Pictures of the Day: The 100th Post

Posted on July 16, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, About ATP, Music, People, Photo of the Day
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Adil Najam

This is the 100th post on ATP. I thought it was worthy of some celebration.

Nothing could better capture the whirlwind ride it has been than this photograph of the feverish dance (a weekly, Thursday evening ritual) at the famed Pappu Sain plays the dhol at the Baba Shah Jamal shrine in Lahore.

The very first post on ATP was on June 11, 2006 (1.18p): my video tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Pakistan, but the blog really ‘went public’ the next day on June 12. In the 35 days since then, we now have our hundredth post (including 12 ‘Guest Posts’), under 34 categories, and (till now) nearly 600 comments (the map below is a few days old, and will be replacced when new one is available).

ATP has now been in the top 100 sites amongst the over-200,000 listed on since it first got their on June 28, and a number of ATP posts have regularly made the top 100 posts on Most recently, these include Shirazi‘s ‘Guest Post’ on Kelash Culture, Picture of the Day on Mangoes and Pricess Di (although, I think that was for the wrong reasons), our report on what Imran Khan said recently in Chicago, and the original ATP Poll (on women’s rights and Pakistan’s image) and the Results of the ATP Poll. Posts that have had the most steady and regular visitation include my music video on Faiz and Pakistan, the old PIA ad under Imagining Pakistan, another picture post on The Other Side of Mr. Jinnah, the post on Bulleh Shah, and the post seeking nominations for the Best Pakistani Food Outside of Pakistan.

I love statistics (started my journalistic career as a cricket statistician way back), but I am not sure any of the above means much. The vital statistic for me are the 600 or so comments that have been left. What is most important is my continuing amazement and gratitude at the loyal and engaged readership that ATP has developed. My gut instinct is that this core group is not very large in size, but it is wonderful in quality and it is the comments and engagement from them that keeps ATP going.

Speaking of which, I am still not sure how it will keep going since I will clearly not be able to maintain the time I have been giving it. We do now have a string of regular ‘Guest Posters’ and I am trying to find a way that it can become a self-operating team-blog. All ideas are very welcome.

Anyhow, the purpose of this is just to thank all of you for all your support. It has meant a lot to me and has kept me going. Thank you!

P.S. [The picture this paragraph refers to has been replaced by a different one; the story in the paragraph, however, is still relevant]. By the way, the main photograph at the top was uploaded by yasirhussain on, but it was originally taken by AP photographer B.K. Bangash. That, itself, brings back memories. I remember Bangash from back in the 1980s when he was the head photographer at The Muslim (Islamabad), and I would occasionally write ‘City Diaries’ on his photographs. The daily ‘City Diary’ was the brainchild and ‘baby’ of the city editor, Ahmed Hasan saab, and it was really very much like writing this blog. I can honestly say that the way this blog looks and reads today is more a reflection of Ahmed Hasan’s training while writing ‘City Diaries’ at The Muslim. If Anwar Iqbal, now Dawn’s US correspondent and then a senior colleague and mentor, is reading; he would know what I am talking about. I should also thank (or, maybe, blame) iFaqeer, for getting me on this road to blogging. I just want to get that personal reminiscence and acknowledgement out.

22 Comments on “Pictures of the Day: The 100th Post”

  1. Asma says:
    July 16th, 2006 3:34 pm

    Great … and congrats !!!

    you’ve certainly come up well and going great … Every day you have some great things to share … would love to see ya going on and on like this for years to come!!!


  2. Roshan Malik says:
    July 16th, 2006 4:36 pm

    Thats wonderful !!!
    The selection of pictures and issues was wonderful which gave distiction to ATP in . Though yesterday was tough but you handled it with patience and tolerence. Once again Congratulations Adil and ATP team !!!!!!

    I saw Papu Saeen in “Aik Din Geo Kay Saath” and he is so sweet and down to earth person. He has great love and respect for Shah Jamal. He is simply an unbeatable when it comes to DHOL.

  3. Owais Mughal says:
    July 16th, 2006 5:38 pm

    Congratulations on 100th post and ATP is indeed one of the best Pakistani blog

  4. July 16th, 2006 6:20 pm

    Congratz !!!!!!!!! Its refreshing to check out your blog every day, even though I’m not much of a blogger….keep it up..we need ya

  5. July 16th, 2006 6:57 pm

    Congratulations ! Your blog stands out in the crowd, and I can only say that may you have continued success. It is delightful to read the posts, and as your acknowledgements make it evident, they reflects the distilled wisdom of many minds.

  6. July 16th, 2006 7:16 pm

    Well done – You guys have sure been racking up some good quality blogging – Bravo

  7. Arun says:
    July 16th, 2006 7:42 pm

    Thanx for a wonderful blog. It is on my daily ‘must read’ list.

  8. Saima says:
    July 16th, 2006 9:00 pm


  9. Rabia Bashir says:
    July 16th, 2006 10:32 pm

    It’s really refreshing to see an infromative blog with amazing postings and interesting comments. Most importantly, it is serving as a bridge and helping people connect in a very positive way. Keep it up and best of luck with ATP’s future endeavors.

  10. Shirazi says:
    July 16th, 2006 11:16 pm

    Being in wordpress topblogs list at 100, where will you be at say 200. . . is anybody’s guess. I can see that. Congratulation that you are being heard in this din. Keep it up.

  11. MSK says:
    July 16th, 2006 11:19 pm

    Congrats…. well done.

    Dunno about others, but for me my favorite post was the one on Mr. Jinnah … his other side (although the ATP Poll was the one that made me think the hardest)….

  12. Khalid_s says:
    July 16th, 2006 11:48 pm

    I will also echo the above.
    For me this has been a great intro to the world of bloggers. I had never been to a blog before this and your posts introduced me to all these great Pakistani blogs. Now my problem is keeping up with them.
    By favorite discussion was on the posts about Imran Khan.

  13. Tahir says:
    July 17th, 2006 12:33 am

    Your blog is easily the best Pakistan blog out there, and it’s a pleasure to read it every day.

  14. Mohib says:
    July 17th, 2006 12:25 pm

    bahut mubaarak ho !

    Way to go….

  15. Sharmeen says:
    July 17th, 2006 4:37 pm

    Adil your doing a tremendous job!

  16. fizza says:
    July 18th, 2006 3:11 am

    I really thought Pappu was caught in the murder of the N.C.A professor and renowned artist Zahoor ul Akhlaq and his daughter who was in classical dance. I was in Lahore at that time and he had murdered and run away and it was January 1999.

  17. July 18th, 2006 7:47 pm

    Fizza, I was not aware of that at all. I did some quick search and although it did not come up with much teh Dawn report (below) suggests that the murderer was someone called Shahbaz, who had been introduced to Zahoor by Pappu and that was the connection. Was there more?

  18. fizza says:
    July 19th, 2006 3:36 pm

    Then it must be Shahbaz, at that time he was famous for the dhol in ShahJamal. Should take my words back.

  19. iFaqeer says:
    July 20th, 2006 11:42 pm

    Thank you for the kind words, Adil Saahab. I only gave you a dump on what I knew. And I am by no means the hardest core of bloggers. It is your sensibility as a creature of Information (that’s the only way I know to describe it), and your experiences and training in the old school of journalism that makes ATP what is. [And says volumes about the calibre of Pakistan's "lettered community", which we ignore so, nowadays.]

    Everybody else, Adil’s been going on and on about everybody and everything else. I’d like to make a humble submission in the category of something about our self-effacing host:

  20. shahbaz says:
    July 31st, 2006 3:41 am

    ya its a very good site and inclusion of pictures make it awesome!!

  21. November 6th, 2009 10:22 pm

    A wonderful article…. In my life, I have never seen a man be so selfless in helping others around him to get along and get working. I feel good that there are people like you too. Thanks for this great weblog of yours. Its surely going to get me to go to higher places!

  22. November 9th, 2009 3:53 am

    Good post,This was exactly what I needed to read today! I am sure this has relevance to many of us out there.

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