People are continents

People are continents

They Bond
&
Become a new created world

and then happens . . nature

People divide
Going in directions
Different from each other

Separate ways
&
Diversity

& turn into
something new
once again

People are continents . .
Once, an inseparable world

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Last of Twenty-Seventeen

I thought to assemble my lasts of twenty-seven including book reads, food, presents, creative stuff etc.

Book

I was trying to complete Pat Barker’s war time story: Toby’s Room as my last book of this year. But got my hands on Katie McGarry’s young adult book by mere chance.


Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry . . the book (eBook!) is just so amazing. I started reading it last weekend due to absence of any real book (hard copy!) at that time anddd couldn’t stop reading it after that.

Hoping to complete it tonight as my last of twenty-seventeen. 🤓
 

Food

As the year used to end with the festivities of December and the fun of Holidays, I happened to devoured a lot of yummy food. From Pateesa to Doughnuts and Burgers to Omazing Omelettes. I realized my love for food. 😻

But Hey! the best food goes to . . ta-da! Popcorn. Comfort food. 

If you consider it a real food. 😛

Creativity

Gone are the days where I used to create lot and lot of artistic stuff 🙁

this year the least I could call my creativity is this.

After I ruined the front of my laptop while pasting a newspaper cutting with a sellotape. I took it to get covered with a real laptop sheet & combined it with this amazing quoted sticker.

Black and Yellow – the combo is not so bad!

 

Present

I have some sorta attachment with yellow cartoon character. Be it SpongeBob or Simpsons. 

andddd . . 

I got the most happiest person as a birthday present this year – Mr. Happy. I loved the character oh so much. I already bore a small Mr. Happy journaling notebook. But the Mr. Happy himself made me drooling over it. 

love,

Fatima xx

Last Book in 2017

So . . I was trying to complete Pat Barker’s war time story: Toby’s Room as my last book of this year. But got my hands on Katie McGarry’s young adult book by mere chance.

Pushing the limits by Katie McGarry . . the book (eBook!) is just so amazing. I started reading it last weekend due to absence of any real book (hard copy!) at that time anddd couldn’t stop reading it after that.

Hoping to complete it tonight as my last of twenty-seventeen. 🤓

Food review: Karamél Cookies

After hearing a lot about this new cookie outlets Karamél in town, I finally ordered mine today while their free delivery offer is going for this weekend. 

I started with the basic and ordered the milk chocolates along with brownie.

Delivery: it was late due to the situation all over the city but in the end, am glad, they served it on my doorstep rather than an apology.

The meal: & the hype was not wrong, these cookies are really worth it. They are actually different than the ones we usually get with our hot drinks in cafés .

The sweetened taste was more than expected but the deliciousness made me forget it . 

I consumed mine with a glass of milk. (what could be the better combination of cookie than milk) & given their BIG size (as compared to the packet cookies) I was really full after a cookie and milk.

No kidding, but it’s actually kind of addictive.

#cookie #muchawaited #overwhelmed #brownie #allthehype #itsworthit #warning #highlyaddictive #cookieoutlet #karachi #cookiewithmilk #notasweettooth #butlovecookiesmore

Book review: Cheryl Strayed Book

The actual title of the book is: Tiny Beautiful Things – Advice on Love and Life from Someone who has been there. The author is Cheryl Strayed. I know what you might be thinking: an Advice column? Or a bundle of Advice columns compiled as a book?

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When I finally got the book!

 

First thought on the book:

Never thought I was the kind of person who could read internet suggestion columns kinda thing but that’s the beauty of books; the very best combination of paper and words make you explore a lot more than you expect.

I didn’t had very-many words to write a long book review of this one however I thought to express some of my feelings.

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When I first got hold of the book; some of the phrases that appealed me much to continue reading it.


What led me to this book
: Wild.

Upon watching the movie: Wild, which was the adaptation of the book on her real life story I came to know about Cheryl Strayed. The inspiration from movie was enough to make me read the book as well. But alternatively I came across this one in the library.

When I first got hold of the book; there were some of the phrases that appealed me much to continue reading it.

 

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I never read a better description of love. so concise!

and when I got to this page, all I could think is: Woah! I never read a better description of what love is. It so concise! and simultaneously so true.

The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love.

Eventually, the book made me realize how sometimes words can help you and how sometimes words can heal you. all in all, it made me realize: words matters! 

What you could expect from this book. Questions! Usually, we read stuff to get our answers but through this book I got informed about a lot of queries that might present in some hidden part of our minds but the ones we never actually give a thought. Strayed so beautifully dealt with those uncertainties while sharing her own real life tales.

I won’t ask you to add this book in your To-Be-Read list and read whenever you can. But I would surely suggest you to consider reading it when you want to ask some really shitty-confusing, killing your good vibes kind of questions in your life. Strayed’s responses might accompany you to acknowledge a lot in your quests.

 

Happy reading!

– Fatima 🙂

Wandering among the Wonders

Used to wonder
about peace of mind
in this chaotic world?

Its not some yoga,
not some meditation. 

It is sitting
on bonnet of car,
feeling the sea breeze
amidst the lights
of almost midnight.

It is not worrying,
about the working day
in the morning –
knowing
in the depths
of your mind
that you will manage
anyway.

It is nothing planned
and methodical. 

It is
just you meeting
usual-random-wonderful
stuff,
that might last
just for moments
but
give you the calm
that lingers for much long.

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Its quite wanderful out there . .

Book review: the storied life of AJ fikry

The storied life of AJ fikry = a bookish treat.

This book was recommended to me a year ago (or more I guess!). 

The storied life of AJ fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

At first, I was unable to understand the idea of this book – labelled as adult fiction and with an interesting synopsis; whether this book is a mystery thriller about a kid secretly left on the doorstep of the protagonist . . but why the front cover is filled with the illustration of books. and what’s the ‘story-ied life’ – the term which is making it look like the story with the background of 90s . I probably won’t prefer a book set in a background that old?!

That was all, what was going in my mind when I picked the book. 

But you know how sometimes we wonder if there would be a story on books, in fact if there would be a book on books? That’s what “the storied life of AJ fikry” is. 

It is so filled with bookish stuff; you’ll fall in love with reading and books even more. Gabrielle zevin so nicely interwined the story with the references of books, you’ll end up loving it. I repeat: this book is a bookish treat. 🙂

but he had been wrong. Infallible A.J. had not sniffed out Leon Friedman as a fraud. She is not sure why this matters at this moment, but it does. Maybe it is evidence of some boyish, delusional part of him. She cocks her head. I will keep this secret because I love you. As Leon Friedman (Leonora Ferris?) once wrote, ‘A good marriage is, at least, one part conspiracy.

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