Dec 28

Receiving the award…

by in Food for Thought, Travelogue

best travel blog paksitan blog award1 Receiving the award...


Being one of the nominations, like every other nominee in the auditorium, all i was waiting for them to announce my set of awards. It was like a numb feeling of whats happening around me. I could not feel it. I could not wait for the moment they announce the winner.  It’s not like that i wanted to win, but i wanted this suspense to end. Be it a winner or not. It should end. The numb feelings and butterflies in stomach.

Annual Pakistan Blog Award held on December 23, 2011 in Regent Plaza Hotel, Karachi Pakistan.

Nearly half way through the ceremony, Rabia Garib announced : ” Best travel blog of the year“. I didn’t realize how many seconds it took for her to say “iExplorePakistan”, but it felt like time has stopped for me. Heart beats increased. My ears could not hear anything else except for her to say iExplorePakistan.

I received the award. While on my way back from the stage and the trophy in my hand, the unconscious questions from back of my head started coming to my conscious.  It said ” Best Travel Blog”. Best?  Have i really done anything remarkable to deserve such an award? Because right before going to the ceremony my mind was juggling with thoughts of traveling more since i have seen less of Pakistan, as yet. Publish more. Share more. Nearly more then half of my photos and stories are not yet published neither are online. Still putting up this content online made me deserve this award? Win it?

I don’t have another word to put it but “nice” feeling it was. Because iExplorePakistan was something i created with a lot of research and study work, a lot of traveling and most important, with a lot of dreams to see Pakistan. And right after its inception a year and half back, i held my self responsible for working more for the nation. I feel the sense of responsibility in me. And awards like Nishan-e-Azm or Best travel blog makes me more responsible to the nation.

I feel happy. Though i am not a soldier who can fight for the nation on borders, neither a politician to develop productive strategies for the country, but what i do have is a small number of skills and that i can surely devote it for for the country, as a Pakistani, for Pakistan.

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20 Responses to “Receiving the award…”

  1. From Awais Yaqub:

    Many congrats man, very well deserved.

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 9:59 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Awais: shukran shukran janab shukran :). Coming from you mean a lot to me :)

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 11:03 am #
  2. From Hira:

    Way to go Danial. You truly deserved it..however your whole life is ahead of you and I am sure you will do a lot more!

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 11:55 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Hira: SHUUUKria Hira. Way to go more :)

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 12:58 pm #
  3. From Abdullah Farooq:

    Congrats bro! you deserve..

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 12:03 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Abdullah: thanks bro.

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 12:58 pm #
  4. From Rehman Siddiq:

    Congrats. You truly deserved it.

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 2:10 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Rehman: Thank you Rehman :)

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 5:27 pm #
  5. From Mujtaba:

    Congrats Buddy….! love u

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 3:28 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Mujtaba: BUDDY. THANKS :)

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 5:27 pm #
  6. From Jiya:

    Mubarak ho! :)
    Soldier or not you are doing a great and important job as a Pakistani and for Pakistan :)

    Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 3:44 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Jiya: that was a good moral boostup

      Posted on 28. Dec, 2011 at 5:27 pm #
  7. From Faisal:

    Congrats bro, you deserved it.
    Keep it up and all the best for future.

    Posted on 29. Dec, 2011 at 2:56 am #
  8. From KNizam:

    congratulation! good resource blog for travelling in pakistan.

    Posted on 30. Dec, 2011 at 7:30 am #
  9. From Ussama Sajid:

    Mashallah… Jux keep the Spirit Alive… :D

    Posted on 02. Jan, 2012 at 6:27 pm #
  10. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Assalam Alaikum
    Congratz Sir g :)


    Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 at 4:15 am #
  11. From Meraj Khattak:

    Congratulation. I believe you deserve this award.

    Posted on 17. Jan, 2012 at 8:34 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Meraj: oh thank you brother :)

      Posted on 21. Jan, 2012 at 1:09 pm #
  12. From Marium:

    Though I am late, but CONGRATULATIONS Danial! :)
    You definitely deserve this award for your hard work

    Posted on 26. Jan, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Marium: Thanks Maryam. Yet there are more to come :-)

      Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

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