The TikTok Algorithm, the ban and how marketers think.

Let’s learn #TikTok algorithm and how marketers think.

The “algorithm” here means what type of videos TIKTOK automatically prioritizes to show you (Tiktok Algorithm)

When you install Tiktok, you mostly get content consumed and liked by the people in that region.
So the dance moves you see are enjoyed by the society you live in. Want a break? Leave that region. But I’m not sure if there is a land where only wise people live. Being “wise” is more important than being “educated.”

But the algorithm doesn’t stop there; it then starts learning your behavior of watching and scrolling videos. If you keep watching those dance moves (that you so hate but still watch), the Tiktok algorithm will keep showing you more of it. BUT – if you don’t care and scroll the video up, the Tiktok algorithm will throw different types of videos to see what kind of content you enjoy. You can also report Tiktok that you don’t want to see any specific type of video, but where’s the fun, eh?

So if I enjoy and consume posts related to “PUBG” game plays on Tiktok, most of the content I’d see would be gameplays of other PUBG players. But the moment I stop and watch a dance move, the algorithm will pick that up and start showing me a mix of those.

People who keep telling they haven’t learned anything from Tiktok might not have explored the platform or followed influential people there. You can search content through hashtags such as #socialmediatips, #startupadvice, etc. Information given within 1 min is crisp and to the point. The more you go through those, Tiktok will start showing you good quality content. I know tons of people doing great work on Tiktok, but that’s for you to discover (when the ban is over).

One more thing, no one can claim they fully understand the algorithm of any social media platform but can experiment and learn. For example, do posts having images work better than plain text to increase FB reach, or does a shorter text work better than longer text, etc.

Another question that people love asking is “quality” of content on TikTok when compared with other social platforms, Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram etc.?

They are the same! When Snapchat started getting popular, people said it’s used for all the wrong reasons (I don’t want to go into details here), but people started using it for all the right reasons too. Ban Snapchat? Most of Snapchat users moved to Instagram as Facebook introduced stories there, but you get my point. Do you not see “disturbing images for kids” when you hit the “search” icon on Instagram? There is no social media platform where you’d be free from disturbing content because, in the end, it’s the people who generate content on all platforms!

Want to change that, educate the younger generation, and find means to make them “wise”!

Many wannabe influencers who couldn’t catch up with Tiktok influencer fame or got viral still hate the platform for their egoistic reasons. Either they couldn’t be consistent on Tiktok or experimented enough, giving up saying, “only if we were girls or danced we could be viral on Tiktok” To them, I see, keep working hard.

There is one rule for marketers: go where the audience is and bombard that platform with your smarter ad strategies! And when the boom of that platform is over, jump to a newer one!

Real marketers don’t fall in love with any platform.
They have no love or hate relationship with any of the social platforms. They learn, experiment, and help people during their journey.

Some people made money by selling their products to millennials through TINDER and scraping that data.
(But I know you all aren’t ready for this story yet, never mind)

You can disagree with my opinion. I’ll still love you as we all can see things differently, and that’s what I love the most!

For Govt: The ban is not the solution.
For Tiktok: People aren’t smart enough to filter content they don’t like yet consume. The moderation level should be enhanced or automated.

I hope both parties sit and resolve this issue, so Facebook still has a competitor in the social media space. Competition is excellent as it gives a chance to innovate. In the past, whenever a new platform came in, Facebook either bought it or nearly killed it.

I hope we set ourselves as examples for our younger generation to follow and get inspired!

Founder Puzzles Book – Review

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Had “Founder Puzzles” been launched 10 years back, a lot of my poor black hair would have been saved from turning silver because of the 3 unsuccessful startups.

I still remember the day I met Jawwad Ahmed Farid as my mentor at The Nest IO! A huge shout out to Jehan Ara, for introducing us to such great mentors. 


From left to right; Jawwad Ahmed Farid, Sameer Ahmed Khan, and Jehan Ara.

Jawwad Farid had a profound effect on me because of his time punctuality and weekly doses of reality checks. My co-founders, Shakir Ghani, and Zohaib Ahmed Shakir were always impressed with Jawwad Farid and how he roasted me most of the time to be better. 

It was a fun, challenging, and hard learning experience. 

I’ve learned a lot from Jawaad Farid, from perfecting the art of pitching to customer satisfaction, it’s been a great journey so far.

If I were to write my past experience with Jawwad Farid and lessons I have learned directly from him, it’d take me multiple blogs to write. However, a few of the lessons that are worth mentioning are;

I remember how when we had morning classes he would be punctual to close the doors at exactly 9 am or give little punishments (like pushups, doing planks, and whatnot) to make his students honor punctuality.

I can not thank him enough for the countless mentoring sessions at “The Nest IO” and at his place, where he would give us time slots for the meeting. 

He introduced me to new people and a special mention of Charles Ill, who was introduced to me by Jawwad Farid at 021Disrupt Dinner, where he asked me to join Charles and try having crabs with him, and this introduction eventually led us to score an investment in 2019! 

He made this equation true for us: Success = Work + Luck

When he used Social Champ finally, he wrote me an apology letter, telling me how he couldn’t use it early with his busy schedule, but now that he had used it, he sees how awesome the app was and why Guy Kawasaki was such a fan. It was a huge honor for me! He didn’t only tell me that he loved it, but he also tagged Jehan Ara and suggested to her that I conduct sessions for the startups and help them with their social media! To quote him here;

“I signed on to hootsuite 3 years ago and absolutely hated it. Social champ is just such a phenomenal piece of work that it deserves more recognition and more exposure. 

I now understand why Guy Kawasaki is so crazy about it. 

Thank you for building this, sharing this and letting us have access to it.“ – Jawwad Farid

He was even kind enough to give us a proper review!

When it comes to pitching, I remember how in Taiwan, when we had a competition, he asked me to join him in a Limo on our way from the airport to the hotel, along with the founders of a couple more startups. And once the journey began, he asked me to pitch to the people in the car about “Social Champ”. I was gobsmacked and told him that I had no slides, he still encouraged me to start as we all were mentored to learn the flow without the pitch deck. And as I started, going through the slides in my head, he kept perfecting me and made my pitch more personalized and empathic then it already was!

Founder Puzzles Book Cover

For Social Champ, being featured for the first time in the book of one of my mentors as a use case in Chapter 7 is an honor and a privilege that I can’t thank him enough for!

I myself have learned a lot from this book, I can’t write all but knowing the importance of “Sunk Costs”, “Marginal Cost”, “Fixed Cost”, etc. 

The book is full of powerful golden nuggets to learn from.

Founders Puzzles is a process to take your dream from the ideation phase to a billion-dollar company. I hope you go beyond that too. The book clearly asks founders and startups to answer the very tough questions before starting their startup or writing their first line of code, for example: Why do they exist? What’s their DNA? 

When I started reading it out, all I could think about was how easy, crisp, and relatable the writing was. It was as if Jawwad Ahmed Farid was talking to me directly, telling me the story of my journey in the world of startups in his words.

As I started going in deep, I understood how the problems I thought were complex and looked messy and thought no one else ever had, were faced by everyone when they started out fresh and were faced in the ecosystem.

Our current economic environment is beneficial for innovative startups, but there’s no accord about the best strategies these companies should use to find and maintain growth. 

As Jawwad Farid says, “If the value is in building intuition and in being wrong, what should you focus on?

Being wrong.

The more wrong you are, the more wrong you have been, the more wrong models you have under your belt, the more valuable you are as a data scientist, as a modeler, as an ML and AI specialist. Because you understand what breaks the model and you can account for it.” 

Some business owners and entrepreneurs randomly try out different solutions to see what will work, producing as many failures as successes. 

The strategies and procedures discussed in the book aren’t created randomly, of course — they’re the outcome of case studies of startups who have been trying, again and again, practicing multiple ideas over and over with various new options introduced to them. 

Founder Puzzles approach encourages companies that are both more capital efficient and that support human creativity more effectively. As he says;

“If you have high fixed costs and high marginal costs, your business is inherently broken and is likely to run into trouble in the next downturn.” – Jawwad Farid, Founder Puzzles

Motivated by lessons from financing, it relies on “validated learning,” active personal experimentation, and several counter-intuitive practices that reduce product development cycles, measure actual growth without resorting to vanity metrics to learn what consumers actually want. The book comes with Google worksheet templates so that startups can keep evolving their KPI sheets.  

So, my suggestion to everyone starting fresh, rather than repeating mistakes that most founders make, why not read Founder Puzzles that offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – to test their vision continuously and adapt and adjust before it’s too late. 

Mr. Farid provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever. The book offers a systematic way for startup founders to get the information they need to make swift decisions and unpuzzle the problems that they face in today’s changing and challenging world. 

True Champions behind Team Pakistan at APICTA 2016!

APICTA 2016 polished my pitching skills and boosted my art of storytelling. It made me realize there is more to be done. Being ‘comfortable’ for any ‘startup’ is devastating, I never was, but it firmed my belief more.

I participated in a category called, “Tools & Applications” but the teams from Hong Kong rocked that category. They truly deserved the win with their idea related to Augmented Reality. A Social Media Tool needs to be way more than it is now to compete with a tool related to Augmented Reality.

When my expectations crashed as the winners from Hong Kong were announced, my immediate thoughts were that I’ll never participate again, but it was a moment when I paused, it was a moment when I reflected back, it was when I felt that there is more to do, much beyond than the technology of Augmented or Virtual Reality itself. The process and learning I went through to win, the friends I made in Taiwan, is far more important than winning itself. I’ll do more and move forward with the amazing support of my family and friends!

The love and support, the training’s, the mentoring – everything I experienced is far more greater than anyone can ever expect from a competition. Thank you Jehan Ara for making it happen and enabling startups to compete at such a level. The way you listen to us, fight for us and help us in making a change is beyond one can ever imagine. It takes more than a lifetime to help so many selflessly.

My slide deck kept changing every single day, the story, the start, the end, the pictures, the content – everything. There were times when I thought it was too much for me as the script in my head kept mixing and overlapping. But in the end, I came to know my product more than I ever knew it before. Thank you Jawwad Farid for this gift. Thank you for training us aggressively, for reviewing the story deck, for being so apt in responding to my emails, for helping me in graphs, for training me at The Nest IO, in your office, home and even in your car! This is the way he worked with not only me, but many startups that participated in APICTA 2016! The way he conducted the 30-day experiment on Social Champ boosted my confidence more. Thank you!

The reason I could focus on my pitching was because Rumaisa handled everything related to our travelling, visa, ticket and hotel. Her constant reminders of upcoming events, schedules, made me relax and focus on my pitch. Her constant design suggestions made me significantly improve the dark black and white presentation design I previously had. I’m so glad that she was always there for every startup, advising, suggesting and forcing us to make things right in her own way.

Pakistan broke all its previous records in APICTA 2016 by winning 3 Golds, and 6 Silvers! The details of winning teams and judging criteria can be read here.  It couldn’t have been possible without the support from PASHA and THE NEST IO, the team and the mentors that started training us 3 weeks before APICTA 2016.

Thank you Jehan Ara, Jawwad Farid, Rumaisa Mughal, The NEST IO and PASHA for a memorable and productive trip to Taiwan. I owe the experience and learning I received, to the next upcoming startups. My pitch deck is ready and final, it will stay that way for many months to come, with ofcourse some minor data changes as Social Champ continues to grow!

Thank you!


OuzelSystems Nested!

It’s been a year at OuzelSystems, and now is the right time to experiment something different. There is much to happen and you can contribute too. Soon we will be selecting a pool of beta testers, giving early access to our app, providing extra perks in app for the feedback they provide and connect individually with them to know their expectations. So watch out for that announcement soon.

In our backyard, we’ll make sure not to just train good developers, but good humans. Over the past few years, thanks to all the trainings and mentoring we have been involved into, we find it an obligation to pass it unto others. Our achievement is not the number of projects we deliver, but the number of customers & clients turning into friends in the long run.

A year passed out in a flash. It had been a great learning experience for us a team, learning through the experiences and evolution of another US based Startup. What we learned, is beyond explanation. From daily meetings, poker games & estimation; to conversations between a CEO and CTO, their jokes, their reflexes during tense situations, every chapter had a lesson for us. It taught us how to communicate professionally yet differently from that of a corporate culture. And we’ll try our best to transfer this knowledge to our juniors, interns and students and we, ourselves make practical use of it.

Thank you Abrar, for being so committed, daring and for always being there. Zohaib, I thank you for your exceptional skills that sets you one of our magician. Shakir, without your dedication, support, advises and patience, this journey would have been tough. And thank you Faizan and Alveena for bearing with us in our first crucial year. I hope you can learn more, excel and prosper into something the nation would be proud of. Oh, welcome to the fabulous team Adeel. You’ll love working with us!

I shouldn’t forget our Advisory Board Members; Sir Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui & Sir Muhammad Saeed for always being their in our board meetings, resolving conflicts and continuously giving directions.
However, I should be thanking many other names in our journey; Sir Badar Sami, Sir Zia Khan, Sir Inam, Sir Asim, Matloob Bhai, colleagues, juniors and countless other names, and their prayers…

For the next 4 months, half of the team will be incubated at The Nest IO. It was a hard decision, but fair enough for the opportunities articulated. This not only means that time will be of more value, but each of our commitments & responsibilities will stretch much further.

It’d be fun anyway!



Sameer Ahmed Khan

Nokia Asha 503 Review

Nokia Pakistan sent me a new Nokia Asha 503 to try out. The experience with this low-end device was quite different & surprising.


Nokia Asha 503

The first thing you’d notice in Nokia Asha 503 is the icy plastic coating over the phone, making the phone look really attractive. I tried Nokia X too, yet miss this icy touch over it. And then, the next best thing is its Gorilla Glass 2 covering. I can fearlessly use it roughly as I use my Lumia 920. Yes, I still own that heavy master piece.

The Nokia Asha 503 is available in six different colors: yellow, white, black, green, red & blue. I was provided with a pure white colored device. Well, this device comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash, 3G and a Wi-Fi connectivity. It also got an optional dual-SIM support plus expandable memory. I got a preloaded 4GB SD card in it.

When it comes to hardware, the display on Nokia Asha 503 is 3” TFT unit of QVGA (240 x 320), sliding into pockets easily. The colors are very charming or bright or HD displays however, you can’t expect much in this price range. All the hardware controls are on the right side. There you can find the power/lock button and the volume controller. The soft touch experience of Nokia Asha 503 is delighting thanks to the nice matte plastic. The back button is replaced by a capacitive control and is the only means of navigation. The taps & swipes do the rest magic. At the top you’d find a microUSB port for charging & data connections, and also a 3.5mm headphones jack. And at the very bottom of phone, you’d only see the microphone pinhole only.


Nokia Asha 503

To be honest, at first I had a hard time removing the back cover and popping in the battery, however later when I mastered the trick of pushing the nub at the bottom, it went easy. The SIM slots were at the back, with the swappable microSD on the side. The battery is 1200 mAh Li-Ion and is quoted at 840 hours of stand-by time and 12 hours of calls over a 2G network.


With the software capabilities of Asha, Fastlane cannot be just ignored. With Nokia Asha 503, you can just swipe to view the stuff you love. Tap to share instantly and get all the updates in the new homescreen. From your recent text message to your last played song, it’s all saved to scroll back through. No more digging through your phone looking for your cool stuff previously accessed. The WhatsApp support with better Fastlane UI features spices up the phone more.

Another worth mentioning feature is the ability to launch the camera right from your locked screen since no Asha comes up with dedicated camera key (As we have in Lumia series). To see it in action, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

There is also Glance Screen option available in Nokia Asha 503 powering the notification experience.

I also noticed that the Qwerty keyboard is redesigned and makes texting really easily despite of the small screen display.

The classy soft touch of Asha 503 made me realize that the soft body was missing in Nokia X. The overall experience, with Nokia Asha 503 low-end device, was better than many other devices out there in market. The phone is highly durable, classy and fits perfectly in pocket!

The 3 Families; Lumia, Nokia X, Asha

Pakistan Tour Images & Cinemagraph

Hello readers,
Finally after sharing few Panorama Shots & Closeup Shots from Nokia Lumia 920, here are final pictures from my recent Pakistan tour this summer. I feel quite lucky to be in Pakistan covering most of its hidden beauty.

I say this again that I’m not a professional photographer, but a programmer who lives mostly in his binary world.
The tour proved to be an excellent change from my older geek world though.

The first & last two images are shot using Nokia Cinemagraph! Quite an innovative app .

So here it goes,

Our first stop was Kewai Mountains. The water stream gushed beneath our chairs & tables as we enjoyed hot tea & paratha served with fried omelet. I tried dipping my foot in water for a while and found it getting numb in few minutes!





This is from where the water stream appeared, somewhere far from the mountains, melting its way down.


As we visited places, we found Honey Farms almost everywhere. They sold two types of honey, one was Yellow in color & the other was Red. Luckily no honey bee turned me yellow!


Traveling in those shaky jeeps was thrilling, specially when I got the window seat and glancing down gave me goosebumps. It couldn’t get any worse when on a One-Way jeep track and another jeep comes out of the blue & starts honking you from ahead!



Finally at “Saiful Muluk” which is at an approx altitude of 10,500+ ft. The wind was chilled with dew at night, we stayed there for a night in camps. Later next morning we went trekking at “Ansoo Lake” ahead.



I met and interviewed this kid who named his horse as “Sooraj – The Sun” and lived there at “Saiful Muluk”. He was full of excitement, happy & content with his life!



Boating at “Saiful Muluk” gave tourist at good time, however many devalued nature and polluted the lake.



The sun rising in morning at “Saiful Muluk”. The beautiful dark mountains gradually turning of gold.



So our trekking began for “Ansoo Lake” at morning, we saw wild horses, oxes, goats, sheeps, donkeys etc. And one my seniors tried having a shot with horse and instantly got kicked from that horse! Luckily no bones were broken but he was badly hurt!




I tried talking to her and heard nothing from her side, not even a slight acknowledgment. No offense but she reminded me of someone from Mama-2013 Movie!



Up up and we went having all instant energy edibles with us. The walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and trekking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back).


There was a point when I made a decision to never look back down from such height, it made me feel dizzy and quite nervous. Fighting & taming the thoughts & mind is a tough job. Those continuous noises within questioning “What if you fell down?”, “What if the stick slipped away”, “What if the stone slipped”! But eventually I muted all those questions and chewed Mentos!



Finally we reached at “Ansoo Lake” (Ansoo = Tear Drop) and watched it from the height of approx 13,000+ ft! The clouds were below us and hid our view, but soon they flew away. It was worth it all.



Our next spot was “Siri Paye Meadows”, this place instantly became my favorite spot because of the peace & serenity here. The cold soft breeze, the green fields, people riding horses and the best was when clouds went past us.




I just love the below image, I may frame this one for sure.



This is the closest I could get (recalling the kick which my senior received from a wild horse)




We gave few biscuits to these goats and soon the whole herd headed straight to us. I wonder through what medium do these goats pass messages.



Found something weird below ? The lost animal indeed!



Beautiful view of “Siri Payee”. The lake seemed heart shaped.



Happy Family! When a mother is with her child, its necessary to keep distance, specially when daddy is nearby watching!





Then we arrived at “Sheran Forest”. Every place had its charm, during night wild tigers, bears and monkeys were found here. Oh yes, I ate loads of wild berries growing in this forest. Do see my earlier “Closeup Blog” where I shared that juicy wild berry!




This monkey! We gave him Corn Sticks and he ate them before us. As soon as he started eating, I mischievously shouted to give that Corn Stick back, to my amazement the monkey nodded twice and when I raised my voice slightly more, he jumped unto the closest branch near me and started shaking it aggressively. I ran and stopped recording all this! He was really pissed off! I’ll share the video soon.



There were thousands of pictures I shot from Nokia Lumia 920, recorded videos, captured panoramas, closeup shots, using total memory space of 12+ GB! It was worth it, every minute I was ready to shoot any beautiful scene, flower, insect, food -anything!




Pakistan is indeed a beautiful country, with so much negativity filled in our minds through media lets focus on the brighter aspects that unite us together. The places I visited made me fall more in love with Pakistan, the people were very welcoming and friendly. Nature is a gift that brings harmony and peace to our withered hearts and lightens it up, I could never complain of anything here!

Whenever you pay a visit to Pakistan, be my guest!

Cheers &

Note: I had to compress above images due to uploading limitations, don’t hesitate to contact me for better quality images.

ProQuest 2013 – UBIT (An I.T event)

█ MashAllah! Finally ProQuest’13 comes to an end!


I congratulate; all supportive teachers, the alumni, the event organizers, volunteers & inspirational speakers and participants. Thank you all for making this event a success and marking its name in history of DCS-UBIT-UoK! The department couldn’t have gone more brighter with Orange ProQuest Posters everywhere!
The creative artwork, the placement of banners were simple stunning!

I congratulate all the winners, finally their hard-coding-life paid off! While the winners were announced we were extremely excited hearing all those familiar names of young passionate students.
Good work guys & girls (*coughs). Oh yes, that’s a great progress of having few Geek Girls on-board!

I’d be unjust if I had rather tagged & then forgotten any of the students specifically, therefore; YOU know what you did for the event – ProQuest 2013! That feeling of satisfaction can never be rewarded by any SHIELD or CERTIFICATE, just be glad that you were a part of this revolutionary event. An event managed by few, yet affective team members.

I also congratulate OuzelSystems for being “LOGISTIC & MEDIA PARTNERS” for Proquest – Ubit! Good job team, they also enjoyed the dinner served with those chilled drinks 😉 *coughs!

█ Lastly I leave the winners with this positive note:
Thank Almighty Lord for what you’ve achieved today, be sure to teach & train these skills to your younger ones, a responsibility you are entrusted by this department. And don’t be fooled by assuming your worth would get any less if you taught your juniors all. And don’t let the seeds of ego sprout in your hearts for your achievements, for that is the beginning of arrogance & pride.

Good luck for all your future achievements! Let’s try fixing this world with all we got!


Pakistan Tour Panorama Shots (Nokia Lumia 920)

Few days back I shared few Closeup shots here, incase you missed those here’s the link “Pakistan Tour Closeup shots”

I’m not a professional photographer but a geek who lives in the world of binary 1’s & 0’s. This summer I returned back from Pakistan Tour and luckily had my Lumia 920 for shots. I had no idea how perfectly it’d stitch the images resulting in amazing Panoramic Views!

Most of the below panorama images were shot at first attempt!

So let me introduce you to few amazing sights I managed to capture on my way.

I just loved the greenery and peaceful atmosphere at Siri Paye Meadows. The clouds there played hide n seek with us and we loved passing through them. (I wonder what would’ve happened in a thunder storm then!)



The following is the view from Shogran village situated on a green plateau at  Kaghan Valley.




Here appears the “Queen of Mountains” – Malika Parbat! We were on our way hiking & tracking from “Saiful Maluk” to “Ansoo Lake” and came across the beauty of this queen!


Finally we reached at “Ansoo Lake” (Ansoo = Tear Drop) and watched it from the height of approx 13,000+ ft! The walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and tracking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back) To refill ourselves we carried loads of Yogurt, Boiled Eggs, Vitamin Tablets & my favorite Mentos mints that I kept chewing all my way, somehow those helped me in controlling my headache at such altitude! Oh yes, I might soon compile a video of our hiking and tracking visit to Ansoo Lake shot again by Nokia Lumia 920! It fitted in my hands perfectly and came up every time I needed it!



And few side poses of our Queen “Malika Parbat”



Perfect timing here! The sun was setting at Saiful Muluk which is at an approx altitude of 10,500+ ft. The battery life of amazing Nokia Lumia 920 survived here when we had only 4 hours of electricity per day (thanks to generators there) and then we had also our “Ansoo Lake” quest to be done in morning too!



Humans invading “Saiful Muluk” here! A perfect tourist spot but for only those who value nature and respect in cleaning the environment.



Far across those mountains was our way to “Ansoo Lake”, we began next day early in morning and returned just few minutes after dark!



Few Random shots, I some loved this round shape!




Finally, I must say that the Northern Areas of Pakistan are amazingly beautiful. Gifts of Nature is what I understood back then, peace & serenity was all I found in it. In our minds we have somehow removed this beautiful image of Pakistan into something worth not explaining. Now before I go out exploring other countries, I have yet many more places to explore in my country.

You can give suggestions for better photography, I repeat myself again, I’m not professional in it. Next summer I’d take Nokia Lumia 1020 with me. I fear these devices might turn a geek into an adventurer!
Till next time on few more amazing pictures captured!

Note: I had to compress above images due to uploading limitations, don’t hesitate to contact me for better  quality images.


Pakistan Tour Closeup Shots (Nokia Lumia 920)

Last week I returned from Pakistan Tour visiting many Northern Areas here. I must say that Pakistan is blessed with many beautiful sights. The perfect peaceful atmosphere here is quite freshening for the human soul.

Following are few “Closeup” shots I managed to shoot in various places using Nokia Lumia 920. I’ll release more pictures soon!


I found these delicious Wild berries growing in Sheran Forest, they had a taste similar to Strawberries! Later I called my human friends to invade that region & fill themselves up!

Wild Berries (They tasted like Stawberries) Location: Sheran

Wild Berries (They tasted like Stawberries) Location: Sheran



On my way  I found this pretty spider (could be highly poisonous) and oh look at the charming “Yellow” color on its back. Reminds of Lumia 1020 eh!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Oh yes, this snail was taking a nap

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Here is another snail found on my way to Hotel Room. Later that night we had BBQ at the garden and one of these snails managed to crawl half way towards my knee! You should have seen me dancing there! I could feel the moisture of it against my skin

Location: Paras

Location: Paras


Now this one was way over grown Mushroom, seemed more like an Ice cream to me.

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Finally I found a  normal Mushroom growing on Siri Paye Meadows, finally what I saw in movies was real!

Location Siri Pai

Location Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


I was amazed to see such beauty in nature, look at this beautiful insect. All set for modeling!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


And ofcourse, who wouldn’t encounter LadyBird in forest!

Pretty lady bird! Location: Sheran

Pretty lady bird! Location: Sheran


And here we have this amazing insect that had a shiny body reflecting shades of blue!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


I loved this butterfly, she posed as if she wanted me to capture her pictures! She was quite friendly to Lumia, as soon as my friend brought another *ABC* camera for the shot, she snapped her wings and bid farewell!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


I just loved blowing it after!

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


Siri Paye, the place where clouds play Hide and Seek with you!

Location:Siri Pai

Location:Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


Ah! The Gushing stream at Kewai, it came from mountains and local people  had placed chairs and tables there and served Hot Tea, Paratha and Egg! We sat there,  dipped our foot in that cold stream, had hot tea &  later found that we could hardly feel our feet! It was amazing!

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


These beautiful flowers were considered to be wild there and grew in hundreds!

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


The feeling of cold breeze following through the icy cold water is beyond words

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


This is just a peak of big rock at Saif-Ul-Malooq, however that place has its own beauty. I’ll probably share more images soon and ofcourse, our walk to Ansoo Lake aswell. A walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and tracking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back before it gets dark, and we returned in  the nick of time, it was about to RAIN!)

Location: Saif Ul Muluq

Location: Saif Ul Muluq