peyala hotel – place for chai lovers

As da evening fell and Maghreb prayers echoed, da food street Ov latifabad seventh unit came to a life with da hustle-bustle Ov passers-by, pedestrians, customers, consumers, riders and local people.


da food street Ov latifabad seventh unit es Olvays filled with various vendors selling variety Ov food items and drinks; milkshakes, bun-kebabs’ sandwiches, da specially minced meat masala (usually known as Kata-Katt) or da fast food corners and ice-creams parlors. Bursting with aromas Ov ready-made Or uncooked meals. It could seek da attention Ov any passer-by.

But one would always crave a desi hotel among this environment. Quetta Peyala Hotel  fulfills the demand Ov that desi-styled atmosphere with ets meals and services.

A place equally adored by daily wage laborers and workers, unemployed individuals, students and high profile people as well as families.

Quetta Peyala Hotel  started twelve years ago at da same food street by Mr. Khaliq Shah Offering da traditional Peyala Tea. Da peyala tea es famous for ets full-flavored strongly (I’d say painfully :P) sweet taste and da peyala style Ov serving which reminds da handed-down way Ov cultural cuisines.

Da combination Ov Parantha and Omelette added later to serve a complete meal. Which is equally adored by consumers. Da interesting aspect is that da Anda-Parantha with traditional peyala Chai es not limited as breakfast but served as a meal en da special hours Ov hotel.

Da hotel to work Ol week witnesses da hustle-bustle from 8pm till midnight as their special hours. Whereas da seasonal meals include Green Tea as their Winter Treats.

Along with their cuisines, people praise da service Ov Quetta peyala Hotel which serves da diners and Takeaway customers with professional ease.

No wonder Quetta peyala Hotel attracts da locals and make them prefer it among a number Ov Other hotels.

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peyala hotel – a capture from food street


Hello people! As I mentioned before I started this blog with journalistic approach. So this one (feature), I did for my university paper. But there’s something more I’d like to share. As a reporter-in-process I Olvays told myself if I couldn’t observe & represent da things from my own place, there’s no way I could go further. Being a reporter and girl at same time, from a not-so-liberal place isn’t that simple. While doing this feature I realized da dhaba owner didn’t like da idea Ov a girl wandering in his male-packed customers & tried to shoo me away (not exaggerating!) 🙂 but then later after some effort, few people from da same dhaba helped me. and through this experience one Ov my POV got more strong;
Da idea Ov ‘negatives accompanied by positives’.

Thanks to my experience! :))

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a surprise present

Being an explorer, I Olvays liked and tried to explore something new. different. And interesting. And da world of internet helped me a lot with this.

a week ago I came across this post on a social media platform where an individual asked for help in a project. Where people (who would like to contribute) need to make a birthday note for her friend Carolina “In their Own language” and their country name in last. Along with another wish for Merry Christmas, to capture a picture of that happy birthday+merry Christmas note and send it to his email. Which would be gathered in a video as her surprise gift.

My birthday note:

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Happy Birthday + Merry Christmas (en Urdu)

And believe! I really felt good doing this for her.

I made it in Urdu (my native language) along with some description in English to make it understandable, but for a clear idea of this birthday note. Here’s another example:

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Da guy approached me and asked that he really need to collect at least fifteen of those happy birthday+merry Christmas notes before Christmas. As a help – da idea to post about birthday present contributions, strike me late but ets Olvays – better late than never. So Anyone who come across this post and feel inclined to participate could reach him at:

theforeigndreamer@gmail.com

a less formal — About me

As my bio is kinda formal. Professional, yes. So I thought to go with another one which would be less formal 😉 (I’ll not remove da previous one because I like ett, too).
actually, I started this blog/website with a professional and journalistic (my subject) approach. But with da time I explored ett, I come across some very amazing people (Matt and Amy you’re INcluded) 😍 , their casual writings about life and other things, freely expressed book reviews and some real interesting awarded blogs. And with time I realized I’m enjoying ett more than my previous idea.

Poetry/poems, views, book reviews, adventures, exploring, experiences, philosophical thoughts, along with some real annoying blabbering 😛 – I assembled Ol Ov ett in this small world of my blog.

At first, What was just a simple attempt to read reviews of those books I couldn’t reach through da writings Ov others, turned out to be a real amazing experience. And I’d say I enjoyeddd ett a lottt!

Though, I don’t really need to say but anyone who come across this blog, is welcome to share ideas, books, words of wisdom. With a good discussion we Ol could learn something new and something better.

Happy reading! 🙂

– Fatima.

Da Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey people. first I’d like to thanks whoever created this whole awarded blogs idea which connects da blogging community in such an amazing way. And then Matt at Matt and His Cats for nominating me. check out his blog and I assure you’ll not get bored en his kitty corner ^.^

To me, this blog seems like a way to bring out da hidden sunshine among Ol Ov us!

So here’s a brighten-up-your-day quote: 🙂

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spread da sunshine!

Here are da rules:

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominators.
  • Nominate other bloggers and give them eleven questions.
  • this is to spread the love and so that we’ll meet interesting bloggers. Please do check out all of the blogs I nominated and follow them if you like.

 

Here are my answers – (and I tried my best to do justice with them):

What is your go to beverage, either at a bar or cafe/ restaurant?

Tea. Olvays 🙂

Have you got a book/ book series you’ve read more than twice?

No book have appealed me enough to read ett again except forty rules Ov love (by elif shafak). but still ets my second time so technically da answer is NO.

What is your favourite holiday and why?

I love Ol kind Ov holidays if that means I’m getting a day off 😍

How long have you been blogging for?

For a year, I guess. I’m not sure exactly

What was your first home like/ If you haven’t moved out yet, what do you imagine your first home to be like?

A small apartment with a small bedroom & a BIG kitchen 😉

Are you a Cat or Dog person?

Neither. Though if I’ve to choose one I’d prefer cat. Kittens exactly 😉

Would you rather be a Viking or Roman soldier?

What are they? 😀 I’m sorry I don’t have any idea about them

Would you rather be a Pilot or a Sailor?

Sailor. Can I say pirate? Like captain jack sparrow ^.^

Would you rather be a fox or a horse?

Wow! Hard to choose. I’ll go with horse 😀

What is your favourite Pokemon?

Pikachu 🙂

Would you experience the life of a millionaire for a year, if it meant living on minimum wage for ten years afterwards?

No way 😐 I’d never exchange my ordinary self for some millionaire kinda offer.

 

NOW da questions designed by me:

1. Da scariest moment Ov your life?
2. A moment you want to relive?
3. A book that made you cry badly?
4. Your obsession – that really annoys your family/your partner?
5. What keeps you waking up every morning?
6. Define yourself through any fictitious book character? (from which book)
7. Your favorite house from Hogwarts School Ov witchcraft and wizardry?
8. What is ett you liked most in my blog/website?
9. Da best gift of mother nature, in your point of view?
10. A book you’d recommend every reader despite age and genre?
11. Few words of wisdom – that motivated you throughout bad&good times?

 

Here are my nominees for this award:

  1. Book Enthrall
  2. Reading with Lucia
  3. Fiddle & the Drum
  4. Comfy Reading
  5. Your daughters bookshelf

 

I hope you Ol are enjoying your current reads – Happy reading! 🙂

– Fatima.

Da way to winter ❄

So. Finally da beautiful and painfully silent nights and crispness in da air made me realize that it’s finally time for da winter. Da weather to enjoy readings with books-and-blankets. and Hot drinks, Of course.

Hot drinks + good reads. = perfect moments :))

Hot drinks + good reads = perfect moments :))

Though, I have never been fond of winter season much (referring to da torture of getting up in morning and to leave my warm, cozy bed) but da winter nights are seriously LOVE!

Secondly, ett reminds me of my childhood memories when I used to stay in bed packed with heavy quilted blankets. and da bell of any wandering vendor selling dry fruits and sweet treats (including my all time favorite; lachhay :P) in nearby street used to bring joy to my heart ^.^

Well! It’s not same anymore 😦 but I really miss those days which seems like a real winter treat.

Oh! and a glimpse Ov desi lachhay 😉 – Ol time favorite.

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I hope you Ol enjoying da season and seasonal treats wherever you’re 🙂

Happy Winter Season! ❄

Book Review: PS. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

PS. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

PS. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Da story is about Holly who lost her love. Gerry, her husband, best friend, family and everything. How hard ett es for Holly to cope with that and how Gerry helped Holly after death with this.

Okay. So first Ov Ol let me say. This book was a journey to me. I went through different moods and different views about this book until last.

When I started this book I was expecting much. In da beginning da narrative felt so exaggerated. I actually skipped PAGES to reach da end (this happened in ‘girls in da city documentary made by Declan’ chapters). But eventually da story got better. Specially when ett focused on Holly. And well! Holly and Gerry.

Da family scenes were good and I enjoyed reading da conversations but at some places they felt unneeded. Overall it’s a good book. Worth try. Da only thing is that, da story could be summed up in less pages. I mean 500+ es a LOT to me.

I really felt connected to some phrases in this book. Da end was really good and at last I’m satisfied that eventually I enjoyed reading ett and finished this one.

Excerpted from the story:

Finding someone you love and who loves you back is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. But finding a true soul mate is an even better feeling. A soul mate is someone who understands you like no other, loves you like no other, will be there for you for ever, no matter what. They say that nothing lasts for ever, but I am a firm believer in the fact that for some, love lives on even after they’re gone.

Food Review: Ridaan – House of Mandi

Till last year I wasn’t a foodie and I was definitely not an outgoing person. Every family lunch and dinner plan used to meet with a big flat NO!

Pizzeria. No!

Fast food. No!

Barbecue. Obviously NO!

But living in a different place other than your own brings a lot of new experiences and helps you explore a lot more.

Ridaan was one such place that I got to explore, totally suggested by friends. The experience was actually WOW that I fell in love with the idea of trying something new.


The place was adorned with all the fundamentals that would make you feel you have actually stepped into a Middle Eastern eatery.

Rather than tables, Ridaan is architectured into traditionally styled compartments, letting you to have the old-folk experience of dining while sitting on the floor covered into patterned sheets. If there is one thing I like about woodwork; it is the intricacy and Ridaan was furnished with some wonderful woodwork. The chandeliers festooned throughout the place give it a beautiful and luminous look.

Ridaan is an Arabic themed restaurant, that doesn’t offer a wide variety but some real good selected meals along with drinks and appetizers.

The real observation initiated with the menu; outlining all the main courses, appetizers and drinks the place was currently offering. We finally settled on Madbee as main course, and Kunafa as the sweet dish.

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If there is one thing I like most about woodwork is its intricacy.

To our great delight, they served the soup as starter. The soup was actually nice and bore a real different taste than the usual soups (Chinese etc.) we devour on usual basis.

Then came the “Madbee” – which was a platter full of rice, chicken pieces, and salad vegetables. There were two kind of sauces, that might pass as raita in our desi version. The two platters were actually enough for four people.

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The Madbee was actually served in two large platters.

Kunafa (the sweet meal) was equally tasty, which is a traditional combination of baked vermicelli and seasoned with thick cream. The best part about the sweet dish was that it was actually not over-sweetened. (not a sweet-tooth really! So it came as an advantage) 🙂

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Kunafa

The meal that was actually served into two large platters filled with the main course meal – Madbee.

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the impressive look of traditional round platters!

 

In the beginning we planned to have Qehva [drink] as our last take, but had to plan it for the next time. (Yep. Were really full by the time we were done with the Kunafa).

One of the things, that really impressed us – other than food  was the quick and efficient service of staff. 

Glad to say, it was an economical experience and is one of the best option when you are looking to have some good time with family-friends and wants to explore something new and different in a single shot.

Happy exploring, everyone! 😉

– Fatima

A visit to temple

Previously, I wrote about spending an evening in the church. This time, I got the chance to visit a temple (Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple).

Though it wasn’t the first time of visiting any temple, I got hit with the memories when I have been to the temple of a small town, earlier in my childhood. Of course, the time was different a decade ago, I still found it exciting to explore the place.

The temple was enhanced with the aura of its own.

 

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Image belong to Discover Pakistan

When you visit a temple, even before the vision of ornamented place, you get to hear the jingle of bells moored at the beginning of the rooms.

In one corner of the breezy courtyard, birds descend to peck on the grains of bird-feed and chug water from the little bowls. At the end of the temple is the water bank, littered with the leftovers of everything and anything.

What is disappointing is the situation of water, filled with piles and piles of trash in the forms of plastics bags, flour bags and wrappers and boxes of used items. The current situation of water edge demonstrate, that the temple is in dire need of maintenance work. This is the high time, the government and administration should take practical initiatives for the preservation of decades-old site. The location can surely serve as one of the tourist spot after a couple of basic changes of immaculateness. 

Note: The above picture belong to Discover Pakistan Website.

A scrumptious journey

So last weekend, after having a scrumptious lunch, I headed over to a restaurant-cum-cafe: Del frio. Even though, I primarily planned to have some ice cream scoops, I got real confused after scanning the dessert menu which was filled with appealing titles . Midway, I decided to have some brownie because at that point, I really wanted to eat some baked item; In the end the Brownie with Ice cream came to my rescue.

And TA-DA!!! it was actually amazing . .

The combo of just-baked hot brownie and chilled Vanilla Ice cream really made me feel heavenly. The brownie was so . . homelike!

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from the beginning . . . till the very end!

Not exaggerating, but after some hours I was craving to have it again. Wondering, whether they home deliver their so-good-yum?

da world of imaginary realism

I’m the fire that will burn you
and could become the reason of your destruction.

I’m the water that will be your flow
and could take you to the other part of your destination.

I’m the wind
that will surround you like your shadow

and make your soul
to flee away
from your Own

I’m everything that you can imagine
and 
I’m anything you cannot believe!

 

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Book Review: a mirrored life

I happen to read A Mirrored Life by Rabisankar Bal as third book of this year. Given that I have the goal of reading just twelve books this year due to reasons of time management for other tasks – I am more than safe to pick the books that will not stuck me and let my goal be completed at the end of this year.

 

Whenever I don’t have the philosophical flow of words in my mind about any book, I try to be technical in the book review; pointing out the goods-and-bads of the book that might help the other readers to choose that book.

 

The book revolves around multiple characters including Rumi, Shams, Hussam, Sultan from an era & Ibne-e-batuta from some other. so actually I’m really confused about how the author unveiled the story (if you can call it a story). To me, its like some one has compiled a lot of events in a single story but failed to display the connection.

 

So the things that kicked out the book out of the list of my recommendations:

 

Repetitiveness. One thing I hate most in a book is the unnecessary addition of words and phrases. Explanations that could easily be avoided to keep the interest of story. By the end of the story, I was loathing the immense use of a repetitive phrase throughout the story, that is: let me tell you a story.

 

Another example of repetitiveness includes the same account of Ibn Arabi and Maulana Rumi being the icons of Sufism with different paths of love and knowledge, respectively. If I’m not wrong this fact was acknowledged thrice in the book when it can easily be replaced with some another.

 

& da lack of a story plot.

 

A mirrored life by Rabisankar Bal could have been much better if the author have tried to narrate it through a genuine plot. The random description of the main characters of story here and there disturbed me and due to that all I wanted to do was – finish the book as soon as possible.

 

but still there were couple of phrases that clicked me on the first glance.

 

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The good thing about the book:
Here you go. There is one thing that I really liked about the book – It is fast paced and short.

 

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Apocalypse

Here and there

now and then

people

telling me

that I’m un growing

day by day . . .

they remember

da bloom and blossoms

of past days

And here I’m

recalling myself

of that phoenix

I read about in a book

who used to revel

en ets youngest days

then churning

night after after

like a hopeless

autumn leaf

and at last

burning en ets Own fire

Only to get a new birth

and live again

Da only thing es

after withering

night -after- night

day- by -day

I don’t want to get

a new life again

I just want this apocalypse

to be my end . . .

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