Red Dust-storms = Blood; superstition or reality!

Yesterday, while on my way home, I sensed the visibility to be too dark for the clock’s reading of 4:00 pm. Within minutes everyhting went brown and red as a 100 km/hr dust storm followed by heavy rain and thunder thrashed the city.




Parts of Lahore blacked out while utility poles and trees fell to ground at various places. There were reports of some injuries too!

We hear from our parents and grand parents that red ‘aandhian’ or dust storms were always a bad omen, a warning for something wrong or bloody; an accident, was going to take place. And according to them, it was true almost every time.

Today, however, occurence of such ‘blood related’ incidents/accidents has increased to such an extent that nature cannot afford sending red dust-storms every ten minutes!

Do you believe in such superstitions? or did you have any experience proving such occurence?

8 Comments so far

  1. Yahya (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 11:46 am

    Hasan, where is the first picture (top) from? I left Lahore a while back and I hear a lot has changed since. Can’t put my figure on the place, but is it Dubai chowk by any chance?

    PS: No I don’t think red mean anything here.

  2. Yahya (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    On second thought, looking at large electric poles it can’t be Dubai chowk.

  3. Bhaalu (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

    its a bunch of baloney.

  4. Yahya (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    Is it because baloney is red too?

  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    @Yahya: The above pictures are of Main Boulevard; specifically, near Barkat Market.

    @Bhaalu: maybe that’s true; let’s see what others have to say…

  6. Rafi Faisal (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Might be because it was Friday the 13th… But then again even that is superstition. So no I don’t believe in lal aandhi to bring a be an omen.
    It is just a warning of nature that we are cutting down way too many trees which is turning big cities occasionally into deserts.

  7. Sabyn (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:45 am

    Its all about power. How strong can wind become…

    Maybe its true… but i can tell you exactly about spending next 40-50 years :)

  8. Humzai (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

    I don’t believe in superstitions but it’s because Islam forbids them.

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