Two Friends

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Together as kids
They fought and giggled.

Together as seven year olds
They raced bicycles.

Together As tweens
they played nintendo

Together as teens
They explored the world.

Together as adults
They envisioned their future.

But now
Something has changed

They are together
No more.

Why?
Did they fought?

They’d have fought
had they been the same.

As directions changed
So did THEY.

As paths changed
So did their thoughts.

As choices changed
So did their hearts.

As hearts changed,
So did their emotions.

As life changed
So did EVERYTHING.

Was it supposed to be like this?
Friends turning strangers.

From incessant chatting
To a casual ‘hi’ on Sundays.

If this easily friends change,
Never call anyone ‘best friend’ again.

If this cold friends can be
Never trust them again.

If this shallow they turn out
Never confide in them again.

If this is how friendship concludes
Never make friends again.

Why do people malign love?
When a broken friendship equally pains.

Who’s fault is it?
To shatter these mortals.

Is their any solemner loss
Than an estranged friend?

Show them again
The effervescent colors of their childhood.

Depict them again
The bouyant laughters they laughed together.

Reckon them again
The times they stood for each other’s thick and thin.

Lead them again
To the alleys where they used to stroll.

Remind them again
The evenings when they flew kites together.

Narrate them again
Their childhood adventures.

May be then
They’ll realise what’s lost.

May be then
They’ll recall a friend who used to be life.

May be then
They’ll unite as the Two Friends again.

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The Unheard of Pakistan

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We know so much about Pakistan. But what image do you carry in mind of this country? Media keeps sabotaging this portion of Globe.

One day I came across facts regarding this country that blowed my mind. Keep in mind this posts is far from any political preaching.

I bring up 15 FANTASTIC facts about this country, that you probably never heard before.

1. Karakoram Highway Highest paved International Road.

Do you know the “eighth wonder of the world” is located in Pakistan? Karakoram Highway has been constructed at a height of 15,397 ft between China and Pakistan. It is one of the popular tourist attraction in the region.

2- Thar desert One of the Largest Desert In The World.

Thar desert is located on the border of Pakistan and India. It is the world’s ninth largest sub-tropical desert. This desert is about 10,000 years old and was once a water source for Indus Valley Civilization.

3-  K-2 Highest Mountain Ranges In The World.

The world’s highest mountain ranges exist in this country. They include the Himalayas and HinduKush range in which four mountains are present in the list of 14 highest peaks in the world.  K-2, the world’s second highest peak, is also located in Pakistan.

4- Gwadar port Largest Deep Sea Port in the world.

Gwadar port is the largest deep sea port in the world, located on the southwestern Arabian Sea along the coast line of Balochistan, Pakistan. This port is considered a lifeline in the region’s economy. Pakistan has agreed on a collaboration with China  to turn Gwadar into a full scale commercial port.

5- Khewara Salt Mines Second Largest Salt Mine in the World.

Khewara Salt Mines are the world’s second largest and Pakistan’s oldest salt mines.  It was discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 B.C. These salt mines are the largest source of salt in the world producing 350,000 tons per year. However, the salt mines reserves are estimated to be about 600 million tons.

6- Largest Irrigation System of The world.

The world’s largest irrigation  network are present in Pakistan. It serves 14.4 million hectares of cultivated land. The irrigation system is fed by water from the Indus River. The main features of the system are  its three major storage reservoirs, namely, Tarbela and Chashma on the River Indus and Mangla on the River Jhelum; 19 barrages; 12 inter-river link canals and 43 independent irrigation canals with the total length of the main canals is 58,500 km.

7- Highest Polo Ground in the World.

Shandur Top is located in Gilgit, Pakistan and called “Roof of the World” elevated at 12,200 ft. Every year a polo match is played between Gilgit and Chitral teams. People from all around the world come to watch this match.

8- Largest Ambulance Network in the World.

Edhi Foundation is the world’s largest non-profit social welfare organization. This organization provides 24-hour emergency services, medical & healthcare services and shelter for orphans.  Abdul Sattar Edhi started the service from a single room and now it has over 300 centers all over the country. It has branches in other countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Japan and China.

9. World’s youngest certified Microsoft Experts.

World’s youngest certified  Microsoft Experts Arfa Kareem (Late) and Babar Iqbal are from Pakistan.

10. Fourth largest broadband internet system of world.

Pakistan Telecommunication Braod Band Service is 4th Largest Broad Band Servies in The world.

11. One of The Best trained air-force pilots.

Pakistan is notable for having one of the best trained air-force pilots in the world.

12.The highest railway station of Asia is in Pakistan.

13. Number One National Anthem of the world.

 Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.

14- First Islamic Country To Attain Nuclear Power

Pakistan became the first Islamic country to become Nuclear Power on 28th May 1998.  

 15- More than 50% of World Footballs are made in Pakistan.

Sialkot is a city famous for making sports equipment.  Hand-stitched footballs are a trademark of this city. Around 60 milion hand-stitched footballs are produced in world cup year in small firms in Sialkot, Pakistan. This year 42 million official football Brazuca were exported to Brazil for FIFA World Cup 2014.  Even NASA tested this football and declared it the best football ever made.

Now I highlight a few things of Pakistan that have reached many Indian homes. And are continually capturing hearts across the globe 🙂

1. The Pakistani Dramas.

Redefining hindi urdu television entertainment. Pakistani dramas were so terrifically being followed via YouTube that the Indian television industry actually started the channel ZINDAGI this year. And a vast percentage of viewers were glued to their TV screens probably watching HUMSAFAR, ZINDAGI GULZAR HAI ,AUNN ZARA…etc etc. Their plots are refreshing, realistic stories and great actors. To clearly mention the actor FAWAD KHAN  and director MEHREEN JABBAR for that purpose. I have separately elaborated on the dramas .

2. Scintillating Fashion

High on the ethnic clothing style! Pakistani designers set new trends that becomes viral throughout the world. Pakistani Ethnic women fashion is being crazily followed by all big wholesellers of our country too. Malls in Dubai, USA sell Pakistani dresses at huge prices. I am a follower too! Use your card money and call for a casual, bridal,  party wear dress from anywhere on earth.

My favorite designer is Naureen Arbab. Some of her creations…

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Creations by some other designers….

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3. The culinary art

You name it, they have it!! If you ever watched Masala Tv shows you know what I’m talking about.  These cookery shows give a new edge to your taste buds 😛
Remarkable chefs. Perfect in desi, intercontinental main courses, sides, desserts not only give you a recipe, they give you a  5- starred gluttunous experience. Some of them are –
Chef Zakir
Chef Rahat
Chef  Gulzar
Chef  Zubaida Tariq
Chef Shireen Anwar
Chef Rida Aftab
Chef Sara Riaz
And the list goes…

NOTABLE personalities….

☆Faisalabad The Third largest metropolis of Pakistan is a home town to The famous Sufi singers- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

how many Indian’s can recall these famous lyrics of a song from a much old movie NIKAAH

““Dil k armaan, aansuon me beh gaye. …..
…..hum wafa kar ke bhi tanha reh gaye. ….“““

That was sung and enacted by the very famous Salma Agha. She has Pakistani ethnicity.

Pakistani Dramas

What makes these dramas stand apart? Simple stories, spun with proportionate reality, dynamic actors and sound direction turns into an unforgettable entertainment style.
I list here some of them.

1. My ultimately favourite Drama-
Mata-e-Jaan

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Based on Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel of the same name. Mata-e-Jaan means My Life.”
Two Columbia University students of Structural Engineering. Haniya Sajjad and Ibad Uzair met in a class ,when Haniya reached the lecture that was almost over. All in a rush, unmanaged and fussy,  Haniya concentrated on the lecture, unknowing of Ibad silently observing her. Ibad approaches Haniya few times untill she actually accepts the chitchat invitation. Later, it’s shown , how elegantly and cautiously Ibad lets his love for her unfold. Haniya loses her family and falls weak . When ibad takes care of her like a baby. Pampering her in every little way. From making her breakfast to unfailingly bringing her flowers every morning. They get married and go to a heavenly beautiful place for honeymoon. These few days are the best ever days of their lives. Unwrapping a Fairytale.
Ibad’s parents are against Haniya. However, ibad doesn’t let the dignity of his parents fall down nor does he sacrifice Haniya. He perfectly commits to both of the important relationships of his life. He decides to go Pakistan and convince his parents regarding the same where he dies in a road accident.
♥♥What I specifically liked – many say love is eternal, Haniya proves it. Her love for ibad never fades, it grows deeper into her. It makes her strong, it makes her ready for a life ahead . Their love is so strong that after death, Ibad’s presence is felt by Haniya. Vehemently thinking of him, she feels like he exists . This way she gets courage to live her life with positivity.  She’s goes to Pakistan and lives with Ibad’s parents. Winning their hearts, giving them love, filling the void of a deceased son. Intelligently she hides her true profile from them,  fearing rejection. Meanwhile, Ibad’s mother pampers Haniya like a real one.  Haniya fulfils the duty of what ibad would be doing as a son to his parents. She proves her commitment to ibad by establishing a concrete bond with his family. Bringing joy to their lives.
The message it gives-
★★Lovers die.
Love doesn’t★★

Here is the full song of this drama(in urdu). You might find it a little slow. But understand the lyrics. They are BEAUTIFUL !!

Some scenes that I particularly like. .. I still can’t get over them.
You have to watch the drama for the dialogues.

**Ibad proposing Haniya in a very very cute style.

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**Ibad surprises Haniya at midnight on her birthday.

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**On their short and sweet honeymoon.

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**Both wear the same t shirts with the message ” I am crazy about you”. And ibad loudly proclaims ,”I love you Haniya ” on the street.

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** a  beautiful morning when ibad brings Flowers for Haniya

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2. Zindagi Gulzar Hai

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I put it second in my ranking. A drama, that enlightenes a beam of hope to it’s viewers.  Kashaf  , second among three struggling daughters born to a father who disapproved of the girls all his life. And marries another woman for a son. Poised and head strong Kashaf indulges in good education. Reaches the University for her Master’s. Where Zaroon crosses her path. They initially disliked each other, then grew into friendship, then again incongenial terms. Few years after their careers were established, Zaron falls for her. They get into a love-hate relationship. Finally getting married.
What I liked- A woman may be the strongest woman on earth. A go getter, self depend, ambitious , smart and confident. But there is a void in her life. An empty space which only a man dedicated to her would fill. Kashaf has been a Striver all her life, with a very negative approach . Zaroon’s love pacifies her. It brings positivity in her thoughts.  a new angle of merry in her life. She falls weak. Love makes her heart melt. Love makes her realise –
★★Life is a Garden ★★
…….indeed it is 🙂

3. Humsafar

This one is again based on Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel of the same name.
Ashar born to a top-notch family. Khirad is her cousin from a relatively poor background. A mathematics prodigy, hard worker and orphaned, Khirad starts living with her uncle( her mother’s brother) who is now a guardian to her(ashar is his son). As a matter of consequences Ashar and Khirad unwilling get married. Gradually, Ashar falls for Khirad’s charm. When they have just begun their happy married life , a turmoil lurks in. Resulting into hardships for Khirad again. She goes to the point where she started her life from. A school teacher with a little daughter. Later display how their daughter hareem brings separated spouse together again.
♥What I liked- a woman’s outer beauty is not as important as her inner one. Having lost a beautiful married life, and winning it back. The one answer regaining Ashar’s love was the profund chastity of her character. The firmnes of her thoughts and pureness of her soul binds Ashar back to being a loving spouse again. A man judges the inner self of a girl more than her appearance.
★★your life partner is not just a partner, he’s your garment that protects from all seasons of Life★★

3. Durr-e-shahwar  

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Now this is a story which all prospective mother-in-law’s would love to watch 😉
Durr-e-shahwar is daughter of a very learned and thoughtful father. Her life was no less than a Fairytale untill the day when she gets married to Mansoor , an army guy from a middle class family. Mansoor lives with his wife as a very dominating husband. Hardly paying any attention to his wife. And everyone in his house feels itchy about the newly wed bride. Dur-e-shehwar faces a very tough time their. She is left carelessly at her in law’s place by her husband. Who never writes her letter or ask about her.
All dreams of this innocent girl are shattered. She continues her life through the strong councelled support of her father. She becomes a mother. When one day, mansoor decides to take his wife and kid with him ,wherever he moves as a matter of job.
As years pass by, mansoor is shown to change himself. Into a caring husband, who’d go miles to get a cheesecake for his wife. But the wounds inflicted by him leave a very strong print on Dur-e-shehwar’s heart. The pain of her past never leaves her. Those memories haunt her throughout her life.
The drama plays in flashback style. When Dur-e-shehwar’s daughter faces marriage crisis, she counsels her daughter reciting her , the dark past of her own married life.
What I liked- even the darkest, insensitive hearts can be transformed by love. Love has a lot of power . Mansoor becomes a changed man, due to Dur-e-shehwar’s tenderness. Had she been a rebellion, she must have never made a place in her husband’s heart.
★★ Love begets Love
Hatred begets hatred★★

4. Dastan

Based on Razia Butt’s urdu novel BANO . Focuses on the era of INDIA-PAKISTAN PARTITION. The revolutionary movements of that time. Bano is the youngest one In  her family and Hassan is a son to a widowed mother. They come from backgrounds with different political approaches. However, they fell in love.

My favorite scenes :

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**hassan and Bano on terrace, bano shyly reacting to his love-filled sweet words. Hassan’s strong urdu romantic dialogues took me over.

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** hassan silently observes Bano while she is praying. The beauty of her soul leaves him dumbfounded. He can’t really get his eyes off her. He finds her tender like a baby.

They somehow manage to meet often and share moments of bliss.

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And the turbulent journey starts. The 1947 period!! Take me seriously guys, no books, movies would have portrayed the suffering of the common man of that time, as is done in this drama. The horrendous reality when watched gave me goosebumps . Hindu-Muslim sect biasing . Recalling some scenes I still shiver.
Bano loses everyone In her family. The women get raped, she gets raped too ( not once, many times), men are brutally killed, houses set afire…. and all the unmentionable atrocities !
All modes of communication are blocked. Relatives don’t get to know of each other. Hassan migrates to Pakistan with his mother. Bano here lives an unpredictable life. Sorrounded by dangers of all sorts . She kept the hope getting Hassan back. Everything has died around her leaving the embellishment of Hassan’s love.
However, life becomes totally unjust to her. She reaches Pakistan and before she could meet hassan, she’s again put to indefinable ugly experiences. Even after she mees hassan, she loses her sanity . At the end, she becomes a fearful insane who is put in jail for murdering a man who tried to rape her. With the span of time, hassan gets married to another girl.
It was a very painful story. Watch it only if you can bear to see the partition era events. They will shake you badly.
♥What I liked- when a woman loves his man, she loves with the energy of every atom of her being. Bano forgot everythng , not Hassan. Her commitment is something to learn from.
What I disliked- how could Hassan ever try to live a life with someone else, knowing Bano’s condition. How could he build a home of joys and laughter when the girl he most loved all his life can’t really be sane . I disapprove of hassan. COMPLETELY!!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am privileged, having been nominated for the esteemed Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
Reva , thanks for your considerate effort 🙂 It feels amazing to be a part of this Sisterhood chain of BIG time bloggers like you. I learn so much from your writings.
Thanks again!

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About the Award
Just like the movie, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a pair of pants was passed from friend to friend that reminded them of their special bond and friendship. So, this award will be going to all of those ‘sister friends’ you have around the world.

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions they have given you.
4. Nominate ten people.
5. Make up ten new questions for them to answer.

My questions from Reva with their answers

1. is loneliness a curse or boon to you?
Ans- it’s a boon to me. It helped me know how strong I can be at those weakening times. It made me incline towards writing. Exploring a world of words, where I put my happiness, agony, anger and love.

2. When was the last time you did one random act of kindness? What was the act?
Ans- Today itself. It was not random, because I do this every Wednesday. A woman suffering from paralysis visits my aunt . And I make it a point to reach her place. This woman has no one to look after. One side of her body is paralysed. She has disability to walk, talk . I approached her. She feels happy when she gets someone to talk to. I ask her about general things in life. Try to make her laugh. And help her walk. She looks forward to me.

3. Do you still see the child in you?
Ans- yes. There’s still a child in me, who sometimes sulk and appreciates getting pampered. One who’d still get ready to build a dollhouse 😀

4. What are the three things that describe you best?
Ans- my commitment to work. My people management skills. My grounded nature.

5. Who is your role model in life?
Ans- my mother. If I become like her, more than half of my puzzles will get solved.

6. If given a chance to be an Angel for a day, what would you like to do with your newly bestowed powers?
Ans- can an angel anyhow remove things like rape, domestic violence, female foeticide ? I would like to turn all people involved in such atrocious activities into refined human beings.

7. What is the one thing that you hate in others?
Ans- their attitude of belittling others and thinking high of themselves.

8. Do you believe in prayers? Why?
Ans- yes completely. Prayers have the power to change destiny. I have experiences.

9. Do you have any nick name…if yes, what is that?
Ans- yes. My mother calls me maaruu 😀

10. Are you emotionally sensitive or strong?
Ans- sensitive. Just too much !

People I Nominate

1. http://yesnobutwhy.wordpress.com
2. http://majormakeupmadness123.wordpress.com
3.http://shewaslostinflowers.wordpress.com
4.http://scum-mag.com
5.http://underfivefeet.wordpress.com
6.http://dreamerinmydreams.wordpress.com
7.http://walkingtomydreams13.wordpress.com
8.http://thebookshelfofemilyj.wordpress.com
9.http://letterumbrella.wordpress.com
10. http://brandyalainescott.wordpress.com

The above enlisted nominees have to answer the following questions

1. Give one word to define yourself.
2. What’s your take on atheism?
3. What do you think constitutes a strong relationship?
4. Define Love in your terms.
5. Ever had a best friend? What was the one most special thing you did for your friend?
6. What are the things you want in your life partner?
7. Name 3 things you wish to remove from this world.
8. What’s your formula for a happy life?
9. What do you do in your past time?
10. In a broader sense, what are you among the following?
-creative
Or
-logical

Good Luck Bloggers !!

One Lovely Blog Award

I am overwhelmed at being nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Akhiz . Sincere thanks to you for finding me worthy of this nomination 🙂

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I am a newbie on WordPress and there’s a lot I am going to add as posts in near future. I am a passionate writer. Before blogging, I used to scribble in my personal diary. One day I had a thought, what if I express on some social forum, would that be useful to me or to others? So I started my first ever blog experience on WordPress. So far, it’s been a delightful journey. Following some really inspiring blogs, getting followed by many others, reading some awesome posts. It makes life better.

Award Nomination:
The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines. I have these guidelines listed below.

The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:
• Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
• Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
• Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
• Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

The 7 facts about me :

1. I am an orator. It’s fun to me when I speak in public and people listen to me.
2. I am headstrong. I hardly face confusions. My goals are defined. My choices are crystal clear.
3. I like to study people, their thought process. It teaches me a lot about this world.
4. I love to watch the sky. The moon and stars define a universe of dreams to me. It gives me positive energy.
5. I am a fitness freak. An extra ounce on my body, I gotta burn it. As they say, healthy mind in a healthy body 😀
6. I love cooking. It is my stress buster.
7. Not a handsome face, a handsome heart would win me .

15 people I nominate:

1. https://akhizmunawar.wordpress.com
2. https://aroohaijazi.wordpress.com
3. https://koarora.wordpress.com
4. https://stringsofsoulfullnes.wordpress.com
5. https://beautifullifewithcancer.wordpress.com
6. https://poonsical.wordpress.com
7. https://blog.ted.com
8. https://nimeshkiranverma.wordpress.com
9. https://frznlf.wordpress.com
10. https://quotegram.wordpress.com
11. https://ekladkithideewanisi.wordpress.com
12. https://thesundaydiary.wordpress.com
13. https://quotesworlds.wordpress.com
14. https://radhikhamukherji.wordpress.com
15. https://2foodwithlove.com

Good luck buddies 🙂