Sep 11

In between fantasy and reality

by in Gilgit-Baltistan, travel journal

I just came out of my hotel room, its dark outside  and i started to walk on the road. There are no street lights and i can see giant mountain silhouettes all around. With each step, i am gaining a distance between me and my hotel. It is black pitch dark. I am walking under the light of zillion stars. For a moment, i felt scared. This is so unlike i have experienced in the city. I have to go back to my hotel.

star trail pakistan1 In between fantasy and reality


I couldn’t understand what was so scary about it. Was that the mightiness of nature or the dark odd surrounding?

[at the hotel lawn]

I grabbed a chair, rested my neck at back and started gazing at the sky. I see a lot of stars, shining and sparkling all over. After few moments, i found myself lost in those stars, far away from reality,into a fantasized world. It was very difficult. The sky was all shining as if there is some celebration going on. I felt as if those stars grabbed and pulled me towards them. Or the sky came closer to me. While lost into them, i felt my heart beat getting faster and tears dripping down my eyes. For the first time in my life, i felt alive….

June 19, 2012 – (From my travel diary – Yasin Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan)

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18 Responses to “In between fantasy and reality”

  1. From sameeta sikander:

    The first photo i stared for more than half an hour and still cant get it out of my sight ! It seems the pic is asking me to come towards it and explore the mightiness of nature ! Indeed this capture is soo alive !

    I feel short of words in describing the right now feelings of mine !
    U should have described more about that night , that feeling , mystery ………. And experince !

    Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 at 9:40 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Sameeta: don’t worry Sameeta, words can never describe the feelings, never ever.
      I tried my best to describe that moment only. Night was full of such moments.

      Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 at 11:01 am #
  2. From Jiya:

    I always tell my students to pour their hearts out in our writing journal classes. We travel along the worlds that only a wishful mind can fantasize, come back to earth and give words to our dreams.
    They always ask me HOW, when I tell them to balance their fantasies with reality.
    Well today you gave me an experimental reference.
    You’ve given us an exceptional visual fantasy and a good read :)

    Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 at 1:06 pm #
  3. From Wafa:

    This is too Touchy! I could visualize your feelings! Amazing post!
    You always amaze me!

    Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 at 4:21 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Wafa: and you could feel it as well being a writer :)

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:34 am #
  4. From fatima mansoori:

    when we’ll get to read a complete travelogue… that was just a teaser. :(

    Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 at 4:24 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Fatima: uffff, that is a way long process Fatima

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:33 am #
  5. From An Ardent Dreamer!:

    Beautiful narration Danial! Never can one fully describe what one feels when such an experience take place….. I so can relate to the falling of tears without any control whatsoever! While reading this fantasy or a living dream of yours, it felt as if i was there sitting on that lawn chair and getting mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the stars! Somewhat similar moments were experienced while i got a chance to spend a night in the open wilderness of a desert! Such calmness grips you and one tends to loose oneself in the space where time and place do not seem to exist! A must have feeling to know and get connected with the mightiness of the Supreme and with the beauty that has been bestowed upon us! Once again….thank you for a lovely experience

    Posted on 15. Sep, 2012 at 10:30 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @An Ardent Dreamer: I have no words to say Thank you :)

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:33 am #
  6. From Carol Jones:

    Your photo is a masterpiece… a stunning work of art; as moving as it is lovely!

    Posted on 16. Sep, 2012 at 12:20 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Carol: thank you Carol. :)

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:32 am #
  7. From Azfar:

    awesome it was a treat to read that i have my self experienced the magic of stars at fairy meadows and keran (neelam ajk) and trust me its pure magic app ka blog perh ke mai bhi wahin ponch gya tha :) thanks for that 10 sec visualization it made my day !!!

    Posted on 20. Oct, 2012 at 8:25 am #
  8. From Nida:

    June 19, 2012.. Not exactly like yours but I kinda had a similar experience the same date at Pine Park Resort, Shogran! :) I had stepped out in the lawn after my dinner. All of a sudden, all lights of the hotel and around went out coz of the power outage. In that utter darkness, the night sky up above held a sight so majestic that I was literally lost for words. My camera wasn’t great for clicks at night time so I couldn’t capture the wonderment that I saw. But I feel it’s forever instilled in my memory. The sky up above was so magical and I felt it was pulling me towards it or was going to fall down on me.

    This photo by you is amazing and when I saw the date, I was totally taken back to that night in Shogran!

    Thank you! :)

    Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 at 7:23 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Nida: Let that beautiful memory of stars not let go easily. keep going to mountains and keep on experiencing such beauty. It happens everyday and sad part is that we don’t realize that. I am glad to read your comment and happy that at least my post took you back in memories. Thank you

      Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 at 6:05 pm #
  9. From ali:

    i think what amazes me more than your stunning long distance travels and delightful records of these travels is the breathtaking photography skill involved with every post on this website. (Y) well done man :D .

    Posted on 20. Mar, 2013 at 10:25 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Ali: Thank you Ali. I really appreciate your feedback :)

      Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 at 5:43 pm #
  10. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam Danial Bhai.
    Its awesome piece of writing with an Epic photo. I always fancied star Trails. Stars makes one feel Alive knowing that we are the only in whole Cosmos/Universe. I really <3 this photograph. Will make a wallpaper of it.Thanks for Sharing :)

    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 27. Mar, 2013 at 4:56 pm #
  11. From Zainab Hashimi:

    the words cannot describe that feeling. even a downright realist will be baffled about his realism, rather enlightened about the discovery of a new dimension!

    Posted on 08. Jun, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

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