A reader writes:
I know I'm a bit late on this, but I wanted to reach out to you regarding the View From Your Window contest from Islamabad, with the Margalla Hills in the background. I've been a loyal Dish reader for some time now but didn't see this one when it was first posted. I haven't been able to read the blog as regularly these days.
I only saw the picture when you announced the winner and I recognized the location immediately, almost to the point of tears. My father was aboard the plane that crashed in the Margalla Hills on July 28 this year.
I've spent a lot of time up there since the crash, but it meant a lot for some reason - I can't explain why - to see those hills on my favorite blog. I've moved back to California to be with my family since the crash and it has not been easy moving forward given the nature of the death, but my family and I are making progress. My dad left Pakistan for California in 1971, spent the majority of his life in America and raised two kids. Who would have thought his end would come in Pakistan.
I guess the point is that it's a great contest that can touch people in ways you never imagined. Keep up the great work.