Pictorial: Canal Jumping in Pakistan

Posted on June 25, 2009
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In hot Pakistani summers, some of our readers must have experienced swimming and jumping in a canal in Pakistan. Following photo is from Larkana, Pakistan. On May 07, 2009 these youngsters are seen enjoying the canal waters. Photographer is Nadeem Akhtar.

It is indeed wonderful. From my own memory, I remember bathing in the cool waters of an electric tube-well at Pabbi (just outside Peshawar) in the month of June. At another time I remember going for a picnic outside Faisalabad (Gatwala) to a canal and bringing mangoes with us. Thus when I saw following photos in the news media, I can tell how much fun these guys must be having. Water in some of these canals, however, does not look very clean.

Following photo is of the famous canal that runs through Lahore and from the heads visible in the photo one can gurss how popular is this activity in Pakistan. The photo is from May 04, 2009 and is courtesy of Chaudhry Ansar.

Photo to the right is from Multan and shows 4 youngsters jumping into a canal in the city. The photo is from June 16, 2009 and courtesy of Hassan Mahmood. One can imagine how hot Multan can become during the month of June. Note the pure joy expressions on the right-most jumping boy. The water appears pretty turbid but that doesn not seem to bothers these guys from jumping in.

The following photo is from Larkana again. On May 8, 2009 this youngster is seen jumping in Dadu Canal and the expressions of joy need no further explanation. Photo courtesy is Nadeem Akhter.

The photo to the left is from Hyderabad. On April 11, 2009 these guys were seen enjoying the water of Channel Mori Canal in Hyderabad. The Photo is courtesy of Akram Ali. The water here seems a bit cleaner. Atleast one can see bluish shade in the water. The upside down diving guy in the photo seems to have jumped from a bridge.

The photo to the right is also from Channel Mori Canal, Hyderabad. The photo was taken on April 14, 2009 and is courtesy of Farhan Khan. I am amazed to see the angle at which this boy seems to be jumping in the canal. Almost seems like a choreographed or practised jump.

The following photo shows children jumping in Rakh Branch CanalFaisalabad. A tree trunk has got broken and alongwith branches, the tree seems to be hovering over the canal. This has become the launching pad (diving board) for these boys who are jumping in the canal enmasse. The photo is from June 19, 2009 and the photographer is Tasawar Abbas.

The photo to the left is from Larkana. It was taken on May 07, 2009 by Nadeem Akhtar. The boys seem to be enjoying themselves in Dadu canal. The water doesn’t seem to be very deep here. One can tell this by looking at the boy who is seen standing on the side of the boat and trying to get in.

While I was searching for canal jumping photos, I came across the following one from Dadu Canal, Larkana. Shown here is our ‘ghareloo’ buffalo enjoying the bath. Also note a small turtle on the back on one buffalo. The Photo was taken on June 13, 2009 and is courtesy of Nadeem Akhter.

The photo to the right is from Lahore. It shows youths enjoying a hot day swimming in the famous BRB extension canal. This photo is courtesy of Muhammad Ramzan and was taken on May 15, 2009.

Photo to the left is also from Lahore. Shows a youngster diving into BRB extension canal. One thing to note in this photo is that the boy is wearing his slippers as he dives into water. This photo was taken on May 4, 2009 and is courtesy of Muhammad Ramzan. From my own experience I can tell it will be difficult for this guy to keep his slippers in his feet once he goes into water. Also note a sort of pipeline crossing the lake in the back ground which is being used as a diving board or a place for crowd to stand and see the diving spectacle.
The photo to the right is courtesy of Muhammad Ramzan too. On May 4, 2009 it shows guys having fun at BRB Extension Canal, Lahore. The pipeline being used by the crowd to view the diving show in the background is much more visible in this photo.

The photo to the left is from Hyderabad. On May 29, 2009 this youngster is seen jumping in Phuleli Canal, Hyderabad. This photo is courtesy of Akram Ali. I like this photo because it seems like the guy is free floating in the air. Again note that the boy is wearing his slippers as he dives into water. Phuleli Canal is one of the major canals taken out of Kotri Barrage. At places it is more than 10 feet deep.

The photo to the left was taken on March 14, 2009. It was taken by Farhan Khan. This photo shows a youngster jumping into Mori Canal, Hyderabad. Mori canal is also taken out of Indus at Kotri Barrage. The photo also gives some indication of depth. The bridge from which this youngster is jumping seems to be more than 20 feet high.

The photo to the right shows a youngster jumping into Phuleli Canal, Hyderabad. The photo was taken on June 15, 2009. It is courtesy of Akram Ali. The thing I like about this photo is photographer’s timing. Note this boy’s hair standing up as he dives upside down into water. Also note one boy already swimming in the canal water (towards top left of the photo). The swimming boy seems pretty small giving us the aspect of depth in this photo.

The photo to the left shows a youngster jumping into Channel Mori Canal, Hyderabad. Photographer is Farhan Khan. This photo was taken on March 17, 2009. The expressions on boy’s face as priceless and that is what got me to choose this photo for our canal jumping collection here.

The following photo is also of youngsters jumping into Channel Mori Canal, Hyderabad on June 1, 2009. Photo is courtesy of Akram Ali.

16 Comments on “Pictorial: Canal Jumping in Pakistan”

  1. moeed says:
    June 25th, 2009 2:17 am

    gud :)

  2. Qaiser Yaqub says:
    June 25th, 2009 2:22 am

    Beautiful the simplest pleasures can be the most memorable. Excellent pictorial.

  3. Sehrish says:
    June 25th, 2009 3:17 am

    Real swimmers & divers of Pakistan. this showws the bravery & talent

  4. Shah Zeb says:
    June 25th, 2009 4:35 am

    Provided the opportunity they can be the Pakistan’s top swimmer.

  5. Farrukh says:
    June 25th, 2009 7:18 am

    Awesome yar… That’s fantastic.

    I also wish to enjoy such moments…

  6. SunnyBaba says:
    June 25th, 2009 10:02 am

    Thori Nami ho tu yeh Mitti Bari Zarkheez hai Saqi :)

  7. June 25th, 2009 10:55 am

    Very nice post, depicting the real of us in summers.

  8. Rehan says:
    June 25th, 2009 11:23 am

    Great collection. Amazing work by all the photographers.

  9. June 25th, 2009 11:46 am

    i commute along the Lahore Canal daily.
    we still are a free country…………the resilience of pakistanis has not been challenged yet.
    Long Live Pakistan.

  10. June 25th, 2009 12:38 pm

    I would like to share some images that i took of kids playing in the canal as well…


    let me know your thoughts

  11. adeel says:
    June 25th, 2009 3:40 pm

    these are priceless!

    I couldn’t help but notice that some of the kids have their slippers on. I wonder if they don’t get washed off their feet while they’re swimming.

    PS. I can’t swim and have not really been in a water body greater than a half filled bathtub… so I’m not sure what sort of forces the canal water exerts of the footwear.

  12. Tina says:
    June 25th, 2009 4:18 pm

    Whatever the water quality, these are just wonderful pictures. Bravo to the photgraphers. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    June 25th, 2009 5:53 pm

    Description and photo credits now added to all photos in this collection.

  14. Mohsin Irshad says:
    June 27th, 2009 8:58 pm

    We might not have swimming pools in our country ….but we do have swimmers :)

  15. mona says:
    July 4th, 2009 8:57 am

    The photos are superb as they have captured those fleeting moments of happiness and sheer joy which we ordinarily miss.

  16. tahirsnart says:
    June 21st, 2010 3:37 am

    what a pakistan, azadi, khulay khao te nangay nao

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