34 Random Things I miss about Winters in Islamabad 

Winters in Canada are so diffferent from the ones in Pakistan. In Calgary we brace ourselves for the cold whereas in Islamabad the months of winter were a welcome change from the hot weather.  Here are 34 random things I’m missing about winters in Islamabad on this cold day in Calgary. 

1. The piles of oranges that were devoured sitting under the warm winter sun. 

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How to Choose the Best Preschool

Did I get your attention? Let me start by saying that there is no such thing as the “best” preschool. There will however be one that will be “best” for your family. With that established, let’s discuss the many preschool options out there, a few common misconceptions, differences between different teaching philosophies and tips on how to choose a preschool! This post is general and meant for parents anywhere in the world. However I have added relevant resources for Calgary where ever appropriate.


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Bin Roye Bloopers: Dil Bohat Roye

I generally like Pakistani Dramas. They provide a good escape and remind me of home. However a few have proven to be great disappointments in the past few years. And I’m sad to report that Bin Roye has fallen in that category. I had high hopes for this drama because I liked the movie and was excited to get greater details about all the characters. However the slow pace of Bin Roye, the drama, along with the many bloopers have made me truly frustrated with this one.

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Guide to School Options in Calgary

As a parent in Calgary I have fretted often on the question of finding the “best” school for my children. In Alberta we are blessed with many options for schools such as public, catholic, private and charter. This makes the task daunting for any parent. You are probably thinking of school options in Calgary because you are moving here, not happy with your child’s existing school or have a newborn and wondering if you are already late in getting on those much talked about wait lists for Calgary schools. Maybe you have heard of Fraser ratings and wondering what they mean. Have no fear! Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and let’s talk schools. I’m sharing a detailed guide on Calgary schools based on my personal experience and research. Hope this helps!

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New Year, New Resolutions 

It’s the new year and all of us are brewing with energy to follow through on our plans for 2017. I have been thinking of my resolutions and how I want to make each day count in the new year. I have resolutions for my family life, personal well-being goals and plans for the blog. The most important resolution for me though is the one I have made as a mother: to slow down, let my children be kids and make memories in our everyday.

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Punjabi Desi Snowman

We had lots of fun yesterday making a Punjabi Desi Snowman. The best part about this craft is that it uses supplies lying around your house! This snowman is all Desi, has a Punjabi pagri on his head, khussas on his feet and is flying a kite! He is pretty much ready for winter to end and spring to start!  So let’s put on some Punjabi beats and make this Punjabi Desi Frosty the Snowman!

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How to teach Urdu to Kids

One of the big reasons I started blogging was to share the journey of teaching my children Urdu. Here are some tips for parents trying to pass on the language to the next generation. Maybe you have faced some road blocks as you started and feeling frustrated or maybe you are just starting and feeling nervous. I hope these tips will help your family!

Raising bilingual children is a challenging but extremely rewarding pursuit. Research has shown that bilingual children have more creative brains than those who know one language and are better at problem solving. Teaching children Urdu is also a great way to keep them connected to their cultural heritage. The benefits of bilingualism are well-established. It’s a gift you can give to your children. So let’s get started on how to teach your children Urdu.


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Ghalib on my Mom Life 

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of Urdu language’s finest poets, Mirza Ghalib. Born on Dec 27, 1797, in Agra, he rose to prominence in Delhi in the last era of the Mughal empire. His poetry has touched the souls of millions. It has often been said that Ghalib’s poetry is timeless. I have felt that more than ever since I became a mom. Sharing a few incidents from my life where Ghalib’s verses have hit home!

Oh the struggles of getting a picture taken with a toddler. Reminds me of Ghalib’s famous verses: “Hum hain mushtaq, aur yo bezaar, Ya Elahi ye maajra kya hai.”
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Visiting the Ziarat Residency, Circa 1997

Ziarat is a sleepy little beautiful town near Quetta. I was lucky to visit the town and the landmark it is known for, the Ziarat Residency (also known as the Quaid-e-azam Residency), in 1997. This landmark, a national monument, is dear to the heart of every Pakistani. The Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, spent the last days of his life at the residency and forever immortalized the significance of this building. Today, on December 25, the birthday of our dearest Jinnah, I’m fondly sharing these memories.


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