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Love is a Fortress.

In olden times a number of small independent states existed in the history of Northern Areas of Pakistan. Among them Hunza.

The rich beauty of Baltit Fort can be traced to over seven hundred 700 years ago. Ayasho II, Tham / Mir of Hunza in the early 15th fifteenth century married Princess Shah Khatoon (Sha Qhatun) from Baltistan (In Moghul history Baltistan is called Tibet Khurd mean, little Tibet). Baltistan had a very strong cultural and ethnical relation with the Ladakh territory of India then. Consequently, the structure of Baltit Fort was influenced by the Ladakhi / Tibetan architecture, with some resemblance to the Potala palace in Lahasa.

Shangri-la

Following an irrigation channel beyond the village, I take the walk of my life. The path, lined with poplar trees, takes me along terraced fields, through meadows bursting with wildflowers, and lush apple and apricot orchards, the whole lot framed by those enticing peaks. Shangri-La indeed.

Seek Asylum from Ignorance: Go out and Explore, Learn from the Wilderness. The winds have a story to tell.

The Stones into Schools reminds us that every day in these fractured countries, people carry on their lives under unimaginably difficult circumstances with dignity, warmth, grace, faith, and hope. Given the indomitable will of these people to build schools for their children and the dramatic effects these efforts are already reaping, it seems self-evident that this movement is a sane and sustainable way to counter the Taliban and all regional extremists. Not so evident but equally critical is the fact that these efforts require an extraordinarily detailed and attuned appreciation of the nuances of life and landscape in these regions—the kind of appreciation that empowers every page of Mortenson’s humble and inspiring account.

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The Hovering Life

There is an ideal hovering over the earth, an ideal of that Paradise which is not the mere outcome of imagination, but the ultimate reality towards which all things are moving.

Preserve Moderation, for 'tis key.

Every day in these fractured countries, people carry on their lives under unimaginably difficult circumstances with dignity, warmth, grace, faith, and hope. Given the indomitable will of these people, these efforts are already reaping, it seems self-evident that this movement is a sane and sustainable way to counter all notions of extremism. Not so evident but equally critical is the fact that these efforts require an extraordinarily detailed and attuned appreciation of the nuances of life and landscape in these regions—the kind of appreciation that empowers every human of humble and an inspiring account.

Roots and Origins

How much do you know the story of where we live? How much do you know of your own family history?  Did you know that “remember” is one of the most frequent Divine commands?

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Natural Disasters may strike at the heart of the Swat valley’s men, richness of soils, the soul of their lands however will always stand firm.