhelum seeing through the window, houses and their walls painted with various advertisements , restaurants and a main road passing next to the track.

Next station 9am Choakariala
Behind in the kitchen attached in the end of cabin can find the staff yelling at each other in punjabi language 'chai sahi tarhan kiun ni ditti?' in order to serve the passengers in a better way. Train at this stop standing idle and the kids in the cabin roam around to move their legs around. Suddenly on the next track a train passes by rapidly and the kids shockingly but excited watch it pass by. At 9:10 am the whistle once again blows and the train starts moving again.

9:24am Kharian. Cows nd donkeys ..water puddles, lots of eucluptus trees and seems as if it rained just a while ago telecom towers...cross a sign board chak pirna..One could only see farming lands throughout the scenic view.

10 am Gujrat..A populated city..crowded railway station..and we start moving seat was so relaxing that i dozed took a short nap and reached wazirabad station at 10:15am i could hear the kids yelling with excitement that we had crosssed the Chenab river 5 mins earlier.

The relaxing chair could not let me stop dozing and unfortunately i take a long nap missing the gorgeous views until i open my eyes at 1145 am that we are about to reach Lahore in a couple of minutes. The speed of the train slows a bit and hereby excited to reach one of the most beautiful historic city of the country; :Lahore.

Finally at 12:05 pm we reached the Lahore Railway station. The passengers rush towards the trains cabin exit. I thank the train cabin crew for providing a wonderful service in a 4 Hour 15 Minutes trip and i hereby finish my article, highly impressed with the Pakistan Railway with an improved and outstanding service making travelling easier from the Capital to the Historic City.

I thank the current administrator of the Pakistan Railway whose efforts are quite evident in order to have a perfect railway system which may encourage the tourists, youth and business professionals to use the train as a tool of travel as per their needs.

how is the movie waar?

So the movie WAAR is out, how was the movie? up to your expectations or not. Should pappu bacha and pappu bachi be working in a pol force haha?
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Congratulations! 70,000 Pakistanis set Guinness World Record yesterday in Lahore..

At least 70,000 Pakistanis sang the national anthem together in Lahore on October 20, to set a new world record  India’s record.
The previous record was set by India when 15,243 people sang the national anthem simultaneously earlier this year, AFP reports.
A two- member team of the Guinness World Records was present to monitor the event.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also attended the event and sang the national anthem along with the huge crowd.In his speech on the occasion, he said this was not a Punjab festival, but instead a Pakistan festival – AFP/PPI

Sources: dawn.combreaking
Photo AFP

An amazing achievement by Pakistanis, this shows the Jazba of us which is not n in any other nation in the entire world. The last record was made by India with 15243 people whereas 70000 Pakistanis broke this record.
The world record has been Officially approved by Guinness World Records

Congratulations Pakistan keep it up and lets work together to build the best image in the world and proud to call ourselves as 'Pakistanis' in the entire world. (SHARE THIS STORY ON FACEBOOK)

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Problem solved for Perfume lovers in Pakistan..Good news Love in Paris launched :D

Oh Yessss, Gooood news for all Perfume lovers (who eat perfume, kiddin :p)  that a popular group of United Arab Emirates 'J Louis Perfumes & Cosmetics LLC' under which the famous Brand  'BAVARI' comes, they have launched their official Facebook Store in Pakistan. It gives an option to buy 100% original trusted Branded Perfumes and one can get it delivered right to their doorstep with their cash on delivery option. Local sellers in Pakistan are selling  replicas and imitations of Branded perfumes but LOVE in PARIS STORE is providing money back product guarentee providing authentic brands importing direct from the Agents.

Another plus point in Pakistans economy a foriegn business expanding in Pakistan..yayyy :D

I will share the facebook page link with you of thier Store

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The first look trailer of the upcoming Pakistani movie WAAR
The trailer looks quite impressive, is the movie going to be the same?

Starring: Shaan Shahid, Aisha Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Meesha Shafi, Ali Azmat & Hamza Abbasi.

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Atif Aslam and Guns n Roses together!

Atif and Roses! 
Pakistan's top singer Atif Aslam and Guns n roses(you know all) together with a new project have started jamming together and coming up with new tracks 

More details soon for this breaking news!

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Lost the cup broken hearts :(..but cheer up :D because...

Pakistan lost by 29 runs on 31st March 2011 in the semi finals, millions of broken hearts after hearing the news BUT why worry? We should be proud because:
  • Our team was involved in numerous scandals(spot fixing etc) before a few months of the world cup, but still had an outstanding performance till the semi finals
  • We salute Shahid Afridi . Under his captaincy, we defeated Australia and West Indies by great margins.
  • Our team had no captain decided when they departed from their home country and still Shahid managed the team
  •  Pakistans Anthem played on Indian ground as our team took us to the Semi Finals
  • Alot of pressure on team, politics involved,still unexpectedly went a lot forward
  • The best part, when i went for the match, i couldnt find any sindhis, balochis, pathans and punjabis as everyone was united and were ALL PAKISTANIS watching Pakistans match :)
So a great applause for our cricket team !
We are proud of you..Hopes for the next cup. Keep UP THE BOOM BOOM

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