It’s been 9 years since December 1, 1994, the day Amber and I got married. It’s been a wonderful 9 years. I have discovered what love really means in this period, not that I wasn’t in love when we got engaged, but that love has turned out to be much more than I ever thought it could be.

Wedding, Wah Cantt, Pakistan 1994 Skardu, Pakistan 1995 Lahore, Pakistan 1995
Islamabad, Pakistan 1996 Daytona Beach, FL 1997 Washington, DC 1998 Los Angeles, CA 1998
MS Graduation, Georgia Tech 1999 Niagara Falls, NY 1999 Blue Ridge Parkway 2000
Yellowstone National Park, WY 2001 Paris, France 2002 Karachi, Pakistan 2002 Piscataway, NJ 2003

I don’t know what I was smoking when I booked my ticket for the thanksgiving trip home, but I managed to exclude both Eid (deliberately) and our anniversary (my mistake) from my trip. So, here I am today back in school celebrating alone. Actually, we did celebrate it together yesterday. We had a great dinner at Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ. Their sampler platter was very good.

Author: Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer

23 thoughts on “9”

  1. Congratulations bro. And what happened to your long hair? That was surely not a good idea to remove them. I liked your pictures though. May Allah bless you with all the happiness and health you deserve.

  2. Congratulations! May you both have many, many more years of marriage, all filled with love and happiness and good health. =)

    Love the photos. Amber looks absolutely gorgeous especially in the one where she’s wearing a saree. Dude, this is making me want one now, too.

  3. Congratulations! Nine years of marriage is an accomplishment to be proud of. May you enjoy nine and nineteen, and many more happy years together and may you two always be a source of strength and happiness for each other. Just make sure you don’t repeat the booking mistake next year for your tenth anniversary 😉 😉

  4. Thanks, guys.

    Ejaz: I still have long hair. It’s pulled back in a ponytail in the last photo.

    yasmine: Amber always looks gorgeous. 🙂 I think sarees look great on her. There’s nothing that beats a good sari as formal wear.

    Al-Muhajabah: I sure hope not to repeat my mistakes. 🙂

  5. zack,


    one question-when i was in bangladesh in 1990 for a few months and had a lot of pics taken of me-people always told me to stop smiling and look “serious.” you don’t seem to be smiling in a lot of the pictures-was that on purpose? i am assuming it is a cultural difference-americans reflexively smile in pictures (at least i do).

  6. razib: Thanks. I haven’t noticed any cultural difference on smiling. In my case though, I am not a friendly or smiling sort of guy. Plus I am much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.

  7. I think there must be at least some cultural basis for the whole issue of smiling/not smiling, because many of my Pakistani born-and-bred relatives now in the U.S., male and female alike, still feel uncomfortable smiling for photographs, no matter how long they’ve lived here.

  8. yasmine: You might be right. Seems to me though that most Pakistanis smile much more than I do. Plus I don’t even get the enthusiastic handshaking and hugging thing. I like to say my hello from a distance. (Yes, that was random!)

  9. Well, at least that way you don’t have to deal with the whole combination 3-hugs-and-a-handshake process. So confusing, at least for me, because I always forget the handshake.

  10. yasmine: That is extremely confusing. I have never seen two people do it correctly. At least one always forgets the handshake.

  11. kianoush: Yes. Nose piercings used to be quite common in Paksitan. Amber’s piercing has also closed voer time as she hasn’t used it in years.

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  14. nice pic .. achi hain sabhi .. yeh mein ny naih dekhi theein pehly ..
    LOL ..shadi wali tasver mein dulha ban kr app ki ankhein kuon ziyada khol rehi hain .? LOLzzz … asay lag raha hai jasay abhi uth kr kise ko kacha kha jay gyan …

    hehehehe ….

    baqi sari pic bohat lajawab hain … nice …


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