Rain

Rain ruins the golfers routine; but it is an unavoidable and pleasant reality. Rain in different cultures is associated with different taboos. In some societies it is regarded as a bad portent, as they call it ‘rainy days’. In others, it is revered as a blessing. In most countries located in warm

weather hemispheres, especially the subcontinent, rain is ranked with romance and joy. The weather lady on the other hand, knows it as a science. 

Falling Rain

The precipitation family consists of seven members namely drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, ice pellets, graupel and hail. Today we are going to explore rain as a topic. The rainfall is a complex weather system. It would be quite boring to indulge in scientific details of weather systems since I am no expert on that so I leave you with reference in case. 

Earth rainfall climatology. 

The sky is a beautiful blue canvas and clouds paint it to the awe of our imaginations. I grew up in the summer monsoon region where rains of Sawan reassure life all the way from the depth of the Indian Ocean to the Himalayan heights.  How can I express the feeling of watching swirling pines, waltzing with clouds along the twisting roads of Nathiagali

Rain is a crucial aspect of human existence and throughout history 

ancient religions have nominated weather deities. Tefnut was a goddess of rain in Egypt. Zeus is a sky and thunder god in primeval Greek religion. Humans, along with prayers, have been continually developing secular and scientific knowledge to observe, predict and provide command and control over weather. Weather forecasts today are accurate to minutes and hours, predicting storms, hurricanes, and blizzards alike; we even fashionize ourselves accordingly everyday. 

In today’s write up our realm is more of metaphoric nature than scientific. “Sky won’t fall” is a common phrase. Yes, the sky never falls but the sea does; conversing with land through rain. It’s a way for the ocean to reach out to the inhabitants of land. It’s the sea’s way of knocking at our door, almost a home delivery of water. Earth itself is a combination of water and land, practically married to each other. Rain is literally a mating of sea and land, and flood is molestation. The rain makes rivers fill lakes and irrigate forests. It bathes those who otherwise have no source of water. It quenches the thrust of deserts and washes mountain tops. 

Rain of course, is a blessing and lifeline of flora and fauna. It surely brings about diversity both in our daily life and moods. Some of us adore rain while others detest it and would rather sleep through it. Few like to gaze at torrents of rain, others love sprinkles of drops on their hands. There are those who like pinpricks of raindrops on their faces, I prefer to sit in the veranda and witness the downpour. The rhythm of falling rain seeds songs in the literary minds. Poets occasionally blend love and rain. 

“The rain knows not 

of the land laying to waste, 

or the flood that

 washes all away. 

It just knows to fall. 

Love knows not of hearts 

that stays broken,

Or hearts that heal.

It knows to happen.”

– Unknown

Source: Facebook

Through thunder, the clouds transmit a million messages for people with different temper & tastes. Most shiver with fear, few take pleasure in the roar. I perceive thunder as an order from the sky: “Don’t pollute my planet.” And comes rain to rinse it. 

“We danced in the rain 

and watched as flowers 

grew out of our wounds”

CWpoet 

Golf however is forbidden during thunder and rain stops the game. 

Some pray for rain, some ring bells. Scientists create artificial rains and sorcerers predict the weather. Some bathe in rain to purify souls while some do it to look sexy, kids do it for the heck of it. Some relations are made and some are broken. Some rains fall in dreams, some in laps. Rain grows crops and sinks the nursery. Some like me, love the smell of the soil fumed by showers.

Seeds crave for rain and ants dislike it. Flowers blossom by it and the thorn gets sharper. Rain deluges villages and helps towns to grow. It gives some an excuse to hide and it brings others to the surface. Some meet in the rain, some depart. It makes wipers run and rests the sun shades. Rain opens the holes and fills the trenches. But no matter what, it cleanses everything it touches. 

Song of the Rain

By

Khalil Gibran 

I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven

By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn

Her fields and valleys.

I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the

Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn

To embellish the gardens.

When I cry the hills laugh;

When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;

When I bow, all things are elated.

The field and the cloud are lovers

And between them I am a messenger of mercy.

I quench the thirst of one;

I cure the ailment of the other.

The voice of thunder declares my arrival;

The rainbow announces my departure.

I am like earthly life, which begins at

The feet of the mad elements and ends

Under the upraised wings of death.

I emerge from the heard of the sea

Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in

Need, I descend and embrace the flowers and

The trees in a million little ways.

I touch gently at the windows with my

Soft fingers, and my announcement is a

Welcome song. All can hear, but only

The sensitive can understand.

The heat in the air gives birth to me,

But in turn I kill it,

As woman overcomes man with

The strength she takes from him.

I am the sigh of the sea;

The laughter of the field;

The tears of heaven.

So with love—

Sighs from the deep sea of affection;

Laughter from the colorful field of the spirit;

Tears from the endless heaven of memories.

Ahsan Jamil 

Poet author blogger entrepreneur wanderer

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A tear and a smile

By Khalil Gibran

Clash of the Cousins

My youngest son Qadir and my youngest nephew Mr. Sairam both are high school students and golfers in the making. They decided to play some … Clash of…

Clash of the Cousins

Clash of the Cousins

My youngest son Qadir and my youngest nephew Mr. Sairam both are high school students and golfers in the making. They decided to play some …

Clash of the Cousins

Clash of the Cousins

My youngest son Qadir and my youngest nephew Mr. Sairam both are high school students and golfers in the making. They decided to play some competitive golf, they paired with their respective coaches and announced a match. Both veterans and their students began to train at the range day and night. They exchanged idioms and traded braggings. Their excitement touched skies and their eagerness over boarded. The whole crowd in the club got involved and people were already taking sides. 

Win. Yes I want to win. He wants to win. You want to win. No one wants to lose. Winning is good but losing is equally important. Yet there are always more losers than winners out there. The road to conquest goes through the path of defeat. It is loss that leads to success. It is experience that brings triumph and experience comes through losing. Win or lose, a game should be played in style and with etiquettes. After all in the end it’s all about having fun and being one with the greenery. 

Mr. Q and Mr. S had a competition in clothing too. Qadir wore a light green shirt and white pants, white cap, white sleeves, black belt and black Adidas shoes. Mr. Sairam was dressed in a yellow shirt, light brown pants, sleeves, belt and Under Armour shoes all black. They both looked like golf models on the tee. Mr. Shahbaz, one of the best golf coaches in the country, came in brown attire, walking in a winner’s style and manner. Mr. Shahzad, a freelancer, a carefree individual and a seldom coach came in with no consideration to his outlook. His golf kit was worn out and ancient.  He borrowed gloves from a nearby golfer. He walked half heartedly, yawned and had rheum in his eyes. A shabby and rusted fellow daring against the top coach in the country who also happened to be his elder brother. On the other hand his partner Mr. Sairam carries a gray head on green shoulders. 

We were playing behind them to watch the match while we played along. Mr. Qadir is above six feet and very well built. Earth squeaks when he walks. He is a long hitter. Three hundred plus is his normal driver shot. Mr. Sairam is a calculative genius, a guy who loves range and its specifications. They both had trained their butts off for a match between cousins. The first golf match of their lives. They sent WhatsApp teasers to each other through anything the internet could offer. Like gifs, cartoons and funny videos.

In today’s match we witnessed cross fairway blasters, knocks at the tree trunks, innocent shanks, and saber rattling of swings. There was a display of cute putts, artistic chips, grand shots and greenly drives. 

The crew in today’s match is a great presentation of the story of human representation on earth. When a few of them stroll down on the perpendicular fairways of age, the adolescents ascend to the greens of maturity. Nature toys with us in a consistent voyage of non stop rain & drain of life. The pros carry experience and skill on their side and hold their aim high. I like the combination of this flight. The young took the best available golfers on their sides so experience and skill accompanied them. The experienced golfers brought in the power of youth to their crew. 

Mr.Shahbaz & Qadir had the upper hand throughout the match. They maintained their lead for the duration of the match. Mr. Sairam and Mr. Shahzad were determined to compete fiercely. They resisted the onslaught and kept the battle red. In short, they knew only an extraordinary staging could take them over the bridge. They gave the game all they had. Mr. Sairam kept his side of the bargain and it was Shahzad’s turn to perform to perfection. They were losing by one at seventeen. Mr. Shahzad left his carelessness aside and scumming all his concentration dropped a long dramatic putt bringing his team one up. A much needed birdie turned the tables there and then. This extraordinary putt put the other team on defensive. The underdog Shahzad was now the lord of the day. 

Dancing in the air, cropping the applause from the crowd, he threw a rain of satire on the otherwise hero Mr. Shahbaz. Mr.Qadir had contributed his part of the share in this game. Despite his inter-fairway drives he displayed great recovery shots on the field. Responsibility lied on Mr. Shahbaz’s shoulders now. Mr.Shahbaz was preoccupied mentally still on the seventeenth green while he was playing the eighteenth. Amazed in awe of the unbelievable and unbearable putt of his opponent. On the other hand, inspired by his earlier achievement, Shahzad didn’t stop there; he was determined to convince the audience that the day belongs to him. On the last green when Qadir & Shahbaz still had the game in hand, he landed a chip right in the hole making the impossible possible in a row. Another wonderful birdie left no 

room for any miracle that could save Shahbaz. There was no flower left that he would pluck from the garden of his experience.

Qadir faced defeat like a man and accepted it with an open heart. He congratulated his cousin and his partner. Shahbaz was speechless. Drowned in despair he was cursing himself. He wouldn’t mind losing a match but losing to Shahzad was not the defeat he anticipated. The hero was beaten badly, by a vagabond, a wanderer and a small fry. I have advice for the losing team here, concluding with a quote sent by Mr. Sairam, one of today’s winners.

 “I never lose. I either win or learn.” -Nelson Mandela.

By 

Ahsan Jamil

Golfer, Author, Poet, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Wanderer 

Email: Golfaij@gmail.com

Website: Golfaij.com

Chinar Golf Club

Turn after turn the hills keep appearing, ascent after ascent, heights approach one after another. Eagerness of reaching the final peak increasing by the minute and enthusiasm to step on the 11th highest golf course in the world, is very consuming. I cannot wait to hit from a tee at 6350 ft above sea level. In this round the score is no longer a priority. We just want to be there for a casual round. What eyes see here, words don’t express. What words express would not do justice to this beauty of Bhurban, a great tourist village in north Punjab.

The clubhouse at CGC (Chinar Golf Club) is located at the top of a hill and a golf course rotates around it. It has a vast veranda and front yard on two levels. The furniture is a combination of lawn chairs & dinner tables. Chinar Family resort and Chinar Golf Club are two sister organizations. Tourists staying at resorts use the Clubhouse dining facilities regularly; a grand buffet is served here almost on a daily basis. 

A view of fairways from the clubhouse veranda is out of this world. It may be one of the largest lawns at such a height. It is a grand display of man’s efforts to commemorate natural landscape and bring it to another level. 

I am sure Col. Dag must have had a dream to put up a golf course on the top of this magnificent mountain and Mr. Gulab Khan was determined to fulfill it. Otherwise, it’s impossible to conceive a development of such sort. They initially developed a three hole golf course here back in 1934. Later in the 1980s it was raised to the level of a full eighteen holes legendary marvel. 

Each time I play here, the desire to play again is reinforced. Such is the grandiose this place offers. A splendid blend of nature’s and man’s design. This course has no water hazards yet it has pine trees and deep steeps as replacements. No other course can claim to be more ‘hazardous’ than CGC since playing through tree hazards is much more daunting than water ones. Diving fairways, tees upstairs and steep greens put you through a challenge beyond imagination. A golfer has to take much more in consideration than greens, fairways, bogies, pars and birdies on this magnificent golf journey. This ride is psychedelic. You have to be an experienced mountaineer to perform eagles and albatross on this magnitude of hurdles. They have placed benches and gazebos at such strategic locations that sometimes you wouldn’t like to leave them,  even when you would have a birdie waiting for you at the green. The scenic spots, romantic paths, breathlessness, tired torso, painful back, angry knees and refusing feet keep you on that bench for a bit more. 

Being a golfer is a privilege, to be in this part of the world is a charm, and not playing on this golf course is strong evidence of misfortune. It is an experience, it is a luxury and it is good luck. I could give you a tour of the complete course hole by hole but I leave that undiscovered here so you can have first hand experience yourself. 

By 

Ahsan Jamil 

Golfer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Poet, Author, Wanderer 

Gmail: Golfaij@gmail.com

Website: Golfaij.com

Hill of the Dead

She was still wearing stone carved bangles on her left arm although nothing remained of her but those bones. Ladies really hang on to their jewelry. Those man made rings of stone can out last many more wearers like her. What a journey of this stone. Still on display catering the same charm, performing the same duty. Making her beautiful, dead or alive or even when she is merely a skeleton. 

He had a broken skull and his primitive spear slept on his side. Human dependence on weaponry. There are many things that can protect us like wisdom, trust, tolerance, patience and parlays but we keep developing killer artifacts. He had been injured probably in some war and fighting seems to be a part of human nature. Although Harappans were the most peaceful people as excavation shows no proof of military establishments and forts.  Yet they were destroyed by the armed invaders, the Aryans. Doesn’t matter what era humans lived in, violence had been an unfortunate phenomenon in their life. Killers and the dead both suffered fates of their own but fight goes on and on with the no end in sight.

This couple was tall and had mouths full of teeth, meaning they died young. Both skeletons were narrating a historic chronicle of human fragility and endeavour at the same time. There was a large clay jar carrying a skeleton of a baby, excavated from a grave nearby. Human love for their offsprings is older than time itself. The toys made of baked clay and these burial jars are saying that out loud. This is the Harappa Museum; present  house of the Indus Valley civilisation, otherwise known as Mohenjo Daro(the hill of the dead) and Harappa. 

I had promised my daughter to take her to Harappa Museum one day and this was that day. We had planned a visit to this museum of the Indus Valley civilization of the Early Harappans from 3300 BCE. We reached Harappa in the afternoon. This town still lives on. Instead of the oxen driven carts there is a railway station on one side and a major national highway on the other side of it. Millions pass through here each year a few are interested in knowing how many millennials this town has seen.

The first extensive excavations at Harappa were started by Rai Bahadur Daya Ram Sahni in 1920. Ever Since this town has caught the attention of anthropologists and archeologists.  Today it is a well preserved site; protected by steel fences from the present Harrapans.

The Indus Valley civilisation had beautiful jewelry, artistic pottery, well crafted artifacts, paved streets, bricked homes with running water and  attached toilets, indoor bathrooms, burial grounds, wooden coffins, markets, bazaars and inns. They had Highly sophisticated customs, education, agriculture, art and craftsmanship. They could read and write and they had wheels. They domesticated animals, used oxen driven carts and plows. They had water reservoirs and channels. About 2500 years before Ancient Rome the Indus Valley civilization had widespread systems of brick and terracotta drainage ducts. Their clay-based glazed and unglazed ceramics were still displayed in these museums as proof of their advanced artistry. Swastik was also an important symbol of these civilizations. In short Harappans were literate and use Dravidian language. They were urbanized and mercantile people with organized cities built by baked bricks and without fortifications. Their weaponry does not indicate any military activity. Their remains strongly suggest that they were peaceful and their societies were not segregated by classes rather evidence shows their equality and unionism. There are no signs of palaces and temples. These people were communal and peaceful. 

These societies were either inundated by floods and environmental changes or the invasions of Aryans; the armed Eurasians

Museums are encyclopedias of visual history. The remnants of lifespan spread though the millennials lost in the blackhholes of time and in the particles of dust and drain. We go there to have a glimpse of the life of the gone generations. These are strong evidence that we are visiting this tiny planet for a brief period of time as individuals but through the common commute of humanity we are here from time immemorial and we may be here till the end of time. What a story of continuation and discontinuation. Life stops here and begins there. We are carrying within us the beginning and the end. It is taken from one and given to another. Who is typing the pages of life and who is flipping them. 

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Ahsan Jamil

Golfer, Author, Blogger, poet, Entrepreneur, Wanderer 

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Unfulfilled Dreams

In the lap of mighty mountains, among the plantations of bristlecone pine and flower beds of chiltern gentian, yellow pond lily, pyrenean buttercup, Fiordaliso, and the dominant white lily; sits a cute locality at eight thousand feet above sea level. It is called Ayubia. 

It is famous for its weather, natural beauty, chairlifts, summer resorts and a cute little satellite village, Khanspur. The lush green valley is known for its unique scenery and picturesque peaks. This heavenly little town is home to a fresh breeze and cool temperatures. The aura of this valley makes the affair of being there mystic and jazzy. Twisting streets take sharp turns and steep dives just to return to the top again, just like the pirouette of a ballet dancer. A car moves there as if a hand is drawing a bow on strings of a violin. These pendulum rides act like swings that will have you bite your teeth if you’re there for the first time. The idea of roller coasters may have been conceived on such rides. Clouds roam around isles of pines kissing the tourists’ foreheads, the cool breeze offers them hugs and condensation freshens their faces in a gesture of grand reception. Waterfalls sing littoral songs to the melodious creeks running towards the river down there.  Wildlife, especially monkeys, loom in leaps over the tall trees. Cannabis grows there naturally and purple male plants fill the air with marijuanic aroma. The ambiance is exotic and romantic especially for people clotting there from the hot areas of the country each summer. Sheer cold wind soothes the burning body pores of people coming from hot plains of lower delta cities. 

A family from Multan, one ovenly city in the south, had arrived at their summer home in Khanspur. It was their second home. Hina was the eldest sister with two male siblings and a darling of the family. Her father was a rich landlord from the mango capital of the state. 

Haroon’s family had rented a home across the street for the season. He was the only son at home. His father was an affluent cloth merchant from Lahore. They both were students in the same grade at different schools and in far away cities. This gorgeous Multani girl was traditional, shy and conventional. The Lahoriate handsome was ultra mod and trendy. His athletic figure, long hair, and fashionable style added to the beauty of these hills and this village. She was covered in a pink shawl and dark glasses most of the time. Nothing would hide her grace and she was prominently noticeable. She would stand out in a crowd and knew how to conceal and compose her beauty along with her wisdom. She would cause many accidents had she strolled on the footpath of these curved roads. 

How could a loving heart like his stay aloof from her auspicious presence next door. She had no interest in his charms so she didn’t even notice. Being bold and outspoken was his style and proscription and dependence were her chains. He may be a daring soul but would remain within the brackets of decency. His own upbringing abstained him from indecorous advances towards her. His eyes were tracing for her glimpse all the time and each time she was around, his heart would skip a beat. 

One sided love of an adolescent was in progress here. On the other hand she was veiled not only in her shawl but also in the curtains of modesty and taboos. Despite having nothing in common, their differences could not have prevented them from respecting each other’s way of thinking, beliefs and principles. Being in love does not mean rebellion. Not all detentions are through chains most are just enforced by upbringing and education

Hearts are hearts, they live inside the castles of chests yet they peek through the aperture of eyes. In cardiac communication it is the cornea that transmits the message. Hearts speak via silence and sing through smiles. They breed affection and season it to develop into love. Emotions are petals of the flower of heart and passion is the corolla. In the world of hearts the sun rises from the west and sets in the east. They have romantic relations with the moon and receive messages through stars. When we begin to think with our hearts, the mind starts to beat. It is love that turns things upside down and creates alternate realities. If you want something so bad you’ve got to stop wanting yourself. When you desire something more than yourself you begin to revere it.

Dreams are a nursery of accomplishments and inaction is their graveyard. She became his dream and he aimed to fulfill it. Is it so?

The social wall of norms and taboos is not like a Berlin Wall or The Great Wall of China; it does not fall through diplomacy or parlays. It demands a war. It requires a leap forward in thinking. She would stick to her brought up and he would hang onto his heart. She would respect her confines and he would not cross the boundaries of social contract. Millions of hearts beat to the tunes of love but they get muted to the shackles of their surroundings. Not all societies allow individual freedom and not everyone is lucky enough to do what their hearts want. 

The world has seen conclusions of love in many forms Taj Mahal is one way to do it and death of Romeo & Juliet is another. Many temples of love are built in minds secretly and are celebrated covertly never to emerge from the depth of unknown. There is always a love story around; sometimes it flies with wings and sometimes without them. 

The summer will be over soon and so would their silent and distant relationship. 

Let’s become strangers once again. 

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Beautiful

While I began to write on a golf tour to the textile capital of Pakistan, Faisalabad; my chauffeur’s phone rang and the tune of a folk song broke the silence in our SUV. That was his ringtone. It touched my heart. I asked him to play that song in the car via Bluetooth and YouTube. 

The lyrics of Mian Mohammed Buksh a renowned Sufi poet, were sung by Sami Kanwal. It was thought provoking and soulful. I will quote here a few stanzas that immediately took me to the higher ecolan of imagination. Medieval wisdom was based upon the belief in divinity and its strong presence. They firmly believed in their transient existence, the brief visit to this world on the wings of life. They believed in certainty of the life hereafter that includes post death rewards and accountability of lifetime deeds. They had fervent faith in the creator and his (authority) almightiness. Like our generation, they were not examining their faith in scientific labs. 

The lyrics in this song are giving a message to lovers. A message of ultimate love. 

“What is the big deal if you fall for a cute face,

Imagine the beauty of its creator and fall in love with that artist.”

-Mian Mohammad Buksh

I consider that to be profound. Yes we get lost in the awe of apparent beauty and never dig into the details. Some creations are so breathtaking that they absorb us within their trance while some are intoxicatingly awesome others are frightfully tizzy. Each creation speaks volumes of the class of artistry and craftsmanship of its conceiver. 

A number of ingredients of utmost marvels were added to the creation of humans. From carbon to a cell to emiba to fetus to infant to baby to adolescent to young to middle age to old how much it takes to shape and grow a human being. What can be better use of oxygen, hydrogen,nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, magnesium and carbon than making a human being. These are the essential elements for life but the story doesn’t end here. This is just a body part of the human being. Where does the intelligence part come from? How cognition works? Do we think in the mind only or does the whole body contribute to the thinking process? Is thinking like weaving or is it like knitting? Is it a race of neurons or a web of nerves?

Is it an internal matter of the body & mind or are there external forces involved? Is there a human soul? If so, what is it?  

On a ride at motorway I cannot explore or answer all these questions but I certainly have the curiosity to think about them. 

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Ahsan Jamil

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Email: Golfaij@gmail.com

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Lahore to Lyallpur

The veranda at Gymkhana Golf Club is where we often congregate to appreciate humor, boiled eggs, and French toasts. We flock there with full fervor to crack jokes, enjoy mockery and satire. It is where we plan the extracurricular activities of our golfing cult. The group decided to take the game to another city, through a golfing tour to Faisalabad. 

We made it to Serena Hotel on the dot where a grand dinner awaited us. We engaged in conversation on a variety of topics. Many of the golfers revealed their true colors during that discussion; flipping further pages of their personalities that we had never read before. We are a group of early birds at Gymkhana CGC. Doctors, engineers, businessmen, and more. Although we belong to different walks of life, we fly together for the same game. We hold golfing parties occasionally but this was an entirely different experience. The cruise out of the city, a ride on a scenic freeway, tunes of my taste, anticipation to see a happy bunch, a dinner party, and a journey to a golfing destination made every mile worth the while. The most amazing part of it was breaking the chain of routine and doing something new.

Lyallpur is a nine-hole course. A bit congested but challenging. I can tell you one thing about this small course, don’t take it at face value. What it lacks in size, it makes up in difficulty. It can level any bragger back to his or her place when they least expect. 

The golf course neighbors the famous Divisional Public School on one side and an international cricket stadium on the other. Lush green fairways border straight lines of tall poplars. Greens are fast, tricky, and a bit deceptive. Particularly the green at nine. Its green sits on the bank of a hazard and the ball slides right back into the water if dropped directly on it. 

While playing, the grandiose stadium was prominent and no matter where we looked from the floodlight towers would not stop staring at us. Something about cricket amazes me. Billions are spent on cricket stadiums in cities across the country and millions are exhausted to maintain them. All while the residents play cricket in the streets and cannot even step inside those stadiums that are reserved solely for special occasions. What a service to the citizens of this country by the cricket board and ministry of sports. And they claim golf is a rich man’s game although the government does not spend a penny on it. As the cricket stadiums sit inaccessibly idle for months, golf courses are utilized all year round. 

Coming back to my trip, the most wonderful part was a ‘chatathon.’ All golfers on this trip are jovial tolerators to witticism and pleasantry. All of them keep funny stanzas handy. One who happens to be a dartboard at times doesn’t mind the onslaught from all directions. It could be anyone’s turn at any time. The understanding and forbearance to each other’s humorous sorties is the essence and charm of this group. It is proof they have big hearts and it shows the broadness of their great minds. I am lucky to know these ambassadors of decency. They may be quarreling over a given put on the course but would leave all differences there or then and move on to the next tee with clear hearts. Faisalabad or wherever I can accompany these people anywhere. Some of them lost while a few won but it didn’t matter anymore. As a matter of fact, this game soared beyond the horizons of defeat and victory. And that’s what fun is all about. 

By

Ahsan Jamil

Golfer, Author, Entrepreneur, Poet, Blogger, Wanderer 

Email: Golfaij@gmail.com

Website: Golfaij.com

Royal Palm Golf & Country Club

A beautiful canal floats through the middle of the historic city of Lahore; it is formed on the delta of Ravi. Its residents know the value of this water channel. Ornamental plantation, decorative lights, immaculately manicured green belts, and chains of flowerbeds, all add to its grandeur. 

The signal-free roads on both banks of the canal take you from north to south nonstop. A herd of never-ending traffic flows there as blood flows through veins. Taking one’s sweetheart on a long drive on this road is a lover’s ritual. Any Lahori can narrate stories of their youth relating to this romantic river. 

Lahore does not need a major excuse to accessorize its canal. This canal plays an important role in cultural and national celebrations. It is decorated with floats and fairy lights on auspicious occasions. On such a scenic western wing of the canal sits the famous Royal Palm Golf & Country Club. A jewel in the middle of a blistering metropolitan. It is a private club of privileges. A few golfers like me, who have exited the romantic paths, claim to be in love with it for its unique aura. 

It is a great getaway in the center of this historic capital. While the city’s hustle-bustle continues, there is total calm inside of the club’s walls. There is no noise or dust that the city is known for. A breathtaking presence of magnificent banyans, poplars, acacias, cactus, palms, polyalthia, Sheesham, and cypress dominates the ambiance. Of course, trees are the ornaments of the earth, and this piece of land, in particular, is well adorned. 

During the unforgiving hot summer of Lahore, these trees provide a shadow for the determined golfers to walk under on the course. Its turf is smooth and cushiony like a carpet underneath bare feet. A series of creepers decorate the gardens with colorful and aromatic blossoms. My thoughts are flooded with praise; the fairways offer chapters of descriptions, and Google aids loads of vocabulary. I can describe the course hole by hole and step by step but that would require volumes of writing in plenty of sessions. Neither you have time for long reads nor do I have a publisher to compose a book. So for now, we will stick to an abstract and not the whole anecdote.

From the curved fairway number one to descending fairway number eighteen, the course offers a series of graces and a variety of changes. A number of minarets from the inner city loom over these thick trees, offering a peek of divinity to the golfers on the course. Windows of the tall houses on the other side of the wall hide worlds behind those curtains. Sometimes you hear shouts from some of them and other times you hear a dim song playing. Mostly these houses sit idly with no disturbances or distractions from the outside world.

Swans parade in honor of a good shot and birds appear to appreciate a good put. You will find an individual or flocks of Eurasian hoopoes, doves, pied bushchat, parrots, white-throated kingfishers, Asian koels and red vented bulbuls fly by or chirping nearby.

Every now and then, a green turtle might grace golfers with its marathon. Making one pause and reflect on the creatures we share this Earth with. I have also witnessed crows chasing a domestic cat. On this course, you are far away from the troubles and comforts of Lahore. The only time you feel the existence of the city is when briefly you play close to boundaries. 

Sometimes when you end up in the rough and go to take a second shot, a fat trunk of a huge tree tries to whisper a tip in your ear. Of course, it has seen golfers struggle under it for decades. These trees are veteran spectators of the golfers’ shanks and regulation shots. Bad and good shots are both a routine; how we tackle them is what makes us who we are. In a round of golf or life, recovery is all the matters. Sometimes we have to recover from a good shot too. In moments of triumph, many lose track. In times of failure, most seek refuge in despair. Moving on for the next shot is the only way to complete the round responsibly. 

By

Ahsan Jamil

Golfer, Author, Entrepreneur, Poet, Blogger, Wanderer 

Email: Golfaij@gmail.com

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