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Thinking about making the dreaded ‘Will’ automatically means to acknowledge the reality of death. Despite all of our religious faith’s acceptance of the finality of death, few of us think beyond what to do tomorrow. I will be honest with you. Growing up in Saudi Arabia, and vacationing in Pakistan, making of a Will was least heard of, let alone, would be considered rather rude. Despite my parents living abroad, the talk about death, and what it would it mean for my family, kind of skipped the table talk. After getting married, and spending a wonderful decade in Saudi Arabia with our 3 little daughters,Read More →

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Β  Having attended the acclaimed College of Home Economics Lahore, one assumes that I would know recipes at my tips, and can mix up a dinner in mere hours! Well, sad but true, I need a week to plan a dinner, and at least two days to actually cook! In my earlierΒ years of marriage, despite asking my mom for all her recipes, which all were based onΒ apnea hasab saeΒ concept, I soon searched around for an alternative! Shan Masala is a house-hold name in almost all desi homes, and it doesn’t hurt that they play up the sentimental value of food in our culture through advertisements!Read More →

Growing up in Jeddah, my two go-to drinks of the moment would be the beloved Suntop all year round. The other was a Β Ramadan special; Β Vimto! Yeah yeah, I can see the Saudi grown kidsΒ nodding with a little smile. It was not until I was enrolled in College in Lahore, that I actually developedΒ the true taste ofΒ Badam Ka SharbatΒ (Almond Syrup mixed in water). It was not that I didn’t even know about it earlier in my life. It is just thatΒ my tastebuds needed to be matured, as well as , I needed to feel theΒ gramiΒ of Lahore (summer), to really appreciate this drink! As always, ones’Read More →

One click shared of a cute kid holding a teddy, and suddenly 1K plus likes and shares happen. An article discussing ignoring kids is shared a thousand times, while a link protesting Child labour is made globally live for a petition. While, I too am prone to the cuteness of the little beings, I fail to understand, as to why the same people feel it a right to joke, harass and demean the elders, who are akin to a baby in their helplessness. What they lack in cuteness is shown in their wrinkled faces which have seen many hardships, their bent bodies have labored toRead More →

I cannot take credit for having found this amazing website called Mathletics . It was while my child was in Jeddah Prep andΒ Grammar school in Saudi Arabia, that her 1st grade teacher sent me a note, with the link, username and password. Initially my ‘anti-computer agenda for kids’ personality kicked in, and I brushed this note off. Yet, curiosity getting the better of me, made me make a visit.Read More →

A Desi Wedding (Shadi) is perfect display of all the cultural extravaganzas that we love to boast.From excessive flowers and lights hanging from every nook and corner, to unlimited food and sweet for guests. The spending does not stop there! Who can accept that a wedding means no jora (a 3-piece garment) and money in some form. Now one exciting and scheduled routine is the deliverance of Salami to the Groom on the wedding day, and to the Bride on the Walima (2nd party after the wedding) day. The Salami serves as a perfect opportunity for all the Aunties to conspire and plan. (Any desiRead More →

Desi is a term, which people of the indo-sub continent know so well. It’s the term which defines our yellow undertones, spicy food eating habits, loud music and singing at any given opportunity, and dressing like a rainbow with Gotta. Having lived in some countries, while traveling to many others, I am fascinated to meet all the Desi community , who have the same DNA despite their social status or passport cover. Now how do I come to the conclusion that once a desi always is a desi? Read on to know more.. 1. A Desi will be the first one to tell you notRead More →

Ramadan means special cooking and creating nostalgic food to dig into . Though I have yet to recreate the decide Basbousa SoufflΓ© that my neighbor made..but this simple and quick recipe sates the appetite.. FYI.. Be ready for strong flavor in small bites! Ingredients 2Β½ cups coarse semolina 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup caster sugar Half cup self-raising flour 1 cup thick yoghurt 1 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract 25 blanched almonds Syrup 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp rosewater Instructions Preheat the oven to 180 C. Mix the semolina, coconut, sugar, flour, yoghurt,Read More →