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You must be Overseas.. if you are reading this … Sitting inΒ walaet means you look forward to your annual visit back to Pakistan, to stock up on clothing essentials. While long shirts and pants are easily available here in Canada, there is no such thing more fun like walking the market, and getting dazzled by prints and combos. Of course, this luxury of annual trip back home is more a reality for people in the Middle East, than the ones in North America and most of the west.Read More →

Irrelevant of my childhood spent outside Pakistan, a key entertainment was whenΒ Baba Jaan would bring home VHS series of latest Pakistani TV dramas. The lone telecaster; Pakistan Television (PTV), was the platform which introduced me toΒ characters like;Β Kabacha, Zoya, Jahan Ara BegamΒ and of courseΒ Alif Noon!Β  Fast forward to 2017, Television has come a long way. No doubt there is no lack of channels and shows that are aired in abundance. Some are just time fillers, some are remarkable. Yet for me the old is still gold. Let me tell you myΒ bachpaan -hood fascination with my favorite urdu shows. 1. Tanhaiyaan Be it the reason that itRead More →

  Oh wow.. what a rollercoaster relationship I have had with my weight. Sometimes I am above 100kg, and some decades ago I was hardly 45 kg! That said, this love-hate relationship with my weighing machine and advancing age has given me experiences to create specific tips that have worked for me. These tips are completely my laymanΒ totkas which may not always harbor on any scientific facts! Disclaimer: I am a 30 something woman with kids who loves to eat. I will eat to celebrate. I will eat to mourn. I will eat out of boredom… I will eat. Non-stop. Just because I love foodRead More →

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 →