Libraries are a great place to foster the love of books, reading and community. Since we are visiting Islamabad from Canada, we decided to explore public libraries especially for children. Growing up in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, visiting Army Central Library and the Islamabad Club Library was a beloved part of our weekends. Sadly, there aren’t too many libraries that are open to the general public. A discussion on the Urdu Mom facebook page led us to the Model Children Library in Islamabad and here’s our review of the place!
The National Book Festival is happening in Islamabad at the Pak-China Friendship Centre from April 22 to 24, 2017. We attended the festival this morning and had a great time! Read our tips on how to make the most of this great event for book lovers. You still have today and tomorrow to check it out!
Today I’m sharing a story of courage and resilience that will inspire many. Zahra is no ordinary girl but one who has faced the struggles of life with a smiling face. She is a mother, daughter, a Montessori teacher turned Human Resources Specialist and a Chef by choice. Her story needs to be shared to give hope, strength and confidence to any girl who is feeling overwhelmed with life.
Old Book Stores were always a special place with the sweet smell of old pages and piles upon piles of affordable books. As a child, I loved that not only were the books cheaper than new ones but that I could bring in my own books and exchange for more. Every time I visit Islamabad, there are many changes that have taken place, some pleasant, some not so much. But there are a few things that remain unchanged and are a welcome constant. Old Books Collection in Jinnah Supper is one such constant. I had always visited the shop and expected it to stay the same. The owner Malik Ejaz recently passed away though and this time when I visited the shop, I learnt much more about the shop through the courageous lady sitting behind the corner.
If you know us, you know much we love Urdu, story time and having lots of fun! We are visiting Islamabad these days and got a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of Urdu with other children at a lovely local school, Annie’s ELC. Read all about our visit to the school here.
We have been covering the Urdu alphabets in our weekly Urdu story time and recently reached “say”. This called for some revision and a little celebration! Last summer, we were visiting my sister in Manila and learning the Urdu alphabets. Here’s a little game we played to celebrate the same milestone! Play an Urdu Letters treasure hunt to reinforce the sounds and look of the Urdu alphabets. Read More.
The tulips have started to bloom in the Skagit Valley. If you have ever dreamt of walking by fields of tulips ala “dekha eik khawab” (I know, I have!), now is the time to plan your trip. The valley is an hour away from Seattle and two hours from Vancouver. We visited the tulip fields two years back and I have fond memories of an amazing trip. Sharing some tips which I felt made our visit enjoyable.
Story time is an important and fun way to pass on the love of Urdu to young children. Not only does it increases their vocabulary but it also develops their interest in the language and the curiosity to learn more. Here is your one-stop destination for all resources you need to introduce your children to Urdu Story Time, conduct your own or join our weekly one! My daughter and I conduct a Story Time every Saturday on the Urdu Mom facebook page at 8.30 pm Pakistan Time, 9.30 am MST, 11.30 am EST and 3.30 pm GMT.
We all love home-cooked meals but let’s face it, they take a lot of time and effort. Bringing you some desi cooking hacks that make cooking at home easier and faster with tried and tested results! Cook quicker and better (with lots of time to spare to share your creations on social media). You’re welcome.
Here’s the meal plan for the week! Lots of you are loving these ideas for the entire week, so I think I will keep doing this for the next little while. Recipes for eggplant sandwiches, daal, potato cutlets, fish, khow suey and chicken pulao to cover the week.