So my sister, Sanaf, is now engaged to be married to Kamran. Everything went well, alhumdulillah. I flew to Karachi with Sophia, and we did what every cabin crew hates done on an aircraft: we re-arranged the seats for 5 people so that Sophia and I could sit together. A desi aunty on the same flight encouraged us. So I blame her for the disturbance.
The food served by Emirates Airlines on their Dxb-Khi (and vice versa) was horrible.
We didn’t have much time to apply for Masood’s visa (which takes at least 40 days to get approved), so I missed him terribly. Otherwise, it was a fun-filled and very colorful gathering. The bride-to-be looked absolutely radiant, mashaAllah. And the groom-to-be was all smiles. Everyone was delighted. Food was good.
And then, there were baskets of fruits and sweets …
I purposely didn’t wear a sari that evening because I wanted to take a thousand pictures. I wanted to photograph every single detail and emotion. Because, frankly speaking, I hate how the professional photographers back home Photoshop so heavily that everyone in the picture appear as if they all had applied layers of foundation out of the same bottle.
And here’s what actually happened: I ended up spending a considerable amount of time with Sanaf and two professional photographers. They were using the latest Nikon cameras (with lenses that constantly appear in my dreams each night), fancy speed light flashes, and had set up two umbrellas to diffuse light. I felt too intimidated to take out my own camera. Instead, I observed how they worked.
Until – somehow – I ended up mentioning about my camera and how much I love photography. “I love shooting outdoors”, I mentioned. To which the professional replied, “Great! When you’re ready, let me know. We have a big demand for female photographers in Pakistan.”
Then today, when I finally – after dozens of emails from sisters and cousins – sent out Picasa invitations of the few pictures that I’d taken, my sister replied to the email:
“Thanks for all these pics … your pictures are much much better than the photographers!!!!”