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    My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    My cousin is a former Roketsan employee. Two weeks ago there was a family Iftar at my aunt's place. Since i'm interested in defense related issues, we naturally begin to talk about the topic as usual. While talking he started to talk about a defense industry fair that he attended a few years ago in Pakistan. I interrupted him and asked "Cousin, I have many Pakistani friends from net, i hang out in their forums. You liked Pakistanis, Pakistan, what were your impressions.

    He took a long breath and said, I'm saying to everyone "If you are looking for adventure, go to Pakistan".

    I said, tell me a bit. He said, my visit to Pakistan can be a novel but i'm going to tell you a bit.

    Now i'm gonna write the parts of his story that he told me in a list.

    - He says, We got into the plane with my college and walked towards our seats and saw a Pakistani man was sitting in our seat. So i told him he was sitting in the wrong seat. But Pakistani man says "No, my seat is correct". My cousin gets angry at the THY and thinks like "Did THY sold the same seat twice"...so he takes man's ticket and looks. In destination it writes "Islamabad"....however the plane's destion which they are in it is "Karachi"....So, he tells the man. Pakistani man jumps from his seat and says "Sir, this plane going to Karachi ? " Cousing says "Yes". Man starts running in the corridor, yelling in Urdu and gots out of the plane....

    So, my cousin is like "WTF just happended"... So, other Turkish men behind their seat says "Is it your first time to Pakistan". Cousin says "Yes, indeed". Man says "Enjoy your visit, this incident is nothing, you will see a lot more". And laughs.

    Because of the Pakistani man's suspicious behaviour police searches the plane and plane tooks off 2 hours later.

    And my cousin's adventure in Pakistan begins. I'm gonna write more.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Sounds about right - absurdistan, surrealistan, cantmakesenseofitistan, outrageousbehavioristan, eating spagettiwithyourhands in the name of traditionistan, taking offense for no reasonistan
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    - So, cousin arrives at his hotel at 2:00 - 3:00 o'clock. Already tired, he doesn't looks at the hotel much from outside. They arrive at the lobby and take keys to their rooms. My cousin says "I want a non-smokers room." Lobbyist says "Yes sir. Your room is a non-smoker room." His friend's room is just next one to his room and he says "I want a smokers room". Lobbyist says "Yes sir. Your room is a smokers room. I will send an ashtray to your room. You can smoke in your room".

    And by that cousin realizes there is no separation for the smokers in the hotel.

    - Cousin said to me. "Sinan, there are 3 things that i always do when i first enter into a hotel room. First, i always check the bathroom, to seeif it has been cleaned. Second, i check minibar to see if there are some missing beverage. Third, i open the curtains and check the scenery. When the bellboy is still in the room."

    So, he does the first and second part then he goes and opens the curtain. Bellboy comes near to him and says "Sir, you don't have to worry. This hotel is completely safe." My cousin gets a little bit surprised by the bellboy's reaction, looks out of the windows...... and he sees a mesh like concrete structure envelopes the whole hotel and realizes that thickness of the windows glass is much more thicker than the usual ones. Bellboy realizes my cousin's inspection of the safety measures and says "See sir. I told you. This hotel is the safest hotel in Karachi" and gets out of the room.

    My cousin sits on the bed and thinks to himself "Which place on the earth, have i come"......
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinan View Post

    My cousin sits on the bed and thinks to himself "Which place on the earth, have i come"......
    You just gotta laugh only in Pakistan
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    -Next day their manager rounds them and says "Never eat food in random places. 2 years ago, two of our friends eat at outside of the hotel....and for the next 2 days they couldn't leave the toilet in their hotel room".

    - Another thing cousin mentioned is... when we get out of the hotel, when people (beggars) realise that you are an foreigner. They came, poke your arm, open their palms and say "Sir money"..... it's not that i'm encountering random person asking for money but it's first time that i'm poked on the arm for this.....

    - Then they get into back seat of the car and driver takes them to the fair area. He says "Traffic is crazy, everyone is going from everywhere, traffic jams and although nobody is moving, everyone is pressing on their horns. While on the traffic jam. Their driver points at the back of the car. They turn around and look from the rear-window. They saw, a man throwing a little fish out his car's sunroof to air....then a hawk dives in catches fish in air and flies off....he threw several fish out of the sunroof. That my cousin realises that this man is feeding the hawk.

    He says "It was a quiet surreal moment, think like you are doing this stuff in the middle of the Kızılay square in Ankara."

    - Another thing he mentioned is, there happens to be man with orange hair. Cousin says "There is cast system in Pakistan. To show that they are from higher cast, some people dye their hair in orange.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hariz View Post
    You just gotta laugh only in Pakistan
    Quote Originally Posted by Muse View Post
    Sounds about right - absurdistan, surrealistan, cantmakesenseofitistan, outrageousbehavioristan, eating spagettiwithyourhands in the name of traditionistan, taking offense for no reasonistan
    Mate , read all of the posts. What are your thoughts ? Is he exaggerating or it's likely to happen/be.

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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    This colouring of the hair being a caste thing is a bit of news to me
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    All i can say is that your cousin needs to get out a bit more. There is whole different world outside the cucoon of your homeland. I would dare your cosin to go to marmaras area of Turkey. I was there in 2001 and felt like at home. Guess why
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wattan View Post
    This colouring of the hair being a caste thing is a bit of news to me
    It was "mehendi" or "hena" used by many Pakistanis regardless of their cast.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by safriz View Post
    It was "mehendi" or "hena" used by many Pakistanis regardless of their cast.
    So, he is misinformed...good, clear things like this. But i understand there is cast system in Pakistan...i thought that's the thing of Indians.....
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by safriz View Post
    All i can say is that your cousin needs to get out a bit more. There is whole different world outside the cucoon of your homeland. I would dare your cosin to go to marmaras area of Turkey. I was there in 2001 and felt like at home. Guess why
    Tell the story mate. What happened ? If you are talking about the traffic...Istanbul's traffic is a total jam. Reason number 1 why i hate Istanbul.

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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

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    Thats Hena or local name mehendi , a paste made from a plant leaves,applied to grey hair instead of artificial hair dye.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

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    Thats Hena or local name mehendi , a paste made from a plant leaves,applied to grey hair instead of artificial hair dye.
    I'd rather dye my hair blue with Indigo leaves. Unless you're Leeloo, I don't think orange hair is fashionable.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinan View Post
    Istanbul's traffic is a total jam. Reason number 1 why i hate Istanbul.
    Istanbul's traffic is a total jam. You cousin's account of Karachi rings true. You have to take security precautions. Hotels like Pearl Continental but probably also Marriott and Sheraton have high security. The world outside the hotel is chaotic and unpredictable. You must drink imported bottled water or water that you have boiled and filtered. You have to be careful of what you eat outside. It's a bit like what is said about Sao Paolo (in Brazil): anyone can die at any time.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Badmaash View Post
    Istanbul's traffic is a total jam. You cousin's account of Karachi rings true. You have to take security precautions. Hotels like Pearl Continental but probably also Marriott and Sheraton have high security. The world outside the hotel is chaotic and unpredictable. You must drink imported bottled water or water that you have boiled and filtered. You have to be careful of what you eat outside. It's a bit like what is said about Sao Paolo (in Brazil): anyone can die at any time.
    - Crime or Terrorism ?
    - Do you know if any terrorist attacks on the hotels happened in the past ?

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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinan View Post
    - Crime or Terrorism ?
    - Do you know if any terrorist attacks on the hotels happened in the past ?
    An explosion near the Karachi Sheraton some years back. A explosive-filled truck/van that almost got inside the Islamabad Marriott and demolished the front of the hotel.

    There's no hard and fast distinction between crime and "terrorism" in Pakistan. The definition of terrorism is arbitrary. What is for sure is the high level of desperation and violence. But perhaps that's to be expected in one of the world's mega slum cities. I'm not sure it's that different in Sao Paolo, Mexico City, or Lagos in the sense that you have an affluent minority living in a state of siege, surrounded in an ocean of want and deprivation.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    You can come across strange things anywhere in the World. Pakistan is not all bad. It's an amazing country. You better look into your own country's backyard and will definitely find similar things as well.
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinan View Post
    Mate , read all of the posts. What are your thoughts ? Is he exaggerating or it's likely to happen/be.
    Let me relate to you an experience of my Nephew, he's a policeman, his father passed away and he traveled to Islamabad after the funeral, he had an appointment at the embassy - on the way there, the taxi was stopped by two policemen, One policeman asked if he was carrying money, and then reached into the cab and frisked him to see whether he had a money belt on or not --- not until he told the policemen where he was going did the two cops pull back.

    Pakistan does not make sense, it's Twilight Zone, things you take for granted as just common things - just don't work that way there -- Pakistanis tell themselves it's their unique identity, but the reality is that the place doesn't have rules you would recognize as rules.

    You know the stuff about the red hair, it's because they can't get the black hair - all over Pakistan you will find small shops run by "Hakim" and his main business is to provide some remedy for "weakness" - basically he provides some version of viagra, in this way, we can have confidence that men everywhere and whatever their age, share some basics .
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

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    Thats Hena or local name mehendi , a paste made from a plant leaves,applied to grey hair instead of artificial hair dye.
    [MENTION=43]safriz[/MENTION]

    Why you putting picture of yourself on the forum?
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    Re: My cousin's impressions of Pakistan.

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    Why you putting picture of yourself on the forum?
    Safriz a hena fan??? lol
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