July 20, 2006

Welcome to Desi-stan

Can you guess where the following pictures are taken?
Urdu/Hindi lesson of the day: Mirch means chilli

A couple of Sikh gentlemen pulled out a table and chairs on the pavement and are having a little get together.

A Sikh school

Ambala sweet shop. The yummiest Methai place (Indian Sub-continent Sweets). Oh and they take online orders now. I recommend trying Gulab Jamun if you haven't already (eat them warm with coconut ice cream).

Now that's what a bus should look like! Equipped with the Pakistani flag and obligatory bling bling.

Interesting design of the rear, notice the number plate and rear lights.

This, my dear bloggers, was taken on my latest trip (one of the reasons I haven't posted in nearly a week). Oh and by the way, this is Southall, England! I have uploaded some desi songs for y'all on my stickam. Enjoy!

24 comments:

Destitute Rebel said...

Good Picturs- your stickman still isnt working though.

Destitute Rebel said...

upon tentative further investigation it has come to my attention that the evil stickam has been shunned by the one and only etisalat for being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Really? It's working here though. Anyone else having problems with it?

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

You have got to be kidding me....

Tainted Female said...

I don't see Stickham either...

And I was going to guess somewhere in the UK... but you went and ruined the guessing game for us SS!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

ohhh, hmmm perhaps I should remove the answer ey? sorry tainted loll

Me and games, we don't go along too well I think :)

Well according to D reb, Etisalat has blocked stickam?? Anyone know of a way to upload music that plays automatically in a "halal" UAE approved way?

aatif said...

hahahah.. this picture is so funny. notice a road-sign on top of that sikhs gang. it says "please drive slowly... sikhs around" :D

hahahaha

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

lol I never thought of it that way, welcome aatif!

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Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Good to see you here Tony! I am happy to share :) thank you for your kindness. All the best and welcome again.

BuJ said...

hahahahahaha... i think it's Southall since it says that at the temple pic.. it also gives the postcode and tel number hehehehehehehehehehe

let's vote to ban stickcam.. although it works on my pc..it is just annoying and plays intermittently and means i always have to pause my itunes!!

BuJ said...

hey SS.. just noticed it seems ur going to all these places around the globe.. lucky you..

hence that's why u haven't blogged about sweden in ages!!! (except that cool island place u guys have)

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Oy sho hada? banning my stickam? tozz.

Well Ok, so I gave the guessing game away a little...the point was to look at the pics in general, which were all very desi oriented...and The UK would not be the first country one might have in mind... :)

Yeah a lot of travel lately. Haven't had time to talk sweden. Will soon, hopefully.

Boo! said...

I LOVE THE BUS! Wouldn't have thought they'd have one of those in Southall!

Onto the topic under discussion... Stickam is not working on my computer either. I'm in HK. It shows up, but is always playing song '0 / 0'.

It just might be my office firewalls though. I have yet to check from a non-work computer.

Al Sinjab said...

Hey SS,

Just so you know, the stickam is working a-ok on my end. The music really brings it alive...I am busting a groove here, imagining myself cruisin' the Corniche in that bus-o-bling.

nzm said...

We had dinner on the pavement outside an Indian restaurant in the middle of Oxford on one of our recent London trips.

It was fun - hot vindaloo and warm evening temperatures!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Boo isn't the bus fabulous!!! I nearly choked when I saw it from the car I was in. Never in my wildest dreams thought they would actually import a bus like that to the UK! lol About the stickam, in the UAE it is blocked, rest of the world I cannot speak for.

Al Sinjab: Ah I am glad the stickam works atleast for some! :) Enjoy your ride! lol

NZM: Pavements are charming aren't they! lol I tell you, driving through southall I felt like a regular tourist. I don't look Pakistani at all (swedish genes and all) so I just walk there anonymously yet understanding everything they say lol I think I took pictures of everything...how sad I am! I miss Pakistan!

EXSENO said...

The sweets are making my mouth water and the music is delightful. I love music from all around the world.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

I am getting a delivery tomorrow of Gulab Jamuns and Jalebi! ahh can't wait. Exseno you are welcome for a cup of tea and some sweets!

kaya said...

Welcome back jaan.
sorry been in and out. Wanted to welcome u personally with a MONEY GARLAND( rupaiiya ka haar) and flowers.
Whats all this stickham stickcam shticksmick you all are talking about.
If it has something to do with music, then yes I have not been able to get music on this site for quite some time.
Tasweeer dekh karr dill sadda khush karr ditta tussi.Ambala di mittayya . Wah wah. Mu tay paani aagiya.
khush raho.

EXSENO said...

Thank you, I wish I could, I would difinetly be there. I have hot tea with a little something sweet almost every evening. It is my own little retual.
Wonderfully relaxing.

Boo! said...

stickam works.... i'm actually logged in from somewhere other than office right now and moving to the tunes of 'Jogi'.

redstar said...

Mrs Redstar enjoys her Ambala sweets and I'm a fan now too.

It's time for 'Indian sweets' (as the Pakistani community I know calls them) to join the national psyche and take their place next to curry!

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Hello there redstar! Welcome to my world :)

Turned a fan have you? I am glad. In general they are too sweet but Jalebi, Gulab Jamun and Ras Malai are an exception.

I think most of the food from the sub continent is labelled Indian, because it is easier to relate to in the world, where you often say "indian curry" as opposed to "pakistani curry". Anyways at the end of the day, it is more or less, in certain areas the same food.