Nangarhar Weekly Bazaar

The modern definition and design of markets and the rising of online stores extirpated the traditional Bazaars and places where people supplied their goods and obtained their needs. The emerge of superstores and shopping malls substituted the traditional way of shop keeping and retailing in developed and developing nations and the growing online stores and e-commerce oust superstores and Shopping malls. However, despite the fast changing sphere of markets, still, there are some traditional bazaars which survived the successive revolutions in the economy. Weekly Bazaars which are very prevailed in South Asian countries are traditional markets which survived despite tremendous changes in the society.pix-1

In the south east province of Nangarhar, weekly bazaars are very popular, since people acquire most of their needs through these weekly bazaars which are hold daily in different places of the Jalalabad City. These bazaars provide different goods and commodities which are normally produced in local farms and factories. These items include a wide variety of products such as fruits, vegetables, foods, hand-made kitchen tools, antiques, used goods, vintage cloths, and handicrafts. Continue reading

Eshliky (Watani Pizza)

pix-1There is no doubt that food and decocting the food are the root of multitudinous traditions, customs, and rituals in human history and civilizations. In accordance with geographical needs, climate requirements, availability of resources, like grains, vegetables and animals, humans developed the different systems of nutrition and numerous kind of local dishes. Along with human relocations, business and cultural exchanges, some even crossed the borders and went beyond the ages. Continue reading

Handicraft, a Women Business in Bamyan

In very early morning of August, my colleagues and I walked to the center of Bamyan small city, where we were invited to attend the opening of a three days Women Handicrafts exhibitions in Women Bazaar. There is a particular place in the middle of Bamyan city so called “Women Bazaar”, which is dedicated to women businesses.  In Women Bazaar all shopkeepers are women who run either independent business or in partnership with their family, friends, and local suppliers.

According to records by AREDP (Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program), 20 small businesses and 50 production group from all around of Bamyan provinces participated in the exhibition. The items exhibited was a wide verity handcraft, dairy products, and local dresses which are prevalent in different districts.

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Dozens of women were selling unique embroidered Hazargi dress, decorative crochets, Continue reading

The Melons Farms

There are different traits and feature which distinguish one geographical area from another and somehow make it interestingly unique. Either it could be its strategic importance in political, social and economic transformations, its social custom, traditions and human developments or its beautiful nature, sights, minerals, natural reserves, foods, and fruits.

However, Badakhshan province is famous not only because of its rare living species, various and rare gemstones, beautiful nature and amazing native culture, but also because of its wildflowers honey and the vast fields of various kind of water and rainfed melon and watermelons. Kishm, Darwaz, Khah’an and Jerm districts provide more than 10 types of melon and watermelons which some are among finest in term of taste and quality.

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Living one last day.

Two more days remained to the end when he found out that he did nothing, which was worth living for. All his life he had spent doing some small business without hope and happiness. Once more he counted, yes, he was at the end, and just two more days remained. With a messy and frantic temper he went to God, asked him for some more days. So maybe he could do better this time. He started with calling God, but there was no response from God, then he continued with muttering, complaining and blaming conditions and others for his indolence and failure, again there was no response. He became angry and despaired, shouted louder and profaned God and denied his mercy and kindness, but still God was silent.

Then he became disappointed and started crying about his misery. There it was that God broke its silence and said: ‘My dear, you spend  another day with complaining, babbling and nonsense, now only one day remains, wouldn’t it be worth to live this last day of your life on your own term?’

While crying he replied with a trembling voice. ‘But it is only one day… What I can do in just one day?’

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Hope Never Dies

“We are living in a very fragile time, ongoing insurgency, economic recession and extreme unemployment, emigration, social chaos and political turmoil put us up on the verge of collapse.  In this situation, we need hope more than ever to stay optimistic towards our future. We must bring back hope to our disappointed hearts, we must plant hope in our desperate minds. Hope is the only weapon we might have against pervasive social disappointment.” Said Mr. Wasie

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Wasie, believes that you can’t impose hope from the top to the bottom of the social pyramid, instead, you must ignite hope in the hearts and minds of every disappointed person to stand against increasing waves of social frustration. According to him, cultural dialogues are a very effective method for changing people’s perceptions and mindsets, bring hope in art and cultural discourse and activities slowly and automatically changes the way people think and look. Continue reading

The Horizon of Hope

“Horizon of Hope” was the name of a cultural event held at the Lincoln Center by our Jawzjan Cultural Container on July 23rd, 2016. The event’s purpose was to amplify the hope discourse among people, particularly among youths who are struggling with different problems and challenges. A variety of entertaining and impressive activities and shows such as speeches, a cultural dialogue, music, a hope tree and an art exhibition were part of the event.
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Hope and Action

According to Oxford dictionary hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen or grounds for believing that something good may happen”. Though the dictionaries summed up hope in a feeling or a believing but great leaders think that hope is not only expecting or having an optimistic feeling about something, it is too much passive perspective toward hope. Hope actually starts with action or with doing something. Continue reading

Me and My Dreams

 Pix 1 “Me and My Dreams” was the name of the event held by the Balkh cultural container on the 21th of July 2016 at the Ferdowsi Library of Mazar-e-Sharif. The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of hope and dreams and how being hopeful helps people to overcome their trials and tribulation, especially those who are living in very difficult situations.   Continue reading

Cultural event of Kabul cultural Container

 “Arrived the glad tidings that grief’s time shall not remain” (Hafiz, 14th Century Persian Poet)

“Disappointment defeats us. We cannot accept disappointment and we cannot accept failing.” said Nasim Alizada, a former addict and current mentor to the Mother Camp for Drug Relieve. Everybody was listening how this man returned to his country after hardship and bitterness of emigration. He became a police officer and lost his legs. Although he was formerly addicted to drugs, he never lost hope. He shared his experience especially with the young people with the message that we can achieve our goals, if we don’t lose hope. Continue reading

The Smile of Hope

 Pix 1  “It is amazing, in front of the collapsed Buddhas, we come together to celebrate hope with young people, our hardworking and highly active promising generation. I am sure we can make it, because it is our responsibility, our mission, our future and our ultimate message to others” said Mrs.Uzzar Lali, Entrepreneur and Head of the Bamyan Business Women Community.   Continue reading

The Hope Generation

Pix 1On the sunny morning of August 11th 2016, a large number of men and women, mostly young people gathered at the Kockah Palace conference Hall, on the east bank of Kokcha River. They were impatiently waiting for the cultural event to start.

The Spokesman of the Badakhshan Governor recited a Hadith from Muslim the Fourth Caliph:” Disappointment kills the desperate man”. In his speech he asked the young people to never lose hope, because, hope is the only force which let them stand against the bad and difficult conditions. Continue reading

Passions in Nursery

  “Young people and children are the greatest potential of any nation. Only by educating and and supporting a competent generation we insure our future prosperity.” Says Nasima Timori, the head of the Jawzjan Nursery, where they are taking care of at least 45 male kids. Most of children growing up in a nursery are orphans or were facing serious family conflicts and domestic violence in their families.

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Kids and Ramadan

Pix 1 A huge part of human culture and traditions are rooted in religions. Many of globally accepted festivals once were religious ceremonies limited to particular communities. Like many other nations, a huge part of cultural customs in Afghanistan are also rooted in religion including Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid ul Adha, which are the biggest religious festivals in  the Muslim World.

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Tourism Industry and Cultural Exchange

  Pix 1       The tourism industry is a big part of modern economics, most nations invest in the tourism industry to attract people from all around of the world to get to know their countries. The importance of tourism is not only because of its role in economic development but also because of the importance of cultural exchange which comes along with it.  Tourists who visit a country return back home, transfer experiences, information, and memories rof places they visited, the people they met, the cultures, customs and the beauty they have seen. Continue reading

Art and Hope in Dara-e-Noor

 

    Pix 1The district Dara-e-Noor is a secure and peaceful district of Nangarhar. The district is located in northern part of the province. Common languages in Dara-e-Noor district are Pashto and Pashayi. Agriculture is the main way of earning money, however people also are making their living through trading goods between neighboring districts and provinces. The district is highly populated with estimated around 120,000 residents. Continue reading

Bangle Seller of Balkh

Pix 1Afghanistan is not only important because of its geopolitical location which connects east, west, south and central Asian countries.  But it is also a crossroad of different cultures and civilizations. You can see a sign of different cultures among people living in different cities and provinces, each one constituting a unique subculture identity coming from Indian subcontinents, Persian plateau and Central Asian nations. In Western regions, people have several commonalities with Khorasan and Sistan Baluchistan region of Iran. Continue reading

Spring in Mazar

My beloved, Mullah Ma’mad Jan, let’s go to Mazar together

To watch the plains of red roses and to touch the tulip flower

1The couplet is a very famous and iconic poem appeared in many folkloric song’s lyrics for many decades. Its origin come from a very old love story, the girl tempting her beloved, Mullah Mohammad Jan, to travel with her to her dream land, Mazar e Sharif, where in spring season hill and plains are fully covered with red flowers. Continue reading

Second Sikhs-Muslim Cultural Dialogue

Pix 1Breaking trust and cutting inter-community connections are among the worst outcomes of war and instability, which might lead to chaos and social catastrophes; initiating cultural dialogues and cultural exchange are efficient tools in rebuilding trust and reviving connections among communities. Continue reading

A very Happy Day for Khadija

 1 When Khadija woke up, felt she is happier than on other days. She was looking forward to watch a puppet theater performance for the first time. The day before she received an invitation which asked her and her family to attend the play in Kabul’s Cultural Container. Like Khadija and her family, there were many other children who came to watch the theater performance with their families. Continue reading