Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Unknown Bi

Here is another photograph of an ancestral tombstone, of who, I don't know, which was taken in October 2010.

It was taken in our private family graveyard in Punjab. Again, the writing on the stone isn't clearly visible but I can make out the Urdu script to read her surname. I say 'her' because the surname is 'Bi' which was (is?) a common female surname for Pakistani women. Other information on the tombstone seems to have faded away.

I'd like to find out whose grave this is and how they were related to me.

Any help on deciphering the writing on the tombstone would be appreciated, you can contact me on pakistani_g[at]hotmail.co.uk

Friday, February 18, 2011

Remembering our shaheed .. 16

I'm posting more announcements of our shaheed (martyred) who are fighting for our country, our people and our freedom.

Sunday Feb 6th 2011

'A Frontier Corps man was killed when a landmine exploded in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district on Sunday.

Levies Force sources said the landmine planted by unidentified assailants went off when the FC man, identified as Sabtain, stepped on it. He died on the spot.' (Dawn)

Thursday Feb 10th 2011

'At least 28 army personnel were killed and 40 others injured when a teenage boy blew himself up at the Punjab Regiment Centre in Mardan on Thursday.' (Dawn)

Thursday Feb 17th 2011

'Ten militants and one soldier were killed during clashes in different parts of Orakzai tribal region on Thursday, sources said.' (Dawn)

Note: I can only provide you with names if I find them in the news articles I browse. If you think something needs correcting, please do leave me a message. I try my best.

We should all pray for these men and their families and recognise their courage and sacrifice for their country.

Are you related to a soldier? Do you have memories of a loved one dying in a war? Do you have a message for the soldiers fighting? Leave me a comment.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Eid Milad-un-Nabi: 12th Rabi ul Awwal

I'd like to wish everyone a happy Eid Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mirza Ghalib's Death Anniversary

Mirza Ghalib was a classical Urdu and Persian poet from the Indian subcontinent during British colonial rule. Today marks his 142nd death anniversary.

Here, I have assembled some genealogical information about him:

4 Mirza Qoqan Baig Khan (Mirza Ghalib's paternal grandfather)

2 Mirza Abdullah Baig Khan (father) m. 3 Izzat-ut-Nisa Begum. He d. 1803 in Alwar and he is buried at Rajgarh (Alwar, Rajasthan)

1 Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan (aka Mirza Ghalib) b. 27 December 1797 m. Umarao Begum (d/o Nawab Ilahi Bakhsh). He had 7 children, none of whom survived beyond infancy. He died in Delhi on February 15, 1869

Additional details:
  • Mirza Qoqan Baig Khan had 4 sons and 3 daughters. One of them was called Mirza Nasrullah Baig Khan (uncle) d. 1806
  • Mirza Ghalib had a brother called Mirza Yousuf Khan d. 1857
Read more about Mirza Ghalib, here.

Tomb of Mirza Ghalib, Delhi
'The prison of life and the bondage of grief are one and the same
Before the onset of death, how can man expect to be free of grief?'

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One year on .. (8)

Twelve unnamed soldiers
embraced martydom during the ongoing operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency (SWA)
on 8th February 2010

Burial: Unknown

An unnamed soldier
was killed in Tirah valley
on 10th February 2010

Burial: Unknown

Thursday, February 3, 2011

SNGF - The Date You Were Born

Although this was meant to have been posted on Saturday, I didn't get round to it so it's a tad late (yes, I know it's nearly Saturday again). So here's my contribution to this week's Randy Seaver SNGF:

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

I was born on a Saturday. June 1st.

I found this out via the link provided by Randy: ProGenealogist Tool

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

On the day I was born..

2010 The transcript of the flight data recorders from the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash that killed 96 Polish officials and intellectuals is published
2001 The heir to the Nepalese throne killed his parents and eight other family members before shooting himself, after an argument over his choice of a bride
1980 1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network
1978 Cricket Test debut of David Gower, vs. Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
1941 British troops occupy Bagdad Iraq

3) What famous people have been born on your birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

These lucky people share the same birthday as me..

1978 Karen Kwan, Torrance California, figure skater, 1995 Pac Coast Sr champ
1970 Joshua Compston, born in the United Kingdom, art impressario, gallerist, Factual Nonsense art gallery, associated with the emergence of the Young British Artists, YBAs
1968 Jason Donovan, rocker/actor, Neighbors
1964 Rashid Patel, cricketer, Indian pace bowler, Lamba incident
1503 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German Lieutenant Colonel

I found out all this from Brainyhistory