A German photographer and his moments with Pakistani Chai

We read every day in the international news that Pakistan is mentioned as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. We usually hear the negative headlines about Pakistan. From terror and Taliban, from bombs, from the land of extremes and the eternal partial warning of the Foreign Office, these statements and speeches are everywhere. But a German photographer Manolo Ty has authenticated with his visit that Pakistan is also the country of great hospitality, cordiality and generosity. His photographs inspire even the Pakistanis.

He says: “It is not just the nation of terrorism that so many people imagine. Instead, I also see a hospitable nation full of passions and cultural diversity.”

His great book “Pakistan Now” presents more than 270 photographs that show how surprisingly normal Pakistanis live.

Yaar asi kehnde aan jine Lahore nahi wekhya o jamya nahi. For six weeks, he crossed the country, from Karachi to Peshawar, visited Thatta, Sukkur, Larkana, Bahawalpur, Lahore, and Islamabad. He meets people whom he had met via some platforms, which in turn relay him to friends, relatives and confidants.

He has tasted various sports, looked at the sport of Kabaddi. He visited markets and mosques, cotton mills and one of the largest ship breaking yards in the world in Gadani: He spoke with watchmakers and pigeon breeders and guards.

He tried Chapali kebabs, minced meat patties with tomatoes and onions, and Paan. Haha. And one of the funniest things is that the moment we see a gora, we offer him tea. So it happened. Again and again he was invited to the Chai, to tea.

Now I personally have to admit that “Chai establishes a strong connection between two hearts.”

And as our elders say: The first time you drink tea together, you’re a stranger. The second time an honourable guest, the third time you belong to the family.

His most memorable time was when he photographed a flat panel display of the airplane; he was surrounded by six security guards. They carry machine guns. He was afraid, but when he was discharged, what happened?

Their boss with sunglasses and mustache invited him to tea and biscuits :).

Thank you Manolo for showing the world our hospitality.

Manolo Ty is a German artist who has traveled to 97 countries and his work has been shown in more than 60 exhibitions around the world.

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