Travel

Leave it all behind and be a wanderlust!

Have you ever wondered how big this planet is? Don’t you have the curiosity to see the entire world to understand and mesmerize yourself with the beauty of nature? Don’t you want to see the soaked in the gift of God in the form of this world? If all these questions hit on your mind then, why you don’t just travel the entire world and get the answers by yourself. If you are planning to leave this world without exploring it, then believe me you are doing a great injustice to the entire enthralling nature.
God has created this beautiful world and those who can sight that beauty in this world, they are the ones who can enjoy the true colors of life. Traveling helps you interact with each other and it meets the purpose of creating this world. This world was created, and mankind was introduced into it just for making a feel of humanity and a sense of belongingness among each other. By traveling, this purpose is served absolutely.

Every part of the world has its uniqueness. Somewhere you can find gigantic mountains, and, in some parts, you can find plain and arid lands. At some point, the temperature is below freezing point while in some parts the temperature is so high that it makes you feel that you have been sent in the neighborhood of the sun. But all these conditions have their sensualistic feeling.
Traveling helps you to make creative and ingenious thoughts about life. Traveling helps you to get out of our monotonous routines and daily life stresses. It temporarily disconnects you with your normal life and it makes you think from a different spectrum which will have a positive impact on your soul.
Adventure is an important part of life and nobody wants to have a boring and tiring lifestyle. Traveling is the second name of adventure. When you travel, every day you meet new people; you will get to know about different cultures of the world. Don’t you want to have that inquisitiveness to know and visit different wonders of this world and experience it by your own eyes? Travelling makes you analyze different masterpieces of this world.

Humans are social animals and they can’t survive alone. If you ever felt alone and got disturbed with your life, traveling will help you to heel those feelings. When you travel, you meet a lot of people with different mindsets and views about their lives. You will get to know about different views of the people which broadens your thinking capabilities and helps you overcome your problems.
Tourism is very important in this hectic lifestyle. Traveling helps to spread peace and love in this world. When people from different regions interact with each other, they share their knowledge. You get to know about different languages and their cultures. If you have an interest in history and want to get in-depth with everything, traveling will help you to reach that point.
How is it possible that you are a food lover and you don’t like traveling? When of the major reasons for tourism is that you get yourself acquainted with mouthwatering food and allows your taste buds to experience delicious food.
If you haven’t traveled enough or afraid of visiting new places, believe it you are in the wrong direction. While traveling you will have lots and lots of fun in your journey and there is no age limit to have this fun. If you are an adult or a mid-aged person, it doesn’t matter, and tourism will have a kind of adventure which people of every age group can enjoy.

Free Graphic Design Resources

Graphics

1. Pixeden

Pixeden offers an array of free graphics and web resources, such as templates, all in one easy to use web interface. You can access plenty of content for free, though they do offer a premium plan.

2. Icons8

Icons8 is your source for all things graphic design resources. They have anything from social media specific icons, ie. Facebook, Twitter etc. as well as basic icons you would find on your phones home screen. They even take requests, free of charge. They also offer a selection of stock photos covering a variety of categories.

3. 365psd

If you’re looking for Facebook covers, image screens or even PSD graphics, head on over to 365PSD and find everything you need for nothing more than a few minutes of your time.

4. Flaticon

As stated on their homepage, flaticon offers 1,065,500 vector icons in a variety of formats from PNG to PSD and more. Better yet, if you’re an icon designer, they offer opportunities to make money off of your designs!

5. Endless Icons

This name speaks for itself, nevertheless, you will find all of the free icons you could possibly imagine.

6. Freepik

Freepik offers over a million free vectors and photographs while continuing to create hundreds more on a daily basis.

7. Tech and All

Tech and all offers, you guessed it, all of it. From templates to background images to a list of tried and true resources, this is another great go to when you just don’t know where to start.

Stock Images

8. Unsplash

Unsplash offers a variety of high-resolution stock images from portraits and landscapes to architectural and lifestyle for both personal and commercial use.

9. Pexels

Pexels offers an endless array of stock images free for personal and commercial purposes and they don’t even require attribution. Though giving photographers and pexels credit is always appreciated by them.

10. Stockup

Stockup indexes images from 31 free stock photo websites, compiling a collection of over 29,000 photos.

11. Pixabay

Pixabay features images released under Creative Commons CCO into the public domain, which means they are free of all copyrights.

12. Lifeofpix

Lifeofpix offers free high-resolution photography and features different photographers each week.

13. Gratisography

Founded and created by Ryan McGuire, Gratisography aims to take the “stock” out of stock photo and provide a carefully curated collection of authentic images for your photography needs.

14. Pic jumbo

Pic jumbo offers both high-quality images for free, but also design resources for a variety of categories such as icons and fonts.

15. Splitshire

Splitshire currently has 992 photos for commercial use.

16. FancyCrave

FancyCrave offers high-resolution images that you can use for both personal and commercial projects for free, though they do ask that you provide attribution.

17. Magdeleine

Magdeleine has a wide variety of stock images with a great filtering system. You can filter by categories, such as city and architecture or objects and food. Perfect for a photo in a pinch!

18. Moose

Icons8 (known for their icons) also offers a free stock photo resource. All the photos are made by professional photographers and users may even request a needed photo.

Stock Videos

19. Videvo

Videvo offers the world’s largest collection of free high-definition stock videos, motion graphics, and audio files in a variety of categories such as music and sound effects.

Font Downloads

20. Font Squirrel

Font squirrel offers hundreds of free typefaces you can use for all commercial work.

21. Free Typography

The creators behind Free Typography love high-quality FREE fonts as well as sharing them! They also encourage you to submit your own fonts. Definitely a great portfolio building tool!

22. Typewolf

Typewolf offers an extensive look into different fonts and even offers examples of how they look being used in real content.

23. Fontshop

Fontshop is a great resource for those that are just entering the font type world. They have a great glossary of design terms regarding all things font as well as tips on finding the font that is right for you.

Design inspiration:

29. Adobe Color CC

Struggling with your color scheme? Head on over to Adobe Color CC where you can import an image of your choice to generate a color theme or come up with your own using the “color wheel.”

30. Niice

Though the free version is limited, Niice allows you access to 5 boards, 5 exports and 50 image uploads per month. It also syncs with Slack to allow collaboration with your colleagues.

31. BrandColors

BrandColors gives you access to the colors codes of your favorite brands. Just click on the color you like and it’s instantly copied to your clipboard!

Mockup templates:

32. Granite Stationary PSD

Granite Stationary is a PSD mockup bundle that is free for commercial and personal use. The images were created in Cinema4d and rendered with Octane Render.

33. Screely

Need to showcase your work but don’t have time to create a beautiful website? Pop your image into Screely and they’ll do the work for you! They can turn any screenshot into a mock-up window.

34. Business Card Mockup

It can be tough to decide on a business card design. There are endless options. Designer Alex Andr has offered four free templates for both commercial and personal use to help you with your business card design!

35. Design Wizard

With a vast array of pre-made templates available for your customization, Design Wizard offers the ability to design for a variety of project types. Whether it be for social media, print or web designing, create quality content with ease. They offer a free subscription as well as two paid subscriptions.

Let me know what your favorite graphic design resources are in the comments below!

Photo by Aleks Dorohovich on Unsplash

Sindbad and the Old Man of the Sea.

In the early years of my childhood I was very fond of the character Sinbad, the sailor and his marvellous and adventurous voyages to far off lands. Now after about two decades later I only remember one of the many voyages that Sinbad made from his native city of Baghdad to Africa and South East Asia. He had fantastic adventures going to different countries and meeting supernatural beings.

So what I recall of Sinbad’s story is something like this.

It is a far off land and Sinbad the sailor has just landed after losing his ship and crew in a violent shipwreck. He is the only survivor. Thanks to the broken piece of a wooden drum that carried him for hours and brought him to the shore.

Sinbad cursed the fates, but as a strong and dedicated adventurer, left all the sorrows and pain back and started to explore the new place. Soon he realised that the fates were not so cursed and there were fresh water streams, beautiful birds and huge fruits of all kinds hanging from the branches of the trees. The sky was blue and the earth soft and warm. He was delighted by the blissfulness of this never-known piece of land.

As he was still wandering in this newly discovered paradise he saw an old man sitting g peacefully in a hammock of willow fronds. Sinbad rubbed his eyes because what he was seeing did not look real. The old man wore an outfit that seemed to be made of leaves and his skin was the colour of wood. He had a long beard and his legs were as thin as threads.

‘’Salaam’’ he greeted. ‘’Are you a man?’’

In answer the man raised his arm and beckoned to Sinbad.

‘’Can I help you by any means?’’ Sinbad asked

After a while by gesturing and nodding the man showed Sinbad that he needs to be carried across the island to the other side to eat fruits.

‘’Poor fellow must have lost the use of his voice and legs’’ Sinbad thought as he knelt down.

At once the man leaped upon Sinbad’s back and Sinbad began walking across the island.

When they reached the far fruit trees, Sinbad stopped and knelt again, but the man did not climb off his back but instead gripped him more tightly.

‘’Go easy there’’ said Sinbad but the evil grip only tightened. The man had twisted his rope like legs around Sinbad’s neck.

It is narrated that Sinbad carried the old man on his shoulders for months. The dreadful monster never slept. He kicked and slapped but Sinbad could do nothing at all. It took a magical wine to get discovered and Sinbad’s brilliance to make the old man drink it. It was only then that the old man got drunk and fell asleep, falling off Sinbad’s shoulders.

In a different version of the story the magical wine was never found and Sinbad died on the island with this bearded old man still tangled to his neck.

Pakistan first knelt down for the bearded cult in 1974 by declaring Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims. In 1984 the monster was in full control of the state and its institutions. In 2011 it still is!

If we are living in the later part of the story, the magical wine will not be found and Pakistan is then destined to die a painful and pathetic death whilst the Mullah cult will start waiting for another shipwreck that will bring some other Sinbad to it someday.

Photo by Tom Winckels on Unsplash

Tiny Tools – I Use in My Daily Life

Ditto

Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats,

Greenshot

Greenshot is the most awesome tool for making screenshots you can get on your Windows PC

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My Favorite Personality – Rumi

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was a Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. His discipline and wisdom have crossed all national and ethnic borders ever since the 13th century. I’m pretty sure each and every one of you has heard or read some Rumi quotes on life at some point. Rumi is seen as a great spiritual master and poet.
His work influenced and inspired many other artists, his wise words kept many others sane up to this day. Rumi was a jurist and religion teacher until the age of 37, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabrizi. He soon became Rumi’s spiritual mentor and intimate friend and eventually changed the course of his life. Their friendship lasted for about three years until Shams mysteriously disappeared. It is rumored that one of Rumi’s sons murdered him because he was jealous of their close relationship. Rumi was devastated by the loss of his beloved friend, but used his pain as inspiration for writing poems where Shams is mentioned with great reverence.

Don’t be satisfied with stories. How things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. Rumi

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. Rumi

Reason is powerless in the expression of love. Rumi

When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray. Rumi

The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth. Rumi

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. Rumi

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge. Rumi

The lion is most handsome when looking for food. Rumi

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. Rumi