Petrichor: The earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. This is how Wikipedia describes the word. For me however Petrichor is the smell of nostalgia. The “gilli mitti ke khusboo” that is one of my most favorite fragrances in the world. What does the smell mean to you?
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
Rabi ul Awal is the month in the lunar Islamic calendar when our beloved Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) was born. An event that is commemorated in different ways by Muslims around the world. One of the most beautiful memories I have from this month is the event of Milad. These are gatherings held to remember andContinue reading Milad Memories & Some Naats
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!
We visited Pakistan last year in November and I shared the journey on Facebook and Instagram through the voice of two friends Sitara and Emma as they went along with us. I compiled all these posts together below. You can follow these posts on social media through the tag #SitaraAndEmma Really missing Pakistan these days!Continue reading Trip to Islamabad
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!
I was born and raised in a Shia Muslim household in Pakistan. For me Muharram, Ashura and Azadari are part of my life and childhood. However if you were raised in the subcontinent or had Shia Muslim friends you might have some insights into the observation of this month. Sharing memories of Muharram from myContinue reading Muharram from my Childhood
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”
I was honored to do a guest post on one of my favorite blogs! Read it here: https://ramblingsofalazymom.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/guest-post-eid-memories-by-urdumom/