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?


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.


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.



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 –
in the depths
of your mind
that you will manage

It is nothing planned
and methodical. 

It is
just you meeting
that might last
just for moments
give you the calm
that lingers for much long.


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.


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.


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) 🙂



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


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.



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
I’m anything you cannot believe!