Crowds And Company

Seems so strange nowadays, isn’t it?

Keeping a safe distance while ensuring to follow every safety protocol, for the sake of not only our health, but also for everyone, known and unknown, around us.

No one ever imagined such a drastic global change within the first quarter of 2020!

But here we are, maintaining a safe distance from crowded areas and surrounding ourselves with a very limited company.

So, when I look at my snaps from the past, I wonder whether crowd and company would become norm again for us or not.


I took this snap back in March 2019 at a school in Karachi. Just like these folks, I had no idea back then that, exactly one year later, standing right next to each other will be the most oddest of all actions.


With limited set of companionship to enjoy during these days, it is good to make some new friends. Like these color pencils, who are bright and full of colors as they help us out in filling up pages with imagination during these times πŸ™‚


For Kate’s Friday Fun – Crowds and Debbie Symth’s One Word Sunday – Company






26 thoughts on “Crowds And Company

  1. Debbie Smyth May 23, 2020 / 6:11 PM

    Strange times for us all. At least it makes us appreciate the company we have – be it people, nature, books, or even the colourful crayons you have chosen.

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    • Hammad Rais May 24, 2020 / 8:04 AM

      Exactly right you are, Debbie. The more close we get to what we have right now, the more greatful we can be for what we have.


  2. michnavs May 19, 2020 / 11:24 AM

    I love how you reflected upon the situation Hamad. .back in my home country restricrions have been eased down and guess what people flooded in supermarkets and bus stations…

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    • Hammad Rais May 19, 2020 / 3:36 PM

      This is happening in my country too as restrictions were termed as illegal by the Supreme Court here!
      Staying safe is truly a heroic effort now.

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    • Hammad Rais May 19, 2020 / 11:58 PM

      Though after declaring the lockdown as something against public interest, the Supreme Court has also ordered the govt to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.
      Just another day in a third world country!

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  3. calmkate May 18, 2020 / 3:06 AM

    Nice reflections Hammad … yes difficult to imagine we will feel 100% comfortable standing in a crowd again! Good photos too πŸ™‚

    thanks for joining in the fun!

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    • Hammad Rais May 18, 2020 / 11:55 PM

      Today, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled out all restrictions on the closures of markets, shopping malls and stores illegal. Having this bad feeling that curve may burst up here in coming days, instead of flattening down, which is really freaking alarming.

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    • calmkate May 19, 2020 / 3:02 AM

      ouch, you just make sure that you and your family keep a safe social distance!
      And if you can’t don’t go to that market, stay safe!

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  4. sustainabilitea May 18, 2020 / 1:49 AM

    I think (hope) it will be some time before we see crowds like the one in your first shot, Hammad. But people seem to go a bit crazy when restrictions are eased/lifted. We’ll see how it all goes. You’re certainly right–who would have imagined?

    Be well, my friend.


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    • Hammad Rais May 19, 2020 / 12:06 AM

      You are exactly right, Janet. I’m already witnessing that level of craziness for more than a week now here in my town as restrictions are eased up. People are literally flocking the open markets here, without much consideration over safety protocols.
      Norms of the past will have to wait much much longer than we expect.
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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    • Andrew Blair May 22, 2020 / 7:57 PM

      I had a call from another Dr. Who arranged for me to have a Lung Function test, ok sort of,however there are too many stray Pancreatic markers in the rest of my body so there is a slim chance of Pancreatic cancer. And all for the sake of a covid19 test.
      In the waiting rooms 2 people only to a bench and no more than 12 on a bus, sitting on seats with spots on. Too many out and about for there to be room for Social Distancing. Morning from Australia.

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    • sustainabilitea May 22, 2020 / 11:43 PM

      In the US, too, the newly released people seem all to often to have thrown off precautions with the stay-at-home orders. Not a good idea. Praying that you’ll be fine!

      I got a giggle from your “another Dr. Who” which I’m sure was meant to be “another Dr. who”, but it made me think you had Dr. Who as your doctor, which might not be very helpful. πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais May 24, 2020 / 7:59 AM

      Today’s, Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid. Some countries have imposed strict lockdown for the whole day’s of festivities while in my country, Pakistan, the public is divided into two groups, after the lockdown was eased. Many are following the SOPs while majority are showing the high level of ignorance, which is certainly very alarming.


    • Andrew Blair May 25, 2020 / 12:25 PM

      Yes I know. There haven’t been any incidents here that I am aware of,on Fb there have been comments either way. Eid will be different,as was Easter. It is tantamount to manslaughter when people want to carry on as usual. Relaxed or not we are still limited to 10 inside for worship and I’m not sure what it is for outside. There is usually a huge outdoor celebration at Lidcombe which won’t be happening. It will need to be at home,2 visitors allowed per family.

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  5. Andrew Blair May 17, 2020 / 7:34 PM

    Last Friday was the day restrictions eased here in Sydney Australia. 10 people in each cafe,place of worship and small shop. With people waiting their turn to be counted.
    Social Distancing, still in place, of course though there are many grouping together. 28 new cases and at least 1 death over the weekend. I have developed the required symptoms and my Aged Care people want me tested. Fingers crossed. Love coloured pencils.

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    • Hammad Rais May 17, 2020 / 11:35 PM

      Restrictions are also lifted in my city but here most people are certainly not considering the social distancing protocols, though shopping malls and cafes are still closed. Count of infected cases will certainly raise up, which is definitely very alarming.
      Get yourself tested!
      It is the best for yourself and your loved ones. In my country, a large number of people are hiding up their symptoms and putting themselves in self-quarantine at their homes because most of the health care facilities are already handling patients beyond their capacity. Plus, being a citizen of a third world country, we are bound to face problems of epic proportions.
      Stay safe and get yourself tested, Andrew!


    • Andrew Blair May 18, 2020 / 6:40 PM

      Yes, I presented at the Testing station this morning and after the doctor took my details and examined me. She then called a taxi and sent me to the E.R. they did chest x-rays and an ecg. They took a lot of blood and then tested me for SARS and Covid19 and I am now in quarantine.

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    • Hammad Rais May 18, 2020 / 11:45 PM

      Oh my!
      Sending my prayers towards you. Stay strong and keep your spirits high. Get well soon!

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    • Andrew Blair May 19, 2020 / 3:22 AM

      Yes, I hope the results come in soon. Meanwhile the Drs. Have asked for all kinds of tests to be activated.
      Prayers are always welcome,thank you.

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    • Hammad Rais May 21, 2020 / 3:50 PM

      This is really some good news, Andrew. Feeling very much happy for you πŸ™‚


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