1. @ Masoodโ€”thank you for having the courage to ask permission as a result of which we returned home with some amazing photographs that I, otherwise, would’ve missed.

  1. Moving forward from helicopter part, smiling and enjoying; I was amazed to see that all vintage stuff looks real.
    I have been to a few museums but they didn’t amuse me. Everything was placed behind shinning glass walls; contrarily here they look so natural.

    1. I agree, Raheelโ€”that is what made these artifacts look ‘normal’; they’re not placed behind glass walls. In fact, you can actually touch and feel these things.

    1. Thanks, Harebeat!

      Actually, after that helicopter episode, I decided to be ‘bolder’ so when I walked into the library to take pictures, I asked permission from the person in charge thereโ€”a first time for me ๐Ÿ˜€ It wasn’t so bad, after all. In fact, the guy joked that he’d charge me $10 per shot ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. LavendarClouds, it was a relief to know there was an emergency plan! When one finds oneself in the middle of the vast desert, one’s imagination tends to run amok. There were so many ‘what ifs’ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh, and the pilot of that helicopter was also in-charge of leading the Friday prayers ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. the staircase, the globe, the books … OMG I envy you after seeing pics of this place.. hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ this staircase is meant to have a photoshoot on them … BTW yo can do great deals of photography in museums .. at least here in UK you’ll see hundreds of cameras clicking around .. photographing objects like paintings by great artists and stuff is usually prohibited only because photographic rays add to the process of their decaying ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do try to ask security and staff if photographing the place is allowed in case the place looks a bit overwhelmed bys ecurity :>

    1. Asma, I was trying to imagine a desi bridal shoot at that staircase ๐Ÿ˜€

      It’s good to know that UK permits photography in their museums. Salarjung Museumโ€”one of the biggest and most impressive in Hyderabad, Indiaโ€”have some really amazing stuff but strictly prohibits photography ๐Ÿ™


    Nevertheless, awesome photos! You’re so lucky! And even luckier to share them here, on our blog ;-D With commentaries at that!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I laughed so bad at the whole helicopter photo shoot description! ๐Ÿ˜€
    You guys are so cute, mashAllah!

    Beautiful pictures, like always, Nadia! I LOVE the library!! I could seriously LIVE in there! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Snap on the lack of confidence when it comes to asking permission, that’s probably the biggest downfall, so annoying!

    1. It is the biggest downfall, Smiley, a huge obstacle to missing excellent photo opportunities ๐Ÿ™

      And yeah, I can live in that library too! There’s also free wireless internet there, plus you can call and have refreshments delivered to you while you read ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Loved all the photos,Nadia! Such fantastic shots,really! Loved the bookselves,the globe and the staircase the most.I’m sure you’ve got all the confidence you need.It’s there right inside of you and Masood merely helped you a bit to tap on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s always interesting to learn about how people lived and used things in the past.We should appreciate a lot of the pain and beauty that they have gone thru’ for the culture of the arts to survive in our times.Too bad for some really valuable artifacts that get caught up in the black market rings that we can never set eyes on forever.

    1. Thank you, Lat. It’s truly sweet of you ๐Ÿ™‚

      It is indeed sad that countless priceless items fall into the wrong hands and are lost forever.

  6. Salam Nadia! Have a happy 2011!
    And as usual… your photographs take my breath away! And one of the pots in your third pic (the one on the left hand side with two handles on it neck) looks like the one I did for my ceramics class!!! hehe…

  7. Assalaam Alaikum Nadia,

    As always, beautiful pictures! I know this has been pointed out before but love that there’s an LCD TV amidst all the antiquity, lol. As always, thank you for sharing your excellent photography and a little bit of history with your readers. =)

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