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Hiran Minar

Hiran Minar
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The structures at Hiran Minar evoke a mixture of complete serenity, of man-made and nature‘s grand design blending into a perfect harmony. The almost square water –reservoir/ pond is built from the traditional Mughal thin brick-lined ramps/slopes acting as watering paths for the Royal Deer and other animals in the surrounding Royal Hunting forests [there are still a few scattered remnants of these forests left by man’s insatiable greed ] consisting of scrubs, Shisham and Keekar trees. Monsoon rain water is collected into this water reservoir. The Mughals had perfected the art/science of collecting rain water about 500 years ago and specialized in creating gardens that reflected this mastery. Modern man has recently woken up to this cost-effective technique of preserving water after a series of costly/ disastrous ecological & financial blunders in making mega dams all over the world [ In South Asia – Tehri in UP, Narmada in South India, Tarbela, Mangla in Pakistan – trying to control nature’s most primal energy forces – rivers as they flow towards other rivers and finally to the oceans & seas.

Dust covers the winter sun in its orange glow. A few burnt -sienna coloured egrets stand a patient-detached lonely vigil on the sides of the pond. They are looking for a small morsel of fish in the Hiran Minar’s water pond. Pigeons wheel around in circles before roosting in the Hiran Minar’s [100 foot high Deer-Tower] little pigeon holes where "Mansraaj" the Royal antelope lies buried for the last 400 years. The tower cannot be climbed up. The staircase has been locked by iron gates installed by the local Pakistan Tourism Development Center [PTDC] offices.

PTDC has placed gaudy coloured fiber glass pedal boats that are rented by avid local tourists to create funds for the PTDC – this is a shining example of the damage that tourism development can wreak.- also local energy-laden youth are allowed to play cricket in the middle of the Barah-dari, the walls of which are destroyed by the etchings of names of local Romeos- Juliets or Heer-Ranjhas, whilst potato chips packages and aluminium foil & plastic bags lie scattered all around the parks, where more youth play cricket with loud whooping noises .

Comments/Critics welcome
Date: 2007-02-06 02:29:15

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I like the way the boats, parallel to the walkway on the other side are leading up to the Hiran Minar
Idreece 2007-02-06 02:49:43
I love your work! This is excellent
6cFtZeh8kNipdj 2007-02-06 03:04:55
Nicely constructed image.
aa_just_thowt 2007-02-06 03:22:48
Nice work. When are you going again so that I might accompany you?

Also, I like your shadow in the picture - lower left part of the frame...

Keep it up.
Dr. Adnan N Qureshi 2007-02-06 04:52:16
Thanks to all you guys for your comments.
Adnan Qureshi>> I am going agian may be this weekend.
The shadow is part of my signature from now on with 10-22mm lens.
Max Loxton 2007-02-06 04:56:59
liked the colors and boats
malikyounas 2007-02-06 06:52:11
what you got a 10-22 lens?! wow, i want to play :)
nice shot,
youve been busy lately,
im in lahore, for the weekend, you going there again? lets make a plan, i shall call you,
met dody at the polo club the other day...
i havnt taken pictures in such a long time its getting irritating now...
Asad K 2007-02-06 19:33:04
POV is just great, everything else too of course
KamiSyed. 2007-02-07 13:57:54
Zaberdest Max!
mafimushkala 2007-02-07 23:44:32
i have excellent memories here. hiran minar is just so blissful and a nature lovers paradise. there are a lot of bird species here. i wish they would turn hiran minar into a deer park. i have some pics of hiran minar too - if you eevr get time, do check them out.

one thing i find very disconcerting is that a foreigner would have to pay 200 ruppees to enter this place and a local 5 ruppees. that really is disgraceful!
SaffyH 2007-02-08 04:32:16
Aawara 2007-02-08 12:54:39
manumint-[BUSY] 2007-02-09 12:01:09
The yellow-gold of the sunset balanced by the blue interior of the boats; a fine overall composition (;~)>

Seen on your photo stream. (?)
John Godfrey Schellinger 2007-02-17 07:33:55

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