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A Pakistani family in Saidpur Village

aprile 25, 2014|Posted in: foto e descrizione - pictures and description, pictures and description

Saidpur Village is one of the most ancient villages in Pakistan with a more than 500-year-old history.

It is found at the feet of the Margalla hills. It is a popular tourist destination for many foreigners and Pakistanis alike.

The name of the village derives from Sultan Said Khan, son of the Sultan Sarang Khan during the reign of the Mughal Empire, Babur Sultan Sarang Khan, who was ruler of the Pothohar region.

Later the village was given to the daughter of the Sultan who married the Mughal emperor of Jahangir. In his biography, Tuzk-and-Jahangiri, mentions his stay at the village of Saidpur. During that time the village was used as a sort of  garden-resort.

Later still a Hindu commander, Hindu Raja Man Singh, converted Saidpur into a place of  Hindu worship, building small temples which are still preserved.

A restoration of the village  began in 2006 and works finished in 2008 thanks also to some technical assistance from the French government it had once again become a picturesque location. The restoration costs were almost 400 million Rupees.

Today the village is made up of a small photographic museum, a small temple and an attractive neighbourhood with various restaurants.

All of this is the façade.

Going beyond here down the narrow streets  you’ll find  the real village and the people who still inhabit it.
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Una famiglia Pakistana al Saidpur Village

Il Saidpur Village è uno dei più antichi villaggi del Pakistan con più di 500 anni di storia.  SI trova alle pendici delle colline di Margalla. E’ diventato un luogo turistico visitato da molti stranieri e Pakistani.

Il nome del villaggio deriva dal Sultano Said Khan, figlio del Sultano Sarang Khan durante il regno dell’Impero  di  Mughal,  Babur Sultan Sarang Khan, era il signore della regione di Pothohar.

In seguito il villaggio fu regalato alla figlia del Sultano sposata con Mughal imperatore di Jahangir. Nella sua biografia, Tuzk-e-Jahangiri, menziona il suo soggiorno al villaggio di Saidpur. In quel tempo il villaggio era utilizzato come resort-giardino

Successivamente un comandante, Hindu Raja Man Singh, convertì Saidpur in un luogo di culto Indu, costruendo piccoli templi che sono ancora conservati.

Il villaggio è stato  poi restaurato a partire dal 2006 e i lavori sono terminati nel 2008 quando è diventato un villaggio pittoresco anche attraverso l’assistenza tecnica  del governo francese. I lavori di restauro costarono circa 400 milioni di Rupie. (tratto da wikipedia)

Oggi del villaggio resta un museo fotografico, un piccolo tempio e un bello scorcio con diversi ristoranti.

Tutto questo all’ apparenza.

Proseguendo per  le stradine,  si trova  il vero villaggio e la gente che ancora lo abita.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Walking along the dusty streets and penetrating inside there is a real village that seems at first quite small and limited but  which in fact it extends up into the hills and is densely populated.

Camminando per le vie polverose e addentrandosi all’interno c’è la vera vita di un villaggio che sembra circoscritto ma che in realtà si estende  fin su per le colline ed è densamente popolato.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

At the beginning of the village there is a souvenir shop , or to be more precise a shop selling vases and various pieces in clay. The craftsman is proud to show off his distinctive clay structures, which have ancient origins and were produced by his father and his grandfather.

All’inizio troviamo   anche un negozio di souvenir, vasi per l’esattezza e varie manifatture in argilla. L’artigiano è orgoglioso di mostrarci delle particolari strutture realizzate in argilla, che in realtà sono antiche e sono state realizzate da suo padre e da suo nonno.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

 

Going beyond here the village extends out with houses built from stone and mud,  surround by a sort landfill.

Andando oltre si estende il villaggio con le sue case costruite  in pietra e fango, circondate da una sorta di discarica.

Saidpur Village

 

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Pray for leaving the Mosque: In the name of the Allah and blessing on Muhammed(PBUH): Oh Allah i ask you of your goodness.

Preghiera prima di uscire dalla Moschea: Nel nome di Dio e benedetto da Maometto (La Pace sia con Lui) : Oh Dio ti chiedo la tua benedizione.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

 

We go by a mosque in construction, meeting some women whom we greet. They respond graciously and we ask them if it would be possible to visit their house.

Superata una moschea in costruzione, incontriamo delle donne e le salutiamo. Ricambiano con affetto e chiediamo se è possibile visitare la loro casa.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

The whole family welcomes us, an elderly head of the family has them bring out a rope sofa especially. He wants his guests to be comfortable and so he has someone bring out an armchair too, probably the only one in the house for me to sit on. I gesture to him to sit in the chair he has had them bring for me but he refuses courteously saying that it is an honour to have us as guests and that a guest is sacred in Pakistan,  a blessing from God.

We chat with the our affable host (Who is eighty five years old), with his wife and three of his sons , all married with children.

The whole family lives in the one house, roughly twenty people. Another two sons work in naval transport and aren’t present. Those present are instead tailors and work in an a nice part of Islamabad.Their host was a craftsman as generations had been before him, but as most containers are now made with plastic, turning a profit from clay objects became impossible and many craftsmen had to change trades.

Ci accoglie l’intera famiglia e in primis l’anziano capofamiglia che fa portare appositamente un divano realizzato in corda. Vuole che i suoi ospiti stiano comodi e per questo fa portare anche una poltrona, probabilmente l’unica della casa, dove mi posso accomodare.

Gli faccio cenno di sedersi al posto mio ma lui rifiuta gentilmente dicendo che è un onore averci come ospiti e che l’ospite è sacro in Pakistan: è una benedizione di Dio.

Chiacchieriamo con il nostro affabile padrone di casa(che ha ottantacinque anni), con sua moglie e tre dei suoi figli, tutti sposati con prole. Tutta la famiglia vive nella casa, sono circa venti persone. Gli altri due figli lavorano nei trasporti navali e non sono presenti. I presenti, invece, sono sarti e lavorano in una bella zona ad Islamabad. Lui era un artigiano da diverse generazioni, ma da quando non è più possibile utilizzare l’argilla e i recipienti vengono realizzati in plastica, gli affari sono andati male e molti artigiani hanno dovuto cambiare mestiere.

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

While we are offered tea (chai with milk), I ask him what life is like in the village. He says that it is peaceful, life is beautiful with his family and the children all go to school. No of them complain even if they don’t have electricity and the dishes are washed with ash as our own people did in ancient times.

I feel that they really are happy to have us there, almost as if we have always know each other. We chat for an hour or so. The women are a little stand-offish and aren’t very enthusiastic about being photographed even if encouraged by their husbands.

After some time the man gets up, salutes us and tells us that it’s time to pray.

Other guests arrive, we gather ourselves up to leave and then they ask us if we want to stay for the lunch.We bid them fair well almost overcome with emotion and we thank them for their warmth, for the wonderful welcome and the excellent tea, which is as it is in many places outside the city , genuine and authentic like the taste of Pakistani hospitality.

Mentre ci viene offerto un tè (chai il tè con il latte), chiedo come è la vita nel villaggio.
Lui risponde sereno: la vita è bella con la sua famiglia e i bambini vanno tutti a scuola. Nessuno di loro si lamenta anche se non hanno la corrente elettrica e le stoviglie vengono lavate con la cenere come si faceva da noi anticamente.

Percepisco che sono realmente tutti felici di averci li, come se ci conoscessimo da sempre. Chiacchieriamo per un’oretta. Le donne si tengono un po’ in disparte e non sono molto entusiaste di essere fotografate anche se incoraggiate dai mariti.

Dopo abbastanza tempo, l’uomo si alza, ci saluta e ci dice che è ora di pregare. Arrivano degli altri ospiti, facciamo cenno di andare e loro ci chiedono se vogliamo restare per il pranzo.

Li salutiamo quasi emozionati e li ringraziamo del calore, della meravigliosa accoglienza e dell’ottimo tè, che come accade spesso in molti luoghi fuori città, ha un sapore genuino e autentico come l’ospitalità pakistana.

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vessels seller / venditore di vasi

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

Saidpur Village

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