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the vegetables steaming

the  broth simmering

the clock chiming

the school bus honking

the child bathing

the mother running

the father reading

the Indian household

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a chaos for the female

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The Unheard of Pakistan


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…







Creations by some other designers….





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.

Way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!


Way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Really? Is it?
This much heard adage tickles my funny bone. Its hilarious to digest this cliche. Delving into male psychology has never been easy. I find this unjust when people blame women. Albeit, there are some big-mouthed women, who take up gossiping as a full time job.
Coming back to the thought provoking cliche that has kept me disillusioned for a long time. Can we really win a man by flashing kitchen mastery?  Perhaps, spotting different shades of homo sapiens around me, it has become very clear that expectations, goals, desires vary hugely. However, falling in love with someone can’t be subjected to conditions! A woman cooks or she doesn’t, she is a prim and proper householder or not, she is white or black, tall or short, slim or fat…the ifs and buts continue.

To put it straight there are no fixed specifications for every male prototype. To my observation, falling for someone can’t be reasoned with concrete logics. It can never be strained with definitions and limitations. Be it a man or a woman, you tend to like people as a matter of consequences. And not foolishly hitting the floor with some lame reasons.

Women who don’t cook fashionable are not deprived of successful love lives. And those who cook exceptional but lacking the traits their partners envision can sadly miss love. There are no types in which we can segregate men. Each man i see, is a different type altogether. While, at a few points, I find all of them same!
Some of them like women bold and beautiful, some meek and gentle, some self made and outgoing, some soft and quiet.
Your guy may love anything and everything in you. Sometimes even your flaws.

Everyone likes good food. Who doesn’t? Even the calorie- conscious fitness- freaks enjoy delicious food, once in many months. Food is a necessaity. It connects us. Brings family and friends together.  So stomach can be the starting point to attract him. But not the only point. Expertise in culinary skills can add an exta flavor to your appeal. Subtle desserts, gluttonous salads, luscious main courses and all those dining delicacies. Who wouldn’t ask for more?   You don’t only offer a perfect meal, you offer him your dedication. Your love served on his platter. It’s cheesy when after a long day he returns home, exhausted, and you serve him an inexplicable taste at the dinning. Satiated he’ll be thereafter. Your efforts will be acknowledged. Putting him in a pleasing mood.
Doesn’t matter if you are not excellent at this activity. The average kind also works. Whatever you do. You cook or not. Your actions must be genuine and comforting to him.
Love begets love. If you love him with all your heart, naturally you’ll get it back. Few Adjustments and compromises strengthen love even more.
There are no techniques, no shortcuts. There is however a probability that he may be impressed by your proficient cooking. Not always can cooking be your brownie point. But whenever it can be, grab it quick!
Keep a note. Be your trueself. No one appreciates a fake partner. And all girls out there. Remember, way to a man’s heart can be through his stomach, but it’s not the only way!

Luckily, I don’t have to worry much.

Cooking has always been my passion!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  – Virginia Woolf