Thursday, 1 August 2019

Heart Talk: I was a Part of a Book!

My first job right after completing my master's degree was this 6 months project where I worked as a project coordinator on a coffee table book, The Craft Traditions of Pakistan by the Export Promotion Bureau. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Heart Talk: The Last Run

“When was the last time you ran?” asked my hubby when he saw me breathless after running two minutes on a treadmill. 

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Quick Review: Coasters and Table Mats by Pith

I am a die-hard truck art fan. I am sure most of you know this already! When I went to Pakistan earlier this year, I was on a mission to find truck-art inspired table mats and coasters (Although all the coasters I have at home are traditional Pakistani - yet the heart desires more!) 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Book Review: 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World

After a long time, I got a book that I read in one go... 

Elif ┼×afak / Elif Shafak’s ’10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ is a nonlinear narration of Leila’s life that she recalls after her death when her mind refuses to die. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Quick Review: The Desi Wonder Woman X India Trend Jewelry Collection

On my first birthday, I was dressed as a fairy. My dress, wings and the magic wand was made by my mum. There were homemade cat shaped cake and Swiss rolls in a variety of flavours. It is still one of the best ‘first birthday' ever done in the family. Thereon, my birthday was always celebrated with a grand party for friends and family until I entered the phase where I just wanted to party with my close friends. I would take them out for my birthday treat and spend all the birthday money that I used to ask my family to gift me instead of presents! 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Six Things I Love About Adelaide

It has been two years since our move to Adelaide. I strongly believe that it takes you up to a minimum of 2 years to understand a new place. So, if you are new here and things do not make sense... don't worry they eventually will and if you have been here two years and things still do not make sense, do not worry - just know that it is absolutely normal to take time when you migrate. 

But, in all honesty, Adelaide is a great place to start your life as a new immigrant. Migration comes with its set of issues and while job and income are one of the major concerns but, quality of life, security, a strong community, ease of movement and peace of mind are also very important factors. In Adelaide, you can tick off many boxes. I might have found myself struggling harder in a fast-paced city trying to find an identity and stability compared to the ease with which my husband and I were accepted by Adelaide, in fact, South Australia. 

We have come a long way in these two years and I can now say that it feels home. 

Here are six things that make Adelaide a good choice:

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Heart Talk: Birthday

My dad was posted in a small city when I was born. The nurses in the hospital believed that having a girl was not the best thing in the world. Also, in some confusion, they thought that my mother already had three girls (when it was 3 boys) and I was the fourth one. So, when I was born my mum says that the nurses were hesitant to reveal the gender. Finally, after seeing my mum’s desperation who was cooking all kinds of scenarios in her head at the nurses’ strange secrecy, she was informed with much regret that a girl was born. Mum who was prepared for the worst took a sigh of relief and asked the news to be delivered to the father. My anxious dad was pacing the corridors outside the labour room. All the guesses, symptoms and prophecies before my birth had prepared everyone for a boy but he was still secretly hoping for a baby GIRL.