A very Merry Christmas to all those celebrating the occasion! Today I am reflecting on Christmas in Pakistan from my past when I lived there and the one from my present now that we are in Canada. The spirit stays the same and so do my emotions as a Muslim of wishing health, happiness andContinue reading Christmas Past & Present for a Pakistani-Canadian
As the weather changes, the common cold seems to hit every other household. Sadly, there is no cure for the cold. However I bring for you the Desi Totkas (life hacks) Toolkit to feel less miserable and get better sooner. There are special notes under each section for kids and babies.
The Eid outfits are ready, you have planned to take time off for Eid Namaz and there is a big dinner planned over the weekend. You are all set for Eid, but is that exciting and memorable for your kids? Emm…not really!
Growing up in Pakistan, the arrival of spring was marked with fresh blossoms, many festive melas (carnivals) and the biggest festival of all, Basant. This was a festival of kites celebrated in Lahore, and all over Punjab and in other parts of Pakistan. Specials feasts would be prepared, Abrar-ul-haq’s songs would blare from roof tops,Continue reading Basant Memories From Pakistan That Make My Heart Sing!
Sharing the story of when we went camping for the first time in Banff National Park, Alberta, in Canada and all the lessons we learnt!Continue reading Camping for the First Time in Canada: A Story of Our Adventures
I learnt this recipe from my khala (maternal aunt) out of necessity after I moved to Canada and craved one of my all time favorite dishes. Like all great recipes, it’s amazingly simple. It’s called “Gosht Bhar” because once upon a time it was used as a filling for elaborate dishes such a whole grilled chickenContinue reading Recipe: Fried Beef – “Gosht Bhar”
Sharing how we celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day in Canada through a small celebration at home and then in the City Hall. Continue reading Celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day in Calgary
I wrote about watching “Bin Roye” last week and how I loved the experience. The review was quite popular and it was great to know that so many people shared my emotions and excitement about the movie. I downloaded the songs from iTunes to listen to at home and my four-year-old daughter and I didContinue reading The Tale of Two Pakistani Princesses: “Bin Roye” with my four-year-old
“Chai” (tea) has a special place in any urdu household. Growing up at my parent’s house, tea would always be ready every day exactly at 4pm. This was the time the grownups would be getting up from their afternoon naps called “kehloolas”. So tea was just what they needed to feel fresh again. Tea isContinue reading Urdu Tea Time!
Khushamdaid! Welcome to my blog. We’re a Pakistani-Canadian family. Follow our Urdu adventures as we live, love and laugh as a bilingual, multicultural, immigrant family in beautiful Alberta. Some of my writings will be nostalgic as I miss my country of birth: Pakistan. But also optimistic as we create a unique space with our Pakistani/UrduContinue reading Welcome to my blog!